Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Bettye Davis, trailblazing lawmaker and education activist, passes at the age of 80

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Former state lawmaker Bettye Davis has passed away at the age of 80.

Legislature to hear bill for Alaskan income tax

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A legislative committee will hear a bill that would levy a personal income tax on Alaskans later than anticipated. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee was to have heard the bill Tuesday afternoon, but testimony on another bill before the committee ran long.

ACA enrollment: Better rates for Alaskans but less time to find them

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President Trump says "Obamacare is dead." That negative advertising from the White House is just one of the obstacles Alaska's navigators have to overcome ahead of the enrollment period that starts Nov. 1. Listen now

Alaska Tries To Curb Cruise Ship Kickbacks

Every summer, a million tourists pass through Southeast Alaska. It's a boon to local retailers, who rely on the extra customers to make up for slower winter months. But with lots money being spent, business can get dirty. Listen Now

New Senate group convened to scrutinize Medicaid reform

The Senate Fiance Committee is creating a new subcommittee to look at Medicaid reform. Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, will lead the subcommittee. She says the other members will be announced Wednesday morning.

Anchorage Assembly Hears Title 21 Testimony, Nobody Likes Rewrite Much

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The Anchorage Assembly heard public testimony on the long-anticipated rewrite of Anchorage land-use law, Title 21, at their meeting Tuesday night. More than 40 people testified. KSKA's Daysha Eaton was there and has the highlights.

Seward Small Stream Flood Advisory Update

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Flood Advisory for Seward until 3 pm Saturday

Former DNR Commish Dan Sullivan Announces Senate Run

Former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan announced he's running for U.S. Senate this morning in Anchorage. Download Audio

Incumbents Face Off In Anchorage House District 25

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Sometimes during redistricting, when new lines are drawn, incumbents end up running against each other. This time around, it happened in two senate races and three house races across the state. That's the case with Democrat Peter Petersen and Republican Lance Pruitt in Anchorage's House District 25.

Sullivan to Chair Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries

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U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has been named chairman of the subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, part of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Its jurisdiction includes oversight of the Clean Water Act, wetlands, the Endangered Species Act, invasive species and National Wildlife Refuges.

Alaska House spokesman charged with assault; now unemployed

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An Alaska legislative official says the Alaska House majority spokesman facing assault charges is no longer employed by the state. Listen now

Investigators drop query into Zinke calls to Alaska senators

The IG's office issued a letter saying Alaska's U.S. senators declined to discuss the matter with investigators and further investigation would be pointless.

Murkowski Maintains Lead Over Weekend

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Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau The tabulation of write-in votes will continue in Juneau until Wednesday at the earliest – and Lisa Murkowski is maintaining...

State Senator Plans To Investigate Guard Situation

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State Senator Lesil McGuire says the Legislature will hold hearings into the troubled Alaska National Guard, but she’s getting push back from the Senate president. Download Audio

Panel Will Target Tongass Plan Rewrite, Timber Transition

The Forest Service is setting up an advisory board to help rewrite the Tongass National Forest’s management plan. It’s somewhat similar to another panel that shut down last year without completing its work.

Fairbanks City Council approves ‘cannabis cafes’

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The Fairbanks City Council voted Monday to allow consumption of marijuana at authorized cannabis shops in town.

Superintendent Comeau Announces 2012 Retirement

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One of Alaska's most prominent educators is retiring after nearly four decades of working with students in the state's largest city.

Westlake extends lead over Nageak in Northern Alaska recount

Barrow Representative Benjamin Nageak says he isn’t conceding the Democratic primary to Dean Westlake. “No, no, no, I haven’t conceded anything,” said Nageak.

Republican candidates for governor meet in Juneau

The four candidates talked about party loyalty, sexual harassment and federal overreach on Friday. Listen now

A woman seeks Don Young’s seat in Congress. And she’s never been to Alaska

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Out of the field of six candidates running to unseat U.S. House Rep. Don Young this fall, there is one candidate who’s never set foot in Alaska. Listen now