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My Turn: Hobby Lobby decision should outrage Alaskans | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper   Leave a comment

My Turn: Hobby Lobby decision should outrage Alaskans | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper.

What Mark does not get … what the Democrats in general do not get … is that Hobby Lobby is not denying contraceptive coverage to its employees. There are 20 different kinds of “contraceptives” required to be covered under ACA. Hobby Lobby objected to four because they do not prevent pregnancy, but rather allow conception to occur and then chemically abort the resulting zygot.

These are not contraception. They are abortificients.

And, I am anything BUT outraged that I don’t have to pay for someone else’s abortion. There are still 16 methods for actually preventing pregnancy available that Hobby Lobby and other Christian employers should be fine with providing.

For the record, most evangelical Christians support the use of contraception, but oppose abortion and abortificients.

I this is yet another reason I won’t be voting for Mark.


BEGICH’S REELECTION PITCH: I’M A THORN IN OBAMA’S (POSTERIOR) – Silicon Valley billionaire gives to GOP — Carper names comms team – EMILY’S LIST DEMS AVOID ABORTION TALK – POLITICO Huddle –

According to Alaska pollsters (as opposed to Outside pollsters), Begich is losing to Dan Sullivan and possibly Mead Treadwell, who is actually neck-and-neck with Sullivan in in-state polls.

Alaskans don’t want a minor inconvenience representing us in Washington. We want someone who will loudly demand that we be heard. We haven’t gotten that with Begich and I think many Alaskans are thinking we’re not going to get that with Sullivan.

Begich belongs at Republican debate – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Letters To Editor   Leave a comment

Gotta love our local humor!

Begich belongs at Republican debate – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Letters To Editor.

Alaskan Thoughts on Mark Begich   Leave a comment

The real fraud – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Letters To Editor.

Posted May 19, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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Mark Begich’s Contributors   5 comments

Alaska’s Senate race is big news. Until Ted Stevens was convicted on federal ethics charges two weeks before the 2008 Senate election, Mark Begich had little chance of winning and he remains highly unpopular here in Alaska, although that hasn’t stopped Lisa Murkowski from hanging onto her Senate seat, so I wouldn’t count on him losing.

Which is one reason I’m dabbling in partisan politics. I’m voting in the Republican primary because it will take a strong candidate to beat Begich and he needs to be removed from office because he does not have Alaska’s interests at heart.

How do I know that … Most of his contributors are not Alaskans, for one thing.

As of January 30, 2014 Mark Begich’s contributions were as follows


Raised $5.6 million

Spent $2.9 million

Cash on hand: $2.8 million

Debts: Zero

Lawyers and law firms are his largest contributors.

Oil and gas concerns are next.

Lobbyists are third.

Large Individual and PAC contributions account for 93% of his fund raising.

Four out of every $5 comes from somewhere other than Alaska.


Is it any wonder that he voted for ObamaCare. Lawyers and law firms were given a gift of litigation in ObamaCare. Lobbyists made millions. Some of his votes on environmental issues may not look like they’re supportive of the oil and gas industry, but when you consider that they’re driving out or keeping out the littler, more competitive companies and protecting the giants … it makes sense. Alaska would be much better served by the smaller companies who would have to work with the State to bring the oil to market. Instead, Alaska is on our knees before BP and Conoco Phillips because they can pretty much dictate their terms and we can’t argue against them.

Our Senator puts us in that position. The solution is to vote against any candidate that is receiving money from outside interests.

Posted February 23, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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Obama Care Train Wreck   2 comments

I think Senator Max Baucus of Montana is worried about reelection. Baucus was intimately involved in writing ObamaCare, but when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, chairman Baucus scolded her about the “coming train wreck” posed by implementation of the bill.

Under the timeline of the law, health care exchanges are supposed to be open for enrollment on Oct. 1 and ready to dole out benefits at the start of 2014. Baucus expressed skepticism that exchanges would actually be open in every state, including Montana, and he spoke of the confusion about the law he encounters when he goes back home.

“The administration’s public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act I think deserve a failing grade,” Baucus told Sebelius. “You need to fix it.”

He continued, “I am very concerned that not enough is being done so far. Very concerned. When I am home, small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect. They don’t know what affordability rules are, they don’t know what penalties may apply, they just don’t know.”

