Politics

The nation’s top oil-producing states powered through the last recession with barely a hitch, but now the collapse in oil prices is hobbling budgets -- especially Alaska's.Pat Forgey
Alaska's all-Republican congressional delegation is not in agreement on the trade bill the Senate passed Wednesday: It is split down the middle of the Capitol dome. Erica Martinson
Fox News didn't renew the contract of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and she and the network parted ways amicably on June 1, a Fox spokesperson told D.C.-based political news site Politico.Alaska Dispatch News
The candidates to replace President Obama have started their pursuit of Alaska’s three electoral votes, nearly 3,000 miles and seven months from the Iowa caucuses that denote the formal start of the Democratic and Republican presidential selection processes.Nathaniel Herz
A highly paid aide to an Alaska senator remained on the Legislature’s payroll this year despite failing to show up for work for most of the legislative session, taking a long leave of absence after her arrest on a domestic violence charge.Pat Forgey
A report from the Washington D.C.-based political news source Politico notes that Rep. Don Young is headed to a fundraiser with a pro-statehood PAC days before he's set to chair a hearing on the future of the territory's political status.Alaska Dispatch News
Rep. Don Young and Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have introduced 24 bills so far this year aimed at easing the federal government’s 222 million-acre hold on the 365 million-acre state of Alaska. Erica Martinson
Sen. Lisa Murkowski unveiled an appropriations bill Tuesday that would carve out dedicated funding for emergency firefighting but also cut billions of dollars from federal lands and environmental funding. Erica Martinson
Decisions about Arctic drilling should be left to those who live there, Rep. Don Young said at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Erica Martinson
It took a decade to rewrite the city’s land-use regulations, but they’re already under fire — and may undergo revision — because builders say limits on apartment height, size and design cost them too much money.Devin Kelly