Articles & Op-eds


Ketchikan Daily News: OPINION: Traveling the Alaska way

by Lisa Murkowski

The night before my team and I were scheduled to fly from Juneau to Haines on Seaplanes with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, I did something I’ve never done before when traveling in Southeast. I wished for rain and wind. I secretly hoped our flights would be grounded so the secretary would get a real taste of transportation in our state, where we often have to pivot to Plans B and C to get where we’re going. As luck and weather would have it, my prayers were quickly answ… Continue Reading


Alaska politicians remain optimistic about AK LNG even as overseas market cools

by By Riley Board, KDLL

The long-sought Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas project (AK LNG) would bring natural gas from the North Slope down an 800-mile pipeline to Nikiski, where it would be liquefied, then shipped to Japan and South Korea. Versions of the project have been discussed for decades, but a huge price tag has meant slow progress. Alaska officials promote the pipeline as a way for allies in Asia to end their dependence on Russian natural gas. Prominent Alaska politicians remain optimistic, even after a July Wal… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: OPINION: Alaska’s Farm Bill promises to safeguard our oceans and fishing families By Linda Behnken

by Linda Behnken

I first came to Sitka in 1982, driven by a love for wildness. I took up fishing to earn college money, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that the well-being of Alaska’s wild, pristine environment is directly tied to the stewardship of local fishing communities. My passion for Alaska’s oceans led me to become an advocate for sustainable fisheries. I still earn my living fishing, and I am now the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. My family’s livelihood, an… Continue Reading


Alaska News Source: Lawmakers push back on Department of Education’s interpretation of Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

by Georgina Fernandez

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska lawmakers are pushing back on the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, with concerns that its interpretation of the legislation is erroneous. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who initially voted for the act, joined 17 other lawmakers in writing a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, stating that, “Unfortunately, and contrary to Congressional intent, the Department of Education (”the Department”) has mis… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: OPINION: Empowering Alaska’s communities through effective leadership

by Carol Ashlock

As an Anchorage-based businesswoman who is deeply invested in the success of our state, I feel compelled to shine a light on the leadership of our two U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. In an era where collaboration and bipartisanship are often overshadowed by political grandstanding, their work continues to shine brightly. Much like the late Sen. Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young, they demonstrate a loyal commitment to Alaskans through initiatives and investments that prioritiz… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: A new e-waste program is recycling tons of batteries from rural Alaska

by Michael Fanelli

The organizers of a new initiative that retrieves e-waste from across rural Alaska report they collected and recycled over 145,000 pounds of lead-acid batteries from 45 communities last year. Backhaul Alaska is an idea from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and now receives federal grant money from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to address the challenge of getting hazardous waste out of remote Alaska communities. Reilly Kosinski works for… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: EPA administrator makes push to help ANCSA land cleanup

by Jack Barnwell

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency completed an Alaska tour Friday with a stopover in Fairbanks to announce large grants to three Alaska Native Corporations aimed at cleaning up contaminated lands conveyed at the time of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s Alaska tour was the latest in the agency’s national Journey to Justice campaign, an initiative launched in 2021 to highlight how marginalized and low-income communities suffer from environmental… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: OPINION: Alaska’s all-of-the-above energy policy is an example for the US

by Duff Mitchell

In the midst of our nation’s ongoing struggle to bridge the divide around energy innovation, navigating the dynamics around a changing climate and the recognized need for a consensus-driven path toward a long-term energy future, Alaska’s energy leadership has been on full display in recent months. Collectively, Alaska has shown a refreshing, directional approach to responsible energy solutions; offering a powerful example and in many ways a standard for the rest of the country to follow. This l… Continue Reading


Frontiersman: “There’s so much potential for agriculture” Senators Sullivan and Murkowski welcome Senator Boozman, discuss future of Alaska agriculture

by Katie Stavick

During the Opening Day of the 2023 Alaska State Fair, Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski welcomed Arkansas Senator John Boozman to the state as part of a national tour to gather input from farmers and other agricultural communities with a stake in the future of farming. Senator Boozman is the senior ranking member of the Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry Committee in the Senate and has been visiting a number of states ahead of the next legislative session, in which Congress will b… Continue Reading


Alaska Beacon: Infrastructure law, supported by Alaska delegation, in turn brings big payout to the state

by Yereth Rosen

Alaska has gotten the most money per capita from the federal infrastructure law passed in 2021, a message relayed at a news conference on Tuesday where the latest injection of funds for the state was announced. Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, and officials from the Biden administration used the event at the Alaska Native Heritage Center to announce awards totaling $100 million for broadband service in three rural areas. That brings Alaska broadband spending from the Infrastructure Investment and J… Continue Reading