Baucus said that a CPA told him that small business clients are “throwing their hands up” and the CPA doesn’t know what to tell them.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Baucus warned. “You and I have discussed this many times and I don’t see any results yet.”

Baucus is up for reelection in Montana next year in a state that went for Mitt Romney by a more than 13 percent margin and Cook Political Report rates him as vulnerable. Though the race is still considered to lean in his direction as the incumbent, if the implementation of Obamacare goes as disastrously as many expect, he’s probably in trouble.

With his fingerprints all over the law, Baucus cannot really run away from it, so he’s laying the groundwork to blame any failures on implementation, rather than design. The “train wreck” comment drew the most headlines, but this comment is the more important one. “If the administration implements it correctly, millions more Americans will gain access to health care as a result of the law.” In essence, he’s saying the law itself is fine, but the bureaucrats are screwing it up.

Politically, the strategy is similar to the one many Republicans who voted for the Iraq War pursued when the public soured on the war. They’d defend their support for the war effort while finding a way to distance themselves from elements of President Bush’s strategy, such as troop levels. Ultimately, this didn’t shield many Republicans from the Democratic wave in 2006 and, if Obamacare implementation fails, a Baucus-style pivot probably won’t save vulnerable Democrats.

Bye-bye, Baucus and bye-bye, Mark Begich. Good riddance! Don’t let the gate hit you on the way out!

Gun Control Bill Fails — for now   2 comments

Good news! But, of course, they’ll make another run at it.

Alaska’s Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski both voted with the majority. This is NOT a reason to support either one of them.

Mark Begich said he would vote with his party leadership if the vote was close. So much for being a constitutionalist on guns. He’s up for re-election next year, Alaskans. This is yet another reason to vote against him.

Lisa Murkowski has always been anti-gun. Her votes in the Alaska Legislature shows that. She has voted circumspectly in the Senate, but she really wants to vote for gun control. This is another reason to get her out of OUR delegation, Alaskans.

Grassley has a common sense approach to this situation. Focus on mental health databases and school security issues. Controlling people is harder than controlling guns, but it may well be more effective than burdening law-abiding citizens with unconstitutional laws.

A Man Is Known By Whom He Supports   Leave a comment

Mark Begich has not passed any laws of his own and he’s signed on to mostly failed laws. Only one (1) of the laws he has cosponsored has passed. Remember, for the first two years he was in office, the Democrats held a veto-proof majority and he STILL didn’t manage to pass any legislation.

Co-sponsored Bills

  • S.582A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    Introduced Mar 14, 201316 Views

  • S.552A bill to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to replace the current requirement for biennial energy policy plan with a Quadrennia…

    Introduced Mar 13, 201327 Views

  • S.545A bill to improve hydropower, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Mar 13, 201326 Views

  • S.551 – Capital Construction Fund Penalty Relief ActA bill to provide an election to terminate certain capital construction funds without penalties.

    Introduced Mar 13, 201320 Views

  • S.542A bill to provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing licenses and for other purposes.

    Introduced Mar 13, 201326 Views

  • S.519A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve early education.

    Introduced Mar 11, 201347 Views

  • S.Res.74A resolution supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.

    Senate Passed Mar 11, 201336 Views

  • S.480 – NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013A bill to improve the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by clarifying reporting requirements related to a…

    Introduced Mar 06, 201322 Views

  • S.470A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require that the Purple Heart occupy a position of precedence above the new Distinguished War…

    Introduced Mar 06, 201333 Views

  • S.475 – Eunice Kennedy Shriver ActA bill to reauthorize the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004, to provide assistance to Best Buddies to support the expansion a…

    Introduced Mar 06, 201326 Views

  • S.455A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transport individuals to and from facilities o…

    Introduced Mar 05, 201320 Views

  • S.461 – Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act of 2013A bill to exempt children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas and for other purposes.

    Introduced Mar 05, 201321 Views

  • S.J.Res.10A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women.

    Introduced Mar 05, 201332 Views

  • S.Res.65A resolution strongly supporting the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and urging the President to cont…

    Introduced Feb 28, 201360 Views

  • S.390 – Child Care and Resources Education Act of 2013A bill to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to authorize a national toll-free referral line and website, to develop…

    Introduced Feb 27, 201317 Views

  • S.14 – Southeast Alaska Native Land Conveyance ActA bill to provide for the partial settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

    Introduced Feb 26, 201313 Views

  • S.375 – Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity ActA bill to require Senate candidates to file designations, statements, and reports in electronic form.

