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  • Alaska voters make history by rejecting judge who approved no jail time for man who 'choked,...

    11/08/2018 8:13:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 8, 2018 | Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Alaska voters make history by rejecting judge who approved no jail time for man who 'choked, kidnapped and masturbated on a woman' In an unprecedented move, Alaska voters have ousted a judge who signed off on a controversial plea deal that let a man serve only one year of home confinement for choking and masturbating on an Alaska Native woman. Voters on Tuesday opted to not retain Superior Court Judge Michael Corey, who oversaw the assault sentencing of 34-year-old Justin Schneider. Schneider in September pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in prison. With credit for time...
  • 'SNL' Has Been 'Hijacked': Palin Sends Message to Lorne Michaels Over Mocking of Wounded Vet

    11/05/2018 2:32:01 PM PST · by ETL · 80 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 5, 2018 | FoxNews.Insider
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted "Saturday Night Live" creator and producer Lorne Michaels after a comic on the show made fun of a Texas GOP congressional candidate who lost an eye serving in Afghanistan.Comedian Pete Davidson joked about retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw's eye patch, saying he looks like a pirate in a pornographic film.Davidson, 24, giggled afterwards, saying, "Sorry. I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever." Read Full Article While Crenshaw said Monday on "Fox & Friends" that he would not demand an apology from Davidson or the show, Palin fired back at Michaels on...
  • This Battered Women’s Shelter Is Being Investigated For Turning Away A Drunk, Injured Man ( Alaska )

    11/02/2018 3:44:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | NOVEMBER 2, 2018 | Bre Payton
    A battered women's shelter in Anchorage, Alaska, is being investigated because it didn't allow a drunk man to sleep in the same room as women. A battered women’s shelter in Anchorage, Alaska, is being investigated by the city’s Equal Rights Commission because it didn’t allow a drunk man, who came to the shelter after hours and was bleeding from an injury, to sleep in the same room as women. Attorneys speaking on behalf of the Downtown Hope Center have repeatedly stated this man, who identifies as a woman, was not turned away because of his gender, but was sent to...
  • Trump admin approves Arctic offshore oil drilling project off Alaska’s coast

    10/24/2018 1:11:21 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/24/18 | TIMOTHY CAMA
    The Trump administration approved a company’s plan Wednesday to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska, the first time oil would be produced from federal waters in the Arctic. The approval from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conditional, and Hilcorp Energy Co. would still have to get other federal permits and abide by standards like restricting drilling seasons. “Working with Alaska Native stakeholders, the Department of Interior is following through on President Trump’s promise of American energy dominance,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “American energy dominance is good for...
  • Momentum: Early voting, absentee numbers favor Republicans (Alaska)

    10/24/2018 11:20:34 AM PDT · by Ravi · 13 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | 10/24/2018 | Suzanne Downing
    Election nerds like numbers. They love charts, spreadsheets, tabs, data, and models. This is a numbers story for the election nerds in all of us, even the mathematically challenged. It’s about who asked for absentee ballots and who turned out to vote early, easy data points from which even Common Core math survivors can glean conclusions: The first day of early voting in 2014 saw 1,698 people turn out to cast their ballot at an early voting location. It was an exciting year with a U.S. Senate race that featured Dan Sullivan challenging Sen. Mark Begich. Alaska also had the...
  • Breaking: Gov. Bill Walker drops out of campaign for Alaska governor

    10/19/2018 4:22:32 PM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 79 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 10/19/2018 | Tegan Hanlon
    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday he is dropping his bid for re-election and endorsing Democrat Mark Begich against Republican Mike Dunleavy. Walker made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, three days after former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott stepped down from both his office and the re-election campaign over unspecified "inappropriate comments" he made to a woman.
  • Alaska's lieutenant governor resigns over 'inappropriate comments'

    10/16/2018 7:26:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2018
    Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (D) abruptly resigned Tuesday following the discovery of unspecified "inappropriate comments." "It is with profound disappointment and sadness that I accepted the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott," Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) said in a statement. "Byron recently made inappropriate comments that do not reflect the sterling level of behavior required in his role as Lieutenant Governor," Walker wrote. "I learned of the incident last night. Byron has taken full responsibility for his actions and has resigned."
  • Lt. Gov. Mallott steps down amid 'inappropriate comments'

    10/16/2018 5:27:51 PM PDT · by hattend · 47 replies
    KTVA TV ^ | 16 Oct 2018 | Steve Quinn
    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has stepped down after Gov. Bill Walker says he learned Mallott "made inappropriate comments that do not reflect the sterling level of behavior required in his role as Lieutenant Governor."
  • Murkowski: I’m Taking Everything Into Account On Kavanaugh — Including Trump’s Comments About Ford

    10/03/2018 1:53:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 131 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/03/2018 | Allahpundit
    Fumbling away a chance to cement a solidly conservative majority on the Court for years due to pique over one of President Troll’s stinkier mouth-tweets would be very 2018.She’s bluffing, though.I think. Murkowski on Trump mocking Ford last night: "I thought the President's comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate, and in my view unacceptable. I am taking everything into account.” via @jeremyherb— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) October 3, 2018 Interestingly, Jeff Flake took the opposite approach. He won’t consider Trump’s comments when weighing whether to confirm Kavanaugh, he told CNN. “You can’t blame other people for what the...
  • Pat Buchanan: Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

