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Young retains US House seat in Alaska
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Posted on 11/13/2008 12:50:46 AM PST by Chet 99

Young retains US House seat in Alaska

By MARY PEMBERTON – 1 hour ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — After the toughest fight of his long political career, Alaska voters have returned Republican incumbent Don Young to the U.S. House for his 19th term.

Young, 75, defied pre-election pundits by surviving a strong challenge from Democrat Ethan Berkowitz. Young was returned to office despite being under investigation and linked to an ongoing corruption scandal.

The Associated Press declared Young the winner Wednesday, with Young getting 50 percent of the vote compared with Berkowitz's 45 percent.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: ak2008; corruption; electioncongress

1 posted on 11/13/2008 12:50:47 AM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

I think this is what’s known as a lose-lose situation. Win you get a dirty bloated-government hack intent on destroying the Republican Party, lose you get a leftist Democrat.


2 posted on 11/13/2008 1:08:11 AM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Alter Kaker

Did come within 300 votes of knocking him out in the primary. We’ll probably get him next time.


3 posted on 11/13/2008 1:13:05 AM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99
Young, 75, defied pre-election pundits by surviving a strong challenge from Democrat Ethan Berkowitz.

Next time the 'Rats will run David Berkowitz and win big.
4 posted on 11/13/2008 1:22:16 AM PST by mkjessup (Over 57 million *real* Americans said "NO EFFIN WAY" to Comrade 0bama & the 0bamunist Party.)
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To: mkjessup

Well... David Berkowitz is too busy witnessing for Christ to fellow prisoners and God bless him.


5 posted on 11/13/2008 3:03:24 AM PST by unspun (PRAY & WORK FOR FREEDOM - investigatingobama.blogspot.com)
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To: Chet 99

Huckabee supported Young in the primary with his Huck Pac!


6 posted on 11/13/2008 3:09:05 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: tallyhoe

And Colin Powell testified in the Stevens trial. Swore to the man’s integrity and honor.

So much for Colin Powell’s judgement.


7 posted on 11/13/2008 3:26:57 AM PST by Carley (Vote McCain/Palin.....Change babies can live with.)
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To: unspun
Well... David Berkowitz is too busy witnessing for Christ to fellow prisoners and God bless him.

*Bingo* we have a winner! I was wondering if anyone would be aware of the conversion of 'Son of Sam' to 'Son of Hope', my invoking his name was more a commentary on the 'Rats predilection for criminal types, if they (Democrats) realized David Berkowitz was now a spirit filled Christian and a model prisoner who said that he would REFUSE parole if it were offered due to the nature of his crimes, they would be in favor of the death penalty being applied to him retroactively.

If David Berkowitz were one day released, I would have no hesitation whatsoever in welcoming him to my home and having fellowship with him.

Thanks for your response.
8 posted on 11/13/2008 3:27:51 AM PST by mkjessup (Over 57 million *real* Americans said "NO EFFIN WAY" to Comrade 0bama & the 0bamunist Party.)
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To: Chet 99
CNBC is reporting that Stevens has fallen behind as the counting continues for the Senate seat and Franken and the Democrat machine is getting closer to stealing the election from Coleman in Minnesota. Those two seats would give the Democrats and their caucus allies 59 seats in the Senate. The House is already so heavily democratic that Young's victory doesn't really help.
9 posted on 11/13/2008 3:45:40 AM PST by Truth29
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To: mkjessup

And when he starts talking to your dog and following it’s instructions, you’ll sleep soundly at night.......

If I had a dime for every jailhouse conversion I’d be able to bail out the country


10 posted on 11/13/2008 4:01:53 AM PST by JNL (uot)
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To: Chet 99
What happens after this dope gets his sentence? Does he govern from the penitentiary? Does he play drop the soap with Duke Cunningham?

WTF. Is this the best illustration of how freaking bankrupt the GOP is or what!

11 posted on 11/13/2008 4:20:09 AM PST by Thebaddog (WTF just happened to us?)
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To: Thebaddog
What happens after this dope gets his sentence? Does he govern from the penitentiary?

The House will vote to expel him.

12 posted on 11/13/2008 5:16:32 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Chet 99

At least now they can appoint a decent Republican to replace him when he is sentenced.


