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Strong Unions = High Wages

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September 1, 2014
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Strong Unions = High Wages

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

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

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

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

Read more: Strong Unions = High Wages

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Dan Sullivan Tries to Cover Up Role in Jerry Active Case

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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


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

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

   

Koch Brothers Conference in Texas: Will Sullivan Attend?

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Sullivan Promoted Pebble Mine, Snubbed Alaska Fishermen

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

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

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

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

Read more: Sullivan Promoted Pebble Mine, Snubbed Alaska Fishermen

   

Subsistence & Residency: When Will Sullivan Tell the Truth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Sullivan Welcomes Koch Brothers’ Effort to Buy Senate Seat

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Dan Sullivan Would Eliminate Consumer Protections for Military Families

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

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

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

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

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

   

Sullivan on Defensive about Surveillance and Privacy Record at Libertarian Debate

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

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

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

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

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

   

Transcript Leaked from Koch Brothers’ Secret Conference

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

Secretive Koch conference aimed at buying Senate seats including Alaska

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

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

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

Read more: Transcript Leaked from Koch Brothers’ Secret Conference

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full column:

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

   

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

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

Even AFP Alaska criticizes Koch Brothers’ closure of Flint Hills

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

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

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

   

Social Security Privatization Advocates Give Campaign Cash to Sullivan

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Dishonest Dan: Conceals Role in Notorious Lawsuit Against Subsistence

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

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

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

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

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

   

Outside Groups Don’t Talk About Alaska

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

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

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

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

Read more: Outside Groups Don’t Talk About Alaska

   

Anchorage Schools Lose 75 Staff Since Last Year

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

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

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

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

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

Read more: Anchorage Schools Lose 75 Staff Since Last Year

   

Koch Brothers Spend Millions on Ads While Raising Taxes on Alaskans

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Nominee Dan Sullivan Compared Unions to Slavery

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August 21, 2014
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Nominee Dan Sullivan Compared Unions to Slavery

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

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

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

Read more: Nominee Dan Sullivan Compared Unions to Slavery

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Rove & Kochs Visit AK GOP Office Today

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

Secret meeting scheduled to give Dan Sullivan marching orders

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

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

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

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

Read more: Rove & Kochs Visit AK GOP Office Today

   

Ohioan Wins Alaska Primary

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August 20, 2014

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Ohioan Wins Alaska Primary

Cleveland paper congratulates home town boy on eking out primary victory

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

Read more: Ohioan Wins Alaska Primary

   

Dan Sullivan: Long Record of Opposing Women’s Rights

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

Sullivan supports criminalizing abortion, cutting off contraception coverage

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

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

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

   

Tea Party Candidates Too Extreme for Alaska

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August 19, 2014
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Tea Party Candidates Too Extreme for Alaska

Tea Party primary revealed GOP candidates’ extreme positions

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

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

Read more: Tea Party Candidates Too Extreme for Alaska

   

Republicans Will Nominate Opponent of Women’s Rights

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

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

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

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

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

   

Tomorrow: RNC Will Tell Alaska GOP Nominee What to Say

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

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

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

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

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

   

Dan Sullivan: “Life Begins at Conception”

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

Sullivan contradicts himself, takes position would criminalize abortion

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

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

Read more: Dan Sullivan: “Life Begins at Conception”

   

Dan Sullivan’s Legacy: Attacking the Middle Class

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

Mayor Dan Sullivan has attacked working Alaskans throughout Mayoral tenure

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

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

Read more: Dan Sullivan’s Legacy: Attacking the Middle Class

   

Bitter GOP Primary Coming to a Close

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August 18, 2014
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Bitter GOP Primary Coming to a Close

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

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

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

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

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

D.C. Republicans bring War on Women to Alaska

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

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

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

   

Bitter Debate Caps Divisive GOP Senate Primary

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August 15, 2014
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Bitter Debate Caps Divisive GOP Senate Primary

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

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

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

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Treadwell Would “Move Forward” With Criminalizing Abortion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

ICYMI: “Treadwell, Sullivan vs. Women.”

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August 14, 2014
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ICYMI: “Treadwell, Sullivan vs. Women.”

