Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Republicans Declare Romney Winner with Hundreds of Votes Yet to be Counted

Alaska Republicans met at locations across the state yesterday to vote on who they thought should be the Republican Presidential nominee. There are still hundreds of ballots to be counted and just 425 votes separate Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, but, as Daysha Eaton of member station KSKA reports, that doesn't seem to be stopping Republican Party Officials from declaring it a Romney victory.

Sullivan Continues to Lead Fundraising Battle

In the U.S. Senate race, Dan Sullivan’s financial advantage over other Republican contenders continues to grow. Sullivan has raised more than $4 million, most of it from Outside Alaska. He’s done well in Ohio, the headquarters of the paint company his family runs. Money has also poured into the Sullivan campaign from national fundraising groups working to win Republican control of the Senate.

Assembly Passes Budget: Library Funded, Bus Fares to Go Up

The Anchorage Assembly passed a $467 million municipal budget for 2014 Tuesday evening. It's about half a million dollars more than the one proposed by Mayor Dan Sullivan. Download Audio

Murkowski, Miller Debate Each Other for First Time in RUNNING

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage On Thursday night, the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate matched up for the first time for debates. Incumbent Senator Lisa...

House Passes Governor’s Oil Tax Bill

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The state House Thursday night passed the governor’s controversial oil tax bill that is expected to make large...

Alaska’s High Court First Supreme Court In The Nation To Hear Climate Change Case

Alaska’s high court became the first state supreme court in the country yesterday to hear an appeal in one of more than a dozen climate change lawsuits. The lawsuits pit young people against their states. The plaintiffs claim the state has an obligation to protect the atmosphere from excessive carbon emissions. Download Audio

State Will Accept $20 Million for Transportation Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation found hundreds of millions dollars which went unspent over three years. Alaska will receive more than $20 million of previously allocated money for transportation projects.

Secretary of Defense Affirms Need For Arctic Emphasis

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter affirmed on Tuesday the need for a U.S. military strategy for the Arctic as Russia builds its military in the north. Download Audio

Anchorage Election Recount Results Show Confusion at Polls

An Election Recount Board has released the results of a hand recount of the votes cast in 15 precincts during the Anchorage Municipal Election. The Board spent the past couple of weeks checking paper ballots against voting machine results and voter registries.

As Dunleavy defends budget, nonpartisan analyst questions whether it was designed ‘to create chaos’

While lawmakers have been hearing a lot of criticism of the budget, Gov. Michael Dunleavy said he heard good things in a visit to Mat-Su Borough and Anchorage last weekend.

Joule Decides Against Re-Election

Longtime Kotzebue state Rep. Reggie Joule has decided to not seek re-election. Joule, first elected to the state House in 1996, had earlier filed as a candidate to run again this year. In a House majority news release, Joule said he ultimately opted against doing so after much consultation with his family.

Pat Pitney Prepares To Address State’s Budget Issues

OMB's new director Pat Pitney says she wants Alaskans to be involved in the conversation on how to trim the state budget as the price of oil falls. Pitney is a former vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She says budget cuts are necessary, but the Walker administration wants to be strategic about where they happen. Download Audio

Kookesh Challenging Stedman for State Senate Seat

A pair of powerful Southeast lawmakers will face off in the 2012 election. Angoon’s Albert Kookesh and Sitka’s Bert Stedman will both run to represent a Senate district newly configured by redistricting.

NOAA Calls for Creation of Climate Change Agency

A longtime National Weather Service meteorologist is pushing for a new sister agency focused on predicting climate change.

Lawmakers Anticipating Fewer Capital Projects, Savings Withdrawals

On Thursday, the Alaska State Senate passed its operating budget, and it’s slightly smaller than the one proposed by Governor Sean Parnell. Parnell hopes to see more budgets like that in the future. He’s proposed a five-year commitment to keep state general fund spending at $6.8 billion. Combined with his oil tax plan, the proposal could mean a combination of belt-tightening measures and big withdrawals from Alaska’s savings accounts. Download Audio

Bill seeks to ban marriages on Alaska prison grounds

A state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would prohibit inmate couples from getting married at Alaska's prisons.

Court Overturns State Regulation Deeming Kodiak’s Bison Feral

Friday the Alaska Supreme Court overturned an Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulation from 2007 that declared domesticated livestock, specifically Kodiak's bison herds, were feral if they stayed outside of their designated state grazing lease areas for too long. As feral animals, they would be fair game, and could be hunted like any other wild animal, subject to Fish and Game regulations. Download Audio

With State In The Red, Lawmakers Considering Savings Withdrawal

The state was already looking at deficit spending even before Wednesday's revenue forecast came out, but now Alaska is facing a $2 billion budget shortfall. The governor also wants to put $3 billion toward the state's unfunded pension liabilities. Lawmakers plan to cover that gap with a mix of budget cuts and savings withdrawals.

Department of Interior Designates Critical Polar Bear Habitat

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The Department of Interior today released the areas designated as critical habitat for polar bears. It’s a vast 187,000 mile...

Rep. Eastman is sole lawmaker to vote against honoring black soldiers

Yesterday new legislation was passed that named Oct 25th as African American Soldiers’ Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day. All 19 senators who were present and 39 of the 40 House members voted for the bill. Listen now