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Sullivan Attacks Treadwell In Mail Piece

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July 31, 2014
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Sullivan Attacks Treadwell In Mail Piece

Contentious Republican primary reaches Alaskans’ front doors

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan has shipped his latest attack on primary opponent Mead Treadwell directly to the mailboxes and front doors of Alaskans. The mailer lashes out at Treadwell for receiving a “stimulus payout” and for “Washington doublespeak.”

Sullivan’s attack comes after U.S. News & World Report profiled the actions of Sullivan’s family company ripping off taxpayers through inflated prices on government contracts, a fact since highlighted by the Treadwell campaign.

“It already was hard to tell Sullivan and Treadwell apart, but it’s impossible now that they’ve covered themselves with mud,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Attacks Treadwell In Mail Piece

 

Republicans Attack One Another in Contentious Primary

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July 31, 2014
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Republicans Attack One Another in Contentious Primary

GOP candidates' attacks contrast with Senator Begich’s record of accomplishments

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller are engaging in increasingly vicious attacks in the contentious Republican primary.

GOP Senate Candidates’ Contentious Primary:

“While GOP candidates tear each other apart, our Senator is working to address real issues facing Alaska,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Republicans Attack One Another in Contentious Primary

   

ALL Republican Senate Candidates Oppose Women’s Rights

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July 31, 2014
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ALL Republican Senate Candidates Oppose Women’s Rights

Treadwell/Miller/Sullivan confirm anti-woman, anti-privacy views in Tea Party survey

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller all stood by their extreme anti-woman views in an Alaska Family Action Tea Party survey.  All GOP candidates support outlawing abortion, overturning Roe vs. Wade, and eliminating federal funding for contraception.  In addition, all GOP candidates oppose stem cell research and support anti-LGBT discrimination.

“Alaska women are tired of politicians trying to tell us what to do with our own bodies and our own health decisions,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: ALL Republican Senate Candidates Oppose Women’s Rights

   

Parnell Missing In Action on Health Insurance Rate Review

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July 30, 2014
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Parnell Missing in Action on Health Insurance Rate Review

Parnell Administration failing to hold insurance companies accountable

ANCHORAGE – Alaska consumer advocates are calling on the Parnell Administration to hold insurance companies accountable and maintain affordable health insurance rates. To date, Alaska is just one of seven states that have failed to strengthen its health insurance rate review program.

Alaska could apply for federal grants to improve oversight of insurance companies’ proposed health insurance rate increases. Since the state insurance commissioner has permitted steep rate hikes in the past that exceeded cost increases in other states, it seems that the state is failing to protect consumers from steep rate hikes. Now is a particularly important time to strengthen oversight of insurance companies because nearly 13,000 more Alaskans just enrolled in private health insurance. Without proper oversight by the state, insurance companies may attempt to fleece those new enrollees by cancelling affordable plans in order to force consumers into more expensive coverage.

“Sean Parnell should stand up for Alaska consumers, not shill for insurance companies,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Missing In Action on Health Insurance Rate Review

   

ICYMI: SeafoodNews.com Slams Parnell's Pebble Appointment

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July 29, 2014
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ICYMI: SeafoodNews.com Slams Parnell's Pebble Appointment

"Slap in the face" to Bristol Bay, Alaskans

ANCHORAGE: SeafoodNews.com is calling Parnell's appointment of Pebble flack Ben Mohr a "slap in the face" to Bristol Bay and Alaskans. Mohr's appointment makes clear that fisheries are a low priority for Parnell:

JOHN SACKTON: Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship

Read more: ICYMI: SeafoodNews.com Slams Parnell's Pebble Appointment

   

Choose Respect? Not So Much.

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July 29, 2014
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Choose Respect?  Not So Much.

Parnell Administration chooses men with harassment records

JUNEAU:  Sean Parnell’s appointment of a man who knew about Bill Allen’s sexual abuse of minors is raising additional questions about whether the Governor himself will “Choose Respect.”  Even before appointing the former VECO associate of Bill Allen’s, Parnell condoned hiring harasser Jason Joel to the AMHS and appointed a cocaine-stealing judge from Pennsylvania whose wife obtained a protective order against his abuse.  While Parnell was appointing men with questionable records, his Attorney General has blamed victims of domestic violence for the state’s low rape prosecution rate while litigating in support of abusers.

“Parnell talks about respect but chooses to appoint people with a record of harassment and sexual abuse,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Choose Respect? Not So Much.

   

Parnell Appoints Fox to Guard Hen House

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July 28, 2014
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Parnell Appoints Fox to Guard Hen House

On oil taxes & Pebble, Parnell appointees advocate resource giveaways

ANCHORAGE:  Alaskans are condemning Sean Parnell’s appointment of industry flacks to key government positions.  Parnell recently appointed a top VECO official to an oil “oversight” board and a Pebble “PR man” as his fisheries adviser.  An ADN commentary said, “These appointments really do matter, and they starkly demonstrate the failed leadership of our state.”

“Whether he’s selling out Alaska fishermen or stacking oversight boards for the oil industry, Parnell always favors powerful corporate lobbyists over Alaskans,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Appoints Fox to Guard Hen House

   

Supreme Court Ruling Recognizes Same-Sex Couples’ Rights to Workers Compensation

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July 25, 2014
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Supreme Court Ruling Recognizes Same-Sex Couples’ Rights to Workers Compensation

Alaska Supreme Court decision says workers compensation applies to same-sex couples

ANCHORAGE:  In a key civil rights case, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex couples’ right to collect workers compensation.  The court awarded workers compensation to the bereaved partner in a same sex couple, ruling that exclusion of such workers compensation payments would constitute unequal treatment under the law.  The court said that Alaska’s marriage prohibition will not preclude couples from collecting workers compensation on an equitable basis regardless of sexual orientation.

“This is an important ruling in the march toward equality,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Supreme Court Ruling Recognizes Same-Sex Couples’ Rights to Workers Compensation

   

Pro-Sullivan Ads Attack Treadwell and Miller

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July 25, 2014
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Pro-Sullivan Ads Attack Treadwell and Miller

Sullivan on defensive after being called out on residency & Stand Your Ground

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan is lashing out against Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller in new radio and TV ads released by Alaska’s Energy/America’s Values.  As the ADN documented, that SuperPAC is funded primarily by Sullivan’s Ohio family members and family business associates and is run by the individual who recruited Sullivan to run.  Sullivan is on the defensive after getting caught lying about Stand Your Ground and about his ongoing residency controversy.  Sullivan’s most recent two ads—the other on residency—have responded directly to criticism of his record.

“Dan Sullivan has a lot of explaining to do, and this defensive ad doesn’t even begin to answer questions about his changing residency story or changing positions on gun laws,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Pro-Sullivan Ads Attack Treadwell and Miller

   

Transportation Costs Would Skyrocket With Treadwell’s National Sales Tax

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July 25, 2014
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Transportation Costs Would Skyrocket With Treadwell’s National Sales Tax

Treadwell’s tax would raise price of gasoline, vehicles, and shipping

ANCHORAGE:  Transportation costs would increase dramatically as a result of Mead Treadwell’s National Sales Tax proposal.  The tax would affect a wide range of purchases from gasoline to new vehicles to shipping.  By raising the cost of personal and business transportation, the National Sales Tax would raise the cost of living and of doing business, particularly in rural Alaska.

“Alaskans don’t want to pay a 30% Treadwell tax when they fill up at the gas station,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Transportation Costs Would Skyrocket With Treadwell’s National Sales Tax

   

Parnell Appoints Top VECO Official to Oil “Oversight” Panel

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July 25, 2014

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Parnell Appoints Top VECO Official to Oil “Oversight” Panel

Close business partner of Bill Allen’s allegedly knew about Allen’s affair with high school student

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell tapped Tom Maloney, a top VECO official during the period in which VECO bribed state legislators, as a member of the “Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board.”  Bill Allen’s secretary previously testified that Maloney knew about Bill Allen’s overnight visits with a high school student, when Allen would take her to a luxury hotel.  Bill Allen reportedly had sex with other underage minors, including a girl who Allen first solicited when she was 15.  Allen also hosted that minor in hotel sleepovers, like the high schooler Tom Maloney allegedly knew about.

Parnell’s appointment of an individual who is reported to have known about Allen’s relationship with minors will raise further questions about “Choose Respect.”

Read more: Parnell Appoints Top VECO Official to Oil “Oversight” Panel

   

Parnell Hires Pebble Flack as Fisheries Adviser

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July 24, 2014
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Parnell Hires Pebble Flack as Fisheries Adviser

Parnell continues to push unpopular Pebble project over Alaskans’ objections

ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell has appointed Ben Mohr, who worked for the Pebble Partnership, as his new fisheries adviser.  Mohr worked for years as a Pebble Partnership employee before joining the Dan Sullivan for Senate campaign.

“Alaskans overwhelmingly oppose the Pebble Mine, yet Parnell has done everything in his power to push this mine through the permitting process and wreak havoc on Bristol Bay’s valuable fishery,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Hires Pebble Flack as Fisheries Adviser

   

Treadwell's National Sales Tax Would Increase Alaska Medical Costs

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July 24, 2014
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Treadwell's National Sales Tax Would Increase Alaska Medical Costs

30% tax would add tens of millions in out-of-pocket health costs

ANCHORAGE: Mead Treadwell's National Sales Tax would raise the cost of doctor and hospital visits, prescription drugs, delivering a baby, and other medical procedures.  Treadwell recently endorsed the National Sales Tax at a GOP debate, and since then has been the subject of criticism and questions about his extreme position.

Based on ISER data, a 30% National Sales Tax would force Alaskans to pay an additional $163 million annually in taxes on out-of-pocket medical costs.

Read more: Treadwell's National Sales Tax Would Increase Alaska Medical Costs

   

Sullivan Contradicts Himself on Stand Your Ground

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July 24, 2014
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Sullivan Contradicts Himself on Stand Your Ground

After getting caught lying, Sullivan changes his story twice in the same day

ANCHORAGE: After getting caught for lying about his claim to have “passed” Stand Your Ground, Dan Sullivan keeps changing his story about why his agency opposed the bill.  Today Sullivan offered two contradictory stories in talk radio interviews, first admitting responsibility for his Department of Law letter and then claiming that his staff issued it without his knowledge.

