Archive of: Alaska Politics



March Issue 3 2014

Former Gov. Murkowski criticizes TransCanada’s LNG role

A former Alaska governor is questioning the wisdom of the state teaming up with pipeline company TransCanada Corp. in a deal with North Slope producers on a large natural gas project.

March Issue 3 2014

Bypass mail proposals draw ire from Alaska delegation

Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would work to cut the cost of bypass mail to the U.S. Postal Service by millions has drawn staunch opposition from the Alaska congressional delegation, who are claiming the changes would have just the opposite effect on the rural freight system.

March Issue 3 2014

TAPS owners take series of setbacks in court

Things have not gone well for Trans-Alaska Pipeline System owners in the courts and key federal regulatory arenas in recent weeks, but the battles aren’t over.

March Issue 3 2014

Law introduced to exempt fishing vessels from EPA discharge rules

Sen. Mark Begich and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio introduced legislation March 6 to exempt fishing vessels from proposed discharge rules that could require stringent monitoring of the rainwater that pools on deck.

March Issue 3 2014

New group supports state denial of setnet ban initiative

A new commercial fisheries group is getting involved in the lawsuit over the proposed ballot initiative to ban setnets.

March Issue 3 2014

GUEST COMMENTARY: Changes to HB 77 meant to allay stakeholder concerns

A little over three years ago, the Department of Natural Resources recognized that the status quo for permitting wasn’t working.

Lawmakers briefed on Ambler, Juneau road projects March Issue 3 2014

Lawmakers briefed on Ambler, Juneau road projects

Legislators were brought up to speed on $900 million worth of work on two of the road proposals on the state’s ever-growing list of mega projects at a March 6 committee hearing.

Leaders want Parnell to ‘hold the line’ in ferry union talks March Issue 3 2014

Leaders want Parnell to ‘hold the line’ in ferry union talks

JUNEAU — State legislative leaders have called on Gov. Sean Parnell to “hold the line” in contract talks with the Alaska Marine Highway System’s unions.

Senators air concerns, potential as gas bill moves March Issue 2 2014

Senators air concerns, potential as gas bill moves

With the 2013 legislative session about half over, the Senate Finance Committee continues to plow through Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal for the state to partner in a large North Slope gas project.

March Issue 2 2014

House Finance Committee proposes $9.1B operating budget

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on March 3 proposed a $9.1 billion state operating budget, about $1.3 billion less than the authorized level of spending at the start of the current fiscal year.