Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Gov. Dunleavy opens door to megaprojects with order

Gov. Mike Dunleavy rescinded seven administrative orders last week enacted by his predecessor, Bill Walker. They include an order that halted state spending on six infrastructure projects.

Supporters of full PFD aren’t clear how they’d pay for it

It would cost a lot more to pay the full amount under the formula –  $840 million. Listen now

LNG Project Gets Export Approval

A federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations. Download Audio

Walker Names National Guard Special Investigator

Gov. Bill Walker has named a retired judge as his federal investigator into the Alaska National Guard. Patricia Collins, a former Superior Court judge for Juneau, will conduct the investigation into the Alaska National Guard. Download Audio

Alaska House passes compromise budget, leaving action on PFD to Senate

If the Senate passes the budget bill on Monday as expected, it would go to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s desk later this week. If he signs it, it would avoid a state government shutdown on July 1.

Anchorage School Board – Seat C

Candidates for Anchorage School Board Seat C - Pat Higgins, Liz Ross, and Dean Williams - discuss local issues with host Daysha Eaton.

Funding Cut To Kivalina School Could Pose Legal Problem For Legislature

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance committee slashed more than $40 million in state dollars from the capital budget. A rural school project the state is legally obligated to complete was among the reductions.

‘Arctic Ambassador’ Position Draws Mixed Reaction From Alaska Delegation

Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week that he’s creating a new position called Special Representative for the Arctic Region. It’s been referred to as an “Arctic Ambassador” in some reports, but it’s not exactly that, and the reaction of Alaska’s two U.S. senators has been mixed. Download Audio

Murkowski votes to block Trump’s emergency; Sullivan votes opposite

Alaska's U.S. senators split on the vote Thursday to block President Trump's declaration of an emergency. If Trump prevails with a veto, Alaska could lose military construction projects as money is diverted to build a wall on the southern border.

State of the Indian Nations Address Highlights Productive Year in Native American Policy

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The President of the country’s largest group representing Alaska Natives and American Indians says they...

Higher oil prices help, but don’t solve the state’s budget problem

Lawmakers could spend one more year relying on savings, or tap into the Permanent Fund to cover multi-billion budget deficit. Listen now

Woman Fasts While Waiting for Government Response, Action

Joshua Tucker, APRN – Anchorage A former Alaska Green Party candidate for Governor and longtime Native activist, is in her 18th day without...

As Negotiations Continue, Little Public Action From Legislature

With negotiations over the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit still underway, the Alaska House and Senate met in brief and uneventful floor sessions over the weekend. But legislative leaders say there has been some progress on a compromise between the Republican Majority and Democratic Minority.

Interior Mayors Voice Concerns Over F-16 Move

The Air Force is holding public hearings in the Mat-Su Valley and the Fairbanks area this week on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement released last month. The EIS outlines the effects of a proposal to relocate a squadron of F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Mayors from four communities that could be affected by the move held a press conference in Fairbanks on Wednesday to reiterate their concerns with the proposal. Download Audio

APOC Reviewing Tosi Complaint

A complaint was filed today (Tues. 2/18) with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against Anchorage Assembly candidate Mao Tosi. The complaint alleges Tosi's campaign for an East Anchorage Assembly seat violates Alaska's campaign laws on 15 counts.

Murkowski and Sullivan recommend federal judge nominees to President Trump

Alaska may soon have a new federal judge. There are only three full-time U.S. District Court judge positions in Alaska, and one of them has been vacant for nearly a year and a half.

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

State Dismisses Militia Charges, Federal Charges Remain

The state is dismissing charges against an Alaska militia leader and others who are accused in a murder conspiracy plot targeting Alaska State Troopers and a judge.

U.S. Pushes International Ban on Arctic Fishing

The United States is gathering support for an international moratorium on commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean. The Globe and Mail reports that Denmark and Canada are prepared to back the ban at a meeting of Arctic states in Greenland this week. The other nations -- Russia and Norway -- are not currently on board.

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill; Attempt to Ban Earmarks Fails

Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC The lame duck congress may not be able to agree about gays in the military, an arms treaty or...