Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

LISTEN: It’ll take more than money to bring the Alaska Marine Highway back to life

The ferry system is completely offline right now, with residents facing empty shelves and upended plans. Temporary contractors may help in the short term, but what will it cost Alaskans and what's the long term solution?

Dunleavy wants to pay back cuts to PFDs, but lawmakers are skeptical

A bill introduced at Dunleavy’s request on Wednesday would pay $1,304 to every eligible Alaskan.

Alaska Supreme Court says judge was wrong to stall recall of Gov. Dunleavy while appeal plays out

The group seeking to recall Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy can proceed with signature-gathering while an appeal of the campaign's legality plays out, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

What Congress and the Trump administration are doing to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women

A 2018 report highlighting the crisis of "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" got the gears of government to turn.

LISTEN: Gov. Mike Dunleavy returns to discuss resolving the state budget stalemate

Gov. Mike Dunleavy released his budget plan in December with a full permanent fund dividend and a $1.5 billion deficit for legislators to grapple with.

Bill would launch Alaska state lottery through new corporation

Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested the bill, which would create a new state corporation to oversee the lottery.

New consultant to Alaska Gov. Dunleavy has ties to national conservative figures Pence, Bachmann

Mary Vought, who worked for Pence when he was a member of Congress, is being paid $4,000 a month. She grew up in Alaska and once had Sarah Palin's father as a substitute middle school teacher.

Wildfires, Medicaid push state to request $262.5M more than budgeted

Neil Steininger, director of the Office of Management and Budget, fields questions from House Finance Committee members during a presentation he...

AIDEA head defends no-bid contract for grandson of major Dunleavy supporter

The grandson of a top campaign supporter of Gov. Mike Dunleavy was the only person who could provide economic development advice to the state for $8,000 per month, according to the leader of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA.

Murkowski: ‘The president’s behavior was shameful’

Sen. Murkowski says President Trump brought dishonor to the office, but she won't vote to remove him. 

There’s still little common ground on how to fix the budget in Juneau

The Alaska Legislature and Gov. Mike Dunleavy have both talked in the first two weeks of the session about the importance of closing the gap between how much the state government spends and how much it brings in. But there are big differences in how to fix the problem.

Dunleavy promotes resource development in speech to Alaska business leaders

The governor said the state is in a good position on multiple fronts. One is the warming Arctic, which could allow for shipping across the Arctic Ocean. Another is the demand for minerals that are used in electronics.

Reporter’s notebook: Tracking the inscrutable Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Murkowski talks to reporters about the impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. (Jeff Malet/MaletPhoto.com) Mitt...

LISTEN: What do Murkowski’s impeachment questions mean about how she’ll vote? Analysts hear different things.

It was question-and-answer day Wednesday in the impeachment trial of President Trump, and a lot of people are analyzing the questions of Sen. Lisa Murkowski for clues.

Judge again pauses Recall Dunleavy signature gathering

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth issued a stay that halts the organization Recall Dunleavy from gathering signatures to hold a recall election, pending a decision from the Alaska Supreme Court.

Alaska Senate majority strips three Mat-Su Republicans of their leadership positions

The three Republicans -- Mike Shower, Shelley Hughes and Lora Reinbold -- broke from their caucus on a vote last year setting the Permanent Fund dividend amount.

Judge lifts hold on Recall Dunleavy campaign, saying order he issued 24 hours earlier was “inadvertent”

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth, in his second reversal in as many days, has revoked an order pausing the campaign to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, saying he'd issued it accidentally.

LISTEN: Alaska Gov. Dunleavy remains skeptical of cutting PFD, and says he’s still pursuing campaign agenda

Dunleavy said Tuesday that the campaign to recall him hasn’t changed how he does his job. But he said he has given the issue some thought. Listen to Dunleavy's full 17-minute interview with Juneau correspondent Andrew Kitchenman here.

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy picks Juneau man as new budget director

Juneau resident Neil Steininger started Tuesday, just in time for the first day of the legislative session.

Anchorage judge, in reversal, pauses Dunleavy recall to wait for Alaska Supreme Court ruling

The order blocks the Recall Dunleavy campaign from gathering signatures to put the question on the ballot until the Alaska Supreme Court reviews the case.