Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Begich Proposes Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage New legislation introduced by Democrat Senator Mark Begich aims to help tribes and village communities in Alaska get more...

Young Refuses to Comment on Federal Investigation

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage Representative Don Young is dodging reporters’ questions about a federal corruption probe.  Last night at the Republican Picnic in...

Alaska Schools Making Progress

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Local schools in Alaska are slowly making improvements in meeting their adequate yearly progress – or AYP – basic...

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...

Talk of Alaska: Eddie Burke, Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate

It’s the job of the Lieutenant Governor to enact all new state regulations, to run the Division of Elections, and to be prepared to...

Elena Kagan Confirmed into US Supreme Court Justice Seat

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s senators are split on the next United States Supreme Court Justice. Elena Kagan won confirmation on Thursday by...

Rep. Young Cleared in Federal Investigation

Associated Press Representative Don Young’s office says the veteran congressman has been cleared in a federal investigation. Young’s spokeswoman, Meredith Kenny, says the...

White House Pushes For Small Business Stimulus Bill

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The White House is pushing hard for a small business stimulus bill.  It would establish a $30 billion...

Conservation Groups Challenge State’s Beluga Whale Lawsuit

Associated Press A half-dozen conservation groups are challenging the state’s lawsuit to overturn the listing of beluga whales off Anchorage as endangered. The ...

Oil Spill Bill Gets Shelved

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Alaska’s Democratic Senator Mark Begich’s decision to vote “no” on his party’s oil spill bill contributed to the...

Mat-Su College Names New Director

Associated Press The University of Alaska Anchorage has named former state Attorney General Talis Colberg as director of its Mat-Su College in Palmer. Colberg, who...

Mat-Su Borough Searches For New Manager

Diana Haecker, KTNA – Talkeetna The search for a new Mat-Su Borough manager has produced a list of 42 applicants. Long time borough manager...

Therriault Resigns From Post

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell’s Senior Policy Adviser for Instate Gas has resigned from the administration following complaints about the timing...

Gubernatorial Candidates React to Therriault Resignation

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau Governor Parnell says Therriault was not asked to resign. Following a Republican governor candidates debate at the Juneau Chamber...

Weyhrauch Trial Delay Request Will Be Considered on Friday

Matt Miller & Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau A request for a trial delay for former state Representative Bruce Weyhrauch will be considered in...

Natural Gas Storage Facility Plans Go Before Regulators

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Cook Inlet’s long-term energy prospects are beginning to look better as plans for a year-round natural gas storage facility...

Republicans Criticize Proposed Energy, Oil Spill Bill

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Senator Lisa Murkowski and her fellow Republicans are slamming the energy and oil spill bill unveiled Tuesday night...

Sealaska Land-Selection Legislation Draws Opposition

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau Fifty-eight members of Congress have signed a letter opposing Sealaska’s lands-selection legislation. The group of Democrats asked House committee leaders...

Assembly Overrides Mayor's Veto

Photo 1: Assembly Chair Dick Traini and Mayor Dan Sullivan attempt to persuade Assembly Member Bill Starr on the veto override vote. ...

Gubernatorial Races Getting Expensive

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau The primary gubernatorial races are getting expensive this year – and campaign contributors are responding.  On Tuesday, the Alaska...