Alaskans slam Treadwell & Sullivan for failure to support the Violence Against Women Act

ANCHORAGE:  Alaska women are speaking out against Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan for failing to support the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act.  Sullivan wouldn’t give his position and Treadwell criticized the bill as well as a bipartisan effort to fix the Alaska loophole that has left many rural communities without Violence Against Women Act protections.  The winner of November’s election will vote on reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Both the Alaska National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Alaska author/blogger Jeanne Devon are sharply criticizing Sullivan and Treadwell.

The Anchorage Press highlights Treadwell/Sullivan/Miller’s outrageous positions with the sarcastic comment: “Because, you know, women, their bodies and their health are wide open for public and political comment.”

Read more: ICYMI: “Treadwell, Sullivan vs. Women.”

   

Treadwell Goes All In Opposing Violence Against Women Act

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August 13, 2014
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Treadwell Goes All In Opposing Violence Against Women Act

Says “I’m against violence” but opposes Violence Against Women Act

ANCHORAGE: During the Alaska Public Radio Network debate, Mead Treadwell went all in opposing the Violence Against Women Act.  Treadwell categorically rejected the cornerstone federal law to address domestic violence while quipping "I’m very much against violence."

“Mead Treadwell says ‘I’m against violence’ so why won’t he support the cornerstone law to stop domestic and sexual violence,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

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Public Records Reveal Sullivan Took No Action to Address Guard Assaults

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August 14, 2014
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Public Records Reveal Sullivan Took No Action to Address Guard Assaults

While victims reported assaults, then-Attorney General Sullivan did nothing.

ANCHORAGE:  A day after Dan Sullivan refused to say whether he’d vote for the Violence Against Women Act, public record disclosures reveal that he did nothing when National Guard women reported unprosecuted sexual assaults to the Parnell Administration.  There is no record that Sullivan held a meeting, issued a memo, or even sent an email to his staff about the National Guard assaults.

Former Attorney General John Havelock has said that the Attorney General should have investigated the assaults.

“Dan Sullivan has shown a reckless disregard for women’s safety.  It is appalling he would fail to investigate reports of sexual assault in the National Guard,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Public Records Reveal Sullivan Took No Action to Address Guard Assaults

   

Washington D.C. Power Brokers Ready to Tell GOP Senate Nominee What to Say

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August 13, 2014
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Washington D.C. Power Brokers Ready to Tell GOP Senate Nominee What to Say

RNC to host “strategy session” with Alaska Senate nominee day after the primary

ANCHORAGE:  In an interview on the “Bernadette and Berkowitz” radio show, Alaska Republican Party Chairman Peter Goldberg admitted the Republican National Committee (RNC) will host a "strategy session" to brief either Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan or Joe Miller on their brand new RNC-approved messaging for the general election.

“Regardless of who wins the Republican primary, we now know that Outsiders will continue to dominate the Republican's strategy and message,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Washington D.C. Power Brokers Ready to Tell GOP Senate Nominee What to Say

   

Sullivan, Treadwell, Miller Endorse Social Security Cuts

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August 13, 2014
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Sullivan, Treadwell, Miller Endorse Social Security Cuts

All GOP candidates would raise retirement age, means test, or privatize Social Security

ANCHORAGE:  All three Republican Senate candidates have endorsed Social Security cuts ranging from privatization to means testing.  Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller, and Dan Sullivan all called for Social Security cuts that have been opposed by the AARP and other senior advocacy organizations.

“By endorsing cuts in Social Security, Treadwell Sullivan and Miller are putting Alaskans’ retirement security at risk,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

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Republicans’ Extreme Positions Raise Questions Before APRN Debate

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August 13, 2014
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Republicans’ Extreme Positions Raise Questions Before APRN Debate

Tea Party candidates trying to outdo one another in anti-woman, anti-privacy policies

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller are participating in an APRN debate as Alaskans criticize all Republican Senate candidates for their extreme, Tea Party positions.  Treadwell, Miller and Sullivan have declared war on women’s rights while endorsing unprecedented federal intrusion into Alaskans’ personal and medical decisions.  Treadwell and Sullivan also pushed intrusive spy technologies and ripped off taxpayers through inflated prices on government contracts.

“It is tough to keep track of all the ways Republicans want to get between women and their doctors or snoop into Alaskans’ personal lives,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Republicans’ Extreme Positions Raise More Questions:

  1. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan refused to say if they’d vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which is the “cornerstone of our nation’s response to domestic and sexual violence.”  Treadwell even said the bill has “problems” (VIDEO).

