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Sullivan Pays $130,000 to Outside Firm that Committed Voter Fraud

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October 25th, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan Pays $130,000 to Outside Firm that Committed Voter Fraud

Sullivan hires notorious firm for “grassroots consulting” in Alaska

ANCHORAGE:  Campaign finance disclosures reveal that Dan Sullivan has paid more than $130,000 to Lincoln Strategy Group, an Outside “grassroots consulting” firm with a history of voter fraud.  The firm has been caught falsifying voter registration forms and throwing away registration forms of Democrats in other states, including more than a hundred potentially fraudulent forms in Florida.

Lincoln Strategy Group previously was named Sproul and Associates after its founder Nathan Sproul, but he changed the company name at the urging of the national Republican Party to avoid negative publicity associated with past voter fraud.  The national GOP urged Sproul to change the company name after Republicans were forced to fire Sproul for fraudulent voter registration activities in a previous election.

Read more: Sullivan Pays $130,000 to Outside Firm that Committed Voter Fraud

 

AFN Audience Boos Sullivan at Debate

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October 24, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields
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AFN Audience Boos Sullivan at Debate

Sullivan refuses to answer questions about Pebble Mine and co-management, lies about lawsuit against Katie John

ANCHORAGE:  The AFN audience booed Dan Sullivan from the start of the debate, when he refused to answer moderator questions about his positions on Pebble Mine and co-management.  In contrast, attendees loudly applauded Senator Begich’s support for subsistence, co-management, Alaska fisheries, traditional foods, the Indian Health Service, and infrastructure investment.

Repeating a lie he’s made frequently on the campaign trail, Sullivan claimed his lawsuit against Katie John wasn’t a lawsuit against Katie John. Sullivan claimed, “There was no lawsuit against Katie John.”  AFN President Julie Kitka slammed the Parnell/Sullivan lawsuit against Katie John yesterday, and Alaskans have called out Sullivan for lying about his record nearly as long as he’s been on the campaign trail.  The Alaska Federation of Natives filed a brief in opposition to Sullivan’s lawsuit against Katie John.

Read more: AFN Audience Boos Sullivan at Debate

   

AFN President Slams Parnell/Sullivan Lawsuit Against Katie John

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October 24, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

AFN President Slams Parnell/Sullivan Lawsuit Against Katie John

Julie Kitka urges opposition to candidates who litigated against subsistence rights

ANCHORAGE:  Immediately after Governor Sean Parnell’s speech yesterday, Alaska Federation of Natives president Julie Kitka came to the podium and harshly criticized his administration for suing Katie John.  Parnell and then-Attorney General Dan Sullivan re-opened a lawsuit against Katie John in 2010 in a deeply unpopular assault on rural Alaskans’ subsistence rights.

KTVA reports:

“The political candidates are asking for your vote,” Kitka said. “Does it matter what their position on subsistence is? If they continually sue Native people in court over inherent and God-given rights, will we vote for them?”

Read more: AFN President Slams Parnell/Sullivan Lawsuit Against Katie John

   

Sullivan Refuses to Say When He Learned About Guard Scandal

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October 24, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan Refuses to Say When He Learned About Guard Scandal

Sullivan dodges question again as evidence suggests that he probably knew about crimes in 2010

Either Sullivan failed to investigate or Parnell was even more negligent than previously reported

ANCHORAGE:  For at least the third time in two days, Dan Sullivan refused to answer questions about when he learned about alleged crimes in the National Guard.  Yesterday, Dan Sullivan refused to say when he learned about criminal activity and instead re-issued an evasive written statement.

KTVA reports that the FBI investigated alleged crimes in the National Guard in November of 2010, while Sullivan was Attorney General and while whistleblowers were reporting crimes and mismanagement to Governor Parnell.  As Attorney General, Sullivan likely was informed about the investigation, but yesterday he refused to answer questions about it.

Read more: Sullivan Refuses to Say When He Learned About Guard Scandal

   

FOIA Request Filed About Sullivan’s Knowledge of Guard Scandal

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October 23, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

FOIA Request Filed About Sullivan’s Knowledge of Guard Scandal

FBI conducted 2010 investigation while Sullivan was A.G.; Sullivan won’t answer questions about what he knew

ANCHORAGE:  The Alaska Democratic Party has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for correspondence that could determine what Dan Sullivan knew about the 2010 FBI investigation into alleged crimes within the Alaska National Guard.

Yesterday Governor Parnell’s office confirmed that an FBI investigation into the Guard took place in 2010, while Sullivan was Attorney General.  As the state’s top law enforcement official, Attorneys General typically are aware of FBI investigations that occur in their state.

Read more: FOIA Request Filed About Sullivan’s Knowledge of Guard Scandal

   

“U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Won’t Answer Questions About the National Guard”

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October 23, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

“U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Won’t Answer Questions About the National Guard”

Sullivan refuses say when he learned about alleged crimes and whether he took action as Attorney General

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is refusing to answer KTVA’s questions about when he learned about the National Guard sexual assault and fraud scandal, and refused to say if he took any action.  Sullivan issued an evasive, legalistic statement that fails to disclose if and when he learned about the Guard scandal as Attorney General.  Alaskans don’t have firm answers to these questions because Parnell is denying public records even while Parnell’s employee Randy Ruaro—who signed the records denial letter—contributes to Sullivan and Parnell’s campaigns.

Read more: “U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Won’t Answer Questions About the National Guard”

   

Begich: Proven Record of Oil, Mining Development

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October 23, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Begich: Proven Record of Oil, Mining Development

Begich’s record contrasts with Sullivan’s oil production decline

ANCHORAGE:  There is a stark contrast between Senator Begich and candidate Sullivan on issues of oil production and fisheries, which will be subjects of discussion at Thursday’s Resource Development Council debate.  Begich has overseen the largest expansion of federal lands open to exploration in Alaska in decades, while Sullivan oversaw a decline in oil production from state lands.  Begich also has a track record of helping to obtain federal mining permits during a period of expansion in Alaska mining jobs.

Read more: Begich: Proven Record of Oil, Mining Development

   

Parnell Told Guard Members Press Reports Are “False”

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October 22, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Parnell Told Guard Members Press Reports Are “False”

In closed-door meeting, Parnell says there are “misinformation, untruths, and false reporting”

ANCHORAGE:  In a meeting with National Guard members on Sunday, Governor Parnell blamed the media for “false” reporting.  The governor characterized media reports as containing substantial “misinformation, untruths, and false reporting.”

“Questions [from Guard members] revealed to me the amount of misinformation, untruths, and false reporting,” said Governor Parnell on Sunday.

Read more: Parnell Told Guard Members Press Reports Are “False”

   

Congressman Don Young Engages in Profane Tirade at High School

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October 22nd, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Congressman Don Young Engages in Profane Tirade at High School

ANCHORAGE:  Congressman Don Young is capping a long and, as a whole, venerable career with increasingly bizarre episodes of erratic behavior. The Alaska Dispatch News reports on Young’s latest outburst:

Read more: Congressman Don Young Engages in Profane Tirade at High School

   

Club for Growth Brags About Knowing How Sullivan Will Vote

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October 21, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Club for Growth Brags About Knowing How Sullivan Will Vote

Sullivan makes secret promises to DC lobbyists but won’t tell Alaskans his positions on key issues

ANCHORAGE:  The Club for Growth has announced that "We don’t have to guess what [Sullivan]’ll do if he’s elected to Congress – we already know."

Sullivan attended a two hour long meeting with Club for Growth leadership that Time magazine described as a “policy murder board.”  Sullivan has refused to tell Alaskans what he promised to the Club for Growth, but the Club for Growth is certain about how Sullivan will vote on key policies like Social Security cuts and has pumped money into his campaign.

Read more: Club for Growth Brags About Knowing How Sullivan Will Vote

   

Sullivan Donors Drive Up Gas Prices With Wall Street Speculation

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October 21st, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan Donors Drive Up Gas Prices With Wall Street Speculation

Koch Brothers and Paul Singer cash in on higher gas prices while funding Sullivan’s campaign

ANCHORAGE:  FEC reports reveal that Dan Sullivan is receiving tens of thousands of dollars from financial speculators who played a key role driving up gas pricesPolitifact confirmed that financial speculation increases gas prices by at least $0.56, and recent investigations revealed that the Koch Brothers are major Wall Street speculators along with the “vulture capitalist” Paul Singer.

Read more: Sullivan Donors Drive Up Gas Prices With Wall Street Speculation

   

Sullivan’s Family Company Price-Gouged the Veterans Administration

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October 21, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan’s Family Company Price-Gouged the Veterans Administration

RPM ripped off the VA though fraudulent contracts

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan’s family company RPM attempted to rip off taxpayers by over-charging for roofing materials, including on Veterans Administration facilities.  After a whistleblower reported RPM for price-gouging, the Department of Justice charged RPM under the False Claims Act and won a $65 million settlement.

Sullivan’s family, which owns RPM, has pumped nearly a million dollars into his campaign, raising questions about whether the company expects Sullivan to defend its practice of ripping off taxpayers.  Sullivan has not commented on RPM’s False Claims Act settlement or criticized his family company’s decision to rip off the Veterans Administration. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/29/13].

Read more: Sullivan’s Family Company Price-Gouged the Veterans Administration

   

Parnell/Sullivan Under Fire for Anti-Native Policies

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October 20th, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Parnell/Sullivan Under Fire for Anti-Native Policies

Sullivan & Parnell’s policies draw criticism in lead up to AFN

ANCHORAGE:  As AFN opens, Governor Parnell and Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s attacks on Alaska Native rights are drawing renewed criticism.  Their anti-subsistence agenda, litigation against tribal sovereignty, failure to support Alaska Native voting rights, and promotion of Pebble mine have become well known to rural Alaska voters.

“Parnell and Sullivan have declared war on rural Alaska values, going so far as to sue the revered elder Katie John," said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell/Sullivan Under Fire for Anti-Native Policies

   

Sullivan Claims Credit for Cook Inlet Incentives

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October 20, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan Claims Credit for Cook Inlet Incentives

Legislature began establishing Cook Inlet incentives while Sullivan was cashing in on Maryland tax credits

ANCHORAGE: Among many other campaign trail exaggerations and distortions, Dan Sullivan is claiming credit for Cook Inlet development incentives that began before Sullivan even lived in Alaska.  With his campaign ad “Basin” and in speeches, Sullivan claims credit for renewed development in Cook Inlet.  In fact, that development is the direct result of bipartisan legislation passed in 2007 and 2010.

