It’s Princess Lisa   Leave a comment

Lisa Ann Murkowski (born May 22, 1957) is the senior United States Senator from Alaska and technically a member of the Republican Party. She has served in the Senate since 2002.

She is the daughter of former U.S. Senator and Governor of Alaska Frank Murkowski. Before her appointment to the Senate, she served in the Alaska House of Representatives and was eventually elected majority leader.

Lisa Murkowski.jpgFrank Murkowski had been Alaska’s Senator until he won the governor’s race for the State of Alaska in 2002.. He resigned his seat. Frank then appointed his daughter to fill his vacant seat. Lisa completed her father’s unexpired term which ended in January 2005. The appointment caused a controversy in the state, and eventually resulted in a referendum that stripped the governor of his power to directly appoint replacement Senators. She then ran for and won a full term in 2004. She won a narrow victory against former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles, who many Alaskans wanted to lynch for dropping a vital court case involving state sovereignty days before it was to be heard before the US Supreme Court.

Lisa ran for a second term in 2010. She lost the Republican Party nomination to “tea party” candidate Joe Miller. Following the outcome of the primary election, the Murkowski campaign floated the idea of her running as a Libertarian in the general election, but the executive board of the Alaska Libertarian Party voted not to consider allowing Murkowski on its ticket for the U.S. Senate race. She then ran as a write-in candidate and defeated both Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams in the general election, making her only the second Senator in U.S. history to win by write-in campaign. It should be noted that Joe Miller’s security detail picked a fight with the Alaska press by handcuffing a reporter to a chair. Also, Lisa, while claiming to be a Republican, poached key Democratic constituencies from McAdams to produce a win that was exceedingly narrow against Miller. McAddams garnered so few votes that he might not even been on the ballot. Also, the State Office of Elections violated a long standing rule of requiring that names be correctly spelled on write-in ballots. If the mispelled ballots had been set aside, as had happened in every Alaska election since statehood, the race would have had to been decided by run-off.

 

 

Since winning re-election, her voting record has become more liberal-progressive when compared to her previous years in the Senate, when Ted Stevens was available to guide her in what Alaskans want in their Congressional representatives. I suspect she made promises to get Democratic votes, the same as Governor Walker did. She is generally pro-choice on abortion and supports non-federally funded embryonic stem cell researchi although she has cast significant pro-life votes to ban partial-birth abortions. Murkowski is a signer of Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. It’s hard to be a Senate Republican and refuse to sign that. The National Federation of Independent Business named Murkowski a Guardian of Small Business for her “outstanding” voting record on behalf of small business owners. I know a lot of Alaskan small business owners who don’t think her record is that “outstanding”. She opposes gun control, mainly because she wants to remain an Alaskan Senator and that’s a requirement.

Murkowski has helped protect and ensure that health care is delivered by the 100 percent Native American-owned and controlled Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and a network of tribally operated hospitals and clinics in rural Alaska hubs and villages. Murkowski is an active member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and served as Vice Chairman of the Committee during the 110th Congress. She is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a member of the Committee on Appropriations, and has a continuing role on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In 2009, she was honored with a Congressional Leadership Award by the National Congress of American Indians.[17] She is the first Alaskan to receive the award.[17]

Murkowski publicly opposed President Barack Obama’s health reform legislation; she voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and she voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Murkowski has stated numerous times that she would like to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On the other hand, she was an integral part of writing the ACA as part of the Senate Health Education Committee. She admitted that in public forums here in Alaska.

In July 2007, just a day after a Washiington watchdog group filed a Senate ethics complaint against her, Murkowski stated she would sell back land she bought from Anchorage businessman Bob Penney. The complaint alleged that Penney sold the property well below market value.The Anchorage Daily News noted, “The transaction amounted to an illegal gift worth between $70,000 and $170,000, depending on how the property was valued, according to the complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center.”

In 2008, Murkowski amended her Senate financial disclosures for 2004 through 2006, adding income of $60,000 per year from the sale of a property in 2003, and more than $40,000 a year from the sale of her “Alaska Pasta Company” in 2005.

 

So, here is a candidate whose entire career is built on nepotism, who has a history of shady electoral dealings and who doesn’t always represent the state that sent her to Washington. So, yes. I support someone else … in the primary and anyone else in the general. But you can bet the ads will all say we have to keep Lisa because we need seniority in the Senate … even if she doesn’t actually represent our values.

I’m done with that.

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Posted July 16, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in politics, Uncategorized

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