Read more: Republicans’ Extreme Positions Raise Questions Before APRN Debate

   

Sullivan Attacks Alaska Middle Class

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August 13, 2014
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Sullivan Attacks Alaska Middle Class

Mayor’s veto puts Alaska workers in crosshairs

ANCHORAGE:  Dan Sullivan is attacking Alaska’s middle class again, working with anti-union members of the Anchorage Assembly to sustain his veto of the A.O. 37 repeal.  Sullivan is taking on policemen and firefighters in an effort to slash wages for Anchorage workers, continuing an effort that started with the secretive drafting of A.O. 37.

Since Sullivan pushed A.O. 37 through the Assembly, Anchorage residents voted out some of the anti-labor ordinance’s supporters and put repeal of A.O. 37 on the ballot.  Sullivan’s supporters on the Assembly delayed the repeal vote from April to November, and resisted the Assembly’s efforts to repeal A.O. 37.  Following election of a moderate majority to the Assembly, members voted 7-4 to repeal the ordinance, but Sullivan vetoed that repeal.

“Dan Sullivan has no respect for working Alaskans,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Sullivan Attacks Alaska Middle Class

   

ICYMI: "This is our most intense primary ever"

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ICYMI: "This is our most intense primary ever"

Associated Press reports that “bitterness” defines bloody GOP primary

ANCHORAGE:  The Associated Press is reporting that “bitterness” is defining Alaska’s Republican Senate primary. Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan, and Joe Miller are attacking one another while staking out unpopular positions in what has become a Tea Party primary.

“This is our most intense primary ever,” said Republican pollster Marc Hellenthal.  Hellenthal’s comment is notable since he considers this to be an even more bitter primary than the 2010 race between Lisa Murkowski and Joe Miller.

"Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller continue to argue over who wants to restrict access to birth control the most and make threats to the future for Social Security benefits for Alaska seniors. Meanwhile, Senator Mark Begich is busy delivering results for Alaska, like his continued advocacy for two new squadrons of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base," said Michael Wenstrup, Fairbanks resident and Alaska Democratic Party Chair.

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Treadwell Cashes in With Company that "Snoops too Much"

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August 12, 2014
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Treadwell Cashes in With Company that "Snoops too Much"

Treadwell Company Received Federal Earmark for Surveillance Technology

ANCHORAGE:  While Treadwell has criticized the federal government for “snooping too much,” his own spy technology company Venture Ad Astra lobbied for and received a federal earmark to develop surveillance technology.  Revelations about Venture Ad Astra’s spying earmark follow a controversy about Treadwell’s other company pushing a national ID program that was opposed by Governor Palin and many other Alaskans.

“You don't need spy technology to see through Mead Treadwell's dishonest claims about his commitment to Alaskans' privacy,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party. "The truth is that Mead Treadwell is lining his own pockets with government cash to develop surveillance technology as he makes election year claims to be against federal surveillance."

Read more: Treadwell Cashes in With Company that "Snoops too Much"

   

ICYMI: Mt. Polley Mine Disaster Looms Over Pebble’s Plans

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August 12, 2014
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ICYMI: Mt. Polley Mine Disaster Looms Over Pebble’s Plans

Alaskans concerned about parallels between Mt. Polley blowout & Pebble’s plans

ANCHORAGE: The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Alaska fishermen are urging the state and federal government to learn from the Mt. Polley mine disaster, but Alaska Fish Radio host Laine Welch notes that Republican Senate candidates aren’t listening.  Even though Pebble Partnership has proposed a similar dam design as the failed Mt. Polley dam, Treadwell/Miller/Sullivan are cheerleading Pebble’s development while Sean Parnell has hired Pebble’s spokesman Ben Mohr as his fisheries adviser.  Mohr has refused to make any public statement about threats posed by Mt. Polley or Pebble to Alaska fisheries.

“This is what we’ve been afraid of happening here,” said Bristol Bay gillnetter Katherine Carscallen after the Mt. Polley disaster.

