North Slope mayors endorse Begich

U.S. Sen Mark Begich received a handful of endorsements in his bid for reelection from current and former North Slope mayors, including the following:

  • Charlotte Brower, North Slope Borough Mayor (Current)
  • Robert Harcharek, Mayor of Barrow (Current)
  • John Hopson Jr., Mayor of Wainwright (Current)
  • Eugene Brower, North Slope Borough Mayor (Former)
  • Edward Itta, North Slope Borough Mayor (Former)
  • Rep. Benjamin Nageak, North Slope Borough Mayor (Former)

Also recently, Begich received the endorsement from the board of directors of the Sealaska Corporation, which has 21,600 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian shareholders throughout Alaska. The Arctic Slope Regional Corp’s board recently endorsed GOP Senate candidate Sullivan.

From a Begich campaign press release: Continue reading

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Tension escalates between Begich and Murkowski

Politico, a D.C. based publication, isn’t above overplaying narrative tension. However, a piece today about the increasing strain between Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich as Begich’s reelection campaign begins to heat up, appears to be understated, if anything, I’ve heard.

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To set up the story, Murkowski is quoted as saying that she wants a “Republican partner,” and that Begich, according to her “needs to run on his record — and not mine.”

Politico recounts a recent instance where she requested her name Continue reading

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Treadwell raises $164,000 in second quarter, campaign in debt.

GOP Senate candidate Mead Treadwell raised $164,016 in the second quarter, which runs from April 1 to June 30, his report from the Senate clerk’s office shows. The report shows that he has $167,047 cash on hand, but his debts are $254,309, which means that he’s nearly $90,000 in the red.

Unlike Sen. Mark Begich and GOP candidate Dan Sullivan, Treadwell had declined to release the reports to the media earlier, presumably because this report, like his previous ones, don’t bode well for his ability to raise the kind of money that many believe is needed to beat Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

Treadwell formed an exploratory committee in December, 2012, and has been an official candidate since the June, 2013. Continue reading

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Loose Lips: ‘Moose the Movie.’ No acting mayors allowed. The B.S., I mean B.C. junket.

Loose LipsTennys Owens’ gallery, Artique, will be selling limited edition prints by Byron Birdsall that will be signed by all seven living Anchorage mayors in celebration of the city’s centennial. But wait! I count eight, including acting Mayor Matt Claman. Word is that someone in City Hall—guess who– decided that an acting mayor isn’t the same thing as the real deal. Anyhow, all the other mayors will gather August 5 to sign the prints, except Begich who had a scheduling conflict and has already signed them.

The Mat-Su Business Alliance, a for-profit corporation, has endorsed Dan Sullivan’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate in the GOP primary.

When reviewing APOC reports a few days ago, it looked like ADF&G Commissioner Cora Campbell is the only member of the governor’s cabinet that hasn’t contributed to his campaign yet. Continue reading

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Miller raises $129,000 in second quarter. Treadwell’s disclosure still not available

According to disclosures filed with the Senate clerk’s office, GOP U.S Senate candidate Joe Miller reported raising $129,000 in the last quarter, which runs from April until the end of June. He spent $121,000 and has $17,000 in debt. He still has a respectable $303,000 in his war chest, much of which he was able to roll over from his 2010 campaign and from his leadership PAC.

Neither Miller nor Mead Treadwell, another GOP Senate candidate, filed electronically, so neither of their reports are online at the FEC’s office yet. As of Wednesday morning, Treadwell’s hadn’t arrived at the clerk’s office. Once it arrives, it’s processed and sent to the FEC, who then has 48 hours to post online. When contacted on Wednesday, Treadwell’s campaign again declined to release his report to the public prior to it arriving at the Senate clerk’s office.

Both Sen. Mark Begich and GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s numbers were available almost immediately about two weeks ago. Sullivan gave them out if you asked. Begich posted his on his website, and included all of the small donors. Begich raised more than $1.25 million. For the first time since he entered the race, Sullivan was slightly behind Begich, raising $1.2 million.

Correction: The original story said that FEC reports are filed electronically. That’s not true. All reports are mailed in. Further, Sullivan’s report is not yet available on the FEC page, however the campaign has made it available to reporters.

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Local pro-Sullivan super-PAC goes on air

The super-PAC Alaska’s Energy/America’s Values, supporting GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, is going on air on Wednesday with the following ad. Anchorage-based ad man and political operative Art Hackney, who runs the super-PAC, said that the ad will begin to run 10 times a day on Fox, and is the beginning of a series of ads leading up to the GOP primary on August, 19. This one features Athena Fulton, who Hackney says is a born and raised Alaskan, a single mom and a Sullivan supporter.

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Some big surprises in 30 day state House and Senate fundraising reports

Campaign reports for those running for state office were due on Monday. They’re commonly called 30 day reports, because the reporting period runs from February 2 and ends July 18, 30 days before the primary race.

Money doesn’t mean everything in politics, but it means a lot, and the numbers so far do give you a sense of the depth and reach of a candidate’s support, and how candidates are spending what they raise.

