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  • Sen. Murkowski Supports Repeal Of Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

    11/22/2017 5:03:55 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/22/17
    Sen. Murkowski wrote a piece for an Alaska newspaper Tuesday announcing she would support repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate which is currently part of the GOP tax bill. I have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed. That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception and also why I cosponsored a bill to repeal the individual mandate tax penalty starting as early as 2013. And that is why...
  • Palin appeals dismissal of New York Times defamation suit

    11/22/2017 5:26:51 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Nov 2017 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) – Sarah Palin, a former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, appealed on Tuesday the dismissal of her defamation suit against The New York Times, according to a court filing. Her suit against America’s newspaper of record was thrown out in late August by a New York judge who ruled that, in the context of “free” and “robust” American political journalism, “mistakes will be made.”....Palin accused the newspaper of having published the editorial with the full knowledge that the connection it mentioned was unfounded, and has pursued a defamation suit against it.
  • Many Christian Conservatives Are Backing Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore

    11/19/2017 2:02:24 PM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 19, 2017, 3:32 PM
    That steadfastness is shocking to many outside Alabama. The answer is both complicated and deeply rooted in the DNA of a state that prides itself on bucking norms. The state's motto — "We dare defend our rights" — is an upfront acknowledgement of a fighting spirit that has put Alabamians at odds with the rest of the nation for generations. Introducing Moore during a "God Save America" rally at a south Alabama church this week, pastor Mike Allison said his support wasn't wavering because Moore never has. "He has staunchly defended the Constitution of the United States, he has stood...
  • Alaska urged to prepare for North Korean nuclear attack as residents told to have emergency stash...

    11/17/2017 6:10:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 15 NOV 2017 | Michael Havis, Stephen Jones
    Alaska urged to prepare for North Korean nuclear attack as residents told to have emergency stash of food and water The country will NOT attempt evacuations if North Korea fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned - as families are urged to stock up with emergency rations Alaska is being urged to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack - amid fears that a warhead 'could reach residents in 20 minutes'. The country will NOT attempt evacuations if maniac despot Kim Jong-un fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, urged...
  • UPDATE: New ANWR legislation passes by vote of 13-10

    11/16/2017 8:02:32 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 23 replies
    KTUU ^ | 11/15/2017 | Leroy Polk
    Following spirited discussion on both sides of the issue, a vote was called at the Energy and Natural Resources committee hearing, regarding new legislation proposed by Sen. Murkowski. By a vote of 13 in favor and 10 opposed, the legislation passed out of the committee just after 8 a.m.
  • 5 naked people arrested after ‘very bizarre’ car crash

    11/07/2017 10:56:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | November 7, 2017 | by Associated Press
    NISKU, Alberta - Canadian Mounties found five people naked after a bizarre car wreck on a rural road. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Laurel Scott says officers responded to the report Monday morning of a car colliding with a truck in Nisku. When they arrived, they found that five people in the car were naked - four women and one man. Scott said Tuesday the five were arrested. She said she’s not sure of the charges, though police consider it a “purposeful collision.” Police said earlier they believe drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. The collision occurred on...
  • Senate Votes to Raise Revenue by Drilling In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (drill, baby drill!)

    10/20/2017 10:33:29 AM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    Spokesman Review ^ | Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 10:04 a.m. | By Juliet Eilperin
    WASHINGTON – The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Wash., the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, offered an budget amendment that would have removed instructions to the panel to raise an additional $1 billion through federal leasing. It failed 48 to 52 on a largely party-line vote, with only Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, W.Va., breaking ranks....
  • Senate Dems to fight ‘heartless’ Alaska refuge drilling proposal

    10/17/2017 10:28:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2017 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Democrats are planning an amendment to stop the GOP from using the budget process to more easily allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and a handful of others told reporters Tuesday that they’re working on how exactly to fight the ANWR provision in the budget, and to bring on Republicans to oppose it as well. “We’re going to work together with our colleagues to determine just the right moment in this budgetary process to make this amendment,” Markey said outside the Capitol. “But we are going to do so, and we...
  • Senate Unveils Budget Blueprint Allowing $1.5 Trillion in Tax Cuts

    09/29/2017 6:42:27 PM PDT · by Innovative · 71 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 29, 2017 | THOMAS KAPLAN and ALAN RAPPEPORT
    The Senate Budget Committee unveiled a 2018 budget blueprint on Friday that would open the door for a $1.5 trillion tax cut, even as an independent analysis concluded that the plan as offered would far exceed that price tag and overwhelmingly benefit corporations and the rich. The budget resolution could also pave the way to opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling, a hot-button Republican proposal that has languished for decades.
  • Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps

    09/28/2017 6:25:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Inside Climate News ^ | September 28, 2017 | BY BOB BERWYN
    When winter sets in, "polar vortex" becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It's enough to send shivers even before the first blast of bitter cold arrives. New research shows that some northern regions have been getting hit with these extreme cold spells more frequently over the past four decades, even as the planet as a whole has warmed. While it may seem counterintuitive, the scientists believe these bitter cold snaps are connected to the warming of the Arctic and the effects that that warming is having on the winds of the stratospheric polar vortex, high...
  • New Version of Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Adds Sweeteners for Alaska (Typical)

    09/24/2017 8:16:04 PM PDT · by BurgessKoch · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 24, 2017 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    WASHINGTON — An updated version of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill circulating among lobbyists and on Capitol Hill on Sunday night has changed to provide more benefits to Alaska, a move to appeal to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has been highly skeptical of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The new version would grandfather Native Alaskans into Medicaid so they wouldn't lose coverage after the expanded Medicaid program is rolled back in 2020, according to a section-by-section summary of the new legislation obtained by an industry lobbyist
  • Republicans Attempt to Buy Murkowski's Vote in New Draft of Health Care Bill

