Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

District 6 Candidates Battle For Mat-Su Valley Seat

A newcomer to the Matanuska Valley political scene is challenging House District 6 incumbent Republican Eric Feige for his seat in the legislature. Feige, a professional airplane pilot with one House term under his belt, is a self-styled “conservative voice” for the district. His Democratic opponent, Jamey Duhamel, has spent the last year or so working for an anti-coal citizens’ group. But both candidates agree: energy is the big issue.

School Leaders Explain Plans To Deal With Budget Deficits

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Local school leaders today got their chance to tell legislators how they are dealing with expected budget deficits for the next school year. The hearings followed the Parnell administration’s presentation yesterday at the opening of the House Finance Committee’s week-long series of meetings focusing on Education.

Anchorage’s National Archives Office Closing

The government’s top archivist, David Ferriero announced today the Anchorage branch of the National Archives will close this year. Download Audio

Alaska delegates part of ‘ruckus’ over GOP rules vote

APRN's Liz Ruskin is reporting from the Republican National Convention. She explains why Alaskans were involved in a minor ruckus on the first day and their reactions to allegations Mrs. Trump's speech was cribbed. Listen now

Dunleavy promotes resource development in speech to Alaska business leaders

The governor said the state is in a good position on multiple fronts. One is the warming Arctic, which could allow for shipping across the Arctic Ocean. Another is the demand for minerals that are used in electronics.

Report Says More Needs To Be Done To Make Offshore Drilling Safer

The former members of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission aren’t handing out any “A’s” as they grade the progress industry, Congress and the Interior Department have made since the accident two years ago.

Former Alaska First Lady Passes Away at 96

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Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau Former firs buy cheap kamagra t lady Neva Egan died in the Juneau Pioneer home at the age of 96 Wednesday...

How would a $20M cut affect public schools statewide?

The proposal would need to go-ahead from the legislature before becoming a reality. But school administrators are concerned about the possibility.

Hydroelectric Project Focus of Energy Hearing

The Alaska House Energy Committee heard testimony this week from the Alaska Energy Authority. While the meeting was not initially intended to focus on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project, a multitude of questions from legislators, as well as the presence of members of the Susitna River Coalition, prompted a shift that saw about half the meeting center around the proposed dam.

Political Group Calls For Action Against Rep. Gattis

A Washington, DC political group is calling for the state to take criminal action against Representative Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla). Download Audio

Oil Producers Get Break On Alaska Property Taxes

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Public documents show Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration worked out a deal with Alaska’s major oil producers that allows the companies to withhold tens of millions of dollars in property taxes. Download Audio

Report Studies Effect of Climate Change on Resources

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Jacob Resneck, KMXT – Kodiak The Department of Fish and Game released its climate change strategy last week. The document comes from the subcabinet...

State looks to federal government to help sustain insurance market

Alaska’s state government has gained national attention for what it’s doing to keep its individual and family health insurance market from collapsing. Now the state is looking to the federal government to pay some of the cost of keeping down insurance price hikes. Listen Now

Districts Prepare Lawsuit Against Redistricting Plan

The Fairbanks Borough opposes the inclusion of rural areas all the way out to the coast in one of its districts and the Aleutians East Borough does not want to be split up.

Appeals Court Reinstates Overfishing Charges Against Kookesh, Two Others

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The Alaska Court of Appeals has reinstated over-fishing charges against former State Senator Albert Kookesh and two other men. In 2009, Kookesh and three others were fishing for sockeye salmon at Kanalku Bay near his hometown of Angoon. A state wildlife trooper observed them catching more salmon than allowed under their subsistence permits. Download Audio

Alaska Congressional Delegation Split on ‘Doomsday Scenario’ of National Debt Default

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President Obama warned this week that if the nation defaults on its debt in August, social security checks might not get mailed out.

Alaska News Nightly: August 4, 2011

Seward Highway Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 14 Injured; Shell Gets Conditional Drilling Approval; Congressional Deal Allows FAA Employees to Return from Furlough; Alaska Hit Hard by Debt Ceiling Agreement; and more...

Democrats fail to stop refuge drilling plan

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The U.S. Senate Energy Committee voted to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "We're not going to stop fighting," a dismayed Gwich'in leader said. "We can't. This is our way of life. This is everything that we know." Listen now

Modeling Indicates Fairbanks LNG Project is a Go

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The state is a step closer to proving its North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project can work. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority lead Interior Energy Project is aimed at providing gas at about half the cost of heating oil, and officials say they’re honing in on the target. Download Audio
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‘It won’t be easy’: Universities, Medicaid hit hard as Dunleavy vetoes nearly $400 million from budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the cuts were necessary to balance the budget by next year, while still paying full permanent fund dividends under the formula in state law.