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  • AZ insiders: McCain’s already decided to run for Senate again in 2016, will announce early next year

    11/07/2014 10:38:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 7, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Supposedly ol’ Mav himself told the AP yesterday that it’s “very likely” he’ll run but I can’t find that quote in the actual video. Fun fact, though: When the clip was first posted last night, some outfits like Yahoo News titled it, “McCain: ‘Very Likely’ Will Run for President in 2016.” I knew it was a mistake, of course, but for one soaring moment I thought I might have something even better than another Mitt Romney candidacy with which to troll the Hot Air faithful. Ah well. The headline’s corrected now. For now, for the record, he’s merely “leaning towards”...
  • 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...
  • Lisa Murkowski on photos in Mark Begich ads: ‘No means no’

    10/27/2014 3:37:41 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/27/2014 | Katie Glueck
    Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is telling her Alaska colleague, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, that when it comes to using her likeness in his ads, “no means no.” Begich, who is up for reelection in a closely watched race against Republican Dan Sullivan, has used Murkowski’s picture in campaign ads to highlight his bipartisan bona fides and the fact both he and Murkowski are on the Appropriations Committee. Over the summer, representatives for the Republican sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Begich campaign, but he used a photo of the two of them at a joint press event as recently as...
  • Calls mount to end ban on oil exports as US production booms

    02/05/2014 5:24:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2014 | Dan Springer
    When the Arab oil embargo of 1973 shocked the U.S. into long gas lines and rationing, Congress approved what was a no-brainer at the time -- a ban on exporting crude oil produced at home. But today, with domestic oil production booming, some are questioning whether that ban should stay in place. The new concern is that the U.S. has more oil than its refineries can handle. “This ban threatens record-breaking U.S. oil production and American jobs by creating inefficiencies, gluts and distortions,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, recently testified at a congressional hearing. Murkowski has sent a letter to the...
  • Senate confirms first Obama's ‘post-nuclear’ nominee in 56-38 vote

    12/10/2013 8:57:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/2013
    The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court, making her the first nominee of President Obama’s to clear the Senate since Democrats unilaterally changed the rules in a vote last month. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats. The rule change means only 51 votes are needed to end a filibuster on nominations below the level of the Supreme Court. The move outraged Republicans, who said Democrats had severely undermined minority rights in the upper chamber. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered the “nuclear option” to make the change. It allows the...
  • LGBT non-discrimination act clears Senate committee (with RINO support)

    07/10/2013 10:51:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-10-2013
    Wednesday morning, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions approved the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, as it’s commonly referred to. The bill prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It was first considered by the committee in 2002 and was the subject of hearings in 2009 and 2012. Three Republicans, Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lisa Murkowski (Ark.) and the bill’s original co-sponsor, Mark Kirk (Ill.) joined 12 Democrats to quickly approve what committee chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) called “historic legislation.” In his statement, Harkin reiterated the main points of the bill, stressing that...
  • The Stories They Told

    06/25/2013 9:07:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    RedState ^ | 6/25/2013 | Erick Erickson
    Republicans (and red state Democrats) used to tell voters amazing things about their opposition to amnesty. Then they got elected and supported legislation that actually weakens border security and puts people on a path not just to legalization, but to citizenship, before ever securing our borders. 1. Rubio: “I would vote against anything that grants amnesty because I think it destroys your ability to enforce the existing law and I think it’s unfair to the people who are standing in line and waiting to come in legally. I would vote against anything that has amnesty in it.” 2. Corker: “We...
  • IT'S OFFICIAL: Conservatives Can't Even Bear To Talk About Gay Marriage Anymore

    06/20/2013 3:54:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 20, 2013 | Josh Barro
    Yesterday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) became the third Republican in the Senate to endorse gay marriage. Conservative media outlets haven't been attacking her for it. They haven't been praising her either. They've been ignoring her ... So what's going on? A substantial share of the staffers at these publications, especially the younger ones, are now supporters of gay marriage ... Those who oppose gay marriage are sick to death of talking about the issue. They know they are losing the fight over public opinion and that their complaints are not going to convince anybody ...
  • Murkowski becomes third Republican U.S. senator to back gay marriage

