A Special Election, but for Whom?

A recent Juneau Empire editorial highlighted the apparent rift among Assembly members over the mayoral campaigns of Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch. In that editorial, the Empire stated how “... some elected officials were focusing on petty arguments.” What is neither mentioned nor petty is the action that triggered this rift when some Assembly members steamrolled the body into approving an unnecessary and expensive special election.

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Murkowski blasts VA for failing Alaska veterans

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski lambasted the Department of Veterans Affairs for dismantling a healthcare system in Alaska that  delivered care to veterans no matter where in the state they may live. During a Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Senator Murkowski addressed Dr. David J. Shulkin, Undersecretary of Health for the VA, laying out the many issues Alaska’s veterans now face that they didn’t struggle with before the Choice Act became law.

Murkowski described the deplorable state of veterans' health care in Alaska -- chronic provider vacancies, a dysfunctional referral system, and payment delays.

Dr. Shulkin acknowledged that after implementing the Choice Card Program, the veterans’ healthcare system in Alaska deteriorated, saying:

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Preliminary results from March 1 Presidential Preference Poll

Our preliminary results from March 1 Presidential Preference Poll, not including out-of-district votes, which will be included in the next update, later this week or next:

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Unnaligned voters changed to R to vote in Republican contest

Although totals are not yet calulated from around the state, anecdotal evidence shows that hundreds of Alaskans became Republicans on Tuesday in order to participate in choosing the next Republican nominee for president.

More than 400 voters changed their registration to Republican at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla, while in Juneau, about 140 changed their voter affiliation from unaligned or nonpartisan to Republican. That's out of 760 who voted in Juneau during the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll, or 18 percent of the Juneau Presidential Preference Poll vote. 

A government-based economy, Juneau has a large number of nonpartisan or unaligned voters, as government workers tend to make political choices that protect their jobs.

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Alaska Republicans turn out in record numbers

ANCHORAGE - Preliminary totals from the 2016 Alaska Presidential Poll show the highest number of Alaskans participating in decades in the Alaska GOP process. Nearly 22,000 Alaskans voted on March 1; out-of-district votes will be added to that. 

Interesting facts about the Alaska PPP:

The farthest west polling site, District 37-Unalaska, had 71 voters. The farthest north site, District 40-Barrow, had 21 voters. The farthest south and also east site, District 36-Ketchikan, had 654 voters.

The highest-voting district, 14-Eagle River, had 1,114 voters. Bettles, the smallest site that voted, had just one person cast a ballot.

"The interest in the Republican candidates is extraordinarily high," said Peter S. Goldberg, Alaska Republican Party chairman. "This turnout is over 57 percent higher than 2012, and nearly double the turnout of 2008."

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Results of Alaska's PPP

Our results will be posted here as they come in.


One day to Alaska's Super Tuesday for Republicans


Why we vote on Tuesday


Think of it as a caucus.Why_the_PPP.jpg

Only in this case, more Republicans get to participate, and they don't have to move around a gymnasium in groups as they try to come up with their top candidate for president. They don't have to argue, cajole, shout or debate.

The Alaska Republican Presidential Preference Poll is on March 1, from 3-8 pm. It will take place across the state in dozens of places, such as church basements, sports centers, and American Legion halls.

Republicans will walk in the door, get checked in by greeters, have their names logged into a database to show them as "having voted" and then handed a ballot. They circle the name of their preference for president, and they put it in the ballot box for their district.

That's it. If they're having a good day, they thank the volunteers who have put in hundreds of hours to make it possible.

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Young secures amendment striking down Park Service rule making

Washington, D.C. – During House consideration of H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) ActAlaska Congressman Don Young successfully included an amendment to strike down recent rulemakings by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Park Service (NPS) upon federal lands in Alaska.

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Rep. Young: F-35 decision could trigger economic boom for Interior

STRATEGIC LOCATION DRAWS MILITARY INVESTMENT: The Alaska Congressional Delegation applauded the Air Force’s publication of the final Environmental Impact Study (EIS) regarding the beddown of two squadrons of F-35s to be based at Eielson Air Force Base. Publication of the EIS is a necessary step toward a final Air Force decision on where to base the first F-35As in the Pacific Theatre. The study assesses whether the Air Force can locate the F-35 squadrons at Eielson, and a final “Record of Decision” will be announced in approximately 30 days. 

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