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Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Concerns Raised Over How Drug Testing Bill Would Affect Bush Alaska

A bill that would allow the state to drug test recipients of cash assistance programs got its first hearing on Tuesday.

Alaska Lawmakers Frustrated After Meeting With Interior Secretary Jewell

After President Barack Obama announced a plan to designate most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, Alaska lawmakers seized a chance to meet his Interior Secretary on their own turf. A team of nine legislators took a break from session work in Juneau to travel to Kotzebue this week to confront Sally Jewell about those actions. But while the meeting was hyped, neither the delegation nor the Secretary described it as a showdown. Download Audio

Young Not Endorsing Any U.S. Senate Candidates

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Congressman Don Young is not endorsing a candidate in the U.S. Senate race.  He says he has called...

Parnell Proposes Chinook Salmon Research Initiative

Governor Sean Parnell visited Kenai Wednesday to meet with local officials, mingle with residents and make a $30 million announcement. That’s the amount the Governor is proposing to spend on a five-year Chinook Salmon Research Initiative.

Oil Industry Supporting Parnell’s Proposed Tax Reduction

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Representatives of the oil industry were at the state capitol Wednesday to offer general support for Governor Sean...

With Wedding On The Line, Plaintiffs Prep For Same-Sex Marriage Challenge

Five gay couples are behind the lawsuit challenging Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage. The suit was filed Monday in federal court. And in this case, the political is especially personal. Download Audio

Nomination for Fish and Game Commissioner Closer to Confirmation

Associated Press Alaska lawmakers on Friday moved Cora Campbell’s nomination for commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game one step closer to ...

State Debates Seeking No Child Left Behind Waivers

Alaska education department officials plan to meet next month to discuss whether the state should seek waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Oil revenue is up in state’s spring forecast

Lawmakers from the two majorities in the Legislature had different responses to the news. Listen now

Rep. Young calls on Juneau Republicans to support Sturgeon case

Congressman Don Young called on Juneau Republicans to support legislative funding for John Sturgeon’s legal fight over operating a hovercraft in a national preserve. Young also says that while he’s running for re-election, when the time comes for a successor, Alaskans should choose someone who’s young. Download Audio

LISTEN: It’ll take more than money to bring the Alaska Marine Highway back to life

The ferry system is completely offline right now, with residents facing empty shelves and upended plans. Temporary contractors may help in the short term, but what will it cost Alaskans and what's the long term solution?

Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh in on Offshore Drilling Debate

The candidates on the trail during this year’s gubernatorial races are beginning to hear from voters about the BP Oil spill in the Gulf...

Rural Legislators Wary Of Change To School Funding Formula

With the Alaska House of Representatives set to vote on an omnibus education bill Monday night, rural legislators are prepared to fight a change to the funding formula included in the legislation.

Bethel passes anti-discrimination law

Bethel City Council has passed laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for city employees and contracted workers. Download Audio

Public testimony tilts against oil and gas tax overhaul

Most Alaskans who offered public testimony Wednesday on a proposed overhaul of the state’s oil and gas taxes and tax credits opposed the measure. Listen now

Senate Finance Committee sends $3,000 PFD to floor vote

Supporters of a full dividend have said the state should follow the formula in a 1982 law, while opponents have said the full amount would put the future of the earnings reserve and dividends at risk.

Group To File Recall Application Against Lindsey Holmes

A group that wants to remove state legislator Lindsey Holmes from office is turning in their recall application Wednesday morning. Download Audio

Choose Respect Campaign Marches Across State

Senator Peter Micciche was leading the crowd at Juneau’s Choose Respect march that started on the steps of the State Capitol on Thursday. Governor Sean Parnell’s Choose Respect campaign is geared towards eradicating domestic violence and sexual assault in the state. Download Audio

PFD promise key to Dunleavy’s win in Hoonah

Mike Dunleavy won an electoral majority in 6 of 132 precincts with an Alaska Native majority. One was Hoonah, where the Republican’s promise of full Permanent Fund dividends apparently resonated with voters.

Kavanaugh: Alaskans set stakes for Murkowski

The senator who might cast the decisive vote on the Supreme Court nominee wants to hear from her constituents. How much will Alaskans hold it against her if she votes "no"? Is "yes" more politically costly? Listen now