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Karl Rove: Hey, Palin, Go to Delaware
 Karl Rove: 
 Hey, Palin, 
 Go to Delaware 
ROVE-A-PALOOZA

Karl Rove: Hey, Palin, Go to Delaware

GOP adviser calls out Palin, O'Donnell, Murkowski, Tea Party

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's not the only one who can go rogue: Karl Rove today called out the former Alaska governor, Lisa Murkowski, Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party in general, and possibly the literacy of Alaskans in particular, reports Politico. Let the games begin:
  • Murkowski's write-in effort is “sad and sorry,
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Can Murkowski Win as a Write-In? Yes
 Can Murkowski Win 
 as a Write-In? Yes 
nate silver

Can Murkowski Win as a Write-In? Yes

Nate Silver: Alaska senator has a decent chance

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski's decision to try to keep her Senate seat in Alaska via a write-in campaign begs the question: Can she win? "Sure she can," writes Nate Silver at his FiveThirtyEight blog in the New York Times. She's got the name recognition and the money, and a write-in...

Alaska: Ready to Stop Biting the Hand That Feeds It?
Alaska: Ready to Stop Biting the Hand That Feeds It?
GAIL COLLINS

Alaska: Ready to Stop Biting the Hand That Feeds It?

Senate race shows clear split on DC-dependence

(Newser) - It must be the air up there, but Alaska has a seeming case of schizophrenia, writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. The state, and especially its politicians, champion its independent, frontier spirit even as it simultaneously and relentlessly shakes Washington down for cash—to the tune of the...

Murkowski Will Run as Write-In
 Murkowski Will Run as Write-In 

Murkowski Will Run as Write-In

Alaska Republican fell to Tea Partier in primary

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski, upset in the Alaska Republican primary by a Tea Party rival, will run for re-election to the US Senate as a write-in candidate, sources tell CNN . Speculation has swirled since Joe Miller toppled Murkowski last month, but her staff has been coy about her plans. Until today, that...

Alaska's Murkowski: I Still Might Run

Says she's been besieged by supporters

(Newser) - "I'm not a quitter," said the famous female Alaska politician. No, not that one . This one, Lisa Murkowski, the senator done in by the other non-quitter. Murkowski, who conceded the GOP primary last week, now tells the AP she's not quitting the Senate race entirely and is exploring...

Murkowski's Loss Gives Senate GOP a Gender Gap

She's the only woman in a leadership role

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski's surprise loss in Alaska means Senate Republicans could end up looking and sounding like an old-boys network. Politico points out that for the first time in 10 years, the GOP's Senate leadership will be without a woman in its midst. Murkowski has the No. 5 position, which means...

Palin's Takedown of Murkowskis Is Complete

Murkowski-Palin feud goes back many years

(Newser) - Back in 2002, a certain mayor of Wasilla interviewed with Alaskan Gov. Frank Murkowski to fill the Senate seat he had vacated to run for governor. His ultimate pick? Daughter Lisa Murkowski, not Sarah Palin. Four years later, Palin walloped the elder Murkowski by a 30-point margin in the gubernatorial...

Ousting Murkowski Is a Huge Coup for Tea Party
Ousting Murkowski Is
a Huge Coup for Tea Party
Analysis

Ousting Murkowski Is a Huge Coup for Tea Party

There's little danger of a general election backlash

(Newser) - Tea Party candidates have been accused of hurting Republican chances in some races, but in ousting Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski it’s “on much firmer tactical ground,” writes Nate Silver of the New York Times . Murkowski’s not an “authentically moderate senator such as Olympia Snowe and...

Murkowski Concedes Alaska GOP Primary

Incumbent loses to Palin-backed newcomer Joe Miller

(Newser) - In what could be America's biggest political upset of the year, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been booted from office in the Republican primary by a little-known, Sarah Palin-backed conservative lawyer. Murkowski—who was 1,668 votes behind after last week's primary—conceded defeat to Joe Miller last night after...

