Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Statewide News Network.

Senators have criticized Trump. Now what?

Beyond strongly worded statements and tweets, is there more Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan should do to show Trump they disapprove of his remarks in Helsinki? Listen now

Seniors, Advocates Organize at Anchorage Housing Summit

The Alaska Commission on Aging, along with several state agencies, held a summit on senior housing Wednesday in Anchorage (12/12). Seniors from around the state and those who work with them came together to look for solutions to Alaska's looming senior housing crisis at the Wilda Marston Theatre in the Loussac Library.

Senate Passes Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate passed a four-year farm bill Tuesday that includes Payments in Lieu of Taxes. The so-called PILT program sends some $26 million a year to Alaska communities adjacent to non-taxable federal lands. The bill also renews Alaska’s Village Safe Water program, which gets some $30 million a year from the federal government. Download Audio

Three seek Mat Su Borough mayor’s seat – Rosemary Vavrin

Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough's mayor's seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks reelection, and is being challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemary Vavrin. Download Audio

Governor’s Race Brings Walker To Unalaska

With less than a month until Election Day, the race to become Alaska’s next governor is heating up. Independent candidate Bill Walker and his Democrat running mate are canvassing the state for votes – all the way out to the Aleutians. Download Audio

7 Apply for Anchorage Assembly Seat as Title 21 Surfaces

Seven people have applied for the Anchorage Assembly seat soon to be vacated by Harriet Drummond when she heads to Juneau to represent Anchorage's House District 16.

Legislation May Strip Alaska Native Corporations of Edge in 8(a) Program

Associated Press U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri plans to introduce legislation next month that would strip Alaska Native corporations of the edge they...

Democrats demand Trump administration stop offshore oil leasing work during shutdown

It was spurred by Interior's decision last week to bring in 40 employees to work on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's national offshore oil leasing plan. That plan, as initially drafted, would open up far more of Alaska's federal waters to oil development.
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Capital budget funding fails in House vote

The Alaska House of Representatives has failed to pass funding for the capital budget for the second time this year. Minority-caucus Republicans blocked the funding on Sunday.

With budget, US House inches toward ANWR

A budget blueprint in the U.S. House is reviving hopes for Alaskans who want to see the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge open to oil drilling. Listen now

Federal Spending Package Secures Funds For Tribal Health Care Facilities

In Congress tonight, a massive spending package has emerged after weeks of intense negotiations among lawmakers, and it contains good news for Alaskans. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, top Republican on the subcommittee for Interior Department spending, has announced that she’s secured $66 million to staff the state’s six new tribally operated health care facilities. Download Audio

Alaska’s Natural Gas Pipeline Plan

Nobody ever said it would be easy to attract investment for one of the biggest construction projects on earth in the difficult conditions of Arctic Alaska, but we all know it happened once for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Can it happen again for a gas-line? APRN: Tuesday, 3/4 at 10:00am Download Audio

Anchorage Assembly – Seat 2C

Candidates for Anchorage Assembly Seat 2C – Sharon Gibbons and Bill Starr – discuss local issues with host Michael Carey.

State Candidates Release Campaign Financial Reports

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Candidates in this year’s state races have released the first campaign financial reports required since the August Primary election.  ...

Congress Goes into Final Week to Come Up with Debt Ceiling Deal

Congressional experts say there’s just one week left until politicians in Washington have to come up with a debt ceiling deal. It's actually two-and-a-half weeks when the U.S. will hit its debt limit, but the Congress needs the extra time to write up a plan and get it passed through the House and Senate.

Delegation Reacts to Super Committee’s Failure to Come Up With Debt Reduction Plan

Alaska’s Senators expressed disappointment Monday afternoon at word that the special congressional super committee has given up its attempt to combat the federal debt.

Tenure Bill Rankles State Teacher Unions

A bill that would require a longer probationary period for teachers has attracted opposition from labor organizations, who say it's an attack on job security.

With Budget Shortfalls Looming, Questions Raised About Knik Bridge Finances

A bill authorizing the state to build a billion-dollar bridge across the Knik Arm is back for consideration. Download Audio

Cameras Catch Rep. Young Twisting Arm in Capitol

Politics often involves a bit of arm-twisting, but footage of Alaska Congressman Don Young today shows him literally twisting the arm of a young man in a hallway of the U.S. Capitol. Young says he shouldn't have done it.