Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file away

With the bitter Congressional standoff over for now, lawmakers could turn to a practice rarely seen in Washington these days. They might pass a few bills. Each member of Alaska’s congressional delegation has sponsored dozens of bills this year. But, other than the budget, don’t bet on anything controversial becoming law.

Negotiations For New Labor Building Lease Break Down

Mediated negotiations between the state and the owner of the Alaska Department of Labor building in Juneau have ended without a deal to extend the state’s rental agreement.

Sitka Emerges as Political Hotbed

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka Sitka saw some attention from the U.S. Senate candidacy as then-Mayor Scott McAdams ran for a seat. But, locally,...

Rapture, shock, ANWR: Alaskans react to Trump victory

Rapturous Trump supporters said they'd expected this outcome all along, while surprised Republican officials ticked off a wish list of priorities that suddenly seemed within reach.

Legislative Analyst Offers Gloomy Budget Outlook

Manipulating an Excel spreadsheet with dozens of inputs, Legislative Finance Director David Teal showed what would happen if the state cut formula programs, added a variety of taxes, and shrunk its agencies. None of the actions taken on their own made any difference. At projected oil prices, the state still does not close its multi-billion-dollar deficit. Download Audio

Interior Dept. Appoints New Leader for Offshore Energy

The federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling is about to get a new leader. Abigail Hopper has been named director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, according to a report from FuelFix.

Australian Company Wins Mat-Su Coal Lease Bid

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Lands Office has announced the winning bid for a Matanuska Valley coal lease. Greg Jones, Executive Director for the Trust Lands Office, says an Australian company got the nod.

Young, striking Trump-like note, reflects on 2016

Congressman Don Young showed no enthusiasm for Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. But with President-elect Trump three weeks from his swearing-in, and a new Democratic minority leader in the Senate, Young looks at the big picture and sees the upside. Listen Now

Senate Working to Decide on Middle-Class Tax Breaks

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The weekend may be around the corner but the U.S. Senate will be working tomorrow.  Democratic leadership called...

Petition For Coastal Management Program Receives More Than Enough Signatures

Organizers of a citizen’s ballot initiative to restore Alaska’s Coastal Management Program have well over the number of signatures required to put it on the statewide ballot, says Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Alaskan says Justice Thomas groped her in 1999

Moira Smith says U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas groped her 17 years ago. Thomas calls the accusation "preposterous." Listen Now

Waivers Available for No Child Left Behind Act

States can now get waivers from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era education law. In exchange they’ll have to come up with ways on the state level to boost student achievement and close gaps in performance.

Sen. Murkowski Says Protecting Lands Is Top Priority

Beyond filing lawsuits and requesting meetings with administration officials, there's little Alaska's legislative or executive branches can do to influence President Barack Obama's approach to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Download Audio

Miller Energy reaches $5M settlement with federal regulators

Miller Energy Resources has agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that it inflated the value of its Alaska oil and gas properties by more than $400 million. Download Audio

Kreiss-Tomkins previews session, proposes license plate design contest

The Alaska legislature gaveled in Tuesday (01-19-16), in what will be the fourth session for Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of House District 35, representing his hometown of Sitka, Petersburg, and 20 other rural Southeast communities. In sharing his goals for the session, Kreiss-Tomkins has a few policy ideas up his sleeve.

Wildlife Official Charged With Hunting Violations

Governor Sean Parnell is not commenting on Thursday’s resignation of Corey Rossi, head of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Conservation Division. Rossi was charged Thursday with 12 misdemeanor counts related to an illegal bear hunt in 2008.

Lawmakers Tour Valley Farms

On a farm in Palmer, the sweet taste of summer can be found in an acre of plump, big -as- your -fist strawberries that are destined for sale at farmer's markets. As KSKA's Ellen Lockyer reports, a recent tour of Matanuska Valley farms is helping state legislators get in touch with Alaska's agricultural potential.

Industry Chafes at Relief Rig Rule for Arctic Drilling

The safety of drilling in Arctic seas was debated at a congressional hearing this morning. Advocates of development say requiring a relief rig isn't necessary for blowout response.

RUNNING: State House, District 26 Anchorage

Lindsey Holmes (D) and Phil Isley (non) are running  for State House in District 26, Anchorage in Alaska’s General Election on...

Trump wins presidency, most Alaska incumbents hold on

Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. The Republican candidate defeated his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in both Alaska and in the overall election.