Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Anchorage judge, in reversal, pauses Dunleavy recall to wait for Alaska Supreme Court ruling

The order blocks the Recall Dunleavy campaign from gathering signatures to put the question on the ballot until the Alaska Supreme Court reviews the case.

Nevada prosecutors drop domestic violence charges against former Alaska political consultant

Prosecutors in Nevada have dismissed all charges against a former Alaska political consultant -- U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan's campaign manager in 2014 -- who was accused of assaulting his former fiancee.

LISTEN: Homelessness services are working to keep Alaskans sheltered as statewide cold snap continues

The recent, severe cold weather has turned difficult conditions into life threatening ones. How are shelter managers and others who work to end homelessness grappling with extreme need for those who are most vulnerable during this extended cold snap?

Bethel City Council considering Libby Bakalar for city attorney

Bakalar, who wrote comments critical of Donald Trump on her blog and was fired from her legal job with the state, is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy over her termination.

Tribal education compacts, easier veto overrides and faster rape kit results in the mix of new bills this session

Tribal education compacts, easier veto overrides and faster rape kit results in the mix of new bills this session

‘Disturbed’: Murkowski didn’t mean quite what you thought she meant

To partisans, Murkowski's ways don't satisfy. They say she zig-zags. But Murkowski sees herself on a straight line called "process."

LISTEN: There’s a lot on the table during the next legislative session. State government reporters break down what to look out for.

Next Tuesday, legislators return to Juneau to start the 2020 session. Will the Dunleavy administration and state lawmakers find common ground on how to pay for state services and a permanent fund dividend without draining the Constitutional Budget Reserve?

Judge rejects state’s effort to block Alaska Gov. Dunleavy recall campaign

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth ruled from the bench that the campaign can move forward, but his decision is certain to be appealed by Dunleavy's administration to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Public Defender Agency caseload may be compromising ability to meet ethical and constitutional obligations, report finds

The state’s Public Defender Agency has issued its response to a critical state report, saying that Alaska shouldn’t join other states in failing to represent low-income defendants.

Opening the Arctic Refuge brought Alaska’s largest Native corporation $22.5 million from BP and Chevron

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. collected $22.5 million from a pair of oil companies after Congress opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain to drilling in 2017, according to corporate documents.

Murkowski commends drone strike; Sullivan says Trump didn’t need Congress’ OK

Sen. Murkowski commends President Trump and praises the military for the attack that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani

Sullivan, Young support killing of Iran general; Murkowski has no statement

The Republican lawmakers' reactions to the death of Iran's powerful commander joined a chorus of responses Friday to the controversial killing.

Sponsor says Alaska elections initiative has enough signatures to be placed on ballot

Several ballot initiatives and village public safety are among the issues likely to draw attention ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

LISTEN: Senate leadership is here to answer your questions ahead of the 2020 legislative session

Alaska Lawmakers will have a lot on their plates when they convene on January 21st for the start of the legislative session. How will they work to balance spending with less revenue coming in from oil and what amount will they agree to for a permanent fund dividend?

Murkowski’s statements on impeachment cut both ways

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is showing her independent streak as she discusses the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Two activists hold anti-Pebble Mine posters in a back row of the Wendy Williamson Auditorium during an EPA public comment meeting on the Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.

Corps won’t require more fieldwork for final Pebble mine report

Other agencies have said the Corps of Engineer's environment review of the Pebble project lacks critical information. The Corps says it will delay its final report for three months to write more thorough answers.

Council adopts stipends to help legislative aides pay for sessions in Juneau

Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, said the new stipend would make it easier to hire and keep qualified staff members.

Longstanding tensions underlie Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s withdrawal from AFN

Long before Arctic Slope Regional Corp. announced its withdrawal from the Alaska Federation of Natives last week, there were signs of a schism.

Budget scenarios include ‘balanced approach’ that draws interest

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has introduced a budget that would draw down most of what remains in the state's Constitutional Budget Reserve. But deep inside another report is a possible framework for balancing the budget in the long run.

Dunleavy lauded for fiscal discipline at conservative DC think tank

The Heritage Foundation billed Dunleavy as a fiscal hawk with lessons for Washington. The recall campaign sees it differently.