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Victory For Murkowski  
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8414 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

It looks like enough Alaskans remember how to spell the lady's name:

Quote:
As Senator Lisa Murkowski flew home to Alaska on Wednesday, the Associated Press declared her the winner of her long-shot write-in bid for re-election.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/us/politics/18alaska.html?hp

There are obviously a lot of stories on this, but in the end the TP and Palin looks to have lost - at home for Palin.

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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

Yes ..it appears ... Mrs. Smithowski won the election. Of course the voter intended M-u-r-k-o-w-s-k-i... but hey ! 

As a Republican ... she is symbolic of all that is wrong with the party. But ... she was not about to lose daddy's seat , especially to a Palin backed candidate .



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8414 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 1):
As a Republican ... she is symbolic of all that is wrong with the party.

Actually she appears to be one of those situations where the Republicans eat their own. This time it didn't work. Actually it didn't work with the Witch either.

Maybe if Joe had shaved more often . . .


User currently offlinembmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 2):
Maybe if Joe had shaved more often . . .

His palms?


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40008 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Congrats to Lisa Murkowski.
Glad to see Palin and her tea party defeated on their home turf.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 2):
Maybe if Joe had shaved more often . . .

You know I wonder if Sarah shav........oh never mind.   



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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 1):
As a Republican ... she is symbolic of all that is wrong with the party.

I completely disagree with that sentiment. Miller is a nut job, and if he couldn't beat a write in candidate he beat in the primary, its clear that became apparent to Alaskans. Good riddance to his 15 minutes.



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User currently offlineUSXguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Not so fast (and yes, I voted for Lisa).

Joe *REFUSES* to concede the race, he was just on one of the local Anchorage stations saying "its not over", which as much as I'd love to bash him for saying he'd give up if the numbers don't go his way, Lisa kinda did the same thing.

I'd much rather have Lisa in office than that nut job Joe. Lisa is one of the more 'centrist' Republicans in the Senate, and hopefully she remains more moderate as the GOP has been hit with some of these Tea ba.. Party candidates.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40008 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 5):
Good riddance to his 15 minutes.

  
Now he joins the round file with Joe The Plumber.

Sarah seems to have a thing for guys named Joe.



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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4114 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
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Quoting USXguy (Reply 6):
Joe *REFUSES* to concede the race

If the secretary of state (or whoever is ultimately in charge of elections in Alaska) declares a winner, does it even matter that he doesn't concede?

[Edited 2010-11-17 21:32:55]


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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

I love how he won't count any of the contested ballots because some 'unelected bureaucrat' made a decision on it. What does he want, ballot counting to be a partisan elected office? Love how 'bureaucrat' becomes so derogatory for necessary jobs in government. What an idiot, and an asshole. Bye Joe.


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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Quoting USXguy (Reply 6):
'centrist'



Insert "Democrat "...... Nothing wrong with being a "centrist" I guess , but just run as a democrat . She essentially ran on a democrat platform of government help for all your problems. Same old big government routine ... that is fine and as a citizen you should have the choice to vote for that if that is what you want. But , to me she is is the wrong party .

As far as Joe goes .... I don't know the guy . It was just a interesting political drama going on up there ..... but he was definitely talking as a TEA partier on the national stage. He should concede and be done with it at this point ....

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 2):
Actually she appears to be one of those situations where the Republicans eat their own.



Nope ..the GOP assisted her more than Joe. But not allot of Money was spent up there from what I heard. The GOP is happy she won ... trust me , the old establishment is glad to see Palin get zinged on this one.....As they were with the "witch".

Love the name calling you libs dish out ... so tolerant , loving and caring for others....  



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User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):

You know I wonder if Sarah shav........oh never mind

Don't tease me like that 'Fly, I don't know if my heart can take it!

Back on topic, I was really surprised Lisa Murkowski won. Let's hope she, along with the rest of her colleagues can do some good, especially on the trainwreck known as our economy!

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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):
Insert "Democrat "...... Nothing wrong with being a "centrist" I guess , but just run as a democrat .

I'd like to see you try and explain how that logic makes the slightest bit of sense.

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):
She essentially ran on a democrat platform of government help for all your problems.

 

Talking points with no foundation.

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):

Love the name calling you libs dish out ... so tolerant , loving and caring for others....

wtf?



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User currently offlineCargoLex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1277 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Insert "Democrat "...... Nothing wrong with being a "centrist" I guess , but just run as a democrat . She essentially ran on a democrat platform of government help for all your problems. Same old big government routine ... that is fine and as a citizen you should have the choice to vote for that if that is what you want. But , to me she is is the wrong party .

With all due respect, I'm perfectly happy to hear opinions about Murkowski, but her voting record and political positions simply do not factually support this statement. She only appears to be a moderate when compared with really hard right guys like Jim DeMint. She votes overwhelmingly with Republicans and has very strong conservative beliefs. I don't think there's anybody in congress who would identify her as a "liberal" or a RINO who isn't on the VERY far right.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40008 posts, RR: 74
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 11):
Don't tease me like that 'Fly, I don't know if my heart can take it!