    10/09/2018 9:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Union Leader ^ | October 9, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    AFTER A 50-YEAR siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in last Saturday, and the sight of that bawling mob clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court as the new justice took his oath, confirm it. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high...
  • Murkowski brushes off GOP backlash: 'I'm good with' Kavanaugh vote

    10/09/2018 4:13:51 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is brushing off questions about potential political retribution over her opposition to putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, which has earned her fierce criticism from President Trump and conservatives. "I took the vote that I took. And I'm good with it and I'm moving forward. I think we all need to be, so I'm not going to dwell on the 'what ifs,'" Murkowski told reporters in the Senate basement on Tuesday evening. Murkowski was the only Republican senator to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination, saying that she thought he was a "good man" but that she "could...
  • Alaska GOP considers reprimanding Murkowski for 'No' vote on Kavanaugh

    10/09/2018 1:50:01 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 61 replies
    ktuu.com ^ | 10/9/18 | ap
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider. Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the committee could decide to issue a statement. Or he says it could withdraw support of Murkowski, encourage party officials to look for a replacement and ask that she not seek re-election as a Republican.
  • Alaska GOP to weigh potential action against Murkowski

    10/08/2018 3:53:31 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 68 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10-08-2018 | Becky Bohrer
    Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider.
  • Senate Dems to force vote this week to overrule Trump ObamaCare change

    10/08/2018 2:17:08 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/08/18 | PETER SULLIVAN
    Democrats are planning to force a vote in the Senate this week on overturning a Trump administration rule expanding non-ObamaCare insurance plans. The Democratic resolution, which will likely get a vote on Wednesday, would overturn a rule finalized in August that expanded the availability of short-term health insurance plans. Democrats decry the plans as “junk” insurance because they does not need to cover pre-existing conditions or follow other ObamaCare rules. Republicans argue the plans provide a cheaper option alongside ObamaCare plans. The resolution, which is supported by all 49 Senate Democrats, is unlikely to pass given that it would need...
  • Trump: I asked GOP senator to go to his daughter's wedding instead of attend Kavanaugh vote

    10/06/2018 1:47:54 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/06/18 | JOHN BOWDEN
    President Trump revealed Saturday that he had asked Montana Sen. Steve Daines (R) to take time off to attend his daughter's wedding over the weekend, causing him to miss a confirmation vote for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court nominee. The president tweeted Saturday afternoon following Kavanaugh's successful confirmation in the Senate that he advised Daines to skip the vote once Republicans learned that they had the necessary number of votes to prevail. "I have asked Steve Daines, our great Republican Senator from Montana, to attend his daughter Annie’s wedding rather than coming to today’s vote," Trump wrote on Twitter shortly...
  • Susan Collins reveals she thought Kavanaugh 'perhaps needed to withdraw' after hearing Ford testify

    10/07/2018 11:49:04 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7 October 2018 | Gregg Re
    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins -- a key swing-vote whose dramatic floor speech on Friday assured Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court -- revealed on Sunday that she initially thought Kavanaugh "perhaps needed to withdraw" after she heard Christine Blasey Ford's "very compelling and painful" testimony. But then, Collins said, "When [Kavanaugh] came back with a forceful denial, the anger and anguish he showed, and then the lack of corroboration, led me back to the fundamental issues to our legal system." Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified at length in late September before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford alleged that...
  • Graham Challenges Schumer: ‘Name One Person on Trump's Supreme Court List You Think Is Acceptable’

    10/07/2018 9:45:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/06/2018 | Andrew Kugle
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) challenged Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Sunday to name one person from President Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices that he finds acceptable. "This is a list that was compiled in November, but he actually put it out during the campaign," Graham told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, as he held up the list. "Twenty something people on this list, asking Chuck Schumer, name five, name three, name one that would be okay with you." Schumer and fellow Democrats tried to pressure Trump and Republicans to withdraw then Supreme...
  • 'Disgraceful': Trump rips Murkowski over refusal to support Kavanaugh

    10/07/2018 8:10:56 AM PDT · by kevcol · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    President Trump said Saturday that he was “absolutely shocked” by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s “disgraceful” refusal to support the confirmation of newly sworn-in Supreme CourtJustice Brett M. Kavanaugh. “I’ve done so much for Alaska, I was shocked to see her vote. Absolutely shocked,” Mr. Trump told Fox’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “And frankly so were other Republicans.”
  • Donald Trump: Alaska ‘Will Never Forgive’ Lisa Murkowski for Opposing Brett Kavanaugh

    10/06/2018 3:31:57 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Oct, 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump warned Sen. Lisa Murkowski that she might face political retribution for her decision to oppose his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “I think she will never recover from this,” Trump said. “I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did.” The president commented about the process in an interview with the Washington Post that was published on Saturday. Murkowski voted against cloture for Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Friday. (On Saturday, Murkowski voted “no” on confirmation and later withdrew her vote to be marked “present” so that her Republican colleague in...
  • Murkowski to vote "present" as a courtesy to Montana senator

    10/05/2018 6:27:37 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 79 replies
    Axios ^ | Oct 5, 2018 | Marisa Fernandez
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will vote "present" as a courtesy to Montana Sen. Steve Daines as he plans to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, which collides with the timing of the Senate floor vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. The big picture: Her vote will not change the outcome of Kavanaugh's confirmation as Sen. Daines was expected to vote in favor of Trump's pick. Though Murkowski announced earlier that she opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, she says she hopes her "present" vote "reminds us we can take very small steps to be gracious."