“Every time Dan Sullivan changes his story on Stand Your Ground, Alaskans become even more convinced he’ll do or say anything to win an election,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

This morning on Chris Story’s KBYR show, Sullivan said, “I take responsibility for what happened” with the 2010 letter of Sullivan’s that opposed Stand Your Ground.

Less than an hour later, Sullivan went on the Fagan & Biegel show and denied responsibility for the letter, claiming that lots of Department of Law letters went out without his approval.

Read more: Sullivan Contradicts Himself on Stand Your Ground

   

Where is Mike Hawker's APOC Report?

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July 24, 2014
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Where is Mike Hawker's APOC report?

Taj Mahawker negotiator keeps the public in the dark about his finances

ANCHORAGE: The Alaska Public Offices Commission confirmed this morning that Mike Hawker's 30 Day Primary financial report is now several days overdue.

Mike Hawker famously piloted a multi-million dollar sole-source contract for the Taj MaHawker boondoggle with no public process.  During the legislative session, Hawker mandated that reporters leave the room while he negotiated the final arrangements of the lease that will cost the State millions of dollars. Last week he voted to increase the furniture budget from $100,000 to $500,000.

Read more: Where is Mike Hawker's APOC Report?

   

How Much Would Treadwell’s National Sales Tax Raise Home Prices?

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July 23, 2014
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How Much Would Treadwell’s National Sales Tax Raise Home Prices?

Treadwell’s 30% National Sales Tax would eliminate home mortgage tax deduction

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell’s National Sales Tax would tax purchases of new homes and rentals by 30%.  It also would eliminate the home mortgage tax deduction, a double whammy that would dramatically increase the tax burden for middle class homeowners and renters.

“Mead Treadwell’s campaign sign should just read, ‘Foreclosure,’” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: How Much Would Treadwell’s National Sales Tax Raise Home Prices?

   

National Sales Tax Would Devastate Rural Alaska

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July 22, 2014
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National Sales Tax Would Devastate Rural Alaska

Treadwell/Miller’s 30% National Sales Tax would cause rural Alaska prices to skyrocket

ANCHORAGE:  The National Sales Tax supported by Mead Treadwell would have devastating impacts on rural Alaska, where prices for goods are already much higher than in Anchorage.

“Mead Treadwell’s National Sales Tax would hurt all middle class Alaskans, but his tax would hit hardest in rural Alaska,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: National Sales Tax Would Devastate Rural Alaska

   

Dr. Treadwell Can’t Keep His Beliefs to Himself

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July 22, 2014
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Dr. Treadwell Can’t Keep His Beliefs to Himself

Treadwell Has Long Record of Interfering With Women’s Health Care

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell continues to tout his long record opposing women’s right to make their own health care choices.  As he attempts to force his own extreme personal beliefs on voters, he distances himself from Alaskans who support women’s rights and women’s health.

“When women are discussing highly personal information with our doctors, we do not want Mead Treadwell looking over our shoulder or telling us what to do with our bodies,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dr. Treadwell Can’t Keep His Beliefs to Himself

   

Parnell’s Attorney General Says Abuser’s Child Custody Not “A Public Safety Issue”

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July 21, 2014
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Parnell’s Attorney General Says Abuser’s Child Custody Not “A Public Safety Issue”

Attorney General Geraghty stands by abuser even as court rejects state’s attack on tribal sovereignty

ANCHORAGE:  Parnell’s Attorney General Michael Geraghty has claimed that there is no “public safety issue” related to domestic violence perpetrators’ child custody.  Geraghty made this remarkable claim in an interview with Alaska Public Radio Network in an attempt to explain the state’s position in its failed lawsuit against tribal sovereignty.

Geraghty answered a question about why Alaska was litigating in support of Edward Parks, a man convicted of beating his wife almost to death.  The court case in question, Parks vs. Simmonds, was about who would have child custody: Parks and his wife or the child’s adoptive parents.

Read more: Parnell’s Attorney General Says Abuser’s Child Custody Not “A Public Safety Issue”

   

APOC Fines Dan Sullivan

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July 21, 2014
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APOC Fines Dan Sullivan

Mayor Dan Sullivan used tax dollars & public resources for campaign press release

ANCHORAGE: The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has fined Dan Sullivan for using the Mayor’s office to send out a press release on his Lieutenant Governor campaign.  In issuing the fine, APOC rejected Sullivan’s request that he be treated as if the law didn’t apply to him.

“Contrary to what Dan Sullivan may think, he is not above the law,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: APOC Fines Dan Sullivan

   

Alaskans’ Reaction to National Sales Tax Proposal: “Really?”

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July 21, 2014
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Alaskans’ Reaction to National Sales Tax Proposal: “Really?”

Alaskans slam tax proposal, elimination of home mortgage deduction

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell’s surprise endorsement of a National Sales Tax is drawing additional scrutiny and criticism from the press and Alaska grassroots organizations.  Treadwell’s 30% National Sales Tax would raise prices on food, utilities, and even medical procedures while eliminating key tax incentives like the home mortgage deduction.

“Alaskans can’t afford Mead Treadwell’s National Sales Tax,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Alaskans’ Reaction to National Sales Tax Proposal: “Really?”

   

How Much Would Treadwell’s Sales Tax Cost Alaskans?

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July 18, 2014
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How Much Would Treadwell’s Sales Tax Cost Alaskans?

Treadwell supports 30% National Sales Tax, elimination of home mortgage deduction

ANCHORAGE:  At the GOP debate in Homer, Mead Treadwell strongly endorsed establishment of a 30% National Sales Tax.  Treadwell joined Joe Miller in support of this tax, which would drive up the cost of basic consumer goods while eliminating the home mortgage deduction.  The cost of living in Alaska already is 131% of the national average, and Treadwell’s sales tax would make it even harder to afford living in Alaska.

“Mead Treadwell is completely out of touch with working families if he’s proposing a 30% National Sales Tax,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: How Much Would Treadwell’s Sales Tax Cost Alaskans?

   

Court Rejects Parnell Assault on Tribal Sovereignty

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July 18th, 2014
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Court Rejects Parnell Assault on Tribal Sovereignty

Alaska Supreme Court rules in favor of tribal decision to remove child custody from spousal abuser

ANCHORAGE:  Today the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in favor of a tribal court’s decision to take child custody away from a recidivist abuser who beat his wife almost to death.  As part of Sean Parnell’s much broader campaign against tribal sovereignty, the governor had gone to court in support of the wife beater.  The Supreme Court rejected the Parnell Administration’s arguments.

“It is indefensible that the Parnell Administration would use tax dollars to litigate in support of a wife beater.  Fortunately, the Supreme Court has issued a decision that will protect the safety of a child,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Court Rejects Parnell Assault on Tribal Sovereignty

   

Treadwell and Sullivan Off the Deep End

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July 17, 2014
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Treadwell and Sullivan Off the Deep End

Miller defines GOP narrative as Treadwell and Sullivan adopt his extreme views

ANCHORAGE: A month out from the GOP primary election, Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan are adopting Joe Miller’s extreme policies.  Treadwell and Sullivan are scrambling to peel off Tea Party votes from Miller, taking extreme policy positions and abandoning any pretense of moderation.  Treadwell and Sullivan feel so threatened by Miller that they have flip flopped on key issues and gone off the deep end on tax policy, global warming, and other policies.  Regardless of who gets the most votes in the August primary, the winner will be a mouthpiece for Joe Miller’s extremism.

“There's no daylight between Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell or Dan Sullivan,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Treadwell and Sullivan Off the Deep End

   

GOP Senate Candidates at odds with Alaska Delegation on Hobby Lobby

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July 17th, 2014
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GOP Senate Candidates at odds with Alaska Delegation on Hobby Lobby

Extremist GOP candidates oppose women’s right to control their own bodies

ANCHORAGE: Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski voted to move forward with reversing the Hobby Lobby ruling and prevent bosses from cancelling women’s reproductive health care.  The Alaska National Organization for Women http://bit.ly/1rl0iRE.  In contrast, Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell, and Dan Sullivan have praised the Hobby Lobby decision.  Miller criticized Begich and Murkowski for voting together 80% of the time.

Since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, reproductive health care no longer is a requisite part of their employer-provided health insurance.

“The GOP candidates’ support for Hobby Lobby, at odds with our Alaska delegation, is just the latest example of their anti-woman extremism,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “How can Treadwell and Sullivan support insurance coverage for Viagra but not for contraception?”

Read more: GOP Senate Candidates at odds with Alaska Delegation on Hobby Lobby

   

Dr. Treadwell Doubles Down on Unconstitutional Abortion Regulations

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July 16, 2014
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Dr. Treadwell Doubles Down on Unconstitutional Abortion Regulations

Judge stops Treadwell’s controversial regulations

ANCHORAGE:  The courts put Mead Treadwell’s controversial “medically necessary” regulations on hold as Treadwell doubled down on his support for them at a debate in Homer.  Planned Parenthood is suing to block the controversial regulations that allow politicians to determine which procedures are “medically necessary.”

“Mead Treadwell is doubling down on his extreme anti-woman record in an effort to pander to the Tea Party,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dr. Treadwell Doubles Down on Unconstitutional Abortion Regulations

   

VIDEO: Mr. Whitekeys Mocks Koch Brothers

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July 15, 2014

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VIDEO: Mr. Whitekeys Mocks Koch Brothers

Koch's Filming Popular Alaskan at July 4th Parade

ANCHORAGE -- Local Alaska celebrity Mr. Whitekeys poked fun at the Koch brothers and their omnipresence in Alaska in his weekly segment “Fly by Fridays” on Channel 2 after his own personal encounter with a Koch brothers funded employee at the Anchorage July 4th parade.

Mr. Whitekeys was startled by the presence of the 'Koch brothers staffer who was “in everybody’s face with a video camera” at the parade.

Watch the full video here.

