Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Obama Lends US Support to UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Alaska Native leaders gather for pictures at the start of the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Photos and Story by Libby Casey, APRN -Washington, DC President...

Tribal Leaders Hopeful, but Also Desire to See More Accomplished

Libby Casey, APRN - Washington President Obama met privately with a dozen tribal leaders representing all regions of the country during their gathering in Washington. ...

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...

Parnell Releases Next Year’s Budget Proposal

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell on Wednesday presented the starting point for legislative debate over next year’s budget. Calling Alaska for more...

Tribal Leaders Gathering to Meet with Obama

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington Alaska Native tribal leaders are gathering Thursday in Washington for the Tribal Nation’s Conference with President Obama. Each of...

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...

Miller to Supply Missing Emails

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Joe Miller plans to supply missing emails from his time as Fairbanks Borough attorney.  Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto tells the...

Parnell Taking Action Against Feds on Fishing Restrictions

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage A National Marine Fisheries Service decision to restrict fishing in certain areas of the western Aleutian Islands has drawn the...

Conservation Groups May Oppose State in Sea Lion Battle

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Conservation groups may take sides in the state suit filed today against the National Marine Fisheries Service. Mike Levine...

Federal Judge Says Alaska Should Have a Second Senator in January

The Associated Press A federal judge says Alaska should have a senator in place by the time Congress convenes in early January. Senator Lisa...

Miller Takes Case to Alaska Supreme Court

Republican US Senate candidate Joe Miller is taking his case to the Alaska Supreme Court.  Miller's camp announced Monday afternoon that attorney Thomas Van...

Murkowski, Begich Vote For Cloture on Tax Cut Proposal

Alaska’s Senators helped an effort Monday to advance the proposed tax cut bill currently being hotly debated in Washington.  Both Senator Lisa Murkowski and...

Dillingham OKs Pay Hike For Teachers

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham The teachers who work for the Dillingham City School District have agreed to a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that...

Judge Rules Against Miller Challenge

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau, Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks & Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC A state judge has ruled against Republican...

Coastal Management Program Facing Elimination

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The state’s Coastal Management Program faces certain termination on July first unless the legislature and governor agree to grant...

Murkowski Votes Against Defense Bill Ending ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senate Democrats failed Thursday to move forward on a defense bill that included ending “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” ...

Miller Adds New Claim of Potentially Questionable Ballots

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau Lawyers for Senate candidates Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski, and the state argued over the counting of write-in ballots...

Language in Defense Appropriations Bill May Allow ARSC to Retain Funding

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Language in a defense appropriation bill could retain military funding for the University of Alaska Fairbanks based Arctic Region...

Potential Plan Includes Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC President Obama’s announcement Tuesday that he brokered a deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for...

Murkowski Supporting Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senator Lisa Murkowski left no question today about her position on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the law banning...