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  • Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam

    12/21/2014 10:10:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 19, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said. Two Tu-95 Bear H bombers made the flight around Guam, a key U.S. military hub in the western Pacific, on Dec. 13. No U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow the bombers. Separately, two Canadian F-18s intercepted two Bear bombers that intruded into the Alaska air defense identification zone on Dec. 8 that a military spokesman called “unwanted, provocative, and potentially destabilizing.” Around the same time in Europe, NATO jets intercepted Russian...
  • Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil drilling

    12/16/2014 7:59:43 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    Associated Press Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Associated Press
    <p>President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.</p> <p>The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He called Bristol Bay one of the country's great natural resources and a massive economic engine.</p>
  • List of Republican Senators Voting For Obama's Executive Amnesty Order (RINOs)

    12/15/2014 3:21:16 AM PST · by sr4402 · 43 replies
    vanity ^ | 12/15/2014 | self
    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Graham (R-SC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) Toomey (R-PA) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
  • Governor Sarah Palin: "Whose Side Are You On"

    12/14/2014 4:04:11 AM PST · by Bratch · 30 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sarah Palin via iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin posted to Facebook:See more here:http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/12/13/eric-bolling-blasts-cia-torture-report-i-have-zero-sympathy-terrorists  Connect with Governor Palin on Facebook
  • Alaska faces $3.5B deficit amid lower oil prices

    12/11/2014 6:07:51 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Slumping oil prices have helped push Alaska’s potential budget deficit this year to $3.5 billion — an increase of $2.1 billion from what lawmakers expected in April. The price of oil, forecast at $105 a barrel in the state’s spring revenue forecast, is now expected to average about $76 a barrel for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The price is forecast to dip even lower, to $66 a barrel, during fiscal 2016 before rebounding. The average price last fiscal year was $107 a barrel, according to the fall revenue forecast released Wednesday. The forecast expects unrestricted general fund...
  • Governor Palin Responds to the Omnibus Spending Bill [updated]

    12/10/2014 11:50:41 PM PST · by Bratch · 22 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | December 11 2014 | Sarah Palin via iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin responded tonight to the proposed ‘Omnibus Spending Bill’ currently being proposed before the U.S. Congress: Governor Palin provided two links in support of tonight’s post.Some more on what the solution is: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/mitch-mcconnell-ted-cruz-lame-duck-session-111017.htmlGOP leaders already going wobbly, hoping us peons won’t notice: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/09/GOP-Whip-Steve-Scalise-Comes-Under-Fire-For-Supporting-Obama-s-Executive-Amnesty-Via-Omnibus-Backing Check ‘em out!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~[ Update 11:25 pm ]Sarah Palin’s warning to establishment GOP leaders was reinforced with an article by Breitbart News contributor Matt Boyle that emphasized the links provided in the Governor’s post. The first is a Politico story that details how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell differ greatly on how to handle this lame duck session of...
  • Congress Includes Land Grab Provisions in National Defense Authorization

    12/08/2014 6:07:54 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Dec 2014 | Edwin Mora
    Some lawmakers negotiated the inclusion of land grab provisions in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will expand the already massive federal real state holdings. Critics consider those provisions pork because they have nothing to do with defense or national security. The NDAA provides guidance for U.S. defense spending and policy. It is considered a “must-pass” legislation. ... When asked to comment on the potential land grab, Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), told Breitbart News, "Controversial legislation that has not been debated and is completely irrelevant to our national defense should have no part...
  • Opec's Wake Up Call

    12/08/2014 7:58:38 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Intel ^ | December 2014 | Sadad al-Husseini
    The Opec meeting of Nov. 27 brought new strategic thinking to Opec's deliberations and redirected its fixation away from short-term oil pricing toward greater commercial transparency and market-based commodity pricing. This was due in no small measure to Saudi Arabia's determination to eliminate ill-advised oil price manipulations and restore Opec's credibility as the price setting leader of international oil markets. This reality check became inevitable when Opec finally focused on the stark facts of a weak global economy and soft oil demand at a time of abundant oil supplies and inflated prices. The kingdom was forceful in advocating the reality...
  • Why Gasoline Prices Are Down -- And How to Keep It That Way