“Dan Sullivan now has claimed credit for passage of bills that he opposed and for development incentives established before he even lived in Alaska,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Claims Credit for Cook Inlet Incentives

   

Sullivan: Record Deficits. Begich: Deficit Reduction.

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October 19, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan: Record Deficits.  Begich: Deficit Reduction.

Stark contrasts divide candidates on issue of fiscal responsibility

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan had the dubious distinction of working for the presidential and gubernatorial administrations that produced the largest budget deficits in U.S. and Alaska history, respectively.  In contrast, Senator Begich has a record of deficit reduction, including cleaning up the fiscal mess left by the Bush Administration.

Read more: Sullivan: Record Deficits. Begich: Deficit Reduction.

   

Sullivan Touted a Million Barrel Goal, Then Oil Production Declined

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October 18, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan Touted a Million Barrel Goal, Then Oil Production Declined

Sullivan failed to increase production during DNR tenure

ANCHORAGE:  As DNR Commissioner, Dan Sullivan said he was pushing to boost TAPS throughput to one million barrels.  Instead, oil production declined by nearly 100,000 barrels per day as Alaska sank into record deficits.  Oil companies and the Parnell Administration’s own budget staff project continued declines in production. Recent news reports indicate the deficit is growing by hundreds of millions of dollars more.

“We’ve heard Sullivan’s false promises about energy production before, and the reality never matched up with his rhetoric,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Once again, Sullivan’s talking points prove to be false, and he is dodging debates and journalists’ questions because his claims don’t stand up under scrutiny.”

Read more: Sullivan Touted a Million Barrel Goal, Then Oil Production Declined

   

Begich Expands Oil Production While Sullivan Has Empty Promises

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October 17, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Begich Expands Oil Production While Sullivan Has Empty Promises

Progress on federal lands and waters expands while Alaska oil production shrinks

ANCHORAGE:  Six years after promising to expand oil exploration on federal lands and waters, Senator Begich has delivered by opening exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas and NPR-A.  In contrast, oil production on state lands has declined, including during the period that Dan Sullivan was DNR Commissioner.  Sullivan pledged to boost TAPS throughput to one million barrels, but in fact state oil production and throughput declined.

“Sullivan talked a good game while DNR commissioner but watched oil production decline.  In contrast, Senator Begich has opened new federal lands to oil development in the Chukchi Sea and National Petroleum Reserve,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Begich Expands Oil Production While Sullivan Has Empty Promises

   

Democrats File Ombudsman Complaint to Obtain Records About Guard Cover Up

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October 17th, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Democrats File Ombudsman Complaint to Obtain Records About Guard Cover Up

Governor’s office is hiding records that could reveal others cabinet members’ role in Guard scandal

ANCHORAGE:  The Alaska Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Alaska Ombudsman to obtain public records that are being withheld illegally.  The governor’s office and Department of Law have failed to respond to the request for 16 months longer than allowed by law.  A breaking Alaska Dispatch News story reports that the governor’s Chief of Staff had bimonthly meetings with General Katkus and cabinet members, though it is not clear exactly when the meetings occurred and who attended.

Read more: Democrats File Ombudsman Complaint to Obtain Records About Guard Cover Up

   

Sullivan’s Media Consultant Denigrates Women’s Summit

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October 17, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan’s Media Consultant Denigrates Women’s Summit

Dave Stieren says he doesn’t know what women’s summit is, thought it was a book club

ANCHORAGE: Dave Stieren, the consultant and radio host who Dan Sullivan paid for “media coaching,” is denigrating female legislators and other participants in the Alaska Women’s Summit.

“There is a women's summit that is going on today and tomorrow and I don't understand what a women's summit is but I am told that they have it. I thought it was a book club,” said Stieren (podcast).

Read more: Sullivan’s Media Consultant Denigrates Women’s Summit

   

Koch Brothers Put Millions in “Secret Bank”

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October 16th, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Koch Brothers Put Millions in “Secret Bank”

Koch Brothers spending big on Dan Sullivan’s candidacy

ANCHORAGE:  The Koch Brothers are spending big on Dan Sullivan’s campaign, directly advocating for his election.  The Koch Brothers’ newest electioneering tool is the “Freedom Partners Action Fund,” which just reported raising $15 million.  This money comes on top of at least $125 million the Kochs already have spent on “issue ads” that are thinly-veiled attempts to influence elections.

Freedom Partners’ Action Fund does not have a single Alaska donor.

Read more: Koch Brothers Put Millions in “Secret Bank”

   

Parnell Fails to Refute National Guard Malfeasance

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October 16, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Parnell Fails to Refute National Guard Malfeasance

Parnell doesn’t deny he received whistleblower & victims’ reports while sexual assaults continued to occur

ANCHORAGE: Hours after  the Anchorage Press reported on heinous crimes committed by National Guard members, Sean Parnell released a video in which he does not dispute that a quicker response could have prevented some of those assaults.

Read more: Parnell Fails to Refute National Guard Malfeasance

   

BREAKING: Sexual Assaults Continued While Parnell Ignored Whistleblowers

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October 15, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

BREAKING: Sexual Assaults Continued While Parnell Ignored Whistleblowers

National Guard investigations show that assaults occurred after Parnell failed to act on chaplains’ reports

ANCHORAGE: National Guard investigations released by the Anchorage Press demonstrate that sexual assault in the Guard continued while Parnell ignored highly detailed whistleblower reports of sexual assault and corruption.  Three sexual predators employed by the Alaska National Guard terrorized women and even preyed on female high school students in the JROTC.  Known as the “Three-Headed Monster,” the perpetrators bragged about their close relationship with General Tom Katkus, who Governor Parnell had appointed to run the Guard.

“The reports provide in-depth accounts of four sexual assaults and numerous cases of sexual harassment targeting fellow soldiers, new recruits, and civilian women, including high school JROTC cadets,” reports the Anchorage Press.

Read more: BREAKING: Sexual Assaults Continued While Parnell Ignored Whistleblowers

   

New Study: Medicaid Expansion Saves Money

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October 15, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

New Study: Medicaid Expansion Saves Money

Kaiser Family Foundation finds that Medicaid expansion saves money at state level

ANCHORAGE:  The non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation has found that states expanding Medicaid will save money compared to states that failed to accept Medicaid expansion.  This data means that Parnell’s decision to reject Medicaid not only is leading to denial of health coverage and hundreds of premature deaths, but even is exacerbating budget deficits that are already the largest in Alaska history.

“Sean Parnell has put his partisan ideology ahead of Alaskans health and our state’s financial solvency,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: New Study: Medicaid Expansion Saves Money

   

VIDEO: Democratic Candidates Run Strong, Positive Campaigns

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October 15, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

VIDEO: Democratic Candidates Run Strong, Positive Campaigns

Up-and-coming Democratic State House candidates set themselves apart with strong new ads

ANCHORAGE: In Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, a new generation of Democratic candidates State House is making its mark. Adam Wool, George McGuan, and Marty McGee are all first-time political candidates.  Local videographer and Alaska Democratic Party fellow Josh Corbett produced the ads, which have received glowing reviews.

“From Fairbanks to Juneau, voters are supporting candidates like these Democrats who reflect our Alaska values,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

In a cycle dominated by multi-million dollar TV ads featuring 30 second attacks, Democrats are cutting through the noise with a positive, inclusive message.

Take five minutes and check out their stories for yourself:

Adam Wool (VIDEO)

"Fairbanks has a lot of opportunities for people that have ideas and aren't afraid to implement them, and that was us [Adam and his brother].”

Read more: VIDEO: Democratic Candidates Run Strong, Positive Campaigns

   

Parnell Claims National Guard “Processes Looked Like They Were Working”

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October 15, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Parnell Claims National Guard “Processes Looked Like They Were Working”

Parnell hides role in scandal while on Fagan & Biegel Show

ANCHORAGE – Years after he heard detailed reports from National Guard whistleblowers and victims, Sean Parnell is still trying to cover up what he knew and when he knew about rapes and fraud condoned by his own appointees.  In an interview on the Fagan and Biegel show, Parnell claimed “all the processes looked like they were working” with respect to investigations of sexual assault and fraud.

Read more: Parnell Claims National Guard “Processes Looked Like They Were Working”

   

Parnell Blames Victims for Lack of Sexual Assault Prosecutions

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October 15, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Parnell Blames Victims for Lack of Sexual Assault Prosecutions

In radio interview, Parnell blames victims for his own failure to investigate Guard corruption

ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell now is blaming sexual assault victims for the lack of prosecution of National Guard perpetrators.  In a radio interview, Parnell claimed assault victims “aren’t willing to be witnesses” and should have reported crimes to prosecutors.  In fact, victims did report crimes—including to Parnell, whose office ignored multiple complaints from individual assault victims.

Those victims went to the governor himself only after his corrupt appointees in the Guard tried to silence victims and whistleblowers and tried to prevent reports of crimes to the police.

Read more: Parnell Blames Victims for Lack of Sexual Assault Prosecutions

   

“Dan Sullivan and Barack Obama Speak the Same Language”

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October 14, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

“Dan Sullivan and Barack Obama Speak the Same Language”

Sullivan embraces anti-middle class policies where “companies have no loyalty to nations or workers”

ANCHORAGE: Alaska Commons has published an in-depth investigation examining the contrast between Dan Sullivan and the Alaska Congressional delegation on issues of workers’ rights and U.S. sovereignty.  It finds Senator Begich and Representative Young closely aligned in support of labor unions and sovereignty, and in opposition to “neo-liberal” trade policies that weaken both national sovereignty and the middle class.

Read more: “Dan Sullivan and Barack Obama Speak the Same Language”

   

National Guard Veteran Says Parnell Should Resign

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October 14, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

National Guard Veteran Says Parnell Should Resign

Alaska veteran calls for accountability at the top

ANCHORAGE: Another National Guard veteran is speaking out against Parnell’s complicity in the National Guard scandal, calling on Parnell to resign after years of inaction to address sexual assault in the Guard.

Read more: National Guard Veteran Says Parnell Should Resign

   

Sullivan’s Family Pumps in Campaign Cash as He Refuses to Sign CounterPAC Pledge

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October 13, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan’s Family Pumps in Campaign Cash as He Refuses to Sign CounterPAC Pledge

Cleveland and RPM-fueled campaign floods Alaska airwaves with dark money

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan is refusing to sign CounterPAC’s pledge opposing dark money while his family pumps campaign cash into dark money groups supporting Sullivan.  Sullivan’s family, using money generated from its multi-billion dollar Ohio business RPM, is a top funder of Sullivan’s campaign in Alaska.  Throughout the campaign, Sullivan has maintained his support for Citizens United, claiming it represents “free speech.”

