Gov. Parnell has rejected Medicaid expansion, which could have covered some 41,500 Alaskans and created 4,000 new jobs.
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Stop the Parnell Lawsuit Against Bella Hammond, Vic Fischer, and Alaska Native Tribes
Alaskans rallied in Anchorage and in Fairbanks, calling on Governor Parnell to stop the lawsuit against Vic Fischer, Bella Hammond, and six Alaska Native tribes from Bristol Bay. As the Anchorage Daily News reported, Parnell is seeking $1 million in legal fees from these Alaska icons.
What Did the Tea Party Shutdown Mean for Alaska?
Shutdown cost Alaska approximately $39 million [Amanda Coyne, 10/29/13]
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Outside Money Pours into Alaska
The Washington, D.C.-based organization Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the Koch Brothers, is attacking Senator Begich with multiple misleading television ads. In November, Americans for Prosperity spent approximately $100,00 on a misleading ad in which a Maryland actress presents herself as an Alaska voter. Americans for Prosperity spent at least $421,000 on separate television ads in Alaska related to the Affordable Care Act, and at least $13,070 worth of radio ads. In the radio ad, an individual named "Julie" claims that she won't be able to "pick her own doctors." This claim is inaccurate, of course: the Affordable Care Act not only allows individuals to pick their own doctors, but also expands the number of insurance options and therefore doctors consumers can choose. Factcheck.org deemed this advertisement "false."
The Outside group "Judicial Crisis Network" is running attack ads against Senator Begich because he voted to confirm judges and fill judicial vacancies. This group, which claims not to have political motives, also is running ads against other Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014. The cost of the ads is $100,000.