Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Native Leaders Say Court Ruling Will Cut Off Native Children From Community, Culture

Native leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut off from their families and culture. Download Audio

Will Murkowski block Kavanaugh nomination? Here’s how she says she’ll decide

Sen. Murkowski isn't saying whether she'll vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Here's how she says she'll decide. Listen now

Congress Unable to Agree on Short Term Spending Bill

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The U.S. Congress couldn’t agree on a short term spending plan to keep the government open after the end of this month, so the threat of a shutdown looms again.

Parnell Appoints New Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell’s recent decision to tap Susan Bell as Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner came with relatively...

Subcommittee Addresses Ethics-Related Questions

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage A state house subcommittee on legislative ethics released opinions this week on three separate concerns. The first was a...

Parnell Affirms Endorsement of Miller

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Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Friday, Governor Parnell affirmed his endorsement of Republican and Tea Party candidate Joe Miller’s bid for the U.S. Senate...

Senate’s Contingency Language Fuels Debate

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Nine days into the special legislative session, there has been no visible progress on the major issues that...

Hughes, Hale vie for Senate F

An independent is challenging a seasoned legislator for the Senate F seat. Listen Now

Kenai Peninsula Incumbent Loses To Soldotna Mayor

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After a long summer of heated campaigning, the Senate race on the Kenai Peninsula ended with the incumbent defeated. The winner, Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche does not face a challenger in November.

Bethel voters back liquor store, sin taxes

Unofficial results for Bethel’s municipal election are in. Download Audio

Alaska Natural Resources commissioner announces retirement

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State Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers has announced his retirement. He cited personal reasons for his decision in an email to department staff Tuesday. His retirement will be effective March 1.

Alaska Supreme Court weighs legality of Yes for Salmon ballot initiative

Yes for Salmon’s backers want Alaska to toughen the permitting process for mines, dams and other projects in salmon habitat. But during oral arguments, the state argued it goes against the state constitution because it forces the legislature to prioritize salmon habitat over other uses. Listen now

Bill Encourages Tribes to Work With State on Jurisdiction

The sponsor of the Safe Families and Villages Bill, U.S. Senator Mark Begich, said the bill encourages tribes to work with the state of Alaska to develop agreements on tribal court jurisdiction. But he said it also gives tribes a way to take on added responsibilities through an agreement with the federal government.

Senate president seeks work or volunteer requirement for Medicaid recipients

Leading members of the House majority caucus aren’t in favor of the bill. Listen now

Russian aggression unlikely to hit Arctic, say security experts

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Moscow is antagonizing the U.S. on multiple fronts - in Europe, in Syria and in cyberspace. But security experts say in the Arctic, Russia is still playing nice. Listen Now

Resources Committee Opens Hearings On Oil Tax Bill

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The Senate Resources Committee late Friday afternoon opened a series of hearings on a bill changing the state’s oil tax regime. Revenue Commissioner Brian Butcher has been before the Committee explaining the oil production downturn that he says began about the time the legislature passed the current tax on company profits as worldwide oil prices began to increase.

Southeast, Southcentral Schools May Lose Millions

Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan Southeast and Southcentral school districts stand to lose millions in federal funding under proposed changes to the Secure...

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...

State OKs Linc Energy’s Tyonek Coal Exploration Plan

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The state has given the OK to a plan by Linc Energy to explore for coal in the Tyonek area. Last month, Linc submitted an application to drill at least five exploratory wells in an area about seven miles from Tyonek, on the West side of Cook Inlet. Download Audio

Recount Gives Kreiss-Tomkins 32 Vote Victory in House District 34

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Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has won a Southeast Alaska state House seat after a recount. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says Kreiss-Tomkins defeated Republican incumbent Representative Bill Thomas of Haines by 32 votes. The final count was 4,130 votes for Kreiss-Tomkins and 4,098 for Thomas.