Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Administrative Pressure for Susitna-Watana Project Raises Eyebrows

Richard Leo, with the Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives, says there are reasons to oppose the Susitna-Watana project – especially considering the speed with which the administration is getting to work on it.

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.
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Lt. Gov. Davidson delivers first public speech in new position

She spoke at the annual tribal conference, held today at the Egan Center to kick of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, which starts tomorrow. Listen now

Education issue fuels candidates for Senate Seat K

Political newcomer Clare Ross is running against Representative Mia Costello for Hollis French's old Senate seat, District K in southwest Anchorage. French decided to run for Lt. Governor instead. Now the two women are competing for the opening and are both making the same promise -- that they'll improve education in the state.

Legislature Scraps Deal To Buy Anchorage LIO

A deal to buy the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building for $28 million is officially off the table. Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican, made the announcement early Thursday morning, at a six-minute meeting of the Legislative Council.

Alaska Film Subsidy Draws Legislative Scrutiny

If you watched the season premiere of "Deadliest Catch" last week, you might have noticed a line in the credits acknowledging the Alaska Film Office’s contribution to the show. Download Audio

Delegation Skeptical Of Northern Dynasty’s Continued Pebble Plan Development

Although Northern Dynasty officials say the company will continue to develop plans for the mine in Southwest Alaska, the state’s senators are skeptical. Download Audio

Young Urges Super Committee to Come Up With Sellable Plan

With just two weeks left until the Deficit Reduction Committee must come up with a plan to save over $1 trillion, Alaska’s Representative Don Young is urging it to go big. Young signed on to a bipartisan letter last week calling for the so-called Super Committee to come up with a sellable plan.

Murkowski calls on Trump to end ‘sad chapter’ of splitting families at border

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is urging President Trump to use "all available resources" to reunite migrant families. Listen now

Republicans, Democrats Disagree on Reasons No Deal Has Been Made

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Congress is no closer to compromising on a deal to keep the federal government running – meaning a shut...
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Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriages can continue in Alaska

Same-sex marriages are legal again in Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay, which would have halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state's appeal early next year. The governor's office is continuing with the appeal. Download Audio

Final Pebble hearing draws mix of views

A sizable minority of speakers - maybe one in three - argued in favor of the mine, saying the state needs the jobs. Others, like Emily Taylor, said the mine threatens the salmon runs of Bristol Bay.

Parnell Signs Abortion Bill

The new law puts a set of recently adopted regulations into statute, and takes them a step further It specifies that the state will not pay for elective abortions. It limits the term “medically necessary” to cases where a woman’s life or physical health is at risk. Download Audio

Major Repairs on the Horizon for the State Capitol Building

When legislators enter Alaska’s capitol building soon for the session, they won’t have to be concerned about falling debris. Gray lumber hugs the marble columns at the entrance to the Alaska State Capitol – to support temporary scaffolding meant to catch anything that might break off the 80-year-old building’s façade.

As Budget Negotiations Continue, Lawmakers Defend Position On Education Cuts

Outside of a 20-minute Senate floor session, the only scheduled activity that took place on Tuesday was a Senate Finance committee press conference.

Cordova hosts U.S. Senate field hearing on microgrids

Abraham Ellis is with the Sandia National Labs in New Mexico. “We are interested in those technologies to figure out ways to improve the energy resilience for cities,” he said. “For defense applications, and things like that, that really need to keep on going with electricity supply, even if the normal grid fails for whatever reason.”

Miller, Murkowski Resume Throwing Punches

Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC Two of Alaska’s candidates for U.S. Senate took to the national airwaves this weekend – throwing punches and setting...