13 posted on 11/13/2008 5:59:48 AM PST by midwyf (Wyoming Native. Environmentalism is a religion too.)
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To: Chet 99
Speaking of which, how goes the Franken recount? Has Big Al cherry picked enough votes to get him into the Senate yet? Last I heard he was at a couple of hundred, which is way down from the 750+ deficit at the end of voting on the 4th. With RATs in the count and RATs doing oversight (laughable in itself) it's only a matter of time until the not-so-funnyman will get the role of his life. I'll bet he develops a schtick for the Senate floor.
14 posted on 11/13/2008 6:19:56 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: mkjessup
I was wondering if anyone would be aware of the conversion of 'Son of Sam' to 'Son of Hope', my invoking his name was more a commentary on the 'Rats predilection for criminal types, if they (Democrats) realized David Berkowitz was now a spirit filled Christian and a model prisoner who said that he would REFUSE parole if it were offered due to the nature of his crimes, they would be in favor of the death penalty being applied to him retroactively.

I was unaware of his conversion to Christ. I was a NY resident when the "Son of Sam" incidents occurred. Wow.

In case anyone else was wondering, here's the relevant excerpt from Wikipedia:

In 1987, Berkowitz became a born again Christian in prison. According to his personal testimony, his moment of conversion occurred after reading Psalm 34:6 from a Gideon's Pocket Testament Bible given to him by a fellow inmate. In the same testimony, he stated that his obsession with and heavy involvement in the occult played a major role in the Son of Sam murders.

In March 2002, Berkowitz sent a letter to New York Governor George Pataki asking that his parole hearing be canceled, stating: "In all honesty, I believe that I deserve to be in prison for the rest of my life. I have, with God's help, long ago come to terms with my situation and I have accepted my punishment." In June 2004, he was denied a second parole hearing after he stated that he did not want one. The parole board saw that he had a good record in the prison programs, but decided that the brutality of his crimes called for him to stay imprisoned. In July 2006, the board once again denied parole on similar grounds, with Berkowitz not in attendance at the hearing. He is very involved in prison ministry and regularly counsels troubled inmates.

In June 2005, Berkowitz sued his former attorney, Hugo Harmatz, claiming he had taken possession of Berkowitz's letters and other personal belongings in order to publish a book of his own. Berkowitz stated that he would only drop the lawsuit if the attorney signed over all money he makes to the victims' families. On October 25, 2006, Berkowitz and Harmatz settled out of court, with Harmatz agreeing to return the disputed items to Berkowitz's present attorney Mark Jay Heller, and to donate part of his book profits to the New York State Crime Victims Board.

Shortly before her death in 2006, Stacy Moskowitz's mother wrote Berkowitz a letter saying she had forgiven him for his crimes. Moskowitz lived her final days in a Miami co-op, surrounded by pictures of her daughters, whom she talked about constantly. "She said she did forgive everyone," Denaro said. "She needed to relieve herself of anger to be able to move forward with her life. She would say things like, 'This kind of anger can make you sick. Don't let anger eat you up'."

Berkowitz is housed in Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York. His "official" website is maintained on his behalf by a church group as he is not allowed access to a computer.

Berkowitz plans on writing a memoir, entitled Son of Hope: The Prison Journals of David Berkowitz, which will be published through Morning Star Communications. Berkowitz himself will receive no money from publication, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the New York state crime victims board for distribution to the victims of his crimes.


15 posted on 11/13/2008 6:32:13 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama: Satan's Counterfeit Christ)
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To: midwyf
At least now they can appoint a decent Republican to replace him

Not in Alaska. After the previous Governor appointed his daughter, the law now requires a special election.

16 posted on 11/13/2008 6:35:32 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Chet 99

Young is now 800 votes behind, with somethin’ like 40,000 more votes yet to be counted.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/story/769142.html


17 posted on 11/13/2008 6:37:24 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: unspun

Indeed he is. I am overjoyed at the way God saved him and set him free from his former murderous life. God is good.


18 posted on 11/13/2008 7:16:42 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: mkjessup

Amen. Me, too. The one thing that I noticed about him is that his whole countenance changed when he was saved and set free. Wonderful story.


19 posted on 11/13/2008 7:17:59 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: JNL

Sorry, this one is real. Don’t you believe God can change a person?