Read more: VIDEO: Mr. Whitekeys Mocks Koch Brothers

   

Alaskans on Hook for $585,000 More in Koch Brothers’ Cleanup Costs

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July 15, 2014
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Alaskans on Hook for $585,000 More in Koch Brothers’ Cleanup Costs

After refinery closure leads to tax hikes, now Alaskans on hook for growing cleanup costs

ANCHORAGE: Alaskans’ tab from the Koch Brothers continues to grow as the state has committed $585,000 in public money toward pollution cleanup for which a judge has said the Koch Brothers are legally responsible.  These cleanup costs come on top of North Pole tax hikes caused by the Koch Brothers’ closure of Flint Hills refinery, which put the city tens of thousands of dollars in the hole.

“The Koch Brothers shut down our refinery, gave 80 Alaskans pink slips, and now they want us to clean up their pollution,” said Michael Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Alaskans on Hook for $585,000 More in Koch Brothers’ Cleanup Costs

   

Outside Spending Tops $12 Million in Alaska Senate Race

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July 15, 2014
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Outside Spending Tops $12 Million in Alaska Senate Race

Koch Brothers & Karl Rove lead effort to buy Alaska Senate seat

ANCHORAGE:  Outsiders attempting to buy Alaskans Senate seat have spent or committed to spend $12 million in support of Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell.  The Koch Brothers and Karl Rove are leading the attacks with “unprecedented” spending.  The $12 million in advertising does not include money spent for the Koch’s staff in Alaska, or for the Koch Brothers’ and Karl Rove’s online attack ads.

“This is a battle between unprecedented Outside spending and Alaskans working together to defend our Senate seat,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Outside Spending Tops $12 Million in Alaska Senate Race

   

ICYMI: Koch Brothers’ Astroturf Groups Try to Deceive Alaska Voters

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July 10, 2014
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ICYMI: Koch Brothers’ Astroturf Groups Try to Deceive Alaska Voters

Kochs’ “astroturf” group is so unfamiliar with Alaska that it can’t spell Lt. Gov. Treadwell’s name

ANCHORAGE: Alaskans have exposed the Koch Brothers’ recent efforts to establish fake “astroturf” organizations in Alaska and support Dan Sullivan. Outside groups have committed to spend over $10 million on ads attacking Mark Begich, flooded Alaska phones with robocalls and push polls and paid a Maryland actress to pretend to be Alaskan.  In addition to the TV ads, now the Koch Brothers are establishing “astroturf” front groups like “Generation Opportunity AK” and “Americans for Prosperity—Alaska” that pretend to be Alaskan.

"From millions of dollars spent on ads labeled 'false' and 'untrue' to using the tragic death of veterans for a political attack, the Koch brothers and Karl Rove will stop at nothing to deceive and mislead Alaskans," said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: ICYMI: Koch Brothers’ Astroturf Groups Try to Deceive Alaska Voters

   

Dishonest Dan: McDonald Gun Case

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July 9th, 2014
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Dishonest Dan: McDonald Gun Case

Claims he led case when in fact merely signed a friend-of-the-court brief

ANCHORAGE: Despite being caught lying about his record on Stand Your Ground, Dan Sullivan continues to dishonest with Alaskans about his role in the McDonald vs. Chicago Supreme Court case.

Dishonest Claim: Sullivan is claiming he "took" the case to the Supreme Court.

Fact: Sullivan signed a "friend of the court" or amicus brief with over 30 other attorneys general and did not "take" or lead the case.

Fact: Senator Mark Begich also signed an amicus briefs in support of McDonald.

"From his residency to his resume, Dan Sullivan is being dishonest with Alaskans because he doesn't have a record to stand on," said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dishonest Dan: McDonald Gun Case

   

Sullivan Won't Stand His Ground on Gun Bill

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July 9th, 2014
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Sullivan Won't Stand His Ground on Gun Bill

Retreats on Stand Your Ground After Getting Caught Lying

ANCHORAGE: After Politifact, his GOP rivals, and the Anchorage Daily News nailed Dan Sullivan for lying about Stand Your Ground, Sullivan's latest campaign ad signals a full scale retreat on the issue.  The new ad doesn't even claim Sullivan supported Stand Your Ground, a rapid retreat from Sullivan's previous claim to have "passed" it.

"Dan Sullivan is in full retreat after lying in a campaign ad and in the GOP debate," said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Won't Stand His Ground on Gun Bill

   

Treadwell on Defensive Over Voting Rights

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July 8, 2014
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Treadwell on Defensive Over Voting Rights

Rural Alaska fights back against Treadwell assault on voting rights

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell’s attack on rural Alaska voting rights continues to make front page news as rural Alaskans fight the state Division of Elections in court.  Treadwell’s Division of Elections failed to provide bilingual ballots for speakers of Yupik, which is just the latest example of the Parnell Administration’s antipathy toward rural Alaska.

“Alaskans are defending our voting rights in court, despite Mead Treadwell’s best attempts at voter suppression,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Treadwell on Defensive Over Voting Rights

   

Parnell Missing in Action After Hire of Harasser

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July 8, 2014
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Parnell Missing in Action After Hire of Harasser

Sean Parnell won’t rebuke Jason Joel hire or institute state vetting process

ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell is silently consenting to the state’s hire of Jason Joel, a high-ranking AMHS security official with a record of sexual harassment.  Two weeks after one of Joel’s victims told the press that Joel harassed her “almost daily,” Sean Parnell is standing by his administration’s claim that the hiring was “proper.”

“Sean Parnell refuses to cancel the hire of Jason Joel and he has taken no action to prevent hires of sexual harassers in the future,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Despite the growing sexual assault rate under Parnell, he won’t even take action to stop hiring sexual harassers into state government jobs.”

Read more: Parnell Missing in Action After Hire of Harasser

   

Alaskans Catch Sullivan Lying About Stand Your Ground

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July 8, 2014
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Alaskans Catch Sullivan Lying About Stand Your Ground

Sullivan claims to have "passed" bill his agency opposed

ANCHORAGE: Pressure on Dan Sullivan continues to build after he lied about his role in Alaska's Stand Your Ground legislation.  Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell called out Sullivan for trying to rewrite Stand Your Ground history at a recent debate.  Then Politifact called Sullivan's Stand Your Ground claims "false," leading to even more scrutiny of Sullivan's lie.

The Department of Law opposed the legislation under Sullivan's leadership and the legislation didn't pass until years after Sullivan abandoned the Department of Law to be the Commissioner of Natural Resources.

Read more: Alaskans Catch Sullivan Lying About Stand Your Ground

   

Koch Brothers Raising Taxes on North Pole Residents

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July 3, 2014
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Koch Brothers Raising Taxes on North Pole Residents

Koch Brothers Close Flint Hills and Leave Alaskans With the Tab

ANCHORAGE: The Koch Brothers’ closure of the Flint Hills refinery may increase taxes on residents in North Pole as the City of North Pole is tens of thousands of dollars in the hole. The deficit is the result of the Kochs decision to close the refinery.

“The Koch brothers are slashing Alaska jobs, have spent millions on ads attacking Mark Begich and now they're slapping Alaskans with nearly $100,000 dollars in new taxes,” said Michael Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Koch Brothers Raising Taxes on North Pole Residents

   

Politifact Calls Another Sullivan Campaign Claim “False”

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July 3, 2014
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Politifact Calls Another Sullivan Campaign Claim “False”

Sullivan claimed to “pass” Stand Your Ground even though his agency opposed it

ANCHORAGE:  Politifact has found a central campaign claim of Dan Sullivan to be “false.”  Sullivan is running radio ads and stating at public forums that he “passed” Stand Your Ground, when in fact Sullivan’s agency helped kill the bill in 2010 and the bill passed years after Sullivan had left his position as Attorney General.

Read more: Politifact Calls Another Sullivan Campaign Claim “False”

   

Sullivan's Anniversary: Declares Alaska Residency As One Year

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July 2, 2014
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Sullivan's Anniversary: Declares Alaska Residency As One Year

4 Years Since Sullivan Claimed One Year of Alaska Residency

ANCHORAGE: Today marks the four-year anniversary of U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan claiming his Alaska residency as a single year on state paperwork. Sullivan has claimed his Alaska residency at lengths of 1 year, 2 years, 10 years & 17 years, all in the last five years.

Sullivan received a non-resident fishing license in 2009. In 2010, he affirmed his residency status by applying for a fishing license as a one-year resident. Yet in 2013, he changed his story to claim he had lived in Alaska for 10 years. When asked, his campaign responded he changed his residency “because he knew politicians and political operatives would try to make an issue of this.”

Read more: Sullivan's Anniversary: Declares Alaska Residency As One Year

   

Dan Sullivan Rebukes Own Press Release

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July 2, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Rebukes Own Press Release

Candidate accidentally takes a position, immediately retracts it

ANCHORAGE: After months of dodging nearly every major federal issue, Dan Sullivan is now distancing himself from his own press release. Sullivan attacked Republican opponent Mead Treadwell in a blast to his media list, but when contacted about it Sullivan and his campaign refused to comment on it. They even made the remarkable claim that he hadn't actually issued a press release.

"Dan Sullivan is so scared of taking a position on issues that he can't even decide if his own office sent out a press release," said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

APRN reports:

Sullivan campaign spokesman Mike Anderson declined to be interviewed. He sent a message saying Monday’s email wasn’t actually a press release but an “In case you missed it” notice. The format, though, was classic press release, with the Sullivan campaign banner up top and the words “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.” Anderson said Sullivan was unavailable to discuss the topic.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Rebukes Own Press Release

   

Supreme Court Majority Renews War on Women

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June 30, 2014
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Supreme Court Majority Renews War on Women

Hobby Lobby, safety buffer decisions sacrifice women’s health to extreme ideological agenda

ANCHORAGE:  Just within the last week, the U.S. Supreme Court has renewed the War on Women by allowing corporate employers to cancel reproductive health coverage and by eliminating a buffer rule to protect the safety of women entering clinics.

With the Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court radically expanded corporate rights previously reserved for humans, even for certain multi-billion dollar companies like the Hobby Lobby chain.  With this new right, the Supreme Court said corporations can deny women health coverage including but not limited to contraception, costing women up to $34,000 over a lifetime.

