Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Residents Tell Bethel’s Tribe King Restrictions Are Warranted

Bethel’s Native Tribe, Orutsararmuit Native Council, held a public hearing seeking input on Chinook fishing restrictions next summer. It’s part of a call out to tribes along the river to help come up with management options after poor King salmon runs the last several years. Download Audio

Alaska chief justice calls for computer security upgrade

In his State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Joel Bolger said an incident in Nome shows the state needs to do more to prevent privacy breaches.

Anthony Mallott Named CEO of Sealaska

A second generation of Mallotts is taking over the helm at Sealaska. The regional Native corporation’s board of directors named Anthony Mallott as president and CEO during a shareholders’ meeting Tuesday night in Anchorage. He’s the son of former CEO and long-time board member Byron Mallott, who’s running for governor as a Democrat.

Corrections officers union seeks retraction of review, opposes commissioner

The state corrections officers union wants Governor Bill Walker to retract key sections of a report released last year that criticized Department of Corrections policies and some officers’ actions. Download Audio

Congress Divided Over Possibility Of LNG Exports

There’s a rift in Congress over whether the country should export its glut of natural gas. A new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy is bolstering the hopes of those who want to see more exports.

Forest Service To Tweak Tongass Management Plan

The U.S. Forest Service has decided to make changes in its Tongass land management plan. That means users and interest groups will get to submit suggestions on road-building, logging, stream restoration and habitat protection. Download Audio

Army officials say they’d like to keep airborne unit at JBER

Top Army officials gave their clearest statements yet that they might cancel or postpone the reduction of troops from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Sen. Dan Sullivan calls the testimony important, but says efforts to preserve the 4-25th aren't a done deal. Download Audio

Juneau to hold March special election for new mayor

Juneau voters will elect a new mayor during a special election on March 15, the assembly decided Monday night during its regular meeting. Download Audio

Young Faces Two Primary Election Challengers

In next Tuesday’s primary race Congressman Don Young will be defending his 40 year tenure as Alaska’s lone U.S. House member against two Republican challengers and five Democrats also vying for the seat.

‘Moving Weapon’ Bill Passes State House

"Moving Weapons" will be illegal if the Senate concurs with a bill that passed the House Tuesday. Anchorage Democrat Les Gara was one of the sponsors of the measure.

Congressman Young addresses Native issues, gun violence at forum

“To me, the Second Amendment is still the most important amendment of all the amendments,” Young said. Listen now

Young Misses Budget Vote for Charity Fishing Trip

Congressman Don Young was the only Republican, and one of only eight House members, who missed last night's vote in Washington on the GOP plan to balance the federal budget.

Tenure Bill Rankles State Teacher Unions

A bill that would require a longer probationary period for teachers has attracted opposition from labor organizations, who say it's an attack on job security.

Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriages can continue in Alaska

Same-sex marriages are legal again in Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay, which would have halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state's appeal early next year. The governor's office is continuing with the appeal. Download Audio

House District 21 candidates blur some party lines but not others

Two candidates are running for Democrat-turned-Republican Lindsey Holmes former seat in West Anchorage's House District 21. And like their predecessor, some of their views blur typical party lines.

Sitka tribal council pens FBI, alleging racism in police dept

Sitka’s tribal council wrote a letter last week to the Anchorage division of the FBI, regarding a tasing incident of a Native Alaska teenager in the Sitka jail last year. The letter alleges that prejudice exists within the Sitka Police Department and asks the FBI to consult the tribe during the investigation. Download Audio

A judge blocked a Trump plan for a controversial road through an Alaska wildlife refuge. Now the administration is appealing.

Lawyers for the Trump administration are appealing a decision by federal judge Sharon Gleason that blocked a land exchange that was supposed to lead to construction of a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on the Alaska Peninsula.

Murkowski Unveils Early Education Legislation

Senator Lisa Murkowski unveiled the “Early Intervention for Graduation Success Bill” on Friday at East High School in Anchorage. Murkowski says this legislation would not introduce a new program, but would expand on dropout legislation that is already in place.

With an ‘if,’ Alaska US senators join call for Roy Moore to quit race

Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan say Alabama candidate Roy Moore should step aside, if the abuse claims against him are true. Listen now

Shockingly High Rate of Violence Against Women Found in Alaska

Photo and Story by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Alaska has led the nation in the incidence of sexual assault and domestic violence against...