Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Former Attorney General Richards joins Bering Straits Native Corp.

Alaska’s former attorney general has a new job. Craig Richards will be the vice president and general counsel for the Bering Straits Native Corporation. Listen Now

Oil Tax Overhaul May Cost As Much As $5 Billion Over Next 6 Years

The most recent version of oil tax overhaul has a new price tag: almost $5 billion over the next six years. Download Audio

Alaska’s Largest Union Learning to Communicate Effectively with Legislators

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau While state workers in Wisconsin were protesting anti-union legislation proposed by that state’s Republican governor and lawmakers last...

Murkowski Declares Victory, Miller Seeking Preliminary Injunction

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Lisa Murkowski trumped naysayers yesterday by claiming victory in her U.S. Senate race against Republican Party candidate Joe Miller. ...

USFW Wants to Regulate Oil & Gas on Refuges; Young Objects

About 200 national wildlife refuges have oil and gas development. Among them: the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the only refuge in Alaska with active petroleum extraction. The agency that manages refuges, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wants rules to regulate that activity. Alaska Congressman Don Young doesn’t like the idea, and he wasn’t quiet about it at a Congressional hearing today. Download Audio

Timber Task Force Pushing for Jobs

Alaska’s Timber Jobs Task Force is looking for ways to increase logging and milling employment. It recently held its fifth meeting in Coffman Cove, on Prince of Wales Island.

Federal Priorities

The President called for action on domestic energy development, infrastructure upgrades and climate change during his state of the union address. What could it mean for Alaska? U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will be on hand to discuss how her energy development plans may fit or clash with White House policies over the next four years. KSKA: Tuesday, 2/19 at 10:00am

Obama Appoints Yup’ik Woman to Nation Advisory Council on Indian Education

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage President Obama has appointed a Yup’ik woman to serve on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, where...

Talk of Alaska: Ethan Berkowitz, Democratic Candidate for Governor

Alaskans may know the future they want, but they have plenty of disagreements about who can lead them to that future.  Democratic ...

Assembly Approves $4.4 Million for Rec Center, Tennis Courts

Last night the Anchorage Assembly finally decided the issue of a state-funded recreation center with tennis courts. Assembly members approved 4-point-4 million-dollars for the project.

Walker Files Bill Creating Marijuana Control Board

Just one day before marijuana possession becomes legal in Alaska, Gov. Bill Walker has filed legislation to create a marijuana control board. Download Audio

Coast Guard bill would end EPA permit mandate for fishing boats

For years, Alaska's commercial fishing fleet has dreaded a requirement to obtain a permit for even basic boat discharges, like draining a fish hold, or hosing down a deck. Now, Congress is on the verge of ditching the requirement forever.

AMHS report: Ferries boost Anchorage, Mat-Su economies too

Many people think the Alaska Marine Highway System only serves port communities in the Southeast and Southwest parts of the state, plus Prince William Sound. It turns out the Railbelt benefits, too. Download Audio

Lawsuit Claims Chukchi Rules Fail to Protect Walrus

A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the Fish and Wildlife Service, saying its rule allowing the oil industry to disturb or harm Pacific walrus in the Chukchi Sea violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Download Audio

Proposed District Changes Draw Rise from Kwethluk

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel The State’s redistricting proposals move some villages around in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. A few move from the enormous Interior...

Planned Parenthood Working to Overturn Parental Notice Law

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is suing the state in an effort to overturn the parental notice law,...

Anchorage officials certify vote-by-mail results

About 79,295 ballots were cast, pushing turnout to just over 36 percent, a high figure relative to Anchorage’s normal local election returns. The vote certification upholds preliminary results. Listen now

BOEMRE May Be Able to Monitor Offshore Rigs Electronically

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage Monday at the annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, BOEMRE head Michael Bromwich talked a little more about plans to...

Some Legislators Assisting Effort To Repeal New Oil Tax Bill

Two Anchorage lawmakers stood outside Barnes & Noble in Midtown Anchorage today, gathering signatures for the referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax overhaul. The bill narrowly passed at the end of this year’s legislative session. It’s expected to lower taxes on oil companies by hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Download Audio

Polling Data Gauging Legislative Issue Importance Released

The Majority Caucus in the Alaska House of Representatives has released some new polling data that seeks to gauge the importance of issues being addressed by the Legislature.