Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

New House majority names slate of chairpersons

The new House majority will be taking a different approach to legislation next year. That became clear today, as the majority named the committee chairpersons who will guide the agenda. Listen Now

Tuck Fined $14,000 For Campaign Finance Violations

House Minority Leader Chris Tuck acknowledged that he mixed up his campaign contributions with his personal savings and failed to make accurate and timely disclosures. Download Audio

Justice Department To Work With Tribes To Enhance Voting Access

The National Congress of American Indians is holding their mid-year conference in Anchorage this week. Titled-Claiming our Rights and Strengthening our Governance, the conference started yesterday and runs through Wednesday. Download Audio

House Votes to Block Federal Gun Control Regulations

The Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill today that would make it a felony for federal agents to enforce new gun control measures within the state.

Change on the horizon for Alaska ferry system

Change was the theme of the Alaska Marine Highway System presentation during Day 1 of Southeast Conference’s annual fall meeting in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Three now in running for Alaska’s lone Congressional seat

Greg Fitch, founder of the Juneau-based Mental Health Consumer Action Network, has filed to run for Republican Don Young’s seat in Congress.

“Justice Not Politics Alaska” Fighting Changes To Alaska’s Judge Selection Process

A statewide group is fighting a proposed change in Alaska’s judge selection process pushed by a Fairbanks Senator.

Dillingham OKs Pay Hike For Teachers

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham The teachers who work for the Dillingham City School District have agreed to a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that...

Dispute Brews Over Chugiak Landfill Plan

A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste storage project in Chugiak. Eklutna, Inc, the Alaska Native corporation there, has requested Municipality of Anchorage approval to create a site for what the corporation is calling an "inert waste monofill" , but outraged neighbors are calling a "garbage dump".

Alaska Senators No Fans of Iran Deal

The Obama administration faced a tough crowd this morning as it defended its nuclear agreement with Iran in Congress. Both of Alaska’s senators are among the chorus of lawmakers who say the deal is bad for the U.S. Download Audio

Supreme Court agrees to hear Alaska Hovercraft case again

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rehear the case of an Alaska moose hunter whose use of a hovercraft in the Nation River got him in trouble with the National Park Service. Listen now

Delegation Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration To Address Subsistence Needs

The Chinook salmon runs are turning out to be poor on both the Yukon and Kuskowkim Rivers this season. Alaska’s Congressional Delegation is seeking a federal disaster declaration to address subsistence needs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Interior Senate Democrats Fall in General Election

Two interior members of Alaska Bipartisan Senate Coalition fell to Republicans Tuesday. Incumbent Senators Joe Paskvan and Joe Thomas were defeated by Senator John Coghill and Former Legislator Pete Kelly.

Lawmakers Discuss Federal Issues With Pot Legalization

A state Department of Law official told concerned lawmakers that regulating marijuana shouldn't result in federal prosecution. Download Audio

Railroad hopes Congress fixes expensive math gaffe

The Alaska Railroad has a lot riding on a highway bill pending in Congress. The railroad CEO says he hopes it will fix a technical mistake in a 2012 law that has shortchanged the Railroad $3 million a year. Download Audio

Senators stick by Trump, but how close?

WASHINGTON - Alaska’s U.S. senators helped President Trump fill out his cabinet this week, but in different degrees. With a new, colorful president in the White House, each of them has to decide how close to stand to the standard-bearer of their party. Listen now

Sen. Begich, Fishermen Discusses Low King Runs

Senator Mark Begich was in Bethel Monday for a roundtable discussion with subsistence fishermen about the record low king runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers. Representatives of state and federal fisheries managers were also in attendance. Begich says the state needs to do more for managing kings.

Family Planning Services Axed From Abortion Bill

After being shelved for nearly a year, a bill meant to limit Medicaid payouts for abortion is back – and it’s missing a component that made it more agreeable to the Legislature’s social moderates.

Murkowski and Sullivan recommend federal judge nominees to President Trump

Alaska may soon have a new federal judge. There are only three full-time U.S. District Court judge positions in Alaska, and one of them has been vacant for nearly a year and a half.

Chair of Rasmuson Foundation, and Dunleavy voter, walks back support for governor

Ed Rasmuson serves as chair of the board for the Rasmuson Foundation, which supports an array of programs for poor Alaskans, artists and others. Now, he says, he regrets voting for Dunleavy and supporting his campaign.