Read more: Sullivan’s Family Pumps in Campaign Cash as He Refuses to Sign CounterPAC Pledge

   

40 Days After OCI Report, Parnell Still Hasn’t Appointed Special Prosecutor

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October 13th, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

40 Days After OCI Report, Parnell Still Hasn’t Appointed Special Prosecutor

Sexual assault perpetrators haven’t been prosecuted and their supporters keep jobs in Guard leadership

ANCHORAGE: Forty days after the OCI report summary became public, Sean Parnell still hasn’t appointed a special prosecutor to hold sexual assault and fraud perpetrators accountable for their crimes.  Some alleged criminals still have jobs in the Guard.  Generals Bridges and Jorgensen, who defended and promoted corrupt Guard members, remain in the top ranks of the Guard.  Governor Sean Parnell even is reaffirming the authority of General Mike Bridges, Katkus’ top deputy who played a key role silencing whistleblowers and sexual assault victims while protecting sexual assault perpetrators.

Read more: 40 Days After OCI Report, Parnell Still Hasn’t Appointed Special Prosecutor

   

News-Miner Supports Strengthened Public Records Act

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October 11, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

News-Miner Supports Strengthened Public Records Act

Parnell’s flagrant abuse of public records law leads to calls for more transparency

ANCHORAGE – Alaskans are calling for more transparency of public records while Sean Parnell is trying to hide correspondence in violation of the Public Records Act.  The News-Miner editorialized in favor of a Public Records Act update after Senator Wielechowski announced he is introducing that legislation.

Senator Wielechowski’s bill would clarify that public officials must release a list of records (known as a ‘privilege log’) if denying access to the documents themselves.  Parnell not only denied access to all Guard correspondence but even failed to release a list of the records he is hiding, in what appears to be the most sweeping denial of public records in recent history.

Read more: News-Miner Supports Strengthened Public Records Act

   

ICYMI: “Senate candidate Sullivan shows fundamental lack of understanding of health care”

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October 11, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

ICYMI: “Senate candidate Sullivan shows fundamental lack of understanding of health care”

Sullivan wasn’t aware of most basic aspects of health law

ANCHORAGE:  After providing mostly positive coverage to Dan Sullivan for the duration of the campaign, Alaska blogger Amanda Coyne is slamming his ignorance about the Affordable Care Act:

Most galling was that Sullivan wasn’t even aware that women were routinely charged more than men for health insurance, just because they are women.

How he could have missed that fact in the many debates on the subject is beyond me, and will likely be beyond many women

Displaying his ignorance—and apparent disinterest– about health care in this country, and the thousands of Alaskans whose very lives depend, on it might not officially qualify in the minds of many Alaskans as a “gaffe.”

But it should.

Read more: ICYMI: “Senate candidate Sullivan shows fundamental lack of understanding of health care”

   

VIDEO: Alaska Veterans Call Out Governor for Award to DeHaas

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October 10th, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

VIDEO: Alaska Veterans Call Out Governor for Award to DeHaas

Veterans criticize award of medal to DeHaas, who violated assault victims’ confidentiality & defrauded gov’t.

ANCHORAGE: Alaska veterans are criticizing Governor Parnell’s decision to award a Legion of Merit medal to Tim DeHaas, who violated sexual assault victims’ confidentiality and defrauded taxpayers while he was in the Alaska National Guard.  Chaplains warned Parnell’s Chief of Staff Mike Nizich about DeHaas’ misdeeds but Parnell ignored that warning and gave DeHaas the medal anyway.

“It is offensive and bizarre that Parnell would give a medal to someone who condoned the culture of sexual assault while defrauding the government,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

KTUU (VIDEO): “Veterans are calling for more accountability…and they target the governor.  Their chief complaint is that he awarded a high honor ot a guardsman who federal investigators say took part in covering up sexual assaults.”

Read more: VIDEO: Alaska Veterans Call Out Governor for Award to DeHaas

   

“Lawendowski Was Helping to Cover Up Sexual Assaults”

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October 10, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

“Lawendowski Was Helping to Cover Up Sexual Assaults”

APRN interviews reporter who broke story about corrupt leader of Recruitment & Retention battalion in Guard

ANCHORAGE:  Joseph Lawendowski—whose malfeasance was reported to Parnell’s Chief of Staff in 2012—helped cover up sexual assaults and condoned such violent behavior by his subordinates in the Recruitment and Retention battalion.  APRN interviewed David Holthouse, the reporter who broke the story about Lawendowski:

Read more: “Lawendowski Was Helping to Cover Up Sexual Assaults”

   

Sullivan Repeats EPA Falsehood After Getting Caught 7 Months Ago

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October 10, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan Repeats EPA Falsehood After Getting Caught 7 Months Ago

Sullivan exaggerates role in EPA case yet again

ANCHORAGE:  Seven months ago the Anchorage Daily News called out Dan Sullivan for exaggerating his role in a lawsuit against the EPA.  Sullivan claimed to have “originally brought” a case challenging clean air laws.

“Not quite,” the ADN wrote.  “Texas took the lead for the states before the Supreme Court,” and Alaska joined the case later.

Read more: Sullivan Repeats EPA Falsehood After Getting Caught 7 Months Ago

   

Sullivan Didn’t Know ACA Prohibits Price Gouging Against Women

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October 9th, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Sullivan Didn’t Know ACA Prohibits Price Gouging Against Women

Sullivan unaware of policies in Affordable Care Act, VAWA

ANCHORAGE:   Dan Sullivan told the Alaska Dispatch News he wasn’t aware that the Affordable Care Act prohibits price gouging against women.  That is surprising since Sullivan stated he spent “weeks” studying the bill, and the prohibition on gender discrimination is one of the most well-known provisions of it.

Sullivan previously claimed ignorance about the Violence Against Women Act when he awkwardly tried to dodge questions about whether he would vote for it.  At the time, Sullivan said he “hadn’t read” the bill.

Read more: Sullivan Didn’t Know ACA Prohibits Price Gouging Against Women

   

ADN and APM Go to Court for Public Records about Guard Cover Up

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October 9, 2014
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ADN and APM Go to Court for Public Records about Guard Cover Up

Alaska media sue Parnell to obtain public records after Parnell claims unprecedented authority to hide them

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Public Media are suing Sean Parnell to obtain public records about the National Guard scandal and subsequent cover up.  Parnell’s office was months late in responding to public records requests, then denied the records in what appears to be a clear violation of Alaska’s Public Records Act.

The governor’s rejection of ADN and APM’s records requests claimed that he was withholding all records to protect victims’ confidentiality, despite the fact that agencies have rarely if ever used that to justify wholesale seclusion of records.  Sexual assault victims themselves have said “there needs to be more of an investigation” into Parnell’s failure to address guard issues.  Some individual victims even allowed their stories to be used in the media as early as 2013 when Parnell failed to respond to private reports of sexual assault and fraud.

Read more: ADN and APM Go to Court for Public Records about Guard Cover Up

   

“Here’s a good start. Let’s stop suing each other.”

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October 9th, 2014

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“Here’s a good start. Let’s stop suing each other.”

Wide gulf separates candidates on subsistence policy

ANCHORAGE: While “concerns with Gov. Sean Parnell's handling of tribal issues” are alienating Alaska Natives, Bill Walker has offered a clear contrast to Parnell’s politics of division.

“Here’s a good start. Let’s stop suing each other,” Walker said at an Association of Village Council Presidents meeting in Bethel.  If Walker and Mallott win, Mallott would be the first statewide elected Alaska Native leader in our state’s history.

Read more: “Here’s a good start. Let’s stop suing each other.”

   

Parnell Says Medal for Fraud Perpetrator is “Routine,” Then Backtracks

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October 9, 2014
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Parnell Says Medal for Fraud Perpetrator is “Routine,” Then Backtracks

Parnell gave state’s highest medal to Tim DeHaas after chaplains warned Parnell of DeHaas fraud

ANCHORAGE – Yesterday afternoon Sean Parnell’s office said his decision to give the state’s highest medal to a perpetrator of National Guard fraud was a “routine” decision.  Just a few hours later, he appeared to backtrack on that claim following an “outcry” from a veterans’ group.

Parnell gave the Legion of Merit medal to Tim DeHaas after the National Guard Inspector General had confirmed that DeHaas defrauded taxpayers by misusing government equipment, even using a Blackhawk helicopter to go bear hunting.

Read more: Parnell Says Medal for Fraud Perpetrator is “Routine,” Then Backtracks

   

KTUU Interview Highlights Parnell’s National Guard Amnesia

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October 8th, 2014
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KTUU Interview Highlights Parnell’s National Guard Amnesia

Parnell claims ignorance about Jorgensen’s support for Lawendowski & reports of fraud

ANCHORAGEKTUU recently interviewed Sean Parnell about the ongoing National Guard scandal and cover up, and Parnell continues to claim ignorance about General Jorgensen’s role in the National Guard scandal even though his own chief of staff received reports about fraud in her command back in 2012.

Parnell also made the bizarre claim that there are “unsubstantiated allegations” about Jorgensen’s role when the OCI report already confirmed that suppression of victims’ reports did in fact occur.  In addition to the OCI report, there is a paper trail of Jorgensen, her subordinates, and Bridges ordering victims and whistleblowers not to talk to each other or even to report crimes to the police.

“Sean Parnell continues to ignore overwhelming evidence of the Guard leadership’s corruption, just as he did prior to the OCI report.  He is standing by Jorgensen and Bridges just as he supported Katkus while criminals committed assault and fraud with impunity,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: KTUU Interview Highlights Parnell’s National Guard Amnesia

   

Sullivan Got Taxpayer Cash to Move to from Maryland

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October 8, 2014
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Sullivan Got Taxpayer Cash to Move to from Maryland

Public records on moving expenses contradict Sullivan’s statements about Alaska residency

ANCHORAGE: Public records reveal that Dan Sullivan got reimbursed by the state of Alaska for his move from Maryland in 2009, including hundreds of dollars for meals and thousands of dollars for lodging.

These records—like the Maryland tax investigation—directly contradict Sullivan’s residency claims.  When Sullivan filed for Senate, he claimed to have been an Alaska resident for 17 years, which is inconsistent with his record of getting Maryland resident tax breaks and getting his moving expenses reimbursed.  Sullivan never has explained the contradictions between his public statements and records of his residency.

