Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Contempt Findings Against Stevens’ Prosecutors Lifted

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The prosecutors in the case of the late Senator Ted Stevens have had a contempt finding against them...

Miller Refuses to Answer Any More Personal Questions

Photo and Story by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage It was a day of waiting for the Alaska Press Corp. in Anchorage. The campaign...

Absentee Voters Close Gap in Sitka Mayoral Race

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka John Stein is no stranger to close elections. When he became mayor of Wasilla in 1987, he won by...

Candidates, Rural Leaders Converge on Bethel

Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel It was political hoopla in Bethel this weekend when politicians flew in for the premier political event in the...

Petersburg Establishments Must Go Smoke-Free

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg Petersburg’s bars, restaurants, clubs, workplaces and public spaces will all have to be smoke-free in less than a...

Scholars Give Perspective About Constitutionality of Some Government Programs

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage Tea party members and candidates the groups support, question if certain federal government programs are constitutionally sound. Whether or...

Legislation May Strip Alaska Native Corporations of Edge in 8(a) Program

Associated Press U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri plans to introduce legislation next month that would strip Alaska Native corporations of the edge they...

Department of Energy Approves LNG Export License Continuation

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The U.S. Department of Energy has approved the continuation of ConocoPhillips-Marathon Liquefied Natural Gas Export License shipments to...

Official Explains the Write-In Vote

Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham The state division of elections will be dealing with a lot more write-in votes than usual this November. KDLG’s...

Begich Voices Support of Social Security

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Social Security provides benefits for more than 70,000 Alaskans, old and young. Wednesday, Alaska Senator Mark Begich reiterated his...

Subsistence Review to be Made Public

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The Department of the Interior is ready to make public its recent review of Federal Management of subsistence in...

McAdams Pledges to Protect Social Security

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau In signing a personal social security protection pledge on Wednesday, Democratic Senate Candidate Scott McAdams said it’s important that...

Southeast Races Wrap Up

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau and Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg Votes in Juneau and Petersburg decided on issues ranging from the allocation of...

Fairbanks Voters Elect New Mayor

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The city of Fairbanks is getting a new Mayor.  Longtime city council member Jerry Cleworth defeated incumbent Mayor Terry...

Mat-Su Voters Turn Down Governing Style Change

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Matanuska Susitna Borough voters turned down a bid to change the borough's governing style Tuesday while they elected two new...

State Will Not Receive National Health Care Funds

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC When the federal government announced, last week, that every state will get $1 million to help pay for...

State Candidates Release Campaign Financial Reports

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Candidates in this year’s state races have released the first campaign financial reports required since the August Primary election.  ...

Murkowski Campaign Urges Broadcasters to Refuse Tea Party Ad

Associated Press Lawyers for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign want Alaska broadcasters to refuse a national Tea Party ad. The campaign says the TV ad is...

Municipal Elections Taking Place Around Alaska Today

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau and Len Anderson, APRN - Anchorage Municipal elections are taking place in communities across Alaska today.  The exception is Anchorage,...

Alaska Tribal Adoption Case Will Not Go to Supreme Court

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The U.S. Supreme court has denied hearing an Alaska tribal adoption case, ending a four-year legal battle between the...