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Tax Department Confirms Sullivan’s Maryland Residency

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September 30, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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

CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

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.”

Read more: Koch Brothers Funding Behind Alaska “Think Tank”

   

ICYMI: State Senators Urge Release of Full OCI Report

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September 15, 2014
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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.

Read more: ICYMI: State Senators Urge Release of Full OCI Report

   

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

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September 12, 2014
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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.”

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

   

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
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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.

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

   

Dan Sullivan Continues to Raise More Campaign Cash From Ohio Than Alaska

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September 11, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Continues to Raise More Campaign Cash From Ohio Than Alaska

Ohio continues to be Sullivan’s largest source of campaign funding

ANCHORAGE:  Once again Dan Sullivan has raised more campaign cash from Ohio than Alaska.  Sullivan raised $476,000 from Ohio.  Sullivan’s Ohio connections have been the largest source of his campaign cash since the Senate race started.  In addition to direct contributions to his campaign, Sullivan’s Ohio family and their RPM business associates have provided a half-million dollars for his personal Super PAC.

“Ohio is going all in to buy a third Senate seat,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Continues to Raise More Campaign Cash From Ohio Than Alaska

   

Sullivan Hides His Anti-Subsistence Record Again

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September 10th, 2014
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Sullivan Hides His Anti-Subsistence Record Again

Sullivan tells KOTZ he's "strongly supportive of" subsistence after he sued Katie John

ANCHORAGE: Sullivan is hiding his anti-Katie John lawsuit on the campaign trail, telling radio listeners in Kotzebue that he is "strongly supportive of" subsistence.  In fact, 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 fishermies.

"It is rare that a day goes by on the campaign trail when Dan Sullivan doesn't lie about his record as Attorney General," said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  "It is particularly outrageous for Sullivan to lie about his subsistence record after he sued the revered elder Katie John."

Read more: Sullivan Hides His Anti-Subsistence Record Again

   

Republicans Warned of Sullivan's "Soft" Record on Plea Deals

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September 10, 2014
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Republicans Warned of Sullivan's "Soft" Record on Plea Deals

Former Speaker Gail Phillips & GOP activists warned that Sullivan's record on lenient pleas hadn't been vetted

ANCHORAGE:  In April former Alaska Speaker of the House Gail Phillips warned that Dan Sullivan's "softness" on sex offenders would be a liability on the campaign trail.  Phillips suggested Sullivan would be a weak candidate for Republicans to put forward because he hadn’t been properly vetted or tested.

Phillips said, "AG Sullivan’s prosecutors were reducing charges against convicted sex offenders. His office defended this practice by saying the Department had limited resources and this was not a priority. Has the Party examined Dan’s apparent “softness” on issues regarding domestic violence when he was in a position to come down hard on these types of crimes? These are real issues."

Read more: Republicans Warned of Sullivan's "Soft" Record on Plea Deals

   

Dan Sullivan’s Serial Falsehoods About Attorney General Record

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September 10, 2014
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Dan Sullivan’s Serial Falsehoods About Attorney General Record

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

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan’s false claims about his Attorney General are stacking up as he claims credit for lawsuits in which he played a minor role while disavowing any responsibility for sex offenders’ lenient plea deals.  Sullivan has repeatedly lied or misled Alaskans about his record on Stand Your Ground, the McDonald gun case, EPA lawsuits, and the Mercer lawsuit.

“Sullivan is fabricating stories about his Attorney General record as he tries to sweep his lenient plea deals and anti-subsistence lawsuit under the rug,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Sullivan’s Serial Falsehoods:

  • Sullivan lied with a radio ad in which he claimed to have “passed” Stand Your Ground.  In fact, Sullivan’s Department of Law opposed Stand Your Ground and the law only passed after Sullivan no longer was Attorney General.

Read more: Dan Sullivan’s Serial Falsehoods About Attorney General Record

   

Sullivan Misleads Alaskans about EPA Lawsuit—Again.

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September 10, 2014
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Sullivan Misleads Alaskans about EPA Lawsuit—Again.

Sullivan repeats claim he “took” case even after being called out by Alaska Dispatch News

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan continues to mislead Alaskans about his record with speeches on the campaign trail.  Even after the Alaska Dispatch News called him out for dishonesty about an EPA lawsuit, Sullivan is claiming a lead role in that case in multiple campaign speeches over the last week.

In Sitka, Sullivan said, “I’d be happy to talk about specific examples whether it’s the EPA. We won a big case in the US Supreme Court eight weeks ago since I’ve been here last, really big case that I brought initially when I was your attorney general."

In Juneau, Sullivan said, “When I was your AG we sued and we said you don’t have that authority under the Clean Air Act. And that went all the way to the US Supreme Court.”

Read more: Sullivan Misleads Alaskans about EPA Lawsuit—Again.

   

VIDEO: Report Reveals Sullivan’s Agency Let Off Violent Criminals

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September 9, 2014
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VIDEO: Report Reveals Sullivan’s Agency Let Off Violent Criminals

Sullivan failed to address lenient plea deals while he was Attorney General

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan’s efforts to rewrite history stand in contrast to the 2010 investigative reporting of KTVA (VIDEO), which looked into Sullivan’s agency’s record of letting violent criminals off with light sentences.

KTVA’s 2010 report shows a practice of reducing and dropping charges for sex offenders. When pressed about the practice Sullivan's Department of Law said they "have to make priorities." After Dan Sullivan was taken out of the Attorney General’s office, a subsequent Attorney General revamped the plea deal system in direct response to violent recidivist criminals who were released on Sullivan’s watch.

Read more: VIDEO: Report Reveals Sullivan’s Agency Let Off Violent Criminals

   

Sullivan Proposal Would Expose Service Members to Financial Crimes

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September 9, 2014
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Sullivan Proposal Would Expose Service Members to Financial Crimes

Veteran condemns Sullivan’s proposal to shutter office that protects service members from financial crimes

ANCHORAGE:  An Alaska veteran is speaking out against Dan Sullivan’s proposal to shutter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including the office that protects service members against financial crimes.  Sullivan singled out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a federal agency he would eliminate, claiming it is “unconstitutional.”  As this Alaska Dispatch News column explains, Sullivan’s proposal would eliminate key programs that protect service members from predatory loans and other financial crimes.

Read the full story:

Sullivan snubs military with aim to abolish consumer protection agency

Read more: Sullivan Proposal Would Expose Service Members to Financial Crimes

   

Report Reveals Troubling Details of Parnell’s National Guard Mismanagement

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September 9, 2014
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Report Reveals Troubling Details of Parnell’s National Guard Mismanagement

Sexual assault victim in Guard was penalized after being assaulted

ANCHORAGE:  A sexual assault survivor in the Alaska National Guard is speaking out after the OCI reported systemic failures in the chain of command.  KTVA interviewed the survivor, who testified about multiple sexual assaults and how she was the subject of retaliation for reporting the crimes.

