Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Alaska’s seafood industry says the US-China trade war is costing it dearly

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The trade war with China is impacting Alaska’s seafood industry. Alaska seafood exports to China have dropped by a fifth compared to last year.

Draft Changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act Released

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The Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee has released a draft of some proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The Act was last reauthorized by Congress back in 2006 and its up for another review and re-authorization.

At Democratic Lieutenant Governor Debate, Differences In Style Over Substance

The only area where Hollis French and Bob Williams really seemed to disagree was on who would make a better running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott. Download Audio

UA president: Dunleavy vetoes ‘will impact everything we do’

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Governor Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes include a $130 million reduction in state support for the University of Alaska system. That’s additional to a $5 million cut to UA approved by state legislators.

Parnell Sworn into Office

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Photo and Story by Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau On Monday, Governor Sean Parnell began the term of office to which he was elected...

Sullivan Promotes Proposed Oil Tax Changes

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Tuesday, State Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce the Parnell administration wants to get throughput on the Trans Alaska Pipeline up to a million barrels a day within a decade.

Stevens Prosecutor Will Not Face Criminal Charges

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Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The prosecutors who bungled the case against the late Ted Stevens will not face criminal contempt charges, according...

Alaska News Nightly: July 18, 2011

Rep. Young Missing from Washington as Congress Nears Debt Limit Deadline, Two Fort Wainwright-based Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, BP Cleaning Up Oil Spill on North Slope, Convicted Poacher Sentenced on Probation Violation, and more...

Parnell Says Fairbanks LNG Trucking Project Is Must-Pass Legislation

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Governor Sean Parnell says funding for a Fairbanks natural gas trucking project is must pass legislation this session. Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Parnell said bills to fund the interior energy project have to be dealt with before legislators go home this spring.

Boom: Gun tax sends $33M to Alaska

Americans have spent a lot of money on guns and ammunition in recent years, and that has sent revenues pouring into Alaska's budget for wildlife conservation. This year's allocation is more than double what it was in 2012. Listen now

Glenn Highway Project Aimed At Easing Eagle River Commute

New Eagle River bridge will be built as part of the Glenn Highway widening project in Eagle River.

Gov. Parnell Says He Took Immediate Action On Sexual Assault Allegations

Governor Sean Parnell is defending his decision to wait four years to request a federal investigation into reports of a sexual assault problem in the Alaska National Guard. Anchorage Daily News columnist Shannyn Moore wrote Sunday that Parnell first learned about misconduct in the Guard in 2010, when he was approached by three guard chaplains. Parnell says he took those charges seriously, but lacked the details to prompt an investigation until February. He says after the initial concerns were raised, he went to Major General Thomas Katkus to make sure the systems were in place to protect guard members. Then in February, Parnell says he was able to talk with a guard member who provided specifics. Download Audio

Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

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Just weeks before the November election, the Sullivan campaign has come to Bethel. Download Audio

Ulmer Named Chairwoman of Arctic Research Commission

Associated Press President Obama has named former Alaska Lieutenant Governor Fran Ulmer as chairwoman of the Arctic Research Commission. The commission develops a national Arctic...

Alaska News Nightly: June 24, 2011

Judge Orders Joe Miller to Pay Legal Fees from Election Challenge, U.S. House Rejects Cutting Funding to Offensive in Libya, Residents Return to Unalaska and Dutch Harbor After Tsunami Warning, Coast Guard Trains for More Arctic Traffic, and more...

Obama’s Jobs Speech Receives Mixed Reviews

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Alaska’s Congressional delegation is giving the President’s speech Thursday on jobs mixed reviews, mostly along party lines. President Obama laid out a plan he’s calling the American Jobs Act.

White Powder Causing Federal Building Evacuation Determined to be Harmless

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The arrival of an envelope containing white powder caused a shutdown in federal offices again on Friday. The federal building was evacuated after the envelope was opened in the federal court system office.

Governor orders reorganization of commercial fisheries commission

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Gov. Bill Walker issued an administrative order Tuesday that transfers many functions of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) into the Department of Fish and Game. The reorganization will save the state more than $1.3 million a year, according to the governor’s office.

Unions Call for Rally at Loussac

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Anchorage labor unions are calling on members to rally tonight against an ordinance that could limit unions. The ordinance proposed by Mayor Dan Sullivan, Assembly President Ernie Hall and Vice Chair Jennifer Johnston, is set to be introduced at tonight's regular Assembly meeting.

Walker Names Transportation Commissioner

There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries. Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named Marc Luiken as his commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Download Audio