Read more: ICYMI: Mt. Polley Mine Disaster Looms Over Pebble’s Plans

   

VIDEO: Treadwell, Miller & Sullivan Declare War On Women

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August 12, 2014
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VIDEO: Treadwell, Miller & Sullivan Declare War On Women

GOP candidates go off deep end opposing women’s rights even at risk to women’s lives

ANCHORAGE: Video has just been posted of the Alaska Family Action debate where Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and Dan Sullivan competed to see who can stake out the most extreme position against women’s rights.

Treadwell “tacked right, right, right, trying — often uncomfortably — to out-conservative Miller. Which, short of physically chasing black helicopters with a butterfly net, is really hard to do,” John Aronno wrote in Alaska Commons.

Read more: VIDEO: Treadwell, Miller & Sullivan Declare War On Women

   

Parnell’s Fisheries Adviser MIA During Mt. Polley Disaster

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August 11, 2014
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Parnell’s Fisheries Adviser Missing In Action During Mt. Polley Disaster

Former Pebble spokesman hasn’t been heard from since Canadian mine disaster

ANCHORAGE:  Governor Sean Parnell’s new fisheries adviser has not been heard from since the Mt. Polley mine released over a billion gallons of toxic sludge, potentially putting Alaska salmon fisheries at risk.

Parnell recently appointed Ben Mohr, former Pebble Partnership employee and Dan Sullivan campaign manager, as his new fisheries adviser. Mohr has no expertise in Alaska’s fisheries.

“Sean Parnell’s fisheries adviser hasn’t been seen or heard from at a time when salmon are on course to meet a billion gallons of toxic waste. It is very troubling we can’t count on the governor for an honest assessment of how this disaster or future disasters could threaten Alaska fisheries. Much like the toxic waste, Parnell knows no boundaries,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell’s Fisheries Adviser MIA During Mt. Polley Disaster

   

Tea Party Candidate Quiz: #AKSEN Edition

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August 11, 2014
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Tea Party Candidate Quiz: #AKSEN Edition

Sullivan, Treadwell and Miller advocate for return to stone age

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and Dan Sullivan have gone off the deep end as the GOP’s Tea Party primary draws to a close.  The GOP candidates have advocated slashing Social Security benefits, imposing a National Sales Tax and criminalizing abortion even when the woman’s life is at risk.

Today at the Chamber of Commerce debate, the candidates continued their tour of unrealistic ideas by advocating for the elimination of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Education and the Department of Energy.

“Treadwell, Miller and Sullivan have laid out an appalling vision for a future without retirement security, consumer protections, or women’s rights,” said Kay Brown, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Tea Party Candidate Quiz: #AKSEN Edition

   

Treadwell & Sullivan Oppose Alaska Native Voting Rights Legislation, Dodge on Subsistence

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August 8, 2014
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Treadwell & Sullivan Oppose Alaska Native Voting Rights Legislation, Dodge on Subsistence

Treadwell attacks voting rights bill, Sullivan hides his role in anti-Katie John lawsuit

ANCHORAGE:  At yesterday’s KYUK debate on rural and Alaska Native issues, Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan criticized Alaska Native voting rights legislation and dodged on the key issue of subsistence.  Treadwell criticized the voting rights bill supported by AFN, which Sullivan admitted he hadn’t read.  Sullivan failed to explain his lead role in the state’s lawsuit against Katie John and subsistence.

“Treadwell and Sullivan’s hostility toward rural Alaska values is very troubling,” said Kay Brown, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Treadwell & Sullivan Oppose Alaska Native Voting Rights Legislation, Dodge on Subsistence

   

GOP Candidates Revealing Extreme Positions Before Sunday Debate

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August 8, 2014
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GOP Candidates Revealing Extreme Positions Before Sunday Debate

From opposition to women’s rights to support for sales tax, GOP candidates go off deep end

ANCHORAGE:  Republican Senate candidates will participate in their final debate on Sunday evening, but they have already revealed extreme positions that isolate them from Alaska voters.  Alaska GOP candidates oppose women’s rights, embraced destructive proposals like a National Sales Tax, and cashed in on surveillance technologies that violate Alaskans’ privacy.

“Treadwell, Miller and Sullivan continue to embrace extreme, unpopular polices in the Tea Party primary,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: GOP Candidates Revealing Extreme Positions Before Sunday Debate

   

Parnell’s Pebble Flack Fails to Take Action on Open Pit Mine Blowout

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August 7, 2014
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Parnell’s Pebble Flack Fails to Take Action on Open Pit Mine Blowout

Parnell Administration fails to address BC mine’s threat to Alaska fisheries

ANCHORAGE:  Sean Parnell’s newly appointed fisheries adviser who formerly worked for Pebble Partnership has not commented on or offered any proposals to address the threat this week’s Mount Polley mine blowout could pose to Alaska fisheries.

