Articles & Op-eds


OP-ED: Bring Back Real Debate in Senate

Americans differ deeply on many of today's great questions, but they unite in their frustration with the inability of Congress and the president to address our nation's challenges. The Senate Democrats' majority leader, Harry Reid, is advancing the argument that we could fix the Senate if only we would reduce protections for the minority by limiting the filibuster. But protecting minority rights - not just party rights, but individual rights - is one of the constitutional purposes of the Senate… Continue Reading


Delta Discovery: Senator Murkowski hosts Subsistence Listening Session

Senator Lisa Murkowskiheld a Listening Session to hear views and concerns regarding subsistence from local and regional community members. She hosted the meeting on April 2nd, 2013 at Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel under the direction of the Alaska Federation of Natives. The room was filled to capacity with people ready to testify. Moderating the event was Ana Hoffman who also gave the opening welcome. The first to give testimony was Myron Naneng, President of the Association of Village Council Pr… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Ending abuse, securing justice in Alaska

Alaska is known for its natural beauty, geographic vastness, and tremendous energy potential. Behind the beauty is a difficult reality that many of us, even in Alaska, fail to recognize. Our state has among the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nation. This is a horrific reality that threatens thousands of vulnerable Alaskans - both rural and urban - and also could have a shameful legacy and impact for our future generations. Since the enactment of the Violence Aga… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Preparing for an Arctic Future

Alaskans lead the nation in many things - resilience, toughness and creativity - and we are leaps and bounds ahead of rest of the United States when it comes to knowing a cold truth: we are an Arctic nation, and we need to start mapping out an Arctic-oriented agenda, especially from a maritime perspective. This agenda will require the leadership of our nation's maritime guardians, the United States Coast Guard. I see this New Year of 2013 as a new opportunity to set the nation's course North to … Continue Reading


Seward City News: 14 days left to comment on FDA Approval of Frankenfish

Some of us may have concerns over going forward with the approval of, and production of genetically modified salmon. Rep. Paul Seaton, of Homer, another Alaska fishing town, offered this information about how you can respond either way to the FDA's draft environmental assessment and finding of "No Significant Impact": On December 26, 2012, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) released this Draft Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact Concerning a Genetically … Continue Reading


Associated Press: Murkowski announces national energy proposal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says a national energy plan should cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions but should not simply raise the price of petroleum to reduce consumption. Murkowski says the cost of heating homes in rural Alaska can be 50 percent of a person's income and she's not going to be the senator who tells her state's residents that they must pay even more. Murkowski is the ranking minority member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In a spe… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Senator Murkowski unveils her big new energy plant. Here's a breakdown

Lisa Murkowski is the ranking Republican on the Senate energy committee. So it's worth paying close attention to what she has to say on the subject. And on Monday, Murkowski released a 121-page blueprint (pdf) detailing her "vision for America's energy future." Many of the proposals in here are long-standing items on the Republican wish list - Murkowski is calling for more oil and gas drilling on federal lands, and she opposes strict environmental regulations on coal mining. But she also touche… Continue Reading


Homer Tribune: Murkowski receives U.S. Navy’s highest civilian award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today received the United States Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award from U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for her "selfless service to the Nation's Sailors and Marines [that] ensured they were provided the resources necessary to support and defend the Nation's interests around the globe," according to the certificate. The Navy also recognized her Arctic leadership that guarantees "our combat forces are prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic ope… Continue Reading


Associated Press: Senators express frustration on fisheries aid

JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority in supporting a $50.5 billion emergency relief package for victims of Superstorm Sandy. But Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich expressed frustration that $150 million for Alaska and other states affected by fisheries' disasters wasn't included. Both said they would continue pushing for that aid. Begich said Alaska may be farther away, but that doesn't make fisheries disaster any less damaging or significant to the people affecte… Continue Reading


Kodiak Daily Mirror: Murkowski determined to get federal help to clean marine debris

Alaska fishermen and beachgoers are asking for help - but none is coming anytime soon from Congress. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives stripped millions in fishery and marine debris aid from a bill intended to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. A Senate version of the bill included $150 million to cover fisheries disasters in New England, Alaska and Sandy-affected states. Millions more was intended to go to Pacific coast states facing a wave of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. H… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: Sen. Murkowski confident of Asian gas market

