Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Gubernatorial Teams Face Off in Fairbanks

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Alaska’s opposing gubernatorial teams squared off in a forum sponsored by the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday. Incumbent Republican...

Officials Visiting Mining Operations Near Fairbanks, Delta Junction

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Officials from the Lake-Peninsula Borough in Southwestern Alaska, will visit mining operations near Fairbanks and Delta Junction this week...

Murkowski Officially Files For Write-In Candidacy

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Lisa Murkowski officially filed to run a write-in campaign for U.S. Senate on Wednesday.  She submitted her declaration...

Social Security Major Issue in Senate Race

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Social Security turns 75-years-old this year, and the venerable program is under attack by some already in Congress and...

Health Care Reform Remains a Hot Topic

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage At Monday’s Anchorage Chamber Senate debate, the Senate candidates also tackled the issue of health care reform. Asked if...

Contempt Findings Against Stevens’ Prosecutors Lifted

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The prosecutors in the case of the late Senator Ted Stevens have had a contempt finding against them...

Miller Refuses to Answer Any More Personal Questions

Photo and Story by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage It was a day of waiting for the Alaska Press Corp. in Anchorage. The campaign...

Absentee Voters Close Gap in Sitka Mayoral Race

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka John Stein is no stranger to close elections. When he became mayor of Wasilla in 1987, he won by...

Candidates, Rural Leaders Converge on Bethel

Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel It was political hoopla in Bethel this weekend when politicians flew in for the premier political event in the...

Petersburg Establishments Must Go Smoke-Free

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg Petersburg’s bars, restaurants, clubs, workplaces and public spaces will all have to be smoke-free in less than a...

Scholars Give Perspective About Constitutionality of Some Government Programs

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage Tea party members and candidates the groups support, question if certain federal government programs are constitutionally sound. Whether or...

Legislation May Strip Alaska Native Corporations of Edge in 8(a) Program

Associated Press U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri plans to introduce legislation next month that would strip Alaska Native corporations of the edge they...

Department of Energy Approves LNG Export License Continuation

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The U.S. Department of Energy has approved the continuation of ConocoPhillips-Marathon Liquefied Natural Gas Export License shipments to...

Official Explains the Write-In Vote

Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham The state division of elections will be dealing with a lot more write-in votes than usual this November. KDLG’s...

Begich Voices Support of Social Security

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Social Security provides benefits for more than 70,000 Alaskans, old and young. Wednesday, Alaska Senator Mark Begich reiterated his...

Subsistence Review to be Made Public

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The Department of the Interior is ready to make public its recent review of Federal Management of subsistence in...

McAdams Pledges to Protect Social Security

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau In signing a personal social security protection pledge on Wednesday, Democratic Senate Candidate Scott McAdams said it’s important that...

Southeast Races Wrap Up

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau and Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg Votes in Juneau and Petersburg decided on issues ranging from the allocation of...

Fairbanks Voters Elect New Mayor

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The city of Fairbanks is getting a new Mayor.  Longtime city council member Jerry Cleworth defeated incumbent Mayor Terry...

Mat-Su Voters Turn Down Governing Style Change

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Matanuska Susitna Borough voters turned down a bid to change the borough's governing style Tuesday while they elected two new...