Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

RUNNING: State Senate, Anchorage, District L

Richard Wanda (R) is running for State Senate in Anchorage, district L in the primary election on August...

Skagway mayor and her mother die after hit by DC tour bus

D.C. Metropolitan Police say 61-year-old Monica Adams Carlson of Skagway, and 85-year-old Cora Louise Adams of Washington state were struck in a crosswalk on Pennsylvania Avenue.

ANSCA at 40 Panel Meeting at UAA

A panel discussion at the University of Alaska Anchorage Friday night will be the culmination of a series of talks that were organized by the ANCSA at 40 committee.

Rural Legislators Wary Of Change To School Funding Formula

With the Alaska House of Representatives set to vote on an omnibus education bill Monday night, rural legislators are prepared to fight a change to the funding formula included in the legislation.

Weyhrauch Accepts Plea Deal

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau A former Juneau lawmaker will be sentenced Tuesday night on a single charge of knowingly helping or...

Per diems driving special session costs

The cost to taxpayers of going past the 90-day legislative session set by state law is roughly $1 million – and rising. Listen now

Fired Oil Tax Assessor To Run For State House

In January, Gov. Sean Parnell removed Marty McGee from a board that deals with the oil producers' tax bill. Now, McGee wants to take on oil tax policy again – but as a state legislator. Download Audio

A woman seeks Don Young’s seat in Congress. And she’s never been to Alaska

Out of the field of six candidates running to unseat U.S. House Rep. Don Young this fall, there is one candidate who’s never set foot in Alaska. Listen now

State embraces new justice report with prison reform specifics

New justice reform recommendations say they could save Alaska $424 million in the next decade and improve the state's justice system. Download Audio
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Walker appoints Arctic policy advisor for D.C. office

Gov. Bill Walker has appointed his Arctic policy advisor to lead the state's Washington, D.C., office. Listen now

Newtok to Congress: thank you for saving our village

The $15 million in this year’s spending bill is just a fraction of what Newtok needs to fund its relocation. But village leaders say it’s crucial seed money that will make everything else possible. Listen now

Federal Regulation Of State Waters Ruling Being Appealed

Federal court rulings supporting the National Park Service regulation of state owned waters in parks are being appealed. A recent ruling turned down Anchorage moose hunter John Sturgeon’s challenge, of a Park Service ban on hovercraft on the Nation River inside Yukon Charley National Preserve. Download Audio

With Legislature At Impasse, One Alaskan Suggests A Kickstart

For weeks, the Alaska Legislature has been wrestling with how to cover its multi-billion-dollar budget deficit. Now one Juneau man has a modest proposal for them: Try crowdfunding. Download Audio:

Murkowski keeps faith in Kavanaugh hearing

With new uncertainty over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Lisa Murkowski is again the focus of attention. As for his views on the legal status of Alaska Natives, she says they spoke and he allayed her concerns. Listen now

Three incumbents to lose seats in Alaska election aftermath

With the vast majority of precincts statewide now counted, a clear picture emerged in Tuesday’s election returns — and the short version is, a lot of incumbents will be unseated.

Court Denies Vic Kohring Appeal

A former lawmaker caught in a federal corruption probe of Alaska politicians has lost a chance to have his bribery conviction overturned. Download Audio

Governor Announces Terra Project Completion

A large part of southwestern Alaska has been lit up with broadband internet connection capability. The Governor attended a first-ever video-conference to announce the completion of the Terra project, which crosses Cook Inlet and Lake Illiamna with fiber-optic cable.

Redistricting Board Adopts Final Plan

In a half-hour meeting on a Sunday afternoon, the Alaska Redistricting Board unanimously agreed on a new electoral map. Download Audio

AK Public Media, ADN sue Parnell over records requests

Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are suing Governor Sean Parnell over access to documents related to the National Guard Scandal. The complaint seeks to make facts about the case public before the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Miller Speaks With CNN About Disciplinary Action

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller admits he was disciplined two years ago for violating the Fairbanks North Star...