    06/19/2013 6:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | June 19, 2013 | Yereth Rosen
    U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska publicly backed gay marriage on Wednesday, becoming the third Republican senator to do so as she spoke out ahead of potentially landmark rulings from the Supreme Court on the issue. Murkowski, 56, wrote in an essay posted on her Senate website that her decision was swayed, in part, by meeting a lesbian couple from Anchorage, one of whom was in the National Guard, who had adopted four children. "This first-class Alaskan family still lives a second-class existence," Murkowski said in her essay. Her announcement comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule...
  • Lisa Murkowski Shares Thoughts on Marriage Equality with Alaskans (Another Republican Domino falls)

    06/19/2013 9:05:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Pursuit of Happiness – Without Government Interference Not too long ago, I had the honor of nominating an Alaskan family as “Angels in Adoption,” a celebration of the selflessness shown by foster care families and those who adopt children. They arrived in Washington, DC, a military family who had opened their doors to not one child but four siblings to make sure that these sisters and brother had the simplest gift you can give a child: a home together. We had lunch together, and they shared their stories with me. All the while, the children politely ate lunch and...
  • 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...
  • Which Republican Senator Will Support Gay Marriage Next? 5 to Watch.

    04/05/2013 6:48:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The National Journal ^ | April 5, 2013 | Elahe Izadi
    While Senate Democrats are rapidly accepting gay marriage—only seven holdouts remain—that's not the case for their Republican counterparts. Just two GOP senators have come out in support of same-sex marriage this year: Rob Portman of Ohio, who announced his support last month, and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who joined Portman on Tuesday. But the lonely Portman-Kirk caucus could get some additions soon. Yes, foreseeing a change of positions on gay marriage can be difficult (see: Portman, a longtime opponent of gay marriage who changed positions after his son came out), and many Democratic lawmakers who have made the switch said...
  • Lisa Murkowski 'Evolving' on Gay Marriage (RINO alert!)

    03/28/2013 3:04:29 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s joined the ranks of those whose views are “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage. “I think it’s important to acknowledge that there is a change afoot in this country in terms of how marriage is viewed,” the Alaska Republican told the Chugiak-Eagle River Star on Wednesday. “The term ‘evolving view’ has been perhaps overused, but I think it is an appropriate term for me to use.” She told the newspaper that she is reconsidering her views on gay marriage “very closely.” Another Republican senator, Rob Portman of Ohio, last week said he was reversing...
  • Republican Senator 'Evolving' on Gay Marriage Issue

    03/28/2013 11:27:10 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/28/13 | Shushannah Walshe
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is "evolving" on the issue of gay marriage, but she has stopped short of joining the other senator from Alaska, Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in endorsing it.
  • Breaking with Romney, Murkowski warns against ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to Solyndra

    06/05/2012 1:05:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2012 | Ben German
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is breaking with Mitt Romney and some Capitol Hill Republicans by expressing support for federal green-energy programs, including the one that provided loan help to the now-bankrupt Solyndra. Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said she supports continuation of the Energy’s Department loan-guarantee program for green energy, and more broadly backs a federal role in boosting market deployment of alternative energy.
  • Lisa Murkowski to her fellow Republicans: It makes no sense to make this attack on women

    04/06/2012 2:46:28 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 6, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    WOW. Look, I respect that Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski values her moderate reputation, that she’s a kind person who seeks to facilitate conversation across the aisle, that she doesn’t want to offend her friends who are Democrats, but c’mon. She’s going to provide cover for Democratic rhetoric that Republicans are waging a “war on women”? Oh, I’m sorry, excuse me. Murkowski didn’t say Republicans are “waging a war.” She said they’re “making an attack.” Honestly, I can’t even figure out who she’s pandering to, other than to Democrats. From HuffPo:
  • Murkowski wishes female colleagues had lobbied her against Blunt amendment (Contraception)

    03/20/2012 9:41:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 19, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Monday she wished her female colleagues from across the aisle had lobbied her to vote against the Blunt amendment, legislation that would have enabled employers to opt out of providing health insurance that covered medicine or procedures they morally objected to. Murkowski, who voted for the GOP-backed bill, has since said that she regretted her vote.
  • Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski Endorses Mitt Romney

    12/02/2011 7:59:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 2, 2011 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney announced Friday that he has earned the endorsement of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, considered by many conservatives to be a RINO. The following statement was released by the Romney camp: “I am proud to announce the support of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with her to expand Alaska’s energy production, bring jobs back to the state, and help get our country on the right track again.”
  • Sen. Murkowski for Romney (Knock me over with a feather!)

