Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Fairbanks May Opt to Pursue Redistricting Suit

The Fairbanks Borough Assembly could reverse itself again in the redistricting case. A state court response filed Wednesday has raised the possibility of another twist in a suit challenging a proposed new Alaska voter district map.

Alaska News Nightly: June 10, 2011

Judge Calls for Deeper Look into Cruise Ship Wastewater Issue, Palin Emails Reveal Struggles with Sudden Public Attention, Alaskan Reaction to Palin Emails Apathetic, Frustrations Over Hastings Wildfire Rising, and more...

Legislature’s chambers part ways as special session fizzles out

The impasse is a result of the two chambers having different views on the two bills on the special session agenda. Listen now

Bill Walker Holds Narrow Lead Over Sean Parnell In Gubernatorial Race

With just 289 precincts reporting in so far, gubernatorial challenger Bill Walker holds a narrow lead over Governor Sean Parnell.

Senate Bill Keeps Marijuana As A Controlled Substance

When the Alaska Senate votes on its primary marijuana bill later this week, the version they will consider treats marijuana as a controlled substance. Download Audio

Obama announces global fishing enforcement, new sanctuaries

President Obama today unveiled a package of global initiatives aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing. He also announced two new marine sanctuaries, and they are not in Alaska. Download Audio

Gov. Walker’s budget vetoes total $1.29B; dividend cut in half

Governor Bill Walker cut Permanent Fund dividends Wednesday to $1,000 per person, about half of the projected amount. The cut was one of a series of reductions that Walker made to lower the state's budget by $1.5 billion. Download Audio

State To Review Old Statutes Delaying Renewable Energy Projects

It may become easier for independent energy producers to provide power to the grid. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has agreed to review out-of-date statutes that some say are holding up renewable energy projects. Download Audio

Juneau Will Retain Mail Processing Center

The U.S. Postal Service was considering closing Juneau’s mail processing center and transferring its operations to Anchorage, but it’s nixed the idea.

Chenault, Huggins Discuss Education, Gas Line, And Fish Politics

As lawmakers begin the 90 day session, House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Charlie Huggins say there is just one must pass bill this session- the budget. But the majority party has other items on their agenda, along with a commitment to fiscal restraint. APRN's Lori Townsend asked Speaker Chenault to outline his priorities. Download Audio

Community Catch Share Program Unveiled in Washington DC

Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak A plan for community catch share programs in fisheries nationwide was unveiled in Washington D.C. by a panel...
Alaska News Nightly by Alaska Public Media

Anchorage Assembly passes measure to make healthcare pricing more transparent

The Anchorage Assembly passed a measure that could have an impact on healthcare for anyone getting care in Alaska’s largest city. Listen now

Gov hopes nonpartisan politics will help cross party lines

Gov. Bill Walker is in Juneau preparing for tomorrow's start to the legislative session. Regardless of other considerations, the big challenge will be finding common ground with lawmakers over how to fix the state's large and growing budget deficit. Download Audio

Two tribes, Dunleavy at odds over tribal sovereignty

Two tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state.

Now in minority, House Republicans fail to cut budget

The Republican House caucus is pushing to cut the state government budget. But they no longer hold the majority. Instead of shrinking, the House version of the budget has actually grown. Listen now

Senator Begich to Visit Bethel

Len Anderson, APRN - Anchorage U.S. Senator Mark Begich will be in Bethel to address to the Annual Convention of the Association of Village Council...

Alaska delegation gives Trump speech good reviews

President Trump gave a restrained speech to Congress Tuesday night. He said little about energy or the environment. But Alaska's congressman and U.S. senators liked a lot of what they heard. Listen now

Congress Recesses Until After Christmas

Congress is recessing until after Christmas without an agreement on staving off the fiscal cliff. Senator Mark Begich is not optimistic. Late Thursday night Speaker John Boehner canceled a vote on his alternative to President Barack Obama’s plan to prevent tax increases and spending cuts January second. That proposal, called Plan B, would have raised taxes on people making more than one million dollars per year.

Southeast Redistricting Presents Challenges

Southeast Alaska’s new redistricting boundaries eliminate the possibility of at least one House election rematch. But they could lead to some other challenges. Download Audio

Walker Selects Leaders For Gubernatorial Transition Team

Bill Walker had increased his lead over Republican Gov. Sean Parnell to 4,000 votes after the Division of Elections tallied 20,000 uncounted ballots on Tuesday . With a Walker win looking more likely, a transition team is being formed to prepare for a December 1 inauguration.