According to Mark Begich, Alaska’s former junior senator will be making a significant announcement about his future at 8 A.M. Thursday morning on Rick Rydell’s radio show on AM 650 KENI. Rydell confirmed as much on Facebook this afternoon:
Alaska’s U.S. Congressional race has officially gotten going. Oh sure, technically both incumbent Rep. Don Young and Democrat challenger Steve Lindbeck have been in the race for months, but aside from the standard float of Young ads and a brief attack by Lindbeck in June over unionized tanker escorts there hasn’t been any noticeable communications activity in this race.
Joe Miller has sent out his first fundraising email and his message differs greatly from that the Alaska Republican Party is selling.
This afternoon on her daily radio show on 1020 FM KVNT Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski said Alaska Republican Party Vice-Chairman Rick Whitbeck called her last night and threatened her over her voicing support for Alaska Libertarian Party senatorial candidate Joe Miller over the Alaska Republican Party’s candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Joe Miller appeared on the Michael Dukes Show on AM 700 KBYR this morning with fill-in host Brad Keithley.
According to a posting on Alaska Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate Cean Steven’s personal Facebook page this afternoon, she is dropping out of the race and 2010 Alaska Republican Party nominee for the same office Joe Miller is stepping in.
The Alaska AFL-CIO held their annual convention late last week and while the body agreed to endorse Sen. Lisa Murkowski, they chose not to offer their usual endorsement to Rep. Don Young.
The Upshot, a New York Times section devoted to data-driven reporting on politics, policy, and economics, gives Democrats a 57% chance of winning the Senate and Sen. Lisa Murkowski a greater than 99% chance of winning re-election.
Buck down folks, the news isnâ€™t good. New numbers released yesterday show the federal deficit jumped 35% this year and is set to almost triple in the next ten years. As if that isnâ€™t a troubling enough sign, the federal government itself now projects significantly slower economic growth over the next ten years. And we are still waiting for either presidential candidate to notice.
Most political prognosticators view Alaska as solidly in the Donald Trump column in the presidential election, but that isn’t stopping Trumpâ€™s campaign and that of Hillary Clinton from showing signs of life in the Last Frontier.