    12/02/2011 5:05:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | December 2, 2011 | Joel Connelly
    The Republicans’ shaky president frontrunner, ex-Gov. Mitt Romney, has won the endorsement of a GOP senator who took on the Tea Party movement and won in her home state last year. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, became the most prominent West Coast politician to endorse Romney, who lives much of the time near San Diego at the other end of the coast. “Mitt Romney has had the lifelong experience needed to turn around our economy,” Murkowski said. The endorsement increases chances that Murkowski’s fiercest rival in Alaska Republican circles, 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, will come out for ex-House...
  • Murkowski praises Bialek, says Cain should quit if story true

    11/08/2011 12:32:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies · 1+ views
    The Politico ^ | November 8, 2011 | Alexander Burns
    Relatively few prominent Republican women have spoken out, so far, about the sexual harassment charges facing Herman Cain. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski started to change that today, telling CNN that she's "concerned" about the growing list of complaints about Cain's behavior: Murkowski made clear she was moved by the public account of Sharon Bialek, a single mother from Chicago ... "It takes incredible courage for an individual to come forward as this latest, as this one woman has," the third-term Alaskan said. "So it does cause me to wonder exactly what is out there. I am concerned." ...
  • Group labels Murkowski least conservative GOP senator

    08/30/2011 9:12:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    It's really no surprise given last year's wild U.S. Senate race in Alaska: Heritage Action for America's legislative "scorecard" released today rates Alaska's Lisa Murkowski as the least conservative Republican in the Senate.
  • Ryan Budget Gets 40 Votes in Senate, Obama Budget Gets 0

    05/25/2011 4:23:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 25, 2011 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    That big fat zero is not a typo.Not a single U.S. senator voted in favor of President Obama's budget proposal. Meanwhile, five members of GOP caucus voted against Ryan budget: moderates Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, independent Lisa Murkowski (Ak.), and staunch libertarian Rand Paul (Ky.). So all of the swing state Republican senators sided with Ryan.Apparently, the Senate Democrats think if they don't support anything they can't be demagogued in the same way they're demagoguing Ryan's plan. Harry Reid has dropped the phrasing that Republicans would end Medicare "as we know it," in favor of a...
  • GOP Blocks Liu

    05/19/2011 11:55:08 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 30 replies
    national Review Online ^ | May 19, 2011 | Andrew Stiles
    Senate Republicans have successfully filibustered the nomination of Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The final vote on cloture was 52 to 43, with one Senator (Orrin Hatch of Utah) voting “present,” well short of the 60 votes required to end a filibuster. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) voted yes, while Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) voted no. Sens. Bauchus, Hutchison, Moran and Vitter did not vote.
  • Senate Approves Former Planned Parenthood Director as Judge (McCain leads RINOs for infanticide)

    05/09/2011 2:23:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Lifenews.com ^ | http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/04/senate-approves-former-planned-parenthood-director-as-judge/
    The U.S. Senate today overcame a Republican filibuster and approved a former Planned Parenthood abortion business director, John McConnell, as a federal judge in Rhode Island. Senators voted 63-33 to surpass the 60-vote threshold necessary to stop the filibuster and approve the nomination of McConnell’s nomination to the District Court for the District of Rhode Island. his nomination previously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee recently on a party-line 11-7 vote. Senate Republicans joining all Democrats to end debate included Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark Kirk of Illinois,...
  • AlaskaPoll: Palin at 61% Unfavorable

    04/21/2011 8:56:07 AM PDT · by unique · 115 replies
    USelectionnews.com ^ | Thursday, April 21st, 2011 | Alexandra Taylor
    Sarah Palin may be having some trouble with the voting demographic from her own home state of Alaska. According to results released Wednesday, the Dittman Research Corporation’s AlaskaPoll showed the former Governor and potential 2012 Presidential candidate rated at 61% unfavorably by a survey taken between March 3 and March 17th of approximately 400 Alaskans.
  • Lisa Murkowski first GOP Senator to openly defend Planned Parenthood

    03/15/2011 9:25:36 PM PDT · by pissant · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Faster Times ^ | 3/15/11 | Michelle Koufopoulis
    Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the first Senator in more than 50 years to win an election with a write-in campaign (she crushed Tea Party—and Sarah Palin— favorite and official GOP nominee Joe Miller with a lead of over 10,000 votes this past November), and has a healthy history of defying the general party line: she’s voted in support of the DREAM Act, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a tax-cut compromise, and the START deal. Now she’s thrown her support behind Planned Parenthood: “I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their...
  • Obama Honors Women in Weekly Address (Murkowski gives repsonse!)

