Archive of: Alaska Politics



July Issue 5 2012

New Senate district draws packed field

Three candidates — Click Bishop, David Eastman of Palmer and Ralph Seekins of Fairbanks — are contesting the Republican primary in Senate District C, the reconfigured district stretching from Fairbanks to Valdez and parts of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. There is no Democratic primary contest, and Anne Sudkamp of Fairbanks is the only Democrat to have filed.

July Issue 5 2012

Newcomer challenging Stoltze in District 11

Incumbent Bill Stoltze is running for reelection for the Alaska House seat for the newly re-designated District 11 in the Aug. 28 primary against newcomer Thomas Connelly, a retired Alaska Railroad manager who is challenging him for the spot.

July Issue 5 2012

Alaska group speaks in support of Senate coalition

A nonpartisan group that includes former lawmakers and labor leaders, formed to fight a proposed oil company merger in 1999, came together again Thursday to express support for the Alaska Senate's bipartisan majority coalition, saying the alliance was key to standing strong against heavy oil industry influence in the state.

July Issue 4 2012

Health department staff wanted state insurance exchange

While Alaska won’t create a health insurance exchange on its own, a consultant’s report suggests that some in the state’s Department of Health and Social Services would have liked to see the state take the lead on its own exchange.

July Issue 4 2012

Group will speak in support of Senate coalition

A nonpartisan group, formed in 1999 to fight a huge oil merger in Alaska, is speaking in support of the Senate's bipartisan coalition.

New law offers incentives to care providers July Issue 4 2012

New law offers incentives to care providers

Alaska isn’t always the first place that pops into a doctor’s mind as a place to build a practice. That’s why the state has passed new legislation to provide incentives for both new and seasoned medical professionals to set up shop in the Last Frontier.

July Issue 4 2012

Parnell plays cards close on Medicaid

Gov. Sean Parnell is playing his cards close on whether he will expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 38,000 lower-income Alaskans but said he would not form a state-managed health insurance exchange, two provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

Campaigns sprouting after redistricting plan approved July Issue 4 2012

Campaigns sprouting after redistricting plan approved

Campaign signs are sprouting like wildflowers around the state and legislative candidates are knocking on doors as campaigns for the Aug. 28 primary election get into full swing.

July Issue 4 2012

Commentary: D.C. must deliver on nation’s priorities — jobs, transportation, energy

Bashing Congress for its inability to get things done has been an American pastime for the 236 years as a nation we just marked on Independence Day.