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Republican lawmaker fails to rally anti-Medicaid testimony

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April 13, 2015

CONTACT: Travis Smith (907) 258-3077

Republican lawmaker fails to rally anti-Medicaid testimony

Secret email shows Republican unsuccessfully paddling against the current as public support for Medicaid expansion in Alaska grows

ANCHORAGE: Rep. Lora Reinbold recently sent out an email rallying anti-Medicaid expansion testimony. Despite her efforts, more than 75% of witnesses spoke Saturday, at a legislative hearing in support of Medicaid Expansion. Some counts were 81 supports – 24 against.

Support for Expansion is growing. To date: 153 municipalities, organizations and businesses have committed public support.

Read more: Republican lawmaker fails to rally anti-Medicaid testimony

 

Murkowski and Sullivan don't always vote together, but when they do, it's not for Alaska

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March 27, 2015

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Murkowski and Sullivan don't always vote together, but when they do, it's not for Alaska

Murkowski and Sullivan both vote against the best interests of Alaskans during late night Budget votes.

ANCHORAGE: Murkowski started off the “vote-a-rama” on the right foot, voting for Sen. Murray’s (D-WA) amendment to establish paid sick leave. However, she ended the night by joining Dan Sullivan and voting NAY on a series of key budget amendments. Together, Sullivan and Murkowski said no to keeping jobs in the United States, no to equal pay for women, no to Social Security & Medicare, and no to affordable higher education. Instead they both went along with their party and passed a budget with, “deep safety net cuts.”

Read more: Murkowski and Sullivan don't always vote together, but when they do, it's not for Alaska

   

State of Alaska signs brief in support of doomed ban on marriage equality

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April 3, 2015

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State of Alaska signs brief in support of doomed ban on marriage equality

In final, embarrassing echo from 1998 ballot initiative, Alaska’s Attorney General signs amicus brief supporting state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

ANCHORAGE: Governor Walker’s Attorney General Craig Richards signed an amicus brief that was brought forward by the state of Louisiana. The amicus brief shows support for 1998’s Ballot measure 2 that prohibited the State of Alaska from recognizing same-sex marriage. However, Alaska’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional last year by a Federal District Judge.

The ADN reports that the Alaska Department of Law signed the amicus brief, because that state’s duty is to uphold the Alaskan constitution.

The same report notes that one of the lawyers, who advocated for the removal of Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban, believed that the state was not bound to sign onto the amicus brief. Her words were that signing the brief is, “going out and picking fights when you don’t have to.”

Read more: State of Alaska signs brief in support of doomed ban on marriage equality

   

Divided Senate Starts to Take Toll on Alaska Delegation

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March 26, 2015

CONTACT: Travis Smith (907) 258-3077

Divided Senate Starts to Take Toll on Alaska Delegation

Murkowski and Sullivan Split Again as Sullivan Stakes Out Extreme Positions

ANCHORAGE: Senators Murkowski and Sullivan have split paths yet again today as the Senate took up a series of critical budget votes. One key vote was Patty Murray’s (D-WA) amendment 798.The amendment would, “improve workplace benefits and reduce health care costs, which may include measures to allow Americans to earn paid sick time to address their own health needs and the health needs of their families, and to promote equal employment opportunities.” It passed 61-39, garnering bipartisan support. A handful of Republican Senators, including Murkowski supported the amendment.

However, Alaska's Dan Sullivan joined the ranks of the tea party and Republican presidential hopefuls, and voted NO on the popular paid sick leave amendment.

Read more: Divided Senate Starts to Take Toll on Alaska Delegation

   

Dan Sullivan rejects the Law of the Sea Treaty, another split with Murkowski

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March 25, 2015

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Dan Sullivan rejects the Law of the Sea Treaty, another split with Murkowski

On fisheries policy, Sullivan finds himself stuck between the Tea Party and Murkowski

ANCHORAGE: In Monday’s address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, Dan Sullivan affirmed his stance against the Convention on the Law of the Sea. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “The law of the sea is a body of customs, treaties, and international agreements by which governments maintain order, productivity, and peaceful relations on the sea.”

An article in the Alaska Business monthly notes that the Law of the Sea Treaty is supported by the military, the oil industry and even Senator Murkowski. Indeed, Murkowski is a staunch supporter of the treaty. She’s called for the passage of Law of the Sea multiple times, including in a 2013 ADN op-ed, where she stated that America could “begin leading by ratifying the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.”

Apparently, Dan Sullivan disagrees with Murkowski’s conception of American leadership, instead aligning himself with Joe Miller, a well-known opponent of the treaty.

Read more: Dan Sullivan rejects the Law of the Sea Treaty, another split with Murkowski

   

Democrats respond to Americans for Prosperity’s claim of standing up “for the little guy”

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March 19, 2015

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Democrats respond to Americans for Prosperity’s claim of standing up “for the little guy”

There are 889 million reasons why that’s not true

ANCHORAGE: Jeremy Price of Americans for Prosperity, the organization funded by the billionaire Koch-brothers, penned an op-ed in the Anchorage Dispatch News. Price argues that AFP is powerful because, “our [AFP] message is simple and it resonates with the public...”

Along with AFP, the Koch-brothers have been active in Alaska. Recently the Foundation for Government Accountability held a lunch-and-learn speaking out against Medicaid expansion. Then the American Legislative Exchange was able to get their legislation introduced by Rep. Talerico and Sen. Giessel. Americans for Prosperity is just one part of a nation wide network fueled by Koch-brother money.

The billionaire backers of AFP plan to spend $889 million dollars in 2016. This money is already being spent here in Alaska, and even locally with attack ads against local Anchorage Mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz.

“Mr. Price forgot to mention the other 889 million reasons why the AFP model is powerful,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party. “Let’s not pretend that AFP is a grassroots, volunteer based organization, because it’s not. This organization has billions of readily available money for it to spend and influence elections."

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Veteran speaks out against Sullivan’s signing of Iran letter

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March 18, 2015

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Veteran speaks out against Sullivan’s signing of Iran letter

Alaskans have spoken out, and it’s not in support of the letter to the Iranian government

ANCHORAGE: Alaska’s junior Senator Dan Sullivan signed onto fellow freshman Tom Cotton’s now infamous open letter to the Iranian government. In total, 47 members of the GOP signed. Alaska’s senior senator did not sign. Many groups have criticized the letter since its release.

Read more: Veteran speaks out against Sullivan’s signing of Iran letter

   

Murkowski touts research vessel Sikuliaq even though she voted against it in 2009

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March 13, 2015

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Murkowski touts research vessel Sikuliaq even though she voted against it in 2009

Despite voting against the Sikuliaq’s funding, Murkowski promotes her visit with crewmembers of the vessel in a newsletter email.

 

ANCHORAGE: In 2009, Murkowski voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly known as the stimulus. Contained within the stimulus was $140 million dollars for the Sikuliaq. In a recent email to constituents, Murkowski promotes her visit with the Sikuliaq’s Captain Hoshlyk and Dr. Castellini. The Sikuliaq is a 261ft arctic research vessel run by the University of Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Sciences. The history of the Sikuliaq stretches back to 1973 when Robert Elsner, now a co-sponsor of the vessel, wrote a proposal for a research vessel at UAF.

Read more: Murkowski touts research vessel Sikuliaq even though she voted against it in 2009

   

Don Young’s policy solution for the Country’s homeless population: Wolves

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March 5, 2015

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Don Young’s policy solution for the Country’s homeless population: Wolves

During a back and forth with Sally Jewel, Don Young suggests that releasing wolves into congressional districts will help their homeless crisis.

ANCHORAGE: During a committee hearing on the Department of the Interior’s FY 2016 budget, Don Young confronted Secretary Sally Jewell on her department’s actions regarding Alaska. At the end of his comment Representative Young stated, “They haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district,” Rep. Young continued. “I’d like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.” Rep. Young was noting that many Representatives from outside the state of Alaska vote to restrict hunting of wolves. Young has also sent a letter to Secretary Jewell calling for the gray wolf to be taken off the Endangered Species List.

