Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Governor Calls for Unity Among Alaskans

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau In a low-key address to the state House and Senate Wednesday night,   Governor Parnell called for unity among Alaskans –...

Parnell, Democrats Agree on Goals Despite Differing Methods

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau House Democrats agree with Governor Parnell that Alaska needs to attract new industry and bolster development, "without giving away billions...

Governor Elaborates on State of the State Address

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Parnell met with reporters on Thursday morning to fill in some details on last night’s State of...

House Passes Repeal of Health Care Law

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The U.S. House has passed a bill repealing the 2010 Health Care Law.  This evening’s vote largely...

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...

Coalition of Alaska Native Groups Plan to Sue Over Critical Polar Bear Habitat

Jake Neher, KBRW – Barrow A coalition of Alaska Native groups say they plan to file suit against the Federal Government over...

Parnell Proposes Changes to Oil Tax

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Monday, Governor Parnell presented a plan to make minor changes in the state’s tax on oil he says would encourage...

State House Majority Not Accepting Johansen, Millett Back

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage The state House majority has decided not to accept Kyle Johansen of Ketchikan and Charisse Millett of Anchorage back in. ...

Young Looking to Make Sure Gun Laws Not Tightened

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Congressman Don Young is not joining in today’s outpouring in the House of tributes and well-wishes...

DeVilbiss Likely New Mat-Su Mayor

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage Larry DeVilbiss is the new Mayor of the Matanuska Susitna Borough, according to unofficial election results. He holds a majority...

Oil Spill Commission Says Government, Oil Industry Must Make 'Dramatic Changes'

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage "Both government and industry must make dramatic changes." Those are the words being used by a Presidential Commission investigating the...

Shootings Raise Questions About Congressional Members’ Security

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Congressional delegation reacted with shock and horror at the attack on their colleague, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle...

Flags at Half-Staff for Tucson Shooting Victims

Photo by Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC Alaska’s Congressman Don Young is not changing any security protocol or plans this week in the wake...

Legislators File 104 Bills for Consideration So Far This Year

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau Legislators have already filed 104 bills for consideration in this year’s session that begins on Jan. 18.   On top of...

Eight Vying for Mat-Su Borough Mayor

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Eight men are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor’s position in a special election set for next...

New Bill Proposes Change in Oil Tax Calculation

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau One of the major goals of the Parnell Administration is to end the year with a plan that...

Bills Related to “Frankenfish” Introduced to the Alaska Legislature

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham The controversial proposal by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the sale and consumption of genetically...

Judge Decides Ordinance Violates Homeless's Right to Due Process

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage A Superior Court judge has found Anchorage’s municipal ordinance against homeless campsites violates the campers’ rights to due process...

Write-In Campaign Historic Start for Murkowski's New Term

Photos and Story Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Two-thirds of Alaska’s Congressional delegation was sworn in for new terms today. Republicans Senator Lisa...

Young Prepares for New Term, New Goals

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Congressman Don Young started his 20th term in the House of Representatives today. He was sworn...