    Introduced Feb 25, 201318 Views

  • S.326 – After School for America’s Children ActA bill to reauthorize 21st century community learning centers, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Feb 14, 201322 Views

  • S.370 – Teaching Geography Is Fundamental ActA bill to improve and expand geographic literacy among kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States by improving professional d…

    Introduced Feb 14, 201315 Views

  • S.325A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program, an…

    Introduced Feb 14, 20139 Views

  • S.363 – Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013A bill to expand geothermal production, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Feb 14, 20135 Views

  • S.360 – Public Lands Service Corps Act of 1993A bill to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior t…

    Introduced Feb 14, 20137 Views

  • S.362 – Geothermal Exploration and Technology Act of 2013A bill to promote the mapping and development of United States geothermal resources by establishing a direct loan program for high risk geothe…

    Introduced Feb 14, 20139 Views

  • S.340 – Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection ActA bill to provide for the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Feb 14, 201311 Views

  • S.322 – Ready to Learn ActA bill to set the United States on track to ensure children are ready to learn when they begin kindergarten.

    Introduced Feb 13, 201315 Views

  • S.Res.31A resolution celebrating Black History Month.

    Senate Passed Feb 13, 201323 Views

  • S.309A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol.

    Introduced Feb 13, 201314 Views

  • S.294 – Ruth Moore Act of 2013A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs…

    Introduced Feb 13, 201322 Views

  • S.269 – Antigua Convention Implementing Act of 2013A bill to establish uniform administrative and enforcement authorities for the enforcement of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protec…

    Introduced Feb 11, 201318 Views

  • S.267 – Pirate Fishing Elimination ActA bill to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing through port State measures.

    Introduced Feb 11, 201310 Views

  • S.264 – Excellence in Mental Health ActA bill to expand access to community mental health centers and improve the quality of mental health care for all Americans.

    Introduced Feb 07, 201325 Views

  • S.235 – Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer ActA bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Heal…

    Introduced Feb 07, 201310 Views

  • S.240 – Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction ActA bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used …

    Introduced Feb 07, 201312 Views

  • S.239A bill to extend the frontier extended stay clinic demonstration.

    Introduced Feb 07, 20136 Views

  • S.237 – Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services ActA bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize and extend the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention and services program, and for ot…

    Introduced Feb 07, 201310 Views

  • S.234 – Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2013A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit certain retired members of the uniformed services who have a service-connected disabil…

    Introduced Feb 07, 201312 Views

  • S.230A bill to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, a…

    Introduced Mar 14, 201312 Views

  • S.249 – Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2013A bill to provide for the expansion of affordable refinancing of mortgages held by the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal H…

    Introduced Feb 07, 201331 Views

  • S.217 – High School Data Transparency Act of 2013A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary of Education to collect information from coeducati…

    Introduced Feb 04, 201312 Views

  • S.226 – Parental Bereavement Act of 2013A bill to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to provide leave because of the death of a son or daughter.

    Introduced Feb 04, 201313 Views

  • S.218 – Harbor Maintenance Act of 2013A bill to ensure that amounts credited to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are used for harbor maintenance.

    Introduced Feb 04, 201320 Views

  • S.209A bill to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller Genera…

    Introduced Feb 07, 201323 Views

  • S.200A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the interment in national cemeteries under the control of the National Cemetery Adm…

    Introduced Jan 31, 20139 Views

  • S.192 – Expedited LNG for American Allies Act of 2013A bill to enhance the energy security of United States allies, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Jan 31, 201313 Views

  • S.Res.24A resolution commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

    Senate Passed Jan 31, 201312 Views

  • S.182 – Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of 2013A bill to provide for the unencumbering of title to non-Federal land owned by the city of Anchorage, Alaska, for purposes of economic developm…

    Introduced Jan 30, 20135 Views

  • S.181 – Niblack and Bokan Mountain Mining Area Roads Authorization ActA bill to authorize the establishment of the Niblack and Bokan Mountain mining area road corridors in the State of Alaska, and for other purpo…

    Introduced Jan 30, 20134 Views

  • S.162 – Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013A bill to reauthorize and improve the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004.

    Introduced Jan 28, 201319 Views

  • S.156 – Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use ActA bill to allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska.

