Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 10.15

  • The Koch brothers launched a Super PAC last summer that allows them to directly attack candidates, but also requires them to file  donors with the FEC.  Politico has the overview and history of the Koch brothers original super PAC and their newest entity.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner’s adjective to describe yesterday’s Fairbanks gubernatorial debate is “animated.”
  • Rasmussen Reports unveiled a new poll of 700 likely Alaskan voters that has Dan Sullivan in the lead with 48% and U.S. Senator Mark Begich with 45% with an error rate of 4%.
  • If Ballot Measure 2 passes on November 4, then it looks like Alaska might already have found its new Pot Czar. The Juneau Empire has an article about Cynthia Franklin, and her potentially new role as the person in charge of writing the Alaska regulations regarding legalized marijuana.

  • Mark Thiessen with the AP reports on Alaska’s first known gay marriage in the Arctic between Kristine Hilderbrand and Sarah Ellis of Barrow.
  • “Rand Paul’s turning out to be a good secret weapon this cycle,” said Scott Reed, the senior political strategist for the Chamber told the National Journal. The article reveals how helpful Rand has been to Republican U.S. Senate candidates during this non-presidential year.
  • The AlaskaCommons covered Sen. Mark Begich’s town hall event at the Muldoon Boys and Girls Club. During his speech, Begich covered many issues, including how Sen. Lisa Murkowski and he vote together about 80% of the time, and told some jokes.
  • Not to be outdone, OpenSecrets reports that Jeb Bush has also helped GOP Senate candidates by raising $1 million for them. $148,000 of that went to Dan Sullivan’s campaign.
  • The Juneau Empire reports that about 55 people spoke at last night’s Alaska Department of Transportation’s public hearing on ‘The Road.” The Fairbanks News Miner has an article about another hot button road, the King Cove road and its adjoining lawsuit.
  • InfluencerExplorer shows that Put Alaska First has received more than $2.5 million from the Senate Majority PAC and $50,000 from Bristol Bay Native Corporation. In a separate filing, Working Families of Alaska and Workers’ Voice have bought $160,597 in advertising and radio ads in support of Begich/against Sullivan. That’s not all. The Itemizer shows roughly $940,000 in media buys against Begich.
  •  has an article about the amount of energy and money teachers’ unions are putting into this election cycle across the country. (Yes, Alaska is mentioned.)
  • Fairbanks’s air quality ballot measure is officially dead. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the final tally was 5,825 “no” votes and 5470 “yes” votes.
  • The DSCC has called the U.S. Senate election in Kentucky. The Hill reports that they announced yesterday that they were stopping future spending on Alison Grimes candidacy against Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. While everyone knew that the DSCC was going to have to pull out of at least some races, which campaigns were on the chopping block were up in the air.
  • The Hill reports that at $483 billion, the U.S. deficit is at a six-year low.
  • NumbersUSA has released an ad for TV and Internet that supports restricting immigration. Politico reports that NumbersUSA will spend more than $1million to run ads like this in the states with the key U.S. Senate races’ and in the MA for the governor’s race.

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2 thoughts on “Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 10.15

  1. Sandra

    The telephone poll results — Rasmussen Reports — two of the questions would slant answers away from a D incumbent, involving health care and Obama. I would like to see a non-partisan poll and its results.

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