Alaska Political Stories

MTA urging customers to vote for deregulation

Matanuska Telephone Association is campaigning via radio ads and other means to urge its customers to vote to exempt its landline telephone services from being regulated by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Under amended law, Alaska pursues sex-trafficking charges against Bill Allen

The state of Alaska today is asking for federal authority to pursue sex-trafficking charges against former Veco chief Bill Allen. Attorney General Craig Richards and Sen. Dan Sullivan said they are seeking to learn if federal prosecutors cut a deal with Allen when he was a star witness in corruption trials.

Alaskans weigh in on proposal to finance government with Permanent Fund earnings

People from all over Alaska have inundated the Senate State Affairs Committee -- the first to review Gov. Bill Walker's S.B. 128 -- with their take on the proposal to use Permanent Fund earnings to pay for government operations.

As policymakers battle over budget, education commissioner resigns

Education Commissioner Mike Hanley has submitted a letter of resignation, with the governor and State Board of Education and Early Development saying a leadership change is needed to address key challenges involving Alaska education.

Medicaid Reform

Judge: Decision on Alaska Medicaid expansion lawsuit unlikely before end of March

A state court judge in Anchorage has heard arguments on a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval. Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said it was unlikely that he could get a decision out before the end of March.

Walker administration submits supplemental request

Gov. Bill Walker's administration is requesting an additional $65.5 million in spending for the current fiscal year.

Capitol field trip VOSOT

Rural teacher meets with legislator leading talks of de-funding small schools

The leader of a social media effort that pushes back against potential closure of small rural schools is visiting the Capitol with a group of students and on Wednesday met with the legislator who floated the idea.

House unanimously passes bill updating Alaska military justice rules

A bill that would update Alaska's Uniform Code of Military Justice unanimously passed the House Wednesday, 39-0.

Questions emerge about constitutionality of governor's Permanent Fund proposal

Conflicting legal opinions have policy makers in disagreement over the biggest proposal being considered this session in the Capitol, a pitch from Gov. Bill Walker to use Permanent Fund earnings to pay for government.

Anchorage LIO Building Lease Update

As deadline passes, still no decision on future of Anchorage legislative offices

The future of the Legislature's controversial lease of Anchorage offices remains uncertain, even as a 45-day period to come up with a proposal to stick with the lease or buy the building ended Tuesday.

Clinton, Sanders debate becomes heated

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