    Introduced Jan 28, 20135 Views

  • S.157 – Denali National Park Improvement ActA bill to provide for certain improvements to the Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Mar 14, 201310 Views

Mark Begich Votes   Leave a comment

Click here for 8 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.

  • Closed $33M budget gap without using one-time reserves. (Jul 2008)
  • No secret earmarks; full online disclosure. (May 2008)
  • As mayor: bond rating up; jobs increased; taxes down. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)

 Mark Begich on Civil Rights 
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  • Added sexual orientation to Anchorage non-discrimination law. (Nov 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)

 Mark Begich on Corporations 
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  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Mar 2012)
  • Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record. (May 2012)

 Mark Begich on Crime 
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  • Added $5M and 13 more police to Anchorage budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Added city police; pushed anti-gang & cyber-crime units. (Apr 2008)
  • Three strikes traffic violators should face felonies. (Oct 2006)

 Mark Begich on Drugs 
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  • Prevent youth from trying the deadly drug methamphetamine. (Jul 2008)

 Mark Begich on Education 
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  • Local control and accountability of America’s schools. (Aug 2008)
  • Professional development grants for elementary principals. (Jul 2010)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)

 Mark Begich on Energy & Oil 
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  • Advocate for opening up ANWR to drilling. (Nov 2008)
  • Short term: $2.5B for LIHEAP; 70M bbl from strategic reserve. (Sep 2008)
  • Long term: develop ANWR; build renewable energy plants. (Sep 2008)
  • Support US participation in binding climate agreements. (Sep 2008)
  • Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (May 2008)
  • Alaska is ground zero for global warming. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska’s Coastal Plain. (Feb 2009)

 Mark Begich on Environment 
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  • Implemented energy efficiency and conservation in Anchorage. (May 2008)
  • Respect unique cultural role of subsistence whaling. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)

 Mark Begich on Families & Children 
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  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)

 Mark Begich on Foreign Policy 
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  • Rebuild US reputation by diplomatic efforts. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay dues to UN, and cooperate with ICC. (Sep 2008)
  • Supports adding 1% of US budget to international aid. (Sep 2008)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes. (Sep 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)

 Mark Begich on Free Trade 
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  • Capitalize on our assets in the global economy. (Jul 2007)

 Mark Begich on Government Reform 
Click here for 13 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.

  • Brought greater openness to city government. (May 2008)
  • Increase financial transparency for Senate staff. (May 2008)
  • Senate lobbying disclosures should include family ties. (May 2008)
  • Campaign transparency with sortable online database. (May 2008)
  • No secret meetings; full appointment disclosure for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No more automatic pay raises for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No revolving door for former senate staff to lobby. (May 2008)
  • No campaign fundraising through private foundations. (May 2008)
  • Support an Independent Office of Public Integrity. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)

 Mark Begich on Gun Control 
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  • Strongly supports Constitutional right to bear arms. (Aug 2008)
  • Lifetime member of NRA. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Sponsored loosening restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Oct 2011)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)

 Mark Begich on Health Care 
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  • Protect future Medicare with “medical home” model. (Oct 2008)
  • Privatization undermines the integrity of Medicare. (Oct 2008)
  • Increase Medicare reimbursements and affordable health care. (May 2008)
  • Favors expanding Alaska’s Denali KidCare program. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)

 Mark Begich on Homeland Security 
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  • Consult with Congress on major military actions. (Sep 2008)
  • Ratify Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; no new nukes. (Sep 2008)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act. (Aug 2008)
  • Pledges full support for the 21st Century GI Bill. (May 2008)
  • Increased Anchorage’s support for military personnel. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act’s roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Military spouses don’t lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
  • Expand health services for women veterans. (Mar 2009)

 Mark Begich on Immigration 
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  • Reservations about denying illegals’ retirement benefits. (Oct 2008)

 Mark Begich on Jobs 
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  • Anchorage employment grew by 800 jobs since Jan. 2008. (Jul 2008)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)

 Mark Begich on Principles & Values 
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  • Democrats advertise Stevens’ calls secretly recorded by FBI. (Oct 2008)
  • Reputation as mayor for getting things done. (Sep 2008)
  • Served 10 years on Anchorage Assembly and 5 years as Mayor. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)

