Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Parties reach settlement in Alaska Native voting rights case

A settlement has been reached between the state and Alaska Native plaintiffs who sued in federal court over the translation of voting materials for voters with limited English proficiency.

Federal Subsistence Board May Gain Larger Rural Voice

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage The Interior Department wants to add two members who will represent rural interests to the Federal Subsistence Board....

Permanent Fund Suffers $3.1 Billion First Quarter Loss

Alaska's Permanent Fund took a $3.1 billion hit during the first quarter of the fiscal year. The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation cites continued slow growth in the U.S. economy and political and economic difficulties abroad for the 8 percent decline.

Former Board of Fish nominee charged with PFD fraud

A former head of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Alaska Board of Fisheries nominee is being charged with illegally collecting $7,422 in Alaska Permanent Fund dividends between 2009 and 2014.

Coast Guard Trains for More Arctic Traffic

As the arctic sea ice pulls back and more shipping, research and other vessels ply the opened-up waters, the U.S. Coast Guard is trying to beef up its arctic presence.

Boost in B.C. Mining has Alaska Fishermen Nervous

The head of British Columbia’s government has pledged to spur mining development in the western Canadian province, and that has fishermen in Southeast Alaska nervous. A group from Southeast flew to Washington D.C. this week to see how it can raise its voice in Canada. Download Audio

Oil tax Repeal Group Turns In More Than 50,000 Signatures

Singing the Alaska Flag Song, supporters of a referendum to repeal the state’s new oil tax turned in more than 51,000 signatures on Saturday to the Division of Elections Anchorage office.

Education Committee To Pass Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Bill

The Senate Education Committee is ready to pass a bill expanding the number of Pre-Kindergarten programs in local schools across the state.

State Representatives Condemn EPA Chief’s Statements

The Alaska State House unanimously condemned language used by Gina McCarthy to describe gifts she received in the state. Download Audio

Human Rights Commission appointment draws conservative ire

The Senate voted Wednesday to delay a joint session on whether to confirm Gov. Bill Walker’s appointments. When the hearing does happen, one of Walker’s appointments to the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights potentially faces a close vote. Listen now

Public Pays Last Respects to Alaskan Legend

Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage At 9:30 this morning, the body of Senator Ted Stevens arrived at All Saints Episcopal Church for a public...

In Wake Of “Education Session,” Democrats Run Teacher Candidates

In the aftermath of what Gov. Sean Parnell dubbed the "education session," half a dozen of the new candidates being fielded by the Democratic Party are educators. The most high profile of these is Bob Williams, who was once named the Alaska Teacher of the Year and is now a candidate for lieutenant governor.

State senators slam additional Medicaid costs

The rising cost of Medicaid to the state of Alaska has been the target of criticism during the first two days of state Senate Finance Committee hearings. Listen now

Anchorage Assembly says no to legalizing marijuana

The state’s largest city is publicly speaking out against Ballot Measure 2, which aims to legalize marijuana. But the Anchorage Assembly’s vote was not unanimous.