Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Senate Discussing Oil Tax Changes

The Senate Majority spent most of Thursday closed off in discussions over changes that need to be made to the state’s oil tax regime.

Federal Agencies Meeting With Alaska Tribes

Multiple federal agencies are planning to meet with Alaska’s tribes on a government to government basis. Regional meetings are being planned all over the state but the first one is in Bethel Friday at the Yupiit cultural center. It includes tribal delegates from the region’s 56 villages.

Gov. Dunleavy introduces budget with larger PFDs, with cuts to come

The Dunleavy administration’s budget doesn’t include funding to pay back residents for the reductions in permanent fund dividends from the last three years.

Fairbanks Municipal Leaders Hold Joint Meeting to Consider Pot-Legalization Law

Municipal leaders from all three local governments gathered for a joint meeting Tuesday night with about 120 citizens to talk about the state’s new marijuana-legalization law. The first-of-its-kind meeting was held so the leaders could talk amongst themselves, and with the audience, about how they’re going to put the law into practice. Download Audio

Alaska Supreme Court challenges lawyers on both sides in Dunleavy recall arguments

The justices expressed some skepticism toward the arguments made by both sides.

Political intrigue at the Alaska Republican Convention

The state Republican Convention started this afternoon in Fairbanks. We sent APRN reporter Liz Ruskin to check it out. Download Audio

State labor economist says state policies have affected recession length

Dan Robinson, research chief for the state’s labor department, told the Senate Finance Committee that uncertainty over the size and spending of state government are contributing to Alaska’s recession.

Egan worries about political paralysis, procrastination

Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan said he expects that the $3.5 billion budget deficit will dominate the agenda during this legislative session. But will anything be accomplished to fill that gap? That’s a different story.

New EPA Standards Slash Wood-Fired Heater Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued updated standards for wood fired heaters. The EPA wood heating appliance emissions standards reduce smoke by two thirds compared to current levels set in 1988. Download Audio

Court Rules Against Bill Restricting Online Distribution of Adult Material

Local independent booksellers and First Amendment protection groups are applauding a federal judge’s decision against criminalizing the sale of material that could be considered harmful to minors.

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

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.

Controversial ruling brings attention to judges on the ballot

Controversy surrounding an Anchorage judge’s recent ruling in a high-profile assault case is bringing more attention to the power the electorate has over the judiciary. Listen now

Johnson, Stoltze Square Off in Valley Senate Race

Former state representative Bill Stoltze is eyeing a new state senate seat. The District F seat will include the Eastern Anchorage suburbs of Peters Creek and Chugiak, as well as the greater Palmer area and outlying communities to the North. But current Palmer mayor DeLena Johnson has thrown her hat into the ring and now the two Republican candidates will face off in the upcoming August 19 primary.

Permanent Fund bill faces test in House Finance Committee

The bill that would cut Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividend checks in half this fall faces a tough legislative test this week. While the Senate passed its version of the bill, Senate Bill 128, the House version, House Bill 245, may not make it through the House Finance Committee. Lawmakers from both ends of the political spectrum are raising concerns with the measure. Download Audio

With One-Cent Spill Levy, Alaska House Passes First Tax Bill In Years

Since the Murkowski administration, the Alaska House of Representatives has not passed a taxation bill where the levy goes beyond the oil industry. That changed on Wednesday, when the House narrowly passed a surcharge on refined fuel.

Trump campaign reveals list of Alaska Republican co-chairs and supporters

Alaska Republican leaders from all parts of the GOP spectrum are uniting behind Donald Trump for president. On Monday, the Trump campaign’s Alaska branch released a list of honorary co-chairs. Download Audio

Debt Ceiling Proposal Would Cut Spending by Almost $1 Trillion Over 10 Years

The votes still have to come but Sunday night President Obama announced an agreement between Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders. Just what the rank and file membership think will be revealed Monday morning.

Obama: Oil states must prepare for cleaner future

Gov. Bill Walker asked President Obama today to allow more oil drilling on federal land. Obama told him and other governors that oil producing states should prepare for a shift to cleaner energy. Download Audio

Banking Error Delays State Payroll

About 15,000 state of Alaska employees will wait another day for their paychecks, due to a banking glitch. Direct deposits were not processed as expected by U.S. Bank on Monday, according to the Administration Department. Download Audio

State budget largely unchanged after 3 days of amendments

Minority caucus Republicans offered amendments that would cut $28 million, but none passed. Listen now