Read more: Don Young’s policy solution for the Country’s homeless population: Wolves

   

Outside special interest group holding Medicaid lunch and learn at the Alaska Legislature

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March 3, 2015

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Outside special interest group holding Medicaid lunch and learn at the Alaska Legislature

Foundation for Government Accountability has been previously tied to misleading public on healthcare policies

ANCHORAGE: Wednesday, March 4th from 12-1pm at the Capitol, the Foundation for Government Accountability will be holding a lunch and learn on Medicaid expansion. This is an outside-based special interest group funded by the Koch brothers network. The Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is the parent group for Foundation for Government Accountability. The Foundation for Government Accountability has been active in Alaskan politics before. Past reports have tied the Koch Brothers and the Foundation for Government Accountability to websites that were misleading the public about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.  The lunch-and-learn is sponsored by Senator Dunleavy.

Read more: Outside special interest group holding Medicaid lunch and learn at the Alaska Legislature

   

Federal Medicaid funds aren't going anywhere

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February 27, 2014

CONTACT: Travis Smith (907) 258-3077


Federal Medicaid funds aren’t going anywhere

Alaska’s Congressional delegation must make a symbolic gesture to our legislators, and pledge their opposition to any possible congressional effort to remove Medicaid funding

ANCHORAGE: Earlier today, an 8-3 vote along caucus lines stripped Medicaid expansion ​funding out of the Department of Health and Social Services' budget. Some of the legislators voiced concern over the Federal funds. Under current law, it would take an act of Congress to reduce funding for states that expand Medicaid. Sen. Murkowski previously indicated that states that have expanded Medicaid while Federal money is on the table have seen the benefit.

Read more: Federal Medicaid funds aren't going anywhere

   

Even Sullivan realizes Murkowski has uphill battle in 2016

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February 26, 2015

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Even Sullivan realizes Murkowski has uphill battle in 2016

During interview, Sullivan dodges question on his support of Murkowski’s reelection bid

 

ANCHORAGE: During an interview with KCAW in Sitka, Senator Sullivan gave an ambiguous answer to a question on his potential support for Sen. Murkowski’s reelection bid in 2016. When prompted the question Sullivan responded, “I’m just getting started in the Senate right now, looking forward, kind of moving on beyond the elections, so I haven’t even thought about the 2016 election.”

Read more: Even Sullivan realizes Murkowski has uphill battle in 2016

   

President Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

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February 24, 2015

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President Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

The Alaska Democratic Party responds to President Obama’s Keystone Pipeline Veto

ANCHORAGE: Earlier today, President Obama vetoed SB.1, otherwise known as the Keystone XL bill. The bill had 59 cosponsors from the Senate, including both of Alaska’s senators. The bill has had strong support from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Chairwoman of the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources.

Read more: President Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

   

Can Congressional delegation secure Medicaid funding commitment?


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February 20, 2014

CONTACT: Travis Smith (907) 258-3077

Can Congressional delegation secure Medicaid funding commitment?

Alaska’s congressional delegation needs to pledge to uphold Federal spending if Alaska expands Medicaid

ANCHORAGE:  During her Wednesday remarks to the Legislature Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed whether she supports Medicaid expansion.  Murkowski said that states that have expanded Medicaid while the Federal government has fronted the cost have seen the benefit. Murkowski also noted the potential cost to the state, and said that expansion should be added to the list of difficult financial considerations.

Read more: Can Congressional delegation secure Medicaid funding commitment?

   

Canadian officials show interest in rerouting Keystone through Alaska

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February 11, 2014
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Canadian officials show interest in rerouting Keystone through Alaska

Sen. Murkowski hasn’t commented on whether she supports alternative route with Alaska terminus

ANCHORAGE:  With a possible presidential veto looming over the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, Canadian officials have begun to look for other oil export options. According to the ADN, Alaska has emerged as a possible destination for the Canadian oil. Bloomberg Business reported of a proposed pipeline that would run through the Mackenzie River Valley and end in Valdez.

“This is exciting news because a pipeline to Alaska could create local jobs and offset lost oil capital to Alberta,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Canadian officials show interest in rerouting Keystone through Alaska

   

Pebble Mine Dam Designers Faulted for Mount Polley Blowout

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February 4, 2015
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Pebble Mine Dam Designers Faulted for Mount Polley Blowout

Investigation into Mt. Polley dam failure raises further doubts about safety of Pebble plans

ANCHORAGE:  An investigation into the Mt. Polley dam blowout has found that the tailings dam was designed incorrectly, and that the poor design was largely responsible for the dam blowout.  The same firm that designed Mt. Polley’s dam also designed proposed tailings pond dams for Pebble Partnership.  Release of mine tailings can devastate salmon populations.

“This investigation into the Mt. Polley blowout raises even more concerns about Pebble’s impacts on Bristol Bay,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “It is very troubling that Pebble Partnership is using designs from the same firm that failed to build a safe tailings dam at Mt. Polley.”

Read more: Pebble Mine Dam Designers Faulted for Mount Polley Blowout

   

Economic Analysis Confirms Keystone Could Harm Alaska Competitiveness

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February 3, 2014
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Economic Analysis Confirms Keystone Could Harm Alaska Competitiveness

At oil prices below $75/bbl, Keystone XL makes Alberta more profitable & could diminish Alaska investment

ANCHORAGE:  An updated economic analysis of Keystone XL finds that at low oil prices the pipeline would increase the profitability of Alberta tar sands production and increase the quantity of oil produced from tar sands.  By confirming that the pipeline changes the economics of Alberta tar sands production, this new economic analysis also confirms that Keystone would make Alaska relatively less attractive for oil investment compared to Alberta, with negative implications for oil investment and long term production in Alaska.

“The economics are straightforward: Keystone is a great deal for Alberta and a lousy deal for Alaska,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “We hope the President will stand up for Alaska and veto legislation mandating the Keystone pipeline.”

Read more: Economic Analysis Confirms Keystone Could Harm Alaska Competitiveness

   

Jeb Bush Candidacy Reveals Origins of Alaska Voucher Bill

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February 3, 2014
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Jeb Bush Candidacy Reveals Origins of Alaska Voucher Bill

Bush implemented a comprehensive assault on public schools in Florida, using “model” legislation that ALEC is promoting in Alaska

ANCHORAGE:  News reports about Jeb Bush’s presidential candidacy have revealed the origins of school privatization legislation in Alaska.  The New Yorker reports that Bush’s top policy priority was defunding public schools in Florida, and that he was forced to use a voucher tax credit model after courts invalidated a simpler voucher system.  The Koch Brothers’ group ALEC is promoting that “model” voucher tax credit legislation to defund Alaska public schools.  The House passed voucher tax credit legislation during the last session, and Republicans defeated amendments that would have kept funding within the public education system.

Read more: Jeb Bush Candidacy Reveals Origins of Alaska Voucher Bill

   

Democrats Reveal Koch Brothers’ Lobbying Agenda in Alaska

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

Democrats Reveal Koch Brothers’ Lobbying Agenda in Alaska

Leaked: Koch Brothers’ lobbying packet on Medicaid & other state issues

ANCHORAGE:  The Alaska Democratic Party has obtained a copy of the Koch Brothers’ lobbying agenda in the Alaska state legislature, and is releasing it to the public.  The Koch Brothers are trying to help Pete Kelly and Bill Steuer sabotage Medicaid expansion.  The Kochs also are lobbying for school privatization and privatization of state jobs.