    12/06/2014 12:16:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    If you’re like most Americans, you haven’t been questioning the welcome drop in gasoline prices. You just fill ’er up and feel grateful that you’re spending less.But why has this remarkable drop come about? And what can we do to help keep prices lower?Some of it, unfortunately, is beyond our control. Worldwide demand for oil is down now. That always causes the cost of gasoline to drop.But the other side of the equation -- the part that is under our control -- has gone largely unheralded in many media accounts: the boom in U.S. energy production. Simply put, we’re producing...
  • Walker brings back several Palin officials

    12/06/2014 1:23:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Alaska Journal of Commerce ^ | December 4, 2014 | Tim Bradner
    New Gov. Bill Walker took office Dec. 1 and ordered immediate changes in top echelons of state government. Walker brought back several top officials from Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration for senior positions in the natural resources and revenue departments. Walker defeated former Gov. Sean Parnell by about 6,200 votes in the Nov. 4 Alaska elections. Parnell first took office in July 2009 when Palin resigned before the end of her term. Out were several state commissioners and deputy commissioners including Joe Balash at the Department of Natural Resources, Susan Bell at Commerce and Economic Development, Bill Streur at the Department...
  • Lawmakers meet to discuss LNG projects, public not invited

    11/30/2014 12:56:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    ktva.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Dave Leval
    ANCHORAGE – Government business in Alaska is pretty much open to the public, except when it comes to natural gas. Lawmakers gathered at the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage Friday, discussing information on the proposed Alaska liquified natural gas project. The public was not invited. Lawmakers who attended the hearing defended the action. “We have an ongoing project that is closer that ever before at bringing the necessary parties together to make an Alaska North Slope pipeline happen,” said Rep. Mike Hawker. Gov.-elect Bill Walker discussed the secret session with KTVA as the meeting took place. “Public money is...
  • Judge puts brakes on EPA’s action against Alaska’s Pebble Mine

    11/26/2014 2:06:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from taking action against a massive Alaska mining project that the agency says could be catastrophic for the best run of wild salmon remaining on the planet.
  • Backers of Alaska gold mine win court battle with EPA

    11/26/2014 8:54:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2014
    On-again, off-again plans for the world's largest gold and copper mine could be back on again, after a federal judge in Alaska issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from its ongoing efforts to bury the project. Pebble Partnership, the Canadian company behind the project, which would take place near Anchorage, claims the regulatory agency has conspired illegally with opponents of the mine to devise scientific and environmental justifications for blocking it. Salmon fishermen in Washington state and Alaska, Native American groups and environmental organizations have opposed the massive project for several years, and had appeared to have...
  • Former Fairbanks borough mayor Jim Whitaker picked as Walker chief of staff

    11/20/2014 9:20:44 AM PST · by vpintheak · 15 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | 11/20/14 | Staff
    FAIRBANKS — Former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker has been picked by Gov.-elect Bill Walker as his chief of staff, according to a news release sent out by Walker’s campaign Wednesday night. The former mayor’s selection is one of the first official positions to be announced as the independent candidate begins the transition to the governor’s office after Republican Gov. Sean Parnell conceded defeat during the weekend.
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Begich concedes Alaska U.S. Senate race to Sullivan

    11/17/2014 6:52:12 PM PST · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 25 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 17, 2014 | Casey Grove
    ANCHORAGE — First-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has conceded his race against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska natural resources commissioner who has led in his first run at elected office since Election Day on Nov. 4. According to a Division of Elections update Monday afternoon, Begich trailed Sullivan by more than 6,200 votes, about 2.2 percent. Spokespersons for the Begich campaign had said repeatedly since Election Day that every vote deserved to be counted and hinted that uncounted votes from rural Alaska might put Begich ahead. The Associated Press called the election for Sullivan on Nov. 11. Nearly...
  • Mark Begich concedes to Dan Sullivan in Alaska Senate race

    11/17/2014 4:34:16 PM PST · by CatOwner · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/17/2014 | Rebecca Berg
    Finally. An additional 7,286 votes were added to the Alaska Senate totals today so far. And while Begich received almost 58% of those votes, Sullivan still leads by 6,211 votes. It is believed there will no more than 3,000 additional ballots to count by this Wednesday (Nov 19).
  • Parnell concedes in Alaska gubernatorial race