“Sullivan got tax credits for his million dollar house in Maryland and then he got taxpayers to fund his move up to Alaska.  He may be good at milking the system, but our Senator should be fighting for Alaskans and not just looking out for himself,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Got Taxpayer Cash to Move to from Maryland

   

Parnell Was Warned of Pornographer Who Ran Guard’s Recruitment and Retention Command

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October 8, 2014
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Parnell Was Warned of Pornographer Who Ran Guard’s Recruitment and Retention Command

Chaplains warned Governor’s office about Lawendowski in 2012 but Parnell failed to heed warnings

Parnell was warned that Katkus was “putting criminals in senior positions”

ANCHORAGE:  An explosive new report has revealed that a pornographer and supporter of sexual assault perpetrators ran the National Guard’s Recruitment and Retention (R&R) command for years while Governor Sean Parnell ignored reports of Lt. Col. Joseph Lawendowski’s mismanagement.  Chaplains warned Parnell’s office about Lawendowski—who was a personal friend of Parnell’s appointee Tom Katkus—in 2012, after Lawendowski had overseen a reign of terror at the R&R command that included serial sexual assaults by recruiters.

“Sean Parnell has said repeatedly that he had no knowledge of specific victims or perpetrators, yet years ago he was warned about a high-ranking commander defrauding taxpayers while condoning sexual assault.  No wonder Parnell is refusing to release records about this case,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Was Warned of Pornographer Who Ran Guard’s Recruitment and Retention Command

   

Katie John’s Son Opposes Sullivan

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October 8, 2014
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Katie John’s Son Opposes Sullivan

Fred John weighs in supporting subsistence and Senator Begich

ANCHORAGE: Katie John’s son Fred John is weighing in on the US Senate race, endorsing Senator Begich and slamming Dan Sullivan’s opposition to subsistence.  Sullivan sued Fred John’s mother to take away rural Alaskans’ subsistence rights on rivers like the Copper and Yukon.  Fred John has carried on his mother's legacy supporting subsistence, including with a recent 375 mile march from Dot Lake to Anchorage.

“Sullivan litigated against our family's subsistence and traditional rights. It was misguided and wrong,” said John.

Read more: Katie John’s Son Opposes Sullivan

   

Parnell Stands By Appointee Who Silenced Victims & Defended Perpetrators

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October 7th, 2014
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Parnell Stands By Appointee Who Silenced Victims & Defended Perpetrators

Parnell “reaffirms authority” of Katkus’ top deputy

JUNEAU: Governor Sean Parnell is “reaffirming” the authority of General Mike Bridges, Katkus’ top deputy who played a key role silencing whistleblowers and sexual assault victims while protecting sexual assault perpetrators.  With this decision, Parnell has come to the defense of both Bridges and General Jorgensen, the top-ranking officials who executed many of Katkus’ orders.

“Parnell is defending Bridges and Jorgensen just as he stood by Tom Katkus for four long years while sexual assault victims reports were ignored,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Stands By Appointee Who Silenced Victims & Defended Perpetrators

   

Parnell Won’t Hold Guard Leadership Accountable

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October 7, 2014
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Parnell Won’t Hold Guard Leadership Accountable

After reversing firing of Jorgensen, Parnell keeps Guard leadership that was complicit in assault & fraud

ANCHORAGE: Days after he directed Mike Bridges to re-hire Chief of Staff Catherine Jorgensen, Sean Parnell still hasn’t explained how her resignation was bungled or why he hasn’t fired top Guard leaders who were complicit in the sexual assault and fraud scandal.  Nor has Parnell released details of the OCI report.  Nor has Parnell released correspondence among his staff and Guard leaders who protected sexual assault perpetrators and fraudsters.

“Despite Alaskans’ demands for release of public records, accountability for key staff, and a special prosecutor to punish criminals, Parnell refuses to take meaningful steps that would reform the Guard and hold perpetrators accountable,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Won’t Hold Guard Leadership Accountable

   

Sullivan Flip Flops on Subsistence -- Again

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October 6th, 2014
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Sullivan Flip Flops on Subsistence -- Again

Sullivan flip flops on subsistence even after getting called out for his misleading comments

ANCHORAGE: Even after Alaskans called out Sullivan for misleading statements about subsistence, Sullivan continues to hide his role in the lawsuit against Katie John and his efforts to take away subsistence rights in Bristol Bay.

Sullivan recently told a reporter he “is ‘110 percent committed’ to subsistence as the highest-priority use of federal and state land.”  That statement is factually untrue.  Sullivan not only sued Katie John to take away Alaskans' subsistence rights but also removed land in the Bristol Bay watershed from subsistence uses as part of Sullivan's attempt to permit Pebble Mine.  Sullivan also greenlighted dozens of Pebble permits in his zeal to approve a project that would decimate Bristol Bay's subsistence fisheries.

Read more: Sullivan Flip Flops on Subsistence -- Again

   

Parnell’s Guard Scandal Makes National News

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October 6, 2014
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Parnell’s Guard Scandal Makes National News

NPR examines contradictions between governor’s statements and what actually happened

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell’s National Guard sexual assault and fraud scandal, as well as the ongoing cover up of what the governor knew when, now is drawing national press attention.  NPR is reporting that the governor is “on the defensive” as he tries to explain contradictions between his claims not to have known about Guard abuses with the fact that those abuses were reported to him and his staff years ago.

“Sexual assault reports were mishandled. Recruiting officers took advantage of young women. Military helicopters were used for personal reasons. And money was embezzled from the Guard's family assistance programs. Now, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell is being questioned about why he took so long to investigate the Guard when he first received complaints four years ago,” NPR reports.

Read more: Parnell’s Guard Scandal Makes National News

   

Pressure Builds for Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Guard Scandal

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October 6, 2014
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Pressure Builds for Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Guard Scandal

Award-winning investigator joins veterans and Bill Walker in supporting special prosecutor

ANCHORAGE:  Pressure continues to build for appointment of a special prosecutor in the National Guard sexual assault and fraud scandal.  Award-winning journalist Jim Babb is joining Guard veterans and Bill Walker in calling for a special prosecutor to investigate sexual assault and fraud in the Guard.

Babb, who has lived through VECO and other scandals, called Parnell’s Guard scandal and cover up the “most sordid affair Iʼve seen in Alaska in 50 years.”

Parnell is blocking further inquiries into the Guard scandal, refusing to release his staff or appointees’ correspondence in flagrant violation of the Public Records Act.  Nor has Parnell forced his appointees Katkus and Pierre to reveal the details they knew about sexual assault and fraud.

Read more: Pressure Builds for Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Guard Scandal

   

Parnell Re-Hires National Guard Chief of Staff Catherine Jorgensen

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October 5, 2014
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Parnell Re-Hires National Guard Chief of Staff Catherine Jorgensen

Parnell reverses termination of key player in Guard scandal

ANCHORAGE: Multiple sources within the National Guard have reported that Sean Parnell obtained Brig. General Catherine Jorgensen’s resignation on Thursday but then re-hired her on Friday.  Jorgensen is Chief of Staff in the Alaska Army National Guard and a key player in the sexual assault and fraud scandal.

Read more: Parnell Re-Hires National Guard Chief of Staff Catherine Jorgensen

   

Whistleblower Calls Out Parnell for Ignoring Reports of Assault and Fraud

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October 5, 2014
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Whistleblower Calls Out Parnell for Ignoring Reports of Assault and Fraud

National Guard veteran slams Parnell for allowing Guard scandal to fester

ANCHORAGE: After Sean Parnell called a press conference to deny that he knew about specific victims or perpetrators in the National Guard sexual assault scandal, a whistleblower called into KFQD’s Bernadette & Berkowitz show to se the record straight.  Lt. Col. Ken Blaylock blew the whistle on sexual assault and fraud within the National Guard and reprisals by General Katkus, General Jorgensen, Col. DeHaas, and other ringleaders of Guard misdeeds.  Parnell’s claims at the press conference directly contradict the whistleblower’s statements.

“It is troubling that Sean Parnell continues to make statements that have been refuted by whistleblowers and sexual assault victims,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Whistleblower Calls Out Parnell for Ignoring Reports of Assault and Fraud

   

“Tonight, they’re insulted”

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October 3, 2014
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“Tonight, they’re insulted”

Victims & whistleblowers react to Parnell’s false claims at press conference

ANCHORAGE:  Parnell hastily called a press conference in reaction to a damning Alaska Dispatch News story about his early knowledge of sexual assault and fraud in the Guard.  Parnell claimed not to have had specific information from victims and whistleblowers.

“But those within the Guard say they have been giving him specifics like time, dates and names for years, and tonight they’re insulted," reported KTVA last night (VIDEO).

Read more: “Tonight, they’re insulted”

   

Talk of the Town: Sullivan’s False Statements About Residency

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October 3, 2014
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Talk of the Town: Sullivan’s False Statements About Residency

Alaskans react to confirmation of Sullivan’s Maryland residency & conflicting statements on the campaign trail

ANCHORAGE:  Alaskans from across the political spectrum are condemning Dan Sullivan’s decision to lie about his Maryland residency.  Sullivan’s residency controversy hit the airwaves again as the Maryland tax department confirms he was a Maryland resident, contradicting statements that Sullivan made in his declaration of Senate candidacy, on his campaign website, and in statements to the media.

“Alaskans from both parties are trying to figure out which of Dan Sullivan’s residency stories is accurate,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Talk of the Town: Sullivan’s False Statements About Residency

   

Parnell Digs Himself Into Deeper Hole on Guard Response

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October 3, 2014
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Parnell Digs Himself Into Deeper Hole on Guard Response

Parnell falsely claims to have investigated every allegation while further implicating himself & staff in scandal

Parnell stands by staff who failed to act, including Mike Nizich and Katie Tepas

ANCHORAGE – At a press conference yesterday, Parnell blithely denied realitiesabout the National Guard cover up in which he and his staff were intimately involved.  Parnell repeatedly stood by the already-disproven claim that he followed up on “every” allegation of assault, and he further implicated himself by acknowledging more knowledge of misdeeds than he had before.  The Alaska Women for Political Action and Alaska National Organization for Women continued to protest Parnell’s inaction and complicity.

“Dozens of documents…contradict what Parnell has been saying publicly. The documents detail Parnell's direct knowledge of sexual abuse, harassment, misuse of funds and equipment, as well as intimidation of whistle blowers as far back as 2010,” reported Your Alaska Link after the press conference.

“To my knowledge, everyone in my office acted in good faith,” Parnell said, disregarding numerous reports from victims and articles in the newspaper where victims went public after getting no response from him.

