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%.
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.
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.
November 10, 2010 |
The tedious scrutinizing of the more than 92,500 write-in ballots cast in the U.S. Senate race in Alaska got underway in a chilly warehouse Wednesday, with observers for Republican Joe Miller's campaign determined to challenge any variation in the spelling of rival Lisa Murkowski's name. And judging from the multiple derivations voters attempted ? Lisa Muroski, LSI Murkswke, Lisa Mvrowski, Lesa Merkesken, Lisa M., along with at least one ballot cast for Jesus Christ ? there will be no shortage of opportunities for argument.
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.
November 11, 2010 |
The outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alaska may well turn on a legal standard established by a state election so hotly contested it was eventually decided by a coin toss. After a recount, two lawsuits and much hand-wringing, the 2006 balloting was still a tie. But despite the coin-flip ending, the case firmly established the state's approach in deciding disputed write-in ballots. "We have consistently emphasized the importance of voter intent," a court ruled. In the current race between Republican Joe Miller and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, the Republican incumbent, legal experts say that Miller will probably have a hard time disputing write-in ballots just because of slight misspellings.