“We have found the Koch Brothers’ tentacles reaching into the state capitol.  For Alaska’s sake, we need to fight back against their radical Outside agenda,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Democrats Reveal Koch Brothers’ Lobbying Agenda in Alaska

   

Koch Brothers Attack Alaska Public Schools

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January 29, 2015
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Koch Brothers Attack Alaska Public Schools

Koch front groups AFP and APF advocate for privatization of public schools

ANCHORAGE:  The Koch Brothers’ astroturf organizations Americans for Prosperity-Alaska (AFP) and Alaska Policy Forum (APF) are advocating for school privatization during the legislative session in Juneau.  Another Koch Brothers’ organization, the State Policy Network, is promoting APF’s anti-schools message.  AFP, APF, and the State Policy Network are part of the Koch Brother’s nominally non-partisan network of astroturf groups funded by their “dark money ATM.”  The Koch Brothers have said that they will spend nearly $1 billion over the next two years on groups including but not limited to APF.

“After helping Dan Sullivan’s parents buy him a Senate seat, the Koch Brothers now are trying to using their dark money to corrupt our state democracy,” said Mike Wenstrup.

Read more: Koch Brothers Attack Alaska Public Schools

   

Does Partisan Delegation Expose Alaska to Military Cuts?

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January 26, 2014
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Does Partisan Delegation Expose Alaska to Military Cuts?

DOD considers cutting 11,100 jobs from Alaska

ANCHORAGE:  Alaska could be more vulnerable to massive job losses due to the loss of a Democrat in the Congressional delegation.  After Dan Sullivan’s victory in the election, the Army is considering cutting 11,100 jobs from JBER and Fort Wainwright.

DOD had proposed eliminating F-16s and had proposed cutting pensions from Alaska Territorial Guard members, but Alaska’s bipartisan Congressional delegation blocked those cuts.

“Losing a bipartisan Congressional delegation means we don’t have a strong ambassador to the federal administration,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Does Partisan Delegation Expose Alaska to Military Cuts?

   

Senator “Diapers” David Vitter Introduces Bill to Approve Pebble Mine

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January 26, 2015
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Senator “Diapers” David Vitter Introduces Bill to Approve Pebble Mine

Controversial Louisiana Senator David Vitter’s bill would gut Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act

ANCHORAGE:  Controversial Senator David Vitter, who was caught buying prostitutes and ridiculed for a diaper fetish, has re-introduced legislation (S. 54) to green-light Pebble Mine by gutting the Clean Water Act.  Vitter’s legislation would block scientific studies and protections for Bristol Bay under the Clean Water Act, effectively giving federal sign-off for the project.

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have not said if they will cosponsor the bill, which Murkowski supported when Vitter introduced an identical bill during the last congressional session.

“Will Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan support Alaska or sell us out for D.C. lobbyists who wrote a bill to permit Pebble Mine?” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Senator “Diapers” David Vitter Introduces Bill to Approve Pebble Mine

   

Sullivan Senate Win Leads to Alaska Loss of ANWR

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January 25, 2015
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Sullivan Senate Win Leads to Alaska Loss of ANWR

After loss of Begich firewall, administration moves forward with ANWR wilderness proposal

ANCHORAGE:  Within days of Dan Sullivan taking office, ANWR wilderness designation has moved one step closer to reality.

“While Senator Begich was in the delegation, he served as a firewall to protect and expand Alaska resource development,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “Begich led the largest expansion in exploration in a generation, forcing new exploration and development in NPR-A, and the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.  In contrast, Sullivan’s election has neutered the Alaska delegation.”

Read more: Sullivan Senate Win Leads to Alaska Loss of ANWR

   

Sullivan Suffers from Attack of Arctic Amnesia

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January 22, 2014
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Sullivan Suffers from Attack of Arctic Amnesia

Sullivan criticizes Obama Arctic directive even though Bush Arctic order ignored Alaska entirely

ANCHORAGE:  In a puzzling display of amnesia, Dan Sullivan is criticizing President Obama for allegedly failing to recognize Alaska’s “sovereign” status in the President’s Arctic Executive Order.

Sullivan’s criticism rings hollow in light of the Bush Administration’s failure to even mention Alaska when Bush issued an Arctic directive in January of 2009.  Sullivan worked in that same Bush Administration, and on the campaign trail touted his globe-trotting responsibilities as a high-level political appointee in the State Department.  Sullivan has not explained how his former boss and former agency somehow left Alaska out of their Arctic policy directive.

Read more: Sullivan Suffers from Attack of Arctic Amnesia

   

Climate Denier Takes Helm of Committee with Fisheries Jurisdiction

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January 22, 2014
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Climate Denier Takes Helm of Committee with Fisheries Jurisdiction

As ocean acidification threatens Alaska’s fisheries, Dan Sullivan hasn’t said if he’ll stand up for Alaska and challenge EPW Chairman James Inhofe’s climate denial

ANCHORAGE:  Climate denier James Inhofe has taken the helm of the Environment and Public Works Committee, of which Dan Sullivan is a member.  Inhofe’s denial is a direct threat to Alaska’s fishing industry, which is the state’s largest employer.  Scientists from UAF and other institutions have noted that ocean acidification is destroying the salmon food chain, threatening 100,000 Alaska jobs and subsistence food for some 120,000 Alaskans.  Acidification already has produced “significant losses” in the Pacific Northwest shellfish industry.

On the campaign trail, Sullivan alternated between dodging questions about climate change and denying the science.  Since taking office, he has not said if he’ll defend Senator Inhofe’s climate denial or whether he’ll educate Inhofe about the realities of climate change impacts on Alaska and demand action to defend our way of life.

Read more: Climate Denier Takes Helm of Committee with Fisheries Jurisdiction

   

Alaska Democrats Ask President to Stand Up for Alaska and Veto Keystone Legislation

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January 21, 2014
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Alaska Democrats Ask President to Stand Up for Alaska and Veto Keystone Legislation

As senators shill for foreign lobbyists, Alaska Democrats ask President to stand up for Alaska

ANCHORAGE:  As Lisa Murkowski continues to take marching orders from foreign lobbyists on the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaska Democratic Party Chairman Mike Wenstrup is urging President Obama to stand up for Alaska and veto the Keystone XL pipeline legislation, should SB 1 eventually pass.

Keystone legislation would undercut Alaska competitiveness by encouraging investment in the Alberta tar sands instead of Alaska oil fields, with negative long-term implications for TAPS throughput and state revenue.  Murkowski reinforced perceptions she is shilling for foreigners when she voted against requiring use of U.S. steel in Keystone XL pipeline construction.

“Since Murkowski and Sullivan won’t stand up for Alaska we’re counting on the President,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Alaska Democrats Ask President to Stand Up for Alaska and Veto Keystone Legislation

   

Lisa Murkowski Opposes U.S. Steel Requirement

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January 21, 2014
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Lisa Murkowski Opposes U.S. Steel Requirement

Murkowski goes to bat for the Canadians…again

ANCHORAGE:  Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan voted against requiring use of U.S. steel in the Keystone pipeline.  Amendment 17 would have required use of U.S. steel in the Keystone XL pipeline.  Senate Republicans tabled (killed) the amendment on a 53-46 vote, in which a “yea” vote opposed use of U.S. steel.

“Once again Murkowski is going to bat for Canadians and Keystone lobbyists instead of looking out for her own constituents,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Lisa Murkowski Opposes U.S. Steel Requirement

   

Murkowski Admits that Alaskans Are Skeptical about Keystone

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January 20, 2014
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Murkowski Admits that Alaskans Are Skeptical about Keystone

Voters are questioning project that would undermine Alaska’s economic competitiveness

ANCHORAGE:  Senator Lisa Murkowski has admitted that Alaskans contacting her office are skeptical about the Keystone XL pipeline project, which has been criticized as helping Canadian oil fields at Alaska’s expense.

To explain Alaskans’ concerns about Keystone, Murkowski said, “But, is it really in Alaska’s best interest?’ And folks back home are a little worried right now.”

“If Lisa Murkowski now acknowledges that Alaskans are concerned about Keystone XL, then why is it her top legislative priority?” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party

Read more: Murkowski Admits that Alaskans Are Skeptical about Keystone

   

Murkowski’s ONLY Bill Could Harm Alaska Oil Development

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January 16, 2015
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Murkowski’s ONLY Bill Could Harm Alaska Oil Development

Sen. Murkowski’s only legislation is to permit Keystone, promoting Canadian production at Alaska’s expense

ANCHORAGE:   Senator Lisa Murkowski has only introduced a single bill (S. 147) in the 114th Congress, and it would diminish Alaska’s competitiveness in oil development.  Murkowski’s bill would permit the Keystone XL pipeline, making Canadian tar sands oil more profitable and incentivizing investment in foreign tar sands instead of Alaska oil fields.

“Where are Lisa Murkowski’s priorities?  The chairwoman of Energy should be promoting Alaska energy development, not shilling for foreign countries and their lobbyists,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Murkowski’s ONLY Bill Could Harm Alaska Oil Development

   

Murkowski Won’t Add ANWR Development to Keystone Bill

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January 14, 2015
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Murkowski Won’t Add ANWR Development to Keystone Bill

Murkowski prioritizes Canadian project that directly competes with Alaska and the TAPS

ANCHORAGE:   Lisa Murkowski is promoting a bill (S.B. 1) to permit Keystone XL without even attempting to open ANWR to oil development.  Republicans have characterized the Keystone permitting bill as a “must pass” piece of legislation, and Murkowski has touted her position as Energy chairwoman, yet she hasn’t said a word about supporting ANWR oil development as part of S.B. 1.

Since oil prices have fallen over the last two months, the Keystone XL pipeline has become essential for Canadian tar sands development to be economically viable.  Assuming low oil prices persist, construction of the pipeline would divert oil development capital away from Alaska and into the Canadian tar sands.  As a result, Murkowski’s push for Keystone without developing ANWR would have the perverse effect of discouraging investment on the North Slope.

Read more: Murkowski Won’t Add ANWR Development to Keystone Bill

   

Medicaid Increases Income & Tax Revenue

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January 13, 2015
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Medicaid Increases Income & Tax Revenue

Health care for children leads to higher individual income & more tax revenue

ANCHORAGE:  A new study suggests that Medicaid-funded health care for children may pay for itself over time, as children who receive health care end up earning more money and paying more taxes over the course of their careers.  This study undercuts claims that Medicaid expansion is a drain on the federal budget.  Previous studies already demonstrated that from states’ budgetary perspective, Medicaid expansion saves money.  Other studies showed that Medicaid reduces “uncompensated care,” which means it saves money for consumers and small businesses with private health care.

“We already knew that Medicaid expansion saves money for consumers and the state, and this new study demonstrates that it is a positive investment from the federal perspective as well,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Medicaid Increases Income & Tax Revenue

   

GOP Senate Caucus Hires Appointee Who Defended Sexual Harassment Perpetrator

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January 9th, 2014
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GOP Senate Caucus Hires Appointee Who Defended Sexual Harassment Perpetrator

McHugh Pierre stopped his high school friend from being punished for National Guard abuses

ANCHORAGE:  Alaska’s Republican Senate caucus will pay McHugh Pierre approximately $10,000 per month during the upcoming legislative session even after Pierre had to resign in disgrace over the National Guard scandal.  Pierre got caught protecting his high school friend from punishment after that individual used drugs and committed sexual harassment during his tenure as a National Guard recruiter.

Read more: GOP Senate Caucus Hires Appointee Who Defended Sexual Harassment Perpetrator

   

Representative Young Is Silent on GOP Leader’s Speech to Neo-Nazis

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December 31, 2014

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Representative Young Is Silent on GOP Leader’s Speech to Neo-Nazis

House Whip Steve Scalise spoke at event convened by KKK leader, yet remains in GOP leadership

ANCHORAGE:  Representative Don Young has not said whether he thinks Representative Steve Scalise should keep his job in House Republican leadership after reports revealed that Scalise spoke to a group of “neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”  Other members of Congress have condemned Scalise’s comments, and a wide variety of newspapers and even conservative blogs have called for Scalise to step down from his leadership position.

Yet Don Young has neither condemned Scalise’s participation in a white supremacist event nor has he called for Scalise to step down from Republican leadership.

Read more: Representative Young Is Silent on GOP Leader’s Speech to Neo-Nazis

   

Republicans Ask Gov. Walker to Fix Their Budget Deficits

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December 30, 2014
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Republicans Ask Gov. Walker to Fix Their Budget Deficits

Authors of largest budgets in Alaska history issue hypocritical demand for austerity

ANCHORAGE:  After writing the largest budgets in Alaska history and approving the largest operating budget increases in state history, Alaska’s Republican legislative leadership has asked Governor Walker to clean up their mess.  In a hypocritical letter to the Governor, Republicans led by Speaker Chenault asked Walker to exercise fiscal restraint.

“Legislative Republicans are asking the Governor to fix their own massive deficits,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Republicans Ask Gov. Walker to Fix Their Budget Deficits

   

Could A Senator in Diapers Endanger Bristol Bay?

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December 29, 2014
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Could A Senator in Diapers Endanger Bristol Bay?

Controversial Louisiana Senator David Vitter likely to re-introduce bill to green-light Pebble Mine

ANCHORAGE:  Controversial Senator David Vitter, who was caught buying prostitutes and ridiculed for a diaper fetish, likely will be re-introducing legislation to gut the Clean Water Act and green-light Pebble Mine.  Vitter’s legislation would block scientific studies and protections for Bristol Bay under the Clean Water Act, effectively giving federal sign-off for the project.

Neither Lisa Murkowski nor Dan Sullivan have said if they will cosponsor Vitter’s bill in 2015, nor have they commented on whether such a controversial bill sponsor will lead to less support for his pro-Pebble legislation.

Read more: Could A Senator in Diapers Endanger Bristol Bay?

   

President Obama Defends Bristol Bay & Alaska Economy

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December 16, 2014
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President Obama Defends Bristol Bay & Alaska Economy

Presidential memorandum supports state’s most valuable fishery & thousands of jobs

ANCHORAGE:  Today President Obama issued a Presidential memorandum protecting Bristol Bay’s valuable fishery from drilling.  Many Alaska fishermen and groups like the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Corporation have spoken out in support of a ban on oil development in Bristol Bay.  Obama’s policy will protect Alaska and the world’s largest wild salmon fishery, which generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.

“Thank you President Obama for supporting Bristol Bay and the fishermen whose livelihoods depend on it,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: President Obama Defends Bristol Bay & Alaska Economy

   

Will Sullivan Continue Pebble Advocacy on EPW Committee?

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December 16, 2014
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Will Sullivan Continue Pebble Advocacy on EPW Committee?

Sullivan committee assignment could endanger Bristol Bay & Alaska fisheries

ANCHORAGE:  After promoting Pebble Mine as DNR Commissioner, Dan Sullivan has obtained a Senate committee assignment that will allow him to continue his Pebble advocacy.  Sullivan’s election resulted in Alaska losing a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, and instead Sullivan will sit on Environment and Public Works, which has jurisdiction over legislation to advance Pebble Mine by gutting the Clean Water Act.

Polls consistently show that over 60% of Alaskans oppose Pebble Mine, and 66% of voters supported the “Bristol Bay Forever” ballot measure, which discourages development of the mine.

Read more: Will Sullivan Continue Pebble Advocacy on EPW Committee?

   

Alaska Loses Seat on Appropriations Committee

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December 15, 2014

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Alaska Loses Seat on Appropriations Committee

Sullivan’s election leads to loss of clout in Alaska delegation

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan’s committee assignments, announced today, confirm that Alaska has lost a seat on the Appropriations Committee.  Prior to Sullivan’s election, Alaska was one of only three states with both Senators on Appropriations.  Likely impacts of the lost Appropriations seat will be less federal investment in Alaska, which would compound economic problems created by budget deficits left behind by the Parnell Administration.

“With Sullivan’s election, Alaska is losing clout even before the new Congress gavels in,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Alaska Loses Seat on Appropriations Committee

   

Murkowski Votes to Confirm Judge Who Opposed Contraception & Abortion Rights

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December 8, 2014
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Murkowski Votes to Confirm Judge Who Opposed Contraception & Abortion Rights

Murkowski tacks to the right in anticipation of difficult Senate primary

ANCHORAGE:  In her latest flip-flop on women’s rights, Senator Lisa Murkowski voted to confirm a federal judge who opposed contraception and abortion rights as an attorney in Pennsylvania.  Murkowski voted to confirm Judge Joe Leeson to Eastern District of Pennsylvania despite Leeson’s past vitriolic statements opposing contraception and abortion rights.  In response to questions from Democratic Senators, Leeson refused to distance himself from his opposition to contraception and abortion rights.

Read more: Murkowski Votes to Confirm Judge Who Opposed Contraception & Abortion Rights

   

Koch Brothers Urge Elimination of Alaska Collective Bargaining Rights

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December 5, 2014
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Koch Brothers Urge Elimination of Alaska Collective Bargaining Rights

AFP dinner keynote speaker calls for “Right to Work for Less”

ANCHORAGE:  The Koch Brothers’ group “Americans for Prosperity-Alaska” is promoting elimination of Alaskans’ collective bargaining rights, which would impoverish Alaska’s middle class by driving down wages.  The Koch Brothers recently announced that they will continue funding their anti-union, anti-health care front group AFP in Alaska.

Koch Brothers anti-union advocates have admitted that their anti-union proposals would lower workers’ wages.

Read more: Koch Brothers Urge Elimination of Alaska Collective Bargaining Rights

   

New Report Highlights Role of Tribal Sovereignty in Combatting Domestic Violence

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November 20, 2014
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New Report Highlights Role of Tribal Sovereignty in Combatting Domestic Violence

Latest report calls for state/tribal collaboration to combat domestic violence and sexual assault

ANCHORAGE:  Another high-profile report is calling for stronger state/tribal partnerships to combat domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska Native communities.  The “Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive” report calls for support of tribal courts and a stronger state/tribal partnership to crack down on violence.  Previously, the Indian Law and Order Commission condemned the Parnell Administration’s “colonial” opposition to tribal sovereignty on the basis that obstructing tribal justice leads to higher rates of violence.

“This report reinforces the importance of tribal sovereignty in our battle against domestic violence.  The state should be collaborating with, not litigating against, tribal governments,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: New Report Highlights Role of Tribal Sovereignty in Combatting Domestic Violence

   

Parnell Leaves Legacy of Deficits, Stagnation, and Violence

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November 18, 2014
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Parnell Leaves Legacy of Deficits, Stagnation, and Violence

Growing deficits, rising rape rates, abysmal economic performance, National Guard crisis, massive school cuts left by Parnell

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell is leaving behind a state government in crisis, including massive budget deficits, rising rates of sexual violence, subpar economic performance, and the National Guard scandal.  Addressing these problems will be a herculean task.

“All Alaskans will have to pull together to fix the problems left behind by Sean Parnell,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Leaves Legacy of Deficits, Stagnation, and Violence

   

Supreme Court Power Grab Would Eliminate Alaskans’ Health Coverage

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November 17, 2014
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Supreme Court Power Grab Would Eliminate Alaskans’ Health Coverage

Judicial activists attempt to cancel thousands of Alaskans’ health coverage

ANCHORAGE:  In what has been described as a naked power grab, Republican members of the Supreme Court are attempting to cancel health care subsidies in states like Alaska that have federal exchanges.  If these judicial activists are successful, they would make health care unaffordable for thousands of Alaskans who recently signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“This partisan power grab by the Supreme Court would take away Alaskans’ health care, leading to untreated illnesses and premature deaths.  It is reprehensible for wealthy politicians like Antonin Scalia to try to take away health care from working Alaskans,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Supreme Court Power Grab Would Eliminate Alaskans’ Health Coverage

   

Sullivan Opposes Counting All Alaskans’ Votes

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November 6, 2014
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Sullivan Opposes Counting All Alaskans’ Votes

Carpet bagger who sued Katie John attempts to disenfranchise Alaskans

ANCHORAGE: Dan Sullivan’s campaign has released a flurry of press releases and statements urging a conclusion of the Senate race before all Alaskans’ votes have been counted.  The total number of outstanding and uncounted votes is not known at this time.  Sullivan previously drew the ire of Alaska Natives by suing Katie John to undermine subsistence rights.

“It is ironic that Sullivan, who just got off the plane, is trying to stop counting the votes of First Alaskans,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.  “If Sullivan is so confident in his lead then why is he frantically trying to stop the vote count?”

First Alaskans Institute, the ANCSA Regional Association, and Get Out the Native Vote issued a press release today urging that all votes be counted.

Read more: Sullivan Opposes Counting All Alaskans’ Votes

   

Parnell’s Wrecking Ball

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November 3, 2014
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Parnell’s Wrecking Ball

Parnell’s record: Economic & fiscal decline; Assault on Constitutional rights; Indifference to public safety

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell appears to be ending his administration by swinging a giant wrecking ball: Parnell’s record includes the largest budget deficits in state history, worst economic performance of any state in America, most intrusive state regulations, worst state record on tribal sovereignty & rural justice, most violent scandal in state government history.

Parnell’s policies have taken away power and wealth from Alaska citizens while expanding government’s reach into Alaskans’ private lives.  He has invaded women’s privacy while allowing his appointees to obstruct investigations of serial sexual assaults as the rape rate spiraled higher.  He has driven Alaska into the state’s largest budget deficits while giving multinational corporations unparalleled authority to extract our resources without public oversight or proper remuneration.

Read more: Parnell’s Wrecking Ball

   

“Mr. Government Shutdown” Hosts Event for Sullivan

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November 3, 2014
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“Mr. Government Shutdown” Hosts Event for Sullivan

Sullivan embraces shutdown instigator Ted Cruz

ANCHORAGE:  “Mr. Government Shutdown” Ted Cruz is in Anchorage today campaigning in support of Dan Sullivan.  Cruz’s reckless self-aggrandizement has sacrificed economic growth and put veterans’ benefits at risk to promote his own celebrity.  While he earned notoriety organizing the government shutdown, Alaska lost at least $39 million as a result of worker furloughs, delayed crab harvests, delayed lease sales, and other economic impacts.

Alaskans are speaking about against Dan Sullivan’s embrace of Cruz’s reckless agenda:

It would be unfortunate indeed if Alaska should not only lose a moderate and respected voice in the Senate, but also contribute to the poisonous political climate in Washington by electing a senator who enlisted the campaign support of Mr. Government Shutdown himself, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

-Sitka Sentinel

Read more: “Mr. Government Shutdown” Hosts Event for Sullivan

   

Governor Flaunts Public Records Law to Hide Role in Guard Scandal

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November 3, 2014
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Governor Flaunts Public Records Law to Hide Role in Guard Scandal

Redactions following a 9 month delay hide details about Parnell’s role until after election

ANCHORAGE:  By cynically disobeying the Public Records Act, Sean Parnell has successfully hidden details of his knowledge about the National Guard scandal until after the election.  While courts likely will force some public records to be disclosed over the coming months, Parnell has delayed that reckoning past November 4th.  Other records appear to be lost forever as Mike Nizich destroyed or continues to hide public records sent to and from his private email account.  The governor also seems to have lost other documents, including some letters and emails from 2010-2012 from chaplains and other whistleblowers.

Taken in the aggregate, Parnell’s delays, unwarranted redactions, loss and destruction of public records have obscured exactly what his role was in the National Guard scandal.  Although as Alaskans have noted, even in the absence of this records his gross negligence is abundantly clear if not the precise details about why and how he failed to act appropriately.

Read more: Governor Flaunts Public Records Law to Hide Role in Guard Scandal

   

Sullivan Campaign Staff Says Alaska Women are “Hardy, or on Meth”

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November 2, 2014
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Sullivan Campaign Staff Says Alaska Women are “Hardy, or on Meth”

Sullivan’s Outside staff insult Alaskans, complain about being “stuck” here, and cancel door knocking because it’s cold

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan’s Outside campaign staff are denigrating Alaska in discussions on Reddit, complaining about the weather and how they are “stuck” here working for a “sh****” campaign.  Sullivan’s staffer notes that his campaign stopped knocking on doors in most Alaska communities “due to weather.”  Sullivan’s staffer also slandered Alaska women by saying they are “hardy, or on meth.”

“Alaskans will be happy to show these carpet baggers the door—nobody likes their slanderous campaign tactics.  If they want hot weather they can go back to Ohio or Texas or wherever they live,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Campaign Staff Says Alaska Women are “Hardy, or on Meth”

   

Documents Reveal How Guard Leaders Retaliated Against Whistleblowers, Victims

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November 2, 2014
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Documents Reveal How Guard Leaders Retaliated Against Whistleblowers, Victims

Katkus’ cronies, Chief of Staff Nizich, and police reports revealed victim & whistleblower identities

ANCHORAGE: Newly released National Guard documents reveal Tom Katkus’ sinister methods of identifying victims and whistleblowers so they could be targeted for retaliation.  Katkus obtained confidential police reports identifying victims and witnesses, corresponded frequently with Mike Nizich to keep tabs on what whistleblowers were reporting, and had Guard cronies like Tim DeHaas interrogate victims to see who was reporting crimes.

“Katkus maintained a reign of fear by retaliating against whistleblowers and victims, and whether intentional or otherwise Parnell’s office was a key conduit of information,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Documents Reveal How Guard Leaders Retaliated Against Whistleblowers, Victims

   

Public Records Reveal Close Katkus/Nizich Coordination on National Guard Cover-Up

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November 1, 2014
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Public Records Reveal Close Katkus/Nizich Coordination on National Guard Cover-Up

Starting with first report of crimes, corrupt General and top Parnell staffer coordinated closely

Parnell staff coordinated to protect the administration while leaving victims out in the cold

ANCHORAGE:  Starting with the very first whistleblower report in October of 2010, Parnell’s Chief of Staff Mike Nizich and top DMVA appointee Tom Katkus coordinated closely to monitor and evade scrutiny of alleged crimes.  Nizich and Katkus even collaborated in preparation for investigations into Guard misconduct and on responses to the media and legislators who were concerned about misconduct.

On October 14th, 2010, a chaplain whistleblower sent a long, detailed letter to Governor Parnell detailing corruption in the National Guard including Tom Katkus’ “reign of fear” and at least four sexual assaults against four women.  On October 16th, an email account labeled in records as “Temporary Mailboxaccess Gov” forwarded that letter to Tom Katkus, McHugh Pierre, and Mike Nizich.  This process of forwarding whistleblower complaints right back to Tom Katkus would continue over the next four years and allow Katkus to retaliate against whistleblowers and victims while Katkus coordinated closely with Nizich to keep a lid on reports of crimes.

Read more: Public Records Reveal Close Katkus/Nizich Coordination on National Guard Cover-Up

   

Parnell Resorts to Brazen Lies About National Guard

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October 30, 2014
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Parnell Resorts to Brazen Lies About National Guard

Parnell denies facts about his own negligence even as his own staff’s testimony contradicts him

ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell has resorted to brazen lies about his record on the National Guard as evidence of his own negligence continues to mount.  Even Parnell’s former high-level appointee Nancy Dahlstrom’s testimony contradicts Parnell’s falsehoods.

“It is surreal to watch a governor consciously and repeatedly lie about an issue where so much evidence directly contradicts his statements,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell Resorts to Brazen Lies About National Guard

   

Parnell’s DC Supporters Run Libelous Ad Against Walker

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October 31, 2014
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Parnell’s DC Supporters Run Libelous Ad Against Walker

“Americans for Tax Reform” posts false press release about taxes

ANCHORAGE: Parnell’s Washington DC supporters Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has continued publishing a libelous press release against Bill Walker.  It is unclear if ATR is paying for ads to promote this libelous claim.  ATR’s release publishes a letter to the editor supporting an income tax, when in fact the Bill Walker running for Governor never wrote that letter.  This false ad is just the latest dirty trick deployed by Parnell’s Washington DC supporters.

“Parnell and his supporters are engaged in the sleaziest, most dishonest campaign Alaskans have ever seen,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell’s DC Supporters Run Libelous Ad Against Walker

   

Key National Guard Records Appear to be Missing from Public Records Log

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October 31, 2014
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Key National Guard Records Appear to be Missing from Public Records Log

Critical whistleblower correspondence appears to be missing from records list

ANCHORAGE: Key records from National Guard whistleblowers appear to be missing from the governor’s log of correspondence, including letters and emails from chaplains to Mike Nizich.  The absence of key records suggests that the governor’s office lost or disposed of whistleblower letters in 2010. The email log also appears to confirm that Mike Nizich did not save email correspondence from chaplains transmitted via his private email account in 2012, leaving a gaping hole in the public records about what alleged crimes chaplains reported to the governor’s office.

In 2009, Governor Parnell directed his executive branch staff to use state email for state business, but Nizich did not follow those instructions, nor did he forward key records from his private email to his state account as required by Parnell’s own policy.

Even in the absence of many missing records, the email log makes it abundantly clear that the governor’s office had voluminous and detailed evidence of crimes occurring in the National Guard.  Instead of listening to those reports, Parnell and Nizich went right back to Tom Katkus, which resulted in further retaliation against whistleblowers.

Read more: Key National Guard Records Appear to be Missing from Public Records Log

   

Sullivan Dodges Seven Questions In Final Debate

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October 30, 2014
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Sullivan Dodges Seven Questions In Final Debate

Robotic candidate refuses to answer questions on key issues

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan refused to answer questions right from the start of the final U.S. Senate debate.  Sullivan dodged questions on domestic violence, ground troops in the Middle East, the PATRIOT Act, and whether he’d support any campaign finance reform.

“Sullivan once again tried to keep his policy views between himself and his Outside mega-donors,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Dodges Seven Questions In Final Debate

   

In Desperate Attempt to Save Parnell, D.C. Partisans Resort to Dirty Tricks

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October 30, 2014
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In Desperate Attempt to Save Parnell, D.C. Partisans Resort to Dirty Tricks

Dirty tricks attempt to distract attention from Parnell’s policy failures

ANCHORAGE:  Washington D.C. partisans and Randy Ruedrich have unleashed an onslaught of false TV ads, fake websites, and spurious attacks against independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker.  These dirty tricks are a shrill attempt to distract from Governor Parnell’s actual record on issues including the National Guard, state budget deficits, gas line policy, and education cuts.

“No amount of dirty tricks performed by Washington D.C. partisans is going to save Parnell from his own failures of leadership,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: In Desperate Attempt to Save Parnell, D.C. Partisans Resort to Dirty Tricks

   

Koch Brothers and AKGOP Coordinate through Voter Database

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October 30, 2014
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Koch Brothers and AKGOP Coordinate through Voter Database

Koch Brothers & GOP have been sharing key database that is used for direct mail and field operations

ANCHORAGE – The Koch Brothers and the Republican Party have entered into an unprecedented data sharing agreement that allows nominally independent Outside groups to share key information through a coordinated voter database.  This data sharing may violate federal prohibitions on coordination between candidates and “independent” expenditure groups like the Koch Brothers’ organization AFP.  The Koch Brothers and Republicans have been sharing data since August.

Dan Sullivan also has paid over $5,200 to the Koch Brothers’ voter database company, indicating that he is sharing the voter file information as well.

Read more: Koch Brothers and AKGOP Coordinate through Voter Database

   

Sullivan Opposes Earmarks, and Dodges Questions on Subsistence, Reporting of Sexual Assault, Ground Troops in Middle East

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October 29, 2014
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Sullivan Opposes Earmarks, and Dodges Questions on Subsistence, Reporting of Sexual Assault, Ground Troops in Middle East

Sullivan repeatedly dodges questions about key issues but takes a stand against earmarks

ANCHORAGE:  At tonight’s KTUU debate, Dan Sullivan opposed earmarks and refused to answer questions about ground troops, subsistence, and a reporting system for sexual assault outside the chain of command.  Sullivan even refused to answer a softball question asking each candidate to reflect on a mistake they made.

Sullivan said he opposes earmarks.  Senator Begich, continuing a long bipartisan tradition in Alaska, said he supports earmarks.

Read more: Sullivan Opposes Earmarks, and Dodges Questions on Subsistence, Reporting of Sexual Assault, Ground Troops in Middle East

   

Alaska Democratic Party Seeks Nizich’s Missing Emails About National Guard

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October 29, 2014
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Alaska Democratic Party Seeks Nizich’s Missing Emails About National Guard

New public records request focuses on disappeared records

ANCHORAGE – Following news reports indicating that Parnell Chief of Staff Mike Nizich is unable to locate numerous emails related to the National Guard scandal, the Alaska Democratic Party is filing a new public records request seeking public records sent to and from Mike Nizich’s private email account.

The Alaska Dispatch News and APRN reported yesterday that Nizich only could locate 5 emails on his private account, despite the fact that chaplains’ records indicate numerous emails were sent to Nizich’s private email account over at least a four month period.  The chaplains sent emails to Nizich’s private rather than state email at the direction of the Governor’s office, in clear violation of Parnell’s own policy not to systematically use private email accounts for state business.

Read more: Alaska Democratic Party Seeks Nizich’s Missing Emails About National Guard

   

Gov’t Shutdown & Outsourcing Supporters Fly In to Stump for Sullivan

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October 29, 2014
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Gov’t Shutdown & Outsourcing Supporters Fly In to Stump for Sullivan

Sullivan gets two more Outside endorsements from government shutdown & outsourcing advocates

ANCHORAGE:  In a fitting end to his carpet-bagging campaign, Dan Sullivan is bringing two out-of-touch Outsiders to campaign for him the day before the election.  Ted Cruz, who initiated the government shutdown, and Mitt Romney, who gained notoriety for  laying off Americans, are leading a rally for Sullivan on Monday.

“Outsiders who support outsourcing and government shutdowns may support Sullivan, but that’s just one more indication that he does not understand or represent Alaska,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Gov’t Shutdown & Outsourcing Supporters Fly In to Stump for Sullivan

   

Dan Sullivan Refuses to Explain Support for “Right-to-Work-for-Less”

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October 29th, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Refuses to Explain Support for “Right-to-Work-for-Less”

Sullivan previously endorsed anti-union legislation, now attempts to hide position

ANCHORAGE: At the Fairbanks Senate debate, Dan Sullivan refused to explain his support for “Rightto Work for Less” legislation that would gut collective bargaining and harm working families.  Sullivan previously endorsed this anti-union proposal in a talk radio show.  Sullivan has benefitted from millions of dollars in ads from anti-union organizations like the Koch Brothers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (not to be confused with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, whose debate Sullivan refused to attend).

“Dan Sullivan thinks he can hide his anti-union views from Alaskans, but working families know about and are opposed to his Koch Brothers union bashing agenda,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Dan Sullivan Refuses to Explain Support for “Right-to-Work-for-Less”

   

Sullivan Says Biggest Anti-Fisheries Bill of the Year Has Nothing to do with Fishing

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October 28, 2014
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Sullivan Says Biggest Anti-Fisheries Bill of the Year Has Nothing to do with Fishing

Sullivan on defensive as ad calls him out for “Silencing Alaskans Act”

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan is claiming that the “biggest” anti-fisheries bill of the year “has nothing to do with hunting and fishing.”  Alaska’s leading fisheries columnist wrote that HB 77 was the “biggest” fish story of 2013, and both Republican and Democratic legislators opposed the bill because it could destroy prime fishing grounds in places such as Bristol Bay.

“Once again Dan Sullivan is lying to cover up his unpopular record as a political appointee in the Parnell administration,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Says Biggest Anti-Fisheries Bill of the Year Has Nothing to do with Fishing

   

How Many National Guard Records did Mike Nizich Destroy?

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October 28, 2014
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How Many National Guard Records did Mike Nizich Destroy?

Parnell Chief of Staff Mike Nizich makes absurd claim that he only has 2 emails about National Guard

ANCHORAGE – Governor Parnell’s Chief of Staff Mike Nizich appears to have destroyed numerous public records of correspondence related to the National Guard.  Nizich, who broke the law by communicating about the Guard over his private email and neglected to send copies to the state email system, now is making the ridiculous claim that he only has two records related to it.

Chaplains’ records indicate that they sent Nizich numerous emails (to his private account) over a period of at least four months, and Parnell’s office previously admitted that Nizich met with General Katkus 33 times over the multiyear period during which the Guard scandal continued.

Read more: How Many National Guard Records did Mike Nizich Destroy?

   

Sullivan Praises Parnell for Handling of Guard Cover Up

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October 28, 2014
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Sullivan Praises Parnell for Handling of Guard Cover Up

Sullivan says he thought Parnell handled sexual assault & fraud allegations appropriately

ANCHORAGE – Dan Sullivan is praising Governor Parnell’s handling of the Guard scandal, including Parnell’s four years of inaction while sexual assaults and fraud continued.

Alaska Dispatch News reports: “Sullivan said he thought Parnell had appropriately handled the allegations about the guard.  ‘I think demanding investigations and getting to the bottom of it, which is what the governor was focused on trying to do, is what I would have done,’ Sullivan said.”

Read more: Sullivan Praises Parnell for Handling of Guard Cover Up

   

ALERT: Pro-Sullivan Group Hires Criminal RoboCall Contractor

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October 27, 2014
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ALERT: Pro-Sullivan Group Hires Criminal RoboCall Contractor

“Vote 2 Reduce Debt” hires ccAdvertising to make harassing robocalls; firm has history of illegal activity

ANCHORAGE – “Vote 2 Reduce Debt,” an Outside dark money group supporting Dan Sullivan, has hired the firm ccAdvertising to make robocalls in Alaska.  ccAdvertising’s president has bragged that it’s firms goal is to provide a “voter suppression message” by harassing voters.  It has sent out numerous illegal robocalls and text messages.

“Dan Sullivan should condemn the repugnant tactics of this voter suppression firm and the intrusive mailer that the Koch Brothers sent out for him,” said Mike Wenstrup.  “It is abhorrent that his supporters would continue to purchase illegal, misleading, harassing robocalls with the goal of discouraging voters.  Alaskans see through the dishonest tactics of Sullivan’s Outside supporters and will vote accordingly.”

Read more: ALERT: Pro-Sullivan Group Hires Criminal RoboCall Contractor

   

Sullivan Dodges Debate and Questions About Shady Family Businesses

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October 27, 2014
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Sullivan Dodges Debate and Questions About Shady Family Businesses

Sullivan won’t attend Chamber debate, won’t discuss family businesses ripping off government or cashing in on GMOs

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is dodging the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate today as he continues to dodge questions about his family’s shady business dealings.  Sullivan’s family company RPM, one of his primary financial backers, has pumped nearly $1 million into his campaign.  One of Sullivan’s brothers runs “Navillus,” a fish farming company that could cash in on Frankenfish.  Sullivan has lobbied for opening European markets to GMOs.

Read more: Sullivan Dodges Debate and Questions About Shady Family Businesses

   

Parnell Caught in Contradictions About National Guard Scandal

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October 27th, 2014
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Parnell Caught in Contradictions About National Guard Scandal

Governor entrapped by attempts to cover up and then explain his negligence

ANCHORAGE: Sean Parnell has ensnared himself in a growing web of contradictory statements about the National Guard scandal and cover up.  Two months after release of the OCI report summary, Parnell’s own statements have made clear that his previous claim to only have “general” information before 2014 was false.  As Parnell has acknowledged dozens of meetings with Katkus, multiple reports of sexual assault from individual victims, Army Inspector General reports, and even an FBI investigation, he has thoroughly discredited his own statements from earlier this year.

