Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

North Slope Borough Runoff Election Awaits Absentee Ballots

There are still a lot of absentee and questioned ballots to be counted, but Charlotte Brower got the most votes of those counted so far in runoff election for Mayor of the North Slope Borough - 906 to 841 - a margin of 65 votes, with 268 ballots remaining to be counted.

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

State says it would allow small, temporary political signs on private property

The state told Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. that it would agree to limiting some enforcement while he hears the lawsuit. Listen now

Senators from Alaska, Maine form ‘Arctic Caucus’

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s forming an Arctic caucus -- a group of senators that will meet to advance discussion among senators and staff about issues important to the Arctic and its people.

Sullivan Wins Reelection; Prop 5 Fails

Dan Sullivan won another term as mayor of Anchorage beating his main rival Paul Honeman and four other candidates in Tuesday's elections. Proposition 5 was defeated. All the other major propositions passed. Read More View Complete Anchorage Municipal Election Results

Legislature looks to finish budget, but special session is likely

The Legislature is preparing to vote on the capital and operating budgets Wednesday. But how the state will pay for the spending plans remains uncertain. And there’s much work left to do. So legislators expect Gov. Bill Walker to call them back into a special session. Download Audio

Magnuson Stevens Act up for Reauthorization

Congress must reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act, the federal law regulating the nation's fisheries, before it expires September 30th.

Trade Group Launches LNG Export Campaign

A liquefied natural gas trade group launched what it calls a major campaign to promote LNG exports. The initiative aims to sway public support behind exporting LNG, something Alaska has done for decades, but the rest of the country is just beginning.

Working group seeks a path forward on PFDs amid heated debate

Working group members say they want the committee’s work to help end the annual legislative fights over permanent fund dividends.

Walker signs bill granting health insurance to dependents of fallen police, firefighters

Governor Bill Walker has signed legislation which requires the state to provide health insurance for the dependents of state law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Listen now

Stevens Prosecutors Suspended Without Pay

Two prosecutors in the bungled corruption case of former Senator Ted Stevens have been ordered suspended without pay. The suspension comes as part of a new report on the trial. This is the harshest punishment to date.

Oil Industry Supporting Parnell’s Proposed Tax Reduction

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Representatives of the oil industry were at the state capitol Wednesday to offer general support for Governor Sean...

Democratic Groups Urge Congress To Protect Entitlement Programs

Just two days after the election, traditional Democratic groups are pushing Republicans in Congress to protect entitlement programs as they attempt to reduce the deficit. Labor leaders in Alaska want Congress to tax the wealthy instead.

Tribal education compacts, easier veto overrides and faster rape kit results in the mix of new bills this session

Tribal education compacts, easier veto overrides and faster rape kit results in the mix of new bills this session

New EPA head for Alaska talks Pebble, budget cuts and climate change

Hladick said his boss -- EPA administrator Scott Pruitt -- recently called him up seeking some local knowledge, on a hot topic for many Alaskans: the proposed Pebble Mine. Listen now

Ostebo: Sequestration Will Hit USCG In Alaska Less

Federal spending cuts known as sequestration will have less of an impact on the Coast Guard in Alaska than elsewhere in the country. That’s the word from Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo, who is in charge of the Coast Guard’s District 17, which encompasses the entire state. Download Audio

Alaska Native representatives offer support for income tax

Representatives of two regional Alaska Native tribal organizations offered support for an income or another progressive tax Tuesday. Listen now

With Wedding On The Line, Plaintiffs Prep For Same-Sex Marriage Challenge

Five gay couples are behind the lawsuit challenging Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage. The suit was filed Monday in federal court. And in this case, the political is especially personal. Download Audio

Judge Orders Stevens Case Report Be Made Public

A report detailing prosecutorial mismanagement during the Ted Stevens case will be made public. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered today that the 500-page report into the Justice Department’s botched corruption case against Stevens be released March 15.

Walker hopeful plan to pay off oil tax credit debt with bonds will pass this session

What the state owes in tax credit payouts varies wildly from year to year. By paying off the tax credit debt with bonds, the repayment rate would theoretically become predictable. Listen now