Tag: APRN News – Alaska Politics

As Capitol reporters dwindle, Alaska lawmakers grapple with rise of political blogs

The newest member of the Alaska Capitol press corps isn't your average reporter -- he once made the news for posing for photos in a Speedo. But he's one of a growing number of political bloggers who are trying to fill in gaps left by Alaska's shrinking mainstream media.

Governor’s New Budget Cuts 300 State Employees

The latest iteration of the governor’s budget cuts $136 million from the previous version. Download Audio

U.S. Senators Try Again to Kill Vessel Discharge Regs

Alaska fishermen have three years before the EPA is supposed to begin regulating deck wash, bilge water and other liquids discharged from small vessels. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski this week introduced a bill to permanently block the regulation for commercial vessels under 79 feet. Senate co-sponsors include Alaska’s Dan Sullivan, and California Democrat Barbara Boxer. Download Audio

Race for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Crowded

On the Kenai Peninsula, the race for Borough Mayor is a crowded one this year, with a total of six candidates vying for the job.

Young Says Politicians Heading in Wrong Direction to Solve Fiscal Problems

Alaska’s Congressman Don Young says he applauds last night’s stand in the U.S. House not to raise the debt limit until the nation’s budget problems are dealt with, but he says politicians – including Republicans – are going about solving the fiscal woes all wrong.

Congressional Issues with Senator Mark Begich

Alaska’s future role in Missile Defense, the treatment of our veterans, the federal role in oil and gas development and coastal zone management are among the issues Senator Mark Begich has been working on.

Lawmakers Preparing to Head Back to Juneau

There’s no word yet on whether a special session will be held next week to deal with the single issue of keeping the Coastal Management program alive. However Senate officials are meeting on Sunday to make a final decision.

Obama, Medvedev Pledge to Protect Indigenous Rights

President Obama has released a joint statement on the Arctic with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The two met today at the G-8 Summit in France. The two heads of state pledge to protect the rights of indigenous people on both sides of the Bering Strait, including access to subsistence resources.

Feature Film About Palin Premiering in Iowa Next Month

A feature film about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is coming out next month and will premiere in Iowa, according to the Chicago-based...

Sealaska Raises Land Selection Issue in Washington DC

The Sealaska Native Corporation was in Washington Wednesday making its case to select lands in the Tongass National Forest. It’s a fight that’s been going on for years, and one that’s caused intense controversy in southeast Alaska.

Lawmakers Debate Special Session for Coastal Management Program

Alaska lawmakers are being polled today to see if there is enough support to call themselves into special session to deal with the Coastal Management Program. Senate President Kodiak Republican Gary Stevens sent out the email to lawmakers. Senator Stevens was not available Wednesday, but Senate Majority Leader Anchorage Republican Kevin Meyer says if enough lawmakers agree, the session would be held next week on May 31 and would only take a day or two.

Assembly Approves Mandatory Photo IDs at Anchorage Liquor Stores

Beginning on July 1st, buying alcohol at a package store in Anchorage will require photo identification. Tuesday night the Anchorage Assembly approved the new law by a 10 to 1 margin.

Alaska News Nightly: May 25, 2011

Sealaska Raises Land Selection Issue in Washington DC, Unalaska Group Engages in Unusual Spring Cleanup, Lawmakers Debate Special Session for Coastal Management Program, and more...

Anchorage Assembly Passes Ordinance Requiring Liquor Stores to Check IDs

The Anchorage Assembly last night went along with an advisory vote and passed an ordinance requiring liquor stores to check identification before all sales. It takes effect in July.

Prosecutors Say Weyhrauch Not Entitled to Recover Legal Fees

Federal prosecutors are saying that former state Representative Bruce Weyhrauch is not entitled to recover his legal fees, even though corruption charges against him have been dropped.

Alaska News Nightly: August 31, 2009

Individual news stories are posted in the Alaska News category and you can subscribe to APRN’s news feeds via email, podcast and RSS. Download Audio...

Alaska News Nightly: August 28, 2009

Individual news stories are posted in the Alaska News category and you can subscribe to APRN’s news feeds via email, podcast and RSS. Download Audio...

Kennedy Delivered Memorable Speech in Sitka

One of Senator Ted Kennedy's most dramatic speeches was delivered in Sitka, Alaska. Kennedy gave the keynote address at the state Democratic convention in...

Alaska News Nightly: August 26, 2009

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Parnell Picnics in Juneau

Governor Sean Parnell and six commissioners served up picnic fare to thousands of Juneau residents Friday.   Some estimate nearly 10 percent of the...