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  • Begich's Willie Horton-style ad stirs up Alaska Senate Race

    09/02/2014 2:35:24 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 15 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Septmber 2, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    The highly competitive Alaska Senate race turned vitriolic over the holiday weekend after Democratic incumbent Mark Begich's campaign released a brutal new TV ad that tied Republican challenger Dan Sullivan to circumstances surrounding a horrific Anchorage murder case. On Friday, the Begich campaign began airing the ad -- now pulled from the airwaves --which featured a retired Anchorage police officer recounting the circumstances of a 2013 crime. In that case, a man named Jerry Active stands accused of murdering an elderly couple and sexually assaulting their 2-year-old granddaughter and the girl’s 91-year-old great-grandmother. Active had been previously convicted of the...
  • Treadwell gaining on Sullivan, Begich leads GOP foes

    08/09/2014 2:40:01 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | August 5, 2014
    When it comes to the general election, Mark Begich continues to have modest leads over all of his potential Republican opponents. In the most likely match up with Sullivan he gets 43% to Sullivan's 37% with a bevy of third party candidates combining to get 7%. When you take them out of the mix Begich's lead is 45/41. Begich has held a lead in the 4-7 point range over Sullivan in all four of PPP's polls of this race over the last year. The numbers for Begich against Treadwell are pretty similar. He has a 42/37 lead when the entire...
  • Liberal PPP: Begich leads Sullivan by 5 pts in Alaska

    05/14/2014 7:30:09 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 20 replies
    PPP ^ | 5/13/14 | Tom Jensen
    Democratic Sen. Mark Begich leads all of his GOP rivals, according to a new PPP poll; he leads Dan Sullivan, 42 percent to 37 percent; Mead Treadwell, 41 percent to 33 percent; and Joe Miller, 43 percent to 27 percent. Within the GOP primary race, Sullivan leads his rivals with 40 percent supporting him. Treadwell comes in second with 26 percent followed by Miller with 14 percent
  • Is This Abuse of Authority or Tyranny?

    04/12/2014 8:19:25 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | April 12, 2014 | Joe Miller
    Dear Friend of Liberty, Obama acolyte Mark Begich needs to go. It's time for a senator from Alaska who will provide proper oversight and stand up to the abuses of Washington. The Obama Administration is simply out of control. The spectacle we are watching in Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management's land grab and cattle round up is, sadly, unsurprising. The BLM's insistence upon driving ranchers off the land their family has inhabited for the last 140 years, just so the EPA can “save” a supposedly endangered turtle, is almost as brilliant as sending SWAT teams to invade small...
  • Democrats said to push for new changes to ObamaCare amid midterm fears

    03/27/2014 3:16:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 126 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/27/2014 | staff
    Several Democratic senators reportedly plan to introduce as soon as Thursday a set of principles and legislation aimed at fixing parts of ObamaCare amid concerns the law could cost Democrats House seats and possibly the Senate in November. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Sen. Angus King, I., Maine, will introduce proposals to improve the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Begich and Warner have called for allowing "copper" plans on the government-run health exchanges. The new insurance plans would offer lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs than the...
  • Federal duck stamp cost might increase

    02/22/2014 7:05:36 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    aberdeennews ^ | February 21, 2014
    Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 1865, which would raise the price of the federal duck stamp to $25. At its current price, the buying power of the federal duck stamp, which is required by the U.S. government to hunt migratory waterfowl, has never been lower over its 79-year history, according to a news release from Ducks Unlimited. Since the federal duck stamp’s enactment in 1934, the price has only been raised seven times. It has been 23 years since the last increase to bring the price of the stamp to $15, the single...
  • State Dept. Creating Arctic Ambassador Post

    02/14/2014 6:56:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 14, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    An Alaska senator said the State Department called his office today to say that they would be creating a post for a U.S. ambassador to the Arctic. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced the United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act a year ago, pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to make the appointment on economic and national security grounds. Six of the eight Arctic nations currently have ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council. The United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015. “It’s not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how...
  • Begich (D-AK) Skips Unemployment Vote to Speak to Execs in Hawaii

