Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Parnell Affirms Endorsement of Miller

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Friday, Governor Parnell affirmed his endorsement of Republican and Tea Party candidate Joe Miller’s bid for the U.S. Senate...

Here’s where the candidates for governor stand on abortion

Walker said he would veto legislation, Begich said he would do more and Dunleavy doesn’t expect change. Listen now

Village council rejects election results replacing members

An Alaska village city council has thrown out unofficial election results that would have replaced all five members.

Anchorage Clerk Resigns As Investigation Mounts

Anchorage Municipal Clerk Barbara Gruenstein has resigned. Her resignation comes after nearly two months of controversy surrounding the April 3 Municipal Election.

Protest interrupts governor at AFN, reveals fissures over appropriate dissent among attendees

Protesters standing with their back to the stage during Governor Mike Dunleavy's speech at the 2019 AFN convention in Fairbanks. (Photo...

Is the state finally ready for the gas line?

For decades, Alaska Governors have worked to sign a pipeline deal to sell gas from the North Slope. None have been able to come up with the right formula yet. Current Governor Bill Walker has pushed for gas line development for most of his professional life. Is the time finally right for this massive project? APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10:00am Download Audio

Alaskan officials eager to open ANWR, even if promised more

If a pending measure to open the Arctic Refuge passes, Alaska would get half the revenues. But weren't we promised 90 percent? Listen now

House Passes Governor’s Scholarship Bill

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Friday, the state House unanimously passed and sent to the Senate Governor Parnell’s bill relating to funding the...

Treadwell Urges US to Check Putin in Arctic; Sullivan Spotlights ‘Pro-Putin Rally’

In a recent presentation in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell spoke of the need to stay on neighborly terms with Russia. It’s caused a bit of a ruckus. Dan Sullivan, Treadwell’s rival in the GOP primary for U.S Senate, issued an email yesterday saying Treadwell attended a “pro-Putin rally,” echoing the words of an anti-Russian columnist who denounced the conference where Treadwell spoke. Download Audio

Muni Denies A037 Referendum, Next Stop, Court

The city of Anchorage has rejected a second version of an application to hold a referendum to repeal a new ordinance that limits unions. And it looks like whether the referendum goes forward will be decided in court. Download Audio

State finalizes purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas

Interior Alaska residents are expected to see a drop in their energy bills this winter now that the state has purchased Fairbanks Natural Gas.

Conoco Dials Back Investment in NPR-A

ConocoPhillips Alaska says it is “slowing the pace of investment” in its Greater Moose’s Tooth 1 project, in the northeast corner of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Company president Trond-Erik Johansen says they are “deferring the final investment decision.” Download Audio

Small Southeast Community Becomes New Alaska City

A small community in southeast Alaska is the state’s newest city. A state commissioner signed incorporation documents last week for Edna Bay, which has a population of 49. Download Audio

Alaska House renames committee room after late Gruenberg

With his family watching from the gallery, the Alaska House of Representatives approved naming the Capitol's House Judiciary Committee room after the late state Rep. Max Gruenberg. The Anchorage Democrat died Sunday at age 72. He served on the committee throughout his longtime tenure. Download Audio

Absentee, other ballots could leave Alaska governor’s race undecided Tuesday

Political junkies: close races could be decided by absentee and other ballots counted many days after the election. Listen now

As Festival Season Kicks Off, So Does Campaign Season

For the next few months, politicians are going to be swarming fairs and festivals in an effort to win voters. The Colony Days parade held in Palmer this weekend was the first stop on the circuit. Download Audio

Senate Oks Tax Deal; Murkowski, Begich Vote Yes

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC As expected, the US Senate passed on Wednesday the tax deal President Obama struck with Republicans.  Both of Alaska’s...

State Seeks to Join Izembek Lawsuit

The State of Alaska has tried to back up the village of King Cove on their quest to build a road through protected wilderness. Now, the state’s prepared to follow them into court. Download Audio

Senate Panel Approves Labeling for GM Salmon

Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the Senate Appropriations Committee she hopes the FDA never allows genetically modified salmon to reach supermarket shelves. "But we haven’t been able to get the FDA able to slow down off their track of approval," she said. So, Murkowski says, they should at least require "that they put on the package of fish: This is a genetically modified salmon." Download Audio

Walker: No Alaska LNG update before April

After announcing unspecified changes to the Alaska LNG natural gas project in February, Gov. Bill Walker had hoped to release more details in March. Download Audio