Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Fate of $15 Million in Federal Funds Uncertain

Associated Press The Governor hasn’t decided whether to return federal funds the state received to implement provisions of the federal health care overhaul...

State Rep Slowly Makes Way Back to Juneau

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage State representative Sharon Cissna is slowly making her way back to Juneau from Seattle. The Anchorage Democrat decided...

Senator Looking Alaskan Input for Budget Trim

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage Senator Mark Begich wants Alaskans to propose ideas for trimming the federal budget. The Democrat is asking Alaskans...

Legislators Becoming Skeptical of Some of Parnell's Economic Data

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau Lawmakers have become skeptical of some of the data they’re getting from the Parnell administration about the future of the...

Representatives Pushing Early Childhood Education

Associated Press Rep. Scott Kawasaki from Fairbanks is promoting early childhood education. He says those who attended preschool are more employable when they're older and...

Parnell Won’t Implement Federal Health Care Law

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell won’t implement any aspect of the federal health care overhaul in Alaska, citing a Florida...

Alaska Will Keep Flight Subsidies

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington The Essential Air Service Program that subsidizes flights to rural Alaska is safe – for now. Arizona...

Murkowski Seeking Public Comments on Sealaska Lands Bill

Associated Press Senator Lisa Murkowski  is planning informational meetings to gather public comment on the Sealaska lands bill. The meetings are scheduled for next week in...

Alaska Delegation Fears Proposed Budget Hurts Oil, Gas Industry

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Despite sober warnings by President Obama that federal spending must be reigned in, he actually wants to...

Indian Affairs Committee Meets for First Time in New Congress

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The Senate Indian Affairs Committee met Wednesday for the first time this year, in a short session...

Oil Industry Supporting Parnell’s Proposed Tax Reduction

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Representatives of the oil industry were at the state capitol Wednesday to offer general support for Governor Sean...

$1 Million Federal Grant Available to Help Start State-Run Health Exchange

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell has until Friday to decide whether to accept a $1 million federal grant to help...

Begich Seeks Congressional Oversight Hearing on Subsistence Management

Associated Press Senator  Mark Begich is seeking a congressional oversight hearing on subsistence management of federal lands in Alaska. Begich wrote to leaders of the Senate...

Oil Companies Testifying in Hearing on Proposed Tax Cuts

Associated Press The major three oil companies operating in Alaska are scheduled to testify during legislative hearings on Gov. Sean Parnell's plan to cut oil...

Department of Law Determines Alaska Not Required to Follow Health Care Legislation

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The Department of Law has advised Governor Sean Parnell that Alaska is not required to follow the national...

Alaska Senate Passes Voter Intent Bill

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau Monday morning, the Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation ensuring a voter intent priority for the counting of write-in...

Obama’s $3.7 Trillion Proposed Budget Cuts 200 Programs

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska takes some lumps in the budget proposed by President Obama Monday, but it could’ve been worse. ...

Rural Alaska Gets Mixed News in Political Realm

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau The political realm offers good and bad news for rural Alaska. That’s the word from two key Alaska Federation...

Federal Subsistence Board May Gain Larger Rural Voice

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage The Interior Department wants to add two members who will represent rural interests to the Federal Subsistence Board....

Rural Senator Airs Redistricting Concerns

Photo and Story by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau The senator representing Alaska’s largest legislative district is warning Native leaders about the pending loss...