    01/16/2014 3:02:46 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | January 10, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    As Democrats have been pushing extending unemployment benefits in Washington this week, Alaska Democratic senator Mark Begich missed an important vote to give a speech to a lobbying organization in Hawaii. Begich, one of a handful of vulnerable red-state Democrats, delivered a speech at an annual event hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives, according to the Hill. While in Hawaii, he attended two fundraisers and met with Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie. An aide stated that the senator committed to the speech before the vote was scheduled, and the additional events were later planned. The Senate voted to invoke...
  • Top Alaska Republican praises Begich (moderate republican protects [fellow] democrat!)

    01/16/2014 8:57:21 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/15/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is drawing praise from across the aisle from one of Alaska's top Republicans. Rep. Don Young (R), the state's lone congressman, praised the work Begich has done as senator. "Mark's done a great job of, very frankly, representing people. He's not always on my page, that's for sure, but he's done a good job," Young told The Hill on Wednesday. Young, the longest-serving House Republican, said he expected Begich to face a tough race, however, due to some of his votes for Democratic priorities. "His big challenge is some of the votes he made are not...
  • RNC starts negative ads in 40 media markets

    01/08/2014 7:20:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 5:55 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets Tuesday mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama’s health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate. The early action suggests Republicans see the president’s signature domestic achievement as their way to keep control of the House and perhaps win the Senate. With more than 300 days remaining before Election Day, both sides are looking to set the agenda before voters start paying attention. “Obamacare is going to be the issue in 2014,”...
  • Begich pushes back on health care ad

    11/21/2013 4:59:02 PM PST · by Qbert · 5 replies
    AP via MY San Antonio.com ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2013 | AP
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sen. Mark Begich's campaign is pushing back against an ad featuring a woman who speaks of him like he's her senator when she's actually an actress. Begich campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green called the ad from Americans for Prosperity a "phony attempt to snooker Alaskans."
  • Watch Out, Red-State Democrats (exempt RATS Landrieu, Begich, Pryor & Hagan)

    11/19/2013 3:58:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/19/13 | Alex Roarty
    Red-state Democrats always knew Obamacare would be a problem during next year's midterm election. But a new poll released Tuesday shows just how daunting a threat it is. **SNIP** Those numbers draw a bull's-eye on the back of the four red-state Democratic incumbents who voted for the health care reform in 2010 and are up for reelection in 2014: Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Begich in Alaska, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, and Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Each already faces a slim path to victory in their respective conservative-leaning states, one narrowed further by the law's increasing unpopularity. There's little...
  • Sen. Mark Begich Claims He Has Enrolled in Obamacare (AK)

    11/12/2013 11:50:28 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 59 replies
    NRO ^ | November 12, 2013 | Sterling Beard
    Senator Mark Begich (D., Ala.(sic)) said Monday that he has enrolled in a health-insurance plan through the federal marketplace. Begich, who has been a supporter of Obamacare, told the Associated Press that he had no trouble signing up. He also declared that the difference in the exchange’s performance between its launch and now was “day and night.” Previously, enrollment proved so difficult that Enroll Alaska, a company founded specifically to enroll Alaskans, threw in the towel. According to the company, the federal exchange’s subsidy calculator was under-calculating the tax subsidy Alaskans were eligible for by $100. The freshman senator said...
  • What If Sarah Palin Didn’t Run For Senate And Nobody Cared? (Complete leftard girlie-man meltdown)

    08/26/2013 9:06:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 26, 2013 | Tommy Christopher
    There was a time, not long ago, when former semi-Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) could cause a stir just by Facebooking her own bad dystopian Obamacare fanfic, but hard times have fallen on the giving a rat’s winking ass about Sarah Palin industry. How bad has it gotten? Barely a month into her serious consideration of a bid to replace Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Palin announced that she is “not planning to run for the U.S. Senate,” and not only did nobody care, they actually cared more about Palin’s thoughts on Ashton Kutcher than her senatorial ambitions, or lack thereof. In...
  • PPP poll: Palin leads Alaska Republican Senate primary by 10 points

    07/30/2013 1:01:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 30, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller. Palin leads mostly based on her strength with ‘very conservative’ voters where she gets 43% to 20% for Treadwell, but she also leads...
  • Sarah Palin’s Rough Sled to the Senate: An Alaska Senate run wouldn’t be easy.

