Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Sanford Calls For Juneau To Lead In Southeast Alaska

Juneau’s new mayor says the Capital City needs to take on a bigger leadership role in Southeast Alaska. Just after being sworn-in Monday night, Merrill Sanford urged his fellow Assembly members to reach out to other communities in the state, especially Southeast.

As the U.S. moves to open ANWR to drilling, Canada says ‘not so fast’

As part of their strategy going forward, opponents to drilling in ANWR are looking beyond Washington, D.C. and across U.S.-Canada border for support. Listen now

Advisory Council Addresses Anterless Moose Hunts

The contentious issue of antlerless moose hunts drew a large crowd to a Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting Thursday night.

Report: 50 percent of Alaska women report abuse by partner

A new study says that half of women in Alaska say they have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both.

High court sides with state in challenge to education funding formula

The Alaska Supreme Court announced Friday morning that it has ruled in favor of the state of Alaska in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit challenging the state’s required local contribution for education. Download Audio

For Self-Employed Sitkans, Health Act Makes A Difference

New figures from the Obama administration show more than 6500 Alaskans have enrolled in insurance plans on The deadline to sign up is March 31st. And that has prompted many Alaskans to bite the bullet and figure out what the Affordable Care Act means for them. For some commercial fishermen and others who are self-employed, what they’ve found has been a pleasant surprise. Download Audio

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...

Senate joins House in recognizing Alaska Native languages emergency

A report by the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council said the state should make it policy to promote Alaska Native language schools wherever possible. Listen now

National podcaster discusses data and Alaska political climate

National political podcast host Jody Avirgan and his wife recently visited Juneau, marking Alaska as the 50th state to which he's traveled. Listen now

Begich Addresses State Legislature

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage Senator Mark Begich gave his annual speech to the state Legislature today, during a recess swing through Southeast.  Begich spoke...

‘Law of the Sea’ Opponents May Have Enough Votes To Block Ratification

Opponents of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea believe they have the necessary votes to block ratification. Supporters say election year politics are slowing the process.

Sen. Begich Puts Air Force General’s Promotion On Hold

Alaska Senator Mark Begich put a hold on the promotion of an Air Force General last week, citing frustration with a lack of answers about the proposed move of the F-16 fighter squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Court system inches forward with years-long upgrade to digital filing system

The Alaska Court System takes in and maintains hard copies of millions of pages of documents annually. It’s been trying to upgrade to an electronic, paper-on-demand system for years.

Miller, McAdams Debate State’s Economy and the Federal Factor

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The major issue to be argued in this year’s U.S. Senate race is how the winner of the General...

Ordinance Forbids Sitting on Anchorage Sidewalks

The Anchorage Assembly last night passed a new version of Mayor Dan Sullivan's ordinance outlawing sitting on municipal sidewalks. A number of people from the Occupy Anchorage protest were in the room and watched the vote, which was seven to four.

AK Public Media, ADN sue Parnell over records requests

Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are suing Governor Sean Parnell over access to documents related to the National Guard Scandal. The complaint seeks to make facts about the case public before the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Lawmakers Ponder Options For More Natural Gas-Powered Cars

Lawmakers in Washington are considering what it would take to use natural gas in more cars. There’s some potential for using Alaska’s gas, though there are huge barriers.

Oil Tax Referendum Meets Ballot Requirements

An effort to repeal a tax cut on oil companies hit the magic number for its referendum to appear on the ballot. Download Audio

Former state senator appointed interim Denali Commission head

Former state senator John Torgerson has been appointed to run the Denali Commission while a search is underway for the organization's next leader. Listen now

Voters To Decide On Transportation Bond Proposition

On Nov. 6, Alaskans will vote on a bond proposition that would allow the state to borrow close to half a billion dollars for transportation related projects around the state.