Read more: Supreme Court Majority Renews War on Women

   

Parnell Silent After DOT Stands By Hire of Harasser

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June 27, 2014
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Parnell Silent After DOT Stands By Hire of Harasser

State says “proper hiring process was followed” to pick harasser Jason Joel

ANCHORAGE: After calling for a review of sexual harasser Jason Joel’s hire, Sean Parnell has not commented on DOT’s conclusion that the “proper hiring process was followed.”  Joel was selected to be a high-ranking Alaska Marine Highway security official even though a simple Google search would have revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment and a checkered employment history.

“Is Sean Parnell really going to stand by the hire of a man with a record of sexual harassment?” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Jason Joel’s hire and the state’s defense of it demonstrate that Parnell hasn’t instituted a vetting process to prevent hiring men with a record of sexual abuse.”

Read more: Parnell Silent After DOT Stands By Hire of Harasser

   

Dan Sullivan Waffles Again on More Troops in Iraq

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June 26, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Waffles Again on More Troops in Iraq

At debate, Sullivan refuses again to give straight answer on Iraq

ANCHORAGE: At today’s GOP debate, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan continued to conceal whether he supports sending combat troops back into Iraq.  Sullivan spent years living in Maryland during the reckless push for the $2 trillion dollar war in Iraq while working for the Bush Administration. The war cost the lives of young Alaskans helped drive the U.S. back to a deficit and failed to account for the needs of returning veterans.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Waffles Again on More Troops in Iraq

   

Supreme Court To Announce Hobby Lobby Decision Soon

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June 26, 2014
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Supreme Court To Announce Hobby Lobby Decision Soon

Court case supported by AK GOP candidates would let bosses take away women’s health coverage

ANCHORAGE:  The Supreme Court soon will announce its decision on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, and the case could have sweeping impacts on women’s health care.  Hobby Lobby is a multibillion-dollar corporation that contends bosses should be able to cancel women’s health insurance coverage of doctor visits and care related to reproductive health.  If Hobby Lobby succeeds, women’s reproductive health care could be cut off by their employers, costing Alaska women up to $34,000 over the course of an average career.  Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell, and Joe Miller all have said they support Hobby Lobby’s attempt to let bosses cut off women’s health coverage.

“Women and their doctors—not bosses or the government—should be making personal health decisions,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Treadwell, Miller and Sullivan’s support for this lawsuit is an attack on Alaska values of privacy and government restraint.”

Read more: Supreme Court To Announce Hobby Lobby Decision Soon

   

Alaska Women’s Group Demands Sullivan Record on Sexual Assault in AK National Guard

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June 26, 2014
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Alaska Women’s Group Demands Sullivan Record on Sexual Assault in AK National Guard

Alaska Chapter of NOW Challenges Parnell, Demands Sullivan Records

ANCHORAGE - The President of the Alaska Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), has asserted that serious “questions remain” about Dan Sullivan’s record of combatting sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard, and is demanding that Gov. Parnell release records about Sullivan’s role in the scandal.  Governor Knowles and Attorney General Havelock both said the Attorney General should have been notified and investigated in 2010.

In an op-ed, NOW President Barbara McDaniel cites concern about Governor Parnell’s handling of 2010 allegations of sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard which were not addressed until 2014, stating “The well-known, nationwide military sexual assault issue should have added impetus to the Governor’s sense of duty to investigate.”

Read more: Alaska Women’s Group Demands Sullivan Record on Sexual Assault in AK National Guard

   

How Much Would Alaska Women Pay if Hobby Lobby Wins Court Case?

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June 25, 2014
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How Much Would Alaska Women Pay if Hobby Lobby Wins Court Case?

Lawsuit supported by AK GOP Senate candidates would allow bosses to cancel health coverage

ANCHORAGE:  The Supreme Court soon will issue a decision on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, and if the court agrees with Hobby Lobby it would add hundreds of dollars or more to many Alaskans’ annual medical bills.  The Hobby Lobby corporation is seeking the ability to cancel insurance coverage of both contraception and patient/doctor meetings about contraception, which would force women to pay out-of-pocket just to talk to their doctors about reproductive health care.  Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan, and Joe Miller all have endorsed Hobby Lobby’s effort to let bosses take away their employee’s health coverage.

“By saying that bosses should be able to take away women’s health coverage, Treadwell, Miller, and Sullivan have shown a complete disconnect with Alaskans’ respect for women’s privacy,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: How Much Would Alaska Women Pay if Hobby Lobby Wins Court Case?

   

Harassment Survivor Speaks Out Against Hire of Abuser

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June 24, 2014
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Harassment Survivor Speaks Out Against Hire of Abuser

Survivor details daily harassment, condemns state for hiring Jason Joel

ANCHORAGE:   After the Parnell Administration failed to vet the hire of a sexual harasser, a survivor is speaking out about the abuse.  Haines police dispatcher Angie Goodwin is testifying about how Jason Joel abused her while he worked for the Haines Police Department.   Goodwin is condemning the state’s decision to hire him.  Byron Mallott has urged Sean Parnell to cancel Joel’s hire.

“There was some form of harassment, either physical, verbal or sexual, almost every time that we worked together,” said Haines police dispatcher Angie Goodwin, who was interviewed by the Chilkat Valley News.

Read more: Harassment Survivor Speaks Out Against Hire of Abuser

   

Sexual Harasser Is Latest Bungled Parnell Hire

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June 24, 2014
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Sexual Harasser Is Latest Bungled Parnell Hire

Jason Joel latest in long line of misguided hires & appointments by Parnell Administration

ANCHORAGE:  Domestic violence victims’ advocates are condemning the hire of Jason Joel, who is the latest of many ill-advised hires by the Parnell Administration.  Joel reportedly harassed multiple women before losing his police certification, yet the Parnell Administration nonetheless hired him as a high-ranking security official with the Alaska Marine Highway System.

“Why on earth would the Parnell Administration hire a man with this type of record,” said Chris Ashenbrenner in an op-ed.  Ashenbrenner is a former Executive Director for the State of Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

Read more: Sexual Harasser Is Latest Bungled Parnell Hire

   

Dishonest Dan: Defending Attempts to Silence Alaskans

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June 23, 2014
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Dishonest Dan: Defending Attempts to Silence Alaskans

Sullivan Visits Homer- Heart of Opposition to HB 77

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan visited Homer on Thursday, where residents have slammed Sullivan's attempts to silence Alaskans as Commissioner of Natural Resources with HB 77. Opposition to HB 77 was strong enough to kill Sullivan's signature legislation.

Read more: Dishonest Dan: Defending Attempts to Silence Alaskans

   

Parnell Politicks on State Dime

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June 20, 2014
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Parnell Politicks on State Dime

Governor uses state resources to send political press release

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell is using state resources for political purposes after he missed yet another debate this week.  In a campaign-related press release issued by his official state office, Parnell responded to the Independent Lt. Governor candidate about a gubernatorial candidate forum.

“Just after Alaska was named the 7th most corrupt state, Sean Parnell is using state resources for political purposes,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

The contents of Parnell’s press release are below (and attached).  It violates the State Ethics Act, which prohibits “use of state funds, facilities, equipment, services, or another government asset or resource for partisan political purposes.”

Read more: Parnell Politicks on State Dime

   

Sullivan Visits Epicenter of Opposition to HB 77

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June 19, 2014

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Sullivan Visits Epicenter of Opposition to HB 77

Sullivan in Homer, where residents refused to let Sullivan silence them

ANCHORAGE: Today Dan Sullivan is in Homer, where Alaskans spoke out and helped kill Sullivan’s signature legislation, the deeply flawed HB 77.  Kenai Peninsula residents generated a “buzz saw” of opposition that killed HB 77, and condemned Sullivan as a “rubber stamp” for anti-fishery interests.

Sullivan’s HB 77 was so extreme that even after significant changes the legislation proved so extreme Kenai Peninsula Republicans like Senator Micciche still opposed it.  When Senator Micciche held public input sessions on the bill in Homer and Soldotna, every attendee spoke out against the bill—except for it’s paid lobbyist, who flew down to the meetings from Anchorage.

Read more: Sullivan Visits Epicenter of Opposition to HB 77

   

Dan Sullivan’s Allies Block Veterans Reform Bill in House

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June 18, 2014
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Dan Sullivan’s Allies Block Veterans Reform Bill in House

Sullivan raises cash for Boehner, then Speaker blocks Senate’s bipartisan vets’ reform bill

ANCHORAGE: U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s allies blocked bipartisan legislation to improve the care delivered to America’s veterans by the VA. The legislation passed the Senate last week by a margin of 93-3, with both Alaska Senators supporting it, but today was blocked by the House. The veterans reform bill is designed to reduce the VA backlog and bring Alaska solutions to the rest of the nation.

While the legislation is being blocked, Dan Sullivan’s allies are running millions of dollars in attack ads attempting to connect the tragic Arizona VA scandal to Alaska. Their ads have been called out by an independent fact check group.

Read more: Dan Sullivan’s Allies Block Veterans Reform Bill in House

   

Alaskans Slam Sullivan for Spearheading HB 77

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June 18, 2014
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Alaskans Slam Sullivan for Spearheading HB 77

HB 77 would have harmed Alaska fishermen and hunters, taken away our control of resources

ANCHORAGE: Alaskans are slamming Dan Sullivan for his work to develop and advocate for HB 77, the “Silencing Alaskans Act.”  The Alaska legislature rejected Sullivan’s bill after it ran into a “buzz saw of opposition.”  Recently Sullivan has tried to have his former colleagues in DNR rewrite the history of HB 77, but hunters and fishermen aren’t fooled.

“Through his actions Dan Sullivan has shown he doesn’t believe in listening to Alaskans. As DNR commissioner he attempted to silence Alaskans in an attempt to take away control of our resources,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

In response to Sullivan’s attempt to rewrite HB 77’s history, Alaskans are setting the record straight about how HB 77 would have harmed hunters and fishermen.

