Next act for Palin unclear after Alaska House losses
JUNEAU, Alaska — (AP) — Republican Sarah Palin re-emerged in Alaska politics over a decade after resigning as governor with hopes of winning the state’s U.S. House seat. Peltola, a former state lawmaker, avoided the sniping between Palin and Republican Nick Begich, who cast the former governor as a quitter and self-promoter. The general election also included a Libertarian who lagged far behind. With the losses, Lottsfeldt said, the one-time conservative sensation becomes “sort of old news.”Republican strategist Brad Todd said Palin “had a lot of the characteristics that President Trump had before President Trump came along. Begich was the second candidate eliminated in the general election after the Libertarian.wftv.com
Next act for Palin unclear after Alaska House losses
Palin lost two elections for the House seat Republican Don Young held for 49 years before his death in March — an August special ballot to determine who would serve the remainder of his term and the Nov. 8 general election for a full two-year term. Results of the Nov. 8 election were announced Wednesday. Both ranked-choice votes were won by Democrat Mary Peltola, who is Yup’ik and with her win in the special election became the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress.news.yahoo.com
Mary Peltola Takes Lead in Alaska House Race
Congressional candidate and elect Mary Peltola (Yup’ik) is on track to fill the state’s congressional at-large seat made vacant by Congressman Don Young’s unexpected death in March 2022. In unofficial results counted by early Wednesday from 96% of all precincts, Peltola brought in more than 100,500 votes—claiming about 47% of the vote for Alaska’s single U.S. House seat. Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin was in second place with about 27%.news.yahoo.com
Dems meddled in GOP primaries. Was it worth it?
THE BIG IDEA: Dems meddled in GOP primaries. The idea was to encourage GOP primary voters to pick far-right candidates whom Democrats could ultimately clobber in November. Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is locked in an uncomfortably close race with her Republican opponent, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt. (The ad was mocked by Young's former communications director, who noted how similar it was to a Young ad from 2008.) Young's former communications director, Zack Brown, quickly noted that Begich's commercial was very similar to a Young ad from 2008.wftv.com
Peltola faces Palin, Begich, Bye in Alaska House debate
Peltola beat Palin and Republican Nick Begich in a ranked choice August special election to fill the remainder of the late Republican Rep. Don Young's term. Palin has joined Begich in urging voters to “rank the red,” or the Republican candidates. When asked if the government should be able to mandate vaccinations, Begich, Bye and Palin said no. Palin said while she and Peltola have different policy positions, she has “great respect” for Peltola. Begich has also taken aim at Peltola, seeking to tie her to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden.wftv.com
Peltola faces Palin, Begich, Bye in Alaska House debate
Democratic U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola of Alaska in a televised debate called partisanship a threat to the country as she sought to make the case for reelection to the seat she’s held since September against challengers including Republican Sarah Palin.
Alaska US Senate hopeful drops bid, backs fellow Republican
A little-known candidate for the U.S. Senate race in Alaska suspended his campaign Monday, hoping not to divide the GOP vote during the general election by throwing his support to a fellow Republican backed by former President Donald Trump. Buzz Kelley, who finished fourth in the primary race, said his motivation for suspending the campaign came after Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich lost to Democrat Mary Peltola in the special general election for the state’s U.S. House seat left vacant with the death in March of U.S. Rep. Don Young. “After the Peltola victory, the divide-and-conquer of Sarah and Nick, I don’t want to be any part of that for the Senate race,” Kelley told The Associated Press in a phone interview.news.yahoo.com
Palin urges Begich to drop House bid; Begich declines
Alaska U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin called on fellow Republican Nick Begich to drop out of the race Monday, holding a news conference in the same place where on a holiday weekend more than a decade ago she announced plans to resign as Alaska's governor. Begich, who was critical of Palin during the campaign, seeking to cast her as a quitter and questioning her motives in running, said Monday his campaign is “confident that we are on a positive trajectory to win in November.” “Ranked choice voting showed that Palin simply doesn’t have enough support from Alaskans to win an election and her performance in the Special was embarrassing as a former Governor and Vice Presidential candidate," he said in a statement Monday.news.yahoo.com
Alaska Natives celebrate Peltola's historic House election
JUNEAU, Alaska — (AP) — Bernadette Demientieff said she cried when she learned of Democrat Mary Peltola's win in Alaska's U.S. House special election, making Peltola the first Alaska Native to be elected to Congress. Zack Brown, a former spokesperson in Young’s office, said that "many staffers over the years heard the Congressman express that he’d like to see the seat one day held by an Alaska Native woman." This was the first statewide ranked voting election in Alaska. Of the Begich voters who ranked a second candidate, about 36% chose Peltola and 64% chose Palin, according to preliminary figures. Andrew Halcro, a Republican, said he ranked Peltola first in the special election and Republican write-in candidate Tara Sweeney second.wftv.com
Peltola beats Palin, wins Alaska House special election
“I’m honored and humbled by the support I have received from across Alaska,” Peltola said in a statement. Palin also railed against the ranked voting system, which was instituted by Alaska voters. Under the new system, ranked voting is used in general elections. Under ranked voting, ballots are counted in rounds. In Alaska, voters last backed a Democrat for president in 1964.wftv.com
Special election results expected for lone Alaska House seat
