Alaska Politics

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Murkowski: ‘The president’s behavior was shameful’

Sen. Murkowski says President Trump brought dishonor to the office, but she won't vote to remove him. 

There’s still little common ground on how to fix the budget in Juneau

The Alaska Legislature and Gov. Mike Dunleavy have both talked in the first two weeks of the session about the importance of closing the gap between how much the state government spends and how much it brings in. But there are big differences in how to fix the problem.

Dunleavy promotes resource development in speech to Alaska business leaders

The governor said the state is in a good position on multiple fronts. One is the warming Arctic, which could allow for shipping across the Arctic Ocean. Another is the demand for minerals that are used in electronics.

Reporter’s notebook: Tracking the inscrutable Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Murkowski talks to reporters about the impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. (Jeff Malet/MaletPhoto.com) Mitt...

LISTEN: What do Murkowski’s impeachment questions mean about how she’ll vote? Analysts hear different things.

It was question-and-answer day Wednesday in the impeachment trial of President Trump, and a lot of people are analyzing the questions of Sen. Lisa Murkowski for clues.

Judge again pauses Recall Dunleavy signature gathering

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth issued a stay that halts the organization Recall Dunleavy from gathering signatures to hold a recall election, pending a decision from the Alaska Supreme Court.

Alaska Senate majority strips three Mat-Su Republicans of their leadership positions

The three Republicans -- Mike Shower, Shelley Hughes and Lora Reinbold -- broke from their caucus on a vote last year setting the Permanent Fund dividend amount.

Judge lifts hold on Recall Dunleavy campaign, saying order he issued 24 hours earlier was “inadvertent”

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth, in his second reversal in as many days, has revoked an order pausing the campaign to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, saying he'd issued it accidentally.

LISTEN: Alaska Gov. Dunleavy remains skeptical of cutting PFD, and says he’s still pursuing campaign agenda

Dunleavy said Tuesday that the campaign to recall him hasn’t changed how he does his job. But he said he has given the issue some thought. Listen to Dunleavy's full 17-minute interview with Juneau correspondent Andrew Kitchenman here.

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy picks Juneau man as new budget director

Juneau resident Neil Steininger started Tuesday, just in time for the first day of the legislative session.

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.