    03/12/2011 11:44:39 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 43 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 12 | Staff
    U.S. President Barack Obama has chosen Women's History Month to honor their achievements, and showcase legislation aimed at giving women equal pay. During his weekly address Saturday, Obama said a new White House report on the status of women shows their earnings still lag behind men. The president says the findings have inspired his resolve to get pay reforms legislation passed. Obama says in the current economy, fair pay is not just a women's issue, but a family issue. The president noted that women are more likely than men to attend and graduate from college, yet women are more likely...
  • Exclusive: Murkowski opposes Planned Parenthood, Title X cuts

    03/11/2011 3:40:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | March 11, 2011 | Sarah Kliff
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has come out in opposition to the House’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, making her the first Republican senator to do so. “I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill,” Murkowski wrote in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I ask you to consider these programs going forward to determine if there is room for allowing continued funding.” In an e-mail to a constituent, Murkowski expanded on her position, also taking shots at...
  • Senators look for immigration deal (JUAN MCCAIN ALERT)

    02/07/2011 5:21:11 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-02-07 | Carrie Brown
    Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have rekindled their alliance on immigration reform, taking some early steps to test the political will for addressing the contentious issue this year. (snip) “It’s in the infant stage,” Graham told POLITICO. “I don’t know what the political appetite is to do something.” (snip) And in one closely watched comment, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) let it slip recently that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) “seems to think that there’s a shot at this.” It led to a round of speculation that the McCain of the past, the senator who ushered a comprehensive bill...
  • Weekly RINO Roundup

    02/03/2011 10:57:02 AM PST · by red meat conservative · 6 replies
    Red Meat Conservative ^ | 02/03/11 | Daniel
     Recently, I began a weekly roundup of RINO news so we can be vigilant of what we are up against within our own party.  Here is just a sample of some of this week's headlines. Lisa Murkowski Blasts GOP on Obama Care Repeal- (And this is what we get from Alaska?  I seriously would rather have had the Democrat win than put up with her for another six years.) Dick Lugar Pushes for "Clean Energy Standard"- (which will destroy jobs, raise prices for vital goods and services on the poor, and slow economic growth) Lisa Murkowski proposes inter-party bi-partisan lunches...
  • Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties

    01/25/2011 9:42:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties By: CNN Political Unit (CNN) – It's been said Congress is like high school all over again. Well, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is making clear she is embracing the idea of sitting next to a Democrat during Tuesday's State of the Union address, saying members of the opposing party do not have "cooties." "Maybe we do need to get out of our conventional skins every now and again and come out and do something that indicates to the rest of the country that we are not afraid to sit next to each other, that there...
  • Nearly 60 lawmakers back bipartisan State of the Union seating plan (McCain a yes)

    01/21/2011 12:23:52 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2011 | Felicia Sonmez
    A plan for bipartisan seating at President Obama's State of the Union address is gaining traction among lawmakersSix Senate Republicans:Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)John McCain (Ariz.)Olympia Snowe (Maine)Susan Collins (Maine)Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)Scott Brown (Mass.)Five House Republicans:Sue Myrick (N.C.)Phil Gingrey (Ga.)Paul Gosar (Ariz.)Charlie Bass (N.H.)Tom Petri (Wis.)
  • Critical of GOP on jobs, Murkowski a thorn in McConnell’s side (RINO or RAT?)

    01/21/2011 9:31:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 21, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) has leveled a stinging criticism at fellow Republicans by charging they are not focusing enough on job creation. In Washington, where “jobs” has become the principal buzzword in partisan political arguments, Murkowski’s charge hurled back at her own side hurts, indeed. Murkowski said GOP leaders have been spending too much time and effort on a “messaging” battle with Democrats over repealing healthcare reform when the issue most voters care about is high unemployment. “I don’t believe that there are votes sufficient in the Senate to repeal healthcare reform,” Murkowski said Thursday in an interview with an...
  • Federal judge dismisses challenge to Murkowski's re-election

    12/28/2010 7:19:04 PM PST · by speciallybland · 19 replies · 17+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/28/2010
    A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in election victory last month, clearing the way for Murkowski to be sworn in for a second term next week. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell later announced that the director of the Alaska Division of Elections certified Murkowski as the winner, defeating fellow Republican Joe Miller by a vote of 101,091 to 90,839. Murkowski was defeated in the Republican primary in August by Miller, a Tea Party-backed candidate. Murkowski then waged the write-in campaign in the general election in November to defeat Miller, who filed a lawsuit challenging...
  • Miller won't try to block Murkowski Senate win