    07/12/2013 7:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/12/2013 | Katrina Trinko
    Sarah Palin underexposed? It’s hard to imagine. But in Alaska, where she is considering a Senate run, she might be. The former governor “has no profile in Alaska. She’s not active,” says a Republican consultant familiar with Alaska politics. “She’s doing her own thing personally. She’s not giving speeches and doing Republican-women events and fundraisers and helping people. She’s just very much under the radar.” That kind of invisibility may have prompted her potential opponent, Democrat Mark Begich, to snarkily remark to Politico yesterday, “I don’t know if she’s a resident. She’s been away from Alaska a lot.” According to...
  • Governor Palin Hits Begich’s Voting Record

    07/11/2013 8:19:14 AM PDT · by Bratch · 18 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 11 2013 | Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin has added the following photos/posts to her Facebook page this morning here and here. Really, Mark? Really?Margaret Thatcher used to say, “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” So, thank you, Mark Begich, for making me and others exceptionally cheery today! Mark, after looking at your voting record I can see why you are looking for a distraction. You have voted FOR Obamacare, FOR massive tax increases, FOR carbon taxes which could cost Alaskans 21,000...
  • Mead Treadwell to run for Senate in Alaska

    06/19/2013 7:31:39 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2013 | James Hohmann
    Republican Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced Tuesday that he will run for Senate next year. He enters as the apparent frontrunner against Joe Miller, a conservative who blew the 2010 race, in a GOP primary. “Alaskans are very concerned about what is, or is not, happening in Washington, D.C,” Treadwell said in a statement on his web site. “So am I.” Now attention turns to Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, who was Sarah Palin’s appointee as Alaska attorney general. If he gets in the race, the two candidates acceptable to the establishment could divide the vote.
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Tea Party Group Drafting Sarah Palin to Run for Alaska Senate

    04/30/2013 2:32:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    US News and World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | April 30, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock
    "Do the words 'Senator Sarah Palin' excite you?" That's the opening line of a recent email by The Tea Party Leadership Fund, which is trying to draft the former Alaska governor and past Fox News commentator to run for the Senate in 2014. The fund argues Palin has a clear path to victory in part due to recent polling showing incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, with less than 50 percent of the vote. But, it being a draft, the group hasn't talked with Palin about whether or not she's interested. And Palin – whose PAC didn't respond to request...
  • Democrats may stand in Obama's way on gun measures

    01/26/2013 12:26:39 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    DaIly News Miner ^ | Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:14 am
    WASHINGTON — As the Senate prepares to begin debating new gun control measures, some of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats are poised to frustrate his efforts to enact the most sweeping limits on weapons in decades. These Democrats from largely rural states with strong gun cultures view Obama's proposals warily and have not committed to supporting them. The lawmakers' concerns could stand in the way of strong legislation before a single Republican gets a chance to vote "no." There's a core group of Democratic senators, most but not all from the West, who represent states with a higher-than-average rate of...
  • Feinstein: We cannot allow the rights of a few to override safety...

    01/25/2013 8:55:11 AM PST · by kiryandil · 118 replies
    The Congressional Record ^ | January 24, 2013 | D. Feinstein D(CA)
    <p>It will be an uphill battle--all the way. I know this.</p> <p>Do we let the gun industry take over and dictate policy to this country? Do we let those who profit from increasing sales of these military style-weapons prevent us from taking commonsense steps to stop the carnage?</p>
  • Hatch, Begich Support Second Amendment Rights - Introduce Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act