“I want him to do some house cleaning.  Some of his staff are complicit in this problem,” said Sue Levi, an Alaska Women for Political Action attendee at the protest outside the governor’s office.

Read more: Parnell Digs Himself Into Deeper Hole on Guard Response

   

Koch Brothers Ramp Up Attacks on Begich, Alaska

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October 2, 2014
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Koch Brothers Ramp Up Attacks on Begich, Alaska

After pink slips, property tax hikes, road construction cost increases, Koch Brothers ramp up attacks on Begich

ANCHORAGE:  The Koch Brothers are ramping up their attacks on Alaska Senator Mark Begich.  For years the Kochs have used shadowy groups and “issue ads” to attack Begich, but today the Kochs acknowledge that their work is really a frontal assault on Alaska’s Senator and Alaska’s economy. The Koch Brothers now have spent nearly a half-BILLION dollars since 2012 while shuttering Flint Hills refinery in North Pole.

Alaskans are rallying against the Koch Brothers and even Republicans are decrying their closure of Flint Hills, property tax hikes, increased road construction costs, loss of Frontier air service to Fairbanks, and pink slips for workers.

Read more: Koch Brothers Ramp Up Attacks on Begich, Alaska

   

Frontier Air Stops Fairbanks Service After Koch Brothers Refinery Closure

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October 2, 2014
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Frontier Air Stops Fairbanks Service After Koch Brothers Refinery Closure

Frontier announcing halt to FBX service on same day Koch Brothers launch even more attack ads

ANCHORAGE:  The Koch Brothers’ closure of Flint Hills refinery has forced Frontier Air to halt service to Fairbanks, ending “the only low-cost carrier service between the Lower 48 and the Interior.”  Fairbanks’ airport spokeswoman said that Frontier is leaving largely as a result of the Flint Hills refinery closure and the associated impact on fuel prices.  The Koch Brothers have shuttered Flint Hills while launching an unprecedented quantity of attack ads against Senator Begich.

“The Koch Brothers may have private jets but their closure leading to loss of airline service will have real negative impacts on Alaskans,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Frontier Air Stops Fairbanks Service After Koch Brothers Refinery Closure

   

Parnell Caught Lying About National Guard Response

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October 2, 2014
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Parnell Caught Lying About National Guard Response

ADN article contradicts claims Parnell made at Ketchikan debate

ANCHORAGE – Yesterday at the Ketchikan debate (VIDEO), Bill Walker criticized Sean Parnell for failing to ask for an investigation when victims of sexual assault came to his office starting in 2010.  Parnell responded by claiming to have acted immediately but today’s extensive Alaska Dispatch News story makes clear that Parnell waited years to act despite the fact that his office had specific reports from sexual assault victims and about perpetrators and Katkus’ complicity.

“I went in and went to my leadership and investigated in 2010,” Parnell said yesterday in Ketchikan.  Parnell did not investigate—he went back to Katkus.

“104 pages of letters, emails, notes and other documentation obtained by the Alaska Dispatch News show a range of commissioned Army and Air Guard officials, including chaplains, began providing details of misdeeds to Parnell in 2010-and continued for years,” the Alaska Dispatch News reports.

Read more: Parnell Caught Lying About National Guard Response

   

Alaskans Slam Parnell for Covering Up Guard Records

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October 2, 2014
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Alaskans Slam Parnell for Covering Up Guard Records

Parnell called out for illegally hiding records of Nizich, Katkus, Pierre

ANCHORAGE – Alaskans are blasting Parnell’s attempt to hide public records about his failure to address sexual assault and fraud in the National Guard.  Parnell failed to respond to APRN’s record request for 76 days longer than allowed by statute, then brazenly withheld records in violation of state law.

Wickersham’s Conscience explains why the governor’s records cover up flies in the face of Alaska law.

A lengthy article in Alaska Commons notes that Parnell knew about “organizational rot” in the Guard but ignored whistleblowers’ reports—facts that would be further detailed by a release of public records.

Read more: Alaskans Slam Parnell for Covering Up Guard Records

   

Sullivan Flip Flops on Pebble, GMOs, Committee Assignments

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October 1, 2014
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Sullivan Flip Flops on Pebble, GMOs, Committee Assignments

Sullivan experiences his latest election season epiphany

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan attempted to rewrite the history of his fish policy positions.  At the Kodiak debate, he claimed not to support Pebble, not to support Frankenfish, and said that he’d join the Commerce committee.  All of these positions directly contradict his record and previous policy statements.

Read more: Sullivan Flip Flops on Pebble, GMOs, Committee Assignments

   

Sullivan Led HB 77, the “Biggest” Anti-Fisheries Bill of the Year

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October 1, 2014
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Sullivan Led HB 77, the “Biggest” Anti-Fisheries Bill of the Year

Sullivan bragged about lead effort in HB 77, anti-fisheries bill whose defeat was “biggest fish story” of the year

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan has bragged that he “led the effort” promoting HB 77, the Silencing Alaskans Act.  A leading fisheries reporter identified HB 77’s defeat in the legislature as the “biggest fish story” of the year, as fishermen and others spoke out against Sullivan’s bill.

As a result of Sullivan’s advocacy of Pebble Mine, HB 77, GMOs, and other anti-fisheries measures, the ADN has reported that he is “swimming upstream” on fisheries issues against Senator Begich.  Sullivan’s family could benefit financially from Frankenfish, since they own a company that sells Chinese and Canadian-raised salmon from pens.

“The fact that Sullivan brags about leading the biggest anti-fisheries bill of the year tells fishermen everything they need to know.  His family could personally benefit financially from policies that harm Alaska fishermen,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Led HB 77, the “Biggest” Anti-Fisheries Bill of the Year

   

Sullivan Tries to Rewrite History of Pebble Advocacy

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October 1, 2014
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Sullivan Tries to Rewrite History of Pebble Advocacy

Sullivan flip flops in advance of fisheries debate

ANCHORAGE:   In a brazen attempt to rewrite history, Dan Sullivan is telling reporters that he doesn’t have a position on Pebble Mine.  Sullivan told the Alaska Dispatch News that he is neutral on the project even though he green-lighted dozens of Pebble permits and was in a lawsuit with Pebble Partnership against Bella Hammond and Vic Fischer.  Sullivan has such close ties to Pebble that he hired Pebble’s spokesman as his first campaign manager.

Read more: Sullivan Tries to Rewrite History of Pebble Advocacy

   

Sullivan’s Family Could Cash In With Frankenfish

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October 1, 2014
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Sullivan’s Family Could Cash In With Frankenfish

Sullivan family company sells farm-raised salmon from China, Canada, would benefit from GMOs

ANCHORAGE:   Dan Sullivan’s family company “Navillus” (Sullivan spelled backwards) could cash in from the very Frankenfish that would decimate Alaska fisheries.  Navillus sells farm-raised fish from Canada and China, which compete against Alaska’s wild salmon.  Outside lobbyists are pushing for “Frankenfish,” genetically-modified salmon that could grow faster in pens like the ones that Sullivan’s family uses.

As a political appointee in Washington D.C., Sullivan lobbied to open the European market to GMOs, a move that would dramatically expand the market for Frankenfish and likely help his family’s company.

Read more: Sullivan’s Family Could Cash In With Frankenfish

   

Sullivan Busted for Lying About Alaska Residency

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October 1, 2014
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October 1, 2014

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Sullivan Busted for Lying About Alaska Residency

Sullivan claimed Alaska residency while cashing in on Maryland tax breaks—questions remain about PFD, income tax

ANCHORAGE:   Dan Sullivan has been busted for lying about his Alaska residency.

"It is the determination of the Department that Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan are deemed residents of Maryland at that property address for the period [2006-2008] in question,” said the Maryland tax director.

On his official statement of Senate candidacy, Sullivan lied and claimed to have been an Alaska resident since 1997.  Getting busted only raises further questions about Sullivan’s residency history, including where he filed income taxes.

Read more: Sullivan Busted for Lying About Alaska Residency

   

Tax Department Confirms Sullivan’s Maryland Residency

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September 30, 2014
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Tax Department Confirms Sullivan’s Maryland Residency

Sullivan lied on Alaska candidacy form when he claimed 17 years of Alaska residence

ANCHORAGE:   The Maryland tax department completed its review of tax breaks Dan Sullivan received on his house in Maryland and determined that Sullivan was in fact a Maryland resident from 2006 through 2008.  The tax department’s findings directly contradict Sullivan’s recent claim to have been an Alaska resident since 1997.

“Dan Sullivan lied to Alaskans when he declared his candidacy for Senate and has continued to mislead voters about his residency history,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Tax Department Confirms Sullivan’s Maryland Residency

   

Sullivan’s Fisheries Record Under Scrutiny

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September 30, 2014
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Sullivan’s Fisheries Record Under Scrutiny

Sullivan supports Pebble, lobbied for GMOs, developed the “Silencing Alaskans Act”

ANCHORAGE:   After Sullivan pushed for Pebble mine, lobbied for GMOs, and developed the controversial “Silencing Alaskans Act,” he will be on the defensive at Kodiak’s fisheries debate on Wednesday.  Sullivan even hired Pebble’s spokesman to be his campaign manager.  Sullivan had planned to skip the fish debate but caved in response to pressure.

“Dan Sullivan keeps changing his story about his residency and positions on key issues, but one thing that’s been consistent is his opposition to Alaska’s fishing industry,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Dan Sullivan Promoted Pebble Mine Over Alaskans’ Objections:

  • Sullivan promoted Pebble Mine, even opposing scientific studies about the mine’s prospective impact on Alaska fisheries.

Read more: Sullivan’s Fisheries Record Under Scrutiny

   

Rolling Stone Magazine Calls Out Koch Brothers for Flint Hills Deception

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September 30, 2014
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Rolling Stone Magazine Calls Out Koch Brothers for Flint Hills Deception

After shuttering refinery, Kochs try to dodge clean up responsibilities for polluted drinking water

ANCHORAGE: Rolling Stone is calling out the Koch Brothers for their lies about pollution from Flint Hills refinery.  The Koch Brothers continue lobbying to avoid paying clean up costs for sulfolane pollution that courts have said they must remediate.  The Koch Brothers deceitfully have tried to pin blame on others, and are getting called out by Rolling Stone.

