Thursday, November 09, 2006

Blogging On the ADN

Just about everyone who reads the ADN on-line has read Kyle Hopkins' blog on the governor's race. I thought it would be interesting to see how the blog gained interest.

I will be updating this thread as I pick out some interesting entries and as they say, hindsight is 20-20 vision.

So to the first entry on Kyle's blog.

It's Alive:

Other races

I hope you consider following the legislative races as well. The third floor isn't the center of Alaska's political universe. There are enough intersting challenger races for the legislature this year that will dramatically alter the political landscape in our state.
heath_hilyard June 21, 2006 - 8:15am
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Early in the primary the abortion topic came up: The Abortion Question

What is interesting is later in the Governor's race, Palin was attacked for not showing up during some of the debates like B.P.

But as reported by Kyle:

Are the candidates ready for one of the hottest of hot-button issues?

The Alaska Women’s Political Caucus in Anchorage is holding a forum for governor and lieutenant governor hopefuls tonight. Program director Karen Hansen said the caucus is made up of people from both parties who share a common belief in, as she put it, "a woman’s right to choose."

It’ll be interesting to see if the abortion question is asked tonight. (At a previous forum, Palin - who is anti-abortion - was prepared to talk about it but the issue never came up, Hansen said.)

Binkley probably won’t be there, and Palin hasn’t returned from Fairbanks yet, Hansen says. Croft, Berkowitz (standing in for Knowles), Halcro, Jerry Ward and others are expected.

It's 5:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Center.

As you can see in bold, Palin was prepared to talk about it at a previous forum and Knowles was a "No Show." Berkowitz was standing in for Knowles.

Then we move on to the B.P. meeting during the primary.

Palin at BP, seniors
Posted: June 28, 2006 - 3:11 pm

Palin fielded some hardballs on the gas pipeline when she talked to BP employees at the company’s Anchorage office this morning. (Binkley made a similar visit yesterday.)

One worker asked how she’d vote on the reserves tax in November. The tax is the proverbial stick the state could use to make oil companies build a pipeline sooner rather than later.

“As to how I will vote in the box on that, I’m still considering it, but I did turn down the offer to be a sponsor,‿ Palin said.

After the Q&A, she said that whether she supports the tax depends on if the governor adds some teeth to the pipeline deal during the upcoming special session.

Still, she said, “it’s not a punitive tax if the producers build the gas line.‿
About an hour later, Murkowski spoke at the Anchorage Senior Center. I’m working on a story today about the speech and about the powerful and growing role of seniors in the election.

No mention of Knowles and what is interesting is no one made comments on the thread.

Kyle followed up with a thread on Gender:

Posted: June 29, 2006 - 10:46 am
I keep thinking about a moment that came after Palin spoke to BP employees in Anchorage yesterday. A small group of women came up to congratulate her, and Palin said something about “working twice as hard for half the recognition.‿

Does a candidate’s gender still make a difference? Does being a woman cost you votes?

There’s a Rutgers institute that tracks this stuff, and reports there were eight women governors as of January.
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I wonder what ever happened to Brinkley the Golden Retriever?

Then there was Palin's e-mail scandals:

E-mail account mix-up? The evdience proves otherwise!

One particular entry caught my eye. But it was the name the blogger used that I found interesting. A similar theme about Palin's looks that would grow through the election.

Yes, one of those e-mails DOES represent intentional abuse. How else can one account for the fact that she cc'ed herself at her mayoral e-mail address on her letter to the RTL Board?? That action then implies her premeditated intent to forward that e-mail from her mayoral e-mail account, which is exactly what she did.

Personally, I don't buy the argument that someone would mix up two or more e-mail accounts. But even if someone could, would, did or does, the overriding factor here is, that as an elected official, one must always be diligent and ever aware of every single e-mail they send, much as, I would presume, they are with every spoken word.

There is no denying the fact that she used city time and city equipment for political campaign activities and to benefit personal purposes.

If she was that careless, lazy or even defiant in those situations, it begs the question, what else will she be careless, lazy or defiant about?
captaingorgeous July 16, 2006 - 1:14pm
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Then there was the Murkowski Jingle:

The Murkowski jingle
Posted: July 14, 2006 - 12:09 pm
If you haven’t heard this campaign jingle from the Murkowski campaign, you’re missing out.
Sample lyrics:
“We don’t fill our freezers at Fred Meyer, it’s not how real Alaskans get their meat."
"We like building roads, pumping oil, and the state of this here state is flipping sweet.‿
Also: Leslie Ridle, Knowles’ campaign manager, says more than a 100 people – at $250 per head -- attended a fund-raiser for Knowles at the home of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich Wednesday.
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I believe this is the jingle that Dan Fagan played on his show. And I believe it came to a point where Dan felt the ad would launch Murkowski into a victory. The victory never came to be, but it would have been entertaining to see Fagan and Murkowski do a dance on T.V.

Soon after, a parody was made:

My brother and I had too much time on our hands last night and recorded a parody version, we posted it at
dunsmore July 15, 2006 - 5:12pm
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Not much had been that newsworthy for the next two weeks, then Dave Dittman quit the Murkowski campaign.

One blogger summed it up in their post.

I don't think so...
Dave Dittman is a prominent figure in Alaska politics and a smart guy. A person like Dave Dittman, doesn’t say “this is my guy‿ and then arbitrarily change his mind a couple of months later and I don’t think Dave is hurting for money. I personally believe he looked at the poll numbers and in talks with Frank realized he was on a losing campaign and bailed before he went down with the ship. I think Dave was kind enough not to say anything negative about Frank as he left the campaign. I was surprised to see Dave connected to the Murkowski campaign in the first place.

akmike477 August 6, 2006 - 11:41am

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That was the telling point in the election and how the race results would be in the end. And then things started to heat up.