Anchorage Press: Alaska Sens. Murkowski, Sullivan push Alaska priorities into new federal farm bill

by Tim Bradner

Alaska’s two U.S. senators are pushing major new additions go the pending federal farm bill that would add new support for the state’s seafood industry as well as traditional farming and livestock growing. The seafood initiative is a joint undertaking by Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan with the aim of extending to seafood producers federal support that has long been enjoyed by farmers and large agricultural companies. Examples would be loans at favorable rates and product labeling… Continue Reading


Alaska News Source: Transportation secretary tours Port of Alaska, talks investment in aging infrastructure

by Steve Kirch

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Alaska’s biggest city Tuesday as part of a three-day tour of the state. Buttigieg’s tour of the Port of Alaska on Tuesday provided a look at how federal dollars are being spent to improve the port. Alaska is the beneficiary of more than $5 billion in federal investments from President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, which was signed in November 2021. “This is a port that faces unique challenges. There… Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Fixing the ferry’s future: Alaska Marine Highway steers fleet toward three replacements

by Meredith Jordan

When the Alaska Marine Highway System officially drops the first part of its three-part master plan with state lawmakers at the end of the month it also will be the first time the ferry system has had a fleet plan. That isn’t typical and starting from scratch is part of the reason it’s taking a while to pull it together, said AMHS Marine Director Craig Tornga. A draft of the three-year plan was circulated a few weeks ago. The sexiest part — three new vessels in five years — got some attention.… Continue Reading


Waste Today: RBC supports Backhaul Alaska program

by Tess Kazdin

The Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a coalition of companies and academic organizations committed to the responsible management of vehicle and equipment batteries, has announced the success of Backhaul Alaska’s 2022 battery retrieval program. The hazardous waste hauling program retrieved and recycled approximately 145,000 pounds of spent lead-acid batteries from 45 remote Alaskan communities, RBC says. According to RBC, lead-acid batteries are a vital energy source in… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Federal plan would grant Southeast Alaska Native communities land settlements in Tongass National Forest

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON — More than 50 years after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act passed Congress, a federal proposal seeks to resolve claims with so-called “landless” Alaska Natives from five Southeast Alaska communities that were left out of the landmark law. Supporters say concerns about logging and public access to the lands have stalled progress on the legislation, but they are hopeful the political atmosphere has changed enough that the policy has a chance of moving forward. When ANSCA was s… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-miner: Sen. Murkowski addresses Alaska Tribal Court Conference on Violence Against Women Act

by Carter DeJong

On the second day of the 2023 Alaska Tribal Court Conference, US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to hundreds of tribal leaders and discussed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and how it applies to Alaska Natives. “So many of you have been advocates for so long, advocates for others who are not able to speak for themselves,” Murkowski said. “I’m talking to those of you who are in this every day. They are not numbers. They are friends. They are relatives.” VAWA was originally passed in 1… Continue Reading


Peninsula Clarion: Murkowski talks LNG, local projects in Soldotna | Peninsula Clarion

by Ashlyn O'Hara

A memorial service for Kenai River sportfishing titan Bob Penney, good fishing and a meeting with Kenai Peninsula Borough officials were among the circumstances that brought U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the central peninsula on Tuesday. Speaking from a picnic table at Odie’s Deli, Murkowski caught up the Clarion on Kenai Peninsula projects, oil and gas resources and what it looks like to collaborate with local government to get things done. When it comes to the Alaska LNG Project, Murkowski sai… Continue Reading


Roll Call: Big shoes filled as Senate appropriators spread earmarks wealth

by Herb Jackson and Peter Cohn

The retirement of several titans of congressional appropriating hasn't slowed down the Senate's appetite for "congressionally directed spending" — better known as earmarks.  Under new management this year, the Senate Appropriations Committee has allocated nearly $7.6 billion worth of earmarks among over 3,700 separate line items tucked into their fiscal 2024 bills, a CQ Roll Call analysis found.  That's just a hair under the $7.8 billion provided in the initial Senate versions last year — whic… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski interns secure photos with all 100 senators

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. Senate hustled to pass the defense authorization bill Thursday before Congress’ August recess, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s interns completed another challenge: securing photos with all 100 senators. The cohort of eight high-school-age interns and two college-age coordinators - all from Alaska - was on a monthlong hunt to take a picture with every U.S. senator starting in early July.A separate group of Murkowski interns who worked in June kicked off the challenge, ultim… Continue Reading


Washington Post: After ‘terrorizing’ Congress, interns get selfies with all 100 senators

by Daniel Wu

On Thursday evening, a group of high school graduates waited nervously outside the Senate floor. Congress’s August recess loomed. The eight summer interns working for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) didn’t have any bills to pass, but they too faced a pressing deadline. They were looking for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). An urgent call went out for the senator on Twitter, and finally, staffers ushered her through the Senate doors. “I don’t want to be left out!” Klobuchar told the group before th… Continue Reading

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