Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Murkowski Granted Intervener Status in Miller Case

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau Senator Lisa Murkowski is now part of the lawsuit filed against the state over the counting of write-in ballots. Ketchikan...

Investigation into Campaign Complaint Continues

Tara Bicknell, KHNS – Haines An investigation continues into a formal complaint against District Five State Representative Bill Thomas and several of his re-election...

Mayor Sullivan Presents City’s Wish List

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan presented a draft of the city’s wish list for the upcoming legislative session earlier this...

Young Votes Against Censuring New York Representative

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Congressman Don Young was one of only two Republicans to vote against censuring New York Representative Charles Rangel...

Coastal Management Program Closing July 1

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau After more than 30 years, the doors are scheduled to close on one of the state agencies that has...

Parnell Selects New Attorney General

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage John Burns is Governor Sean Parnell's choice for Attorney General.  Burns is a Fairbanks lawyer.  He  will replace Dan Sullivan,...

Senators Review Pentagon Report Regarding ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Senators are both reviewing a Pentagon report unveiled Tuesday on the effects of repealing the law banning...

Anti-Earmark Legislation Fails in Senate

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Attached to the Food Safety bill was an attempt by Senator Tom Coburn to ban earmarks. It...

Senate Passes New Food Safety Bill

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Gridlock may be the prevailing theme on Capitol Hill, but Senator Lisa Murkowski and 14 other Republicans joined...

Murkowski Asks to Intervene in Miller Suit

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage The venue change of candidate Joe Miller’s lawsuit against the state of Alaska has put a new wrinkle in...

ASRC, North Slope Borough May Fight Polar Bear Habitat Designation

Jake Neher, KBRW – Barrow Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and North Slope Borough officials are considering filing suit against the U.S. Department of Interior...

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill; Attempt to Ban Earmarks Fails

Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC The lame duck congress may not be able to agree about gays in the military, an arms treaty or...

Miller Lawsuit to be Heard in Juneau

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Fairbanks judge Douglas Blankenship ruled this afternoon that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s lawsuit against the state division...

Congressmen Referenced in Zachares’ Trial May Never Be Named

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The conviction of Congressman Don Young’s former aid Mark Zachares who was convicted for taking gifts from corrupt lobbyist...

Meaning of Fewer Earmarks for Alaskans

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Earmarks have a bad rap in Washington, but Alaska has heavily benefitted from them.  On Wednesday we looked...

Department of Interior Designates Critical Polar Bear Habitat

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The Department of Interior today released the areas designated as critical habitat for polar bears. It’s a vast 187,000 mile...

Republicans Pledge to Ban Earmarks; Alaska Delegation Fighting for Them

Photos and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate are pledging to ban earmarks.  That’s...

Angoon Recall Effort Appears Unsuccessful

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka An attempt to remove Angoon Mayor Albert Howard from office appears to have failed, based on preliminary election returns...

Johansen Vows Return to Republican Caucus

Associated Press State Rep. Kyle Johansen is vowing a return to the Republican caucus. The embattled Johansen told constituents in Ketchikan this week that he...

Planned Parenthood Working to Overturn Parental Notice Law

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is suing the state in an effort to overturn the parental notice law,...