FAIRBANKS - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is confident there's a market for Alaska's natural gas in Asia after a recent trip to Japan and Taiwan. During a teleconference with reporters on Wednesday, Murkowski reported that Japanese officials and representatives from a number of Japanese utilities were particularly interested in adding Alaska's natural gas to their energy portfolios. "I got the impression that if Alaska was in a position to offer up contracts up today that the Japanese would be ve… Continue Reading


Matsu Valley Frontiersman: Alaskans lead effort to make Congress work

Amid the rancor and divisiveness of these highly partisan times, it is encouraging to see the seeds of common sense and reason taking root in Washington, D.C. As Alaskans, we are doubly encouraged to see our two senators - Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich - stepping up and setting the right tone to help break the gridlock that has gripped our nation's capital and make government work for all of us. In late December, Sen. Murkowski, a Republican, unveiled a blueprint for much-needed campaign finan… Continue Reading


U.S. News and World Report: Alaska Aims to Amp Up Natural Gas Exports to Japan

Senator from Alaska will travel to Japan to talk to officials about the state's plentiful natural gas In this 2012 photo provided by ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., a drill rig at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope is seen. This rig is testing a method for extracting methane from methane hydrate. A ConocoPhillip drill rig located at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope is seen in 2012. Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will travel to Japan to discuss natural gas exports and nuclear energy wit… Continue Reading


The Hill: Sen. Murkowski heads for Japan to talk gas exports, nuclear power

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the Senate's top Republican lawmaker on energy policy, will shortly travel to Japan for meetings about nuclear power and exporting natural gas from her state. "She is going to meet with Japanese officials and take a look at what they have done since Fukushima on nuclear policy," said Robert Dillon, Murkowski's spokesman. Almost every Japanese reactor is offline following the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which occurred after the March 2011 earthquake … Continue Reading


Politico: Lisa Murkowski pens revenue-sharing expansion bill

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member Lisa Murkowski is drawing up legislation to expand revenue sharing with states to cover fossil fuels and renewable-energy sources that lie offshore and on federal land. Murkowski's plan would grant new states that house wind, oil, natural gas and other energy production off their coastlines an automatic revenue share of 27.5 percent with another 10 percent available if those funds are directed to research and development, alternative … Continue Reading


Associated Press: Murkowski keeps main committee assignments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sen. Lisa Murkowski will keep all her main committee assignments during the new Congress, including a slot on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Murkowski, Republican, also will be on Indian Affairs, meaning both Alaska's senators are expected to serve on that committee. Democrat Sen. Mark Begich had previously announced his assignment to the panel. Murkowski's other committees are energy and natural resources and health, education, labor and pensions. ###… Continue Reading


Cordova Times: Unified Command briefs Murkowski on drill rig mishap

The Unified Commend overseeing salvage operations of a marine drill rig aground on an uninhabited island south of Kodiak said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, received a thorough briefing on the incident on Jan. 1. In a statement issued early on Jan. 2, the Unified Command said Murkowski was advised that the safety of its personnel and protecting the environment were top priorities. The senator was briefed on the full response effort including challenges endured by responders to stabilize the dri… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Our states vouch for transparent campaign financing

Take it from two United States senators from both sides of the aisle who have decades of experience in public life: Campaign-finance rules have a tremendous impact on the public policy agenda in Congress. Contrary to the popular perception, the prospect of getting - or not getting - a check from an individual or political action committee does not drive the typical decision on Capitol Hill. But decision-making is often colored by the prospect of facing $5 million in anonymous attacks ads … Continue Reading


KTUU: Lisa Murkowski Speech Opens 2nd Day of 2012 AFN Convention

Lisa Murkowski Speech Opens 2nd Day of 2012 AFN Convention The second day of the 2012 Alaska Federation of Natives convention was highlighted by a speech from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who addressed delegates in Anchorage for her 10th time as a senator Friday. Murkowski took the stage at the Dena'ina Center wearing a red kuspuk with blue trim. Her speech frequently touched on AFN's theme this year, "Success Beyond Barriers," as she said Alaska Natives had overcome barriers by getting involved in … Continue Reading


Op-Ed: NOAA: A fish out of water in US Commerce Department

There are many issues on which I disagree with President Obama. When someone is right on something, however, it is important to give credit where it's due. Earlier this year, the president asked Congress to grant him authority to reorganize federal agencies. He said his first move would be to consolidate federal agencies that focus on economic development and move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Department of Commerce to the Department of the Interior. As a … Continue Reading

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