Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

House Accepts Senate’s Susitna Hydro Bill

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The House accepted a Senate bill taking the first steps toward a hydroelectric dam on the Susitna River,...

Legislation Would Help Alaskans Pay High Heating Costs

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks A proposal by Fairbanks State Senator Joe Thomas would help Alaskans pay for the high cost of heating...

Governor’s Letter to Legislature Draws Rise from Leadership

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Tuesday, Governor Sean Parnell put more distance between himself and the Senate Majority – making it less likely...

Denali Commission May Need to Return $15 Million

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau The Denali Commission may have to return $15 million in federal funds. The Commission carried over the funds from...

Senate Approves First Steps of Susitna River Hydro Dam

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Tuesday, the Senate approved the first steps toward a hydroelectric dam on the Susitna River.     The bill,...

Redistricting Board Taking Public Comments

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage The state’s Redistricting Board is taking public comment this week on its two options for an Alaska redistricting...

Budget Boosts Shipyard as AK-Class Ferry Builder

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau The capital budget up for debate during this week’s special session includes money to help Ketchikan’s shipyard get ready...

First Day of Special Session Coming to a Close

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau and Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The House and Senate gaveled in their special session Monday afternoon to...

Legislature Passes Bill Banning Fake Pot

Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau Fake pot will be illegal throughout Alaska starting this summer under a bill passed by the state legislature on...

Begich Tries to Smooth Way for Creating OCS Coordinator Position

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage Senator Mark Begich is hoping to convince Congress to create a new federal position to help smooth the...

Special Session Begins Today

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau This year's legislative session is over. But the work is not complete. And with a special session...

Senate Finance Authorizes Oil, Gas Employment Study

Associated Press The Senate Finance Committee authorized spending up to $200,000 on a study of oil and gas employment on Alaska's North Slope. Committee co-chair Bert...

Legislature Passes Bill Expanding Southeast Alaska State Forest

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau A bill expanding the Southeast Alaska State Forest will soon head to the governor’s office. The Senate passed the measure Thursday....

Final Days of Session Remain Unclear

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The legislature should be going into the final two days of this year’s session tonight.   However, it became...

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...