Latest Alaska State Legislature News

Alaska judge keeps Oath Keepers lawmaker on November ballot

Sep. 24, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge has ruled that a state lawmaker affiliated with the Oath Keepers may stay on the general election ballot in November even though he's likely ineligible to hold public office. But Judge Jack McKenna on Thursday ordered elections officials to...

Alaskans pocket over $3,000 in annual oil-wealth payments

Sep. 20, 2022 23:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly every single Alaskan got a financial windfall amounting to more than $3,000 Tuesday, the day the state began distributing payments from Alaska’s investment fund that has been seeded with money from the state’s oil riches. The payments, officially...

Former Alaska lawmaker Kohring dies in vehicle crash

Sep. 07, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Victor Kohring, a former Alaska lawmaker who was caught up in a corruption scandal that roiled the state Legislature more than 15 years ago, has died in a vehicle crash. Alaska State Troopers said Kohring, 64, of Wasilla, was driving a van that collided...

Palin urges Begich to drop House bid; Begich declines

Sep. 05, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin called on fellow Republican Nick Begich to drop out of the race Monday, holding a news conference in the same place where on a holiday weekend more than a decade ago she announced plans to resign as Alaska's governor. ...

Alaska Natives celebrate Peltola's historic House election

Sep. 01, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Bernadette Demientieff said she cried when she learned of Democrat Mary Peltola's win in Alaska's U.S. House special election, making Peltola the first Alaska Native to be elected to Congress. “I feel a little bit of relief knowing that somebody will be...

Peltola beats Palin, wins Alaska House special election

Sep. 01, 2022 04:26 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democrat Mary Peltola won the special election for Alaska’s only U.S. House seat on Wednesday, besting a field that included Republican Sarah Palin, who was seeking a political comeback in the state where she was once governor. Peltola, who is Yup’ik and...

Democrat Mary Peltola wins Alaska House special election, defeating Republican Sarah Palin

Aug. 31, 2022 20:24 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Mary Peltola wins Alaska House special election, defeating Republican Sarah Palin.

Democrat Mary Peltola wins special election to U.S. House in Alaska's at-large Congressional District

Aug. 31, 2022 20:16 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Mary Peltola wins special election to U.S. House in Alaska's at-large Congressional District.

Grand jury indicts son in death of former Alaska lawmaker

Aug. 30, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the son of a former Alaska lawmaker on charges of murder, manslaughter and evidence tampering in the death of his father, former state Rep. Dean Westlake. Tallon Westlake was arrested earlier this month. The indictment, released by...

Little-known candidate Kelley advances in Alaska Senate race

Aug. 27, 2022 00:24 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Buzz Kelley, a Republican candidate who has not reported raising any money, has advanced to the November general election in Alaska's U.S. Senate race. Kelley joins Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican Kelly Tshibaka and Democrat Pat Chesbro in advancing...