Read more: Alaskans Slam Sullivan for Spearheading HB 77

   

Treadwell, Sullivan, Miller Support Hobby Lobby Anti-Contraception Lawsuit

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June 17, 2014
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Treadwell/Sullivan/Miller Support Hobby Lobby Anti-Contraception Lawsuit

Supreme Court decision will be issued soon, could let bosses take away employees’ contraception

ANCHORAGE: The Supreme Court will soon be issuing a decision on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, which would let bosses take away employees’ contraception based on corporations’ purported religious beliefs.  All Republican Senate candidates from Alaska support letting bosses take away insurance coverage of employees’ contraception based on the absurd premise that corporations have religious beliefs and that insurance coverage of contraception could violate such beliefs.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, women would be forced to pay as much as $600 per year more for contraception since it no longer would be included in their employer-provided health insurance.  Contrary to claims made by Fred Dyson, forgoing lattes would not pay for this new tax on Alaska women.

“Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller want to give corporate bosses the right to deny women contraceptive services as part of their employer-provided health insurance. This just shows how out of touch the Republican Senate candidates are with Alaska women,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Treadwell, Sullivan, Miller Support Hobby Lobby Anti-Contraception Lawsuit

   

ICYMI: Dan Sullivan’s Website Doesn’t Mention Fishing Industry

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June 17, 2014
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ICYMI: Dan Sullivan’s Website Doesn’t Mention Fishing Industry

Sullivan leaves state’s largest employer out of key issues list

ANCHORAGE: After spearheading the controversial anti-fisheries bill HB 77, Dan Sullivan has left the fishing industry off his Senate campaign website.  As the Anchorage Daily News’ fisheries columnist Laine Welch notes, Sullivan fails to discuss the state’s fishing industry in the issues section of his website even though fisheries are Alaska’s largest employer.

“Dan Sullivan (Republican candidate) posts a picture of a fishing boat in the "Issues/Jobs and the Economy" section but does not mention anything about fishing or the industry.” –Anchorage Daily News

"Fisheries are a key part of Alaska’s economy, but that’s not something that many Outsiders like Sullivan understand," said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: ICYMI: Dan Sullivan’s Website Doesn’t Mention Fishing Industry

   

Dan Sullivan's Five-Year Anniversary

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June 16, 2014
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Dan Sullivan's Five-Year Anniversary

June 16th Marks Sullivan's Appointment By Palin

ANCHORAGE -- Today marks the five-year anniversary of U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan's mysterious appointment as Alaska's attorney general by Governor Sarah Palin, an appointment still clouded by unanswered questions of Sullivan's residency.

Despite eventually appointing Sullivan—who at the time was a resident of D.C.--Sarah Palin wrote in a 2009 email to her staff that she had "never even heard of the guy” when prompted to nominate him.

Read more: Dan Sullivan's Five-Year Anniversary

   

Sullivan’s Seward Fundraiser May Reveal Latest on Residency

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Sullivan’s Seward Fundraiser May Reveal Latest on Residency

Sullivan keeps changing his story about Alaska residency

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is in Seward today for a fishing-themed fundraiser.  If Sullivan purchased a fishing license for the event, it would reveal what Sullivan’s latest story is about his residency controversy.

On past fishing licenses, Sullivan has provided contradictory information about how long he actually has been an Alaska resident.  Sullivan even admitted he was lengthening his stated residency in Alaska for political purposes.

“Dan Sullivan is trying to rewrite his residency history, but Alaskans know a fish story when they hear one,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan’s Seward Fundraiser May Reveal Latest on Residency

   

Parnell Still Hasn’t Cancelled Hire of New Employee Who Harassed Women

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June 16, 2014
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Parnell Still Hasn’t Cancelled Hire of New Employee Who Harassed Women

New high-ranking state hire Jason Joel has long record of harassment

JUNEAU: Governor Sean Parnell still hasn’t rescinded the hire of Jason Joel, a recent state hire who has harassed women.  The state recently hired Jason Joel as security officer for the Alaska Marine Highway System, meaning he will have supervisory authority over AMHS vessels and facility security officers.  Joel has had to resign from multiple police departments in the past.  When Joel worked in Haines, he reportedly harassed multiple women before he was demoted and resigned.

“Under no condition should Governor Parnell be hiring men with a record of harassment,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Still Hasn’t Cancelled Hire of New Employee Who Harassed Women

   

ICYMI: Treadwell & Miller Call Out Sullivan's “Publicity Stunt” "Photo Op"

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June 13, 2014

ICYMI: Treadwell & Miller Call Out Sullivan's “Publicity Stunt” "Photo Op"

ANCHORAGE -- Mead Treadwell & Joe Miller are calling out their primary opponent Dan Sullivan for his hypocrisy and labeling his attempt to denounce Outside spending, while being the top recipient of it, as a “publicity stunt” and a “photo-op” opportunity.

Mead Treadwell is calling Sullivan's attempt to denounce Outside spending  a “publicity stunt” and wants Sullivan to “return to the issues that matter most to Alaskans.”

Joe Miller also labeled Sullivan as a “photo-op fighter.”

Read more: ICYMI: Treadwell & Miller Call Out Sullivan's “Publicity Stunt” "Photo Op"

   

Chenault on Defensive Over Alaska’s “Most Corrupt” Status

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June 13, 2014
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Chenault on Defensive Over Alaska’s “Most Corrupt” Status

House Speaker defends conflicts of interest in state legislature

ANCHORAGE:  Amidst media scrutiny of Alaska’s status as one of the most corrupt states, Speaker Chenault is on the defensive over his colleagues’ conflicts of interest.  Chenault defended Lynn Gattis and Eric Feige, House members who stand to reap major financial benefits from publicly-funded projects they are pushing in the state legislature.

“There are so many conflicts of interest in Chenault’s caucus that the Speaker got winded before he could defend all of them,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Since the Speaker has taken it upon himself to defend his colleague’s conflicts of interest, I thought I’d provide him a more complete list:”

MORE Conflicts of Interest in the Alaska State Legislature:

  • Rep. Mike Hawker negotiated a sole-source, no-bid deal with a campaign contributor that increased taxpayer costs by 500% for a legislative building so fancy that it has come to be known as the “Taj Mahawker.”

Read more: Chenault on Defensive Over Alaska’s “Most Corrupt” Status

   

Sullivan: Being Alaskan is a "Mindset"

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June 12, 2014
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Dan Sullivan: Being Alaskan Is a "Mindset"

Not a Mindset: Sullivan's Outside Tax Breaks & Non-Resident Fishing License

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan is hoping Alaskans won't remember his out-of-state tax break and swirling residency controversy by telling a national news outlet that being Alaskan is a "mindset."

Sullivan still refuses to acknowledge that he self-identified as a non-resident when obtaining a fishing license and that then he declared himself a 1-year, 2-year, 10-year and 17-year resident in a period of just five years.

Read more: Sullivan: Being Alaskan is a "Mindset"

   

Sullivan Silent on Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

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June 12, 2014
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Sullivan Silent on Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

Sullivan benefiting from Outside attack ads on VA care but is silent on VA reform

ANCHORAGE:  After benefiting from hundreds of thousands of dollars in Outside attack ads politicizing the Veterans Administration, Dan Sullivan has not commented on bipartisan legislation to reform the VA.  That reform legislation passed the Senate yesterday on a 93-3 vote. While refusing to comment on meaningful VA reform, Dan Sullivan has endorsed Citizens United, which enabled the Outside ads from which he has benefited.

“Dan Sullivan should stop playing politics with the care our veterans have earned.  Alaskans are hard at work to build on our successful model of improving veterans' care,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Silent on Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

   

Fortune Magazine Calls Alaska One of Most Corrupt States

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June 12, 2014
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Fortune Magazine Calls Alaska One of Most Corrupt States

Corruption Looms Over Oil Giveaway, TAPS valuation, Megaprojects

ANCHORAGE:  A new study finds that Alaska is one of the most corrupt states in America, based on corruption convictions and a “corruption index” that examines state spending patterns.  Following the VECO scandal, Alaska legislators have drawn harsh criticism as they voted to give tax breaks to their private sector employers, push megaprojects that would enrich their own families, and cheat local governments by devaluing the TransAlaska Pipeline.

“Alaskans are very suspicious of Sean Parnell’s motives as he hands over our resource wealth to his former employers and Outside special interests,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Conflicts of Interest in the Alaska State Legislature:

  • Two state Senators who are Conoco Phillips employees voted to give billions of dollars in oil tax breaks to their private sector employers by supporting the Oil Giveaway.  One of those Senators won election following a gerrymandering orchestrated by Sean Parnell.

Read more: Fortune Magazine Calls Alaska One of Most Corrupt States

   

Treadwell and Sullivan Can’t Spin Anti-Alaska Native Record

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June 10, 2014
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Treadwell and Sullivan Can’t Spin Anti-Alaska Native Record

Treadwell and Sullivan try to airbrush record at NCAI conference forum

ANCHORAGE:  At the National Congress of American Indians candidate forum, Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell tried to hide their record of attacks on Alaska Native voting rights, subsistence rights, and tribal sovereignty.  Sullivan and Treadwell have played central roles in the Parnell Administration’s assault on Alaska Native’s tribal sovereignty, voting rights, and subsistence traditions.

“Sullivan and Treadwell’s assault on rural Alaska is yet another reminder that they don’t share our Alaska values,” said Kay Brown, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Treadwell and Sullivan Can’t Spin Anti-Alaska Native Record

   

Sullivan's Political Ploy Backfires

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June 10, 2014
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Sullivan's Political Ploy Backfires
Shot-Chaser Below on Sullivan’s Flip Flop about Unlimited Spending

ANCHORAGE -- Even without a stated position on Outside spending, Dan Sullivan rushed head first into a conversation about the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling today.  In a blatant display of hypocrisy, Sullivan endorsed Citizens United while claiming that he wants to limit the Outside spending enabled by that court decision. His political stunt failed to provide any proposal or suggestions for real reform of a broken system, only more questions about where Dan Sullivan stands on major issues.

“Dan Sullivan told Alaskans he's ready to fight for limitless anonymous spending in all elections and the belief that corporations are people, because that's the Outside special interest agenda he supports,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Let’s take a Shot/Chaser look at Dan’s recent comments on Outside spending:

SHOT: Dan Sullivan holds press call to discuss plan to limit outside spending in election.

Chaser: Sullivan breaks his campaign-long silence on the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and gives a full-throated endorsement to Citizen’s United which allows unlimited, anonymous spending in elections and declares that corporations are people.