    10/13/2011 2:29:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    The U.S. Senate ^ | Oct 12 2011 | NA
    WASHINGTON - Recognizing the need to revamp outdated and restrictive gun laws, U.S Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act. The bill allows for the interstate sale of firearms and removes several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms transactions.“Utahns and Americans everywhere have a right to bear arms, and this legislation ensures that onerous and outdated restrictions on everyone’s Second Amendment rights are no longer in place,” Sen. Hatch said. “By removing these restrictions, we can ensure that the constitutional freedoms we seek to protect remain intact.”“Current laws restricting interstate commerce of firearms...
  • Mark Begich to Sarah Palin: John McCain's your senator

    06/08/2011 5:18:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-06-08 | Darius Dixon
    Sen. Mark Begich is turning a deaf ear to Sarah Palin's demand that he make drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a condition for his vote to approve raising the nation's debt ceiling. "She's not really on my radar screen to take advice from," the Alaska Democrat told reporters Tuesday. "Let me put it this way. It's always interesting to read what she has to say," Begich said. But, he added, "Someone who quit Alaska is not someone I look for to get Alaska policy decisions on." In discussing the debt ceiling vote on "Fox News Sunday," Palin said:...
  • Mary Landrieu (D-La) pushes back against attacks on Big Oil

    05/12/2011 3:33:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/11/11
    Landrieu pushes back against attacks on Big OilMay 11, 2011 Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has thought of a novel way for oil industry executives to protest her party’s attacks on their federal subsidies: Pack up your things and go elsewhere. “I don’t think the oil executives would ever do this, but if I were one of them, I would be tempted to just shut off the spigots and go elsewhere and maybe America could run everything on solar power for the next decade or two and see what happens,” Landrieu told POLITICO. Landrieu, who hails from a major oil producing...
  • The Drill Is Gone

    05/27/2010 6:04:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,298+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy: An administration never enthusiastic about offshore drilling is using the Gulf oil spill as an excuse to suspend Arctic exploration. Who could've seen that coming? Now we'll be more dependent on foreign oil. Suspicions in some quarters that the administration was being deliberately lax in its response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in order to pursue a larger, anti-domestic energy agenda were met with derision. But if not deliberate, the effect is the same as the administration prepares to shut down our search for new oil. President Obama on Thursday announced a suspension...
  • Begich speaks to Alaska Legislature

    04/01/2010 11:56:59 AM PDT · by hattend · 9 replies · 334+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 12:30 p.m. 3/31/10 | Becky Bohrer
    JUNEAU, Alaska - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said taking on the federal government makes for good politics but the role of the government in providing services and funding to Alaska can't be downplayed. The Democrat, in addressing a joint session of the state Legislature on Wednesday, sought a more conciliatory tone than has come from other political leaders in recent months. The state is fighting the federal government on a number of issues, including on resource development and the Endangered Species Act. Alaska's attorney general is reviewing the recent health care overhaul to help determine if the state should join...
  • Poll finds Begich unpopular with Alaska voters

    02/02/2010 11:05:18 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 5 replies · 399+ views
    Anchorage Daily Planet ^ | 02 Feb 10 | unknown
    According to a recent poll by a North Carolina research firm, Alaska voters have an unfavorable view of Alaska’s junior Sen. Mark Begich. Public Policy Polling found 35 percent of Alaska respondents in a recent poll have a favorable opinion of the state’s lone Democrat senator, in stark comparison to 51 percent of voters who have an unfavorable view. The firm conducted a poll of 710 Alaskans between Jan. 27-Jan. 28. Public Policy Polling also found Alaska voters have a strongly unfavorable view President Barack Obama. Approximately 56 percent of Alaska voters disapprove of the job the president is doing,...
  • Norway Time Hole “Leak” Plunges Northern Hemisphere Into Chaos