Read more: Rolling Stone Magazine Calls Out Koch Brothers for Flint Hills Deception

   

Parnell Covers Up Emails Between Chief of Staff & Guard Whistleblowers

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September 30, 2014
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Parnell Covers Up Emails Between Chief of Staff & Guard Whistleblowers

Chaplains sent numerous emails to Mike Nizich but Parnell violates law by not releasing correspondence

ANCHORAGE – Sean Parnell’s National Guard cover up is unraveling as more records emerge.  Details are trickling out despite Parnell’s refusal to comply with Alaska’s open records law.  While the governor has refused to release any of the voluminous correspondence from chaplain whistleblowers, some emails have begun to leak out and they paint a damning picture of sexual abuse and fraud warnings that the governor’s top staffer ignored.

Read more: Parnell Covers Up Emails Between Chief of Staff & Guard Whistleblowers

   

Parnell Protects Perpetrators’ Defenders While Victims Get No Justice

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September 29, 2014
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Parnell Protects Perpetrators’ Defenders While Victims Get No Justice

Katkus & Pierre got golden parachutes; Parnell needs to fire Nizich

ANCHORAGE:   After Tom Katkus and McHugh Pierre blocked prosecution of sexual assault perpetrators and leaked identities of sexual assault victims, Parnell allowed both of them to resign and maintain government benefits.  Parnell has not held himself, his Chief of Staff Mike Nizich, his Deputy Chief of Staff Cindy Sims, his sexual assault coordinator Katie Tepas, or Katkus’ right hand man Leon Bridges accountable for their complicity in the sexual assault scandal.  Parnell is stonewalling public records requests, making it impossible to know what role then-AG Dan Sullivan had in the scandal, or whether Sullivan took any action on it.

“Sean Parnell needs to fire Nizich if he really wishes to hold accountable those who covered up sexual assault and fraud in the National Guard,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “He also should forward all relevant information about crimes in the Guard to authorities for prosecution.”

Independent candidate Bill Walker has released a comprehensive proposal for Guard reforms while Parnell has defended those who were complicit in the scandal.

Parnell Refuses to Hold Himself or Guard Ringleaders Accountable:

Read more: Parnell Protects Perpetrators’ Defenders While Victims Get No Justice

   

Koch Brothers Send Misleading Voter Registration Forms to a Cat

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September 27, 2014
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Koch Brothers Send Misleading Voter Registration Forms to a Cat

Koch Brothers send out grossly inaccurate voter forms in N.C.; unknown if Kochs also are registering cats in Alaska

ANCHORAGE:  In an apparent attempt at to mislead voters, the Koch Brothers have sent false information on registration forms to voters, prompting calls for a felony investigation.  The Koch Brothers’ forms contained inaccurate information but the Kochs also mailed forms to a strange group of potential “voters” including at least one cat.

The Koch Brothers previously have attempted to reduce voting access in many states by requiring photo ID, restricting early voting access, and eliminating same-day voter registration.  The Kochs attempted to push a photo ID bill in Alaska through ALEC Chair Wes Keller, but the bill died after running into strong public opposition.  The mailer to a cat is the first documented instance of the Kochs attempting to register animals to vote.

Several journalists attempted to reach Mayor Stubbs for comment, but he was asleep.

Read more: Koch Brothers Send Misleading Voter Registration Forms to a Cat

   

Walker Proposes Guard Reforms While Parnell Defends Perpetrators

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September 26, 2014
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Walker Proposes Guard Reforms While Parnell Defends Perpetrators

Parnell campaign attacks Walker for lack of policy proposals the same day Walker proposes fix for Guard mess

 

ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell’s campaign just sent out a blast email attacking Bill Walker with the false claim, “It’s been three and a half weeks since Bill Walker teamed up with Byron Mallott, but we still haven’t heard a clear policy statement from that ticket.”

Perhaps Sean Parnell failed to read the newspaper, where Bill Walker described his detailed proposal to clean up the National Guard mess that has “festered” for over a thousand days while Parnell defended General Katkus.

Read more: Walker Proposes Guard Reforms While Parnell Defends Perpetrators

   

Alaskans Rally Against Koch Brothers

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September 26, 2014
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Alaskans Rally Against Koch Brothers

Alaskans criticize Koch “job killers” while Koch group re-endorses Dan Sullivan

ANCHORAGE:  Yesterday Fairbanksans slammed the Koch Brothers’ attempt to buy Alaska’s senate seat after the Koch Brothers shut down Flint Hills (VIDEO).  On the same day, a Koch-funded D.C. group endorsed Dan Sullivan for the second time this year.

Read more: Alaskans Rally Against Koch Brothers

   

Sullivan Adds Another Lie to the List

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September 26, 2014
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Sullivan Adds Another Lie to the List

Sullivan misleads Alaskans on immigration, Stand Your Ground, McDonald & EPA cases, Mercer, subsistence

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan has gotten caught by Politifact making yet another false campaign claim, this time on immigration.  Sullivan has repeatedly lied or misled Alaskans about his record on residency, Stand Your Ground, the McDonald gun case, EPA lawsuits, and the Mercer lawsuit.

“Sullivan had hardly finished picking up his carpet bags at the airport before he started misleading Alaskans about his record,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Sullivan’s Serial Falsehoods:

  • Politifact called Sullivan’s immigration attack was “false.”

Read more: Sullivan Adds Another Lie to the List

   

Governor Knew About Pierre’s Involvement in Sexual Assault Cover Up

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September 26, 2014
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Governor Knew About Pierre’s Involvement in Sexual Assault Cover Up

Parnell appointee & former AKGOP spokesman worked with Katkus to protect perpetrators

ANCHORAGE: Days after a rally calling for Parnell Administration accountability, Parnell appointee McHugh Pierre has resigned.  Parnell received reports of sexual assault in 2010 and was aware of Pierre’s attempt to protect at least one sexual assault perpetrator:

“Pierre inserted himself into one of the inquiries into the alleged sexual misconduct of a married recruiter, an incident of which Parnell's office was aware,” reports the Alaska Dispatch News.

ADN noted, “The recruiter, a high school classmate of Pierre's from the late 1990s, was also accused of sexual harassment, of mistreating junior enlisted soldiers, of possessing steroids and committing assault.”  However, he wasn’t punished after Pierre and Katkus intervened on his behalf along with General Bridges, the current Guard commander.

Read more: Governor Knew About Pierre’s Involvement in Sexual Assault Cover Up

   

Out-of-touch Sullivan Says He Will Spend PFD on Scotch

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September 25th, 2014
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Out-of-touch Sullivan Says He Will Spend PFD on Scotch

Sullivan’s statement reveals disconnect with economic reality of working Alaskans

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan has announced he will spend his PFD on scotch, a far cry from most Alaskans who will spend it on essentials like groceries or mortgage payments.  Last week Sullivan blithely endorsed a Permanent Fund raid, and his scotch comments suggest that he fails to understand how essential PFDs are for most Alaska families’ budgets.

“Dan Sullivan casually endorses raiding the Permanent Fund,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “He apparently has no understanding of the PFD’s importance for working Alaskans, many of whom use it to pay for essentials like groceries and rent.”

Read more: Out-of-touch Sullivan Says He Will Spend PFD on Scotch

   

Sullivan Collects Outside Money While Alaskans Condemn Him as “Another John Lindauer”

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September 25, 2014
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Sullivan Collects Outside Money While Alaskans Condemn Him as “Another John Lindauer”

D.C.-based Chamber reiterates previous Sullivan endorsement while Alaskans decry Outside money

ANCHORAGE: The Koch Brothers-funded, Washington D.C.-based “Chamber of Commerce,” whose meddling in the Alaska Senate race already was criticized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, is repeating an endorsement already announced in April.  Meanwhile, Alaskans are criticizing Sullivan as “another John Lindauer, another cheechako who thinks he can buy Alaska voters with his family’s money.”

“The Koch Brothers and Dan Sullivan’s parents are spending even more money in an attempt to buy Alaska’s Senate seat,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Collects Outside Money While Alaskans Condemn Him as “Another John Lindauer”

   

Alaskans Ridicule Sullivan’s Family for Secret Contribution

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September 24th, 2014
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Alaskans Ridicule Sullivan’s Family for Secret Contribution

Voter says “If having a US Senator in family is so important to them, I suggest they adopt Sen. Begich”

ANCHORAGE:  Alaskans are ridiculing Dan Sullivan’s Ohio family after they got caught trying to make a secret donation of $300,000 to a pro-Sullivan Super PAC.  A voter from the Mat-Su Valley mocked Sullivan’s family’s attempt to buy the Senate seat while needling Sullivan for his attempts to cut Social Security benefits.  The Alaska website Mudflats mocked Sullivan with the headline, “Mommy and Daddy Sullivan’s Cash Floods into Alaska.”

Sullivan’s family now has “funneled” more than $650,000 into pro-Sullivan Super PACs.

Read more: Alaskans Ridicule Sullivan’s Family for Secret Contribution

   

Will Parnell Hold Himself and His Staff Accountable for Guard Scandal?

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September 24, 2014
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Will Parnell Hold Himself and His Staff Accountable for Guard Scandal?

1,256 days after Parnell learned of Katkus’ complicity in scandal, he was still defending corrupt general

ANCHORAGE: Weeks after the release of the OCI report summary and years after he first learned of rampant sexual assault in the National Guard, Sean Parnell has yet to hold himself or his direct staff accountable for their complicity in the Guard scandal.  Parnell, his Chief of Staff, and his sexual assault coordinator all received reports of sexual assault and failed to take action other than checking in with Tom Katkus, who was protecting sexual assault perpetrators.  National Guard assault survivors have said “There needs to be more of an investigation into why Parnell did not respond.”

Governor’s Complicity in Guard Scandal:

  • In November of 2010, three National Guard whistleblowers reported rampant and unpunished sexual assault in the National Guard to Sean Parnell in a phone call.  Chaplains specifically called out the complicity of Katkus and the chain of command in failing to address sexual assaults.

Read more: Will Parnell Hold Himself and His Staff Accountable for Guard Scandal?

   

VIDEO: Alaska Women Rally for National Guard Accountability & Reform

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September 24, 2014
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VIDEO: Alaska Women Rally for National Guard Accountability & Reform

Women criticize Parnell for allowing whistleblower reports to “sit on his desk” for years without action

ANCHORAGE: Dozens of Alaska women rallied (VIDEO) in support of National Guard sexual assault survivors and reform.  At a rally organized by the Alaska National Organization for Women and Alaska Women for Political Action, attendees urged accountability in the chain of command.

“For years they sat on the governor’s desk,” said a rally attendee, referring to Parnell's inaction on reports of assault.

KTUU interviewed a survivor of sexual assault and noted, “there was a lack of follow up on sexual assault claims.”

