Politics

Alaska congressman Don Young linked the U.S. homeless population to the wolf population in an outburst before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. He later said his analogy was "hyperbolic."

Dermot Cole
Facing the prospect of big budget cuts, fans of public broadcasting are turning out during budget hearings in Juneau this week to say what the service means to their communities. Pat Forgey
A Libertarian Party nominee to the commission that enforces Alaska’s campaign-finance and public-official disclosure rules faced skepticism from the Democratic and Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing this week.Nathaniel Herz
Anchorage community activist Mao Tosi is hosting a mayoral candidate meet-and-greet event Friday, though it’s in an unusual format and stirred a bit of controversy this week when not all the candidates were invited.Devin Kelly
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a court case challenging Affordable Care Act subsidies, Alaska legislators on Wednesday heard a presentation attacking another component of the ACA: Medicaid expansion.Laurel Andrews
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, brought national politics into the Anchorage mayoral race this week by running ads tying candidate Ethan Berkowitz to President Obama.Devin Kelly
The Virginia consulting firm that worked on U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s successful campaign last year is opening an office in Alaska and completing an agreement to be the lead strategist for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska this year will exhaust the remaining billions in its Statutory Budget Reserve, the state's most readily available savings account, but exactly how far it will have to dip into its Constitutional Budget Reserve next year depends remains uncertain.Pat Forgey
Alaska House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, introduced legislation Monday that would temporarily bar a state corporation from working on a state-sponsored pipeline intended primarily for shipping North Slope natural gas for export.Nathaniel Herz
Teachers at low performing schools are already exempt, but a bill from Rep. Jim Colver, heard in the House Education Committee, would extend that to all teachers. No action was taken. Molly Dischner | Associated Press