Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Here’s what you need to know before voting in the August primary

Voting may seem simple enough. You head to your precinct, fill out your ballot and feed it through a machine, but the scenarios election workers face at the polls can get a lot more complicated. Alaska Public Media headed to a poll worker training in Anchorage to learn the ins and outs of voting in Alaska ahead of the August primary. Listen now

How can Alaska solve its fiscal crisis?

We’ve been hearing for months about Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The budget is being cut and we’ll have to dip into reserves. Some economists predict that the state will run out of savings in less than a decade. But is there an alternative? Can the state make money for the general fund from sources other than oil revenue? Some economists say yes. KSKA: Friday, 5/15, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, 5/15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio:

UA Board of Regents formulates Legislative budget requests

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The University of Alaska Board of Regents this week is meeting in Juneau. Among the topics up for discussion is figuring how the university should move forward in a progressively bleaker fiscal climate, and developing a plan of attack for their legislative budget requests. Download Audio

Sullivan joins measure knocking House for impeachment inquiry

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Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said the House's current impeachment inquiry is more partisan than the process faced by presidents Clinton or Nixon.

China seeks bigger role in Arctic

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China issued its first national policy on the Arctic, and it reveals expansive ambitions in the far North. "China is stepping into the power vacuum of global leadership since the Trump administration came to power." Listen now

Congressman Young Says Newest House Proposal Going Nowhere

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In Washington, the government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the latest House proposal is going nowhere. It would have funded the government and raised the debt ceiling but included changes to Obamacare. Download Audio

New Bill Proposes Change in Oil Tax Calculation

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Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau One of the major goals of the Parnell Administration is to end the year with a plan that...

Bethel Judge Announces Retirement

The judge in Bethel who is being investigated for allegations of improper behavior has announced his retirement.

Murkowski, Sullivan diverge on Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will not involve himself in any investigation of foreign interference in last year’s election. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was among several Republicans who called on him to recuse himself. Listen now

PFD promise key to Dunleavy’s win in Hoonah

Mike Dunleavy won an electoral majority in 6 of 132 precincts with an Alaska Native majority. One was Hoonah, where the Republican’s promise of full Permanent Fund dividends apparently resonated with voters.

Young votes against condemning Trump for racist tweets

Alaska Congressman Don Young declined an opportunity Tuesday to criticize President Trump for tweets he wrote that are widely viewed as racist.

State Gets Support in its Fight Against Roadless Rule

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce, First Things First Alaska Foundation and 12 other Southeast businesses and organizations will join in the state’s lawsuit against a federal rule that prevents road construction in certain areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska Republicans Consolidate General Election Gains

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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage Republicans have organized the Alaska House, consolidating gains made for the party in the general election. Mike Chenault of Nikiski will...

Legislature passes capital budget in one-day special session

The Alaska Legislature passed the state’s capital budget on Thursday, allowing road projects and other construction to move forward. Listen now

Oil, Gas Industry Incentives Point of Discussion for Finance Committee

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage Thursday, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee is in a highly publicized hearing about federal taxes on the oil and gas...

Alaska’s senators want Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act, but bill has become partisan football

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Domestic violence isn't a red state problem or blue state problem. But passing a bill combat the epidemic has become a partisan battlefield in the U.S. Senate.

Parnell Meets In New York About Alaska’s Economic Outlook

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Governor Sean Parnell is in New York meeting with banks and rating agencies about Alaska’s budget and economic outlook. Download Audio

Judge Rules Against Miller Challenge

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Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau, Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks & Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC A state judge has ruled against Republican...

Shutdown Could Mean Total Loss for One Biologist, Big Financial Hit For His Pilot

Among the many Americans affected by the government shutdown, are scientists who rely on federal funding for their work. But that money doesn’t just go to the scientists. Lots of it trickles down into the community.

28th Alaska Legislature Convenes Tuesday

The 28th legislature gets underway Tuesday afternoon. With Republicans holding a majority in both chambers, significant changes are likely for how lawmakers will work together. Oil tax reform proposals will be a big focus. I sat down in the Speaker’s chamber with Majority leaders Kenai Representative Mike Chenault, the house speaker, and Wasilla Senator Charlie Huggins, Senate President, to ask how they see the debate over oil taxes playing out this session. I asked Huggins if there were any deal breakers for him.