“There’s reprisal if you try to bring charges against someone who the leadership likes,” the survivor said in an interview.

Read more: Report Reveals Troubling Details of Parnell’s National Guard Mismanagement

   

Sullivan Claims Credit for Mine Approved 5 Days After He Was Appointed

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September 9, 2014
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Sullivan Claims Credit for Mine Approved 5 Days After He Was Appointed

Sullivan claims credit for decision issued five days after he was appointed Attorney General

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan is claiming credit for keeping Kensington Mine open as he continues to mislead Alaskans about his Attorney General record.  Sullivan has claimed he had no responsibility for the numerous lenient plea deals that occurred on his watch, but that he went “all the way to the US Supreme Court” to approve Kensington Mine—when in fact that lawsuit ended just five days after Sullivan was appointed Attorney General.

“One of the areas… Kensington Mine; the state worked really hard with Corps there to fight the EPA to make sure that mine stayed open. That had to go all the way to the US Supreme Court. But that's a great project now, producing I think over 300 jobs in Southeast," Sullivan said on talk radio.

Read more: Sullivan Claims Credit for Mine Approved 5 Days After He Was Appointed

   

Parnell Allows Insurance Industry to Raise Rates on Alaskans

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September 8, 2014
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Parnell Allows Insurance Industry to Raise Rates on Alaskans

Parnell keeps insurance documents secret after failing to analyze rate hikes he approved

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell has signed off on massive insurance rate hikes even though he didn’t analyze the price hikes or take action to prevent them.  Parnell refused to strengthen Alaska’s insurance rate review and refused to expand Medicaid, either of which could have stopped or reduced rate increases.  Adding insult to injury, he failed to compile any analysis of the insurance industry’s rate hikes and appears to have given the industry carte blanche authority to raise prices.

“Sean Parnell has approved massive insurance rate costs without meaningful review and without taking any steps that could have prevented the cost hikes.  Adding insult to injury, he’s letting the insurance industry keep its rate hike justifications secret,” said Mike Wenstrup.

Read more: Parnell Allows Insurance Industry to Raise Rates on Alaskans

   

Dan Sullivan Will Skip Fisheries Debate

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September 8, 2014

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Dan Sullivan Will Skip Fisheries Debate

Sullivan skips debate after attacking fishing industry with Pebble, Silencing Alaskans Act

ANCHORAGE: Fisheries columnist and Alaska Fish Radio host Laine Welch is reporting that Dan Sullivan will skip the Kodiak fisheries debate despite having no conflicts on his schedule.  After Sullivan played a central role promoting Pebble Mine and the unpopular Silencing Alaskans Act (HB 77), he decided to skip the debate rather than discuss his profoundly unpopular positions on key fishing issues.  During the primary, Mead Treadwell pilloried Sullivan for his lack of knowledge about Alaska fisheries.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Will Skip Fisheries Debate

   

Did Sullivan Commit Perjury With Maryland Tax Forms?

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September 8, 2014
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Did Sullivan Commit Perjury With Maryland Tax Forms?

Tax investigation raises new questions about Sullivan’s tax breaks & residency lies

ANCHORAGE – Ongoing investigations into Dan Sullivan’s Maryland tax breaks reveal he may have committed perjury with signed affidavits from 2006 and 2010.  Sullivan signed those forms to obtain Maryland “principal residence” tax breaks yet continued to vote in Alaska, a possible violation of the law.

“If you sign this application, you’re doing so under the penalty of perjury,” said Robert Young, the Maryland official investigating Sullivan’s tax breaks. Sullivan’s signature affirmed his intent to be a Maryland resident.

Read more: Did Sullivan Commit Perjury With Maryland Tax Forms?

   

Koch Brothers Increase the Cost of Asphalt

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September 7, 2014
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Koch Brothers Increase the Cost of Asphalt

Flint Hills refinery closure drives up cost of Alaska asphalt

ANCHORAGE: The Koch Brothers’ closure of Flint Hills refinery is driving up the cost of asphalt.  An Alaska Journal of Commerce investigation reveals that the Koch Brothers’ refinery closure is driving up the cost of asphalt and making it harder to complete critical road projects during Alaska’s short construction season.

“First the Koch Brothers gave pink slips to Alaskans, then they drove up property taxes, next they tried to dump cleanup costs on Fairbanks, and to top it all off they are making asphalt and road repairs more expensive,” said Mike Wenstrup, resident of Fairbanks and Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “With this revelation, Dan Sullivan’s Koch-backed campaign will hit another pothole.”

Read more: Koch Brothers Increase the Cost of Asphalt

   

Sullivan on Defensive Over Maryland Tax Investigation

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September 7, 2014
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Sullivan on Defensive Over Maryland Tax Investigation

Sullivan refuses to answer questions after getting caught lying about residency

Maryland tax official confirms Sullivan’s tax breaks weren’t “automatic”

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan is refusing to answer journalists’ questions after questions arose about his $1.3 million “principal residence” in Maryland.  Sullivan had claimed he received “automatic” tax breaks, but in fact he only received them after signing Maryland affidavits in 2006 and 2010.

“First Dan Sullivan said he’s never seen these documents before. Now Sullivan is floundering while contradicting himself and the facts about his Alaska residency,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan on Defensive Over Maryland Tax Investigation

   

Koch Brothers Lobby for Higher Pollution Levels in Drinking Water

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September 6, 2014
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Koch Brothers Lobby for Higher Pollution Levels in Drinking Water

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

ANCHORAGE: The Koch Brothers are lobbying to allow twenty-five times more pollution in North Pole drinking water than recommended by the state of Alaska.  The Koch Brothers also are trying to make North Pole residents pay for 90% of sulfolane pollution clean up costs even though courts have ruled the Koch Brothers are liable for the plume of pollution that has contaminated drinking water for hundreds of homeowners.

While attempting to dodge their cleanup responsibilities, the Koch Brothers have spent or reserved time for millions of dollars in ads against Senator Mark Begich.  These include an ad running right now that criticizes Mark Begich’s voting attendance despite the fact Begich has missed fewer votes than any member of the Alaska delegation.

“The Koch Brothers continue to disrespect Alaskans as they buy attack ads while lobbying for higher levels of drinking water pollution,” said Mike Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Koch Brothers Lobby for Higher Pollution Levels in Drinking Water

   

AK GOP: “African-Americans on Public Assistance are Subject to a New-Age form of Slavery”

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September 6, 2014
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AK GOP: “African-Americans on Public Assistance are Subject to a New-Age form of Slavery”

AK GOP Central Committee wades back into slavery debate

ANCHORAGE – Today at an Alaska Republican Party meeting, attendees were told that “African-Americans on public assistance are subject to a new-age form of slavery.”  The AK GOP speaker who made the comments spoke right after Dan Sullivan, who made national headlines recently when he compared unions to slavery.

