Alaska Politics

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Alaska governor’s recall effort on hold as judge sides with state on timeline

Superior Court proceedings over the state’s denial of an application to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy will follow a timeline proposed by state attorneys and not the recall’s supporters, who had proposed an expedited schedule.

How would lifting the Roadless Rule change Tongass logging? Not much, both sides say

But at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday, people for and against the rule agreed that removing the roadless restrictions won't make much difference for an industry that's already a shadow of its former self.

Dunleavy administration wants to join court case in defense of Hilcorp’s search for Cook Inlet oil

Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is coming to the aid of an oil company’s plans to search for oil in Cook Inlet, in the face of a lawsuit filed by environmental organizations.

Dunleavy statement on school funding stirs hope among education advocates

The governor said he views “education as the cornerstone to any society.”

Ads use Ukraine scandal, urging Murkowski to reject a Trump judicial pick

A liberal advocacy group is leveraging the Ukraine scandal in ads that target Alaskans. Their aim is to drum up constituent messages to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, urging her to vote no on a Trump judicial nominee.

Judge rules funding schools a year ahead is valid, dealing defeat to Dunleavy

A state judge ruled on Thursday that school funding for this year that the Alaska Legislature passed last year is valid.

Dunleavy administration to spend $600,000 on Outside law firm to help with union lawsuits

The state posted a request for proposals for a law firm that has experience arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Opponents of citizens initiative to boost oil taxes have formed a bipartisan coalition

The group, OneAlaska, does not appear to include any oil industry leaders, though several of its members work for companies or organizations with ties to the industry.

Legal expert: Previous Alaska Supreme Court decisions favor Recall Dunleavy argument

A crowd in Anchorage's Cuddy Park to sign a petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Photo: Zachariah Hughes - Alaska Public...

Recall Dunleavy group sues over rejected application

The group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has sued over the rejection of its recall application.

Senate passes bill with funds for murdered and missing indigenous women

Spotty data makes it hard for researchers to quantify the killings and disappearances of Native women. The recent spending bill directs the Bureau of Indian Affairs to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and develop guidelines for data collection.

Judge says Alaska should crack down on unlimited contributions in state elections

Judge William Morse says the Alaska Public Office Commission should reinstate the $500 annual per-person contribution limit to independent groups, which APOC stopped enforcing following a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizens United.

Pioneer Homes residents sue Dunleavy, state over sudden rate increase

The plaintiffs argue that having their rates more than double in a single month is unreasonable and made without reasonable notice. They also say that residents are faced with decisions like divorce and bankruptcy as a result of the increases.

Top Alaska elections official rejects Dunleavy recall

Recall supporters are expected to appeal the action.

Headbutt or head nudge? MoveOn gets a rise out of Rep. Young

Alaska Rep. Don Young has been all over social media this week because activists from the liberal group MoveOn posted a video of him headbutting their camera.

Alaska congressman explains why he voted ‘no’ on new rules for Trump impeachment probe

Alaska Rep. Don Young says the newly adopted rules don't give the Republican minority enough authority in the process.

Dunleavy weatherization cuts mean higher bills, fewer jobs as winter approaches in Western Alaska

As winter closes in, and $5,000,000 for weatherization services cut from the state capital budget, there’s growing uncertainty about what access low-income Alaskans might have for making their homes safer and more energy efficient, especially in Western Alaska.

Trump takes to Twitter to back Dunleavy amid recall effort

The Recall Dunleavy chair says the president should stay out of state politics.

Politicians, at business forum, forecast tensions ahead for the governor and the Legislature

At a forum Tuesday at the Alaska Chamber’s fall gathering in Girdwood, Alaska business leaders got a preview of the upcoming session from the House speaker, Senate president and Dunleavy's chief of staff – and the three speakers sounded eager to work together, though still not ready to put their differences aside.

Murkowski is one of the only Senate Republicans who didn’t back the anti-impeachment resolution. Here’s why.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Senate shouldn't tell the House what to do.