Articles & Op-eds


Gray TV: Sen. Murkowski secures funding for Alaska in spending bill

by Ted Fioraliso

Lawmakers in Washington are a step closer to avoiding a government shutdown. On Wednesday, the House passed a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30th. The Senate is expected to vote on the package on Thursday. As chair of Senate Appropriations Committee's Interior Subcommittee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) says she's in a position to ensure Alaska's interests are protected and represented. This omnibus spending bill includes funding to fight wildfires, EPA a… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Op-ed: No, Republicans didn't just strip away your Internet privacy rights

by Ahit Pai and Maureen Ohlhausen

April Fools' Day came early last week, as professional lobbyists lit a wildfire of misinformation about Congress's action - signed into law Monday by President Trump - to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. So as the nation's chief communications regulator and the nation's chief privacy enforcer, we want to let the American people know what's really going on and how we will ensure that consumers' online privacy is protected. Let's set the record straight: Fi… Continue Reading


ELLE Magazine: Meet ELLE'S 2017 Women In Washington

by Rachael Combe

JUDY WOODRUFF | Anchor and managing editor, PBS Newshour Woodruff wears: Dress, Bottega Veneta, $5,750. Her own watch and Arminia Rubinacci earrings. MAX VADUKUL Watching Judy Woodruff lead NewsHour is like being able to take a deep breath after the information waterboarding that is media consumption, circa 2017. Woodruff's steady mien, substantive interviews, and impeccably nonpartisan reporting take you outside whatever bubble you're in-left or right-and leave you feeling that, even if you d… Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch News: Murkowski wins award for supporting the arts

by Erica Martinson

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski accepted an award Tuesday for her service in supporting the arts in a ceremony where advocates touted the value of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The program came in the week following President Donald Trump's budget request to slash arts funding, cutting the budgets of the NEA and the National Endowment for Humanities to zero. It is not a suggestion without precedent: President Ronald Reagan suggested cutting the programs in 1981, though it … Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch News: 10 things Alaska's senators discussed in meeting with Trump and Zinke

by Erica Martinson

Alaska's senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, as she is wont to do, brought her maps with her to a meeting in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Sen. Dan Sullivan brought the numbers. Together, they aimed to show President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke what the new administration can do for Alaska as the state battles budget struggles and an unemployment rate among the highest in the nation. The issues they laid out for the president could very well act as a roadmap for the administrati… Continue Reading


Ketchikan Daily News: Op-Ed: Credit Due

When Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke with anti-Trump protesters in Ketchikan on Presidents Day, she was fulfilling an important part of the job: Meeting with the people that elected her to represent them. It's not always pretty, it's not always organized and by no means will everyone agree, but it's important for elected officials to seek feedback from their constituents, and Murkowski deserves credit for going out to a public place - in this case, the mall - to do so. With just about e… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Iranian researcher's journey back to Fairbanks complicated by Trump travel ban

by Kevin Baird

FAIRBANKS - Relief washed over Zeinab "Bahareh" Barati as she arrived at Fairbanks International Airport on Feb. 3. The Iranian-born biology researcher, who works at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, had been in her hometown of Tehran, along with her daughter, Shler Ahmadi, visiting her ill mother since October. "I heard my mom was diagnosed with cancer and I decided to come and visit her," Barati said. "I heard from my siblings she was so weak and… Continue Reading


Your Alaska Link: U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski: "Change Can Be An Extraordinary Opportunity For Us"

by Maria Athens

In an exclusive interview at the U.S. Senate, our Senior Senator offered her stance regarding the new Presidential Administration. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski stated, "People have been viewing 2017 and this new incoming administration as one of change, and change can be disruptive; change can be unsettling. But change can also be an extraordinary opportunity for us. I think we need to recognize that, and to embrace the opportunities that will present themselves when you have new leadership c… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: High time for King Cove road: Congress should act to clear path for lifesaving route

Common sense. You'd think it always would prevail. It doesn't, of course, and government routinely offers plenty of examples to prove it. The continual battle to obtain a much, much needed - and potentially life-saving - road out near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula is one such example of how some government officials on the far side of the nation can't understand Alaska and don't recognize a common sense solution to a problem. The issue of the King Cove road might not seem to be one o… Continue Reading


KRBD Radio: Bills to benefit Ketchikan moving forward

by Leila Kheiry

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are moving forward with bills that could benefit the Ketchikan area. A Thursday announcement from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Murkowski chairs, states that the just-introduced Senate Bill 215 would authorize a 10-year continuation of a hydroelectric license for the Mahoney Lake Hydro Project. That project first was identified in the 1990s. It has had a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for a while, but developers are waitin… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Keep Up the Fight for King Cove Road