Alaska Race Still Going, Getting Nastier

Murkowski calls Miller 'paranoid'; he apologizes for tweet

(Newser) - The GOP Senate primary in Alaska may actually be getting uglier now that voting (but not vote-counting) is over. Incumbent Lisa Murkowski called Joe Miller "paranoid" for suggesting she's trying to get lawyers to tilt the razor-tight race in her favor, reports the Anchorage Daily News . (See his allegations...

Miller: I Hope Murkowski Doesn't 'Pull an Al Franken'

They're still counting votes in Alaska

(Newser) - Still no winner in the Alaska Senate race, but Joe Miller retains his slim lead and incumbent Lisa Murkowski continues to deflect (but not deny) speculation that she's considering a third-party run. Also, still no love lost between candidates, notes the Hill : Upon hearing that the GOP Senate campaign committee...

Alaska Primary Proves Palin Power
 Alaska Primary 
 Proves Palin Power  
ANALYSIS

Alaska Primary Proves Palin Power

Strong showing from Palin choice shows she's not a spent force

(Newser) - Alaska still hasn't got a result in its GOP primary for the US Senate but what it has got is a potent display of Sarah Palin's political power. Longshot candidate Joe Miller—currently in the lead, with many absentee ballots still to be counted—has made a surprisingly strong showing...

Tea Partier Poised to Topple Murkowski

But Alaska Senate race still too close to call

(Newser) - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski probably won't know for a week whether she still has political life. The Republican is locked in a race with Tea Party favorite Joe Miller that remains too close to call, reports the Anchorage Daily News . Miller, expected to lose, actually leads by about 3,000...

Shrimper Pours Syrup Over Self in Senate

She interrupts Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski

(Newser) - Anger over the Gulf oil spill continues to boil over: A Texas shrimper and activist was arrested today for disrupting a Senate hearing by pouring syrup—a stand-in for oil—over herself. Diane Wilson interrupted Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who's in favor of limiting the amount that BP and other oil...

Palin Endorses Tea Partier Over Alaska Senator

Even though she donated to Murkowski's reelection campaign

(Newser) - Sarah Palin thumbed her nose at Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski last night, with a Facebook endorsement of her tea party-backed primary opponent Joe Miller—a guy who recently failed to win a state Senate seat. Palin called Miller a “true Commonsense Constitutional Conservative,” willing to take on the...

Dems Use Nukes to Lure GOP to Climate Bill

Plants, drilling offered as sweetener for cap-and-trade

(Newser) - The climate change bill up for Senate committee debate tomorrow doesn't stand a chance unless its Democratic backers can sweet talk some of their GOP colleagues, the Washington Post reports. The legislation focuses on a cap-and-trade system where companies could buy and sell emissions permits as needed. But Republican support...

Climate Bill's Best Hope? Drill, Baby, Drill

Kerry/Graham compromise could pick up 2-4 votes

(Newser) - The new climate bill introduced with some fanfare by John Kerry and Lindsey Graham actually has a fighting chance of getting through the Senate, thanks to its offshore drilling provision. Despite Democrats’ supermajority, cap-and-trade legislation probably only had between 52 and 55 votes before this. But this bill, which also...

Thune Takes Ensign's GOP Leadership Post

Policy Committee slot is No. 4 in party's Senate hierarchy

(Newser) - Republicans today elected Sen. John Thune to the leadership post vacated by Sen. John Ensign, who stepped down after admitting last week to an extramarital affair with a campaign aide. Thune will lead the Senate Republican Policy Committee, the No. 4 position in the leadership, and play a role in...

Sen. Murkowski Asked Bush for Stevens Pardon

Friends say former senator would rather clear name through courts anyway

(Newser) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski asked President Bush to pardon former Alaska Republican colleague Ted Stevens, the Anchorage Daily News reports. But Stevens would rather fight his corruption conviction in court, friends say, because he felt a pardon would taint his legacy. Murkowski wrote that she did not want to see Stevens,...

Alaska Senator Warns Palin: Mitts Off My Seat

Palin could make Senate run on road to presidency

(Newser) - Sarah Palin may consider a 2010 Senate run as a stepping stone to a 2012 presidential bid—but the current occupant of said seat isn't about to make way for the GOP rock star. Fellow Republican and Alaska's newly senior senator Lisa Murkowski “can guarantee it would be a...

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