Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Senate Finance Permanent Fund bills could lower dividends, stabilize budget

The outlines of changes to the Permanent Fund became clearer today. Senate Finance Committee introduced a bill that would pay for much of the state government’s budget using the Fund’s earnings. It also would reduce residents’ Permanent Fund dividends, but make them more stable for the future. Download Audio

Greely Missile-Defense Base Prepares For More Interceptors

Fort Greely’s missile-defense base could get a big boost in spending this year if the U.S. Senate approves a measure worked out last week by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

Support For Daylight Saving Bill Falls Back

After sailing through the Senate, a bill to exempt Alaska from daylight saving time has lost momentum in the House.

Effort to Ban Commercial Set Netting Moves Forward

The push to ban commercial set netting moved another step forward this week. A Superior Court Judge in Anchorage ruled yesterday that the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance can begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative, so voters can decide about the value of commercial set net fishing in Cook Inlet. Download Audio

Walker signs bill to close out oil tax credit debt

Gov. Bill Walker was in Fairbanks Wednesday to sign a piece of legislation that would close out the remaining debt the state incurred under the old oil tax-credit program.

Scientists Say Funding Cuts Threaten State’s Tsunami Preparedness

The federal government is proposing at least a million dollar reduction in funding for tsunami programs in Alaska. The agency in charge says the cuts are necessary and won’t hurt the state’s tsunami preparedness, but some scientists and officials disagree. They say the reduction in funding will weaken Alaska’s tsunami programs and leave the state’s coastal communities at risk.

State Rep Slowly Makes Way Back to Juneau

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage State representative Sharon Cissna is slowly making her way back to Juneau from Seattle. The Anchorage Democrat decided...

Three Top National Guard Leaders Fired

Their removal is in response to an investigation by the National Guard Bureau that found a lack of trust in leadership. Download Audio

State Reps Reject Measure To Extend Military Perk To Same-Sex Partners

The State House wrestled with the tension between Alaska's ban on gay marriage and the military's recent policy of allowing gay man and lesbians to openly serve in the military. Download Audio

Young, Murkowski swear in, move up amid Congressional pomp

The 115th Congress began with a lot of pomp and circumstance. Here's what an Alaskan might want to know about the day. Listen now

Treadwell Pushes For New Icebreakers

Thursday, Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor pressed Congress for new icebreaker ships to operate in the Arctic. Mead Treadwell testified before a Transportation subcommittee in Washington Thursday morning and said the United States also needs legal measures to protect its shores from unregulated, foreign vessels carrying hazardous cargo near Alaska’s coasts.

Rep. Young Advocating For Transfer Of Air Force Land To Galena

The Yukon River community of Galena could be relocated out of flood danger if a land transfer being pushed by Alaska Congressman Don Young goes through. The village, which is still recovering from a major flood 2 years ago, will likely approach moving with multiple steps over time. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: May 27, 2011

Plane Crash Kills Five Near Birchwood, Lawmakers Preparing to Head Back to Juneau, Top Veterans Affairs Official Visiting Alaska, 360 North Carrying Soboleff Memorial Service, and more...

After Tense Lead-Up, Legislature Confirms Walker’s Cabinet

Most of the high-level appointments made it through with unanimous support. But Attorney General Craig Richards saw significant -- though not fatal -- pushback from the Legislature.

Obama, Medvedev Pledge to Protect Indigenous Rights

President Obama has released a joint statement on the Arctic with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The two met today at the G-8 Summit in France. The two heads of state pledge to protect the rights of indigenous people on both sides of the Bering Strait, including access to subsistence resources.

Russian Fish Called ‘Alaska Pollock’: OK By FDA

If you’re in a supermarket and see a product labeled “Alaska Pollock,” it could well be Russian-caught pollock. And the FDA considers that perfectly legal. Listen now:

Native Corporations Concerned Over Dam Study Trespassing, Safety

A group of seven Alaska Native Corporations and associations are accusing the Alaska Energy Authority of trespassing as the agency does preliminary study work on the Susitna-Watana Dam project. Seven Alaska Native Corporations are expressing concerns over trespassing and land use by Alaska Energy Authority contractors working on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric project. Download Audio

Oil Tax Referendum Groups Organize For Campaign’s Final Stretch

With three months to go before the primary election, groups with a stake in the oil tax referendum are ramping up their campaigns. Download Audio