    11/15/2014 10:15:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 12:52 AM EST
    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell conceded the gubernatorial race Saturday, issuing a statement a day after independent challenger Bill Walker was declared the winner. […] Parnell has served as governor since July 2009, when Sarah Palin resigned. He won election in his own right in 2010. Palin had endorsed Walker. …
  • Volcano erupts in Alaska

    11/15/2014 4:57:27 PM PST · by John W · 47 replies
    Airplanes are being warned to avoid airspace near an erupting Alaska volcano as it spews ash 30,000 feet above sea level. The National Weather Service said Saturday ash is being blown to the west and northwest of Pavlof Volcano. Pavlof began erupting three days ago, pushing lava out from a vent near its summit. On Friday, the ash cloud reached 16,000 feet. Alaska Volcano Observatory Geophysicist Dave Schneider says the eruption intensified at 6 a.m. Saturday, sending the ash cloud higher.
  • An Out-of-Touch Elitist (Howeird Dean) Complains About Out-of-Touch Elitists

    11/15/2014 6:52:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    Howeird Dean-- once chair of the DNC, once Governor of Vermont, who grew up at the Maidstone Golf Club in the Hamptons, attended prep school both in the US and in the UK, went to Yale, dodged the draft-- is having a meltdown again.Once famous for melting down on the air after coming in third in the Iowa caucuses, thereby ensuring he won nothing else, Dean is complaining that Obamacare was written by a bunch of elitists who don’t understand Americans.Well, duh: They’re Democrats. “The core problem under this damn law is that it was put together by a bunch...
  • Independent Walker Ousts Parnell In Close Alaska Governor's Race

    11/15/2014 11:31:05 AM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2014 | Sara Fischer
    Independent Walker Ousts Parnell In Close Alaska Governor's Race By Sara Fischer, CNN November 15, 2014 Walker is the first independent to win the seat in Alaska's statehood He ran as independent after Parnell beat him in the 2010 GOP primary for governor. Democrat Byron Mallott will be lieutenant governor (CNN) -- CNN projects independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska gubernatorial race, defeating Republican incumbent Sean Parnell. Walker, a lawyer and local politician, is the first independent to win the seat in Alaska's statehood. The former Valdez mayor and city councilor announced that he would run as an...
  • Walker ousts Parnell in Alaska gubernatorial race

    11/15/2014 8:40:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rachel D'Oro
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor's race, following an aggressive challenge to Republican Gov. Sean Parnell that included joining campaigns with a Democratic rival. "I am beyond myself with excitement," Walker said Friday evening. "It has been a long, long journey with a whole lot of Alaskans at my side."(continued)
  • Many moving parts, North Slope LNG project for Interior gas supply continues to take shape

    11/15/2014 5:57:05 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of November 16, 2014 | Alan Bailey
    With many stakeholders, several major interrelated components and an aggressive timescale, the Interior Energy Project presents something of a challenge. The project, with funding support from AIDEA, or the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, is designed to bring affordable natural gas to Fairbanks and the Alaska Interior via a to-be-constructed liquefied natural gas plant on the North Slope and an LNG trucking operation on the North Slope Haul Road. AIDEA has commissioned engineering firm MWH to manage the construction of the LNG plant. The Interior Gas Utility and Fairbanks Natural Gas, the two Fairbanks gas utilities, will arrange the...
  • Alaska Senator race updated

    11/14/2014 1:40:07 PM PST · by CatOwner · 75 replies
    Alaska updated their 2014 election results web site about 25 minutes ago. An additional 7,100 votes were added in to the race for Senator. Begich got 55.0% of those votes, while Sullivan got 37.3%. Sullivan's lead dropped from 7,911 to 6,651 votes. At that pace, if an additional 30,000 votes are counted, Begich would close to within 1,300 votes of Sullivan and within the 0.5% margin for a recount (I assume it's 0.5% for Alaska).
  • New England coastal communities threatened by feds' ban on cod fishing

    11/12/2014 9:57:04 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Federal regulators slapped a six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next year’s catch by up to 75 percent, in a move some say will destroy the livelihoods of fishermen across the region. ... NOAA announced several measures, including the ban which expands no-fishing zones, on Monday. But fishermen whose livelihoods rely on catching cod, as well as the coastal communities that depend on money coming in from that industry, worry the new regulations will devastate them.
  • Russia to Open Arctic Military Drone Base 420 Miles off the Alaskan Coast

