Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Kavanaugh: Alaskans set stakes for Murkowski

The senator who might cast the decisive vote on the Supreme Court nominee wants to hear from her constituents. How much will Alaskans hold it against her if she votes "no"? Is "yes" more politically costly? Listen now
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Alaska delegation looks to build road from King Cove to Cold Bay

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation that would authorize construction of the single lane, non-commercial, gravel road between King Cove and the all-weather airstrip in Cold Bay. Listen now

Proposed District Changes Draw Rise from Kwethluk

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel The State’s redistricting proposals move some villages around in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. A few move from the enormous Interior...

Court Rules In Favor Of Same-Sex Couples In Property Tax Case

State Supreme Court on Friday justices decided in favor of two same sex couples in a property tax case that could have wider implications for the state. Download Audio

As part of Dunleavy administration directive, ADF&G considered selling its hatcheries

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his budget proposal back in February, he also issued a directive asking departments to seek out state-owned properties that could be sold in an effort to save money.

ANSEP proposes to run Mt. Edgecumbe as 3-year STEM school

Lawmakers this week heard a proposal from the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to turn Mt. Edgecumbe High School into a three-year accelerated program. Download Audio

SEARHC To Close Bill Brady Healing Center As Sequester Hits

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, is closing down its residential drug and alcohol treatment program. The closure was announced Tuesday and comes after massive reductions in federal funding, also known as sequestration. Download Audio

Mat-Su Borough elections yield unexpected results

This week's election in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough took an unexpected turn. Ballots are still being counted and the winner of the Borough mayor's race is still undetermined. And the three cities within the Borough had their own elections on Tuesday, also with some surprising results. KSKA: Fri., Oct. 9, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 10, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 10, at 6:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Peltola To Run Federal Subsistence Program

Gene Peltola Jr., also known as Buzzy, has resigned from running the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge based in Bethel. He has taken a promotion and is moving to Anchorage to become the Assistant Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He will head the subsistence program at the Office of Subsistence Management. Download Audio

FERC Concerns Slow Dam Project

A proposed hydroelectric project in Southcentral Alaska has drawn of comments from concerned Alaskans. The Susitna Watana dam is expected to provide Railbelt energy needs for a hundred years, but at what cost?

Three now in running for Alaska’s lone Congressional seat

Greg Fitch, founder of the Juneau-based Mental Health Consumer Action Network, has filed to run for Republican Don Young’s seat in Congress.

An obscure rule may be driving up Alaska health care costs

Buried deep in the October 2004 supplement of the Alaska Administrative Code are a few sentences a lot of Alaska health care experts are talking about right now. It's called the 80th percentile rule. It was adopted as a consumer protection measure, but insurers say it's encouraging excessive prices for specialty care. Download Audio

Anchorage Legislators consider ways to cut capital costs

Before heading to Juneau, Anchorage Legislators are listening to community input on ways to cut state spending. Download Audio

Legislators Searching for Ways to Cut Spending on Prison System

Monday, the state Senate and House Finance Subcommittees on Correction are holding a joint hearing on ways to cut what the state spends on its prison system. It's called "The Smart Justice Summit" and will evaluate methods to solve what Anchorage Democrat Johnny Ellis calls the "prison growth crisis." Ellis is Senate Rules chairman as well as chairman of the Senate subcommittee.

Interior official says Trump administration has the ‘guts’ to allow oil exploration in ANWR

A top Interior Department official said kick-starting oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, is a priority for the Trump administration. Listen now

Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off. KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Gov. Parnell Looks to Bypass Health Care Act

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell is looking at ways to bypass implementation of the federal health care act. He has...

RUNNING: State House, District 21 Anchorage

Barbara Norton (D), Robert Clift (L) and Lance Pruitt (R) are running for State House, District 21 Anchorage in the Alaska...

House, Senate Agree on State’s Operating Budget

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau 17 days into the special legislative session – and the House and Senate Wednesday finally agreed on the...

Walker draws criticism for oil tax credit vetoes

Two former commissioners and several lawmakers are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker’s decision to veto more than $430 million from the state’s budget. The money would have gone to pay tax credits to oil companies. Listen now