September 18, 2010 |
The U.S. Senate race in Alaska was turned on its head in August, when Tea Party Express-backed candidate Joe Miller upset incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary. On Friday evening, Murkowski stunned the state again with a decision to mount a write-in campaign to hold on to her seat. "This is a statement we must make for Alaskans. Together we can do what they say cannot be done. Alaska is not fair game for outside extremists. We are smarter than that â¦ and we will not be had," Murkowski said as cheering supporters in Anchorage shouted, "Run, Lisa, run!"
April 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After four months of debate and maneuvering, the Senate headed for a showdown over gun control - a series of back-to-back votes on rival plans Wednesday afternoon that could end in the collapse of the entire effort. The impending climax, after weeks of inconclusive negotiations, came as gun control supporters tried, without apparent success, to get enough senators to commit themselves to a compromise reached last week by Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.)
November 16, 2010 |
Sen. Lisa Murkowski fired the latest shot in a bitter political rivalry with the state's former governor, saying Sarah Palin doesn't have the "intellectual curiosity" needed to be president. It also was likely no coincidence that Murkowski's made the comment during an interview with " CBS Evening News" host Katie Couric, whose 2008 interviews with then-vice presidential nominee Palin did much to color the nation's perception. Murkowski said her relationship with Palin had been "very professional" during Palin's governorship but that they had rarely spoken since.
November 2, 2010 |
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's unusual write-in bid to hold on to her Alaska Senate seat appeared to be gaining steam in early returns Tuesday, but analysts warned the state could be in for a long, close ballot count whose official outcome may remain unknown for weeks. With just early-voted ballots and a few precincts tallied, write-in votes ? most of them presumably cast for Murkowski ? were leading with 39.44%. Tea Party Express-backed Republican Joe Miller was trailing with 34.15%, while Democrat Scott McAdams had 25.32%.
November 18, 2010 |
Sen. Lisa Murkowski claimed victory Wednesday night over defiant challenger Joe Miller after building a decisive lead in near-final vote tallies. The Republican incumbent persuaded more than 100,000 Alaskans to write in her name ? a highly unusual feat in a statewide race. If her victory holds up through a possible recount and court challenge, she would become the first senator elected by write-in since 1954. "I think we can say our miracle is here," she told about 50 cheering supporters in Anchorage as the state was completing its count of the last 700 absentee ballots.
November 3, 2010 |
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's unusual write-in bid to hold on to her Alaska Senate seat appeared to be gaining steam through early Wednesday, but analysts warned the state is almost certainly in for a long, close ballot count whose official outcome may remain unknown for weeks. With more than 78% of the precincts tallied, write-in votes ? most presumably cast for Murkowski ? were leading with 39.96%. Tea Party Express-backed Republican Joe Miller was trailing with 34.89%, while Democrat Scott McAdams had 24.15%.
May 14, 2010 |
In an opening skirmish over how much money companies should be forced to pay for oil spill damage, Democratic legislators Thursday failed to speed through legislation to raise liability caps from $75 million to $10 billion. Their effort was thwarted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a key oil industry ally who said that the bill would end up empowering only the "biggest of the big oil" companies to drill for American's offshore resources. "This has been named 'The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act,' " said Murkowski, who objected to taking up the measure immediately.
September 2, 2010 |
The defeat of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary is another notch in the belt for the Sacramento-based Tea Party Express, a project of Republican consultant Sal Russo. FOR THE RECORD: Tea Party Express: An article in Thursday's Section A on the role of the Tea Party Express in the defeat of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary and its activities in other races misstated the name of the firm of consultant Sal Russo. The firm is Russo, Marsh and Rogers, not Russo, March and Associates.
October 27, 2010 |
Saying there is "a critical difference between assistance in voting and assistance in who to vote for," a Superior Court judge in Anchorage has blocked the Alaska Division of Elections' attempt to provide lists of write-in candidates to voters when they go to the polls Tuesday, a big setback for the write-in campaign of incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner rejected the state's argument that providing a list of certified write-in candidates to voters who ask for help complies with the state's obligation to assist citizens who need help voting.
December 10, 2010 |
"Tea party" Republican Joe Miller lost his legal bid Friday to reopen the U.S. Senate race in Alaska that incumbent Lisa Murkowski won in an unusual write-in bid. The decision in state court was a crucial setback to Miller's hope for a full hand recount, though he still can appeal in state and federal courts. State officials moved immediately to end the stay on certifying the election that a federal judge had imposed pending the state court decision. The federal court gave Miller until Monday to file objections to expediting the final federal court process.