Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Open Enrollment of New Medicare Plans Running Through End of Year

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham The open enrollment period to review and join new Medicare prescription drug plans started on Monday and will run...

Election Officials Keeping Eye Out For Voter Fraud

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage As division of elections officials oversee the count of absentee, early and questioned ballots over the next several days,...

Forest Service chief, Murkowski hear from Tongass stakeholders

The main theme of Friday’s discussion at the Ketchikan Public Library was “Access.” Listen now

Key House member says Dunleavy’s office didn’t act in good faith on crime bill

North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson said Dunleavy’s office agreed to provisions of House Bill 49 in private discussions that the administration has since criticized.

Fisheries: Why Young wants to change a beloved law

Rep. Don Young claims pride of authorship in the Magnuson Stevens Act, but he's penned a few revisions. The U.S. House just passed them. Critics say he shouldn't mess with a masterpiece. Listen now

Corchran Declines School Board Appointment, Board Set to Vote on Alernate

Over the weekend, the Anchorage School Board appointed a new board member, but Sunday he declined the position because of his employment with VECO corporation during a corruption scandal. Tonight the board plans to appoint the runner up. Download Audio

Initiative Repealing Labor Law Could be Heading for Ballot Box

In Anchorage, it looks like supporters of a ballot measure that would repeal a controversial labor ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly earlier this year have gathered the signatures needed to put the issue before voters.

Young Faces Criticism for Voting Absence

The U.S. House returned to work Monday after a week-long recess and took up a series of non-controversial votes to name post offices after members of the military, some of whom died in battle. Alaska’s Congressman Don Young was there along with his colleagues, but he’s faced criticism recently for the number of votes he’s missed this year.

Alaska House rejects repeal of controversial criminal justice law

An amendment would have repealed most of the law that lowered jail terms for many crimes. Listen now

Three pitches for closing state budget deficit with the Permanent Fund

Gov. Bill Walker has proposed using the Permanent Fund to pay for much of the state’s annual budget. But Walker isn’t alone in eyeing the $50 billion account. Lawmakers have introduced two other bills to pay for part of the budget using the fund. Download Audio

RUNNING 2014: Alaska Legislature

Meet the legislative candidates running in contested primary races from the Anchorage and Matanuska Valley on KSKA-FM and Alaska Public Media. Programs start at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12.

Oil Tax Debate Continues On Senate Floor

Debate on whether the state’s oil tax system should be overhauled continued in fits and spurts on Wednesday. By early evening, the Senate had considered seven amendments to a bill flattening the tax rate on oil companies and shifting incentives for credits. Download Audio

Ivy Spohnholz named to fill vacant Gruenberg seat

Governor Bill Walker named Ivy Spohnholz Tuesday as his choice to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Max Gruenberg in February. Download Audio

Sharp comments reflect ill will as Legislature starts 2nd special session

House majority’s handling of budget debate was compared to Pearl Harbor attack, tyranny and Jim Crow laws. Listen now

Court Hears Arguments In Port MacKenzie Rail Spur Case

Oral arguments were heard Thursday morning in federal district court in Anchorage on a challenge to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetlands permit. The case centers on whether or not federal agencies have complied with Clean Water Act requirements for wetlands protection measures in approving the proposed Port MacKenzie railroad spur.

Pebble Opponents, Proponents React To EPA Decision

The EPA’s announcement today was directly targeted at the Pebble Mine. The developers of that project are understandably not pleased with what they say is a gross overreach of federal authority which should be concerning to all Alaskans. Download Audio

Signatures Submitted for Minimum Wage Initiative

Sponsors of an initiative to raise Alaska's minimum wage have turned in their signatures. They submitted 43,000 names to the Division of Election's Anchorage office on Friday morning. Download Audio

Kenai Peninsula Borough Takes on Cannabis Cultivation Outside City Limits

Kenai Peninsula residents overwhelmingly turned out in support of establishing cannabis agribusiness in the borough, or at least not restricting it too much this early in the game.

Combating heroin in Alaska

State and federal officials as well as community groups spread all over Alaska have expressed alarm over rising rates of use and abuse. Juneau in particular has been the subject has gotten attention lately for a spate of heroin and opiate related overdoses. KSKA: Fri., Nov. 20, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Nov. 21, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Nov. 21, at 6:00 p.m. Download Audio:
Timothy Huit. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Timothy Huit

With Anchorage's local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA's Zachariah Hughes reports, Timothy Huit is hoping to bring his background in small business and social work to the office.