Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Board Releases Version of Redistricting Map

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage One thing is for certain, the Redistricting Board’s draft of Alaska’s new election map is bound to raise...

Proposed District Changes Draw Rise from Kwethluk

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel The State’s redistricting proposals move some villages around in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. A few move from the enormous Interior...

Legislature Passes FASD Awareness Day Resolution

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution proclaiming September 9, 2011 FASD Awareness Day. FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol...

Park Service Rethinking Strategy Along Yukon River

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The National Park Service says it’s making changes to how it handles law enforcement in the Yukon Charley...

House Passes Governor’s Scholarship Bill

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Friday, the state House unanimously passed and sent to the Senate Governor Parnell’s bill relating to funding the...

Obama Appoints Yup’ik Woman to Nation Advisory Council on Indian Education

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage President Obama has appointed a Yup’ik woman to serve on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, where...

Effort to Ban Cell Phones While Driving Comes to Halt

Associated Press An effort to ban cell phone use while driving has been brought to a screeching halt. The House Judiciary Committee on Friday killed...

State Legislature Gears Up For Overtime

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau This year’s legislative session will not end Sunday night, the voter-mandated 90 day deadline. It’s not yet...

BP Chief Touts New Oil Tax Structure

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The President of BP Exploration for Alaska, John Minge, gave a rousing talk to a couple hundred people...

Initiative in SW Alaska Aims To Halt Pebble Mine

Daysha Eaton, KDLG – Dillingham It looks like an initiative that would protect salmon and salmon habitat from mining will soon be on...

House Passes Budget Deal

Libby Casey, APRN - Anchorage The U.S. House just passed the spending deal hammered out late last Friday night that avoids a government shutdown.  It...

Delegation, Environmentalists Debate Arctic Drilling Permitting Process

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Shell Oil Company has been waiting five years to get permission to drill ...

Voter Intent Bill Passes Through House

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau Voter intent would be the determining factor for counting write-in ballots in Alaska under a bill on its...

Denali Kid Care Expansion Falls in Senate

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau A bill expanding the 14-year-old Denali Kid Care program failed on a tie vote in the Senate Wednesday. ...

Redistricting Board Meeting in Anchorage

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau A draft map is expected by Thursday. Redistricting Board members meeting in Anchorage are working on preliminary plans...

Southeast, Southcentral Schools May Lose Millions

Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan Southeast and Southcentral school districts stand to lose millions in federal funding under proposed changes to the Secure...

Mayor Sullivan Proposes Funding for Variety of Initiatives

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan wants to use $11 million in savings from the 2010 municipal budget to fund...

House Republicans Unveil Budget Details

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC House Republicans unveiled over night the details of the budget deal hatched...

Coastal Management Program Talks Fall Apart

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Talks to keep the coastal management program going after July first have fallen apart.   Word came in messages...

Begich Calls for Education Overhaul

Jerzy Shedlock, APRN – Anchorage Senator Mark Begich is calling for an education overhaul, because he thinks the No Child Left Behind law...