Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Legislature Passes Bill With Aid For State Refineries

The package, which includes state income tax credits and other provisions, was forwarded by Governor Sean Parnell as a means to ensure Alaska retains its refining industry as cheaper Lower 48 oil makes shipping fuel into the state an option. Download Audio

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches

The new federal agency designed to protect consumers from bad operators in the financial industry, like lenders and credit card companies, officially launched Thursday.

Conservationists Lend Support to Alaska’s Subsistence Whalers

Alaska’s subsistence whalers are winning support from an unlikely faction at this year’s International Whaling Commission meeting: the conservationists.

Agencies Can Soon Use Herbicides, Pesticides On State Lands Without Permit

State agencies no longer need a Department of Environmental Conservation permit to use herbicides and pesticides on state property and rights of way. That’s unless it’s sprayed from an aircraft or directly into water.

Assembly Passes $435 Million Spending Plan

Len Anderson, KSKA - Anchorage Anchorage's Mayor ended up getting a budget that will not increase property taxes up to the cap, and Assembly members...

Ahtna Goes to Congress For Role in Game Management

Alaska tribes and rural hunters have long complained that the dual federal-state game management system is hard to live by and doesn’t give subsistence users their due. Today, Ahtna Inc., the smallest of Alaska’s Regional Native Corporations, presented a proposal for co-management of game to a Congressional panel. Download Audio

Gov. Walker hits on same budget themes with new Legislature

In his annual State of the State Address on Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker pushed a lot of the same ideas and proposals for solving the state’s budget crisis as last year. Listen now

RUNNING 2014: Alaska Legislature

Meet the legislative candidates running in contested primary races from the Anchorage and Matanuska Valley on KSKA-FM and Alaska Public Media. Programs start at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12.

State House Challenger Concedes to Incumbent

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg The challenger in the Republican primary race for state house district two has conceded the race. Just 142 votes...

Joe Miller Ordered To Pay $85,000 In Alaska Dispatch Legal Fees

Former Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller has not yet said if he will appeal an award of court costs to an internet news organization that sued to get his personnel records in 2010. Download Audio

North Bering Sea Plan Delayed for Further Research

In 2008, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council closed the Northern Bering Sea to bottom trawling. It was open to all kinds of bottom trawling until then…it just hadn’t occurred.

Alaska Fish And Game Says It Could Absorb CFEC

At a legislative committee Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it could absorb part of the responsibilities of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission if it was eliminated.

State draw proposals are reasonable, Permanent Fund head says

There are three different proposals to draw money from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for part of the state government’s budget. Listen now

Coast Guard Boss: Ahoy! Icebreakers on Budget Horizon

The head of the U.S. Coast Guard says lawmakers and the national security staff are waking up to the need for more icebreakers as the Arctic opens to increased ship traffic. Download Audio

Fairbanks Putting Up To $25,000 Into Redistricting Case

The Fairbanks Borough assembly has voted to allocate up to $25,000 to support a lawsuit challenging the proposed Alaska redistricting plan.

Funding Playing Large Role in Campaigns

Photo and Story by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage The candidates in this year’s three way race for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat may come...

Anchorage Measure Will Tax Alcohol to Pay For Treatment and Services

In a surprising addition to the agenda, Assembly Chair Dick Traini introduces a plan short on specifics but with broad ambitions. Download Audio

Obamas Pick for Commerce Department Head Draws Fire from Murkowski

The President’s new pick to head the Commerce Department, John Bryson, quickly drew fire from Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Bryson was head of the largest utility in the U.S., but what Murkowski objects to is the fact that he was one of the founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Group Targeting Superior Court Judge Up For Retention

A conservative group is targeting a Superior Court Judge in Anchorage who is on the ballot for retention this year. Alaska Family Action is campaigning against Judge Sen Tan for decisions he made in the late 1990s on cases related to the issue of abortion. The Alaska Judicial Council is responding with an advertising campaign supporting Tan, calling him one of the highest rated judges in the state.

Crime Summit Taking Place In Juneau

The Crime Summit meeting in Juneau Wednesday gathered reports and ideas from agencies and outside organizations working in and around the state’s criminal justice system.