“The agenda of the AK GOP could not be more out of touch with Alaskans, who are proud of our state’s diversity,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: AK GOP: “African-Americans on Public Assistance are Subject to a New-Age form of Slavery”

   

Sean Parnell Staunchly Defended Katkus Despite Victims’ Reports

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September 6, 2014
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Sean Parnell Staunchly Defended Katkus Despite Victims’ Reports

Parnell defended Katkus against victim & whistleblower reports

ANCHORAGE: When he finally released the National Guard report on Thursday, Sean Parnell feigned shock at its findings, including General Katkus’ mismanagement.  Parnell himself consistently defended Katkus and failed to follow up on victims & whistleblowers’ complaints about Katkus between 2010 and 2014.

“Sean Parnell is throwing Katkus under the bus, but Alaskans will remember that Sean Parnell was complicit in the Guard scandal as he defended Katkus’ mismanagement for years,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Sean Parnell Defended Katkus’ Mismanagement:

Read more: Sean Parnell Staunchly Defended Katkus Despite Victims’ Reports

   

TIMELINE: Parnell Failed to Act While Lying About Victims & Whistleblower Reports

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September 5, 2014
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TIMELINE: Parnell Failed to Act While Lying About Victims & Whistleblower Reports

For years Parnell blindly supported Katkus while failing to act on victims’ & whistleblower reports

ANCHORAGE:  After years of blindly accepting General Katkus’ assurances that nothing was amiss in the National Guard, yesterday Sean Parnell attempted to make Katkus the fall guy in a scandal that Parnell himself ignored for years.  Parnell was the last major public official to call for an investigation into National Guard sexual assaults and other crimes.  Parnell was years behind Alaska Senators Begich, Murkowski, and Dyson in calling for an investigation.  While Parnell failed to act, the crimes continued to accumulate.

Yesterday Parnell himself began to admit the depth of his failures, saying “In hindsight is clearly shouldn’t have taken this long.”  Yet “hindsight” shouldn’t have been an issue because Parnell has been receiving these reports for years:

TIMELINE: Parnell Failed to Act While Lying About Whistleblower & Victim Reports:

Read more: TIMELINE: Parnell Failed to Act While Lying About Victims & Whistleblower Reports

   

Wenstrup Calls on Parnell to Return Contributions Solicited Through State Employees’ Email

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September 5, 2014
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Wenstrup Calls on Parnell to Return Contributions Solicited Through State Employees’ Email

Parnell sent campaign fundraising email to state employees

ANCHORAGE -- Mike Wenstrup is calling on Sean Parnell to return campaign contributions that Parnell solicited through an email sent to state employees’ official email addresses.  State employees from many departments have received the email.  Sean Parnell has attempted to blame campaign vendors without explaining how those vendors got his state employees’ email addresses.

“It is completely inappropriate for Sean Parnell to solicit campaign donations from state employees.  He should commit right now to returning any donations received through his unethical email solicitation,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Wenstrup Calls on Parnell to Return Contributions Solicited Through State Employees’ Email

   

Dan Sullivan Under Investigation for Maryland Tax Breaks

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September 5, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Under Investigation for Maryland Tax Breaks

Sullivan lied when claiming that MD tax credits were ‘automatic’

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan is under investigation by the Maryland tax assessor’s office after receiving thousands of dollars in tax breaks for declaring a million dollar home near D.C. to be his “principal residence.”  Sullivan has lied about the tax breaks on the campaign trail, claiming they were “automatic,” when in fact he signed multiple affidavits to obtain them.

“Dan Sullivan continues to mislead Alaskans about his residency and the tax breaks he obtained for a million dollar home in Maryland,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

APRN reports: “On his campaign website, Sullivan says he never applied for Maryland’s Homestead credit, which he says was automatically provided back then for owner-occupied homes.  Young, the Maryland taxman, says it wasn’t automatic but based on a document Sullivan and his wife signed in 2006, swearing the Bethesda house was their principal residence and they planned to live there most of the next year.”

Read more: Dan Sullivan Under Investigation for Maryland Tax Breaks

   

Parnell Finally Releases Report Showing Systemic Leadership Failures in Guard

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September 5, 2014
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Parnell Finally Releases Report Showing Systemic Leadership Failures in Guard

Report is a scathing indictment of Parnell, Katkus

ANCHORAGE: After years of hiding sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard, Republican Governor Sean Parnell admitted his failure in leadership and released a long-awaited investigative report by the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations addressing the Alaska National Guard (ANG) and the ongoing allegations of sexual misconduct happening under his watch.

“Alaskans have repeatedly inquired with Governor Parnell’s office about the list of sexual abuse complaints in the National Guard and have heard nothing. Sean Parnell is attempting to avoid scrutiny into this report but Alaskans will get to the bottom of his failure to respond to reports of Guard sexual assaults and fraud,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

A recent opinion piece authored by Barbara McDaniel, President of Alaska NOW, called out Governor Parnell and former attorney general Dan Sullivan for their passivity: “Questions remain as to why Gov. Parnell waited almost four years to open an official investigation into 2010 Alaska National Guard chaplains’ reports to him of sexual assaults of particular servicewomen in the ANG.”

Read more: Parnell Finally Releases Report Showing Systemic Leadership Failures in Guard

   

Alaska Pension Hole $2.3 Billion Bigger Because of Sullivan

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September 4, 2014
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Alaska Pension Hole $2.3 Billion Bigger Because of Sullivan

A.G. Sullivan gave up and settled case, losing $2.3 billion that could have been recovered from Mercer

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan has made the mistake of touting his bungled settlement with Mercer in a new campaign ad.  While Sullivan was Attorney General, he cost Alaska retirees $2.8 billion by settling a case with Mercer, recovering only 1/5 of damages.  The state originally sought $2.8 billion in damages from Mercer [Juneau Empire, 6/13/10], but Dan Sullivan’s weak settlement only recovered $403 million.  Sullivan’s failure to recover damages has exacerbated Alaska’s pension funding crisis.

“Sullivan sold out Alaskans when he signed a weak plea deal with Mercer.  His settlement was so weak you have to wonder if he was really representing Alaska’s interest at all,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Alaska Pension Hole $2.3 Billion Bigger Because of Sullivan

   

Parnell Uses State Email List to Promote Campaign

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September 4, 2014
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Parnell Uses State Email List to Promote Campaign

Parnell distributes campaign literature through state email list

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell is distributing campaign literature through the state email system.  The use of state resources to promote Parnell’s campaign is a clear violation of Ethics Act prohibitions on use of state resources to promote elected officials’ political campaigns (AS 39.52.120).