JUNEAU, Alaska — (AP) — State elections officials plan to release results Wednesday of the special election for Alaska's only U.S. House seat, with Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Mary Peltola vying to become the first woman to hold the seat. The results are expected 15 days after the Aug. 16 election, in line with a deadline for state elections officials to receive absentee ballots mailed from outside the U.S. Ranked voting is among a suite of elections changes approved by voters in 2020 that also included replacing party primaries with open primaries. Under ranked voting, ballots are counted in rounds. Palin has criticized the ranked voting system as “convoluted" and said it should be changed.wftv.com
Post Politics Now Alaska to release results of special election with Palin and Peltola locked in a close race
Alaska will release the results of its special election to fill the vacant U.S. House seat, with former governor Sarah Palin (R) and Democrat Mary Peltola locked in a close race.washingtonpost.com
Murkowski’s primary win spurs interest in election reforms, as well as criticism
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s surprisingly strong showing in Alaska last week has sparked new interest in election reforms used by the state and that could be a model for the rest of the country, as well as scrutiny from those who suspect the changes may favor one party more than another.news.yahoo.com
Murkowski advances in Alaska Senate race, Palin in House
Election 2022 Alaska FILE - Sarah Palin, a Republican seeking the sole U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. She's also in the U.S. House primary, seeking a full two-year term. In the House primary, Palin, Republican Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Peltola have advanced to the November election. The winner of the ranked choice special election may not be known until the end of the month. In the race for Alaska governor, Republican Mike Dunleavy, Democrat Les Gara and independent Bill Walker advanced to the November general election.wftv.com
Alaska high court reverses ruling that roiled House election
The Alaska Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision that barred state elections officials from certifying the results of Saturday’s special U.S. House primary amid concerns about ballot accessibility for voters with visual impairments.
Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally in Montgomery, Ala. Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, including wearing masks in public. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public. “And history will show we Masked Singer visitors were masked before being masked was cool,” she said in her statement, referring to the TV show on which she once appeared. It was not clear when Palin, 57, tested positive. She told the magazine that other members of her family tested positive as well.
The Latest: 6 more COVID cases found in local China outbreak
Ad___JOHNSTON, Iowa — Facing an uptick in new coronavirus cases and a hesitancy among a significant portion of the population to get the vaccine Iowa Gov. State health data shows 555 new positive cases in the past 24 hours and no additional deaths reported. Illinois Department of Public Health officials on Tuesday reported 2,404 coronavirus cases, including 17 more deaths. State health officials say 43% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine and about 65% are fully vaccinated. ___ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 39,302, a record high for a second straight day.
Alaska GOP censures Murkowski, looks for ’22 challenger
FILE - In this Feb 23, 2021, file photo, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. “The party does not want Lisa Murkowski to be a Republican candidate,” said Tuckerman Babcock, immediate past chairman of the state party. However, when speaking to reporters last month in Juneau, Murkowski addressed a possible censure by the state party. A message left with Glenn Clary, current Alaska Republican Party chairman, was not returned. AdThe new primary voting system left the state party wondering how they move forward, Babcock said.
Biden played 'sheriff' on '09 aid, now salesman on COVID law
President Joe Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, March 12, 2021, in Washington. Biden signed the bill into law Thursday and then extolled it in a prime-time address to the nation that night. He predicted that Biden would be equally relentless in selling the relief package this time. “This is so important that it is literally something you say during the last rally of your reelection campaign.”Biden is expected to appoint someone to oversee implementation of the COVID-19 relief plan. AdBiden’s White House has embraced the strategy of under-promising and then over-delivering, allowing it to frequently beat target dates and goals on, for instance, vaccine distribution.
GOP White House hopefuls wait to see what Trump does next
WASHINGTON – When a party loses the White House, a new crop of presidential hopefuls typically begin moving quickly to lay the groundwork for a run in the next campaign. President Donald Trump's increasingly overt flirtations with running again in 2024 are freezing the potentially vast field of Republican candidates. GOP White House hopefuls are essentially left to watch what Trump does next instead of courting fundraisers, building networks and visiting early-voting states — the usual campaign planning steps — for fear of angering Trump and risking turning off his large and loyal base. That followed comments during a White House Christmas party this past week when Trump said, "We’re trying to do another four years. His supporters argue that if Trump did run, Hogan would enjoy a near-open lane unlike the one crowded with Trump defenders.
Trump intensifies focus on Harris in final weeks of campaign
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at Carpenters Local Union 1912 in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, to kick off a small business bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)If you need help with the Public File, call 407-291-6000.
President Trump intensifies focus on Sen. Kamala Harris in final weeks of campaign
During the past week, Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News that Harris would assume the presidency within “three months” of Biden's inauguration. During a conversation with Rush Limbaugh, he warned that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would “replace” Biden with Harris. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally, is pushing the president to make Harris a campaign centerpiece. “This is a desire not to run against Joe Biden, to run against anybody but Joe Biden,” he said. Biden and Harris can best respond to the attacks by focusing on their agenda and policies, said Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California.