WaPo’s David Broder Declares the Voters’ Will in 2010 Was Best Symbolized by…Lisa Murkowski

November 26, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Liberal journalists are forever trying to dismiss the idea that when conservative candidates win, the voters who sent them to Washington sent them for conservative goals — to restrain relentless government growth. In Thursday's Washington Post, columnist David Broder declared, in the face of all evidence, that the defining campaign of 2010 was….the egocentric write-in campaign of moderate Republican Lisa Murkowski in Alaska. It was not the year of the Tea Party, or repealing ObamaCare. It was the year that the voters said they wanted non-ideological bipartisanship. He quoted her interview with the PBS NewsHour: 

"I think that's what voters are looking for. I don't think that most are looking for somebody that is going to follow the litmus test of one party or another, and never deviate from it. I think they want us to think, and I think they want us to work cooperatively together. So, that's my pledge to all Alaskans, regardless of whether you are the most conservative Republican or the most liberal Democrat, I'm going to try to find a way that we can find common ground to help the state and to help our country."

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WaPo’s David Broder Declares the Voters’ Will in 2010 Was Best Symbolized by…Lisa Murkowski

November 26, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Liberal journalists are forever trying to dismiss the idea that when conservative candidates win, the voters who sent them to Washington sent them for conservative goals — to restrain relentless government growth. In Thursday's Washington Post, columnist David Broder declared, in the face of all evidence, that the defining campaign of 2010 was….the egocentric write-in campaign of moderate Republican Lisa Murkowski in Alaska. It was not the year of the Tea Party, or repealing ObamaCare. It was the year that the voters said they wanted non-ideological bipartisanship. He quoted her interview with the PBS NewsHour: 

"I think that's what voters are looking for. I don't think that most are looking for somebody that is going to follow the litmus test of one party or another, and never deviate from it. I think they want us to think, and I think they want us to work cooperatively together. So, that's my pledge to all Alaskans, regardless of whether you are the most conservative Republican or the most liberal Democrat, I'm going to try to find a way that we can find common ground to help the state and to help our country."

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Alaska Senate race: Murkowski files motion to counter Miller

November 24, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R- Alaska) has filed a motion to intervene in Republican candidate Joe Miller’s lawsuit challenging the method by which the state’s Division of Elections counted write-in votes in the Nov. 2 general election.

Murkowski, who has already claimed victory in the race, also asked for an expedited decision.

“Joe’s reluctance to accept the will of the voters remains discouraging. We are certain the state courts can act on this baseless lawsuit in a timely manner,” Murkowski campaign manager Kevin Sweeney said in a statement.

“By intervening in the case, Senator Murkowski seeks to protect the thousands of voters that Mr. Miller seeks to disenfranchise.”

The country’s last undecided Senate election arrived in state court Monday when Miller sued the state over how write-in ballots for his Republican rival, write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski have been counted.

Miller’s lawsuit was originally filed in federal court, but a judge ruled Friday that it was instead a matter for the state court to decide. However, he did grant a temporary injunction halting certification of the Senate election. The incumbent Murkowski launched a write-in bid for the Senate seat after she lost the Republican primary to Tea Party-backed Miller.

The Miller campaign is now challenging the Division of Election’s decision to ensure the state law is followed, which calls for write-in votes to match the name of the candidate. He has argued that Alaska law does not allow the counting of misspelled names on write-in ballots. The Division of Elections set guidelines before counting began that allowed for a voter’s intent to be considered when determining whether to count a ballot for a write-in candidate.

After the court rules, the campaign has said it wants a hand count of the ballots.

The Associated Press called the race for Murkowski last week when she had a 10,328-vote lead over Miller, a figure that includes the 8,159 ballots contested by Miller observers. Not including those ballots, she has a 2,169-vote lead.

But Miller has not conceded despite the projections of Murkowski’s win and calls from Republican leaders asking him to end his bid.

In an interview with CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux in the Situation Room on Tuesday, Miller said that there is a chance he could still win because “nobody really knows what the count is.”

He also defended his campaign’s challenge of the write-in ballots and the request for a hand count.

“I think Alaskans deserve to have a clear process, one that they can rely on in the future, and one that’s not gamed at the end.” Miller said.

- CNN”s Steve Brusk and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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DeMint Still Trying to Keep Murkowski Out of Senate

November 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Even as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) says he would welcome Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) back to the U.S. Senate, McClatchy reports he’s “still urging conservative activists around the country to donate money to replace the Alaskan incumbent with tea party favorite Joe Miller.”