“It’s wrong that Sean Parnell is resorting to use of state resources to promote his campaign,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Uses State Email List to Promote Campaign

   

Major Alaska Native Rights Case to be Decided Today

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September 3, 2014
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Major Alaska Native Rights Case to be Decided Today

Federal district court will issue decision on Alaska Native language ballot access & translation case

ANCHORAGE:  Today the U.S. District Court will issue a major decision on the Toyukuk v. Treadwell case about ballot access and translations in Alaska Native languages.  Though some 10,000 Alaskans speak Yupik as a primary language, the Parnell Administration has failed to provide ballot materials in Alaska Native languages.  The Parnell Administration’s Yupik ballot translations, where they exist, have sometimes been grossly inaccurate.

This voting rights case is just the latest major court decision related to Parnell Administration assaults on Alaska Native rights.  The Alaska Supreme Court recently rejected Parnell’s legal appeal on behalf of a spousal abuser (Parks vs. Simmonds) just as it rejected Dan Sullivan’s appeal on behalf of a domestic violence perpetrator (Kaltag Tribal Council v. Jackson).  The federal 9th circuit also rejected Dan Sullivan’s lawsuit against Katie John and subsistence.

Read more: Major Alaska Native Rights Case to be Decided Today

   

Dishonest Dan Dodges Juneau Debate

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September 2, 2014
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Dishonest Dan Dodges Juneau Debate

Sullivan skipping today’s Alaska Native Brotherhood debate in Juneau

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is skipping the Alaska Native Brotherhood debate in Juneau as he runs further and further from his Attorney General record.  Sullivan has dodged questions about his lawsuit against Katie John and refused to acknowledge a controversial plea deal that let a sex offender out early.  During the primary, Sullivan got caught lying about his Attorney General record on Stand Your Ground and exaggerating his role in the McDonald gun case.

Prominent Alaska Native advocates have harshly criticized Sullivan for his anti-Native lawsuits and his decision to litigate in support of domestic violence perpetrators as he sought to undermine tribal sovereignty.  Rural Alaskans also spoke out against Sullivan’s attacks on Alaska commercial and subsistence fishermen.

“Dan Sullivan is skipping this debate because his record is indefensible on issues like public safety, tribal sovereignty, and fisheries,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dishonest Dan Dodges Juneau Debate

   

Strong Unions = High Wages

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September 1, 2014
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Strong Unions = High Wages

State-by-state analysis demonstrates that unions raise wages for all workers

ANCHORAGE:  On Labor Day, the Alaska Democratic Party re-affirms its support for strong unions because strong unions equal high wages.

High union participation appears to increase Alaska’s median wage (for ALL workers, not just union members) by nearly $4,000.  Across the United States there is a strong correlation between union participation and educational attainment, suggesting that higher wages, good benefits, and secure jobs are conducive to educational achievement.  Alaska has higher median wages than all but one “right to work” states, and “right-to-work” states on average have lower incomes and lower educational attainment than states with strong unions.

“Strong unions equal good jobs and high wages,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Strong Unions = High Wages

   

Department of Law Review said Sullivan’s Plea Deal was a Mistake

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August 30, 2014
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Department of Law Review said Sullivan’s Plea Deal was a Mistake

State review found Sullivan’s plea deal for Jerry Active was “not consistent with the law”

ANCHORAGE:  After Jerry Active got out of jail early with Dan Sullivan’s plea deal and committed a heinous double murder, the Alaska Department of Law reviewed Sullivan’s plea deal to see what went wrong.  The Department of Law concluded that Sullivan’s plea deal for Jerry Active was “not consistent with the law.”

Though Sullivan’s campaign has attempted to cover up Sullivan’s 2010 plea agreement with Active, that agreement is what reduced Active’s jail sentence and led to his early release.  Had Sullivan stuck with the proper sentence, Active would have remained in jail to this day.

“Dan Sullivan approved a plea deal that was inconsistent with the law and inconsistent with his own pledge to focus on reducing sexual assault,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Department of Law Review said Sullivan’s Plea Deal was a Mistake

   

Dan Sullivan Tries to Cover Up Role in Jerry Active Case

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August 29, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Tries to Cover Up Role in Jerry Active Case

Attorney General Sullivan signed 2010 plea deal that reduced Jerry Active sentence

ANCHORAGE:  In a brazen attempt to rewrite history, Dan Sullivan is trying to hide the 2010 plea deal that he gave to Jerry Active.  Sullivan’s campaign released a ‘timeline’ of the Jerry Active case that conveniently left off the 2010 plea deal—with Attorney General Dan Sullivan’s name on it—that took 11 years off of Active’s sentence.

“The timeline from the Sullivan campaign did not make note of the March 2010 plea agreement,” said the Alaska Dispatch News in noting Sullivan’s misleading omission.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Tries to Cover Up Role in Jerry Active Case

   

Sean Parnell Lies to Fishermen, Claims He Called for Panel Review of KSM

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August 30, 2014
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Sean Parnell Lies to Fishermen, Claims He Called for Panel Review of KSM

Parnell Administration actually wrote letter supporting Canadian review, did NOT call for review panel


ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell lied to fishermen about his record on the KSM mine during a fisheries debate in Kodiak.  At the debate, Parnell said he called for a panel review of the KSM mine.  In fact, the Alaska Dispatch News documented that his administration’s letter to Canadian officials did not call for a review panel.  A panel review would be more rigorous than the Canadian process endorsed by Parnell.  Canadian reviews are coming under greater scrutiny after the blowout at Mount Polley, which followed negligent government oversight.

Read more: Sean Parnell Lies to Fishermen, Claims He Called for Panel Review of KSM

   

Koch Brothers Conference in Texas: Will Sullivan Attend?

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August 29, 2014
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Koch Brothers Conference in Texas: Will Sullivan Attend?

Koch Brothers holding another secret conference after leaks from previous event revealed their Alaska plans

ANCHORAGE:   This weekend the Koch Brothers are holding another secret conference to plot strategy on buying Senate seats and future elections.  Just two days ago, leaks from a previous conference revealed that top Koch staff already have conspired to strengthen their “infrastructure” in Alaska with the goal of buying Alaska’s Senate seat.  It is unclear if Dan Sullivan or his staff are attending this weekend’s Koch conference.

“Dan Sullivan continues to hide from voters and journalists. Sullivan will make promises to extremist Outside groups but won’t look Alaskans in the eye and say how he’d vote on key Alaska issues,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Koch Brothers Conference in Texas: Will Sullivan Attend?

   

At Fisheries Debate, Sean Parnell Runs from Record on Pebble, Katie John

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August 29, 2014
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At Fisheries Debate, Sean Parnell Runs from Record on Pebble, Katie John

Parnell tries to hide role green-lighting Pebble permits, suing Katie John

ANCHORAGE: At the fisheries debate in Kodiak, Sean Parnell ran from his deeply unpopular record of attacking Alaska fisheries.   Despite green-lighting dozens of Pebble's permits, suing on Pebble's behalf in multiple lawsuits, and attempting to ram HB 77 through the legislature, Parnell made the Orwellian claim that he valued public input and respected science in the resource development process.  And despite the fact that his Attorney General Dan Sullivan sued the revered elder Katie John, Parnell claimed he supports efforts to have "subsistence protected and implemented."

"Parnell tried to run away from his record of anti-subsistence and pro-Pebble lawsuits, but Alaskans can see through deceitful politicians.  We have watched with growing alarm as Parnell systematically sells out Alaska fisheries," said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: At Fisheries Debate, Sean Parnell Runs from Record on Pebble, Katie John

   

Sullivan: "Priority is to Cut Entitlement Programs" like Social Security

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August 29, 2014
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Sullivan: "Priority is to Cut Entitlement Programs" like Social Security

After getting cash from privatization advocates, Sullivan says gutting Social Security is a priority

ANCHORAGE: KTVA has reported that "Sullivan said his priority is to cut entitlement programs."  This is just the latest Sullivan pledge to cut Social Security, and follows his endorsement of "means testing" that would require seniors to pass a test before getting back benefits they already have earned.

The Club for Growth, a leading advocate of Social Security privatization, has pumped at least $220,000 into Sullivan's campaign and is one of Sullivan's leading supporters behind the Koch Brothers and Sullivan's Ohio family.  Sullivan only got the Club for Growth's endorsement and cash after attending a two hour long secret meeting in Washington where he pledged fealty to a laundry list of Club for Growth policies.

"Dan Sullivan will make secret promises to radical Outside groups but won't be honest with Alaskans about how he'd go about cutting Social Security," said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan: "Priority is to Cut Entitlement Programs" like Social Security

   

Sullivan Promoted Pebble Mine, Snubbed Alaska Fishermen

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August 28, 2014
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Sullivan Promoted Pebble Mine, Snubbed Alaska Fishermen

Sullivan’s Pebble advocacy dates back to Attorney General & DNR Commissioner tenure

ANCHORAGE:   Dan Sullivan’s advocacy of Pebble mine on the campaign trail is just the latest development in his long-running effort to approve the mine over the objection of Alaskans.  While public opinion polls and a local referendum show that Alaskans overwhelmingly oppose Pebble mine, Dan Sullivan has conspired with Pebble’s Outside promoters to build the mine despite objections from Alaskans.  Sullivan even hired Pebble’s spokesman to be his campaign manager.

“Dan Sullivan’s attempt to hide his real record on Pebble is just the latest example of his attempts to mislead and lie to Alaska voters,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Promoted Pebble Mine, Snubbed Alaska Fishermen

   

Subsistence & Residency: When Will Sullivan Tell the Truth?

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August 28, 2014
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Subsistence & Residency: When Will Sullivan Tell the Truth?

Sullivan won’t answer question about “first legal king” while residency story conflicts with fishing license documents

ANCHORAGE:  After filing the notorious state lawsuit against Ahtna elder Katie John, Dan Sullivan still won’t answer Mead Treadwell’s question about when he caught his first legal king salmon.  Sullivan obtained a non-resident fishing license in 2009, but photos used in campaign ads suggest he fished for salmon before that license.

Republican Mead Treadwell fired a direct question at Sullivan in a televised debate, “When did you catch your first legal king in Alaska?” Dan Sullivan refused to answer.

Sullivan has refused to answer questions about whether he fished illegally just like he has concealed his record on subsistence and even on how long he has lived in Alaska.

Read more: Subsistence & Residency: When Will Sullivan Tell the Truth?

   

Sullivan Welcomes Koch Brothers’ Effort to Buy Senate Seat

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August 28, 2014
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Sullivan Welcomes Koch Brothers’ Effort to Buy Senate Seat

Sullivan embraces Citizens United decision that allows Koch Brothers to spend unlimited ‘dark money’ in Alaska

Sullivan again refuses to criticize Koch Brothers for closing Flint Hills refinery

ANCHORAGE:   Dan Sullivan is embracing the Koch Brothers’ attempt to buy Alaska’s Senate seat.  New leaked audio revealed top Koch staffers conspiring to buy Alaska’s Senate seat.  The staffers were participating in a secretive conference hosted by the Koch Brothers.

When asked about the Koch Brothers’ conspiracy to buy Alaska’s Senate seat, Sullivan’s campaign refused to condemn it while again refusing to criticize the Kochs for closing Flint Hills.  Sullivan has strongly endorsed the Citizens United court decision that allows the Kochs to spend unlimited, undisclosed money to buy the election.

Read more: Sullivan Welcomes Koch Brothers’ Effort to Buy Senate Seat

   

Dan Sullivan Would Eliminate Consumer Protections for Military Families

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August 28, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Would Eliminate Consumer Protections for Military Families

Sullivan calls for “nullification” of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that includes military families office

ANCHORAGE – At the UFL debate, Dan Sullivan said he thinks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by Wall Street Reform is “unconstitutional” and should be “nullified.”  Sullivan’s proposal would restore subprime lending abuses and eliminate key consumer protections.  Sullivan’s proposal also would fire Holly Petraeus and eliminate the Office of Service Member Affairs.  Ms. Petraeus’ office protects military families against financial crimes.

“By putting Wall Street special interests ahead of Alaskans, for the umpteenth time Dan Sullivan has made clear his loyalties are not with Alaska,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Would Eliminate Consumer Protections for Military Families

   

Sullivan on Defensive about Surveillance and Privacy Record at Libertarian Debate

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August 27, 2014
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Sullivan on Defensive about Surveillance and Privacy Record at Libertarian Debate

Sullivan’s record on surveillance & privacy is at odds with Alaskans’ libertarianism

ANCHORAGE:   Dan Sullivan’s record on the surveillance state and invasion of privacy is raising concerns in advance of tonight’s United for Liberty libertarian debate.  Joe Miller slammed Sullivan for being “part of the surveillance state.”  Sullivan has endorsed government intrusion into Alaskans’ personal health care decisions, and supported discriminatory government regulation of private and religious decisions about marriage.

“Throughout his political career, Dan Sullivan has defended government surveillance and supported intrusive new government regulations that take away individual and religious freedom,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan on Defensive about Surveillance and Privacy Record at Libertarian Debate

   

Transcript Leaked from Koch Brothers’ Secret Conference

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August 27, 2014
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Transcript Leaked from Koch Brothers’ Secret Conference

Secretive Koch conference aimed at buying Senate seats including Alaska

ANCHORAGE:   A participant from the Koch Brothers’ just-concluded secret conference has leaked transcript and audio, including discussion of the Kochs’ attempts to buy Alaska’s Senate seat.  The Koch Brothers are attempting to buy Senate seats in Alaska, Colorado, Arkansas, Iowa, and other states, and the leaked tapes reveal the Koch Brothers’ personal involvement in their targeted Senate races.

The Kochs’ Alaska ads are supporting Dan Sullivan, who has refused to criticize the Koch Brothers for closing Flint Hills refinery.  The Kochs got caught hiring a Maryland actress who pretended to be an Alaskan, but have continued to run attack ads labeled “false” and “not true” against Senator Begich.

“Leaked transcripts from the Koch Brothers’ secret meetings confirm that they are ignorant about Alaska but will spare no expense on ads for Dan Sullivan, who still refuses to criticize the Kochs’ closure of Flint Hills,” said Mike Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Transcript Leaked from Koch Brothers’ Secret Conference

   

Alaska Native Advocates Call Sullivan “Staunch Opponent of Native Rights”

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August 27, 2014
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Alaska Native Advocates Call Sullivan “Staunch Opponent of Native Rights”

Prominent Alaskans condemn Sullivan’s “hostility to Native interests”

ANCHORAGE – Heather Kendall-Miller and Lloyd Miller, Alaska’s leading legal advocates for Alaska Native issues, are condemning Dan Sullivan’s record in a comprehensive opinion column published at Indianz.com.  The Millers, who have represented Alaska tribes and Native Corporations for decades, document that Sullivan has declared “war” on subsistence rights, litigated against tribal sovereignty, defended perpetrators of domestic violence, and tried to take away local control of resource management.  The Millers’ op-ed is a comprehensive account of Sullivan’s anti-Native policies dating back to his tenure as Attorney General.

“Sullivan can’t be trusted after trying to hide his anti-Native policies from Alaskans,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Heather Kendall-Miller is the senior attorney at the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage, where she has litigated in defense of Alaska Native voting rights, tribal sovereignty, and subsistence rights.  Lloyd Miller is an attorney at Sonosky Chambers, a leading law firm representing Alaska Native corporations.

Read the full column:

Read more: Alaska Native Advocates Call Sullivan “Staunch Opponent of Native Rights”

   

Koch Brothers Spokesman Admits “It’s a Shame” the Refinery is Closing

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August 27, 2014
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Koch Brothers Spokesman Admits “It’s a Shame” the Refinery is Closing

Even AFP Alaska criticizes Koch Brothers’ closure of Flint Hills

ANCHORAGE:   In a radio interview, the Koch Brothers’ Alaska spokesman acknowledged that their closure of the Flint Hills refinery is “a shame.”

“It's a shame what happened. It's a shame that they closed the refinery. It's sad news,” said Jeremy Price, spokesman for the Koch Brothers’ group Americans for Prosperity-Alaska.

Read more: Koch Brothers Spokesman Admits “It’s a Shame” the Refinery is Closing

   

Social Security Privatization Advocates Give Campaign Cash to Sullivan

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August 26, 2014
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Social Security Privatization Advocates Give Campaign Cash to Sullivan

Sullivan gets $220,000 in Club for Growth cash while pledging to cut earned Social Security benefits

ANCHORAGE – The Washington D.C. Club for Growth, a leading advocate of Social Security privatization, is investing heavily in Dan Sullivan’s Senate campaign.  Sullivan has endorsed Social Security means testing, which the AARP already said would “destroy” Social Security and require senior citizens to pass a test to receive benefits that they already earned.

“Dan Sullivan puts the priorities of his Outside backers, who want to privatize Social Security, over Alaska’s seniors who he believes should have to take a test to receive their earned benefits,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Social Security Privatization Advocates Give Campaign Cash to Sullivan

   

On Women’s Equality Day, Sullivan Still Won’t Support Equal Pay

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August 26, 2014
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On Women’s Equality Day, Sullivan Still Won’t Support Equal Pay

On 19th Amendment anniversary, Sullivan remains opposed to women’s rights

ANCHORAGE – Ninety-four years after Congress ratified the 19th Amendment, Senate candidate Dan Sullivan still won’t support equal pay for equal work.  While failing to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, Sullivan has endorsed “life at conception,” which would criminalize abortion, and endorsed the Hobby Lobby decision that would let bosses deny reproductive health coverage to their female employees.

“Dan Sullivan would reverse the gains women have made over the last hundred years,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: On Women’s Equality Day, Sullivan Still Won’t Support Equal Pay

   

Dishonest Dan: Conceals Role in Notorious Lawsuit Against Subsistence

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August 25, 2014
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Dishonest Dan: Conceals Role in Notorious Lawsuit Against Subsistence

Sullivan filed anti-subsistence lawsuit against Katie John, dodges issue on campaign trail

ANCHORAGE:  After filing the notorious lawsuit against Alaska Native elder Katie John, Dan Sullivan still won’t explain his opposition to subsistence.  Sullivan continues to dodge the issue, refusing to answer detailed questions from reporters.  As KDLG reports, “Sullivan was evasive” on the key issue of subsistence for rural Alaskans.

“Dan Sullivan’s attempt to hide his role undermining subsistence is just the latest attempt to deceive Alaskans about his record,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dishonest Dan: Conceals Role in Notorious Lawsuit Against Subsistence

   

Outside Groups Don’t Talk About Alaska

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August 22, 2013
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Outside Groups Don’t Talk About Alaska

Kochs conveniently stay misinformed about Alaska & Mark Begich’s record

ANCHORAGE:  The Koch Brothers and other Outside groups don’t want to talk about Alaska in their misleading and false attack ads.  The most recent Koch attack ad takes shots at Senator Begich’s voting record, which the Alaska Dispatch News reports is the best attendance record of Alaska’s Congressional Delegation.

The Outside attacks come from the same groups that have a disastrous history of shutting down the government and blocking legislation in Washington, D.C.

Read more: Outside Groups Don’t Talk About Alaska

   

Anchorage Schools Lose 75 Staff Since Last Year

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August 22, 2013
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Anchorage Schools Lose 75 Staff Since Last Year

Schools have been hemorrhaging teachers & staff as Dan Sullivan has attacked public education

ANCHORAGE:  Anchorage schools continue to lose staff under the Sullivan administration.  As reported in the Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage’s schools have 75 fewer staff compared to last year after a “wrenching spring budget process.”  Cuts are expected to continue, as “similar budget gaps are projected for each of the next several years.”

