Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Stevens’ Time in Office Hard to Summarize

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Governor Sean Parnell told reporters this afternoon that he first heard of the crash and the possibility that...

Flying Legend Dies in Crash

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage The pilot who died in yesterday’s crash – Terry Smith – was a flying legend in Alaska. He was...

News Obituary: Looking Back on Stevens’ Impact

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage It’s hard to underestimate the impact Ted Stevens had on Alaska. APRN’s Steve Heimel has this look back at...

Changing of Guard Signaled End of Era

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC When Senator Ted Stevens lost his reelection bid two years ago, it ended an era of Alaska politics. ...

Former Correspondent Remembers Stevens

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage Joel Southern covered Senator Stevens in Congress for nearly 20 years for APRN. He now lives in Denmark but...

Hensley Remembers Former Senator

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage Senator Stevens was a fierce advocate on behalf of Alaska Natives and he helped steer billions of dollars to...

Alaska Native Policies Shaped Stevens’ Legacy

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage One of the most visible symbols of Ted Stevens’ decades-long support for Alaska Natives stands adjacent to Tudor Road...

Parnell Puts Hold on Campaigning

Governor Sean Parnell announced Tuesday afternoon that he was temporarily suspending public campaign activity in aftermath of a plane crash north of Dillingham that...

Fish and Game Commissioner Accused of DUI

Associated Press A judge has set a December jury trial for Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd, who is accused of driving under...

Huckabee Endorses Joe Miller

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage Joe Miller picked up another high-profile endorsement today in his U.S. Senate bid – Mike Huckabee. But on Friday, a...

Begich Proposes Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage New legislation introduced by Democrat Senator Mark Begich aims to help tribes and village communities in Alaska get more...

Young Refuses to Comment on Federal Investigation

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage Representative Don Young is dodging reporters’ questions about a federal corruption probe.  Last night at the Republican Picnic in...

Alaska Schools Making Progress

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Local schools in Alaska are slowly making improvements in meeting their adequate yearly progress – or AYP – basic...

Court Rules on State Predator Control Programs

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that state predator control programs conform to the sustained yield mandate for managing...

Talk of Alaska: Eddie Burke, Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate

It’s the job of the Lieutenant Governor to enact all new state regulations, to run the Division of Elections, and to be prepared to...

Elena Kagan Confirmed into US Supreme Court Justice Seat

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s senators are split on the next United States Supreme Court Justice. Elena Kagan won confirmation on Thursday by...

Rep. Young Cleared in Federal Investigation

Associated Press Representative Don Young’s office says the veteran congressman has been cleared in a federal investigation. Young’s spokeswoman, Meredith Kenny, says the...

White House Pushes For Small Business Stimulus Bill

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The White House is pushing hard for a small business stimulus bill.  It would establish a $30 billion...

Conservation Groups Challenge State’s Beluga Whale Lawsuit

Associated Press A half-dozen conservation groups are challenging the state’s lawsuit to overturn the listing of beluga whales off Anchorage as endangered. The ...

Oil Spill Bill Gets Shelved

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Democratic Senator Mark Begich’s decision to vote “no” on his party’s oil spill bill contributed to the...