Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Assembly Okay’s Transfer of Rumrunner’s Liquor License

The Anchorage Assembly, last night (Tuesday 12/18), approved a resolution allowing sale of the liquor license belonging to Rumrunner's Old Towne Bar & Grill, which closed Sunday, to an Anchorage restaurateur.

State receives $56 million in federal relief for 2016 pink salmon season disaster

On Wednesday, the state learned how much of $200 million in federal funds will go to recovery from the 2016 pink salmon season disaster in the Gulf of Alaska. Listen now

Capital budget vetoes to hit homelessness, addiction treatment

In Anchorage, there are worries that vetoes to addiction treatment facilities and a homeless assistance program could exacerbate a problem that's already worsening.

ACMP Initiative Sponsors Frustrated By Delays

Sponsors of a citizens’ initiative to re-establish the Alaska Coastal Management Program are frustrated by the Parnell Administration’s apparent foot dragging.

‘Super Committee’ Proceedings Remain A Mystery

The 12-members of Congress charged with coming up with a way to carve $1.2 trillion from the deficit have been meeting for weeks – but just what they’ve been up to is a mystery. They’re not talking much about what happens in their closed-door sessions.

APD Releases Use-Of-Force Policy

After two years of high profile officer-involved shootings, the Anchorage Police Department has made their use-of-force policy public. Police Chief Mark Mew made the announcement last night, (Thursday 2/13) during a community forum at Clark Middle School in the Mountain View Neighborhood.

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

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.

Lt. Governor Treadwell Gavels in House, Senate Sessions

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau This year’s legislature got underway Tuesday in Juneau, as Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell gaveled in the House of...

Fire Island Wind Project, Chugach Electric Agreement Facing Tough Opposition

This week, the power purchase agreement between Chugach Electric Association and the Fire Island Wind Project has come before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for its needed approval.

DeVos opponents press Sullivan

Parents and activists who don’t want to see Betsy DeVos confirmed as U.S. Education secretary are hitting the streets and the phone lines, around the country and in Alaska. Listen now

Effort to Ban Cell Phones While Driving Comes to Halt

Associated Press An effort to ban cell phone use while driving has been brought to a screeching halt. The House Judiciary Committee on Friday killed...

Wintergreens prepares to open the first marijuana lounge in Haines

Alaska is poised to become the first state to regulate cannabis cafes. The state’s Marijuana Control Board is now accepting applications for onsite consumption. That’s despite uncertainty stemming from recent board appointees by Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration.
Katie John casket with pallbearers

Alaskans Mourn Katie John

A Memorial Service was held Wednesday at the Anchorage Baptist Temple for Ahtna Athabascan elder Katie John, who worked to secure Alaska Native subsistence fishing rights in Alaska. Download Audio

Senate Includes Oil Tax Accounting Computer System in Budget

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The Senate has included $35 million in the capital budget for a computer system to better manage state...

Glennallen man selected to lead Denali Commission

The U.S. secretary of Commerce has appointed Jason Hoke of Glennallen to be the commission’s federal co-chair.

Senators Seek Extension of Secure Rural Schools Program

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators wants to extend the expiring Secure Rural Schools program for another five years.

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?

Murkowski’s statements on impeachment cut both ways

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is showing her independent streak as she discusses the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Effort to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Falters in Senate

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senate Democrats lost their attempt today to take up a major military bill that includes allowing the repeal...