As a famous politician once said, money is the mother’s milk of politics. But what exactly did candidates and donors get for each dollar spent this primary election?
With all of the 2016 Alaska primary races now decided, except the Nageak-Westlake race, we can now self-evaluate where we were right and where we wrong in our primary predictions.
This is a repeat of the Democratic primary from two years ago when Rep. Ben Nageak beat Dean Westlake 53%-47%. In that race Nageak took Barrow, they split Kotzebue, and Westlake took many of the outlying areas.
This time around, Nageak looks to be in trouble, big trouble.
The latest campaign financial disclosure reports bring to light Rep. Gabrielle LeDouxâ€™s strategy of creating her very own political action committee, take lots of money from lobbyists then give it to friends.
Who is smarter: Sarah Palin or Mark Begich?
Who is more charismatic: Sen. Lisa Murkowski or Sen. Dan Sullivan
Who is more obnoxious: Les Gara or Amy Demboski?
Thereâ€™s a refrain we hear about political campaigns every election cycle: “this year, campaigns waged an unprecedented ground game, having a face-to-face conversation with almost every single voter.”
Baloney. As academics who study campaigns, we hear this claim all the time. But we also know itâ€™s important to investigate whether data backs it up. We did. And it doesnâ€™t.
Dems out AK media, candidates do their thing, and the good times are over. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!!
Craig Medred confirmed that he has entered into a contract with the State Senate Majority to research and potentially write about Gov. Walkerâ€™s history in pursuing an LNG project.
The race to replace Rep. Mike Hawker in the Hillside area State House District 28 seat is heating up. The two Republican primary candidate Jennifer Johnston and Ross Bieling are now trading nasty barbs in their latest batch of radio ads.
It was a shocking moment, but delegates shouldnâ€™t have been shocked by the comments themselves.
At least the Alaska delegates shouldnâ€™t. They have been hearing them, complete with a non-endorsement, from the faith-based wing of their own state party.