Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Coastal Management Petition Submits Nearly 34,000 Signatures

Backers of a citizens’ initiative to re-establish an Alaska Coastal Management Program have submitted nearly 34,000 signatures to the state Division of Elections.

State To Appeal Dismissal Of Roadless Rule Lawsuit

The Parnell administration says it will appeal the dismissal of its lawsuit over the roadless rule in the Tongass National Forest. Download Audio

Outside Forces Present Challenges For Alaska Economy

Outside forces – like the European debt crisis and turmoil in the Middle East – present both challenges and potential for Alaska’s economy.

Update: Dunleavy sworn in as governor in Kotzebue

More people are expected to attend the inauguration event than live in the community of Noorvik.

Gardner Taking Over as New Director of Legal Services

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau Juneau District Attorney Doug Gardner is the new director of Legal Services for the State Legislature.  He was hired Tuesday...

Alaska Senators Question Plans to Move Fighters

Alaska’s U.S. Senators told a well attended public meeting in Fairbanks over the weekend, they doubt an Air Force estimate, that moving a fighter jet squadron from Eielson to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will save $32 million. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Begich (D-AK) question Air Force leaders’ assumptions, and will work to convince them to reconsider.

FAA break-up bill clears U.S. House committee

A bill to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers cleared the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House last night. Rep. Don Young says he amended it to protect Essential Air Service and Alaska's air taxis. Download Audio

Senate Approves Creation of a “Silver Alert” System

A bill setting up a missing persons alert system for seniors with Alzheimer's, veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, and other vulnerable adults passed the Alaska State Senate on Wednesday, after already getting approval in the House.

Interior announces “Readiness Project” for ANWR

The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday announced its first construction projects to prepare for oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The department says it will spend $4 million on six projects, most of them in Kaktovik. Listen now

Senate committee goes further than House in repealing controversial crime law

The Senate Finance Committee passed House Bill 49 on Sunday after adding elements of a criminal justice package proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Senate Republicans Block Vote to Confirm 9th Circuit Court Judge

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC U.S. Senate Republicans blocked moving forward on voting whether to confirm a 9th Circuit Court judge Thursday. ...

Cissna Challenging Young For U.S. House Seat

Election Day is three weeks from today. Neither of Alaska’s U.S. Senators is up for reelection this term. But there is one statewide race, that hasn’t received much attention. APRN’s Peter Granitz reports on Democrat Sharon Cissna’s uphill bid to unseat Representative Don Young, and what it means for her party in Alaska.

New fee would sharply hike state fees for studded tires

A proposed bill would increase the fee Alaskans pay to the state when they buy studded tires by 1,500 percent. Listen now

State Senate Majority Names New Leader

The Republican Senate Majority has named a new president. Sen. Kevin Meyer of Anchorage will be taking the reins from Wasilla’s Charlie Huggins. Huggins will take the position of rules chair.

Alaska officials fighting mad over Arctic lease cancellation

When the Obama Administration announced the cancelation of drilling opportunities in the Arctic Ocean, the reaction of Alaska’s congressional delegation and governor was swift and terrible. They're pledging a bold response, which, if Rep. Don Young has his way, involves renting a drilling rig.

With Millions Pumped into U.S. Senate Race, Voters Near Their Limit

About $46 million has been spent so far to convince Alaskans to either vote for Sen. Mark Begich or challenger Dan Sullivan. One clear effect: Voter annoyance is rampant. Download Audio

Fairbanks approves putting tax increase in hands of voters

On Monday night, the Fairbanks City Council approved an ordinance that puts a proposed property tax increase to public vote this fall. The hike is aimed at compensating for lost state revenue to due to low oil prices. Listen now

Candidates Square Off at Kodiak’s Fisheries Debate

Six candidates for governor faced off in a debate Friday night in Kodiak, which was intended to be fisheries-only, but occasionally strayed...

RUNNING: State Senate, District P Anchorage

Janet Reiser (D), Cathy Giessel (R) and Phillip L. “Phil” Dziubinski (non) are running  for State Senate in District P, Anchorage in...

Murkowski Questions Head Of Healthcare.gov

The Obama Administration claims it has fixed some of the problems with the new online federal health insurance marketplace, but so far Alaskans remain mostly shut out. Senator Lisa Murkowski had a chance to grill the top official in charge of the website at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, and she used it to air some of her frustrations. Download Audio