    11/13/2014 12:51:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/13/14 | Damien Sharkov
    Russia has announced plans to build a drone base for military reconnaissance in a town just 420 miles off mainland Alaska and just over 300 miles off the US state’s St Lawrence Island, Russia’s state news agency reported on Thursday. "The command of the eastern military district in charge of the military development of the Arctic zone has moved forward with plans to form an unmanned aerial vehicle division,” Alexandr Gordeev, spokesperson for the district said.
  • Status of Alaska Senate race (no updates for 36 hours)

    11/13/2014 12:51:52 PM PST · by CatOwner · 26 replies
    Self
    Does anyone have any idea why the election results for the Alaska Senate race (and all other races in that state) haven't been updated since Tuesday night? They managed to go through a little over 20,000 ballots on Tuesday, but nothing else since. It sounds like they have anywhere from 20,000 to 35,000 more ballots to count. Did they announce they would continue the counting at a later date?
  • Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska

    11/12/2014 8:25:45 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 26 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | November 12, 2014 | BECKY BOHRER
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate race, defeating first-term incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes on Election Night last week and held a comparable edge after election workers had counted about 20,000 absentee, early-voted and questioned ballots late Tuesday. Thousands more ballots remained to be counted, but the results indicated that Begich could not overcome Sullivan's lead. The Alaska seat was initially considered key to the Republicans' hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate, but that goal was accomplished before the Alaska race was decided. Sullivan, in a statement,...
  • U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency

    11/12/2014 7:24:36 AM PST · by GraceG · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/12/2014 | Fredrik Dahl
    (Reuters) - Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week. Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream. "I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters. Asked whether there was anything...
  • GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska

    11/12/2014 7:04:33 AM PST · by Din Maker · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 12, 2014
    <p>Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Sen. Mark Begich, the Democratic incumbent, in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday – a win that gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections.</p> <p>The Republican Party also is seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.</p>
  • Republican Dan Sullivan defeats Mark Begich for Senate seat in Alaska

    11/12/2014 12:36:25 AM PST · by arista · 24 replies
    JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes on Election Night last week, and when state officials counted absentee and questioned ballots Tuesday, the results indicated that Begich could not overcome Sullivan's lead.
  • GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska

    11/12/2014 1:59:00 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 93 replies
    FOX ^ | NOV 12, 2014 | FOX
    <p>Republican candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday.</p> <p>The win gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections. The party is also seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.</p>
  • Sullivan, Parnell gain ground in latest round of Alaska vote counting

    11/11/2014 6:36:42 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 45 replies
    ADN ^ | Nov 11, 2014 | Alex DeMarban
    On Tuesday, more than 17,000 additional votes were expected to be counted. But late Tuesday afternoon, after the Elections Division released a new update, the counting was not yet finished in Anchorage and Fairbanks. More than 10,000 additional votes had been counted by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The update showed Dan Sullivan with 115,502 votes, and Begich with 106,718 votes, meaning Sullivan’s lead grew to 8,784 votes, or a 3.7 percent margin. After election night, Sullivan led Begich by 8,149 votes, or 3.6 percent. Begich is hoping for a come-from-behind victory similar to his cliffhanger win over Republican Ted Stevens in...
  • Sullivan, Parnell gain ground in latest round of Alaska vote counting (Good News Update!)

    11/11/2014 6:31:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 4 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 11-11-2014 | Alex DeMarban
    Sullivan, Parnell gain ground in latest round of Alaska vote counting Alex DeMarban November 11, 2014 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan slightly increased his lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, and Gov. Sean Parnell made up a bit of ground on challenger Bill Walker in his bid for a second full term, as Alaska election officials Tuesday continued counting votes in what promises to be a long process. The update showed Dan Sullivan with 115,502 votes, and Begich with 106,718 votes, meaning Sullivan’s lead grew to 8,784 votes, or a 3.7 percent margin. After election night, Sullivan led Begich...
  • Alaska media: Dan Sullivan likely to be the 53rd GOP senator next year

    11/11/2014 6:11:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/11/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    According to analyses conducted by Alaska-based media outlets, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) will retain his seat in the next Congress. At the end of the night on Tuesday, GOP candidate Dan Sullivan emerged with a more than an 8,000-vote lead over Begich, but it could not be projected whether Sullivan’s 3.6-point advantage over the incumbent would hold after al of Alaska’s 21,000 plus absentee ballots were counted. Increasingly, though, Alaskan media outlets are coming around to the view that Begich’s deficit is too great to make up in uncounted votes. Last week, an...
  • Alaska to begin counting nearly 50,000 ballots Tuesday

