GOP Unseats Begich in Alaska, Picks Up Senate Seat #8

By on 11.12.14 | 12:36PM

The GOP bloodbath from last Tuesday has finally swept north. Last night Alaska finished counting all of its absentee ballots, and GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan was declared the winner, unseating Demcratic incumbent Mark Begich by around 8,000 votes. This is the GOP's 8th Senate pickup. 

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.

The Republican Party also is seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.

Sullivan ran a confident campaign, ignoring the debate schedule Begich established and setting his own terms.

He pledged to fight federal overreach, talked about energy independence and, at seemingly every opportunity, sought to tie Begich to President Barack Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who are unpopular in Alaska.

Planned Parenthood Opposes Reasonable Regulation in Alaska

By on 1.30.14 | 4:46PM

Planned Parenthood is again opposing reasonable regulation of abortion doctors, this time in Alaska.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is suing Alaska's state health commissioner over regulations that go into effect on Sunday requiring doctors who receive Medicaid payments to certify that procedures are either "medically necessary" or that the patient is a victim of rape or incest. 

The national organization claims that the regulation will lower abortion access for low-income Alaskans. 

Doctors who want to receive Medicaid funds for abortions will have to check a box on a form certfying one of the two qualifications. 

Does Planned Parenthood practice any type of prudence? They don't seem to know when to pick a battle. It's further proof that liberal Democrats are the true extremists in the abortion debate. 

Daddy’s Little Princess

By on 9.26.10 | 7:22PM

Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal's John Fund for the head's up on this campaign ad by Let Freedom Ring, which criticizes Sen. Lisa Murkowski over her write-in campaign after she lost the Alaska Republican primary to newcomer Joe Miller. It reminds voters that she got her seat because her daddy, former Gov. Frank Murkowski, gave it to her in the first place. Maybe there will be more like it targeting Florida GOP reject Charlie Crist and temporarily defeated Delaware Rep. Mike Castle.

Alaska Libertarians Courted in GOP Senate Fight

By on 8.27.10 | 3:03AM

Alaska's Libertarian Party suddenly finds itself in the news -- and the object of political courtship -- as a result of Joe Miller's apparent upset of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary.

Under Alaska law, if Murkowksi is defeated in the Republican primary, her only other option to be on the Nov. 2 ballot would be for her to obtain the nomination of another party. Murkowski's supporters are trying to persuade LP Senate candidate Frederick "Dave" Haase to consider stepping aside so that she could run on the Libertarian ticket -- a move that Haase and state LP officials have so far refused to rule out.

In a telephone interview late Thursday, one LP source in Anchorage told me that although Haase has expressed admiration for Murkowski, he's also a "huge fan of Sarah Palin."

Alaska: Sen. Murkowski Trails Palin-Backed Challenger Miller

By on 8.25.10 | 5:57AM

When Alaska officials stopped counting ballots at 12:30 a.m. Anchorage time (4:30 a.m ET), 77% of the state's precincts had reported, and Republican primary challenger Joe Miller led by nearly 3,000 votes over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The New York Times, Roll Call and Anchorage Daily News reported this result cautiously -- Murkowski was "imperiled" and "battling for her political life," etc. -- but with Miller at nearly 52% of the vote, it appears evident that the challenger has won an upset.

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