3:09 PM, Dec 2, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Iowa governor Robert Ray has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Ray is a moderate Republican who served as governor of the Hawkeye State for 14 years. "I want our next president to be someone whose character and judgment I respect and whose ideas are valid for our country," Ray said in a statement. "I believe Mitt Romney offers the personal qualities and vision to become a truly great president."
Joining Ray in endorsing Romney was Republican Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, who touted the former Massachusetts governor's plan to create energy independence. “I am proud to announce the support of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski,” said Romney in a statement. “I look forward to working with her to expand Alaska’s energy production, bring jobs back to the state, and help get our country on the right track again.” Former Missouri senator John Danforth is also also endorsed Romney today.
Romney currently trails former House speaker Newt Gingrich by 11 points, according to RealClearPolitics. Indicating that he intends to compete in Iowa's January 3 caucuses, Romney has released a new television ad, his first in the state this election cycle. The ad is a version of a similar ad currently airing in New Hampshire:
3:41 PM, Dec 8, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Lisa Murkowski becomes the third member of the GOP Senate caucus, along with Susan Collins and Scott Brown, to endorse a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." The Alaska senator says in a statement: "my support for moving the Defense Authorization bill forward, which includes a repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, will depend on whether the majority allows for an open and fair amendment process. This is a weighty, policy-laden bill that normally takes several weeks to debate and amend.
Or not.3:22 PM, Oct 28, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A new Hays Research poll of the Alaska Senate race showing Joe Miller in third place is getting a lot of attention, but there actually hasn't been a lot of movement in this particular poll. Miller is exactly where he was a week ago, according to Hays:
12:05 PM, Oct 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Senator Lisa Murkowski, the write-in candidate in the Alaska Senate race against Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams, oozed with contempt for Miller during a debate last night, which was televised on Alaska's KTUU:
MURKOWSKI: Scott is not ready to lead. Joe is not fit to lead. I have been leading this state [crowd boos]--I have been leading this state for 8 years. And I will continue to do so, bringing the seniority that I have built, the work ethic that I have built, and the passion for a state that I love.
5:22 PM, Sep 29, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
CNN asks likely voters in Alaska:
If the election for U.S. Senate were held today and the candidates were Scott McAdams, the Democrat and Joe Miller, the Republican, who would you be more likely to vote for or would you write in the name of Lisa Murkowski, who is also running?
6:30 AM, Sep 23, 2010 • By JAY COST
1. A Pledge To America. That’s the title of a leaked draft of the Republican congressional agenda. As it currently is outlined, "A Pledge To America" contains four main sections: a plan to jumpstart the economy, cut spending, repeal Obamacare, and reform Congress. It does a very good job of laying out and defending the basic Republican philosophy, and then applies it to the contemporary political scene by offering some specific proposals.
6:30 AM, Sep 9, 2010 • By JAY COST
1. The limits of base politics. Yesterday, I noted the apparent decision of the Obama White House to focus aggressively on mobilizing its base in advance of the midterm. I concluded that the pursuit of this strategy so late in the cycle suggests party leaders recognize that the House is slipping away. I want to expand on that here.
9:23 AM, Sep 7, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Freshman Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who beat Ted Stevens in 2008, says the national party shouldn't be counting out Lisa Murkowski's seat in his home state. They just need a little faith:
The Tea Party backed Delaware Senate candidate talks to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.2:55 PM, Sep 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In the wake of Joe Miller's upset over Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's GOP Senate primary, there's been a lot of buzz for Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who is challenging moderate GOP congressman Mike Castle in the September 14 primary. This week, the Tea Party Express endorsed O'Donnell, a former conservative activist who has worked at the Republican National Committee, Concerned Women for America, and the Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth.
10:47 PM, Aug 31, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
CNN reports: "Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded in the Alaska GOP senatorial primary which remained unresolved after last Tuesday's voting." Joe Miller will almost certainly be Alaska's next senator.
6:20 PM, Aug 31, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Anchorage Daily News is live-blogging the counting of 25,000 absentee and questioned ballots in the Alaska Senate GOP primary between Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski. Miller started off the day with a 1,668-vote lead. After 6,000 ballots were counted, his lead now stands at 1,294.