    11/10/2014 3:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 10, 2014
    Alaska will begin counting nearly 50,000 absentee and questioned ballots on Tuesday in an effort to resolve the state's unsettled contests for the Senate and for governor. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trails Republican challenger Dan Sullivan by about 8,100 votes. ... The Alaska governor's race is also too close to call. Independent candidate Bill Walker leads incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell by about 3,000 votes.
  • Another Alaska Paper Says Republican To Win After Remaining Votes Get Counted

    11/10/2014 11:32:27 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Republican Dan Sullivan is expected to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the final vote count in the Alaska Senate race, according to an analysis by a reporter for Alaska Public Radio Network. Reporter Alexandra Gutierrez’s analysis arrived at the same conclusion as an analysis conducted by Alaska News-Miner. Begich would reportedly need to win more than 56 percent of the uncounted votes to overtake Sullivan. Sullivan led Begich by 8,149 votes after Election Day last week, but Begich refused to concede. The Democrat is waiting on more than 21,000 uncounted absentee ballots, allegedly from rural areas where the mail...
  • Why Mark Begich is Refusing to Concede

    11/08/2014 12:39:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    Alaska Democratic Senator Mark Begich is counting on votes that are not yet counted in the Last Frontier’s Senate race. One hundred percent of the precincts are in and Begich’s GOP challenger Dan Sullivan is currently in the lead by 8,000 votes. But, the incumbent Democrat is insisting that more rural votes could change the outcome. ABC News has the specifics: According to Gail Fenumiai, the director of the Alaska Division of Elections, there are 23,271 early and absentee ballots deemed eligible for counting. These are already received and reviewed as eligible. They sent out another 12,541 absentee ballots and...
  • Number of uncounted votes grows in Alaska U.S. Senate race

    11/08/2014 10:12:24 AM PST · by boycott · 49 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nathaniel Herz
    <p>Update (11-11-14): According to the Alaska Division of Elections Sullivan has picked up approximately 5,300 votes to 4,650 for the BigItch thus far.</p> <p>That’s 10,000 previously uncounted ballots, and the Sullivan gain has extended slightly. Dems were hoping for ridiculously lopsided BigItch votes for a comeback. So far so good. I thought you may want to refresh this thread in breaking since we have hard numbers to update.</p>
  • Why Alaska Election Results Are Taking Sooooo Long

    11/08/2014 7:23:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    ABC ^ | 11.6.14 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Neither the Alaska Senate race nor the Alaska gubernatorial race have been called -- and both may take a while. ...we may not have an answer to the questions of who is the new Senator and Governor from the Last Frontier for weeks because there are still votes to be counted and that won’t start until next week....there are 23,271 early and absentee ballots deemed eligible for counting. These are already received and reviewed as eligible. They sent out another 12,541 absentee ballots and if postmarked by November 4th, ballots can arrive legally 15 days after the election and still...
  • After noisy U.S. Senate campaign, both candidates go quiet with votes still uncounted

    11/07/2014 1:23:50 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The Alaska Dispatch News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Nathaniel Herz
    During their campaign for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan were all over the state. But since the last votes were counted early Wednesday morning--and with tens of thousands of absentee and other outstanding votes set to be counted next week--both campaigns have gone quiet.
  • Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska (Moo-kowski)

    11/07/2014 8:24:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    NPR News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Martin Kaste
    On election night in a hotel ballroom in Anchorage, Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski picked up a chair and waved it over her head. "I am the chairmaaaaaaaaaaan!" she shouted. The Republican takeover Tuesday night puts Murkowski in charge of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. That's great news for Alaska, which is always eager for the feds to allow more oil drilling up here. But what does her chairmanship mean for the other side of that coin — global warming? At that same election-night party, Murkowski said she takes climate change seriously. "I come from a state where...
  • Intense storm headed to Alaska's Aleutian Islands