The showdown at the Kincaid Chalet.

I have to say that I attended the picnic and I was greeted by Sarah's supporters at the front door. I had jokingly said to one "Is this a Palin convention?" The woman was gracious and enthusiastic in her reply and said we hope so.

There was a "sea of red" and you had the feeling that Sarah's support was very strong.

I had the sense that things were going to change. This was the starting point of when Kyle's blog took a turn.

Palin's Problem
The Republican Party is in melt-down. Ruedrich & Large aligned themselves with the loser(s) and they're in panic mode as they see their power and influence evaporate. But Palin's no different - she's every bit the politician. She saw an opportunity, not an ethics problem, when Ruedrich arrogantly broke the law. She lost a job but gained a following. She's got people fooled, even the misguided gay man who commented to this story, into believing she's a moderate. Go to read her replies to questions about a woman's right to choose, gay marriage and labor unions. She's extremely right wing. But not honest - when asked the question about abortion on a talk show, she (mis)quoted a 19th century feminist - she took a statement about a woman's right to custody and tried to appease both sides. When pressed about whether or not she'd sign a bill outlawing abortion, she sidestepped and said the legislature wouldn't pass such a bill without a vote of the people. And if the people supported it, well....She's awfully clever, but not honest. And not moderate.
ilovelucy August 11, 2006 - 8:58am
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Misguided Gay Man?
Nobody thinks Sarah is a liberal, but lay off the misguided gay man stuff. People are supporting Sarah, not because she is conservative or liberal, or whatever, but simply because she provides a clean slate.
cconstant August 12, 2006 - 4:16pm
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clean slate doesn't mean anything
you'd vote for someone just because they don't have a background? because they won't take a position on important issues? because they want to appeal to all sides? you'll be sorely disappointed if that candidate becomes your governor. experience and taking positions brings baggage, but at least it shows someone can get something done.
akpoliticalanimal August 12, 2006 - 4:33pm
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good point
I totally agree.
Excellent, excellent points Ilovelucy. With a little look into other media outlets and the answers she gives there- it's pretty clear the consistency is gone.
Let's see how many "ardent" responses show up to this. I hope there's no sign poking involved.
Sal4Tour August 12, 2006 - 9:56am
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Hey Moderates
She is as right-winged as a person gets. If you haven't figured that out yet--you're not listening to her. I heard the same radio show that ilovelucy refers to on aprn. she would NOT answer the abortion issue. She will try to be all things to all people on that issue.
akpoliticalanimal August 12, 2006 - 8:29am
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HELLO No One Cares
Are you all listening to yourselves? No one in the real world cares about who pushed whom. Whether signs were allowed at a Republican picnic or whether Bill (aptly named) Large sweats. They care about health care, education and if we're ever ever going to get a gasline!Sarah sounds like a junior high girl in her email message writing to her girl friend about a fight with another girl.This whole event is entirely juvenile.I think that's what's wrong with the Republican Party in Alaska. They're all focused on fighting and power and unethical behavior--not on whether the poor people in Hooper Bay have a home or if our schools have books. I'm ashamed to be a Republican today.
akpoliticalanimal August 10, 2006 - 1:59pm
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I'm curious, are you more ashamed to be a Republican now than you were when Lindauer won the primary in 1998?
bkb044 August 14, 2006 - 9:18am
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Still Ashamed
I was ashamed then as well and voted for Tony Knowles.
akpoliticalanimal August 14, 2006 - 12:01pm
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Hey - We do care!
This is the corrupt side of the Republican party, and it needs to be exposed for what it is.
If someone pretends to be a good guy (or gal!) in politics, but goes pushing little old ladies around at picnics, we need to know!! This should not be encouraged in any way, shape or form.
Oh - good response quixoticneophyte to that post about municipality regulations. Whoever wrote that made no sense. Oops! Did I just agree with a conservative again?
Well then, hooray for Tony Knowles!
julia_thorne August 10, 2006 - 7:41pm
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I was there
I was at the Alaska Republican picnic on Tuesday...I helped organize the event. I was part of the Republican Committee which planned the picnic. I attended three out of four picnic committee meetings and nothing was mentioned to me about a policy against folks standing outside with political signs.
I was standing on the sidewalk outside with several Palin supporters when Alaska Republican Party (ARP) Attorney Bill Large approached me and with a raised voice said that Sarah Palin supporters were not allowed to stand outside the building. He was very upset, shaking badly, and dripping with sweat. I did not smell alcohol on his breath. I asked him why he wanted us to leave and he said it was illegal for us to be there. He later said it was a violation of ARP policy to be standing outside the building with yard signs.
I have attended ARP picnics in the past, and there have always been dozens of supporters of various campaigns standing outside the building with yard signs. I pointed this out to Attorney Large.
Then a local Attorney asked Mr. Large if he could produce something in writing that showed that the Palin supporters were in violation of the ARP policy. Mr. Large took the folder he was carrying with him and violently tore it in half and proceeded to write out the "policy" of the ARP on the spot.
Attorney Large became even more heated and vocal when we told him we had a First Amendment right to assemble and that if we were doing something wrong or illegal, he should call the police.
A few minutes later, Attorney Large yelled at Sarah Palin when she tried to introduce herself to him. Large then proceeded to call the Palin supporters Communists and made a reference to Nazi Germany before storming off.
Sarah Palin had so much support at the picnic, it made the other two Republican gubernatorial candidates (Binkley and Murkowski) look badly understaffed and disorganized.
There were over 100 Sarah Palin supporters at the picnic wearing red Palin for Governor T-shirts.
mpeters August 10, 2006 - 12:51pm
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These are just a few entries made.

To be continued.......

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