DeMint writes: “Joe Miller can win this race, but he’s up against a well-financed legal team that is working for Lisa Murkowski. They will be fighting to bend the law in Alaska, which requires write-in ballots to accurately state the candidate’s name.”
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Lisa Murkowski, The Cindy McCain Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

November 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

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I know, perhaps a bit redundant, but I didn’t want to denigrate John Kerry…

Yesterday, as we reported, newly-re-minted Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (that’s MUR + KOW + SKI) told a local Alaska TV station that she would support repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “as long as as long as it is supported by the troops as long as it doesn’t hurt the performance, the morale, the recruitment.”

But Igor Volsky finds just a few hours later, Murkowski told CNN, “I don’t know how it is going to be presented in the upcoming lame duck in terms of that defense authorization bill, and whether or not we will get to that,” she said. “It is indeterminate at this point in time.”

I.E., I was for repeal before I backpedaled and moved toward GOP talking points…

Lisa Lisa, let’s make this happen!

Oh, and Cindy — looks like we’re waiting for an apology

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Quote Of The Day: Murkowski v. Palin Edition

November 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Lisa Murkowski

The normally cerebral Murkowski declared the gloves off. She said she was in the race to win it, asked Alaskans to stand with her, and she taunted Palin and a Republican establishment that saw her as going on a fool’s errand.

“Well, perhaps it’s time they met one Republican woman who won’t quit on Alaska,” she said to cheers in September, a not-so-subtle dig on Palin’s decision to step down early as Alaska governor.

Heh.




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Murkowski: “It’s time they met one Republican woman who won’t quit on Alaska”

November 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Stay classy, Lisa


Isn’t she a ray of sunshine? We have to endure several years of Lisa Murkowski being the thorn on our side. She won her election against Joe Miller (at least for now) and instead of being gracious, she decided to take her shots at Sarah Palin and those in the Tea Party, while trying to [...]

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Miller asks federal court to stop certification of Murkowski

November 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Lost cause?


It’s not over yet in Alaska, or so Joe Miller argued in federal court last night.  He filed a motion to an existing lawsuit to issue a temporary injunction against the state to stop it from certifying Lisa Murkowski as the winner in the Senate race, claiming that the state started counting the write-in ballots [...]

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Murkowski To Alaska TV: ‘I Would Not Oppose The Defense Authorization Bill Because Of DADT,’ But Then Tells CNN She Doesn’t Know How Bill Will Be ‘Presented’

November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

This afternoon, during an interview with KTVA’s Matt Felling, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that she would not oppose repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “as long as as long as it is supported by the troops as long as it doesn’t hurt the performance, the morale, the recruitment”:

MURKOWSKI: I have said that I would work to make sure that as long as it is supported by the troops as long as it doesn’t hurt the performance, the morale, the recruitment, that these are all things we want to take into consideration. I think we will see this play out in this report. If in fact, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is included in the defense authorization and we get to a point where we can move that bill through, I would not oppose the Defense Authorization Bill because Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — the repeal of it — is included within it.

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Murkowski went on to say that the country was at “different point in time.” “There is clearly a level of acceptance within our communities, at all levels, of supporting and providing for that level of equality for the homosexual community and I think it’s important to recognize that,” she added.

Interestingly, hours after taping this interview (sometime before 4pm EST), Murkowski appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room (after 6pm EST) and suggested that she didn’t know how she would vote on the issue, possibly hinting that her vote would depend on an open amendment process. “I don’t know how it is going to be presented in the upcoming lame duck in terms of that defense authorization bill, and whether or not we will get to that,” she said. “It is indeterminate at this point in time.” Watch it:

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski Tells Local TV She Will Vote For Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Last night during an appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) refused to say if she would vote for a National Defense Authorization Act that included a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but this afternoon, during an interview with KTV’s Matt Felling in Alaska, Murkowski said that she would “not vote against a bill that had that repeal in it.”

Felling appeared on CNN this afternoon to preview the interview:

FELLING: And then I pursued the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell vote because that’s something that she’s been very reluctant to talk about because she wanted to hear from the troops and kick the can down the road. And then today she said, listen there have been leaks out of this poll inside the Pentagon, saying the troops are fine with it being repealed and you know, we are a different sort of warfare there aren’t trenches there aren’t fox holes anymore, I would not vote against a bill that had that repeal in it. And that’s honestly the first time she came swinging on that topic too.

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Earlier today at a press conference with 13 other Democratic Senators, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — the sponsor of DADT repeal in the Senate — predicted that the measure would garner more than 60 votes. “I am confident that we have more than 60 votes prepared to take up the Defense authorization with the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ if only there will be a guarantee of a fair and open amendment process, in other words, whether we’ll take enough time to do it,’ Lieberman said, naming GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Richard Lugar as ‘Yes’ votes. “Time is an inexcusable reason not to get this done.”

Felling’s interview with Murkowski airs tonight on KTVA. Requests for comment from Murkowski’s office were not returned.

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