Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

In A Social Media Fracas, Walker Withdraws Appointee

A Walker spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that Jeff Landfield’s nomination to the judicial conduct commission was withdrawn because of “disrespectful” and “misogynistic” images posted to his social media account.”

Governor’s budget proposes major changes to oil tax credits

The governor's budget gets about half a billion dollars from the oil and gas industry, proposing deep cuts to the state's system of oil and gas tax credits.

Parnell Proposes $4.9 Million For Emergency Food Caches

Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing $4.9 million for emergency food supplies to be stashed across the state.

Alaska’s budget woes and the effects on public safety

Budget cuts are creating stress for communities trying to keep their citizens safe with fewer dollars for law enforcement. In a state with staggering statistics for violence and sexual assault, how can municipalities, cities, and villages keep the peace amid jail closures, fewer troopers and local police. APRN: Tuesday, 7/28 at 10:00am Download Audio

As Dunleavy’s budget looms, two Alaskans see diverging futures for Mat-Su

Alaskans on both sides of the budget debate weigh in on the proposal to dramatically cut state spending to pay full Permanent Fund dividends.

Opponents Of Wastewater Discharge Bill Pass On Referendum

When voters head to the polls next year, they could be faced with questions on oil taxes, the minimum wage, and the use of recreational marijuana. But one thing that won't be on the ballot is a referendum on a controversial bill concerning cruise ship waste. Download Audio

Alaskans Testify On Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Bill

Lawmakers took public testimony for the first time Thursday on Governor Bill Walker's bill to expand Medicaid. The public spoke during the last 30 minutes of the House Health and Social Services committee's hearing on HB 148. Download Audio

Assembly Overrides Mayor's Veto

Photo 1: Assembly Chair Dick Traini and Mayor Dan Sullivan attempt to persuade Assembly Member Bill Starr on the veto override vote. ...

Senate Ratifies Treaties to Stop Fish Piracy

The U.S. Senate yesterday ratified two international treaties to crack down on illegal international fishing. One is an agreement to restrict ships from using ports if they engage in what’s known as IUU fishing. Download Audio

Bill Limiting Driver's License Terms Passes Through House

Associated Press Representative Bob Lynn's bill to limit the term of driver's licenses to the length of a non-citizen's visa has passed the state House. ...

Senate Passes Bill Extending Coastal Zone Management Program

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The Senate Friday passed and sent to the House its version of a bill extending – and making...

State Takes Step Toward Recognizing Tribal Sovereignty

Until recently, Governor Sean Parnell, like his two Republican predecessors, and Governor Wally Hickel before them, used lawsuits, legislative initiatives and policies to dispute or diminish tribal authorities on several fronts. The Parnell administration now is taking a step toward acknowledging tribal sovereignty. Download Audio

Bethel visit humanizes Kilbuck fire to Gov. Walker

Gov. Bill Walker visited Bethel Friday to meet with city and school officials as well as teachers and students displaced by Tuesday’s fire that incinerated the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and residential dorms.

Shell Gets Conditional Drilling Approval

The federal government has given conditional approval to Shell's plan to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea.

Dunleavy says second special session could happen on the road system, listing Mat-Su as an option

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s office is considering sites in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and elsewhere on the road system for a possible second special session.

Alaska Judicial Council Recommends All But 1 Judge For Retention

The Alaska Judicial Council has released its recommendations for retention of state District and Superior court judges. The judges will come up for vote on the November ballot. Download Audio

Anti-Marijuana Group Asks Muni To Pull Pro-Initiative Advertising

The group Big Marijuana Big Mistake is taking issue with pro-marijuana initiative bus ads, and they're asking the Municipality of Anchorage to intervene. Download Audio

Fairbanks Borough Not Commenting on Former Mayor’s Claims

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The Fairbanks Borough is not weighing-in on the claims of its former mayor, Jim Whitaker, that Senate candidate...

Can Alaska’s ferry system be more reliable?

Port community leaders worry next summer’s Alaska Marine Highway System schedule will be as unreliable as this summer’s. Budget cuts and mechanical breakdowns left many of this year’s passengers stranded, dropping destinations or switching to air travel. Town leaders say that hurt tourism, especially small-town excursions, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts. Download Audio

Trump transition team adds Alaskan as tribal liaison

An Alaskan has officially joined President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The Trump team has selected former state senator Jerry Ward as its liaison to the 500-plus federally recognized tribes. Listen Now