    09/21/2017 11:08:17 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 28 replies
    IJR.com ^ | 09/21/2017 | Haley Byrd
    A Republican Senate aide told Independent Journal Review Thursday that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are attempting to buy Sen. Lisa Murkowski's support through new changes to their controversial Obamacare repeal proposal before an expected vote next week. According to the aide, here is a summary of what the new draft of the bill entails: "This draft includes 3 separate provisions benefitting Alaska. 1. Alaska (along with Hawaii) will continue to receive Obamacare’s premium tax credits while they are repealed for all other states. It appears this exemption will not affect Alaska receiving its state allotment under...
  • Trump inches toward drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge for first time in 30 years(OH NOES!)

    09/18/2017 10:04:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    libertyunyielding.com ^ | 9/17/2017 | staff
    President Donald Trump is moving toward allowing energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the first time in several decades, according to a report Friday from The Washington Post. Interior Department officials are modifying decades-old regulations that have traditionally prevented the agency from conducting seismic studies seen as the first step towards drilling, the report notes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director James W. Kurth told the agency’s Alaska regional director to strike constraints on a rule that allowed exploratory drilling between 1984 and 1986, the last time drilling was allowed in the ANWR, according to a...
  • Alaska teens petition for statewide climate change policy

    09/12/2017 8:06:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | September 12, 2017 | by AP
    A group of Alaska teenagers has sent a petition to the state's environmental agency in hopes of tightening climate change policy. The teens' petition calls for the state to reduce carbon emissions, monitor the greenhouse gasses it does emit and come up with a strategy for the future. Seb Kurland, 17, is among the teens fighting for climate change policy. Kurland said she has noticed the landscape around her hometown of Juneau looks different than it did not that long ago — especially because the Mendenhall Glacier is shrinking. "You know, one of the hard things especially about being a...
  • AK Gov strips Patriot out of Patriot's Day and pushes diversity & tolerance over 9/11 victims

    09/10/2017 4:05:03 PM PDT · by Amy Demboski · 49 replies
    Must Read Alaska ^ | 9/9/17 | Suzanne Downing
    Governor Walker removes Patriot from 9-11 ‘Patriot Day’ Patriot Day is so … patriotic. Maybe a bit too patriotic for Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. Gov. Walker has declared it “September 11 Commemoration Day,” a day where “we as Americans reflect on the importance to our nation of freedom, tolerance, patriotism, diversity, and respect for others, and are grateful for the rights and freedoms that we hold as Americans;” This word play doesn’t happen by accident. Someone changed it from Patriot Day to Commemoration Day. Someone approved it. And the governor signed it. Did he know that he had taken patriotism...
  • New Yorker Writer Tries, Fails to Escape Trump in Alaskan Wilderness

    09/08/2017 8:20:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 7, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    DONALD TRUMP!!! ...Sloooowly I turned...step by step..... Poor Bill McKibben. The former New Yorker staff writer couldn't get Donald Trump out of his mind so, in order to keep from going out of his mind, McKibben took a trip to the Alaskan wilderness. Gates of the Arctic National Park. However, even on the 8.4 million acres of the park with no roads, ranger stations, nor even trails, he still couldn't purge his mind of you-know-who. McKibben recounts his gallant but failed effort in I Went All the Way to the Alaskan Wilderness to Escape Donald Trump which begins with him...
  • Grizzly bears go vegetarian due to climate change, choosing berries over salmon

    08/26/2017 7:46:11 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 86 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/25/17 | Victoria Ward
    Grizzly bears have stopped eating salmon in favour of elderberries after being forced to make a choice due to climate change. Warming temperatures meant that the berries are ripening earlier than usual, at exactly the same time as the freshwater streams on Alaska’s Kodiak Island are overflowing with sockeye salmon. The island's brown bears typically feed first on salmon in early summer, followed by elderberries later in the season, in late August and September. “What you have is a scrambling of the schedule," said William Deacy, a biologist at Oregon State University that studied the phenomenon. "It's essentially like if...
  • Collins, Murkowski: We Sunk Skinny Repeal to Protect Planned Parenthood

    08/09/2017 10:40:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8-9-17 | Cortney O'Brian
    Two of the Senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN.
  • Collins, Murkowski: We Sunk Skinny Repeal to Protect Planned Parenthood

    08/07/2017 3:42:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 7, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Two of the senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN. The bright faced journalist applauded Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) for having the “cajones” to vote against the Republican bill when they knew half the country would view them as heretics. Collins admitted it was an “uncomfortable” vote. But, they both insisted it was the right thing to do, which is why they did not fear backlash from GOP leadership, or even intimidating tweets from the Oval Office. Both women said...
  • Senate panel approves five Interior, Energy nominees after delayed vote (Murkowski doings)

    08/03/2017 12:16:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 3, 2017 | Timothy Cama
    A Senate panel has approved five of President Trump’s nominees for senior roles in the Interior and Energy departments after a delayed vote. The approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee occurred during a brief meeting in the Capitol between votes in the upper chamber. The committee had planned to vote on the nominees last week. But Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) postponed the vote , the same day that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called her reportedly to threaten not to make numerous pro-Alaska decisions she wants because of her votes against repealing Obamacare. Both Murkowski and Zinke later...