    12/27/2010 12:52:11 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 13+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2010 | BECKY BOHRER
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Republican Joe Miller said he won't stand in the way of Sen. Lisa Murkowski being certified the winner of Alaska's U.S. Senate race, but he vowed to not end his legal fight over the state's handling of the vote count. Miller's announcement late Sunday paves the way for Murkowski, the incumbent and a write-in candidate, to be officially named winner of the race.
  • Murkowski Only "Repub" that Voted for DADT Repeal, Tax Compromise, New START, and DREAM Act Cloture

    12/23/2010 8:15:33 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 51 replies · 2+ views
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/23/10 | Aurelius
    Though already called a RINO by most conservative Republicans for running a write-in campaign when she lost in Alaska's Senate Primary earlier this year, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska seems to not only be confirming her RINO status, but embracing it. With lawsuits filed by Republican challenger Joe Miller about November's election being dismissed, Murkowski has won another six years in the Senate. Apparently, she does not care that she will be considered a traitor to her party. This is clear from her votes during the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress. Going completely against the Republican grain, Murkowski...
  • Lisa Murkowski goes rogue - article Dubs her "New Maverick" in the Senate

    12/23/2010 5:46:08 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 82 replies · 7+ views
    Politico.com ^ | December 23, 2010 | Meredith Shiner
    Lisa Murkowski isn’t gunning down caribou on national TV like that other famous Alaskan, but the Republican lawmaker is going rogue in the Senate just weeks after staging the most stunning back-from-the-dead political win of the 2010 cycle. Murkowski is already showing a fierce independent streak, becoming the only Republican to cast votes for all four items on President Barack Obama’s wish list: a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a tax cut compromise, the START treaty and cloture for the DREAM Act. The lame duck votes capped a strange political odyssey for the Alaska Republican — one that started...
  • Supreme Court rules against Miller

    12/22/2010 3:43:23 PM PST · by freedomwarrior998 · 129 replies · 6+ views
    Ancorage Daily News ^ | 12-22-2010 | SEAN COCKERHAM
    The Alaska Supreme Court today ruled against Joe Miller on all counts, a decision that leaves his challenge of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s victory on life support.
  • New START treaty passes key Senate vote (Cloture passes 67-28, 11 R support)

    12/21/2010 1:25:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael Muskal
    The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a cloture motion, seemingly enough to assure final ratification. Eleven Republicans joined with 56 Democrats to pass the cloture motion. It will take 67 votes to ratify the New Start pact, which would give the Obama administration its top foreign policy goal in the lame-duck session. Among Republicans announcing their support were Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, George V. Voinovich of Ohio, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and...
  • Obama Finds Lame Duck Ally In Murkowski

    12/20/2010 3:32:06 PM PST · by radioone · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Hotline on Call ^ | 12-20-10 | Dan Roem
    One of Pres. Obama's biggest supporters in the Senate in the past week is not even a member of his own party: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Murkowski supported the president's position on the Senate's four biggest votes since last Wednesday. She and fellow Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) voted in favor of the tax cut compromise and to invoke cloture on New START treaty, the Dream Act and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Both senators also voted in favor of the final repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Saturday. No Senate Republican voted for all four bills...
  • Rampant Fraud, Self-Dealing Alleged in Alaska Native Corporation

    12/18/2010 12:47:06 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 5 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 15 Dec 10 | Michael Grabell
    Dec. 17: This story has been updated [1]. SAXMAN, Alaska -- When the oil boom came to Alaska, Congress promised new economic opportunities for native peoples like the Cape Fox Tlingit. The Tlingit had wrested a subsistence life from the harsh coasts of southeast Alaska for thousands of years, only to see their villages destroyed, their resources exploited and their population wiped out by disease when white settlers came in the 19th century. In 1971, Congress passed a law intended to right the historic wrongs and compensate natives for construction of a new oil pipeline through their ancient lands. The...
  • Snowe & Murkowski Vow To Vote For DADT Repeal (Game Over: Hussein & Rats Win)

    12/16/2010 2:45:00 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 73 replies · 2+ views
    Lez Get Real ^ | 12/15/10 | Bridgette P. LaVictoire
    The Democrats are three votes short in the Senate of being able to outright pass the stand alone bill repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but it looks like that obstacle has been overcome. Word has come down that not only will Senator Susan Collins be voting for it, but so will Senators Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski.
  • Snowe Vows Support For DADT Repeal, Improves Chances of Senate Passage