You can have Sarah, I'll take Christine O'Donnell. Her landscape has been verified.  
Quoting fridgmus (Reply 11):
Back on topic, I was really surprised Lisa Murkowski won. Let's hope she, along with the rest of her colleagues can do some good, especially on the trainwreck known as our economy!


  
Agreed.
Alaska now has two moderate level-headed Senators from both parties. Though Alaska is small in population, it's very rich in natural resources, particularly oil. It would be political suicide to have a loony-toon representing this state in Washington. He would have been worse than Mike Gravel.



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3144 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 1):
As a Republican ... she is symbolic of all that is wrong with the party


Perception, Perception
According to the linked article only 24% of the votes went to the Democrat.
76% voted non Democrat.

That is a absolutely positively a severe stomping of the Democrat candidate and policies.

Okie


User currently offlineCargoLex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1277 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

First, it's Democratic candidate. Not Democrat Candidate.

Second, it's a conservative state. Want to see how badly the Republicans who ran against Daniel Inouye and Byron Dorgen got beaten?

What's weird about the Alaska Senate race is not only that it was a three-way with a write-in candidate winning, but also how the candidates viewed the election.

Miller campaigned almost exclusively on national issues - many of which Alaska would be on the wrong side of if he'd been elected. As a state, Alaska lives on the largess of the Federal Government. It receives more tax dollars back from the government in the form of support than it contributes. Many of Miller's national agenda plans would have hurt things like subsidized air service within Alaska - a vital service. Miller seriously handicapped himself by doing things like saying unemployment insurance was unconstitutional, refusing to answer questions about his experience and history, and at one point praising Communist East Germany for it's "effective border control." Initial enthusiasm for him greatly declined as he pursued this course. I believe if he had not made statements like this, he'd have done better. It was sort of his policy to view the media as the enemy - a national tea party strategy also pursued by people like Sharron Angle - but he went too far with it. Voters have a right to ask questions. If you want to be taken seriously you'd better be prepared to answer them.

Murkowski focused on beating Miller. She did promote her record, but she didn't offer that much which was new information or new policies. She did say, however, that she would be towing the line for Republicans if she were elected, not going independent like Bernie Sanders or Joe Lieberman. They are both independents who caucus primarily with the Democrats. Murkowski wasn't able to do this for a variety of reasons and had to pursue the write-in. From Alaskans point of view, she represents more of the same Ted Stevens like policies, and if you ask most Alaskans which senator did more for the state than any other, they'll point to Stevens, RIP. Murkowski still hasn't won more than 50% of the vote in her two elections.

Scott McAdams chose to run a campaign that focused almost exclusively on local issues, and promote his local ties to industry and his record in Sitka. McAdams weaknesses stem mostly from his lack of experience - only a two year term as mayor and some city council/school board posts before that. I think for many Alaskans his straight-up local talk was outweighed by the hype around the two conservatives and McAdams' perceived lack of experience. But if anybody ran a campaign in this race that talked directly to people on the ground, it was McAdams. I think he'd have been a good choice relative to business-as-usual and "that Berlin wall sure was great," but I don't think he ever polled above 30%.

I think Alaskans are also wary of getting burned again as they did with Sarah Palin. The general wisdom in other places is that Alaska is Sarah Palin's strongest area, her home turf. She's actually not very popular with Alaskans - in fact her numbers compare basically to Obama's numbers in Alaska - which is to say, they're not very good. That's what happens when you ditch your constituents without fulfilling your obligation, no matter how much your policies match up with what they want. McAdams on paper looks alot like Palin did when she was first elected as Governor - though they couldn't be more different policy and personality wise. I could see this being a detriment to him.


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

I retract my opposition to the lady .... I read her voting record last night. Good conservative.... I agree with about 95% of her votes . The right person won ...

I just happen to here one of her campaign speeches a few weeks ago .... sorry it sounded more like a Democrat. " I wanna go to Washington and create jobs for AK" ???... no exactly the message a TEA party type was looking for. But hey ...it is nice to see so many on here are glad a conservative won .  



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8414 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1690 times:

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):
Nothing wrong with being a "centrist" I guess , but just run as a democrat

So moderates are no longer wanted in the Republican Party?

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):
Love the name calling you libs dish out ... so tolerant , loving and caring for others.

Love the name calling you conservatives dish out ... so tolerant , loving and caring for others.  
Quoting fridgmus (Reply 11):
I don't know if my heart can take it!

There are some things in this world I really don't want to know about - and that is really, really near the top.

Quoting CargoLex (Reply 13):
I don't think there's anybody in congress who would identify her as a "liberal" or a RINO who isn't on the VERY far right.

It's the Sarah Palins in the country who went after her. And lost.

