Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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...

Assembly Passes $435 Million Spending Plan

Len Anderson, KSKA - Anchorage Anchorage's Mayor ended up getting a budget that will not increase property taxes up to the cap, and Assembly members...

Commission Proposing $50,000 Pay Raise for Governor

Associated Press The  Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission is proposing a $50,000 pay increase for Governor Sean Parnell.   It had a hearing Tuesday that was...

Parnell Honors Pearl Harbor Day

Associated Press Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff to mark Pearl Harbor Day. He says Tuesday’s lowering of flags is...

Parnell Sworn into Office

Photo and Story by Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau On Monday, Governor Sean Parnell began the term of office to which he was elected...

Congress, White House Hammering Out Tax Cut, Unemployment Deal

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The U.S. Congress and the White House are trying to hammer out a deal that would extend the...