Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

ACLU Challenges Anchorage Sidewalk Law

The ACLU of Alaska is challenging the Municipality of Anchorage law on sidewalk-sitting and panhandling. They say the law is unconstitutional.

Aerial Predator Control Plan on Kenai Peninsula Under Consideration

The state Board of Game is considering a controversial plan to begin aerial predator control on the Kenai Peninsula for the first time. The moose hunt for most of the Kenai has been severely limited. The board of game is looking for ways to give hunters more opportunities to bag moose. But state biologists have said predation is not the issue. And conservation groups are opposing the plan.

Feds File Charges Saying Speculators Driving Up Crude Prices

A federal enforcement agency has filed charges that say speculators have been driving up the price of crude oil, which, in turn, affects the price of fuel at the gasoline pump and the fuel barge.

Gulf to receive fishery disaster recovery funds, unclear when

The president signed a bill this month that directs recovery funds to fisheries disasters on the West Coast, including in Alaska, but it’s still unclear how the limited funds will be distributed. Listen now

Miller Defends Acceptance of Federal Farm Subsidies

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks and Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller defends his acceptance of federal farm subsidies...

House Votes to Bar FDA Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon

The U.S. House has voted to bar the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption.

Dunleavy administration being sued for withholding $20M in education funding

The Dunleavy administration is being sued by education nonprofit Coalition for Education Equity over his refusal to release $20 million in funds that were delegated to public schools last year by the Legislature. 

Begich Takes In About $810K During 3Q

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich took in more than $810,000 during the last quarter for his re-election bid. The Alaska Democrat reported ending the quarter, Sept. 30, with $2.4 million on hand.

Campaign finance enforcers fine Republican Governors Association and Dunleavy support group

The commission said the violation occurred when the RGA reserved TV time for political advertisements without registering with the state. Listen now

NOAA announces some Alaska whales no longer endangered

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that most humpback whales will come off the endangered species list. And that means some whales that spend time in Alaska. Listen now

City council passes Nome’s first commercial marijuana regulation

When the topic has been brought up at past meetings, the Council focused far more on understanding the basics of the state’s regulations, rather than working out the fine details of their own. That’s because, even with the recent legalization of commercial marijuana, the barriers to actually transporting it legally to anywhere off Alaska’s road system are significant.

Healthcare.gov Navigators See Steady Enrollment As Deadline Approaches

Nearly 17,000 Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during this open enrollment period. That's already a substantial increase from last year. And Affordable Care Act navigators expect the next three weeks will be even busier as the February 15th enrollment deadline approaches. Download Audio

Justices wrestle how to set hovercraft case apart from subsistence

The U.S Supreme Court again heard a case that pits the National Park Service against Alaska's sovereignty, and this time subsistence was a big topic. Audio includes excerpts of the arguments.

Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks

Governor Bill Walker is striking an optimistic tone despite tanking oil prices that are reducing state revenue. Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Walker pointed to opportunity. Download Audio

The man with the plan: Can Keith Meyer sell the gas line?

As the state of Alaska takes the lead in the effort to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope, it finds itself taking responsibility for what would be one of the largest, most complex projects in the world. The man in charge is Keith Meyer, the new president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

FEC Hits Sullivan Campaign With $3k Fine

The Federal Election Commission slapped Sen. Dan Sullivan’s campaign with a fine of nearly $3,000 for failing to disclose donations. The total amount of the donations in question comes to just over $25,000. Most -- if not all – of them appear to be from out of state.

Federal Subsistence Board May Gain Larger Rural Voice

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage The Interior Department wants to add two members who will represent rural interests to the Federal Subsistence Board....

Senators Dine with President, Enjoy Alaska’s Finest

It turns out, a sitting U.S. Senator can't simply bring home-state halibut into the White House. Download Audio

Begich Discusses Plans for ‘Lame Duck’ Session

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Senator Mark Begich is in the state for the Veterans Day holiday.  Begich told reporters in Anchorage Wednesday that...

Eight Vying for Mat-Su Borough Mayor

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Eight men are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor’s position in a special election set for next...