Parnell initially claimed he only had “general” reports of misconduct until 2014, and that it wasn’t until February of 2014 that he had “concrete” reports of malfeasance.  Later, Parnell claimed that he might have heard specific reports of misconduct but that he “investigated” each one of them.

Read more: Parnell Caught in Contradictions About National Guard Scandal

   

Anchorage Press Publishes Timeline of Parnell’s Inaction

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October 26, 2014
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Anchorage Press Publishes Timeline of Parnell’s Inaction

Whistleblower reports juxtaposed against Parnell’s statements highlight governor’s dishonesty

ANCHORAGE:  The Anchorage Press has published excerpts from primary sources in the National Guard scandal juxtaposed against statements issued by the governor’s office.  They highlight the disconnect between Sean Parnell’s statements and what actually happened.

Primary sources document the numerous whistleblowers and assault survivors who pled with the governor to take action, and were ignored.  Parnell has claimed he only has “general” information about misconduct until 2014, a claim so transparently false that the Anchorage Press uses it as a mocking headline:

Read more: Anchorage Press Publishes Timeline of Parnell’s Inaction

   

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

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October 25th, 2014
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Sullivan Pays $130,000 to Outside Firm that Committed Voter Fraud

Sullivan hires notorious firm for “grassroots consulting” in Alaska

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

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

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

   

AFN Audience Boos Sullivan at Debate

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October 24, 2014
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AFN Audience Boos Sullivan at Debate

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

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

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

Read more: AFN Audience Boos Sullivan at Debate

   

AFN President Slams Parnell/Sullivan Lawsuit Against Katie John

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October 24, 2014
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AFN President Slams Parnell/Sullivan Lawsuit Against Katie John

Julie Kitka urges opposition to candidates who litigated against subsistence rights

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

KTVA reports:

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

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

   

Sullivan Refuses to Say When He Learned About Guard Scandal

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October 24, 2014
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Sullivan Refuses to Say When He Learned About Guard Scandal

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

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

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

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

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

   

FOIA Request Filed About Sullivan’s Knowledge of Guard Scandal

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October 23, 2014
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FOIA Request Filed About Sullivan’s Knowledge of Guard Scandal

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

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

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

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

   

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

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October 23, 2014
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“U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Won’t Answer Questions About the National Guard”

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

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

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

   

Begich: Proven Record of Oil, Mining Development

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October 23, 2014
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Begich: Proven Record of Oil, Mining Development

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

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

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

   

Parnell Told Guard Members Press Reports Are “False”

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October 22, 2014
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Parnell Told Guard Members Press Reports Are “False”

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

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

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

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

   

Congressman Don Young Engages in Profane Tirade at High School

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October 22nd, 2014
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Congressman Don Young Engages in Profane Tirade at High School

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

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

   

Club for Growth Brags About Knowing How Sullivan Will Vote

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October 21, 2014
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Club for Growth Brags About Knowing How Sullivan Will Vote

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

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

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

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

   

Sullivan Donors Drive Up Gas Prices With Wall Street Speculation

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October 21st, 2014
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Sullivan Donors Drive Up Gas Prices With Wall Street Speculation

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

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

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

   

Sullivan’s Family Company Price-Gouged the Veterans Administration

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October 21, 2014
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Sullivan’s Family Company Price-Gouged the Veterans Administration

RPM ripped off the VA though fraudulent contracts

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

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

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

   

Parnell/Sullivan Under Fire for Anti-Native Policies

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October 20th, 2014
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Parnell/Sullivan Under Fire for Anti-Native Policies

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

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

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

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

   

Sullivan Claims Credit for Cook Inlet Incentives

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October 20, 2014
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Sullivan Claims Credit for Cook Inlet Incentives

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

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

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

Read more: Sullivan Claims Credit for Cook Inlet Incentives

   

Sullivan: Record Deficits. Begich: Deficit Reduction.

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October 19, 2014
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Sullivan: Record Deficits.  Begich: Deficit Reduction.

Stark contrasts divide candidates on issue of fiscal responsibility

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

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

   

Sullivan Touted a Million Barrel Goal, Then Oil Production Declined

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October 18, 2014
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Sullivan Touted a Million Barrel Goal, Then Oil Production Declined

Sullivan failed to increase production during DNR tenure

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

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

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

   

Begich Expands Oil Production While Sullivan Has Empty Promises

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October 17, 2014
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Begich Expands Oil Production While Sullivan Has Empty Promises

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

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

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

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

   

Democrats File Ombudsman Complaint to Obtain Records About Guard Cover Up

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October 17th, 2014
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Democrats File Ombudsman Complaint to Obtain Records About Guard Cover Up

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

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

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

   

Sullivan’s Media Consultant Denigrates Women’s Summit

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October 17, 2014
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Sullivan’s Media Consultant Denigrates Women’s Summit

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

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

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

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

   

Koch Brothers Put Millions in “Secret Bank”

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October 16th, 2014
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Koch Brothers Put Millions in “Secret Bank”

Koch Brothers spending big on Dan Sullivan’s candidacy

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

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

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

   

Parnell Fails to Refute National Guard Malfeasance

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October 16, 2014
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Parnell Fails to Refute National Guard Malfeasance

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

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

Read more: Parnell Fails to Refute National Guard Malfeasance

   

BREAKING: Sexual Assaults Continued While Parnell Ignored Whistleblowers

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October 15, 2014
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BREAKING: Sexual Assaults Continued While Parnell Ignored Whistleblowers

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

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

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

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

   

New Study: Medicaid Expansion Saves Money

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October 15, 2014
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New Study: Medicaid Expansion Saves Money

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

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

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

Read more: New Study: Medicaid Expansion Saves Money

   

VIDEO: Democratic Candidates Run Strong, Positive Campaigns

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October 15, 2014
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VIDEO: Democratic Candidates Run Strong, Positive Campaigns

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

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

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

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

Take five minutes and check out their stories for yourself:

Adam Wool (VIDEO)

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

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

   

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

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October 15, 2014
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Parnell Claims National Guard “Processes Looked Like They Were Working”

Parnell hides role in scandal while on Fagan & Biegel Show

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

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

   

Parnell Blames Victims for Lack of Sexual Assault Prosecutions

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October 15, 2014
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Parnell Blames Victims for Lack of Sexual Assault Prosecutions

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

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

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

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

   

“Dan Sullivan and Barack Obama Speak the Same Language”

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October 14, 2014
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“Dan Sullivan and Barack Obama Speak the Same Language”

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

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

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

   

National Guard Veteran Says Parnell Should Resign

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October 14, 2014
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National Guard Veteran Says Parnell Should Resign

Alaska veteran calls for accountability at the top

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

Read more: National Guard Veteran Says Parnell Should Resign

   

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

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October 13, 2014
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Sullivan’s Family Pumps in Campaign Cash as He Refuses to Sign CounterPAC Pledge

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

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

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

   

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

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October 13th, 2014
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40 Days After OCI Report, Parnell Still Hasn’t Appointed Special Prosecutor

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

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

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

   

News-Miner Supports Strengthened Public Records Act

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October 11, 2014
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News-Miner Supports Strengthened Public Records Act

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

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

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

Read more: News-Miner Supports Strengthened Public Records Act

   

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

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October 11, 2014
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ICYMI: “Senate candidate Sullivan shows fundamental lack of understanding of health care”

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

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

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

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

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

But it should.

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

   

VIDEO: Alaska Veterans Call Out Governor for Award to DeHaas

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October 10th, 2014
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VIDEO: Alaska Veterans Call Out Governor for Award to DeHaas

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

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

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

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

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

   

“Lawendowski Was Helping to Cover Up Sexual Assaults”

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October 10, 2014
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“Lawendowski Was Helping to Cover Up Sexual Assaults”

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

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

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

   

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