Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Dunleavy taps former aide for vacant Board of Fish seat

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tapped his former legislative aide to serve on the Board of Fisheries. Matanuska-Susitna Borough resident John Wood is largely unknown by fishing groups.

Bill Would Help Fund Two Southeast Mines

Two Southeast Alaska mines could get close to $300 million in state support under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Walker signs SB 88, Mental Health Trust land exchange

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker was joined in Ketchikan on Thursday by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, state Sen. Bert Stedman and state Rep. Dan Ortiz to sign a bill accepting a land trade between the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Mental Health Trust. Listen now

Wildlife Official Charged With Hunting Violations

Governor Sean Parnell is not commenting on Thursday’s resignation of Corey Rossi, head of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Conservation Division. Rossi was charged Thursday with 12 misdemeanor counts related to an illegal bear hunt in 2008.

Legislators Expect Bill to Lower State Oil Taxes Next Session

Among the issues legislators anticipate dealing with during next year’s session is a revived effort by the Parnell Administration to lower the state’s taxes on oil production.

Homeless shelters and services to see reduced funding

With a state capital budget passed, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation said it will dole out checks to charities that have been trying to keep Alaskans off the streets. But those checks will only go so far.

APOC Investigating RBG Bush Planes

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is heading into the home stretch of their investigation into RBG Bush Planes, a holding company for Robert Gillam’s aircraft.

Senators Grill EPA Clean Air Chief over CO2 Rule

In the U.S. Senate today, the Environment and Public Works Committee took up a plan by President Obama to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The proposed EPA regulation would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide by 2030. Republicans call it federal overreach, and Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan had more objections than time allowed. Download Audio

Delta city council member denies posting racist comments on social media

A Delta Junction City Council member says he’s been victimized by a fake Twitter account established under his name in January that includes several posts with racist comments.

New UA head sees opportunity despite bleak fiscal landscape

It's been less than two weeks since Jim Johnsen took the helm as president of the University of Alaska. And the transition in leadership is coming at a time when the university system is attempting to streamline and rethink the way it operates. Download Audio

Mayor Vetoes Labor Compromise

After months of compromise between the Anchorage Assembly and public employee unions, the city's voters may still end up deciding on a controversial labor law due to a mayoral veto.

Determining How Voters Make Decisions

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau How voters actually decide who will represent us – at all levels of government – has long been a...

Alaska Native, Conservation Groups Challenge Shell Air Permit

Nine Alaska Native and conservation groups have challenged a federal air permit granted by the Environmental Protection Agency for a second Shell Oil drilling rig intended for Arctic waters.

Court of Appeals Will Not Hear State’s Juneau Access Petition

The full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will not take up the State of Alaska’s latest petition in the Juneau Access case.

Legislators Pore through Gasline Report

State legislators are poring through copies of an instate gasline report released Tuesday, but it will be some time before the project gains or loses approval.

Kerry Names Ex-Coast Guard Boss Special Rep to Arctic

Secretary of State John Kerry today named former Coast Guard commandant Robert J. Papp Jr. as special representative to the Arctic. Kerry created the new position to elevate Arctic issues in America's foreign policy and national security strategy as the U.S. prepares to assume the chair of the Arctic Council. Download Audio

Nenana May Receive Additional Funds In Capital Budget

The city of Nenana could get $75,000 if the Governor signs off on the finalized capital budget bill. The money will go towards a study that would line out the benefits and pitfalls associated with creating a new Borough or incorporating the Interior community into an existing Borough.

Barrow’s Ben Nageak Wins House District 40 Race

In rural House races, Democrat Ben Nageak of Barrow will be going to the state House. He defeated three opponents and will be unopposed in the general election. And Neal Foster beat Woodie Salmon.

Alaska officials fighting mad over Arctic lease cancellation

When the Obama Administration announced the cancelation of drilling opportunities in the Arctic Ocean, the reaction of Alaska’s congressional delegation and governor was swift and terrible. They're pledging a bold response, which, if Rep. Don Young has his way, involves renting a drilling rig.

Alaska Legislature Gavels Out

Friday, the Alaska State Legislature gaveled out, five days after they were supposed to. It’s the end to a grueling session that involved legislation on education and a major gasline project. Download Audio