A multi-billion gallon mine blowout released massive quantities of toxic waste into spawning grounds of Alaska salmon.  Mines similar to the one that blew out today  are proposed for construction in the Taku and Stikine watersheds near Juneau and Wrangell.  Alaska fishing groups and journalists are raising concerns about Canadian mine threats to Alaska fisheries.  Parnell and his Pebble spokesman have taken no public action.

Read more: Parnell’s Pebble Flack Fails to Take Action on Open Pit Mine Blowout

   

GOP Debate: Treadwell and Sullivan Will Be on Defensive Over Anti-Alaska Native Record

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August 7, 2014
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GOP Debate: Treadwell and Sullivan Will Be on Defensive Over Anti-Alaska Native Record

Treadwell and Sullivan have attacked subsistence, voting rights, sovereignty

ANCHORAGE:  At a KYUK debate on rural and Alaska Native issues, Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan will be under intense pressure to explain why they’ve taken strident anti-Alaska Native positions on key policies.  Sullivan and Treadwell have played central roles in the Parnell Administration’s assault on Alaska Natives’ tribal sovereignty, voting rights, and subsistence traditions.

“Alaskans don't want a senator who will continue the divisive policies of the Parnell administration in the U.S. Senate,” said Kay Brown, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party. "Treadwell and Sullivan have opposed Alaska Native rights at every turn and don't represent long-held Alaska values.”

Read more: GOP Debate: Treadwell and Sullivan Will Be on Defensive Over Anti-Alaska Native Record

   

ICYMI: “Fishermen Object to Parnell’s Pick for Fisheries Adviser”

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August 6, 2014
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ICYMI: “Fishermen Object to Parnell’s Pick for Fisheries Adviser”

Alaska fishermen speak out against Parnell hiring Pebble flack for key fisheries adviser

ANCHORAGE:  Alaska fishermen are condemning Sean Parnell’s decision to hire a Pebble flack as his fisheries adviser.  Fishermen are speaking out as public records reveal that Parnell’s Pebble appointee had zero experience in fisheries when Parnell gave him the job.

Parnell’s appointment is “just another slap in the face to fishing families,” said Gina Friccero, a fisherman who lives in Kodiak.

Read more: ICYMI: “Fishermen Object to Parnell’s Pick for Fisheries Adviser”

   

Koch Brothers’ Candidates to Debate in Fairbanks After Failing to Criticize Refinery Closure

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August 6, 2014
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Koch Brothers’ Candidates to Debate in Fairbanks After Failing to Criticize Refinery Closure

GOP candidates to debate in Fairbanks after refusing to criticize Koch Brothers for closing refinery

ANCHORAGE:  Leading up to the GOP primary debate in Fairbanks, Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan, and Joe Miller still have not criticized the Koch Brothers for closing the Flint Hills refinery.  The Koch Brothers are the leading contributors to $13 million in Outside-funded TV and radio ads that has been spent or committed against Senator Mark Begich.  Due to a lack of disclosure requirements, it is unknown how much money the Koch Brothers have spent on online ads or on establishing groups like “Generation Opportunity.

“Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and Dan Sullivan should explain why they’ve refused to criticize the Koch Brothers’ closure of Flint Hills,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party and resident of Fairbanks.

Read more: Koch Brothers’ Candidates to Debate in Fairbanks After Failing to Criticize Refinery Closure

   

Treadwell Opposes Right to Choose Even When Mother's Life in Danger

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August 5, 2014
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Treadwell Opposes Right to Choose Even When Mother's Life in Danger

Treadwell puts extreme ideology ahead of women's health

ANCHORAGE: At the debate in Eagle River, Mead Treadwell took the extreme position of opposing the right to choose if only the mother's life is in danger of serious medical harm or even death.