Read more: Sullivan's Political Ploy Backfires

   

Will Dan Sullivan Come Clean On Anti-Subsistence Lawsuit?

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June 9, 2014
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Will Dan Sullivan Come Clean On Anti-Subsistence Lawsuit?

Sullivan has tried to hide his lead role in anti-subsistence lawsuit against Katie John

ANCHORAGE:  After he filed a lawsuit to take away Katie John’s subsistence rights, Dan Sullivan has tried to hide his role in the controversial anti-subsistence lawsuit.  Today Sullivan is scheduled to appear at a National Congress of American Indians forum in Anchorage.  He will be under pressure to explain his role in the lawsuit and subsequent contradictory statements about subsistence.

“Dan Sullivan refuses to look Alaskans in the eye and admit he sued Katie John and fought against subsistence rights as Attorney General. Like the Outside groups running false ads on his behalf, Sullivan doesn't understand Alaska's values, including honesty," said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Will Dan Sullivan Come Clean On Anti-Subsistence Lawsuit?

   

Dear Dan: Did you think "WE" wouldn't notice?

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June 6, 2014
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Dear Dan: Did you think "WE" wouldn't notice?

Alaskans have noticed Sullivan dodging residency questions

ANCHORAGE: While avoiding the embarrassment of showcasing Mark Begich's accomplishments in another one of his ads, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan committed yet another blunder... claiming he's an Alaskan.

Since 2009, Sullivan has claimed his Alaska residency as one year, two years and ten years. He even applied for a non-resident fishing license while serving as Alaska's Attorney General.

Read more: Dear Dan: Did you think "WE" wouldn't notice?

   

Dan Sullivan Avoids Alaskans While Cashing Checks From Outsiders

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June 5, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Avoids Alaskans While Cashing Checks From Outsiders

Alaskans Still Trying to Figure out Where Sullivan Stands on the Issues

ANCHORAGE: Instead of talking to Alaskans about where he stands on important Alaska issues, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is spending tonight in Denver, Colorado on the national Republican fundraising circuit cashing Outside money for his campaign.

“Dan Sullivan continues to sidestep questions on critical Alaska issues and cash million in Outside money while refusing to hold public meetings and look Alaskans in the eye,” said Mike Wenstrup, Alaska Democratic Party Chairman.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Avoids Alaskans While Cashing Checks From Outsiders

   

Courts Reject Treadwell/Sullivan Attack on Alaska Natives

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June 5, 2014
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Courts Reject Treadwell/Sullivan Attack on Alaska Natives

Courts reject Treadwell voter suppression after stopping Sullivan attack on subsistence

ANCHORAGE:  Shortly after rejecting Dan Sullivan’s anti-subsistence lawsuit, a court ordered Mead Treadwell’s Division ofElections to provide ballots in Yupiq, Cupik, and Gwich’in after Treadwell had refused to.  Yesterday’s court decision is the latest in a series of defeats in the Parnell Administration’s attacks on Alaska Native voting rights, subsistence, and tribal sovereignty.

“Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell, and Sean Parnell have waged a systematic assault on Alaska Native rights and traditions,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Courts Reject Treadwell/Sullivan Attack on Alaska Natives

   

Treadwell Endorses Corporate Personhood, Sullivan Dodges Question

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June 3, 2014
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Treadwell Endorses Corporate Personhood, Sullivan Dodges Question

Candidates react to deluge of Outside spending…much of it from Sullivan’s own family

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell endorsed corporate personhood while Dan Sullivan refused to take a stand against the unlimited, undisclosed spending on attack ads… like ads paid for by his own Ohio family.  Only Senator Begich and Joe Miller have weighed in against corporate personhood and in favor of individual Constitutional rights.

“When it comes to Outside groups dumping millions into false ads attacking Mark Begich, Dan Sullivan refuses to bite the hand that feeds him,” said Mike Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Sullivan won’t condemn false attack ads when there’s nearly $10 million of them coming to support him between now and Election Day.”

Read more: Treadwell Endorses Corporate Personhood, Sullivan Dodges Question

   

Strong Slate of Democratic Candidates File for November Election

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June 2nd, 2014
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Strong Slate of Democratic Candidates File for November Election

Republicans will be on defensive over fiscal disaster, education cuts, social extremism

ANCHORAGE:  A strong slate of Democratic candidates have filed to run for state House and Senate seats across Alaska.  From the Mendenhall Valley to East Anchorage to Fairbanks, Democrats will offer voters a fiscally conservative, pro-education platform, in contrast to Republicans’ massive budget deficits, attacks on education, and social extremism.

“Voters’ overwhelming opposition to Republican budget deficits, education cuts, and attacks on women’s rights will translate into support for Democratic candidates at the polls in November,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Strong Democratic Candidates Challenge Vulnerable Republicans:

  • Harry Crawford, a former state House member, is challenging Cathy Giessel for a state Senate seat (SD N) that became substantially more Democratic after redistricting.

Read more: Strong Slate of Democratic Candidates File for November Election

   

Dan Sullivan Goes Back on His Media Coach’s Radio Show

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May 29th, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Goes Back on His Media Coach’s Radio Show

Sullivan appears on coach’s show for 7th time as Anchorage Daily News exposes conflict of interest

ANCHORTAGE: The same day Alaskans were reminded of U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and KFQD radio show host Dave Stieren’s conflict of interest in the morning paper, Sullivan joined Stieren on live radio for an interview. Sullivan has paid Stieren thousands of dollars for media training and coaching. KFQD described the coaching as advice on how to look Alaskans in the eye and which tie to wear.

"No amount of coaching can erase the glaring conflict of paying thousands of dollars to a radio show host who is interviewing you," said Mike Wenstrup. Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Goes Back on His Media Coach’s Radio Show

   

Dan Sullivan Actually Makes It to Fairbanks

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May 29, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Actually Makes It to Fairbanks

Sullivan figures out what city he's in after confusing Anchorage, Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE: One day after becoming confused about which Alaska city he was in while filing to run for Senate, Dan Sullivan managed to make it to Fairbanks.  After the Alaska Democratic Party slammed Sullivan for not knowing which city he was in, he deleted the tweet in which he erroneously claimed to be in Fairbanks while filing to run for Senate.

"Apparently Dan Sullivan needs to buy a good map of Alaska, but just figuring out which city he's in doesn't and won’t resolve his residency controversy," said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Actually Makes It to Fairbanks

   

Dan Sullivan Would Voucherize Vets’ Health Care

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May 28, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Would Voucherize Vets’ Health Care

Mayor Sullivan’s proposal would replace guaranteed care in VA with vouchers

ANCHORAGE: At a speech in Anchorage, Dan Sullivan proposed eliminating health care guaranteed through the Veterans Administration (VA) and replace it with vouchers.  Sullivan’s proposal mirrors the Ryan Budget’s proposal to privatize Medicare and replace it with vouchers.

“Ending our commitment for VA health care is a slap in the face to Alaska veterans,” said Tim Kacillas, a veteran from Anchorage.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Would Voucherize Vets’ Health Care

   

Dan Sullivan Doesn’t Know If He’s In Anchorage Or Fairbanks

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May 27, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Doesn’t Know If He’s In Anchorage Or Fairbanks

Sullivan tweets that he’s in Fairbanks while filing for Senate in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE -- After spending months trying to airbrush away questions about his residency, Dan Sullivan officially filed for the U.S. Senate without even knowing what Alaska city he was in.

In an announcement on Twitter this afternoon, Sullivan posted a photo with a caption that reads “Filing for U.S. Senate in Fairbanks…” with a photo of Sullivan standing outside the Alaska Division of Elections in Anchorage.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Doesn’t Know If He’s In Anchorage Or Fairbanks

   

GOP Gov. Candidate Slams Parnell’s Fiscal Mismanagement

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May 27, 2014
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GOP Gov. Candidate Slams Parnell’s Fiscal Mismanagement

GOP civil war continues as Millette challenges Parnell in primary

ANCHORAGE:  Russ Millette is challenging Sean Parnell for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, charging Parnell with fiscal mismanagement and endangerment of the PFD.  Millette has the support of the Alaska Republican Assembly, which recently held a convention in Wasilla.  The creation of the Alaska Republican Assembly and Millette’s candidacy are the latest developments in a long civil war within the Alaska Republican Party.

In a reference to Parnell’s large budgets and deficits, Millette said that he would distribute half the Permanent Fund to Alaskans.  Millette also criticized Parnell’s fealty to corporate interests, saying “The incumbent governor has become a lobbyist for foreign oil companies and that has to stop.”  His criticism echoed that of Sarah Palin, who recently slammed Parnell for siding with oil companies over Alaskans as he pushed through the Oil Giveaway.

Read more: GOP Gov. Candidate Slams Parnell’s Fiscal Mismanagement

   

Parnell Administration Sexual Assault Record Under Scrutiny

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May 23, 2014

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Parnell Administration Sexual Assault Record Under Scrutiny

Rising rape rates, unprosecuted Guard assaults, and “colonial” rural policies under fire

ANCHORAGE:  The Parnell Administration’s record on sexual assault is under growing scrutiny, as rising rape rates, unpunished assaults in the Guard, and a “colonial” approach to rural crime have led to unparalleled public safety risks for Alaskans.  Alaska has the highest sexual assault rate in the country, and statistics show it has grown worse under the Parnell Administration.

Read more: Parnell Administration Sexual Assault Record Under Scrutiny

   

Outside Spending Floods Alaska Airwaves

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May 21, 2014
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Outside Spending Floods Alaska Airwaves

Outsiders Will Spend $9.5 million MORE amidst a competitive Republican primary

ANCHORAGE: Outside groups will spend $9.5 million MORE in an attempt to buy Alaska’s Senate seat even though they don’t have a general election candidate.  Outside groups are attempting to force Ohio Dan Sullivan on Alaskans, but their Outside funding hasn’t translated into local support.