20 posted on 11/13/2008 7:18:44 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: JNL; COBOL2Java
And when he starts talking to your dog and following it’s instructions, you’ll sleep soundly at night.......
If I had a dime for every jailhouse conversion I’d be able to bail out the country


See post 15 and enjoy some good news for a change. His crimes notwithstanding, Berkowitz is the real deal when it comes to his Christianity. I am not at all ashamed to say that he is my Brother in Christ, I have offered prayers in his behalf, and his testimony speaks for itself.

I do agree with you that there are many fake jailhouse conversions, but David Berkowitz is not one of them.
21 posted on 11/13/2008 7:31:57 AM PST by mkjessup (Over 57 million *real* Americans said "NO EFFIN WAY" to Comrade 0bama & the 0bamunist Party.)
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To: Marysecretary
Amen. Me, too. The one thing that I noticed about him is that his whole countenance changed when he was saved and set free. Wonderful story.

Good to see you again Sister, and like you I have seen that new countenance about our Brother, he is one of the few reasons I've ever bothered to watch Larry King, but when King went to Sullivan Correctional to visit with David, I tuned in and I could see that 'new creature in Christ', in fact he was (IMHO) trying ever so respectfully to get Larry King to think about his own spiritual state, and he was quoting Scripture not as someone who can parrot the words, but as someone who believes in, and does his best to live those words.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very good example of 'how to be a Christian', I remain profane, abrupt, I say what I think and let the chips fall where they may. But all I can do in this mortal body is to "do my best, and trust Jesus for the Rest". If someone asked me whether to emulate my own Christian walk, or that of David Berkowitz, I would tell them to follow David's example.
22 posted on 11/13/2008 7:52:16 AM PST by mkjessup (0bama the President-elect? 'Reverend' Jeremiah Wright IS a prophet: God has just damned America.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Young Stevens is now 800 votes behind, with somethin’ like 40,000 more votes yet to be counted.

Link says it's Stevens that is behind.

23 posted on 11/13/2008 8:11:58 AM PST by CedarDave (This tagline obsolete: John McCain -- "Country First" is getting yourself elected.)
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To: CedarDave

You are correct!


24 posted on 11/13/2008 8:34:17 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Truth29

I read somewhere that McCain was campaigning for Chambliss in Georgia. So the democrats will most likely have their 60 seat filibuster proof senate. Good. They’ll have no one to blame but themselves after they send us into a depression.


25 posted on 11/13/2008 9:19:58 AM PST by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: mkjessup

Huh huh. When you have David “Son of Sam” to your home to have fellowship with him, make sure your dog is locked up outside.


26 posted on 11/13/2008 10:30:24 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: BlueStateBlues
Huh huh. When you have David “Son of Sam” to your home to have fellowship with him, make sure your dog is locked up outside.

Based on your cynicism, I would feel more comfortable with David Berkowitz than with you.
27 posted on 11/13/2008 10:58:17 AM PST by mkjessup (0bama the President-elect? 'Reverend' Jeremiah Wright IS a prophet: God has just damned America.)
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To: mkjessup

Touche, mkjessup, well played. You may have “Son of Sam” over to you house without further criticism from me.


28 posted on 11/13/2008 11:03:09 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: mkjessup; BlueStateBlues

Based on what the converted David Berkowitz has said, HE might even say it would be naive to ‘have him right over’.


29 posted on 11/13/2008 12:15:41 PM PST by beezdotcom
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To: Chet 99

Young, 75

That is our problem right there. Sheesh 75? Presidential candidate 72, Senator from Alaska 82? WTH???? We need young blood badly. No wonder youth can’t relate to these retirees or should be. I can’t understand why they put mandatory retirement for military but not government employees. I mean 70 years old should be max for electing officials. The Grand Old Party is certainly fitting.


30 posted on 11/13/2008 12:42:18 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Truth29

I want Stevens to lose but Coleman to win. Stevens does not deserve to win. I would not call Stevens honorable at all. Crooks should not be given priviledges like winning elections. Coleman even though he was a democrat is needed to help with the Republicans. We can live without Stevens.