    11/07/2014 6:18:31 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
    MSN | AP ^ | 11/7/14 | Rachel D'oro
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An explosive storm surpassing the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy is expected to reach Alaska's western Aleutian Islands over the weekend and bring unseasonably frigid temperatures to much of the U.S. next week, weather forecasters said Thursday. ...[snip]... The storm potentially could be one of the most intensive to ever hit the North Pacific, weather service forecaster Brian Hurley said. The Coast Guard and Alaska state emergency responders were keeping a close eye on its strength. The system is expected to push cold air into much of the lower 48 states next week, forecaster Bob Oravec said....
  • Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races

    11/06/2014 1:09:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-6-2014 | Kevin Robillard
    Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races By: Kevin Robillard November 6, 2014 02:28 PM EST More than 36 hours after the last polls closed, two statewide races in Alaska, the Virginia Senate race and a slew of West Coast House races have yet to be called.Here’s how things stand:THE HOUSEAZ-2: Highly touted Republican recruit Martha McSally leads Democratic Rep. Ron Barber by just under 1,300 votes. The Arizona Republic reports that only a few thousand votes remain uncounted in Cochise County, while 47,000 votes still need to be counted in Democrat-friendly Pima County.CA-7: Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose has...
  • Dan Sullivan defeats Begich in Alaska Senate race

    11/05/2014 8:52:19 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 87 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 5, 2014 | Rebecca Berg and Justin Green
    Republicans picked up another Senate seat Wednesday.Dan Sullivan led Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, by more than 8,000 votes with 100 percent reporting, according to Associated Press data.The outcome obliterated any last hope among Democrats for a silver lining to Tuesday's Republican wave, and capped a banner Election Day for the GOP.
  • Legalized marijuana spreads to two more states and D.C. Next up, California

    11/05/2014 11:51:33 PM PST · by BurningOak · 62 replies
    The Chrisitan Science Monitor ^ | 11/05/2014 | Daniel Wood
    Oregon and Alaska approved recreational pot use – following Washington State and Colorado, which did the same in 2012 – and the District of Columbia approved legal marijuana possession but not sales, though the move could still be halted by the new US Congress. Though medical marijuana was rejected in Florida, the steps by Oregon, Alaska, and the District add momentum to a movement that is eyeing California next. Recommended: How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz ... Yet marijuana remains prohibited by the federal government, and the issue could come to a head in the District...
  • Alaska votes to restrict large mine

    11/05/2014 9:37:30 PM PST · by balch3 · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/05/2014 | Timothy Cama
    Alaska voters approved a ballot measure aimed at adding a hurdle to the potential development of a major copper and gold mine. The measure requires the state’s legislature to approve any proposed mining project in the Bristol Bay watershed. It targets the Pebble Mine, a planned copper and gold mine that would be the largest of its kind in the world. Environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some Alaska native tribes want to stop the mine due to its potential impact on wildlife in Bristol Bay and the watershed, including a massive salmon population. Sixty-five percent of voters approved...
  • Begich trailing in Alaska Senate race

    11/05/2014 2:15:43 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 5, 2014 | Becky Bohrer
    Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich wasn't conceding anything Wednesday in his race against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. Sullivan held a 3.6 percentage point lead over Begich with all precincts reporting. Thousands of absentee ballots won't be counted until Nov. 11. In a statement Wednesday, Begich campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green said the campaign wants a final vote count. Republicans said they believe the margin is insurmountable.
  • Alaska Senate race still undeclared but Republican Dan Sullivan remains ahead

    11/05/2014 7:06:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/5/2014 | Sebastian Payne
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — While the rest the nation examines how and why the Republicans took control of the Senate, the races in Alaska remain undeclared. At the time of writing, Republican Dan Sullivan was four points ahead of incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) — a lead that appears insurmountable given that nearly all the precincts have reported back. Assuming there are no surprises in whatever votes were still in play -- including absentee ballots -- Sullivan may be on track to be the last big win for the Republican Party. According to Alaska's Division of Elections, the independent gubernatorial candidate...
  • Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    11/05/2014 3:58:55 AM PST · by Wolfie · 71 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/05/2014
    Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In yet another major pushback against the war on drugs, Alaska legalized recreational marijuana joining Oregon and Washington, D.C. -- both of which legalized cannabis only hours before on election day. Alaska becomes the fourth state in the U.S. to legalize retail marijuana, along with Oregon, Colorado and Washington state. Voters approved Measure 2, which legalizes the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana. Adults, age 21 and older, may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (with no more than three being mature) for personal...