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today introduced legislation to authorize a short, one-lane, gravel, non-commercial road for the isolated community of King Cove, Alaska. The road is needed to link King Cove to the all-weather airport in nearby Cold Bay and will provide local residents with reliable access to emergency medical transportation. "A life-saving road remains the best and only real option to help the people of King Cove," Murkowski said. "People have died wi… Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Murkowski uses final energy committee meeting to oppose Aleutian monument

by James Brooks

Sen. Lisa Murkowski used the final pre-election meeting of the U.S. Senate's energy committee to send a message to President Barack Obama and his administration. Murkowski, head of the committee, arranged for testimony on 21 bills, including six of her own. None are likely to become law, but she said that's OK. Introducing them and hearing them in committee says exactly what her priorities are. "Do I think that all six of these bills are going to be passed this year? No, I don't," she told rep… Continue Reading


Reveal News: Veterans Choice didn’t ease health care woes, especially in Alaska

by Lee Romney

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Tina Cramer Showers keeps one vomit bucket on the narrow stairway of her Anchorage townhouse, another at her bedside. It was there, during a grueling course of cancer treatment last year, that the Air Force veteran settled in for marathon phone sessions with "Health Choice." That's what Cramer Showers calls Veterans Choice, Congress' hastily crafted response to the scandal of veterans dying while awaiting appointments at Veterans Affairs medical facilities. The goal: to farm… Continue Reading


Your Alaska Link: U.S. Senate Ratifies FAA Reauthorization Bil

by Maria Athens

Anchorage, AK- Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski voted for the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. The Act steps up airport security, enhances airline safety efforts, and streamlines travel. Senator Murkowski's provision was included in the legislation; the bill was passed by the Senate with an 89 to 4 vote. The Act reauthorizes the FAA until September 2017, and safeguards existing funding levels. It is now making its way to the President's desk for authoriz… Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska Natives, environmentalists add to push for action on nearby Canadian mining

by Erica Martinson

WASHINGTON - Alaska Native and environmental groups on Monday petitioned the Interior Secretary to launch a formal investigation into whether pollution from mines in British Columbia is causing problems for wildlife across the border in Southeast Alaska. The groups pointed to a 1971 amendment and several international agreements to argue that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has a duty to launch an investigation into the potential Alaska environmental impacts from six hard-rock mines in British … Continue Reading


KTVA: BlueCrest Energy launches ‘Cosmopolitan’ project at Anchor Point

by Rhonda McBride

Anchor Point - Cook Inlet may be an aging oil field, but it still has some surprises. A Texas company struck oil in March near Anchor Point and hopes to tap a reservoir that could hold between 70 and 200 million barrels of oil.BlueCrest Energy may have its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, but it's headed by Benjamin Johnson, who grew up in Kenai and graduated from high school there. Johnson's parents lived in a cabin on the Anchor River just before he was born. He said the project is a dream … Continue Reading


KRBD: Senate committee talks about Tongass transition

by Leila Kheiry

The plan to transition to second-growth harvest on the Tongass National Forest was discussed during a Senate Energy Committee hearing Thursday morning in Washington, D.C. Most of the Senate hearing focused on funding for fighting wildfires, but Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs that committee, has added a rider that would delay the transition until the U.S. Forest Service has completed a full inventory of young growth stands. In this exchange with Murkowski, Undersecretary of Natural Reso… Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch News: Interior Department announces annual land payments for Alaska

by Erica Martinson

WASHINGTON - More than $28 million is headed to rural Alaska communities in payment for their work supporting national parks, wildlife refuges and public lands, the Interior Department announced this week. The funds come as part of a nationwide grant of $451.6 million to 1,900 local governments in the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. PILT is meant to make up for lost property taxes in areas that have non-taxable federal land. Congress sets the overall annual funding level for the program, an… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Congressional conference committee funds $295 million in Eielson F-35 construction

by Sam Friedman

FAIRBANKS - A congressional conference committee fully funded the military's request for $295 million in new Eielson Air Force Base construction Wednesday, restoring the $82 million F-35 weather shelter that the House of Representatives had cut from the budget. The 2017 budget bill funds many of the facilities that will be used for the new F-35 fighter jets, which are scheduled to arrive in 2020. The 2017 budget covers the largest construction year of F-35 construction build-up. The Eielson co… Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch News: Let's keep all of Alaska's kids fed over the summer

by Suzanne Schafer

School is out for the summer. Our Alaska kiddos are running around in merriment, taking more dips in the many local swimming holes, camping and barbecuing with their families, experiencing a summer with record high temperatures. But, school being out for the summer is not all fun and games for all Alaska children. No school means no food for a needless number of our children. One in five children in Alaska live not knowing if they will have their next meal. Less than 15 percent of kids qualifyi… Continue Reading

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