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  • 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 Alaska (along with Hawaii) will continue to receive Obamacare’s premium tax credits while they are repealed for all other states.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 · 48 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...
  • Murkowski Refuses To Explain Why She Campaigned On Obamacare Repeal But Voted Against It

    07/30/2017 1:52:59 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 76 replies
    Although she has won three terms in office, Murkowski has never won a majority of voters in her state. Her next election is in 2022. In 2016, Murkowski won 44 percent of the vote. In 2010 she won 39.5 percent of the vote and in 2004 she won 48.5 percent.
  • Huckabee calls for repeal of 17th Amendment after healthcare failure

    07/30/2017 1:30:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 28, 2017 | John Bowden
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Friday called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the return to senators selected by state legislatures after the Senate GOP's effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare died in a late-night vote. The 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913 and established the popular election of senators. Previously, senators were elected by state legislatures. @GovMikeHuckabee Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid The Senate's "skinny repeal" of ObamaCare failed late Thursday night by a vote of 51-49. The...
  • Sarah For Senate? (V)

    07/28/2017 3:25:23 PM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 42 replies
    myself | 7-28-2017 | Orangehoof
    Alaskans - are you upset that your Republican senator pulled the rug out from under the repeal of ObamaCare? There's something you can do about it. A certain popular ex-governor is available and what she might lack in skills as an individual candidate, she certain has an eye for representing Alaskans first and foremost rather than the DC elites.
  • Trump Goes After Murkowski Over Healthcare Vote

    07/26/2017 8:33:42 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/26/17 | Leah Barkoukis
    President Trump singled out Sen. Lisa Murkowski Wednesday morning on Twitter over how the Alaska Republican voted Tuesday on healthcare. “Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday,” he wrote. “Too bad!” Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump The crowd in Ohio was amazing last night - broke all records. We all had a great time in a great State. Will be back soon! Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad! 7:13 AM - 26...
  • ALASKANS HAVE TO BEG FOR AN ELEVEN MILE ROAD

    07/23/2017 1:07:26 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 57 replies
    I was shocked by what I saw on CSPAN a few days ago. There was a session in the House composed of a small group of both Republicans and Democrats debating whether a small town in Alaska should get money for an eleven mile road to connect up to civilization. The Alaskans were Republicans and the Democrats consisted of Niki Tsongas (Massachusetts), Grijalva (Arizona) and a couple more Democrats from other states. The Alaskans asked for the road so that people could get to an airport to access a hospital. Niki Tsongas said no because it would harm the environment...
  • Three Republicans blocking final effort to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

    07/20/2017 8:10:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07/20/2017 | Claire Chretien
    It looks like Planned Parenthood won't be defunded and Obamacare won't be repealed thanks to three Republican senators. Republicans failed to rally enough senators to vote for the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would repeal and replace Obamacare. Then, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced the Senate would instead only vote on repealing the pro-abortion healthcare law. The bill repealing Obamacare would also defund Planned Parenthood for one year. Three Republican senators, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine, have all said they'd vote against the bill. This means McConnell doesn't...
  • Trump Administration Approves Eni Plan to Drill Offshore Alaska

    07/14/2017 9:38:22 AM PDT · by Oatka · 12 replies
    Reuters via gCaptain ^ | July 13, 2017 | Timothy Gardner
    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – Eni US will become the first energy company allowed to explore for oil in federal waters off Alaska since 2015 after the Trump administration this week approved a drilling plan on leases the company has been sitting on for 10 years. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the drilling plan of Eni US, a unit of Italy’s Eni on Wednesday as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to boost oil and gas drilling and make the country “energy dominant.”
  • U.S. Destroys Incoming Test Missile Off Coast Of Alaska

    07/11/2017 4:43:05 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 Jul 2017
    FOX NEWS ALERT: U.S. flexes its defense muscles, destroys incoming test missile off coast of Alaska
  • How ‘isolated’ North Korea managed to build an ICBM that could reach Alaska

    07/08/2017 8:07:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | July 8, 2017 | Amanda Erickson
    North Korea is a country in isolation, a place where most citizens don't have access to the Internet or the means to travel abroad. In 2010, the New York Times described the country as a “‘hermit kingdom,’ so poor that there is almost no supply of concrete, bricks or window glass. People suffer shortages of rice, gasoline and even underwear.” And yet. It’s been able to expand its weapons technology at an astounding rate. Earlier this week, it test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say could have reached Alaska. How has the North been able to make big...
  • 19-Year-Old Soldier From Alaska Dies In Afghanistan

    07/05/2017 5:42:56 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 37 replies
    www.SarahPalin.com ^ | July 5, 2017 | Mary Kate Knorr
    A 19-year-old soldier from Wasilla, Alaska has died while serving overseas in Afghanistan, according to Reuters. The Pentagon said Wednesday that he died from injuries sustained during an attack. Check it out (via Reuters): "Private First Class Hansen Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, Alaska, died on Monday when he was struck by “indirect fire,” a military term that usually encompasses rockets, mortars, or artillery, the U.S. military command in Kabul said in a statement. Kirkpatrick was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division, which is based in Fort Bliss, Texas."
  • Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear

    07/04/2017 4:13:15 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 31 replies
    Juneau Empire ^ | June 30, 2017 | KEVIN GULLUFSEN
    “There was four of them in a line … my son was third,” Clark said. “The bear came down the trail at them, fella in the front, who was his uncle, the bear was on him so quickly that he didn’t have time to take his rifle off his shoulder.” The bear ran through the first two men, who were pushed to the side of the trail, leaving Elliot Clark in front of his unarmed cousin. The boy raised his pump action shotgun and shot the sow, hitting it with birdshot, which is often used just to scare bears off,...