31 posted on 11/13/2008 12:45:06 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: mkjessup

Yes, I saw that interview. I am impressed with the changes in ‘Sam’s’ life. I’m sure there are many, even here, who believe he’s lying but you can’t change someone’s countenance that way. Only God can do that. His eyes are the biggest change.

Not one of us is perfect, and God is continually working on us. Love, Mary


32 posted on 11/13/2008 2:15:49 PM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Carley

How true? Colin Powell is a Democrat in RINO’S cloths!


33 posted on 11/13/2008 2:16:04 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: Carley

I agree! Colin Powell is a Democrat in RINO’S cloths!


34 posted on 11/13/2008 2:19:39 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: beezdotcom
Based on what the converted David Berkowitz has said, HE might even say it would be naive to ‘have him right over’.

I don't think anyone is in a position to presume what David Berkowitz might or might not say about what is honestly a hypothetical situation, i.e., he has stated numerous times that he does not wish to be paroled, that he expects and accepts that he will be in prison for the rest of his life.

If I should ever find myself within a reasonable driving distance of his institution, I will be happy to visit him if he wishes.
35 posted on 11/13/2008 3:46:28 PM PST by mkjessup (0bama the President-elect? 'Reverend' Jeremiah Wright IS a prophet: God has just damned America.)
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To: Chet 99; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; sionnsar

I admit, I was not expecting this at all. Hopefully, Ted Stevens will be making a victory speech soon.


36 posted on 11/13/2008 7:57:56 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Chet 99

Yes indeed, Sarah’s Lt Gov. Sean Parnell. Another great reformer. Still good we have the House seat (I think). We need that Sen. seat though.


37 posted on 11/13/2008 8:06:31 PM PST by Yomin Postelnik (Rebuild the GOP, United)
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To: mkjessup
I don't think anyone is in a position to presume what David Berkowitz might or might not say

{....must....not....detonate....irony device....}
38 posted on 11/13/2008 8:39:02 PM PST by beezdotcom
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To: Clintonfatigued

Is Stevens coming back? Yesterday it looked as if absentees were sinking him.


39 posted on 11/13/2008 9:03:50 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Chet 99
The ideal situation here would be for both Young and Stevens to go to jail. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would appoint a better senator than Stevens, and there would be a special election to fill Young's seat. Being Alaska, that election would probably be won by a younger, less crooked Republican.

(You can't be appointed to the House of Representatives, you have to be elected -- Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution).

40 posted on 11/13/2008 9:12:29 PM PST by TheMole
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To: Marysecretary; unspun

Amazing, but apparantly true. I had no idea. I am always in awe at the power of our Lord’s forgiveness when one seeks that divine gift and begs God to heal his heart and judge his soul.


41 posted on 11/14/2008 2:12:50 AM PST by 4woodenboats (Welcome to the new deal. Sorry, but there's been a CHANGE of plan. Now board the train and obey.)
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To: 4woodenboats

Me,too. Glad he got ahold of me!


42 posted on 11/14/2008 9:38:14 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Chet 99
Why doesn't this surprise me?
43 posted on 11/14/2008 11:44:56 AM PST by americanophile
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To: Chet 99

The AP is tad late I called him the winner 2 frigging weeks ago when he won. His race was never close enough to call into question.

I’d much rather Ted Stevens had won and been expelled and Young lost and the rat defeated by a Palin Republican in 2010.

Instead it’s 6 years of a rat senator and Young (old) is still there. Stupid voters.


44 posted on 11/17/2008 2:59:43 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Norman Bates

Doesn’t look good for Uncle Ted.


45 posted on 11/17/2008 3:00:41 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Alter Kaker
I think this is what’s known as a lose-lose situation. Win you get a dirty bloated-government hack intent on destroying the Republican Party, lose you get a leftist Democrat.

That's for sure. So next election cycle, after Young's had more time, done more damage, the Alaskans will vote big for the leftie dem, leaving them all the more bereft.

46 posted on 11/18/2008 5:36:44 PM PST by fortunecookie
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To: thackney
After the previous Governor appointed his daughter, the law now requires a special election.

More of the legacy of Sarah. I hoped and prayed that the cry for mercy for America was louder than the cry for change. We were outvoted in the cry department.

Imagine how ripe the field to plow for a corruption buster like Sarah. No wonder they are so afraid of her.

47 posted on 11/21/2008 1:10:11 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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