Sen. Lisa Murkowski said this week that she is likely to vote in favor of a bill protecting same-sex marriage rights, joining four other Republicans and raising the likelihood that the measure can overcome a Senate filibuster.
Hopefully you spent the day doing literally anything else.
It’s time for a federal solution. The Equality Act would start to address these issues by guaranteeing basic, fundamental protections for all people in employment, housing and public accommodations regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It would ensure transgender and nonbinary people are guaranteed the opportunity to work and provide for their families, secure a home for their loved ones, and access life-saving medical care – free from harassment, violence, and discrimination.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had nothing but praise for the process that led to the passage of the bill. “This bill is an example of the critical bipartisan work that can be done in Congress,” she said, “and the president is grateful to Sen. Murkowski and Congressman Young for their leadership in this area.”
I always “vote fish” because to me that means voting for healthy oceans and thriving coastal communities. And I always vote for the person, not a party and my voting record reflects that. In more than 30 years as a radio/print reporter for Alaska’s seafood industry, I have never publicly endorsed a candidate.
Disagreement and discourse about policy and political philosophy is part of a healthy democracy, but any politician willing to flagrantly take on or abandon principles in order to chase a result is simply being dishonest.
The race is still far, far from a lock—it was recently upgraded to “leans Republican” by the Cook Political Report—but Harstad outlines several positive points for Gross in his memo.
“Coward,” said his opponent Al Gross.
Off in a corner being quiet.
A statement from the pollster accompanying the results notes that Republicans have been regularly in Alaska underperforming in recent years and that this year’s presidential election may be a boon to Gross.