James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

James Brooks, Alaska Beacon
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Daniel Winfree

Retiring from the high court, Alaska’s chief justice defends its system of selecting judges

Members of the Senate’s coalition majority say they don’t expect changes to the system before the 2024 election, but others aren’t sure.
Tamika Ledbetter

Alaska labor commissioner unexpectedly resigns for undisclosed reasons

Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter’s resignation was announced in an email from the governor’s office Tuesday afternoon.
Alaska Sen. James Kaufman

Anchorage senator proposes new spending cap, key piece of Alaska fiscal plan

The idea from Sen. James Kaufman, R-Anchorage, was encouraged by a bipartisan, bicameral group.
Heidi Drygas

Former lieutenant governor candidate Heidi Drygas is new head of Alaska’s largest public union

Heidi Drygas will replace Jake Metcalfe as executive director of the Alaska State Employees Association.
Jim Cockrell

State troopers, misled by false court order, detained school principal for mental health check

Troopers say a family member of Mary Fulp presented responding troopers with a written court order they said was signed by a state judge.
Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy urges Legislature to fund more legal action against Biden administration

Dunleavy said there are many reasons for optimism in Alaska during his State of the State address, calling for it to be the "most pro-life" state in the U.S.
the Alaska Legislature's Bush Caucus

For rural Alaska lawmakers, local issues trumped party interests and swung the state House

The members of the House’s Bush Caucus explain how and why they flipped control of the chamber.
Jude Pate

Dunleavy picks Sitka judge for Supreme Court, first justice in decades from small-town Alaska

Jude Pate is also the first justice to come from Southeast Alaska since 2013.
Cathy Tilton

Fresh in power, Alaska House’s new Republican-led coalition outlines its priorities

"Fiscal stability" is No. 1, but specifics are hard to come by as the group gets organized.
the Alaska State Capitol

From abortion to zoning: Short summaries of every bill in the 33rd Alaska State Legislature

The 33rd Legislature convenes Jan. 17, and lawmakers have already begun prefiling items for public consideration.
A sign outside an Anchorage courthouse

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy appoints two new judges to Anchorage Superior Court

Laura Hartz and Christina Rankin were appointed by the governor after a six-month application and vetting process.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska legislators say abortion-related legislation is unlikely to advance in the Capitol this year

A bipartisan supermajority in the Senate, plus close margins in the House, means controversial bills on social issues will face major obstacles.
the University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska will gain a plot of land that’s half the size of Rhode Island under new federal budget law

A clause in the new law, written by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, would give the university 360,000 acres in the next four years.
water and land

Alaska development bank approves more spending as it seeks to open ANWR for drilling

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has earmarked money for lawsuits and other work in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Juneau's Telephone Hill neighborhood

Historic neighborhood, once envisioned for new Alaska Capitol, is given away by the state

Juneau’s Telephone Hill neighborhood is home to Alaska’s oldest still-in-use house, built in 1882.
an Alaska Department of Corrections hiring sign

Alaska’s top-earning state employees include investment managers, troopers and psychiatrists

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s salary, set by a state board, is the 862nd highest below the manager of the Bethel airport.
the Alaska State Capitol

Dunleavy announces new legislative director ahead of 2023 session

Laura Stidolph, formerly GCI's government affairs manager, will be Gov. Mike Dunleavy's chief liaison between the executive branch and the legislative branch.
a screenshot of four images, of people in court and a judge

Judge hears arguments challenging Anchorage Democrat’s legislative eligibility

A one-month difference in Jennie Armstrong’s arrival in Alaska could decide whether she serves in the Legislature.
David Eastman

Oath Keepers seek to overthrow government, judge says, but First Amendment protects Eastman

Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman had been accused of violating the Alaska Constitution’s disloyalty clause with his Oath Keepers membership.
a woman at a microphone

Acting Alaska health commissioner Hedberg is pick for permanent boss

The Department of Health has 1,442 full-time employees and a $950 million budget, the second-largest among state agencies.