Read more: VIDEO: Alaska Women Rally for National Guard Accountability & Reform

   

Alaskans Slam Sullivan/Parnell’s Record as Sexual Assault Rates Rise

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September 24th, 2014
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Alaskans Slam Sullivan/Parnell’s Record as Sexual Assault Rates Rise

Parnell & Sullivan undermined VAWA while litigating in support of abusers as sexual assault rates rise

ANCHORAGE:  Alaskans are calling out Dan Sullivan and Sean Parnell for their record of opposition to public safety reforms while sexual assault rates grew.  While Parnell and Sullivan litigated on the side of abusers and undermined the Violence Against Women Act, they put out press releases about “choose respect” and now are trying to turn that publicity campaign into election fodder.

“Time and again, Dan Sullivan and Sean Parnell either took no action or went to bat on the side of abusers.  Their appalling record stands in stark contrast to their campaign rhetoric about choosing respect,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Juneau Empire (Opinion): My Turn: 'Choose Respect' should mean action, not rhetoric

By TONY SHOLTY

September 23, 2014

Read more: Alaskans Slam Sullivan/Parnell’s Record as Sexual Assault Rates Rise

   

Sullivan Renews Call for Social Security Cuts in FOX Interview

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September 23, 2014
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Sullivan Renews Call for Social Security Cuts in FOX Interview

Sullivan supports Social Security cuts while getting campaign cash from privatization advocates

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is renewing his call for Social Security cuts in a FOX News interview while he comes under growing criticism in Alaska.  After Sullivan pledged fealty to the Club for Growth’s radical agenda in a secret Washington DC meeting, he came out in support for Social Security cuts on the campaign trail while the Club pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaign.  Just yesterday Sullivan volunteered that “entitlement reform” is necessary to balance the budget, even though Social Security doesn’t contribute to the federal budget deficit.

“Yes, we need to reform entitlement programs,” said Sullivan yesterday in a FOX interview.

“Privatize Social Security?  Hell yeah,” said the Club for Growth, which has endorsed Sullivan and pumped cash into his campaign.

Read more: Sullivan Renews Call for Social Security Cuts in FOX Interview

   

New Radio Ad Holds Sullivan Accountable for Lawsuit Against Katie John

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September 23rd, 2014
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New Radio Ad Holds Sullivan Accountable for Lawsuit Against Katie John

Sullivan litigated against subsistence but has lied about it on campaign trail

ANCHORAGE:  A new radio ad narrated by Alaska Native elder Willie Hensley is holding Dan Sullivan accountable for his anti-subsistence lawsuit against Katie John.  As Attorney General, Sullivan litigated to take away Alaska Natives’ subsistence rights, a decision that has drawn widespread derision in rural Alaska.  Though Sullivan has tried to cover up that lawsuit on the campaign trail, Alaskans have called out Sullivan for lying about his record on subsistence.

“Hunting and fishing is not just about food.  For us, it’s a way of life.  That’s why I’m not voting for Dan Sullivan.  As Attorney General, Sullivan sued Katie John,” says Willie Hensley in the new ad.

Read more: New Radio Ad Holds Sullivan Accountable for Lawsuit Against Katie John

   

Dan Sullivan’s Family Won’t Explain Secret Contribution

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September 23rd, 2014
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Dan Sullivan’s Family Won’t Explain Secret Contribution

Sullivan’s family & Karl Rove got caught obscuring source of Sullivans’ $300,000 contribution

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan’s family and the D.C. Super PAC are refusing to explain their apparent attempt to hide the source of a $300,000 campaign contribution.  Public Integrity broke the story that Rove’s Super PAC American Crossroads claimed a Philadelphia-based company donated $300,000, when in fact the donors were Dan Sullivan’s parents.  Rove and the Sullivans listed the address for the donation in Florida and the donor as Glenmede Trust.  Glenmede has said it did not make any contribution.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported on Sullivan’s silence, “A message left at the home of Sullivan’s parents Monday evening was not immediately returned. A spokesman for the Sullivan campaign declined to comment.”  With this contribution, Sullivan’s Ohio family has contributed over a half-million dollars to Sullivan Super PACs.  Sullivan’s father admitted making the contribution and said it would be spent at Karl Rove’s discretion, but wouldn’t explain the apparent attempt to hide the donation’s source.

Read more: Dan Sullivan’s Family Won’t Explain Secret Contribution

   

Sullivan Family & Karl Rove Get Caught Hiding Secret Campaign Contribution

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September 22nd, 2014
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Sullivan Family & Karl Rove Get Caught Hiding Secret Campaign Contribution

Sullivans & Rove tried to hide donor’s identity for $300K donation to Karl Rove’s Super PAC

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan’s parents have gotten caught trying to make a secret donation of $300,000 to Karl Rove’s Super PAC American Crossroads.  Sullivan’s parents and Rove tried to hide the source of the contribution by listing it as a donation of a private company and by listing the address as their $3 million vacation condominium in Florida.  The Center for Public Integrity caught Sullivan and Rove after detecting irregularities in the campaign finance report.

Sullivan parents donated $300,000 to American Crossroads but American Crossroads listed the donor as Glenmede Trust Company, a company in Philadelphia.  Then American Crossroads and the Sullivans listed an address in Florida as Glenmede’s location, even though Glenmede isn’t in Florida.  The Center for Public Integrity revealed that the Florida address actually is the location of a $3 million vacation condominium owned by the Sullivan family.

Read more: Sullivan Family & Karl Rove Get Caught Hiding Secret Campaign Contribution

   

Former AKGOP Chair Slams Republican Party’s “Shady Tactics”

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September 22th, 2014

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Former AKGOP Chair Slams Republican Party’s “Shady Tactics”

GOP infighting continues as former GOP chair speaks out against Parnell’s lawsuit against Unity Ticket

ANCHORAGE: Former Alaska Republican Party Chair Debbie Brown is speaking out against the Republican Party’s anti-Unity Ticket lawsuit. Republican insiders Ken Jacobus and Steve Strait sued to stop the state from moving forward with the state gubernatorial election including the Unity Ticket of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott.  Brown is urging the AKGOP to cease its “shady” tactics and support a fair election.

Strait is a member of the Republican Party State Central Committee, the governing body of the party, and Ken Jacobus is one of the oldest and most active state party volunteers.  They were appointed to the party’s Executive Committee by current party chairman Peter Goldberg.  Debbie Brown writes, “Party regulars whisper the appointees are the character assassination-litigation hit squad.”  While Parnell has avoided commenting on the lawsuit, it is inconceivable the AKGOP would move forward with it without his approval or, more likely, at his request.

Read more: Former AKGOP Chair Slams Republican Party’s “Shady Tactics”

   

Dan Sullivan Explains Why He Supports Raiding the Permanent Fund

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September 22nd, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Explains Why He Supports Raiding the Permanent Fund

Sullivan stands by comments that Permanent Fund raid is “a beautiful thing”

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan is refusing to back down from his controversial endorsement of a Permanent Fund raid.  Sullivan proposed diverting Permanent Fund earnings to subsidize government, even though voters rejected just such a proposal by an 83% margin when Sean Parnell and the legislature last proposed it.

Sullivan told a local blogger that he “didn’t step in it” after she wrote about his unpopular proposal and his willingness to touch the “third rail” of Alaska politics.  Sullivan went on to elaborate about why and how he supports raiding the Permanent Fund.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Explains Why He Supports Raiding the Permanent Fund

   

Dan Sullivan’s Greatest Hits

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September 21th, 2014
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Dan Sullivan’s Greatest Hits

Sales Tax, PFD Raid, Police Layoffs

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan has embarked on an unconventional campaign for Lieutenant Governor, endorsing Permanent Fund cuts and a sales tax after he laid off dozens of cops.  Sullivan’s campaign for lower dividends and higher taxes follows a mayoral administration marked by huge cuts in the Anchorage Police Department.

“Dan Sullivan is endorsing a laundry list of unpopular ideas that voters overwhelmingly rejected,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan’s Greatest Hits

   

Alaskans Call Out Sullivan for Lying About Subsistence Record

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September 20, 2014
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Alaskans Call Out Sullivan for Lying About Subsistence Record

Sullivan sued Katie John but lies about record on campaign trail

ANCHORAGE:  Alaskans are calling out Dan Sullivan for lying about his record on subsistence rights.  Sullivan went on KOTZ radio to claim he is “strongly supportive” of subsistence rights.  In other campaign events Sullivan claimed he supports subsistence but the issue won’t “be solved in court.”  In fact, Sullivan himself sued Katie John, taking an anti-subsistence lawsuit to a California court.

“Dan Sullivan has tried to lie about his subsistence record for this whole campaign, but we know the facts about his lawsuit against Katie John,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Full text of the Arctic Sounder article follows:

Read more: Alaskans Call Out Sullivan for Lying About Subsistence Record

   

Dan Sullivan Endorses Raid on Permanent Fund

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September 19th, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Endorses Raid on Permanent Fund

Says using money for state operations would be “a beautiful thing”

ANCHORAGE: In an interview on KFQD, Dan Sullivan endorsed use of the Permanent Fund to subsidize state operations.  Sullivan’s statement acknowledged the reality that Parnell’s deficits threaten the Permanent Fund, as Alaska is running out of savings.

Sullivan said that in the future “the State of Alaska can rely on some of the earnings [of the Permanent Fund] to fulfill government needs…and that would be a beautiful thing.”

Read more: Dan Sullivan Endorses Raid on Permanent Fund

   

VIDEO: Parnell Tried to Find Funding for Pebble Mine

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September 19, 2014
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VIDEO: Parnell Tried to Find Funding for Pebble Mine

After Anglo-American pulled out, Parnell looked for financial backer to push Pebble project

ANCHORAGE:   Sean Parnell tried to find a funder for Pebble Mine after Anglo-American pulled out of the project (VIDEO).  This is just the latest revelation of Sullivan and Parnell’s longstanding efforts to build Pebble mine over the objection of Alaskans.

In addition to looking for a Pebble funder, Parnell and then-Commissioner Sullivan green-lighted dozens of permits, manipulated the Bristol Bay area plan to exclude fishermen, and participated in the Pebble lawsuit against Bella Hammond and Vic Fischer.  Sullivan even hired Pebble’s spokesman to be his campaign manager.

