Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Former Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly registers as a lobbyist

Kelly represents the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. And he’ll also be doing work for clients of the Mulder Co., run by lobbyist Eldon Mulder.

Alaska Legislature quickly passes state funding for coronavirus response

On the same day that Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed an emergency disaster declaration in order to free up resources to help the state prepare for coronavirus, the Alaska Legislature voted on Wednesday to approve $4.1 million in state funding to respond to coronavirus.

Group says Alaska isn’t meeting commitment to fund rural schools

In June, Dunleavy vetoed half of the money the Legislature budgeted for rural schools. The Coalition for Education Equity of Alaska asked the governor to reverse the veto last July.

Lawmakers crafting plan to end session if coronavirus comes to Juneau

The Legislative Council formed an emergency response preparedness subcommittee Tuesday that would develop a plan for an early adjournment of the session.

Alaska Legislature restricts travel and state imposes out-of-state travel ban and freezes hiring

The state has instituted a freeze on hiring new state workers, and has suspended all out-of-state travel for state workers.

Alaska state Rep. Eastman loses committee seats, may lose caucus position

Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman has been removed from his committee positions, and his status in the House minority caucus is uncertain

Alaska House passes budget bill with speed unseen since ’93

This is the earliest the House has passed a budget since at least 1993. The bill doesn’t include money for Permanent Fund dividends. House leaders say PFDs will be addressed in a later bill.

LISTEN: Legends of the last great race are here to celebrate Iditarod 2020

What can we expect from this year's field of racers? How have trail conditions and sled designs changed over the decades? And who's trail stories are the most…hellacious? It's all about the Iditarod when race icons Jeff King and DeeDee Jonrowe join us.

Alaska Supreme Court chief justice recuses himself from Gov. Dunleavy’s recall case

Chief Justice Joel Bolger said he has made "public statements that could suggest a strong disagreement with the governor's conduct on some very fundamental issues affecting the judicial branch, conduct that forms part of the basis for the recall petition under consideration."

Lawmakers, Alaska Permanent Fund trustees differ on how to protect reserve

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. trustees and executives discuss the future of the fund’s earnings reserve account at a board meeting on...

After last year’s loss, Anchorage alcohol tax boosters bring in Mark Begich’s firm for this year’s campaign

After losing at the polls last year, supporters of a 5 percent alcohol tax in Anchorage say a better public opinion campaign could make the difference when the measure goes before voters again in April. So they've hired Mark Begich's company to help.

LISTEN: It’ll take more than money to bring the Alaska Marine Highway back to life

The ferry system is completely offline right now, with residents facing empty shelves and upended plans. Temporary contractors may help in the short term, but what will it cost Alaskans and what's the long term solution?

Dunleavy wants to pay back cuts to PFDs, but lawmakers are skeptical

A bill introduced at Dunleavy’s request on Wednesday would pay $1,304 to every eligible Alaskan.

Alaska Supreme Court says judge was wrong to stall recall of Gov. Dunleavy while appeal plays out

The group seeking to recall Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy can proceed with signature-gathering while an appeal of the campaign's legality plays out, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

What Congress and the Trump administration are doing to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women

A 2018 report highlighting the crisis of "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" got the gears of government to turn.

LISTEN: Gov. Mike Dunleavy returns to discuss resolving the state budget stalemate

Gov. Mike Dunleavy released his budget plan in December with a full permanent fund dividend and a $1.5 billion deficit for legislators to grapple with.

Bill would launch Alaska state lottery through new corporation

Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested the bill, which would create a new state corporation to oversee the lottery.

New consultant to Alaska Gov. Dunleavy has ties to national conservative figures Pence, Bachmann

Mary Vought, who worked for Pence when he was a member of Congress, is being paid $4,000 a month. She grew up in Alaska and once had Sarah Palin's father as a substitute middle school teacher.

Wildfires, Medicaid push state to request $262.5M more than budgeted

Neil Steininger, director of the Office of Management and Budget, fields questions from House Finance Committee members during a presentation he...

AIDEA head defends no-bid contract for grandson of major Dunleavy supporter

The grandson of a top campaign supporter of Gov. Mike Dunleavy was the only person who could provide economic development advice to the state for $8,000 per month, according to the leader of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA.