Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Libertarian Candidates for Governor and U.S. Senate

Libertarians believe citizens should be free to engage in any activity that does not violate the rights of others. Their party wants government out of the way so people can pursue liberty and freedom. How would this translate to elected positions? APRN: Tuesday, 10/28 at 10:00am Download Audio

Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Walker, Pebble Mine

Len Anderson, KSKA - Anchorage The Gubernatorial candidates faced off yesterday at an Anchorage business luncheon. Both Republican Sean Parnell and Democrat Ethan Berkowitz...

Measure Changing School District Health Plans Speeding Through Legislature

A measure that would put the state in charge of school districts’ health plans is speeding through the legislature. Download Audio
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (left) and Alaska Arctic Adviser Craig Fleener in the Talk of Alaska studios. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and the nation’s Arctic policy

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan has been on the job for one year and has focused on military and veterans issues. He's also been highly critical of the Obama Administration's Arctic strategy, saying a more comprehensive policy is required. In a time of state and federal budget restraints, how will Arctic needs be addressed? APRN: Tuesday, 1/5 at 10:00am Listen now

Murkowski Votes Against House Budget Plan

Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski was one of five Republicans Senators to vote last night against the budget plan the House passed. Murkowski cited concerns about how the scheme dealt with Medicare.

Autopsy yields nil on pregnant soldier’s death

A special state investigator for the Guard scandal flagged Michelle Clark's death as warranting further review. But with a toxicology report that found nothing and a tight-lipped police department, the pregnant soldier's family feels there's been no justice for Michelle. Download Audio

Mat-Su District One Race

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Matanuska Susitna Borough voters will choose candidates for two Borough Assembly seats when they go to the polls next...

State buys out TransCanada’s interest in gas project

The state of Alaska has completed its acquisition of TransCanada Corp.'s interest in a major gas project. Gov. Bill Walker, in a release, called it an historic day.

Weyhrauch Attorneys Ask for Evidence of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Associated Press Attorneys for former Alaska lawmaker Bruce Weyhrauch are asking a federal judge for access to evidence they contend shows prosecutorial misconduct....

8(a) Limiting Attempt Fails in Senate

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC An attempt by Senator John McCain to limit the federal program that ...

Child sex abuse survivor wants to shatter the silence with Erin’s Law

Alaska raised writer David Holthouse has told his story of being sexually abused as a child before. It’s appeared in newspapers, on the radio and on stage in New York City. But when he spoke in the Alaska Capitol building today, it was to support Erin’s Law, a bill that would require public schools statewide to provide age-appropriate K-12 sexual abuse education. Download Audio

Murkowski Unaware for Months of Aide’s Plea Deal

Senator Lisa Murkowski says she didn’t know for months that her fisheries aide had signed a plea deal with federal authorities admitting to fishing illegally.

How Alaskans press their agenda in Cleveland

Party conventions aren’t all about funny hats and nominating presidents. Alaska delegates to the GOP National Convention are using the gathering as an opportunity to spread their Alaska-specific agenda to a national audience. Listen now

Mat Su Borough Assembly To Continue Ferry Meeting

The homeless ferryboat, MV Susitna, is still docked in Ketchikan, while the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with a solution to avoid paying a twelve million dollar debt to the Federal Transportation Administration. KSKA's Ellen Lockyer reports, the Assembly plans to continue it's discussion on the issue on August 21. Listen now:

North Slope Mayor Investigated for Corruption

The North Slope Borough Assembly has voted to investigate allegations of ethics violations made against Mayor Charlotte Brower. Download Audio:

Bethel Reacts to Walker Administration’s firing of DA

Bethel Community members are reacting to the Walker Administration’s firing of District Attorney, June Stein. While working in the office Sunday, Stein received a letter, delivered from a Deputy Attorney General informing her of her quote “impending release.” The state so far is not explaining why she’s being fired. Download Audio

Young’s Comments Draw Sharp Response

Opponents to Don Young’s bid for another term in Congress are responding to statements the Congressman made last week in which he said the...

Budget deadlock could delay Medicaid payments to health care providers

Health care advocates said nursing homes and behavioral health providers are among those who may not have large cash reserves to cover costs during a delay.

Parnell Visits Asia, Touts Alaska’s Resource Potential

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell traveled to Japan today after leaving South Korea yesterday. He’s pitching foreign governments and companies on the state’s potential to export liquefied natural gas.

Sealaska Selections in Tongass Added to Defense Bill

Sealaska Corporation would get land within the Tongass National Forest in a bill that’s moving quickly in the final days of Congress. It would turn over about 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska, mostly for logging and development. It's part of a large package of public lands bills that's been tacked on to a must-pass defense bill. Download Audio