Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Rossi Charged With Game Violations, Resigns From ADF&G

Corey Rossi has been charged with game violations and has resigned from the state Fish and Game department. Rossi was director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Alaskan Voters Opt To Legalize Marijuana

Voters approved ballot measure two last night. The measure makes legal the production, sale and use of marijuana for Alaskans over 21 years old. Washington DC and Oregon approved similar measures. Download Audio

Alaska boards, commissions skew male 2 to 1

Women are underrepresented in state boards and commissions. These groups – comprised of experts, citizens and officials – guide state policy, make regulations and protect Alaskans in areas, from hairdressing to the Permanent Fund. Download Audio

Kott, Kohring Retrials Will Be Held in Fairbanks

A federal judge has ordered the retrials of former Alaska lawmakers Pete Kott and Victor Kohring be held in Fairbanks.

Lawmakers Grapple With UAF Power Plant Funding

At $245 million, the biggest item in the capital budget before the Legislature is a power plant for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The plant is needed to replace an old one that’s at risk of breaking down. The project is now before the House Finance Committee for review, and lawmakers are less surprised by the price tag than by how the funding package works in the first place.

Alaska Supreme Court Clears Bristol Bay Initiative For Ballot

An initiative that would add another roadblock to the Pebble Mine project will appear on the ballot this fall, now that a legal challenge against it has failed.

Less Than 100 Votes Separate House District 34 Contenders

With 100 percent of House District 34's precincts reporting in, Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins (D) leads Bill Thomas (R) by under 100 votes. Many other races are still waiting on precincts.

Seaton files to run as non-partisan in Democratic primary

House Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer has represented House District 31 on the Kenai Peninsula as a Republican since 2002, but he filed Thursday to run as an independent in the Democratic primary. Listen now

Oil Tax Referendum To Appear On Ballot

It's official: A controversial tax cut on oil companies will be put to a vote. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai certified the referendum on the new tax law this Tuesday. Download Audio

Mat-Su Manager Duffy Resigns

Matanuska Susitna Borough manager John Duffy has resigned his post.  Duffy's move surprised the Borough Assembly,  who received Duffy's resignation letter late...

State Seeks to Join Izembek Lawsuit

The State of Alaska has tried to back up the village of King Cove on their quest to build a road through protected wilderness. Now, the state’s prepared to follow them into court. Download Audio

Dunleavy budget faces criticism at Alaska Native forum

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer faced tough questions about the Dunleavy administration’s proposed budget at an Alaska Native forum in Juneau.

Governor vetoes funding for Ocean Rangers cruise ship inspectors

Funding for Alaska’s on-board cruise ship inspectors has been eliminated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The Ocean Rangers program was created by a ballot initiative and is paid for by cruise ship passengers.

In first townhall in Interior Alaska, crowd engages with Sullivan

Senator Dan Sullivan said he’s looking forward to being briefed on the firing of FBI Chief James Comey this week. Sullivan said the Assistant Attorney General will talk with the entire Senate. Sullivan’s remarks were made at his first Town Hall meeting in interior Alaska Friday. Listen now

Governor’s weekend retreat to look beyond the budget impasse

Weekend plans for about 175 diverse and influential Alaskans include right-sizing state government, working with interactive financial models and frank talk about the third rail of Alaska politics — revenue, taxes and tapping the Permanent Fund. Download Audio:

Alaska Native, American Indian Leaders Organize Priorities

As the federal budget is scrutinized for savings, there’s a mad-scramble going on in Washington to protect programs from drastic cuts.

Alaska Legislature shutters offices on Friday afternoons

As a cost-saving measure, 22 legislative information offices around the state are shuttered starting this Friday afternoon. Listen now

“Key Ingredients ” Highlights Local Foods

Eating is, by nature, a social activity. But these days, with the frenetic pace of American living and a disturbing reliance on fast food, it's hard to get the whole family together for a meal. Now a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Palmer Museum attempts to get people connected to their local foods, Recently, a sampling of old time Palmer colonists' recipes is helping to highlight the use of native grown produce.

Division of Elections Sorting Through Absentee Ballots

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks It will be weeks before there’s a final tally in the close U.S. Senate Republican primary race between incumbent...

Rural Housing Loans Open Doors For Affordability In Juneau

Residents of the capital city now qualify for “rural” federal housing loans from the Department of Agriculture after Congress raised the population cap for communities to qualify. The loans make home ownership more accessible in a city that lists affordable housing as one of its top issues. Download Audio