"It is appalling that Mead Treadwell would potentially put a woman's life on the line in his zeal to give government control of our health care decisions," said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Treadwell Opposes Right to Choose Even When Mother's Life in Danger

   

Parnell's Fisheries Appointee Had ZERO Fisheries Experience

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August 5, 2014
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Parnell's Fisheries Appointee Had ZERO Fisheries Experience

Release of public records reveals Pebble flack never worked in fisheries

ANCHORAGE: An investigation by the Cordova Times has revealed that Sean Parnell's new fisheries adviser--an Outsider who worked for the Pebble Partnership and Dan Sullivan--has ZERO experience in fisheries.  Parnell has come under fire for appointing Ben Mohr, whose hire was characterized as a "slap in the face" to Alaskans and Bristol Bay by SeafoodNews.com.

"The only 'experience' Parnell's flack had was trying to destroy Alaska's largest salmon fishery," said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Parnell's Fisheries Appointee Had ZERO Fisheries Experience

   

Treadwell, Sullivan & Miller Re-Affirm Anti-Woman Positions at Debate

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August 4, 2014
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Treadwell, Sullivan & Miller Re-Affirm Anti-Woman Positions at Debate

GOP candidates double down on anti-woman policies

ANCHORAGE:  At today’s “Alaska Family Action” Tea Party debate, Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell, and Dan Sullivan doubled down on their record of opposing women’s rights.

“If it was the goal of Treadwell, Miller and Sullivan to alienate Alaska women today, then they succeeded,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: Treadwell, Sullivan & Miller Re-Affirm Anti-Woman Positions at Debate

   

Treadwell, Sullivan & Miller to Debate Anti-Woman Policies

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August 4, 2014
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Treadwell, Sullivan & Miller to Debate Anti-Woman Policies

Before debate today, GOP candidates already have taken anti-woman positions

ANCHORAGE:  Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan & Joe Miller are set to reinforce their startling belief that government should be making health care decisions for Alaska women at today's Alaska Family Council debate.

In response to questions from the Juneau Empire, Treadwell and Sullivan confirmed their deeply held belief that abortion should be outlawed and contraception should be defunded and restricted. Their positions are outside of the mainstream.

Read more: Treadwell, Sullivan & Miller to Debate Anti-Woman Policies

   

“Paying More for Everything You Buy”

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August 1, 2014
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“Paying More for Everything You Buy”

University of Alaska economist says Treadwell tax would “harm business”

ANCHORAGE:  An Alaska economist is cautioning against Mead Treadwell’s plan for a National Sales Tax that would “harm business.” KTVA reports, “Paying more for everything you buy may not sound like a good idea, but that’s what’s being proposed.”

“Alaskans already pay the highest prices in the nation for the things we use every day and Mead Treadwell wants to drive those costs up even further with his National Sales Tax proposal,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Read more: “Paying More for Everything You Buy”

   

Sullivan Attacks Treadwell In Mail Piece

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July 31, 2014
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Sullivan Attacks Treadwell In Mail Piece

Contentious Republican primary reaches Alaskans’ front doors

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

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

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

Read more: Sullivan Attacks Treadwell In Mail Piece

   

Republicans Attack One Another in Contentious Primary

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July 31, 2014
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Republicans Attack One Another in Contentious Primary

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

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

GOP Senate Candidates’ Contentious Primary:

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

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ALL Republican Senate Candidates Oppose Women’s Rights

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

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

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

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

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

   

Parnell Missing In Action on Health Insurance Rate Review

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

Parnell Administration failing to hold insurance companies accountable

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

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

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

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

   

ICYMI: SeafoodNews.com Slams Parnell's Pebble Appointment

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

"Slap in the face" to Bristol Bay, Alaskans

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

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

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Choose Respect? Not So Much.

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July 29, 2014
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Choose Respect?  Not So Much.

Parnell Administration chooses men with harassment records

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

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

Read more: Choose Respect? Not So Much.