A few surprises: The money in the governor’s race was interesting (see that story here). But the real shockers were in two Anchorage races—one House and one Senate–where two Democrats substantially outraised the Republican incumbents: Continue reading

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Dear APOC: You need a website that works

I said last night that I was going to write about the 30 day APOC reports from state House and Senate candidates which were due yesterday. However, the APOC website has been acting twitchy and I can’t get the information. This isn’t new. Since I’ve been covering politics, the agency’s website always seems to go down during times of high traffic, which is ironic considering one of the main purposes of the agency is transparency. Here’s the agency’s mission statement:

To encourage the public’s confidence in their elected and appointed officials by administering Alaska’s disclosure statutes and publishing financial information regarding the activities of election campaigns, public officials, lobbyists and lobbyist employers.

I’ll continue to try, and maybe in the future APOC can try to encourage the public’s confidence in their state agencies by ensuring that the publication of financial information regarding the activities of election campaigns, public officials, lobbyists and lobbyist employers, is done in a timely manner that doesn’t involve wanting to throw your computer across the room. 

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Video: Last Tuesday’s GOP Senate candidate debate

Below is the entire 2.5 hour GOP Senate candidate debate that took place in Homer last Tuesday, courtesy of the Joe Miller campaign. If you can’t find time to watch the whole debate, the intros, which start at about minute 3, will give you a pretty good feel for the candidates. Joe Miller, as he always is, is more articulate than his reputation would lead you to believe. Mead Treadwell is the newly minted, staunch tea party conservative—an ideological turn that’s designed to appeal to primary voters and for which most of the media has given him a free pass–and Dan Sullivan tries to save something for the general election.

Leave a comment and let me know what strikes you, particularly those who have time to watch the whole thing.

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RNC #FireReid robocall coming to a phone near you

Below is the script to the robocall that will be played in Alaska as part of the Republican National Committee’s new “Fire Harry Reid” campaign.

President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have blocked hundreds of bills that would spur job creation. Their partisan agenda has caused our healthcare costs to skyrocket. Their environmentalist billionaire backers won’t let the Keystone pipeline bring affordable energy to our state. A vote for Senator Mark Begich is just another rubber stamp on their failed agenda. It’s time to Fire Harry Reid. It’s time to vote against Senator Mark Begich.

Variations of the script Continue reading

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Updated: If court ruling stands, thousands of Alaskans will lose ObamaCare subsidies

Big news from the Washington Post:

A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states…. The three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with plaintiffs who argued that the language of the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces.

This could be the biggest blow yet to ObamaCare.

Hours later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously upheld the subsidies, which likely means the case will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Alaska is one of 27 states that opted out of creating its own exchange. That decision was made by Gov. Sean Parnell, along with the decision not to accept federal money to expand Medicaid. Because of Parnell’s decision, if the ruling is upheld, which is unlikely, thousands of Alaskans will become ineligible for subsidies, and across the country, tens of billions of dollars of federal money will be forfeited by the states.

Since As of April, 12,890 Alaskans have signed up for healthcare under ObamaCare. If you make less than 400 percent of the poverty level in Alaska– $57,400 a year for a single person or $117,760 for a family of four—you will qualify for subsidies. Continue reading

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Thirty day APOC report shows Parnell has wide lead in cash on hand

Gov. Sean Parnell didn’t report as much money as at least one of his challengers in the governor’s race, but he spent less during the period than his other two opponents. All told, Parnell raised $285,000 during the latest reporting period, which runs from February 2 until July 18, which is 30 days before the primary. That number included $100,000 that was given to Parnell from the state Republican Party. However, given that Parnell is the incumbent, his numbers looks less impressive when compared to the other two candidates in the race, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker. But compared to them he was relatively frugal. Parnell’s campaign only spent $170,000 during that period and still has $450,000 cash on hand going into the general election.

Mallott reported receipts of $297,000 during this reporting period. However, $48,000 of that was his own money.  The Alaska Democratic Party gave him $59,000, He spent $277,000 in the same period.  Continue reading

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Parnell raises $285,000 in latest reporting period

Gov. Sean Parnell raised more than $285,000 during the latest reporting period, which runs from February until July. That number includes $100,000 that was given to Parnell from the state Republican Party. In total, the campaign has raised $693,295 since it’s inception in May 2013 and has about $450,000 cash on hand.

“As we travel the state, Sandy and I are humbled by the strong and deep support we see,” Parnell said in a release. “We are especially grateful to all our volunteers, contributors and event hosts. Together, we will continue to build Alaska and ensure more freedom and opportunity for all Alaskans.”

I’ll update when I get the numbers of the other two main candidates in the race: Democrat Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker.

As of 4 p.m. on Monday, the website of the Alaska Public Offices Commission was down, as it tends to be during high traffic times.

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GOP Senate candidate Sullivan’s new ad focuses on Alaska ‘roots’

Doubts raised about GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s Alaska creds must be working, because the campaign just put out in a response to those claims, using one of the best weapons they have: Sullivan’s wife Julie Fate Sullivan. The new ad isn’t exactly a roaring response, but it sets the stage for what could be one. ”I’m a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised here.  Our roots go back thousands of years,” says Fate, which is more than any other spouse of any other Senate candidate can say.

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Much is known about Sullivan. Less, however is known about his wife, who will likely play a larger, more visible role in the campaign, particularly if Sullivan wins the primary.

Fate, of Athabaskan descent, is the daughter of Mary Jane and Hugh “Bud” Fate, a highly respected Alaska couple from Fairbanks. Continue reading

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