Ben Sparks, a former Republican political consultant in Alaska, was campaign manager for Dan Sullivan when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014.
A working group created last June to make recommendations on the Alaska Permanent Fund decided against proposing a specific change to the formula for setting PFDs.
Neil Steininger will start his new job as the Alaska Legislature reconvenes in Juneau.
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which is overseeing Hilcorp’s purchase of BP’s stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline, plans to hold a six-hour public hearing on the deal in February, denying a request by the companies to approve the transaction without one. The commission announced the hearing Jan. 17, saying it had received public comments both…
The order effectively prevents the Recall Dunleavy campaign from gathering signatures until the Alaska Supreme Court reviews the case.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will vote with Republican leaders against amendments demanding witnesses. But she says no one should assume she will oppose calling witnesses later.
At the end of last year’s legislative session, Juneau found itself on the hook for more than $5 million in cost shifts from the state.
An intrastate case raised grand legal questions about poor, rural Alaskans’ access to the justice system. Yet it was also an exercise in budgetary semantics with almost no practical effect — except for running up publicly funded legal bills.
Depicting a cannon aimed over Sitka Sound at something that looks like a Tlingit fort, the seal evokes a painful past for many in the community. Now, the Sitka Assembly is getting behind a proposal to redesign it.
The Dunleavy administration commissioned the report last spring and received it in the fall. But the state wouldn’t release it until Wednesday’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board meeting.