Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Deeper cuts ahead for ferry system?

Budget cuts have already dramatically reduced Alaska Marine Highway sailings. And the recently-released spending plan for the next fiscal year calls for more. So, how does the ferry system fare in the governor’s budget? And will the Legislature make further cuts? Download Audio

ASD Surveys Community on Budget Cuts

Going into 2014, the Anchorage School District faces more budget cuts. The gap is big: $21 million, caused four years of flat funding from the governor combined with general cost of living increases. The School Board recently held three community meetings to gauge what the residents value as the district approaches the next round of cuts. Download Audio

Minority Democrats To Hold Own Hearings

As part of the Legislature’s majority party, Republican committee chairs have the authority to schedule official hearings. At a press availability on Monday, members of the minority explained they were dissatisfied with the progress of the special session, and decided to hold meetings of their own. Download Audio:

Legislator Concerned About Outside Funds In Campaign Advertising

As Nov. 6 draws near, political advertising raises its pitch, and sometimes the campaign advertising gets ugly. But now, an Anchorage lawmaker, who is running for re-election himself, says he’s dismayed at the way outside political action groups are skirting state campaign finance laws.

Alaska News Nightly: July 8, 2011

Alaska Congressional Delegation Not Included in Budget Talks, Murkowski Voices Concerns over EPA and BOEMRE, Anchorage Files Lawsuit Over Knik Bridge Project, Northern Waters Task Force Meets This Week, and more...

Justices wrestle how to set hovercraft case apart from subsistence

The U.S Supreme Court again heard a case that pits the National Park Service against Alaska's sovereignty, and this time subsistence was a big topic. Audio includes excerpts of the arguments.

Parnell Proposes Changes to Oil Tax

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Monday, Governor Parnell presented a plan to make minor changes in the state’s tax on oil he says would encourage...

Alaska’s congressional delegation sticking by Sea Grant

When President Donald Trump’s blueprint budget came out in March, it included eliminating funding for the Sea Grant program for next year. But Alaska’s congressional delegation doesn’t want it to go away. Listen now

State officials weigh shift to more voting by mail

Rural Alaskans don’t want a system that entirely relies on mail. Listen now

Legislators consider using Permanent Fund to close budget deficit

There are currently three proposals aimed at helping to close the state’s budget shortfall using the Permanent Fund. Legislators are weighing which – if any – to support. Today they heard from their own nonpartisan budget expert on what makes each plan unique. Download Audio

Murkowski calls on Trump to end ‘sad chapter’ of splitting families at border

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is urging President Trump to use "all available resources" to reunite migrant families. Listen now

Across coastal Alaska, Recall Dunleavy campaign gets underway

A statewide effort got underway Thursday seeking to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office. The first step for campaigners is to gather 28,501 signatures to start a recall petition.

Legislators Becoming Skeptical of Some of Parnell's Economic Data

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau Lawmakers have become skeptical of some of the data they’re getting from the Parnell administration about the future of the...

Juneau access road proves to be point of contention among officials

Governor Bill Walker is facing a major decision on one of Alaska’s oldest and controversial megaproject ideas: whether to extend Juneau’s main road 28 miles closer to Haines and Skagway. Listen Now

Seward Small Stream Flood Advisory Update

Flood Advisory for Seward until 3 pm Saturday

Linc Energy Seeks Tyonek Coal Permit

Australian - based Linc Energy seeks to further exploration activities in Cook Inlet.

Candidates Race for Lieutenant Governor

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage There is no shortage of Republican and Democratic hopefuls for lieutenant governor this year. The slate of candidates crowds...

Private Funding Allows Round Island To Remain Staffed, Open

Round Island, the centerpiece of Alaska’s Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary will remain staffed this summer and perhaps next, thanks to private funding. Last year, citing state budget cuts, Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation removed funding for the program, which costs around $100,000 annually. Download Audio

Kathryn Dodge running for mayor of City of Fairbanks

Former Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly member Kathryn Dodge is running for mayor of the City of Fairbanks.

Palmer Votes to End Water Fluoridation

Palmer’s city council has voted to end fluoridation of the city’s water supply. In a six to one vote, the council decided to stop adding the mineral, which is known to help prevent tooth decay.