Archive of: Alaska Politics



March Issue 5 2013

With two weeks to go, Legislature gears up for final push

JUNEAU — The Legislature has a little more than two weeks to wrap up its 2013 session in Juneau.

March Issue 5 2013

Producers say Senate tax bill a big step, tweaks still needed

JUNEAU — Major North Slope producers say legislators are making big strides so far in making Alaska more competitive for new oil investment, but Senate Bill 21, which passed the Senate narrowly March 20, still needs some changes to make the state really attractive.

March Issue 5 2013

State commission starts planning Arctic future, influence

JUNEAU — The state legislature opened a new chapter in its efforts to prepare for its warmer future with the organizational meeting of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission in Juneau on March 23.

Jewell nomination advances after agreement on King Cove March Issue 5 2013

Jewell nomination advances after agreement on King Cove

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Energy Committee on March 21 endorsed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sally Jewell to be Interior secretary, moving her nomination to the Senate floor for an expected vote next month.

March Issue 5 2013

DC circuit judge rejects Alaska challenge to roadless rule

Alaska’s challenge to the Clinton administration-era roadless rule in national forests was rejected March 25 by a federal judge, who said it came too late to be considered.

February Issue 4 2013

Oil tax rewrite comparable impact to Parnell's 

The fiscal impact of a Senate committee's revised oil tax plan will be similar to the impact of what Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed, or slightly less, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

February Issue 4 2013

Murkowski meets with Interior nominee Jewell 

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday she had a good meeting with President Barack Obama's nominee for Interior secretary a week after she threatened to slow the nomination process.

February Issue 4 2013

Legislative leaders raise labor cost concerns 

Legislative leaders are urging Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell to negotiate no raises in union labor contracts amid concerns about state budget costs.

February Issue 4 2013

House panel discusses voter ID bill

Lawmakers have begun deliberations on a bill that would require voters to present photo identification when casting their ballots, but one critic said the geography and ethnic makeup of the state would likely make the law unconstitutional if passed.

Parnell bill to streamline permitting moving in Juneau February Issue 4 2013

Parnell bill to streamline permitting moving in Juneau

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill to streamline state permitting procedures is moving rapidly through legislative committees in Juneau.