    01/15/2010 12:36:22 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 100 replies · 3,290+ views
    Pakistan Daily ^ | Jan 8, 2010 | Pakistan Daily
    Russian scientists are reporting to Prime Minister Putin today that the high-energy beam fired into the upper heavens from the United States High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) radar facility in Ramfjordmoen, Norway this past month has resulted in a “catastrophic puncturing” of our Plant’s thermosphere thus allowing into the troposphere an “unimpeded thermal inversion” of the exosphere, which is the outermost layer of Earth’s atmosphere. To the West’s firing of this ‘quantum’ high-energy beam we had previously reported on in our December 10, 2009 report titled “Attack On Gods ‘Heaven’ Lights Up Norwegian Sky”. To how catastrophic for...
  • Defense Secretary Gates to Visit Alaska (Palin Ping! - No.16 - June 1, 2009)

    06/01/2009 12:19:27 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 13 replies · 881+ views
    Office of Senator Begich ^ | May 28, 2009 | Office of Senator Begich
    Defense Secretary Gates to Visit Alaska Senator Begich to accompany Secretary on tour of Fort Greely FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will join Senator Mark Begich on a tour of Alaska's Fort Greely on Monday. Traveling back from Asia, Sec. Gates is stopping at military facilities in Alaska which will include Elmendorf Air Force Base and touring the missile defense site at Fort Greely. "This is an excellent opportunity for Secretary Gates to get a first-hand look at our missile defense system," Sen. Begich said. "Especially now, with the escalating and unpredictable behavior of North Korea,...
  • Hundreds of Fairbanksans take part in tax protest 'tea party'

    04/15/2009 11:48:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 360+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Apr 15, 2009 | By Chris Freiberg
    FAIRBANKS -- Several hundred Fairbanksans marched on the Federal Building Wednesday afternoon as part of the nationwide protest against the federal government’s recent bailouts of Wall Street firms. As part of the event, protesters collected more than 5 pounds of tea bags in a large garbage bag, which was delivered to the office of Sen. Mark Begich. The protest was meant to evoke the imagery of the Boston Tea Party, Begich, a Democrat, was the only member of Alaska’s congressional delegation to vote for the $787 billion economic stimulus package passed earlier this year. The protesters, who mostly identified themselves...
  • Poll: Should Alaska (D)Sen. Mark Begich resign his seat so a special election can be held?

    04/06/2009 1:03:15 PM PDT · by steptoe · 47 replies · 1,198+ views
    Juneau Empire ^ | 4/6/09 | steptoe
    POLL: Should U.S. Sen. Mark Begich resign his seat so a special election can be held? scroll down to the bottom of the page and vote yes. http://www.juneauempire.com/
  • Only Begich, 6 others answer tax questions(SARAH Alert)

    02/16/2009 4:06:31 AM PST · by radar101 · 6 replies · 530+ views
    http://www.adn.com/senate/story/691768.html ^ | February 15th, 2009 | LISA DEMER
    When political Web site and newspaper Politico surveyed all 99 sitting U.S. senators about their taxes, Alaska Democrat Mark Begich was one of just seven who reported mistakes that resulted in the payment of back taxes. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski didn't answer the questions, which Alaska Democrats immediately criticized. The political news organization asked senators about their own taxes after two of President Obama's appointments imploded over tax troubles. A third, new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was criticized for not paying payroll taxes for his housekeeper. Begich and Murkowski, absorbed with the big economic stimulus package, couldn't be diverted to...
  • Palin: "NO" on stimulus (Updated)

    02/04/2009 3:06:59 PM PST · by redk · 13 replies · 1,217+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 4, 2009 | Sean Cockerham
    Gov. Sarah Palin is opposing the federal stimulus plan. “I agree with the decision of Senator Murkowski and Congressman Young to vote NO on the package,” Palin said in a written statement. She said she agrees some kind of stimulus plan is needed and supports getting federal money for tax breaks and construction projects in the state. But Palin said she’s “against increased federal programs that will become a state's unfunded mandate to continue funding for generations.” Palin and Republican state legislative leaders wrote a letter to members of Alaska’s Congressional delegation with that same concern.
  • Alaska’s New Senator at Odds with Governor over Stimulus

