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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.

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