Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

State Legislators Introduce ‘Alaska Firearms Freedom Act’

President Barack Obama today signed off on nearly two dozen executive orders meant to curb gun violence. These orders launch a gun ownership safety campaign, require the Centers for Disease Control to examine the causes of gun violence, and call for law enforcement officials to receive better training for active shooter scenarios.

Navigating “The New Normal” Of Legal Marijuana

As the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska today, the changing laws surrounding pot have already created a ripple effect in Sitka. Law enforcement is ironing out the details and businesses are catering to new clientele, with mixed opinions. Download Audio

Governor Sean Parnell Announces He Will Seek Re-Election in 2014

For months, there has been speculation as to whether Gov. Sean Parnell would run for reelection or choose to go up against Democrat Mark Begich in the Senate race. Tonight, he made his announcement in Fairbanks at a meeting of the Republican Women. Listen now.

Ketchikan Assembly Nixes Draft Letter To Gov. Parnell

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly members had a spirited discussion Tuesday night over a letter that had been submitted by two Assembly members as a suggested response to Gov. Sean Parnell’s comments in the community last week. Download Audio

Former State Senator Bill Ray Dies

Former state senator Bill Ray has died.  He was 91. Ray represented Juneau in the Alaska Legislature for more than 20 years, during a time when a number of landmark projects were built in the capital city, including the State Office Building and Egan Drive.  Ray helped secure a downtown facility for the University of Alaska Southeast, and the university named it in his honor. Download Audio

RUNNING: State Senate, Anchorage, District J

Bill Weilechowski (D) and Ron Slepecki (R) are running for State Senate in district J in the primary ...

Senate Passes Immigration Reform Legislation

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a massive immigration reform. It’s the largest overhaul in a generation. Download Audio

After Legislature Adjourns, Walker Calls For Special Session

Eight days after the statutory deadline, the Alaska State Legislature has adjourned. But as soon as the gavel dropped, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling them into a special session.

Alaska Permanent Fund looks to pay investment managers incentives

The corporation and its board of trustees argue the policy could help recruit talented managers. But it’s up to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration and the Alaska Legislature to make it happen.

Anchorage Prepares To Vote On Anti-Discrimination Proposition

The next Anchorage Municipal Election is set for April 3, and the most talked about measure on the ballot is Proposition 5. It aims to amend the city’s municipal code to add legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Murkowski Votes Catching Capitol Hill’s Attention

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senator Lisa Murkowski may have passed a big hurdle Wednesday with the Alaska Supreme...

Accountability Office Says IHS Program Flawed

Most facilities funded by the Indian Health Service can’t afford to have specialists on staff in areas such as heart disease or intensive care for newborns.

Oil prices shrink budget gap, but lawmakers remain far apart

The state’s budget problem is shrinking, but it may not be enough to resolve differences between the Senate and House. Listen now

Republicans converge on Fairbanks, with eyes for Cleveland

If Donald Trump doesn’t have the presidential nomination in the bag by July, the Republican National Convention could be the most exciting in decades. Twenty-eight Alaskans get to participate, and this week Alaska Republicans will choose who gets to go to Cleveland. Download Audio

Parnell Signs Budgets, Spares Veto Pen

Governor Sean Parnell signed the state operating and capital budgets Wednesday afternoon in downtown Anchorage, beginning with a speech to the Rotary Club, in which he said the Legislature met the spending targets he laid out for it.

Rare Conference Brings Russian, American Officials To Table on Arctic Oil

A conference underway this week is trying to work around sanctions and rhetoric in order to focus on mutual interests in the Bering Sea. The Russian delegation is in Alaska to prepare for oil spills and increased marine traffic in the region.

House Bill Could Put Limits on ‘Biometrics’

The state legislature could take another major step toward protecting personal privacy during next year’s session as the House prepares to take up a Senate bill putting limits on the collection of what is called “biometric” identification data.

Alaska state senators say PFD formula could be changed

Splitting the draw from permanent fund earnings between government and dividends would make dividends more predictable.

Dahlstrom Resigns from Parnell Administration

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Former Eagle River representative Nancy Dahlstrom has resigned from her new job with the Parnell Administration.  Parnell says he...

Coastal House lawmakers push for bipartisan coalition

Ten state lawmakers — including two moderate Republicans — say they won’t aid Republicans in taking control of Alaska’s narrowly divided House of Representatives.