Archive of: Alaska Politics



February Issue 2 2013

GUEST COMMENTARY: Alaskans should be rewarded for fighting gov’t waste

A recent Alaska Journal of Commerce editorial called for punishing the public interest groups who challenged the proposed railroad out to Port MacKenzie.

February Issue 2 2013

Feds reject Cold Bay road pitched to aid medical care

The federal government said Feb. 5 that it rejected a plan to build a road through a wildlife refuge that would have given a small Aleut village in Alaska better access to medical care.

February Issue 2 2013

Alaska looks to get a handle on rising health care costs 

JUNEAU (AP) — State officials are looking at ways to lower the growth of Alaska’s health care costs, including an alternate retiree plan and developing an employee wellness program.

February Issue 1 2013

Industry: Good points, problems with oil tax bill

Gov. Sean Parnell's plan to overhaul Alaska's oil tax structure is a positive step toward improving the state's business climate but there's room for improvement, one of the North Slope's major players says.

February Issue 1 2013

Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota 

The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers.

February Issue 1 2013

ConocoPhillips reports $2.3B in earnings in Alaska

A legislator critical of Gov. Sean Parnell's plan to overhaul Alaska's oil tax structure says 2012 profits by ConocoPhillips shows the system is working.

February Issue 1 2013

Southeast communities angered by Parnell shift on ferry

JUNEAU — Two hearings by the both of the Alaska Legislature’s transportation committees did little to calm the seas of discontent among Southeast villages with Gov. Sean Parnell’s summary rejection of their concept-level plans for a new Panhandle ferry.

February Issue 1 2013

New worry for legislators: How much cash for capital budget?

A major concern emerging in the state capitol in Juneau is how much money will really be available for state capital projects in the Fiscal 2014 budget.

February Issue 1 2013

AJOC EDITORIAL: Session gets off to fast start

First the good news from Juneau.

January Issue 4 2013

Senators express frustration on fisheries aid

Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority in supporting a $50.5 billion emergency relief package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.