Read more: VIDEO: Parnell Tried to Find Funding for Pebble Mine

   

Alaska Senators’ Legislation Would Correct Parnell’s National Guard Abuse

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September 19, 2014
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Alaska Senators’ Legislation Would Correct Parnell’s National Guard Abuse

Begich and Murkowski introduce Guard reform legislation following Parnell’s complicity in scandal

ANCHORAGE: Both of Alaska’s senators have introduced legislation to clean up Parnell’s “scandal-plagued” National Guard after the governor failed to investigate reports of sexual assault and fraud.  Senators Begich and Murkowski’s bills would strengthen Government Accountability Office and Office of Complex Investigations oversight of the guard, and could not be stonewalled by corrupt guard commanders such as Katkus.  Senators Begich and Murkowski called for investigations into Guard sexual assaults and fraud years before Parnell acknowledged there was a problem.

“Sean Parnell’s command of the Guard was so negligent that Republican and Democratic senators have introduced legislation to prevent these crimes from recurring,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Alaska Senators’ Legislation Would Correct Parnell’s National Guard Abuse

   

Former National Guard Member Urges Investigation of Criminal Activity

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September 18, 2014
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Former National Guard Member Urges Investigation of Criminal Activity

Alaskans speak out as Parnell does nothing

ANCHORAGE: Pressure continues to build on Parnell after he failed to respond to the disturbing findings in the OCI report.  Parnell has refused to release the full reportallowed General Katkus to resign rather than firing him, and has refused to hold individuals in his own office and the chain of command responsible for their role in the sexual assault scandal and cover-up.  In response to Parnell’s continued inaction, National Guard survivors and retirees are urging reform, including criminal investigations into the criminal activities that Parnell ignored.

“It is morally reprehensible that Parnell not only ignored reports of sexual assaults and supported Katkus’ cover-up, but he even failed to hold criminals accountable now that the OCI report is out,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Former National Guard Member Urges Investigation of Criminal Activity

   

Koch Brothers Political Spending: Nearly a Half-BILLION Dollars

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September 18, 2014
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Koch Brothers Political Spending: Nearly a Half-BILLION Dollars

Koch Brothers spend big on attack ads while Alaskans try to clean up their mess at Flint Hills

 

ANCHORAGE: With a surge in attack ad spending, the Koch Brothers now have spent nearly a half-BILLION dollars since 2012.

 

The Koch Brothers have deployed a wide range of front groups in Alaska including Americans for Prosperity, American Energy Alliance, Generation Opportunity, Heritage Action, Center for Government Accountability, Alaska Policy Forum, the NRSC, and Themis Trust.  Leaked transcripts from a Koch conference revealed the Kochs are having secret discussions about how to take Alaska’s Senate seat.  The Koch Brothers have become notorious for false and misleading ads such as the one with a Maryland actress and one with a creepy Uncle Sam.

“Alaskans know that if they see an attack ad on TV or the internet, it’s probably funded by the Koch Brothers,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Koch Brothers Political Spending: Nearly a Half-BILLION Dollars

   

Will Dan Sullivan Explain Why He Didn’t Receive PFDs?

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September 17, 2014
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Will Dan Sullivan Explain Why He Didn’t Receive PFDs?

Sullivan keeps changing his story about Alaska residency

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan has claimed to be an Alaska resident since 1997, but he did not receive PFDs for most of the 2000s, including while he was collecting tax credits for his “principal residence” in Maryland.  Sullivan admitted he was lengthening his stated residency in Alaska for political purposes, but has never explained how he can claim to have been an Alaska resident but didn’t receive PFDs for years.

“Dan Sullivan is trying to rewrite his residency history, just as he has been dishonest about his position on subsistence, minimum wage, and other issues,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Will Dan Sullivan Explain Why He Didn’t Receive PFDs?

   

KTUU & KTVF Report on Koch Brothers Raising Asphalt Prices

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September 17, 2014

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KTUU & KTVF Report on Koch Brothers Raising Asphalt Prices

Flint Hills refinery closure drives up cost of Alaska asphalt by 20%

ANCHORAGE: KTUU and KTVF are reporting on the Koch Brothers raising the cost of asphalt and road construction in Alaska.

“Road construction costs for projects north of the Alaska are going up because of a refinery closure,” KTUU reports.

Read more: KTUU & KTVF Report on Koch Brothers Raising Asphalt Prices

   

Budget Deficits + Declining Deposits + Withdrawals = PFDs at Risk

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September 16, 2014
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Budget Deficits + Declining Deposits + Withdrawals = PFDs at Risk

Republican-led legislature withdrew money from Permanent Fund to ease pain of billion dollar deficits

ANCHORAGE: Parnell signed off on withdrawals from the Permanent Fund during the last legislative session as deposits to the Permanent Fund declined.  While the size of the PFD check is recovering due to the stock market rebound after the Bush recession, the declining contributions to the Permanent Fund are a troubling trend for the long term viability of the fund.  The non-partisan Division of Legislative Finance said that Parnell’s massive budget deficits could accelerate the potential need to use the Permanent Fund to subsidize state government.

“Non-partisan experts and budget hawks have warned that Parnell’s deficits put the Permanent Fund Dividend at risk, but Parnell is hitting the gas as he drives Alaska toward a fiscal cliff,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Budget Deficits + Declining Deposits + Withdrawals = PFDs at Risk

   

Sean Parnell Gives Katkus a Golden Parachute

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September 16, 2014
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Sean Parnell Gives Katkus a Golden Parachute

By not firing Katkus, Parnell protected him from having pension cut or eliminated

ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell’s decision to have Katkus resign rather than firing him leaves Katkus’ military pension intact.  Had Parnell fired Katkus, it could have led to reductions or elimination of Katkus’ pension.  Parnell’s decision to give Katkus a golden parachute is consistent with his longstanding support of Katkus, which included glowing praise of Katkus’ performance even after the OCI investigation was under way.

“Parnell protected Katkus while he ignored victims of sexual assault,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sean Parnell Gives Katkus a Golden Parachute

   

Koch Brothers Raise the Cost of Road Construction

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September 16, 2014
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Koch Brothers Raise the Cost of Road Construction

KATN reports: Flint Hills refinery closure drives up cost of Alaska asphalt by 20%

ANCHORAGE: The Koch Brothers are raising the cost of road construction by driving up the cost of asphalt.  After the Koch Brothers closed Flint Hills refinery, the state has had to ship asphalt up to the Interior from the Kenai Peninsula.

“The closure of the North Pole refinery is leading to higher road construction costs,” reported KATN.

Read more: Koch Brothers Raise the Cost of Road Construction

   

Sullivan Flip Flopping on Minimum Wage

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September 15, 2014
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Sullivan Flip Flopping on Minimum Wage

Sullivan says he’s against, for, and against minimum wage increase

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is simultaneously claiming he supports and opposes increasing the minimum wage. Sullivan has previously claimed raising the minimum wage would “kill a half million jobs.” Just a month ago Sullivan announced his opposition to ballot measure three, an increase in Alaska’s minimum wage.  Sullivan’s flip flops on the minimum wage are similar to his dishonest answers about the Violence Against Women Act, where he first refused to answer, then said he would vote for it but also said he’d keep the “Alaska exception” that leaves out much of our state.

“Multimillionaire Dan Sullivan didn’t lift a finger as attorney general or DNR commissioner to support Alaskans struggling to make ends meet while earning minimum wage. Just months after calling a minimum wage increase ‘job killing’ he’s pandering for votes. Sullivan’s flip flops don’t look anything like the work boots Alaska families wear,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Flip Flopping on Minimum Wage

   

Koch Brothers Funding Behind Alaska “Think Tank”

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September 15, 2014
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Koch Brothers Funding Behind Alaska “Think Tank”

“Dark Money ATM” funds the anti-labor, anti-education group Alaska Policy Forum

ANCHORAGE:  An Alaska Dispatch News investigation has revealed that the Koch Brothers fund the Alaska Policy Forum, a secretive “think tank” that bashes Alaska’s public employees, promotes school privatization, and opposes health reform.  The Policy Forum is part of a 50 state network of Koch-funded organizations that lobby for state legislative attacks on schools, unions, and health care.  Policy Forum provides astroturf support for state legislative initiatives pushed by ALEC, a Koch-funded group that ghost writes legislation for state elected officials like Cathy Munoz, Wes Keller, and Mia Costello.

“The Koch Brothers are funding an alphabet soup of phony groups in Alaska,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Look behind APF, AFP, ALEC, and GenOpp and you’ll find the same Koch Brothers who shuttered Flint Hills even as they’re trying to steal one of Alaska’s Senate seats.”

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ICYMI: State Senators Urge Release of Full OCI Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

ICYMI: State Senators Urge Release of Full OCI Report

Public needs full details of failed response to sexual assaults in Guard

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell faces even more scrutiny as Alaskans examine his record of failing to address sexual assaults in the National Guard.  Between 2010 and the spring of 2014, Parnell failed to respond to reports of fraud and sexual assault in the Guard.  Now state Senators Berta Gardner and Hollis French are urging the governor to release the full study, not just the summary of findings.

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Survivor’s Testimony Illuminates Failures in National Guard Chain of Command

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September 12, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields
(907) 258-3077

Survivor’s Testimony Illuminates Failures in National Guard Chain of Command

Personal testimony reinforces need for reform in National Guard

ANCHORAGE: A courageous survivor of sexual assault is speaking out about her experience in the National Guard and making recommendations for reform.  Yesterday Melissa Jones spoke at a press conference hosted by the Alaska Women for Political Action (AWPA).  Jones and the AWPA called on the state to penalize breaches of confidentiality and urged creation of a safe reporting system outside the chain of command.  Her testimony highlights the urgency of reforming the National Guard after the OCI report revealed that Jones’ experience—tragically—was not anomalous.

ALASKANS INVESTIGATE NATIONAL GUARD COMMAND STRUCTURE FAILURES:

FOX/ABC: “Her complaints to Guard commanders were ignored…more former Guard members now are coming forward with similar stories saying they went to the governor’s office with complaints of abuses but were never addressed by the governor.  Instead they were sent ot the now-resigned General Thomas Katkus.”

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National Guard Sexual Assault Survivor: “There needs to be more of an investigation into why Parnell did not respond”

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September 12, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields
(907) 258-3077

National Guard Sexual Assault Survivor: “There needs to be more of an investigation into why Parnell did not respond”

Survivor details personal trauma and systemic failures throughout chain of command

ANCHORAGE:  A sexual assault survivor is speaking out about her experience in the National Guard, detailing breaches of confidentiality, retaliation, and systemic failures of the command structure.  In an emotionally charged press conference hosted by Alaska Women for Political Action, Melissa Jones described how she was raped and how the Guard failed to address the crime.  She also said Sean Parnell needs to held accountable for the Guard’s systemic failure to investigate sexual assaults.

“I actually think that there needs to be more of an investigation into why Parnell did not respond,” Jones said in the press conference.

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