Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Governor Bill Walker And The Alaska State Budget

Governor Bill Walker and legislators need to work together to bring down state spending and raise new revenue. The Governor wants to expand Medicaid, beef up the instate gasline proposal and halt spending on several large infrastructure projects. Some Lawmakers are pushing back. How will they compromise? APRN: Tuesday, 3/17 at 10:00am Download Audio

State Appealing Federal Protection for Polar Bears

The state of Alaska is appealing a federal ruling that upholds a 2008 decision to give polar bears federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Following health care vote, Trump singles out Murkowski with critical tweet

Following yesterday's narrow Senate vote to allow debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval toward Senator Lisa Murkowski. Listen now

Education commissioner says it’s time to review school funding formula

State Education Commissioner Michael Johnson also told lawmakers Wednesday that he didn’t consult with school districts before the Dunleavy administration proposed a $20 million cut to education funding.

Transportation Bill Would Give Alaska Railroad $31 Million

Congress is set to vote on a transportation bill by the end of the week. The plan will fund construction projects for the next two years, and both parties are touting it as a major jobs package.

Lt. Gov. Davidson delivers first public speech in new position

She spoke at the annual tribal conference, held today at the Egan Center to kick of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, which starts tomorrow. Listen now

Postal Service Might Lose $10 Billion This Fiscal Year

Tuesday, the U.S. Postal Service warned Congress it could lose $10 billion in the fiscal year that ends this month. That puts the Postal Service in danger of defaulting as it reaches its borrowing limit.

Bill Would Force Annual Lease Sale In NPR-A

House Republicans are introducing a bill that would force the Secretary of the Interior to hold an annual lease sale for oil and gas drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve. It’s part of a politically-tinged energy package.

Access Alaska Gets New Accessible Building

A non-profit that serves Alaska's seniors and people with disabilities has a new home that is universally accessible - that means anybody with any disability can work at or visit their office. Download Audio

Sealaska Lands Bill Passes Senate Committee

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s version of the Sealaska lands bill has passed out of its only committee of referral. That’s a major step toward a Senate floor vote. But there’s no guarantee it will move any further in Congress. Its best chance is as part of a package of lands legislation. Download Audio

Former State Senator John Cowdery Dies

Former state Senator John Cowdery of Anchorage is dead. Cowdery was first elected to the legislature in 1982.

State DHSS suspends thousands of senior benefits payments

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has suspended payments for some recipients of the state’s Senior Benefits Program due to a lack of funding.

Bill Would Allow Road To Prince of Wales Mines

A bill making it easier to build a road to Prince of Wales Island mines has gotten some attention in the nation’s Capitol. Download Audio

Why fishermen are mailing corks to Murkowski

Bristol Bay fishermen who oppose the Pebble Mine are adding an unusual task to their pre-season chores: They’re writing messages on cork floats and mailing them to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Chenault Renews In-State Gas Line Push

State House Speaker Mike Chenault – a Republican from Nikiski – is renewing his push for a small diameter in-state gas line with a new bill that streamlines previous legislation.

Juneau Lawmakers Egan, Muñoz and Kito Re-elected To Legislature

All three of the capital city’s state lawmakers handily won re-election Tuesday. Sen. Dennis Egan and Reps. Cathy Muñoz and Sam Kito III all got at least 60 percent of the votes counted in their respective races on Election Day.

House 36 Race Remains Too Close To Call

The House District 36 race remains too close to call after Tuesday’s general election. With all 10 precincts reporting to the Alaska Division of Elections, Dan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein. Download Audio

RUNNING: Lisa Murkowski Debates Joe Miller – Part 2/2

Part 2/2 of a the first debate between incumbent Lisa Murkowski and challenger Joe Miller took place on August 19, 2010 during the RUNNING...

State House, Senate call for each other to give ground, Walker hopes for compromise

Talk on the first day of the legislative special session focused on whether the House and Senate can compromise on a plan to balance the state’s budget in the future. Listen now

Conference Attendees Defend Small Business Administration Program

Conference attendees in Anchorage last week defended a controversial Small Business Administration program. About 280 people attended a National 8(a) Association conference in Anchorage to learn more about the program that helps small businesses compete for federal contracts, but has come under increasing Congressional scrutiny in recent years.