Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Where Did That $57 Million Go?

More than $57 million was spent on Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, which comes to about $230 per vote cast, and the campaigns aren’t done reporting their spending totals. If you're looking for where it went, start with where a lot of it came from: Out of state. Then look at your TV. Download Audio

Insurer proposes fix to Alaska’s troubled health insurance market

Premera Alaska is the only individual health insurer left in the state. Moda Health withdrew from the market last week, after Oregon regulators revealed the company was facing "enormous financial losses." Before Moda's announcement, Premera and Moda were working on a plan to stabilize Alaska's individual market. Download Audio

EPA Moves to Protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that they are using section 404 C of the Clean Water Act to halt development of the Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska.

New Campaign Hoping to Increase Conservation in Aleutians

The waters around the Aleutian Islands support a dizzying range of wildlife -- and major industries right along with it. Right now, the government’s job is to help find a balance. But there’s a new campaign to permanently tip the scales toward conservation in the Aleutian Chain.

Vote early to get one of Juneau artist Pat Race’s ‘I voted’ stickers

Early voting began Monday at locations across the state. This year, Alaskans will get an extra prize for voting early: one of Juneau artist Pat Race’s custom-designed stickers. Listen now

Alaska Supreme Court Refuses To Block Medicaid Expansion

The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid. About 20,000 more people will become eligible Tuesday.

Wielechowski to file suit against Permanent Fund Corp. on Friday

Senator Bill Wielechowski plans to file a lawsuit Friday seeking to force the Permanent Fund Corporation to transfer the full amount for Permanent Fund dividends this year. Listen now

Tara Sweeney confirmed as assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs

The U.S. Senate this evening confirmed Alaskan Tara MacLean Sweeney to be the assistant Interior Secretary for Indian Affairs. Listen now

Groups Hope MSA Update Won’t Move Fish Conservation ‘Backwards’

A number of regional fishing associations are joining forces to strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act.The Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association announced last week (9-9-14) that it’s reached an agreement with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and several east-coast industry groups to form the Fishing Community Coalition. The new organization wants to ensure that Congress makes protecting fish stocks a priority as it prepares to reauthorize the nation’s most important law governing the harvest of seafood in federal waters. Download Audio

‘One Anchorage’ Works To Put Equal Rights Initiative On Ballot

The advocacy group One Anchorage turned over more than 13,000 signatures to Anchorage’s municipal clerk on Thursday. “One Anchorage” wants to put an equal rights initiative on the next city ballot which will ensure the same rights for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals that are now guaranteed for women and minorities.

Murkowski Adds Federal Land Disposal Measure to Budget

Environmentalists are saying a budget amendment authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski could lead to a plundering of treasured federal landscapes. Murkowski’s amendment on federal land disposals was part of a national budget resolution the Senate passed early this morning. Senators offered hundreds of amendments that don’t have the force of law but often serve symbolic or political purposes. Download Audio

Ground game: How Galvin camp hopes to unseat Young

Rep. Don Young is all over the airwaves but his ground game isn't so visible in Anchorage, where Alyse Galvin's campaign has volunteers canvassing the neighborhoods.

Gov. Walker hasn’t been actively campaigning for Begich and plans to take time off after his term

“I need to cut some lumber, make some sawdust and, you know, go through sort of that process,” Walker said of what he’ll do after his term ends.

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.”

Governor may release video of St. Michael man who died in prison

Almost a year after Larry Kobuk’s death, a special assistant to the governor traveled to St. Michael last week and met with the late man’s family. Download Audio

Collective Bargaining Conundrum Reaches Juneau

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau Threats to public employee collective bargaining rights have reached Alaska. Palmer Republican State Representative Carl Gatto has introduced a...

Reminder: Check Your Polling Place!

Before you head to your polling place, you may want to double check the location. That's because redistricting may have changed where you vote. If you voted in the primary election, then you may have already figured out that your voting location changed. If you didn't, then you could be in for a surprise. Gail Fenumiai is the Director of the division of elections. She says since there was low turnout for the primary, around 25 percent, voters may be confused come election day. But no need to fear, Fenumiai says it's as easy as going to the Division of Elections website.

Begich Proposes Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage New legislation introduced by Democrat Senator Mark Begich aims to help tribes and village communities in Alaska get more...

Alaska CDQ group wants Congress to count heads

The largest of the Community Development Quota groups says it's getting a raw deal. Coastal Villages Region Fund says it has the largest population and deserves a larger share of the fish.

Proposed increase to minimum enrollment threatens funding for dozens of small schools

Raising the school threshold to 20 could save an estimated $7 million, but rural districts and lawmakers say such a change will be a "death knell" for small communities.