Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Anti-Earmark Legislation Fails in Senate

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Attached to the Food Safety bill was an attempt by Senator Tom Coburn to ban earmarks. It...

Senate Passes New Food Safety Bill

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Gridlock may be the prevailing theme on Capitol Hill, but Senator Lisa Murkowski and 14 other Republicans joined...

Murkowski Asks to Intervene in Miller Suit

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage The venue change of candidate Joe Miller’s lawsuit against the state of Alaska has put a new wrinkle in...

ASRC, North Slope Borough May Fight Polar Bear Habitat Designation

Jake Neher, KBRW – Barrow Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and North Slope Borough officials are considering filing suit against the U.S. Department of Interior...

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill; Attempt to Ban Earmarks Fails

Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC The lame duck congress may not be able to agree about gays in the military, an arms treaty or...

Miller Lawsuit to be Heard in Juneau

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Fairbanks judge Douglas Blankenship ruled this afternoon that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s lawsuit against the state division...

Congressmen Referenced in Zachares’ Trial May Never Be Named

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The conviction of Congressman Don Young’s former aid Mark Zachares who was convicted for taking gifts from corrupt lobbyist...

Meaning of Fewer Earmarks for Alaskans

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Earmarks have a bad rap in Washington, but Alaska has heavily benefitted from them.  On Wednesday we looked...

Department of Interior Designates Critical Polar Bear Habitat

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage The Department of Interior today released the areas designated as critical habitat for polar bears. It’s a vast 187,000 mile...

Republicans Pledge to Ban Earmarks; Alaska Delegation Fighting for Them

Photos and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate are pledging to ban earmarks.  That’s...

Angoon Recall Effort Appears Unsuccessful

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka An attempt to remove Angoon Mayor Albert Howard from office appears to have failed, based on preliminary election returns...

Johansen Vows Return to Republican Caucus

Associated Press State Rep. Kyle Johansen is vowing a return to the Republican caucus. The embattled Johansen told constituents in Ketchikan this week that he...

Planned Parenthood Working to Overturn Parental Notice Law

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is suing the state in an effort to overturn the parental notice law,...

Angoon Voting on Mayoral Recall

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka Angoon residents are voting today on whether to recall the city’s mayor, Albert Howard. The recall petition accuses Howard...

Former Young Aid Sentenced

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC A former aide to Alaska Congressman Don Young was sentenced Monday for taking money in exchange for information...

Begich Gains Leadership Role With Senate Democrats

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Mark Begich says his new post on the Senate’s Democratic leadership team will give voice to more...

ACLU Waiting on Results of Fight Over Illegal Campsites

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Municipality of Anchorage are waiting to learn the victor of...

Campbell Says Allegations By Miller Are ‘Baseless’

Associated Press Alaska Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell says allegations made by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller in a state lawsuit are “baseless.” Miller...

‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ to be Addressed During Lame Duck Session

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senator Lisa Murkowski is in the center of the debate over the military’s policy banning openly gay service-members,...

Senate Race Certification Put On Hold

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage The outcome of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race is in question again. Republican candidate Joe Miller filed a lawsuit in...