Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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...

Senate Strengthens Opposition to Oil Tax Reduction

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Monday, the Senate leadership hardened its opposition to Governor Sean Parnell’s tax reduction for the oil industry.   In...

Finance Committee Releases Version of Capital Project Budget

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The legislature at last has a capital projects budget to look at.    The Senate Finance committee released its...

House Passes Bill Loosening Self Defense Laws

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The State House on Saturday passed a bill that loosens the state’s “self defense” laws.   The measure by...

TSA Issues Mail Waiver for Adak

Jacob Resneck, KMXT – Kodiak The mail is again flowing to the island community of Adak after an apparent dispute between Alaska Airlines...

Legislature Enters Final Week of Session

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau The legislature is now in the final week of this year’s session – with a lot of critical issues...

No Agreement Reached Yet to Avert Shutdown

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage and Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage There’s only a few hours left for Congress to settle disagreement over...

State's Preparation for Potential Shutdown Began in February

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Anchorage Governor Parnell says he began in February looking for any potential problems that would come from a shutdown of...

Parts of Cook Inlet Designated Critical Beluga Habitat

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday it has designated portions of Cook Inlet as critical habitat...