Government & Politics

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, stands outside a restaurant on May 6 in Palmer, her home city. In an interview, she reflected on two years of COVID-19. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Beyond COVID: Zink seeks to refocus on Alaskans’ holistic health

BY: - May 11, 2022

When Anne Zink began working as the state’s chief medical officer in the summer of 2019, she had a vision of transforming the state’s health system into one that promotes health holistically rather than one that simply responds to sickness. Then came COVID-19. At least a third of Alaskans have tested positive for the COVID […]

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Downtown Juneau catches light from the sunset on May 6, 2022. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

The Alaska Beacon launches with the goal of a better-informed state

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Beacon aims to serve as a watchdog, looking out for how public dollars are being spent and public needs are being met.

The Alaska State Capitol is seen on Monday, May 2, 2022 in Juneau, Alaska. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Scholarship fund’s fate depends on Alaska Legislature

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Alaska House of Representatives has voted to refill the fund with hundreds of millions of dollars in expected oil revenue, but unless lawmakers also change the language of the state law that created the fund, it will be automatically drained again.

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U.S. House passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package with broad bipartisan support

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to provide an additional $40 billion in economic, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine as its troops continue fighting back against Russia’s invasion. The legislation, released just hours before, now goes to the U.S. Senate, where leaders hope to quickly send the bill to President Joe Biden’s […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on December 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats are working to bring to a vote several key pieces of legislature before the holiday break, including the National Defense Authorization Act and raising the national debt limit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy planning trip to East Asia, letters show

BY: - May 11, 2022

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is planning a trip to East Asia, accompanied by the president of the state-owned corporation backing a trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline, according to letters released in a public records request. The two men are seeking support for the pipeline project, known as Alaska LNG. “All conditions permitting, I plan to travel […]

The Boney Courthouse building in Anchorage holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Dictionary decides Alaska Supreme Court case

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Alaska Supreme Court said last week that a dictionary definition of “official misconduct” was the key factor in proving the legality of a recall election against Anchorage Assembly Member Meg Zaletel.  On Friday, the court released a legal opinion in a two-year-old, now-resolved dispute over a recall campaign seeking to remove Zaletel from office. […]