Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

State plans to sell Sheldon Jackson Museum in cost-cutting efforts

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The state Division of Alaska Libraries, Archives, and Museums announced late last week that it is looking to sell the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

Miller’s Personnel Records Released

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s personnel records have been made public as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Miller said...

Capital budget compromise unlikely to restore PFDs, address oil and gas tax credits

The Legislature will return to Juneau on Thursday to vote on a capital budget that senators and House members have agreed to.

Some Ballots Thrown Out of Anchorage Election Because of Officials’ Error, New results expected Friday

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About 100 ballots from the 2013 Municipal Election were rejected during a public canvas held at city hall last night. The canvas, led by the Anchorage Election Commission, lasted several hours.

Alaska Leaders Attend White House Tribal Nations Conference

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Tribal leaders from Alaska and the rest of the country had a chance this week talk with the highest powers in the federal government. Nearly all of President Obama’s cabinet secretaries participated in the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, as did Obama himself. Download Audio

Alaska Delegation Critical Of President’s ISIS Plan

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President Obama outlined a plan Wednesday to defeat the terror group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. He is calling for airstrikes, as well as for the U.S. to support the Iraqi military and Syrian fighters attacking ISIS on the ground. Download Audio

Report Studies Effect of Climate Change on Resources

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Jacob Resneck, KMXT – Kodiak The Department of Fish and Game released its climate change strategy last week. The document comes from the subcabinet...

In U.S. House race, both claim labor’s love

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Congressman Don Young and his Democratic challenger, Steve Lindbeck, both say they've got strong support from organized labor. Listen Now

NOAA Considers State’s Petition To Delist Humpback

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will look into whether to take the Central North Pacific humpback whale off the Endangered Species list. The State of Alaska submitted a petition to remove the whale from the list at the end of February. NOAA announced today it has enough information to warrant further research. This is the second petition NOAA has received to take endangered protections away from the humpback whale. Download Audio

Alaska governor’s recall effort on hold as judge sides with state on timeline

Superior Court proceedings over the state’s denial of an application to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy will follow a timeline proposed by state attorneys and not the recall’s supporters, who had proposed an expedited schedule.

State analysts say requiring Medicaid recipients to work won’t save money

The state Department of Health and Social Services said the state would need to hire workers to ensure the state meets federal requirements. Listen now

NPS Finalizes Land Acquisition Plan For Lake Clark National Park

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The National Park Service is finalizing its strategy for future land acquisitions in and around Lake Clark National Park. The park’s first final Land Protection Plan should be finished in July. Download Audio

US Senate passes marine debris bill

A bill targeting plastic waste in the ocean and other marine debris cleared the U.S. Senate last week. Sen. Dan Sullivan sponsored it, with support from right and left. Listen now

Lawmakers Hear About Halibut Allocation

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Legislators took a lesson in fish management and politics late last Thursday, and they got a chance to show their frustration with the federal government’s restrictions on Southcentral and Southeast halibut harvests.

Court: Reinstate Tongass Roadless Rule Exemption

A federal appeals court issued an opinion today saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Download Audio

Rural Alaska Gets Mixed News in Political Realm

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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau The political realm offers good and bad news for rural Alaska. That’s the word from two key Alaska Federation...

EPA settles with Pebble, clears permitting path for mine

The EPA has announced a new process that could let the Pebble Partnership develop a controversial mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, if its permits are granted. Listen now

Less Oil in Petroleum Reserve-Alaska than Estimated

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage Federal scientists say it looks as if there is a lot less oil in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska...

Politifact Rates Begich Ad “Pants on Fire”

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The fallout continues after U.S. Sen. Mark Begich aired a campaign ad blaming his opponent for a sentencing error that freed a sex offender now charged in a double homicide. Download Audio

Murkowski calls Comey testimony on Trump “troubling”

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski says she finds last week’s testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey “troubling.”