The House chambers are seen on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

New lawsuit challenges Anchorage Democrat’s eligibility for legislative election

BY: - October 28, 2022

Four Anchorage residents have sued the Alaska Division of Elections, saying Democratic state House candidate Jennie Armstrong is ineligible to run for office. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Anchorage Superior Court, claims that a social media post and fishing licenses prove Armstrong did not live in Alaska for three years before registering on June 1 […]

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce and running mate Edie Grunwald listen to the U.S. Senate candidates speak at a forum Saturday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

After sexual-harassment lawsuit, Alaska governor candidate says it is ‘honorable’ to finish campaign

BY: - October 26, 2022

Republican governor candidate Charlie Pierce confirmed on Wednesday that he will continue his campaign despite a lawsuit accusing him of sexually harassing a Kenai Peninsula Borough employee while he served as the borough’s mayor. “We’re in this race to the very end,” he said during a broadcast of KSRM-AM radio’s “Sound Off” program.  “I think […]

This symbol is inside of the Alaska Department of Corrections office on Sept. 7, 2022, in Douglas, Alaska. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Corrections reports 16th death of 2022, surpassing previous decade-high number of in-custody deaths

BY: - October 26, 2022

Paul Harris, 69, died on Oct. 23 at Goose Creek Correctional Center, becoming the 16th person to die in the state’s prison system this year, according to an Alaska Department of Corrections press release on Tuesday. With this death, Corrections surpassed the highest number of in-custody deaths the department has seen in the past decade, […]

Former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce listens to other gubernatorial candidates' comments at an Anchorage debate on Oct. 11, 2022. Pierce, a Republican, made his first appearance with the three other general election candidates for governor at the debate held by the Resource Development Council for Alaska. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska governor candidates react to sex-harassment lawsuit against Pierce

BY: - October 25, 2022

Independent governor candidate Bill Walker called for Republican candidate Charlie Pierce to quit his campaign after Pierce and the Kenai Peninsula Borough were sued by a borough employee who said she was sexually harassed by Pierce when he served as mayor. The lawsuit was filed Friday by Pierce’s former executive assistant. Incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy, […]

The Guardian or Authority of Law, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, rests on the side of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. This week Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, will begin meeting with Senators as she seeks to be confirmed before the presidential election. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court case from North Carolina could unleash profound changes to elections nationwide

BY: - October 21, 2022

A U.S. Supreme Court case originating in North Carolina could bring far-reaching changes to elections and the balance of political power in nearly every state. North Carolina Republicans want the nation’s highest court to rule that state courts cannot throw out congressional districts that legislatures draw, arguing that the U.S. Constitution’s Elections Clause makes legislatures […]

In this screenshot from the Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, meeting of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, attorney Scott Kendall (at right) speaks to members of the commission, including chair Anne Helzer (left). Kendall was requesting a speedy hearing for a complaint against the Republican Governors Association. (Screenshot)

Alaska regulators will hear complaint against national Republican group on Friday

BY: - October 20, 2022

The Alaska Public Offices Commission will meet on Friday to determine whether the national Republican Governors Association violated state campaign law in its support of Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican. On Thursday afternoon, commissioners voted 3-2 to act before Election Day on a complaint filed by two nonprofits against the association and A Stronger Alaska, […]

The entrance to the Anchorage Correctional Complex is seen on Aug. 29, 2022. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Administration says Corrections deaths not ‘unusual,’ ACLU says it’s deflecting responsibility

BY: - October 17, 2022

None of the 15 people to die in Alaska Department of Corrections custody in 2022 so far “died as a result of others,” according to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Acting Corrections Commissioner Jen Winkelman also said the deaths were not “unusual.” “The investigations of deaths indicate that none of these inmates at this time have died […]

In this screenshot from an online video stream on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, attorney Scott Kendall urges the Alaska Public Offices Commission to grant an expedited hearing for a complaint against a group supporting the re-election of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Screenshot)

Alaska campaign regulator finds no ongoing illegal coordination by pro-Dunleavy group

BY: - October 17, 2022

Alaska’s political campaign regulator has found no evidence of ongoing coordination between Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s re-election campaign and a third-party group supporting Dunleavy, the Alaska Public Offices Commission said Monday. The decision means no action by the commission before the Nov. 8 general election, though commission staff will continue to investigate whether the campaign and […]

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is seen in a screenshot of a news conference on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Anchorage. Dunleavy said that if re-elected, he will seek to raise the prison sentence for dealing illegal drugs that result in a death. (Screenshot)

Dunleavy plans longer prison terms for drug dealers linked to overdose deaths

BY: - October 17, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Monday that if re-elected, he intends to propose legislation increasing the prison sentence for drug dealers who sell products that kill someone. The as-yet-unreleased legislation would also make convicted dealers ineligible for a particular type of parole and would create a vehicular homicide statute. The proposal would still have to pass […]

The view from South Suicide Peak, as seen in May of 2020, takes in other Chugach State Park mountains and glimpses of Cook Inlet. (Photo by Jania Tumey)

A two-year drive successfully renames two Southcentral Alaska mountains

BY: - October 15, 2022

The federal Board of Geographic Names has renamed two mountains near Anchorage after a two-year push by the founder of an anti-suicide group. Thursday’s unanimous vote by the board means North Suicide Peak and South Suicide Peak will now be officially known as North Yuyanq’ Ch’ex and South Yuyanq’ Ch’ex, respectively. The new names are […]

James Rider is sitting in an undated photo. He died in early September in Alaska Department of Corrections custody. (Photo provided by Mike Cox)

A brother seeks answers over Alaska deaths in custody

BY: - October 14, 2022

Ever since his brother, 31-year-old James Rider, became the 12th person to die while in Alaska Department of Corrections custody, Mike Cox has been trying to get the department to answer his questions. “I want to know what their procedures are and how they intend on fixing them, so this doesn’t keep happening,” Cox said. […]

In this screenshot from Gavel Alaska, attorney Matthew Murray, representing the Alaska State Employees Association, argues in front of the Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (KTOO screenshot)

Alaska Supreme Court takes up union-dues argument advanced by former AG

BY: - October 13, 2022

Seeking to change the way public-employee unions work in Alaska, the State of Alaska attempted to convince skeptical state Supreme Court justices on Thursday that a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision requires union members to opt into their unions annually. That decision addressed only nonunion workers who were required to pay fees to unions, but […]