    12/15/2010 11:23:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 42 replies
    abc ^ | December 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Matthew Jaffe
    Not only do supporters of the repeal have reason to celebrate today because of the House of Representatives’ vote in favor of a stand-alone bill to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but also because the chances of the bill passing the Senate improved when Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine said she will support it. “After careful analysis of the comprehensive report compiled by the Department of Defense and thorough consideration of the testimony provided by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service chiefs, I support repeal of the Don’t...
  • Miller Appeals Vote to Alaska Supreme Court

    12/13/2010 9:57:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    JUNEAU, Alaska—Republican Joe Miller is taking his challenge to the Alaska Senate race to the state Supreme Court. The court confirms that Mr. Miller filed an appeal Monday. Arguments are set for Friday....
  • Alaska judge rules against Miller in Senate race

    12/11/2010 8:41:07 AM PST · by SeattleBruce · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 10, 2010, 8:31 P.M. ET | JIM CARLTON
    "An Alaska Superior Court judge denied claims by Senate challenger Joe Miller that the state improperly tabulated votes that resulted in incumbent Lisa Murkowski pulling ahead as a write-in candidate last month...."
  • Judge rules against Miller in Alaska Senate race

    12/10/2010 4:24:28 PM PST · by speciallybland · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 12/10/2010 | The Associated Press
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has ruled against Republican Joe Miller's lawsuit challenging how Alaska counted write-in votes for rival Lisa Murkowski in their U.S. Senate race. Judge William Carey's ruling Friday is virtually certain to be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The judge said his decision wouldn't take effect until Tuesday to give Miller time to appeal.
  • Ruling on Joe Miller's election lawsuit should be coming this afternoon

    12/10/2010 3:38:27 PM PST · by speciallybland · 9 replies
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | 12/10/2010 | Sean Cockerham
    State Superior Court Judge William Carey is expected to rule this afternoon on Joe Miller’s challenge of the Senate election. The ruling is sure to be appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court. The timing is key. Federal Judge Ralph Beistline has blocked certification of Lisa Murkowski as the winner in the Senate race until the state courts decide on Miller’s lawsuit. The new U.S. Senate is to be sworn in Jan.5 and the state says Alaska will be left with just one senator, Mark Begich, if the election isn’t certified by then. The state filed a flurry of motions in...
  • [Miller Update] Over 5000 Votes in Alaska's U.S. Senate Race Not Verified

    12/08/2010 12:04:36 AM PST · by RileyD, nwJ · 64 replies
    Red County ^ | 12/7/10 | Thomas Lamb
    Last week I spoke with an observer that is with the Miller campaign and after scouring the voter rolls, the observer found over 5000 votes that have not been verified according to Alaska election laws and the ballots cast were not questioned ballots. In Alaska, the secret ballot and the laws that pertain to how a ballot can be cast with the weak oversight that has been displayed by the Alaska Division of Elections, can lead to voter fraud. Plain and simple. The problem with the over 5000 votes cast that were not verified is, there was no indication on...
  • MILLER: Writing in corruption

    12/03/2010 4:48:04 PM PST · by FTJM · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/3/10 | Joe Miller
    Lisa Murkowski proved this past week that she has learned nothing from the message of the midterm elections. The main issues that drove people to the polls and created a Republican landslide were the beliefs that our nation is on the wrong track and that government spending has gotten completely out of control. Within weeks of the election, Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich voted to retain the wasteful and corrupting earmarks they cherish. The new House majority, and even President Obama, have committed to banning earmarks. No one should be surprised that Mrs. Murkowski is willing to make...
  • Murkowski (The Winner?) Desperate: Wants Her Day In Court

    12/03/2010 10:09:03 AM PST · by RileyD, nwJ · 39 replies
    Red County ^ | December 3, 2010 | Thomas Lamb
    By Thomas Lamb | 12/03/10 | 1:43 AM EST | I find it telling that Lisa Murkowski wanted to intervene in the Joe Miller vs. State of Alaska case because she felt that she could lose. Kendall said Murkowski was at odds with the state over its deciding not to count another 2,016 ballots for her. Many of those did not have the ballot ovals filled but had her name written in. Others, according to attorney Scott Kendall, had "Lisa M." written in or various misspellings. Video link for spelling bee here in body of article. (Editor's note: notice the...