Alaska Politics

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Sullivan joins measure knocking House for impeachment inquiry

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said the House's current impeachment inquiry is more partisan than the process faced by presidents Clinton or Nixon.

Former state lawyer sues over being fired, saying she couldn’t sign Dunleavy “pledge of loyalty”

Former assistant public advocate Kelly Parker filed the lawsuit in Anchorage Superior Court on October 8th, against Dunleavy, his former chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock, and the state.

Murkowski, true to form, breaks with GOP colleagues on ethical questions about Trump

Is President Trump's plan to hold the international conference at a Trump golf club in Florida appropriate? Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says "no."

Protest interrupts governor at AFN, reveals fissures over appropriate dissent among attendees

Protesters standing with their back to the stage during Governor Mike Dunleavy's speech at the 2019 AFN convention in Fairbanks. (Photo...

Trump to pick former Alaska oil industry attorney for federal judgeship

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he intends to pick Josh Kindred, a federal attorney in Anchorage and former oil industry attorney, as a new federal district court judge for Alaska.

As recall effort looms, can Gov. Dunleavy ease tensions with Alaska Native groups?

With a recall campaign in limbo, this week's convention could preview some of Dunleavy's next steps when it comes his tense relationship with a potent Alaska Native voting bloc.

Press Secretary Shuckerow is the latest to exit Alaska governor’s team

Shuckerow is the fourth prominent departure from the governor’s office in just over two months.

Court blocks Dunleavy union rule change. For now.

The Alaska Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order in favor of union groups opposing a controversial change in membership rules.

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy picks top deputy, former oil industry lobbyist to chair state oil watchdog

Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named a former oil lobbyist who currently works as his deputy chief of staff to chair the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the public agency that acts as a watchdog over the state's oil industry.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants lawmakers to approve additional PFDs this fall. Here’s why that’s unlikely.

At a news conference Friday, a special session sounded unlikely, as Dunleavy said he’s waiting to call one until the state Senate approves his nominee to fill a vacant seat.

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy picks Rep. Josh Revak in second bid to fill Senate seat

Rep. Josh Revak was selected after Senate Republicans, in a tie vote, failed to approve Anchorage GOP Rep. Laddie Shaw.

Alaska senators circumspect after release of Trump’s Ukraine transcript

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Wednesday, Alaska's senators weren't taking a firm stand for or against President Trump after the White House released...

Ben Stevens once left the Alaska Senate in disgrace. Now he’s Gov. Dunleavy’s top deputy.

Stevens, Dunleavy's new chief of staff, once left his job in the state Senate amid a federal corruption investigation, though he was never charged. Now, he re-enters public service with links to some of the same industries that found favor from his father, the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Delta city council member denies posting racist comments on social media

A Delta Junction City Council member says he’s been victimized by a fake Twitter account established under his name in January that includes several posts with racist comments.

LISTEN: Congressman Young responds to impeachment inquiry

Sen. Lisa Murkowski called the accusations that Trump may have pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate a political rival “very concerning,” while Sen. Dan Sullivan said he can’t comment until he knows the facts.

Records show federal government, tasked with rewriting Tongass rules, also funded Alaska timber group

The State of Alaska was granted millions of dollars in federal funds to help facilitate dialogue about potential changes to the Roadless Rule. Some of that money went to timber industry groups — and environmentalists say that's not fair.

‘Concerning,’ ‘No comment’: Alaska senators respond to impeachment controversy

The senators responded to allegations that President Trump, in a phone call this summer, may have pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate one of Trump's political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.

With Arduin out, Alaska’s budget process is about to change

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration plans to have commissioners play a more prominent role in the budget process this year.

Rep. Laddie Shaw, blocked from Senate seat appointment, says he wasn’t fairly judged

The Alaska Senate Republicans rejected on Thursday Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s choice to fill a vacant Senate seat. The senators blocked the...

Senate Republicans reject Dunleavy’s pick to fill vacant seat

The Anchorage Senate seat became vacant in August when Sen. Chris Birch died suddenly from heart complications