    01/20/2009 9:09:15 AM PST · by John Semmens · 20 replies · 675+ views
    Fresh from wresting the seat from pork-barrel champ, Ted Stevens, Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) chided the state’s Governor, Sarah Palin (R), for not asking President-Elect Obama for enough money from the $800 billion stimulus package he has proposed. “The four projects she’s identified for a total of $150 million, in my view, is not enough.” Begich complained. “She’s imposing her idea of personal responsibility on Alaska’s citizens when she should be trying to get as much as she can for the state. Hers is not the strategy that kept getting Ted Steven reelected. If he hadn’t got caught with his...
  • Palin and Lieberman: At odds over ANWR

    01/15/2009 6:09:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 942+ views
    Red State ^ | Jan 15,2009 | Josh Painter
    Gone are the days on the campaign trail when Sen. Joe Lieberman would introduce Gov. Sarah Palin at McCain-Palin rallies as “a breath of fresh Alaska air.” Now the two have squared off on opposite sides of a renewed debate over drilling for oil in ANWR, the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. Lieberman and 23 other U.S. senators introduced a bill Wednesday which would close that part of Alaska’s coastal plain to oil and gas development. In a statement, the Connecticut Senator described ANWR as “…a pristine natural treasure that must be preserved for future generations.” But Lieberman and many of...
  • Begich says Palin not asking for enough in Obama's stimulus proposal

    01/10/2009 5:56:28 PM PST · by redk · 64 replies · 1,843+ views
    ktva ^ | 1/10/08 | Matthew Simon
    Alaska's new Senator Mark Begich says Governor Palin is not asking President-Elect Obama for enough help in the nearly trillion dollar stimulus package he has proposed to rebuild the nation's economy. Wednesday, Palin sent Alaska's congressional delegation a three-page letter only requesting five stimulus package projects. The letter only added Kodiak Missile Launch Facility upgrades to the four gas pipeline road projects Palin already requested. Begich says in an estimated $800 billion dollar economic recovery package he wants to know why Palin is only asking for about $150 million dollars. "I think the 4 projects she's identified, in my view,...
  • Begich defeats Stevens in Senate race

    11/18/2008 7:14:27 PM PST · by amchugh · 10 replies · 815+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 18th, 2008 | SEAN COCKERHAM
    The Democratic Anchorage mayor widened his lead to 3,724 votes in today's counting of absentee and questioned ballots. The only votes left to count are approximately 2,500 special absentees from people living outside the U.S. or in remote parts of Alaska with no polling place.
  • Stevens (R-Alaska) loses his Senate seat

    11/18/2008 6:25:55 PM PST · by Jean S · 129 replies · 8,639+ views
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  • Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens loses re-election bid

    11/18/2008 5:52:56 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies · 2,536+ views
    Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens loses re-election bid From AP - go to URL
  • Ted Stevens, legendary Alaska senator, falls further behind, trailing in re-election bid

    11/18/2008 5:22:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 578+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2008 | MICHAEL BLOOD
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dropped further behind Democrat Mark Begich in his re-election bid Tuesday as the convicted felon's 85th birthday became a grueling wait that could determine whether his decades-long hold on power is over. The longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate trailed the Anchorage mayor by 2,374 votes out of 290,198 counted as election officials continued tallying absentee and other ballots. Begich had led by about 1,000 votes before Tuesday's count.
  • AK-Senate: Begich Widens Lead

    11/18/2008 4:30:44 PM PST · by lewisglad · 36 replies · 2,282+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2008; 6:20 PM ET | Chris Cilliza
    AK-Senate: Begich Widens Lead Democrat Mark Begich has nearly doubled his lead over Republican Sen. Ted Stevens with just 8,000 votes remaining to be counted in the Alaska Senate race, according to tabulations provided by the state's Division of Elections. With 16,000 of the 24,000 remaining ballots counted, according to the Anchorage Daily News, Begich now has 146,286 votes (47.56 percent) while Stevens has 143,912 votes (46.79 percent). Under Alaska law, a recount would be mandated only if the final margin is less than .5 percent ; Begich's lead is currently .77 percent. (Hat tip: Fellow numbers geek and Post...
  • Alaska Senate: Begich Widens Lead Slightly