“The district was down 75 positions overall from the first day of school last year,” reports the Alaska Dispatch News.

“Dan Sullivan is openly hostile to public schools, falsely claiming that Anchorage schools are the worst in the country while pursuing money for tennis courts rather than teachers,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Anchorage Schools Lose 75 Staff Since Last Year

   

Koch Brothers Spend Millions on Ads While Raising Taxes on Alaskans

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August 22, 2014
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Koch Brothers Spend Millions on Ads While Raising Taxes on Alaskans

Kochs raise property taxes AND dump cleanup costs on Alaskans while trying to buy Senate seat

ANCHORAGE: The Koch Brothers are buying more attack ads in Alaska while raising property taxes on Alaska residents.  After closing Flint Hills, the Koch Brothers are shifting “tens of thousands of dollars” in property taxes onto Alaska taxpayers while spending millions on televised attack ads.  In addition to increasing Alaskans’ property taxes, the Koch Brothers are racking up legal bills in their effort to avoid paying for cleanup of sulfolane pollution from the Flint Hills refinery.

“The Koch brothers are raising taxes on Alaskans after giving pink slips to Flint Hills workers.  And now they expect us to listen to their attack ads?” said Michael Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Koch Brothers Spend Millions on Ads While Raising Taxes on Alaskans

   

Dan Sullivan’s Internal Strategy Memo: Don’t Talk about Alaska

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August 21, 2014
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Dan Sullivan’s Internal Strategy Memo: Don’t Talk about Alaska

After meeting with RNC, Kochs, Rove, Dan Sullivan has a strategy

ANCHORAGE – A day after meeting with the RNC to get talking points, Dan Sullivan has a clear strategy: Don’t talk about Alaska.

“Dan Sullivan’s talking points got pretty stale while they were being shipped up from Washington D.C.,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Sullivan has been hurt by lying about his record on Alaska issues.  He got caught lying about Stand Your Ground and got caught trying to cover up his role suing Katie John.  He couldn’t figure out if he was in Anchorage or Fairbanks, and posted multiple “Alaska” pictures on his website that actually were from other countries.  After getting embarrassed about his brief record in Alaska, Sullivan is reverting to national partisan talking points dictated by Outsiders.

Enclosed is Sullivan’s strategy memo*, which comes a day after Sullivan met with the RNC, the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove to get campaign marching orders:

Read more: Dan Sullivan’s Internal Strategy Memo: Don’t Talk about Alaska

   

Nominee Dan Sullivan Compared Unions to Slavery

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August 21, 2014
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Nominee Dan Sullivan Compared Unions to Slavery

In urging support for “Right to Work for Less,” Mayor Sullivan said “we ended slavery a long time ago”

ANCHORAGE:  Republicans have nominated a candidate who compared unions to slavery during a debate, leading to harsh condemnation from the NAACP and AFL-CIO.   Sullivan’s comments are one among many liabilities as he moves into the general election.

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

Read more: Nominee Dan Sullivan Compared Unions to Slavery

   

“Right to Work for Less” Supporter: Heartbeat Away from Being Governor?

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August 20, 2014
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“Right to Work for Less” Supporter: Heartbeat Away from Being Governor?

Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Sullivan is on record supporting anti-labor “right to work for less” bill

ANCHORAGE:  Anti-labor zealot Dan Sullivan has emerged as the Republican nominee.  Sullivan unequivocally endorsed gutting Alaska unions with a “right to work for less” law pushed by the Koch Brothers and other anti-labor groups.

“Across party lines, Alaskans reject Dan Sullivan’s attempts to slash pay for middle class Alaskans,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: “Right to Work for Less” Supporter: Heartbeat Away from Being Governor?

   

Rove & Kochs Visit AK GOP Office Today

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August 20, 2014
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Rove & Kochs Visit AK GOP Office Today

Secret meeting scheduled to give Dan Sullivan marching orders

ANCHORAGE:  Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) is meeting with Dan Sullivan and the Alaska Republican Party to give them instructions on messaging for the general election.

Alaska Republican Party Chairman Peter Goldberg announced the RNC meeting in a radio interview, acknowledging that D.C. Republicans will be calling the shots on messaging in Alaska.  Goldberg did not say whether Karl Rove or the Koch Brothers would be present. Combined, they have spent more than anyone else in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race.

“We know Sullivan can memorize talking points but it’s not clear if he understands Alaska,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

PHOTO: Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers attend RNC’s messaging meeting

Read more: Rove & Kochs Visit AK GOP Office Today

   

Ohioan Wins Alaska Primary

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August 20, 2014

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Ohioan Wins Alaska Primary

Cleveland paper congratulates home town boy on eking out primary victory

ANCHORAGE – The Cleveland Plain Dealer is congratulating Fairview Park, Ohio native Dan Sullivan on his victory in the Ohio Alaska Senate primary.  Sullivan’s Cleveland family played a key role in the victory by almost single-handedly funding Dan Sullivan’s Super PAC.  When polls showed Miller and Treadwell gaining in the polls, Sullivan’s family pumped in $400,000 in last-minute campaign cash and clinched the primary for Ohio.

Read more: Ohioan Wins Alaska Primary

   

Dan Sullivan: Long Record of Opposing Women’s Rights

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August 20, 2014
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Dan Sullivan: Long Record of Opposing Women’s Rights

Sullivan supports criminalizing abortion, cutting off contraception coverage

ANCHORAGE:  After limping through a Tea Party primary in which GOP candidates competed to endorse the most extreme policies against women’s rights, Dan Sullivan’s positions will be a liability in the general election.

Primary debates and questionnaires revealed that Sullivan supports criminalizing abortion and some forms of contraception, would let bosses take away reproductive health coverage, and even flip flopped on the Violence Against Women Act.  As Attorney General, Sullivan litigated in support of domestic violence perpetrators.

Read more: Dan Sullivan: Long Record of Opposing Women’s Rights

   

Tea Party Candidates Too Extreme for Alaska

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August 19, 2014
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Tea Party Candidates Too Extreme for Alaska

Tea Party primary revealed GOP candidates’ extreme positions

ANCHORAGE:  On the eve of the Republican primary, Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller all have revealed extreme policy positions while proclaiming themselves to be allies of the Tea Party.  The GOP candidates’ extremism is wildly out of touch with the Alaska electorate’s support for individual privacy, bipartisan collaboration and support for middle class families.

“It has been disappointing to see Treadwell and Sullivan join Joe Miller in support of the Tea Party’s scorched earth extremism,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Treadwell and Sullivan have demonstrated themselves to be Tea Party true believers.”

