Archive of: Alaska Politics

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January Issue 3 2015

Walker fires DOT commish after road report

Gov. Bill Walker fired Alaska Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp Jan. 12 after he urged Walker to move forward with the Knik Arm bridge and the Juneau access road projects, or face repaying up to $98.6 million to the federal government. Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang wrote in a statement to the Juneau Empire that the governor wants department commissioners aligned with his priorities.

January Issue 2 2015

Citing transparency, Walker fires three from AGDC board

Gov. Bill Walker’s already troubled relations with the new Legislature have just gotten a lot worse. Walker fired three board members of Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and instructed four remaining members not to sign confidentiality agreements on information related to projects the state-owned entity is managing.

Breaking News 2015

Long-awaited Sealaska land transfer complete

December Issue 4 2014

Oil price collapse overshadowed 2014 politics

The collapse of oil prices sent shock waves through state government and Alaska’s business community late in the year. Prices dropped from $110 per barrel in July to about $56 per barrel in mid-December. State revenues, about 90 percent dependent on oil taxes and royalties, are now estimated to be about half of what was predicted earlier, about $2.5 billion in unrestricted general fund revenue, down from about $5 billion.

December Issue 4 2014

Young to take lead on Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization

Alaska’s fishing interests will still be well represented in Washington, D.C., despite a recent shuffling of the legislative deck after former Sen. Mark Begich lost his reelection bid and his chairmanship of a key Senate subcommittee. Though Begich is gone, longtime Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young will take the lead for the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act in the 114th Congress and continue on the House Natural Resources Committee.