Latest Alaska state government News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 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...

Fire marshal's office suspends fireworks for parts of Alaska

Jun. 30, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office is suspending the use of fireworks across large portions of the state, citing fire dangers. The state Department of Public Safety in a statement said the fire marshal's office, along with the Division of Forestry and...

Trump to rally for Palin, Dunleavy, Tshibaka in Alaska

Jun. 29, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former President Donald Trump plans to attend a rally in Alaska next week for candidates he has endorsed in the state, including Sarah Palin, who is running for the Alaska's only U.S. House seat. A statement from a Trump political action committee said the...

Alaska governor outlines finalized state budget

Jun. 28, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced a finalized state budget Tuesday that he said will pay off the state's lingering oil and gas tax credits and invest in areas such as public safety, education and infrastructure. Dunleavy, a Republican who faces reelection...

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...