Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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

Alaska Dispatch Editor Detained, Accused of Trespassing

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage Yesterday an Anchorage gathering at Central Middle school that was characterized as a public town hall meeting with...

British Ambassador Takes First Trip to Alaska

British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald is visiting Alaska for the first time, and he has a lot on his plate.

State Suspends Funding For New Anchorage Tennis Complex

The State is looking into the legality of using money earmarked for building repairs to construct a new tennis complex in Anchorage. The multi-million-dollar grant was suspended after Mayor Dan Sullivan’s opponent in the lieutenant governor’s race called the decision into question.

Politically charged tweets posted from state account during debate

Two politically charged tweets were posted from the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Twitter account during the presidential debate on Monday.

State Challenges Federal Voting Rights Act

State attorneys filed a challenge to the federal Voting Rights Act in district court in Washington, DC on Tuesday, according to Gail Fenumiai, the state division of elections director.

Group Launches Anti-Walker Ad Campaign

A new Republican group has launched an advertising campaign against independent Alaska gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker in the final days before next week's election. Download Audio

Early Voting on Pace to Surpass 2006 Numbers

Associated Press Absentee and early voting could play an important role in the outcome of the Alaska Senate race. In the first three days of...

Alaskans endure rising insurance costs

Alaskans shopping for individual health insurance on the federal exchange will only be able to choose from one insurer when open enrollment starts on November 1st.

Amid state economic woes, Nome focuses on port’s future

Alaska’s harsh environment is often used to explain its resilient population. But more recently it’s been the economy that’s tested the toughness of its people. Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of its multi-year and multi-billion dollar plan to drill in the Chukchi, taking with it business from the Norwegian oil company Statoil, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers put its plan for a deep draft Arctic port on hold.

Murkowski: No Confidence in USFS Plan in Tongass

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t see any good news for the families in Southeast Alaska that still depend on the harvest of Tongass timber. She says nothing Congress does seems to increase the national timber harvest, and Murkowski she’s not confident the transition to second-growth in the Tongass will work.

City council considers ‘Nome Grown’ marijuana

In last year’s statewide elections, 53 percent of voters approved the Alaska Marijuana Legalization ballot. People 21 or older can now possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants.

Anti-Referendum Groups Get Pass On Financial Disclosures

Ballot propositions can be expensive fights, with hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars spent. The Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC, is the group that tracks all that money. Listen Now

Radio Stations Weigh Rural Impact of Proposed Public Media Cut

Public radio and TV in Alaska could lose $2.5 million next year if a proposed state budget cut goes through. It would be a small reduction compared to the overall deficit legislators need to close -- but it would eliminate more than half of the fundingpublic media gets from the state. Download Audio

Governor Signs Bill in Bethel to Ease Autopsy Burden

Governor Sean Parnell was in Bethel Thursday to sign a bill intended to help rural families navigate the process of having an autopsy done hundreds of miles away in Anchorage. Download Audio

Walker Administration Preparing Energy Disaster Declaration

While Gov. Bill Walker addressed the cost of energy in his inauguration speech, an economic disaster declaration for the Interior and for rural Alaska is still outstanding. Download Audio

Homer City Charter Petition Effort Gathers Steam

Homer residents may have noticed a petition circulating around town recently, calling for the formation of a charter commission. If the petition effort is successful, that commission would then be tasked with writing a new city charter for Homer.

Fairbanks Voters To Decide On 2 School Bond Propositions

Two school bond propositions go before Fairbanks borough voters in the Oct. 1 municipal election. Download Audio

In Kotzebue, revenue doubts loom as alcohol returns to the ballot

Since October 2011, the city-owned Kotzebue Package Store has been selling alcohol. Come October 4th, local voters will decide the fate of the store, when they’re asked if the city should ban alcohol sales all over again.

MEA Appeals Wasilla Ruling

Matanuska Electric Association is appealing a city of Wasilla decision that requires the power company to bury high voltage transmission lines that are planned for the city's downtown area