    11/15/2008 2:37:53 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies · 1,040+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2008 | Chris Cizilla
    Democrat Mark Begich now leads Sen. Ted Stevens (R) by just over 1,000 votes with more than 90 percent of the total ballots counted in the high-profile Alaska Senate race. The Alaska Division of Elections counted another 14,500 votes on Friday and Begich's lead increased from 841 before the day started to 1,022 when the counting ended.
  • Begich grows lead, gives Dems hopes for 58[Alaska Senate Race]

    11/15/2008 10:27:25 AM PST · by BGHater · 40 replies · 1,502+ views
    The Hill ^ | 15 Nov 2008 | Alexander Bolton
    Anchorage mayor Mark Begich (D) increased his lead over Republican Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska) to 1,022 votes as of late Friday, giving Democrats hope of raising their Senate majority to 58 seats. State officials suspended their tally for the weekend and are scheduled to begin counting the remaining absentee and provisional ballots early next week. Campaign officials estimate that there are about 25,000 ballots left to count, including about 15,000 absentee and provisional ballots from the Anchorage area and nearly 10,000 absentee ballots from the Kenai Peninsula and Juneau. Democrats say they are confident about the race because, since election...
  • Let's stop a possible supermajority, especially if you're from MN, GA, AL

    11/13/2008 6:07:27 PM PST · by Sun · 38 replies · 738+ views
    On top of everything else, we don't need a filibuster-proof supermajority, controlled by Dems, in the U.S. Senate. If that happens, there won't be anybody to filibuster on limiting abortion (including forcing pro-life doctors to perform abortions), stopping the so-called "Fair"ness Doctrine, fighting against higher taxes, etc.. In Georgia, conservative Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is in a runoff on Dec. 2. They're still counting votes in Alaska and Minnesota, and in Minnesota they keep "finding" absentee ballots.
  • Alaska Senate: Begich Opens Nine-Point Lead Over Stevens

    07/21/2008 3:06:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies · 175+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 21, 2008
    Alaska’s U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Stevens and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has been a toss-up for several months now, but the Democratic challenger is now ahead 50% to 41%. When “leaners” are included, Begich leads 52%to 44%. Begich began running his first television ads of the campaign on July 8 and the survey was conducted nine days later. For each of the last three months, the candidates have been within two points of each other. Last month, Stevens was up two, 46% to 44%. In May, it the incumbent trailed by two. The month before, Stevens had...
  • Alaska Senate Poll Shows Stevens Still Vulnerable

    06/17/2008 3:05:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 113+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 17, 2008
    Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska has narrowly regained the advantage in his bid for a seventh term against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, as the numbers seesaw again in one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate contests. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, leads his Democratic opponent 46% to 44%. A month ago, it was Begich with an equally insignificant advantage, 47% to 45%. This is the third straight poll where the candidates have been within two points of each other.
  • Election 2008: Alaska Senate Alaska Senate: Begich (D) 47% Stevens (R) 45%

    05/17/2008 6:23:01 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 14 replies · 226+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 17, 2008 | Scott Rasmussen
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that Republican Senator Ted Stevens is trailing by two percentage points in his bid for re-election. Stevens attracts 45% of the vote while Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) earns 47%. A month ago, it was Stevens with 46% support and Begich at 45%. Any incumbent who polls below 50% is considered potentially vulnerable, especially when they trail a challenger early in the campaign season. Stevens is supported by just 68% of those who plan to vote for John McCain. Twenty-four percent (24%) of McCain voters say they’ll be splitting the ticket to vote...
  • Alaska: Stevens 46% Begich 45%

    04/11/2008 4:14:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies · 112+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 10, 2008
    In a difficult year for Republicans, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is providing GOP leaders with yet another headache. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that Stevens is essentially even with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. Stevens currently attracts 46% of the vote while Begich earns 45%. Four percent (4%) say they’d vote for a third party option while 5% are not sure. Any incumbent who polls below 50% is considered potentially vulnerable and that label certainly applies to Stevens.