While I don't expect her to change parties I do think she is smart enough to figure out where Joe's money came from and to ensure she does no favors for them.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12171 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 11):
I was really surprised Lisa Murkowski won. Let's hope she, along with the rest of her colleagues can do some good, especially on the trainwreck known as our economy!
Quoting Superfly (Reply 14):
Alaska now has two moderate level-headed Senators from both parties. Though Alaska is small in population, it's very rich in natural resources, particularly oil. It would be political suicide to have a loony-toon representing this state in Washington. He would have been worse than Mike Gravel.

Moderates are middle of the road raod kill, on the double wellow stripe. Liberals and Conservitives at leats stand up for what they believe in.

Quoting CargoLex (Reply 16):
First, it's Democratic candidate. Not Democrat Candidate.

There is nothing democratic about the Democrat party.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 18):
So moderates are no longer wanted in the Republican Party?

No, we want people who will stand up for what they (and we) believe in. You forgot to mention that moderats in the democrat Party are not welcomed, either.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 18):
Love the name calling you conservatives dish out ... so tolerant , loving and caring for others.

Just like liberals, aren't we?

I might add that Senator Murkowski said she would fully support who ever won the Alaska GOP Primary election. She lost that election to Miller, by a sizable percentage. She kept her word, didn't she?


User currently offlinecws818 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1176 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 19):
Moderates are middle of the road raod kill, on the double wellow stripe. Liberals and Conservitives at leats stand up for what they believe in.

Only liberals and conservatives have beliefs?



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40008 posts, RR: 74
Reply 21, posted (4 years 14 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 19):
Moderates are middle of the road raod kill, on the double wellow stripe. Liberals and Conservitives at leats stand up for what they believe in.

Enjoy the 112th. Congress because that is all you have left.
The biggest losers of the 2010 election cycle were the moderates. All of the wacked out far leftist were sent back to Washington.



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User currently offlineUSXguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (3 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

Update: Joe Miller is suing the State and the courts have granted a stay on the certification of the election. Joe is grabbing at anything he can at this point (do you blame him? he's unemployed!).

And regarding the Lower 48's love of mentioning how Alaska takes in 5 times more federal tax dollars than we send, I believe our population is well below 1 million up here, we're over twice the size of Texas, and we also have the highest concentration of Natives anywhere in the States.

the yields alone between Juneau, Alaska and Seattle - a 700 mile trip - far exceeds the yields on most transcon flights between LA/SF and NY/DC. Flights between Anchorage and Adak can cost as much as a trip from NYC to Sydney.

So yeah, its a heck of a lot more expensive up here. Everything we need has to be barged up, and some communities may only get 1 ferry a week, or 1 barge a month. We don't have the luxury of "big box" retailers unless you live in Anchorage or Fairbanks. (although we do have Home Depot & Costco here in Juneau, they are significantly smaller than most of their regular stores)



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User currently offlineCargoLex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1277 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (3 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

And regarding the Lower 48's love of mentioning how Alaska takes in 5 times more federal tax dollars than we send, I believe our population is well below 1 million up here, we're over twice the size of Texas, and we also have the highest concentration of Natives anywhere in the States.

All the more reason a candidate like Joe Miller, who would've put many of Alaska's essential services in jeopardy, should never have gotten as far as he did. It's one thing to dislike the government, it's another to cut your nose off to spite your face.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21791 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (3 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

Quoting USXguy (Reply 22):
And regarding the Lower 48's love of mentioning how Alaska takes in 5 times more federal tax dollars than we send, I believe our population is well below 1 million up here, we're over twice the size of Texas, and we also have the highest concentration of Natives anywhere in the States.

the yields alone between Juneau, Alaska and Seattle - a 700 mile trip - far exceeds the yields on most transcon flights between LA/SF and NY/DC. Flights between Anchorage and Adak can cost as much as a trip from NYC to Sydney.

So yeah, its a heck of a lot more expensive up here. Everything we need has to be barged up, and some communities may only get 1 ferry a week, or 1 barge a month. We don't have the luxury of "big box" retailers unless you live in Anchorage or Fairbanks. (although we do have Home Depot & Costco here in Juneau, they are significantly smaller than most of their regular stores)

The tea party argument would be: why is necessary for the rest of the country to subsidize such a lifestyle? If Alaska really and truly needs those subsidies, it's not sustainable anyway, and people should move to where it's affordable to live without having to lean on the government for help.

I don't necessarily agree with that argument, but it gets asked so much in relation to other things that it seems only fair to ask it in relation to all the money that Alaska gets.

-Mir



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25 thediplomat : Lets cease exporting oil from Alaska to the lower 48 then!
26 Post contains images Ken777 : And moderates try to think about which side has the best idea on the various topics. We believe that both sides have some good ideas from time to tim
27 Post contains images jpetekyxmd80 : LOL!! What a crock of bullshit. Some of us have enough of a brain to think for ourselves rather than be force-fed the ever fluctuating party platform
28 Post contains images Superfly : Sounds like a frivolous lawsuit to me. Now he wants activist judges to get involved. Sounds familiar..... Perhaps Sarah Palin can put him up over the
29 Post contains links and images USXguy : the PFD is from oil revenues and the payout is based on interest earned and dividends, as well as mineral sales & land sales Its not like a tax t
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