Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Senate Passes Small Business Bill

Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC The U.S. Senate has passed a bill Democrats say will benefit small businesses.  It cleared the Senate Thursday on...

Small Business Bill Expected to be Welcomed by Private Sector

Len Anderson, KSKA - Anchorage Passage of the small business bill will likely be welcomed by the private sector.  The last debt crisis made lenders...

Murkowski Still Weighing Options

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senator Lisa Murkowski says she’s weighing “Alaska” and its future as she considers whether or not to launch...

Miller, McAdams Debate State’s Economy and the Federal Factor

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The major issue to be argued in this year’s U.S. Senate race is how the winner of the General...

Berkowitz Proposes Lifetime Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Licenses

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz  announced the second part of his Alaskan Ownership Stake platform in Anchorage today. As...

Walker Won’t Pursue Write-in Candidacy

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Republican Bill Walker says he’s not continuing a run for the governor’s office.   He came in second in the...

Murkowski’s Decision Will Be Announced Friday

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senator Murkowski plans to announce on Friday whether or not she’ll run as a write-in candidate for U.S....

Determining How Voters Make Decisions

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau How voters actually decide who will represent us – at all levels of government – has long been a...

Murkowski, Walker Remain Undecided on Write-In Campaign

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau and Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Congress is returning to Washington, but Senator Lisa Murkowski is not among...

Congress Session May Not Be A Productive One

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Congress is planning a short burst of activity after the long August recess. But as APRN’s Libby Casey...

State House Challenger Concedes to Incumbent

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg The challenger in the Republican primary race for state house district two has conceded the race. Just 142 votes...

Stein, Wilson to Battle for State House District Two

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Sitka Reber Stein is a member of Sitka’s Assembly. He says he would have preferred to be running against Samuelson. “I...

Glenn Beck 9-11 Event Draws Large Crowd

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage Cable television personality Glenn Beck's appearance in Anchorage was a big success.  While not a sell-out, the speaking engagement drew...

State Attempts to Overturn Federal Actions Holding Up Oil Exploration

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell filed another suit against the federal government on Thursday – this time to overturn the federal...

AK Independence Party Says No to Walker

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage The Alaskan Independence Party has selected Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson as its candidate for lieutenant governor. But AIP leaders say...

Salazar Ends Tour of Alaska in Anchorage Today

Photo and Story by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stopped in Anchorage today, at the end of a whirlwind 48-hour...

Miller Continues to Pull Ahead After Murkowski Concedes

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate Joe Miller pulled further ahead of incumbent Lisa Murkowski today as the Division...

Prosecutors Wait to Decide on Appeal of Dismissed Charges Against Kookesh

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau Prosecutors will wait before deciding whether to appeal the dismissal of a fishing citation against State Senator Albert Kookesh. A...

Sealaska Lands Legislation Still Afloat

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau Lisa Murkowski’s defeat in the Republican primary could impact the chances of Sealaska’s lands legislation passing. Murkowski was the...

State Law Department May Seek Sex Charges Against Bill Allen

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage Even though federal prosecutors waved them off the case, the state Law department now says it may seek to make...