Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Attorneys Wrap Up Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Restrictions To Medicaid-Funded Abortions

Attorneys for both sides wrapped up arguments Wednesday in a case that could reverse state prohibitions against some Medicaid-funded abortions. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood claim a state statute is too restrictive, while it violates a woman's constitutional rights. Download Audio

Arctic drilling foes find public passion has cooled

In the U.S. Senate, opponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge find the proposal isn't drawing public outrage like it did more than a decade ago. "Listen, I know it's a busy news cycle we live in. But last time this issue captured the public's attention," said Sen. Maria Cantwell. Listen now

Alaska’s Health Insurers Call Marketplace Enrollment Figures Disappointing

The Obama administration announced today more than 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance on government run marketplaces by Monday’s enrollment deadline. In Alaska, the final numbers aren't in yet. The two insurers on the state's federally run marketplace are reporting they had 7,500 enrollees by mid March. Download Audio

Murkowski visits Nome, addresses port development

Senator Lisa Murkowski made her first trip to Nome in almost four years this Thursday. She toured local facilities, talked with leaders, hosted a community meet-and-greet, and rounded out the day at a high school basketball game.

At DEC nominee Brune’s confirmation hearing, public testimony centered on Pebble ties

Opposition centered largely on Brune’s involvement with the proposed Pebble Mine. From 2011 to 2014 he served as the public affairs and government relations manager for Anglo American -- a company that backed the project until 2013.

‘Vote no’: Left takes to TV and sky to reach Murkowski

Advocates are cranking up the pressure on Sen. Murkowski to vote against the latest health care repeal. A Palmer conservative urging a "yes" vote calls Murkowski "untouchable." Listen now

GOP in Cleveland: Alaskans shout their say in floor chaos

A ruckus erupted at the GOP convention yesterday. For many, it may have been the last gasp of an effort to nominate someone other than Donald Trump, but some Alaska delegates had another motivation.

Zack Fields wins competitive, left-leaning downtown Anchorage primary

A heavily Democratic district in downtown Anchorage has opted for the most left-leaning progressive candidate in a competitive field.

Senators grounded while Sec. Carter visits state without them

Alaska’s two U.S. senators were supposed to be at Fort Wainwright today. Instead, due to mechanical troubles, they were reduced to making videos describing what they would have said to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, if they'd had the opportunity to talk to him about keeping troops at JBER. Download Audio

Anchorage Still Cleaning Up Election Mess

The Election Commission will hold the final public canvass session to count ballots from the troubled municipal election in Anchorage Thursday. The ballots were found uncounted in a closet in city hall in July. After nearly four months, Anchorage officials say they hope the canvass will begin to shut the door on a messy chapter in the city's election history. The canvass will be followed by final certification of the election, later this month.

Following ousting of Mayor Brower, North Slope elections yield no successor

The is no winner as yet in the North Slope Borough's mayoral election, and officials indicate there may be a run-off election. With absentee and questioned ballots still to be counted, not one of the seven candidates has received the required 40 percent of the ballot. Download Audio

Redistricting Board Rejects Settlement Offer

The Alaska Redistricting Board has rejected a settlement offer and sent their map to a judge for review. The plaintiffs said they will see the Board in court.

Obama brought attention to threatened Arctic villages, but little funding so far

It’s been more than a year since President Barack Obama visited Alaska and became the first sitting president to travel above the Arctic Circle. The trip was designed to draw attention to climate change in the lead up to last year’s international conference in Paris. And the president went out of his way to highlight Alaska villages threatened by rapid erosion. But as Obama prepares to leave office, most of those villages find themselves no closer to a solution. Listen Now

Senate Candidates Discuss Lesser-Known Issues

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The three front-running candidates in Alaska’s contentious U.S. Senate race also answered questions during last night’s debate. Democrat Scott...

Alaska sees positive federal signals on individual insurance market

Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is asking the federal government to take on much of the cost of supporting the individual insurance market. Listen now

Alaska AFL-CIO president says Walker has earned re-election

Beltrami wants Walker and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich to reach an agreement that would leave only one of them in the race for governor. Listen now

Kito: Will There Be Enough Return On Juneau Access To Justify Investment?

The draft supplemental environmental impact statement for a road out of Juneau is now under review by the Federal Highway Administration. That’s the last step in the process before federal highways names a preferred route and issues a Record of Decision. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: June 6, 2011

Fishery Safety Experts Unhappy with Program Cancellation, Update on Missing Talkeetna Woman, Teenage Girls Survive Drowning Accident on Tustumena Lake, Officials Investigate Marine Mammal Deaths Near Skagway, and more...

Obama Nominates REI Chief Exec To Lead The Department of the Interior

President Barack Obama nominated REI chief executive Sally Jewell to lead the Department of the Interior today. It’s a Cabinet position with incredible influence over Alaska. And by virtually every account, the pick surprised everyone.

Alaska Legislature on pace to pass fewest bills ever

Alaska’s Legislature is on pace to pass fewer bills than in any other session in the state’s history. And it’s not clear whether lawmakers will be able to agree on a plan to fix the state’s budget for the future. Listen now