Read more: Tea Party Candidates Too Extreme for Alaska

   

Republicans Will Nominate Opponent of Women’s Rights

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August 19, 2014
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Republicans Will Nominate Opponent of Women’s Rights

Treadwell/Miller/Sullivan ALL oppose choice, contraception, women’s health

ANCHORAGE:  Today Republicans will nominate a diehard opponent of women’s rights, choosing a candidate whose views are far outside the Alaska mainstream.  In contrast to Senators Begich and Murkowski, the GOP candidates all oppose choice and contraception access.  Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller have articulated their anti-woman views in a detailed Tea Party survey, numerous debates, and in interviewsAlaska journalists have noted that their views are unpopular and will be a liability in the general election.

“It is repugnant and foolhardy for Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller to declare war on women’s rights,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Republicans Will Nominate Opponent of Women’s Rights

   

Tomorrow: RNC Will Tell Alaska GOP Nominee What to Say

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August 19, 2014
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Tomorrow: RNC Will Tell Alaska GOP Nominee What to Say

RNC will host “strategy session” with Alaska Senate nominee tomorrow

ANCHORAGE:  Tomorrow the Republican National Committee (RNC) will host a "strategy session" to brief either Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan or Joe Miller on their brand new RNC-approved messaging for the general election.  In a radio interview, Alaska Republican Party Chairman Peter Goldberg admitted that D.C. Republicans will be calling the shots on messaging in Alaska, despite GOP consultants’ admission that their Outside messaging isn’t working.

“No Alaskan wants to be told what to think or who to vote for by Outsiders. Alaskans will see right through the pre-approved talking points that the new nominee will be spouting as early as Wednesday afternoon,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Tomorrow: RNC Will Tell Alaska GOP Nominee What to Say

   

Dan Sullivan: “Life Begins at Conception”

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August 19, 2014
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Dan Sullivan: “Life Begins at Conception”

Sullivan contradicts himself, takes position would criminalize abortion

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan has joined Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell in claiming that “life begins at conception,” endorsing a radical concept that would criminalize abortion AND criminalize certain forms of contraception.  Sullivan’s endorsement of “life at conception” is a reversal of his previous opposition to the Life at Conception Act.  Sullivan’s endorsement of criminalizing abortion means that all three major GOP candidates are on record opposing legal abortions.  Since some forms of contraception like the “morning after” pill work by preventing implantation of the egg in the uterine wall, the “Life At Conception” concept would outlaw not just abortion but also some commonly used forms of contraception.

Oddly, Sullivan is simultaneously claiming to support “life at conception” while saying he wouldn’t support the “Life At Conception Act,” raising further questions about his slippery record and trustworthiness.

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Dan Sullivan’s Legacy: Attacking the Middle Class

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August 18, 2014
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Dan Sullivan’s Legacy: Attacking the Middle Class

Mayor Dan Sullivan has attacked working Alaskans throughout Mayoral tenure

ANCHORAGE:  On Tuesday Republicans will nominate Dan Sullivan as the GOP Lieutenant Governor candidate, choosing someone with a long history of attacking Alaska’s middle class.  As mayor, Sullivan’s top priority was slashing workers’ pay while attacking teachers and other labor union members.  From A.O. 37 to his anti-school propaganda, Sullivan used workers as fodder to advance his political career.  Sullivan’s anti-labor positions diverge sharply from old guard Republicans like Ted Stevens and Don Young, who supported union members.

“Dan Sullivan’s attacks on the middle class are out of step with Alaskans’ bipartisan support for workers,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

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Bitter GOP Primary Coming to a Close

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August 18, 2014
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Bitter GOP Primary Coming to a Close

Attacks on residency, stimulus money, lies about gun control defined acrimonious primary

ANCHORAGE – The GOP’s bitter primary, described as “the most intense ever” by a Republican pollster, ends tomorrow—but not before the Outside establishment choice Dan Sullivan spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to cling to a lead in polls.  Sullivan spent nearly a million dollars just in the last month fending off sharp attacks from Treadwell and Miller, who lambasted him for being an Outside politician and for lying about his record.  Conservative groups like the National Association for Gun Rights attacked Sullivan for supporting gun control while Miller slammed him as being Karl Rove’s pick.

“The GOP candidates left nothing on the table as they attacked one another in their bitter primary,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party

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Outside Anti-Women’s Rights Groups Don’t Understand Alaska

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August 15, 2014
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Outside Anti-Women’s Rights Groups Don’t Understand Alaska

D.C. Republicans bring War on Women to Alaska

ANCHORAGE – Outside groups that formulated the nationalWar on Women” are now attacking Senator Mark Begich for his support of women’s rights.  The recent attacks come without any knowledge of Alaska’s voters or the strong bipartisan support for choice among Alaska’s voters and elected officials.

“If Alaska GOP candidates keep taking advice from Outsiders then they’ll continue to alienate Alaska women,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

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Bitter Debate Caps Divisive GOP Senate Primary

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August 15, 2014
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Bitter Debate Caps Divisive GOP Senate Primary

“No love was lost between the Republicans,” reports KTUU

ANCHORAGE – Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller exchanged “pointed criticism” in the final GOP primary debate, including sharp attacks about racist campaign literature and Sullivan’s residency.  The debate was bitter from the start, when Mead Treadwell taunted Dan Sullivan about skipping the previous APRN forum.

“The GOP candidates keep bickering about who’s more anti-woman and more like Ted Cruz when they should be focused on what’s best for Alaska, said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

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Treadwell Would “Move Forward” With Criminalizing Abortion

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August 15, 2014
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Treadwell Would “Move Forward” With Criminalizing Abortion

At final debate, Treadwell speaks in support of “Life at Conception Act”

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell has said he would “move forward” with the “Life at Conception Act,” which would criminalize abortion and deny women the ability to make their own health care decisions.

“Mead Treadwell’s belief that government should make health care decisions for women shows that his self-proclaimed ‘respect’ doesn’t include Alaska women,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

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48 Hours: Sullivan Hasn’t Said if He’d Vote for Violence Against Women Act

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August 15, 2014
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48 Hours: Sullivan Hasn’t Said if He’d Vote for Violence Against Women Act

As Treadwell goes all in opposing VAWA, Sullivan dodging the issue after skipping debate

ANCHORAGE:  Forty-eight hours after refusing to say how he’d vote on the Violence Against Women Act, Dan Sullivan still hasn’t taken a position.  In an interview with NBC, Sullivan said he hadn’t read the bill and didn’t know how he’d vote on it.  Treadwell said he had “problems” with the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, and reiterated his opposition to it in the APRN debate.  The election winner will vote on reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

“Dan Sullivan is hiding out to avoid taking a position on the Violence Against Women Act.  Most Alaskans would think supporting this bill would be common sense,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: 48 Hours: Sullivan Hasn’t Said if He’d Vote for Violence Against Women Act

   

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