 Mark Begich on Social Security 
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  • Treat “Notch babies” equally with all other seniors. (Oct 2008)
  • Adjust Soc. Sec. cost of living by consumer price index. (Oct 2008)
  • No privatization; no individual investment accounts. (Oct 2008)
  • Elderly are entitled to solvent & reliable Social Security. (Aug 2008)

 Mark Begich on Tax Reform 
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  • Extend tax cuts; and end the AMT. (Aug 2008)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)

 Mark Begich on Technology 
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  • Warrantless wiretapping infringes on constitutional rights. (Aug 2008)
  • Invest in Port of Anchorage & pedestrian-friendly downtown. (Jul 2008)

 Mark Begich on War & Peace 
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  • Fully fund US contribution to UN operations in Darfur. (Sep 2008)
  • We must responsibly re-deploy out of Iraq. (May 2008)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)

 Mark Begich on Welfare & Poverty 
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)

Is This Doing A Good Job?   Leave a comment

Mark Begich votes with the Democratic Party 100% of the time, according to Open Congress. That should tell you where he stands in terms of a conservative population state, but here are some specifics.

He’s sponsored 23 bills, none of which have become law. So, now only is he a raving liberal — please do take a look at the bills he’s sponsored, but he’s an inept lawmaker. He’s been in the Senate for five years and has not managed to get even one law of his own passed.

  • S.518 – H2O Visa for Seafood Processing ActA bill to authorize the issuance of H2O nonimmigrant visas for aliens temporarily performing labor in the seafood processing industry.

    Introduced Mar 11, 201320 Views

  • S.520A bill to strengthen Federal consumer protection and product traceability with respect to commercially marketed seafood, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Mar 11, 201322 Views

  • S.438 – Tax Credit for Early Educators Act of 2013A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for professional school personnel in early childhood education, to e…

    Introduced Mar 04, 201313 Views

  • S.442 – Child Care Public-Private Partnership Act of 2013A bill to establish a program to provide child care through public-private partnerships.

    Introduced Mar 04, 201322 Views

  • S.440 – Preparing and Reinvesting in Early Education Act of 2013A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for loan forgiveness for early childhood educators, and for other purposes.

    Introduced Mar 04, 201326 Views

  • S.441 – Professional Development for Educators Act of 2013A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 by establishing a program to provide professional development activities fo…

    Introduced Mar 04, 201318 Views

  • S.439 – Career and Technical Education Facilities Modernization ActA bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 by establishing a program to support the modernization, renovation, or repa…

    Introduced Mar 04, 201322 Views

  • S.428 – Arctic Deep Water Ports Enhancement Act of 2013A bill to expedite the development of Arctic deepwater ports and for other purposes.

    Introduced Feb 28, 201315 Views

  • S.386 – Rural Educator and American Community Housing Act of 2013A bill to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to provide and improve housing in the rural areas for educators, public safety…

    Introduced Feb 26, 201311 Views

  • S.384A bill to exempt National Forest System land in the State of Alaska from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

    Introduced Feb 26, 20138 Views

  • S.385A bill to deem the submission of certain claims to an Indian Health Service contracting officer as timely.

    Introduced Feb 26, 201311 Views

  • S.378 – Travel Reimbursement for Inactive Duty Training Personnel (TRIP) Act of 2013A bill to amend title 37, United States Code, to provide travel and transportation allowances for members of the reserve components for long d…

    Introduced Feb 25, 201315 Views

  • S.308 – Protecting and Preserving Social Security ActA bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements in the old-age, survivors, and …

    Introduced Feb 13, 201317 Views

  • S.283 – Investing in Innovation for Education Act of 2013A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to invest in innovation for education.

    Introduced Feb 12, 201312 Views

  • S.287A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the definition of homeless veteran for purposes of benefits under the laws administere…

    Introduced Feb 12, 201311 Views

  • S.282 – Counseling for Career Choice ActA bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a new counseling program.

    Introduced Feb 12, 20138 Views

  • S.272 – Arctic Research, Monitoring, and Observing Act of 2013A bill to promote research, monitoring, and observation of the Arctic and for other purposes.

    Introduced Feb 11, 20138 Views

  • S.271 – Better Health in the Arctic ActA bill to improve Arctic health.

    Introduced Feb 11, 20137 Views

  • S.270 – United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act of 2013A bill to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs.

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Mark did finally grow a pair and vote against reauthorizing the Patriot Act and he has spoken up for and voted against forwarding a gun control bill, but these votes are too little, too late in a career of collusion.

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