Latest Alaska State Legislature News

Alaska House candidates talk ranked voting ahead of election

Aug. 01, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin on Monday said the state's ranked choice voting system “needs to be changed,” though Alaska has yet to conduct an election under the system. The state's first ranked voting election, under a system narrowly approved...

Dennis Egan, former Alaska lawmaker and broadcaster, dies

Jun. 28, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska state Sen. Dennis Egan, the son of the state's first governor, has died. He was 75. Alaska Senate Democrats in a statement announced that Egan died Tuesday morning. Egan was the son of the late former Gov. Bill Egan. Dennis Egan...

22 candidates running in Alaska US House regular primary

Jun. 27, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Twenty-two candidates are running in the August regular primary for Alaska's U.S. House seat, after nine dropped out by last weekend's withdrawal deadline. The three candidates in the August special election for the seat are running in the regular primary....

Alaska Supreme Court ruling keeps Sweeney off House ballot

Jun. 25, 2022 22:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Saturday upheld a lower court’s ruling that will keep Republican Tara Sweeney off the ballot for the August special election in Alaska’s U.S. House race. In a brief written order, the high court said it affirmed the decision...

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...