“Alaskans decide elections and Outside groups are going to find that no amount of false ads funded by Dan Sullivan’s Ohio family or the Koch Brothers are going to change that,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Outside Spending Floods Alaska Airwaves

   

Sexual Assault Rates Grow Under Parnell, Sullivan

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May 20, 2014
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Sexual Assault Rates Grow Under Parnell, Sullivan

Rape rate grows under Gov. Parnell & Mayor Sullivan

ANCHORAGE: Sexual assault rates are growing in Anchorage and throughout Alaska, according to municipal and FBI crime data.  While sexual assaults are becoming more common, the Anchorage police force has fallen to its lowest levels in years and Governor Parnell refuses to act on “Roadmap for Making America Safer” recommendations to reduce violence in rural Alaska.

“The growth in sexual assault under Parnell and Sullivan is unacceptable,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sexual Assault Rates Grow Under Parnell, Sullivan

   

Alaskans—Except Treadwell/Sullivan—Speak Out Against Refinery Closure

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May 20, 2014
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Alaskans—Except Treadwell/Sullivan—Speak Out Against Refinery Closure

End of an Era: Koch Brothers Close Flint Hills Refinery After 37 Years

ANCHORAGE:   Nearly four decades after Alaskans opened Flint Hills refinery, the Koch Brothers are shutting it down amidst harsh criticism.  The refinery will stop processing oil from the pipeline at 8am on Saturday.  With the refinery shutdown, Fairbanks and the Interior will be more dependent on energy imports, despite being located near some of America’s most prolific oil fields.  Alaskans have slammed the Koch Brothers’ refinery closure, but Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan have not criticized it.

“The Koch Brothers are kneecapping Alaska energy production by shutting down Flint Hills refinery,” said Mike Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “It is ironic that the Kochs have an unlimited budget for attack ads on TV but can’t find the money to keep Flint Hills open.”

Read more: Alaskans—Except Treadwell/Sullivan—Speak Out Against Refinery Closure

   

Dan Sullivan Pays Ethically Challenged Stieren for Preferential Treatment

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May 19, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Pays Ethically Challenged Stieren for Preferential Treatment
Stieren Discussed Senate Race on Air While Under Contract with Sullivan

ANCHORAGE: After failing to disclose publicly that he was on Dan Sullivan’s payroll, KFQD radio host Dave Stieren appears to have run afoul of the ethical guidelines he set for himself. Stieren claimed he would not discuss the Senate race while being paid by Sullivan, but hosted Senate candidate Joe Miller at the same time he was taking Sullivan's cash.

In response to those alleging a conflict of interest, Stieren started off his show last week with a vulgar song from the show Family Guy, and remarked that he “failed to flush twice.”

“Even Dave Stieren is admitting that his agreement with Sullivan stinks. Dan Sullivan paid thousands of dollars to learn how to look Alaskans in the eye and did it while his media coach questionably interviewed his opponents,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Pays Ethically Challenged Stieren for Preferential Treatment

   

Alaska Democrats Endorse Forrest Dunbar for Congress

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May 19, 2014

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Alaska Democrats Endorse Forrest Dunbar for Congress

At convention in Nome, Democrats vote unanimously to endorse Forrest Dunbar

ANCHORAGE: At their convention in Nome, Alaska Democrats voted unanimously to endorse Forrest Dunbar for Congress.  Dunbar, a National Guard member and life-long Alaskan, has run a campaign that has drawn accolades for its energy and innovation.

"Alaska needs an energetic Congressman who understands and will fight for Alaska values," said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Alaska Democrats Endorse Forrest Dunbar for Congress

   

Alaska Democrats Support Minimum Wage Increase, Marriage Equality, Alaska Native Rights

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May 18, 2014

Alaska Democrats Support Minimum Wage Increase, Marriage Equality, Alaska Native Rights

Democrats in Nome pass resolutions, update party platform

ANCHORAGE:  Weighing in on high-profile political issues, Alaska Democrats passed resolutions in support of raising the minimum wage and recognizing marriage equality.  In addition, Alaska Democrats urged the state to recognize Alaska Natives’ legal rights while affirming Alaska Natives’ ability to receive information about ballots and other official documents in their native languages.  Finally, the party endorsed overturning Citizens United to stop the flood of dark money and attack ads that are flooding Alaska airwaves.

“I’m proud we’re standing up for Alaska values like marriage equality and recognition of Alaska Natives’ legal rights,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “These Alaska values stand in sharp contrast to the Republican platform, which attempts to enshrine discrimination.”

Read more: Alaska Democrats Support Minimum Wage Increase, Marriage Equality, Alaska Native Rights

   

Dan Sullivan Pays Thousands for Fashion Advice, Common Sense

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May 17th, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Pays Thousands for Fashion Advice, Common Sense

Sullivan Paying KFQD's Dave Stieren for "Media Training"

ANCHORTAGE: U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is paying thousands of dollars for “media training” - which is being described as advice on how to look Alaskans in the eye and which color tie to wear.

"Apparently Dan Sullivan needed coaching on how to look Alaskans in the eyes and was willing to pay thousands of dollars for it," said Mike Wenstrup. Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Pays Thousands for Fashion Advice, Common Sense

   

ICYMI: Huffington Post: “Alaska GOP Senate Candidate Picks Unfortunate Spot To Slam Mark Begich's 'Results'”

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May 16, 2014

ICYMI: Huffington Post: “Alaska GOP Senate Candidate Picks Unfortunate Spot To Slam Mark Begich's 'Results'”

Sullivan films ad on Dena’ina Center - “Crowning achievement of then-Mayor Mark Begich”

ANCHORAGE: The Huffington Post reports Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan filmed a campaign ad calling for 'results not talk' on top of downtown Anchorage's Dena’ina Center. The ad and Sullivan's use of the phrase "cheap talk" are oblivious to the fact the Dena'ina Center's construction was championed and shepherded through by then-Mayor Mark Begich.

“’If Dan Sullivan had spent any significant amount of time in Alaska over the past ten years, he might not find himself obliviously filming an ad about 'results' atop one of downtown Anchorage’s most frequented locations built by one of its most effective leaders: Mark Begich,” said Kay Brown. “The irony may be lost on Dan Sullivan, but it’s not lost on Alaskans who know what real results look like.”

Read more: ICYMI: Huffington Post: “Alaska GOP Senate Candidate Picks Unfortunate Spot To Slam Mark Begich's 'Results'”

   

Parnell Job Approval Plummets in New Poll

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May 13, 2014
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Parnell Job Approval Plummets in New Poll

Voters sour on Parnell and Sullivan

ANCHORAGE:  A new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that Gov. Sean Parnell’s poll numbers are cratering while Byron Mallott polls significantly ahead of independent candidate Bill Walker.  Parnell and Dan Sullivan now have net-negative job approval ratings.

“The longer Sean Parnell is in office, the less Alaskans like his job performance.  Voters are disgusted at his billion dollar deficits and giveaways to Outside interests,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Parnell’s net-negative poll numbers have deteriorated significantly since February, when he still had net-positive job approval.

Read more: Parnell Job Approval Plummets in New Poll

   

Koch Brothers Will Spend $125 Million on Elections

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May 13, 2014
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Koch Brothers Will Spend $125 Million on Elections

Kochs refuse to invest in Flint Hills refinery while trying to buy Alaska Senate seat

ANCHORAGE:  The Koch Brothers have pledged to spend at least $125 million trying to buy elections including Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat. The “unprecedented” amount comes as the Kochs declined to invest in the Flint Hills refinery, instead shuttering the facility and eliminating 80 Alaska jobs.

Read more: Koch Brothers Will Spend $125 Million on Elections

   

KFQD Radio Host Is On Dan Sullivan’s Payroll

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May 8nd, 2014

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KFQD Radio Host Is On Dan Sullivan’s Payroll

Conservative radio host touts Sullivan without disclosing thousands in income

ANCHORAGE: Conservative radio show host Dave Stieren has hosted Senate candidate Dan Sullivan on his show at least six times, providing favorable coverage for a candidacy that continues to lack local support.  Stieren has not disclosed to listeners during those interviews that his firm received $6,697 in payments from Dan Sullivan’s campaign for “media coaching” and “coaching.”

“Dan Sullivan is resorting to hired help after failing to build Alaska support for his campaign,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

 

Read more: KFQD Radio Host Is On Dan Sullivan’s Payroll

   

Dan Sullivan Backs Unpopular Sales Tax that Voters Rejected

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May 8, 2014

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Dan Sullivan Backs Unpopular Sales Tax that Voters Rejected

New tax would shift costs to working families, raising cost on everything from clothing to snowmachines

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan is calling for a new sales tax on Anchorage consumers, despite voters’ rejection of a sales tax on four separate occasions.  Sullivan’s regressive sales tax would shift the tax burden onto working families.

“Over and over, Alaskans have rejected the sales tax now being proposed by Dan Sullivan,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Voters have rejected Sullivan’s sales tax on four occasions, most recently rejecting it by a 70%-30% margin.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Backs Unpopular Sales Tax that Voters Rejected

   

Parnell’s Pipeline Devaluation Hits Fairbanks Homeowners With Tax Increase

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May 7, 2014

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Parnell’s Pipeline Devaluation Hits Fairbanks Homeowners With Tax Increase

Parnell devalues TAPS by nearly half, shifting tax burden from oil companies to Fairbanks property owners

ANCHORAGE: Gov. Parnell’s appointees are shifting the tax burden from oil companies onto Fairbanks homeowners by using the State Assessment Review Board to reduce the assessed value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) in Fairbanks.  By reducing the assessed value of the TAPS in Fairbanks by $416 million—nearly a 50% reduction—Parnell is shifting millions of dollars in taxes onto Fairbanks property owners.

“It makes no sense for Parnell to shift property taxes from the world’s wealthiest corporations onto Fairbanks homeowners who already have to deal with high costs of living,” said Mike Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Parnell’s pipeline devaluation on behalf of oil companies flies in the face of recent court decisions.  The Alaska Supreme Court recently upheld the Gleason decision, which found that the TAPS is worth $10 billion—not $850 million as claimed by the oil companies.  In the course of the lawsuit, investigators revealed that oil companies kept two sets of books and lied to Alaskans about the value of the TAPS.

