Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Lawmakers Consider Change to Casting of Electoral College Votes

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau State lawmakers are considering legislation to pledge Alaska’s Electoral College votes every four years to the presidential candidate...

Begich Says Health Care Law Needs to be Followed Until Challenges Hit Supreme Court

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s lone Congressional member who supports the 2010 federal Health Care Act says it’s the law, and...

Sealaska Lands Bill Will be Reintroduced in Congress

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Every new session of Congress is a clean slate.  Bills that didn’t pass in the previous two-year...

Bill Limiting Immigrants Rights to Drivers’ License Approved by Committee

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau A bill limiting immigrant’s rights to a drivers’ license was approved by the House State Affairs Committee Tuesday. ...

Parnell Calls for Delay of Health Care Law Implementation

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s governor is calling on the federal government to temporarily suspend implementation of the health care overhaul...

House Approves Senior Benefits Program

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Monday, the House approved a program that helps low-income senior citizens with a small monthly benefit to encourage...

Transportation Officials to Present Plans for Road to Nome

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks State transportation officials will present plans for a proposed road to Nome at a public meeting in Fairbanks...

New DOT Commissioner Looking to Save Money

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau The new boss of Alaska’s Transportation Department is looking for ways to save money. Commissioner Mark Luiken oversees state...

Congress Moving to Improve Health Care Law

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Mark Begich says the U.S. Senate now has the votes to repeal an unpopular provision in the...

Senators Vote to Ban Anonymous Hold on Legislation, Appointments

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Senators voted Thursday to ban the practice of putting anonymous holds or blocks on legislation and...

Native Group Confident in Progress

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage The President of the country’s largest group representing Alaska Natives and American Indians says they...

State of the Indian Nations Address Highlights Productive Year in Native American Policy

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The President of the country’s largest group representing Alaska Natives and American Indians says they...

Spill Commission Co-Chair Endorses Exploratory Arctic Wells

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC One of the leaders of the President’s Oil Spill Commission endorsed Shell’s plan on Wednesday to drill...

Legislature Working to Clarify Write-In Law

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau The Alaska Legislature wants to ensure voter intent takes precedent when counting write-in ballots. The issue was raised last...

Young, Begich Find Common Ground

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Democratic Senator and Republican Congressman sat together at last night’s State of...

Bipartisan Seating Kicks Off Year With Positive Symbolism

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Tonight’s State of the Union Address has members of Congress reaching across the aisle...

Johansen Vows to Fight Recall Efforts

Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan A Ketchikan lawmaker says he will “vigorously fight” an effort by fellow Republicans to recall him. In a...

House District One Republicans Seeking to Recall Johansen

Maria Dudzak, KRBD - Ketchikan House District One Republicans are seeking to recall Ketchikan Representative Kyle Johansen. That decision was made during...

State to Run Disaster Assistance Center in Savoonga

Associated Press The state will run a disaster assistance center in Savoonga to help residents whose homes were damaged after a storm caused prolonged...

Senate Bill Would Establish Professional Standards for Fishing Guides

Jacob Resneck, KMXT – Kodiak A bill that would create an independent board regulating licensed sport fishing guides is gaining ground in the...