   

Parnell Appoints Fox to Guard Hen House

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July 28, 2014
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Parnell Appoints Fox to Guard Hen House

On oil taxes & Pebble, Parnell appointees advocate resource giveaways

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

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

Read more: Parnell Appoints Fox to Guard Hen House

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Pro-Sullivan Ads Attack Treadwell and Miller

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

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

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

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

Read more: Pro-Sullivan Ads Attack Treadwell and Miller

   

Transportation Costs Would Skyrocket With Treadwell’s National Sales Tax

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

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

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

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

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

   

Parnell Appoints Top VECO Official to Oil “Oversight” Panel

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July 25, 2014

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Parnell Appoints Top VECO Official to Oil “Oversight” Panel

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

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

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

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

   

Parnell Hires Pebble Flack as Fisheries Adviser

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July 24, 2014
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Parnell Hires Pebble Flack as Fisheries Adviser

Parnell continues to push unpopular Pebble project over Alaskans’ objections

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

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

Read more: Parnell Hires Pebble Flack as Fisheries Adviser

   

Treadwell's National Sales Tax Would Increase Alaska Medical Costs

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

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

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

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

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

   

Sullivan Contradicts Himself on Stand Your Ground

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July 24, 2014
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Sullivan Contradicts Himself on Stand Your Ground

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

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

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

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

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

Read more: Sullivan Contradicts Himself on Stand Your Ground

   

Where is Mike Hawker's APOC Report?

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

National Sales Tax Would Devastate Rural Alaska

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July 22, 2014
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National Sales Tax Would Devastate Rural Alaska

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

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

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

Read more: National Sales Tax Would Devastate Rural Alaska

   

Dr. Treadwell Can’t Keep His Beliefs to Himself

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

APOC Fines Dan Sullivan

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July 21, 2014
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APOC Fines Dan Sullivan

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

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

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

Read more: APOC Fines Dan Sullivan

   

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

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

Alaskans slam tax proposal, elimination of home mortgage deduction

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

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

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

   

How Much Would Treadwell’s Sales Tax Cost Alaskans?

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

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

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

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

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

   

Court Rejects Parnell Assault on Tribal Sovereignty

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

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

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

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

Read more: Court Rejects Parnell Assault on Tribal Sovereignty

   

Treadwell and Sullivan Off the Deep End

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July 17, 2014
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Treadwell and Sullivan Off the Deep End

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

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

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

Read more: Treadwell and Sullivan Off the Deep End

   

GOP Senate Candidates at odds with Alaska Delegation on Hobby Lobby

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Dr. Treadwell Doubles Down on Unconstitutional Abortion Regulations

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

Judge stops Treadwell’s controversial regulations

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

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

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

   

VIDEO: Mr. Whitekeys Mocks Koch Brothers

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July 15, 2014

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VIDEO: Mr. Whitekeys Mocks Koch Brothers

Koch's Filming Popular Alaskan at July 4th Parade

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

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

Watch the full video here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Outside Spending Tops $12 Million in Alaska Senate Race

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Dishonest Dan: McDonald Gun Case

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July 9th, 2014
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Dishonest Dan: McDonald Gun Case

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more: Dishonest Dan: McDonald Gun Case

   

Sullivan Won't Stand His Ground on Gun Bill

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

Retreats on Stand Your Ground After Getting Caught Lying

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

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

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

   

Treadwell on Defensive Over Voting Rights

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July 8, 2014
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Treadwell on Defensive Over Voting Rights

Rural Alaska fights back against Treadwell assault on voting rights

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

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

Read more: Treadwell on Defensive Over Voting Rights

   

Parnell Missing in Action After Hire of Harasser

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

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

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

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

Read more: Parnell Missing in Action After Hire of Harasser

   

Alaskans Catch Sullivan Lying About Stand Your Ground

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

Sullivan claims to have "passed" bill his agency opposed

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

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

Read more: Alaskans Catch Sullivan Lying About Stand Your Ground

   

Koch Brothers Raising Taxes on North Pole Residents

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

Koch Brothers Close Flint Hills and Leave Alaskans With the Tab

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

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

Read more: Koch Brothers Raising Taxes on North Pole Residents

   

Politifact Calls Another Sullivan Campaign Claim “False”

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

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

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

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

   

Sullivan's Anniversary: Declares Alaska Residency As One Year

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

4 Years Since Sullivan Claimed One Year of Alaska Residency

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

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

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

   

Dan Sullivan Rebukes Own Press Release

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July 2, 2014
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Dan Sullivan Rebukes Own Press Release

Candidate accidentally takes a position, immediately retracts it

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

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

APRN reports:

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

Read more: Dan Sullivan Rebukes Own Press Release

   

Supreme Court Majority Renews War on Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2014
CONTACT: Zack Fields, (907) 258-3077

Supreme Court Majority Renews War on Women

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

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

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

Read more: Supreme Court Majority Renews War on Women

   

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