Read more: Parnell’s Pipeline Devaluation Hits Fairbanks Homeowners With Tax Increase

   

Prominent Republicans Question Sullivan’s Residency

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May 6, 2014

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Prominent Republicans Question Sullivan’s Residency

Sullivan may not even be eligible to run for Governor based on state residency requirements

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan’s residence in Alaska has been so brief that he likely would be ineligible to run for governor, a fact highlighted by recent battles within the Alaska Republican Party and prominent questions of Sullivan’s residency.

Republican Party officials have said residency requirements are “quite clear.”  Leading Republican strategist Frank McQueary said a gubernatorial candidate has “to be a state resident for seven years to run for Governor, …that’s what the Constitution says. I have no real idea how long Dan Sullivan has been a resident.”

Read more: Prominent Republicans Question Sullivan’s Residency

   

ICYMI: Alaskans Rally Against Ryan Budget

 

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May 6, 2014

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ICYMI: Alaskans Rally Against Ryan Budget

Ryan Budget supported by Treadwell, Sullivan would privatize Medicare and lay off Alaska teachers

ANCHORAGE: Alaskans are rallying against the Ryan Budget, which would privatize Medicare, raise prescription drug costs on seniors, cancel Pell Grants for college students, and lay off Alaska teachers.  Alaska retirees gathered in downtown Anchorage to protest the Ryan Budget’s impacts on Alaska.

Alaska retirees Angel Colon, Rod McCoy, and Fran Rabago spoke at the rally.  Retirees criticized the Ryan Budget and Republican Senate candidates’ support for it.

Read more: ICYMI: Alaskans Rally Against Ryan Budget

   

Dan Sullivan Compares Union Membership to Slavery

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May 5th, 2014

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Dan Sullivan Compares Union Membership to Slavery

Sullivan urges support for “Right to Work for Less,” says “we ended slavery a long time ago”

ANCHORAGE:  At a Lieutenant Governor debate, Dan Sullivan compared union membership to slavery, and gave his unabashed support to legislation gutting collective bargaining rights for Alaska workers.  The Alaska AFL-CIO reacted swiftly, condemning Sullivan’s comment.

Asked about “right-to-work-for-less” legislation that would gut unions, Sullivan said, “We ended slavery a long time ago.”

“From the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to the Parks Highway, unions built Alaska.  When Sullivan attacks unions, he’s attacking Alaska’s middle class,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Compares Union Membership to Slavery

   

Treadwell and Miller Praise Racist Cliven Bundy

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May 5th, 2014

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Treadwell and Miller Praise Racist Cliven Bundy

Sullivan refuses to join other GOPers in denouncing racist comments

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller are embracing Cliven Bundy, the racist rancher from Nevada whose refusal to pay grazing fees has become a cause celebre among some pundits.  Treadwell spoke in support of Bundy, comparing him to the GOP icon “Joe the Plumber,” at a GOP convention in Juneau.  Miller has used his Restoring Liberty website to promote Bundy.  In contrast to other establishment Republicans, Dan Sullivan has refused to condemn Bundy’s comments or Treadwell/Miller’s support for Bundy.

Read more: Treadwell and Miller Praise Racist Cliven Bundy

   

Dan Sullivan Spends Thousands for Alaska “Media Coaching”

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May 2nd, 2014

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Dan Sullivan Spends Thousands for Alaska “Media Coaching”

US Senate candidate pays local radio host and Crossroads Media

ANCHORAGE: U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan reported paying $6,697 to KFQD radio host Dave Stieren’s company for media coaching.  Sullivan also paid Crossroads Media for media services while Karl Rove’s Super PAC is running ads on Sullivan’s behalf.

“It will take more than media coaching for Dan Sullivan to learn about the state in which he’s running for Senate,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Spends Thousands for Alaska “Media Coaching”

   

Teacher Layoffs and Tax Hikes Follow Parnell’s “Education Session”

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May 1, 2014

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Teacher Layoffs and Tax Hikes Follow Parnell’s “Education Session”

Local governments try to clean up Parnell’s mess

ANCHORAGE:  In Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks, Gov. Parnell’s budget is forcing property tax rate increases and teacher layoffs.  By “locking in” three more years of education cuts, the legislature has forced local governments to choose between teacher layoffs and higher taxes.  The damage is even worse in Fairbanks because reduced pipeline property taxes are shifting costs from oil companies onto homeowners.

“Billion dollar deficits and teacher layoffs were bad enough, and now Alaskans are dealing with tax hikes because of Parnell’s fiscal disaster,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Teacher Layoffs and Tax Hikes Across Alaska:

  • ANCHORAGE: In response to the state’s failure to reverse education funding cuts, the Anchorage Assembly is raising $5.8 million in property taxes to minimize teacher layoffs, although homeowners are fortunate that increasing property values are offsetting that tax increase this year.  If the legislature had provided $404/student in classroom funding rather than a much smaller amount, this tax rate hike wouldn’t have happened.  Anchorage School District had 214 layoffs last year, including guidance counselors.  The Anchorage School District noted that more teacher layoffs may occur after this year since state funding will fall off even more precipitously in the 2015/2016 school year.

Read more: Teacher Layoffs and Tax Hikes Follow Parnell’s “Education Session”

   

Dan Sullivan Raises More Campaign Cash From Ohio Than Alaska—Again.

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April 29th, 2014

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Dan Sullivan Raises More Campaign Cash From Ohio Than Alaska—Again.

Sullivan reports less than 200 Alaska donors – Begich reported over 1,500 Alaskans

ANCHORAGE: U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan reported campaign contributions from less than 200 Alaskans in his first quarter campaign disclosure, a startlingly low number indicating his overwhelming support from Outside groups. Sullivan’s Ohio fundraising, $103,575, once again topped his Alaska total thanks to his hometown friends and relatives.

“Sullivan’s heavy reliance on cash from Ohio casts doubt on whose interests he would serve,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Raises More Campaign Cash From Ohio Than Alaska—Again.

   

END OF SESSION REPORT CARD FOR SEAN PARNELL

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END OF SESSION REPORT CARD FOR SEAN PARNELL

-----SUBJECT-----------------------------GRADE--------

 

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY                       F

Comments:

2 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE RED

~Emptying Savings Account

~Moving toward PFD cuts

 

GAS PIPELINE                                       INC.

INCOMPLETE

~Remind us why a Texan should be on an ALASKA board?

 

EDUCATION                                              D-

Comments:

~Great Alaska Schools slams Parnell for “locking in” three                                                                                         years of education cuts

~Adding insult to injury, Parnell’s SJR9 was an attempt to                                                                                        use public money to finance private and religious schools

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Dan Sullivan Brings in Outsiders to Spin Residency Record

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April 25, 2014

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Dan Sullivan Brings in Outsiders to Spin Residency Record

Ironic: Outside politicos try to claim Sullivan is Alaskan

ANCHORAGE -- Once again U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is following the lead of Outsiders in an attempt to avoid legitimate questions from Alaskans about his residency.  Sullivan has turned to Karl Rove, Condoleeza Rice, and FOX News to put spin on Sullivan’s residency.

“Alaskans aren’t fooled by Outsiders’ spin about Dan Sullivan’s residency,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Dan Sullivan moved to D.C. to be a political appointee and get tax breaks on a Maryland home he called his ‘principal residence,’ and no amount of spin can hide that.”

Alaska Democrats Fact Check:

FOX NEWS CLAIM: Dan Sullivan's military service is being questioned.

FACT: Alaskans have posed legitimate questions about Sullivan's decision to declare Maryland his "principal residence" to collect tax breaks on his million dollar Maryland home and his decision to change the length of his Alaska residency on official state documents for personal political motivations.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Brings in Outsiders to Spin Residency Record

   

BREAKING: DAN SULLIVAN WINS KEY ENDORSEMENT…from Ohio.

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April 24th, 2014

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BREAKING: DAN SULLIVAN WINS KEY ENDORSEMENT…from Ohio.

Ohio actress endorses Ohio candidate running for Senate in Alaska

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is trumpeting the endorsement of an actress from Ohio who announced her support for him on Twitter.  This key Ohio endorsement follows the fundraising successes that have allowed him to attract three times more money from Ohio than from in Alaska, the state where he happens to be running for Senate.

“Dan Sullivan is rapidly locking up Ohio support for his campaign,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: BREAKING: DAN SULLIVAN WINS KEY ENDORSEMENT…from Ohio.

   

Sullivan’s Ohio Family Directly Funding Super PAC Ads in Alaska

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April 23nd, 2014

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Sullivan’s Ohio Family Directly Funding Super PAC Ads in Alaska

“Family members and business associates” from Ohio have contributed most SuperPAC funds and campaign cash

ANCHORAGE:  New disclosure documents show U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s Ohio-based family is pouring cash into Alaska in an attempt to buy Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat.

“In January, Frank Sullivan gave $25,000 and their father gave $50,000 to a SuperPAC working to elect Sullivan that is being run by Anchorage political consultant Art Hackney. A former long-time RPM board member, Donald K. Miller, donated $50,000 last year to the Alaska's Energy/America's Values SuperPAC.”

---Anchorage Daily News 4/19/2014

Read more: Sullivan’s Ohio Family Directly Funding Super PAC Ads in Alaska

   

Anchorage Daily News Needed a Timeline to Figure Out Sullivan’s Residency

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April 22nd, 2014

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Anchorage Daily News Needed a Timeline to Figure Out Dan Sullivan’s Residency

Senate candidate from Ohio has attempted to rewrite Alaska residency history

ANCHORAGE:  The Anchorage Daily News needed to publish a timeline of Dan Sullivan’s residency claims to properly document an Alaska residency history he continues to try to airbrush.  Prior to running for Senate, Sullivan self-identified on state documents as living in Alaska since 2009, seemingly in recognition of the years he spent living in Maryland where he declared his “principal residence.”

“The more Alaskans learn about Sullivan’s residency controversy, the more obvious it becomes that he hasn’t spent much time here,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

In 2010, Dan Sullivan applied for a fishing license and said that he had been a resident of Alaska for one year.  In 2011, Sullivan applied for another fishing license and said he had lived here for two years.  But in 2013, Sullivan applied for a fishing license and claimed to have lived in Alaska for 10 years.  Sullivan admitted that he claimed the longer residency on the 2013 license in anticipation of his campaign for Senate.

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