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Obama Moves to Ban Drilling in Chunk of Alaska

Alaskan senators outraged by 'lawless' proposal

(Newser) - In a move that has the state's Republicans boiling with rage, President Obama has moved to seek protection for a vast wildlife habitat in Alaska. The president says he plans to ask Congress to preserve the "amazing wonder" of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by declaring 12 million... More »

Jobless Bill Clears Key Senate Vote in Squeaker

Republicans cross aisle for unexpected success

(Newser) - A bill to revive extended unemployment benefits squeaked through its first procedural vote 60-37, a narrow win that outlets including Politico are characterizing as a surprise. Six moderate Republican senators voted with Democrats to renew the recently expired benefits: Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, Dan Coats, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, and... More »

GOP Senator No. 3 Endorses Gay Marriage

But Lisa Murkowski says religious freedom must 'remain inviolate'

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski today became the third Republican senator to endorse gay marriage, following the lead of Rob Portman and Mark Kirk . In a statement on her website , the Alaska senator recalls nominating a military family as "Angels in Adoption" for opening their doors to four siblings in need of... More »

Goodbye Flip-Flopping, Hello 'Evolving'

Howard Kurtz: It's too late for John Kerry, but now all the cool kids are doing it

(Newser) - John Kerry once got nailed for saying he voted for a measure "before I voted against it"—he was called a flip-flopper. But that was the old days. Now, politicians have a "linguistic escape hatch" to avoid such accusations, writes Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast : They... More »

2nd GOP Senator Might Embrace Gay Marriage

Lisa Murkowski says her views 'evolving'

(Newser) - Plenty of Senate Democrats have announced their support of gay marriage in recent weeks, but so far only Rob Portman has done so on the Republican side. That might soon change: Alaska's Lisa Murkowski tells the Chugiak-Eagle River Star that her view is "evolving." Murkowski has voted... More »

Why Rove's Move Will Backfire

Nate Silver explains the flaw in his logic

(Newser) - Conservative activists and Nate Silver haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but they agree on one thing: Karl Rove's new super PAC backing establishment Republican candidates over Tea Party challengers is a bad idea. Of course, Silver's argument isn't ideological, it's mathematical. The problem, he points out... More »

GOP Says No to Rice but Loves ... Kerry?

Perhaps Republicans respect long-time senator ... or just want his seat

(Newser) - The GOP may still be fiercely opposed to Susan Rice as the next secretary of state, but there's another Democrat that many Republicans seem to be solidly behind—John Kerry. The brutal criticisms Kerry faced as the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 have been replaced with talk of... More »

Murkowski Regrets Vote on Birth Control

Alaska senator rethinks support of Blunt amendment

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski says she's had a change of heart on the Blunt amendment , and would vote against it if given a second chance. The Alaska Republican has taken heat from moderate women back home for supporting the amendment, which would have allowed employers to opt out of any health... More »

Miller Concedes in Alaska

No more lawsuits, Alaskan says

(Newser) - Joe Miller's fight to keep Alaska's Senate race alive ended with 2010. After nearly 2 months of working full-time on legal challenges to Lisa Murkowski's write-in victory, the Republican nominee told supporters yesterday that he plans no further action, Politico reports. Murkowski had been officially certified as winner the day... More »

Lisa Murkowski Certified as Winner in Alaska

... and it only took 2 months

(Newser) - It took awhile, but Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of Alaska's Senate race today. Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who oversees elections, signed the paperwork certifying her victory. That should enable Murkowski to be sworn in with her colleagues next week in Washington. More »

Judge Throws Out Joe Miller's Legal Challenge

Murkowski can be certified as winner

(Newser) - A federal judge has tossed out Joe Miller’s legal challenge against Alaska’s vote count, and with it the stay preventing the state from certifying Lisa Murkowski as the state’s senator. She’ll be officially certified tomorrow, Politico reports. US District Judge Ralph Beistline cited the Alaska Supreme... More »

Miller Won't Block Murkowski Certification, But...

He also isn't giving up without a (longer) fight

(Newser) - Joe Miller won't block Lisa Murkowski's Senate certification, he announced last night … but that doesn't mean he's giving up. Miller also said that he will continue to pursue his legal challenge of Murkowski's write-in victory, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The US district court judge hearing Miller's federal challenge—... More »

Alaska Supreme Court Rules Against Joe Miller

He's got one more chance in federal court, but chances are bleak

(Newser) - Joe Miller's minuscule chance of having Lisa Murkowski's Senate victory overturned just got even smaller. The Alaska Supreme Court today unanimously ruled against him, reports the Anchorage Daily News . Miller has two days to decide whether to pursue the case in federal court, but it looks like Murkowski will be... More »

Senate Dems Push to Pass 100 Bills in One Go

Reid seeks filibuster-proof measures for public lands, water

(Newser) - With time running out in the lame-duck session, Democrats are working hard to push through some 100 environmental bills, Politico reports. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling on party leaders to compile a list of public lands and water measures Republicans won’t kill with a filibuster. On the... More »

Norm Coleman to Joe Miller: Give Up Already

Alaska candidate should realize it's time to quit, former senator says

(Newser) - Norm Coleman knows a thing or two about fighting close elections, and he has a message for Joe Miller: Give up. "I think that race is over. I think the counting’s been done. I’m not sure there’s anything that would change that," the former Minnesota... More »

Joe Miller Files State Lawsuit Contesting Election Results

Court ordered that suit be moved from federal to state

(Newser) - Joe Miller has moved his lawsuit from federal to state court, following a court order requiring him to do so. The lawsuit challenging Alaska election results is basically the same as the one he filed in Anchorage's US District Court Nov. 9, with a few additions, reports the Anchorage Daily ... More »

Joe Miller Fights to Keep Alaska Race Alive

Republican seeks to stop election from being certified

(Newser) - The state Republican Party has asked him to concede, but Joe Miller's not ready to call it quits—even though he'd be thousands of votes behind even if he won every challenge to the write-in ballots. The GOP Senate candidate has asked a federal judge for an injunction stopping officials... More »

AP Declares Lisa Murkowski Winner in Alaska

Joe Miller may still mount a legal challenge

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski today became the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign, emerging victorious over her Tea Party rival following a painstaking, week-long count of hand-written votes. The victory completes a remarkable comeback for the Republican after her humiliating loss in the GOP primary... More »

Murkowski: Palin Couldn't Cut It as Prez

Palin lacks leadership qualities, 'intellectual curiosity,' says senator

(Newser) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears bound for victory as a write-in candidate in Alaska ... and her feud with Sarah Palin appears certain to continue. Murkowski—who has taken the lead over Palin-backed Tea Party candidate Joe Miller with more than 10,000 write-in ballots still to be counted—says the results... More »

All Votes for Murkowski Go Through One Woman

Gail Fenumiai oversees unprecedented election

(Newser) - With 98,500 write-in votes cast in the Alaska Senate race, the contest is being decided through the actions of one woman: Gail Fenumiai, the director of Alaska's Division of Elections. Fenumiai has been personally overseeing the unprecedented count, in which write-in ballots—some with significantly mutilated spellings of Murkowski's... More »

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