Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Pipeline Coordinator Reminds Senate That the Project Needs More Than a Statute

The State Senate committee looking at the state’s energy future Wednesday got a reminder from the federal pipeline coordinator: the state statute setting up...

Sitka and Juneau elect new mayors in municipal elections

Communities across the state elected new mayors and enacted new measures in local municipal elections yesterday. Listen now

AFN Asks For Help in Voting-rights Campaign

Alaska’s largest Native organization is challenging a Southeast group to lead the regional campaign to regain federal voting-rights protections.

Anchorage Assembly approves new fire station, delays other decisions and discussions

The Anchorage Assembly approved the purchase of land to relocate Fire Station #3 at last night’s meeting. But they postponed most of the other major decisions and discussions, including the public hearing on the city's labor laws.

Environmental Measure Tops Ballot in Fairbanks Election

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Fairbanks Borough voters face two propositions on Tuesday’s municipal election ballot.  Proposition A would prevent the borough from banning,...

Special session to begin Thursday after lawmakers fail to compromise

Gov. Bill Walker called the Alaska Legislature into a special session starting Thursday.

AIDEA Briefs Federal Commission On Ambler Road

The state says it will cost as much as $400 million to build a controversial proposed mining road to Ambler. But some opponents of the road think that figure is too low. Download Audio

New coastal change committee to meet in January

The Board of Fisheries’ new coastal change committee will hold its first meeting next month. The committee is helping the board develop some guidelines for how it deals with commercial fishing boundaries that change along with Alaska’s coastline. Download Audio

Congressional Deal Allows FAA Employees to Return from Furlough

Furloughed workers are breathing a sigh of relief after Congress threw together a bipartisan deal today to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration’s funding.

Gov Focused On Working With Legislators On Medicaid

With time winding down in the scheduled 90-day session, questions remain about whether or not legislators can agree on Gov. Bill Walker's proposal to expand and reform Medicaid. Download Audio

Oil prices shrink budget gap, but lawmakers remain far apart

The state’s budget problem is shrinking, but it may not be enough to resolve differences between the Senate and House. Listen now

Walker Names Transportation Commissioner

There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries. Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named Marc Luiken as his commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Download Audio

Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals Hearing Cases in Alaska

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage A panel of judges from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is in Alaska to hear appeals on cases...

Alaskans pack Anchorage hearing to testify on proposed state budget cuts

The vast majority of the people who testified during a House Finance Committee hearing Sunday spoke out in opposition to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal.

Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set Refinery-Pollution Cleanup Level

A panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources. Download Audio

Jurist Helped Shape Juneau; Defended Capital City, Alaskans’ Privacy Rights

Robert Boochever was a former New York resident and Army Captain who met his future wife, Army nurse Connie Maddox, while serving in Newfoundland.

Republican senators request local party suggestion to fill vacancy

They said in a letter to Walker that it would unfair to either confirm or reject Walker’s appointment of Randall Kowalke to replace Dunleavy. Listen now

Soboleff Wins Sealaska Board Seat, Nelson Becomes Chairman

The regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska has a new CEO, a new board chairman and a new board member. Leaders of Juneau-headquartered Sealaska are following a direction set by their predecessors. But they promise some changes, following a recent board election. Download Audio

Court Rules on State Predator Control Programs

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that state predator control programs conform to the sustained yield mandate for managing...

Anchorage’s National Archives Office Closing

The government’s top archivist, David Ferriero announced today the Anchorage branch of the National Archives will close this year. Download Audio