Latest Alaska state government News

How US states have banned, limited or protected abortion

Jun. 24, 2022 21:33 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Alaska judge rules Sweeney won't advance to special election

Jun. 24, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge ruled Friday that Alaska elections officials do not need to put the fifth-place finisher in this month's U.S. House special primary on the upcoming special election ballot in place of a candidate who withdrew. Superior Court Judge William...

Lawsuit says Sweeney should advance in Alaska US House race

Jun. 23, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge on Thursday said he was tentatively inclined to agree with the state elections office that the fifth-place finisher in a special primary for Alaska’s U.S. House seat cannot replace in the upcoming special election a candidate who abruptly dropped out. ...

Alaska elections office says Eastman eligible to run

Jun. 22, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Division of Elections has determined that Republican state Rep. David Eastman of Wasilla is eligible to run for reelection. Eastman's candidacy faced challenges over his affiliation with the far-right Oath Keepers group. Division of Elections...

Sweeney does not plan suit over Alaska House ballot decision

Jun. 22, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Tara Sweeney's campaign does not plan to sue over a finding released by Alaska elections officials that Sweeney cannot advance to the special election for U.S. House following the withdrawal of another candidate, Sweeney's campaign manager said Wednesday. ...

Gross withdrawal scrambles Alaska US House race

Jun. 21, 2022 21:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A top Alaska elections official said Tuesday that the fifth-place finisher in the special primary for Alaska's U.S. House seat will not advance to an August special election following the withdrawal of independent Al Gross, who was in third place. Gail...

Independent Al Gross says he's ending Alaska House bid

Jun. 21, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Al Gross, an independent running for Alaska's only U.S. House seat, said late Monday that he is ending his campaign after a top finish in this month's special primary. Gross in a statement said it was “with great hope for Alaska’s future” that he has...

Race for Alaska's US House seat taking shape

Jun. 18, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The race for Alaska's U.S. House seat is taking shape, with Republican Sarah Palin seeking a return to elected office 13 years after she resigned as governor and two of her rivals, Republican Nick Begich and independent Al Gross, trying to paint her run as unserious and...

Ex-legislator advances to Alaska's special US House election

Jun. 17, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Mary Peltola, a former state lawmaker and one of the few Democrats in a massive field of candidates seeking Alaska's only U.S. House seat, has advanced to an August special election, where she will face former Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican Nick Begich and independent Al...

Constant plans to withdraw as House candidate, back Peltola

Jun. 16, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Christopher Constant plans to withdraw as a candidate for the August primary for Alaska's U.S. House seat and support fellow Democrat Mary Peltola, a spokesperson for Constant said Thursday. Spokesperson Aubrey Wieber said he wasn't sure when Constant would...