Articles & Op-eds

06.27.09

In The News: Editorial from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner -- Consensus builder: Sen. Murkowski tapped again by congressional colleagues

EDITORIAL: Consensus Builder Sen. Murkowski tapped again by congressional colleagues. Published Saturday, June 27, 2009 Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Republican colleagues this week elected her to a top spot in their organization - vice chairman. Her election was the latest advancement to reflect the confidence and respect she has gained on her own in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, she secured the top Republican post on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She also got a s… Continue Reading


06.25.09

GOP elevates Thune, Murkowski after Ensign scandal

by J. Taylor Rushing

Senate Republicans on Thursday unanimously tapped John Thune and Lisa Murkowski for new leadership positions in the wake of John Ensign's resignation due to a sex scandal. Thune (S.D.) was tapped as GOP Policy Chairman, the position that Ensign held until his admission last week of an affair with a female staffer. Murkowski (Alaska) was tapped to replace Thune as Senate Republican Conference vice chairman. Both senators strove to put the best face on two weeks' worth of bad press for Rep… Continue Reading


06.25.09

Thune, Murkowski ascend in GOP

by Alex Isenstadt

Senate Republicans elected two new leaders Thursday in the wake of the John Ensign sex scandal. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) was unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, the post Ensign gave up after admitting last week that he'd had an affair with a staffer. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was elected to take Thune's place as vice chairwoman of the Senate GOP conference. Unveiling the two new members of his leadership team Thursday afternoon, Mi… Continue Reading


06.25.09

Murkowski Elected to GOP Leadership Post

by Libby Casey

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was elected into Republican leadership on Thursday. Murkowski won the unanimous support of her colleagues to become fifth-in-line in Senate Republican leadership. As Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference she is expected to help craft party message and strategy. To listen to the audio, click here.… Continue Reading


06.25.09

Murkowski assumes Senate leadership position

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's senior senator is now in the fifth-highest Republican leadership position in the Senate. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been selected to serve as vice chair of the Senate Republican Conference. Murkowski says she will be the only western senator on the leadership team. She says this will allow her to bring more issues to the table that are important to Alaska and rural America. The other top Republican leaders are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentu… Continue Reading


06.25.09

Party peers in Senate vote Murkowski to leadership role

by Erika Bolstad

WASHINGTON - For Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the past year has been a whirlwind: the top GOP spot on the Senate Energy committee, a slot on the Senate's powerful Appropriations Committee, and now, a seat at the Senate Republican leadership table. "I'm going to be busier, that's a given," Murkowski said, just after a press conference announcing her election to the GOP leadership ranks. "It just means that you work a little bit harder." Thursday, her Senate Republic… Continue Reading


06.22.09

Murkowski seeking Republican leadership post

by J. Taylor Rushing

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is seeking the vice chairmanship of the Senate Republican Conference, as a GOP leadership shuffle continues in the wake of Sen. John Ensign's (R-Nev.) admission of an extramarital affair. Murkowski began making calls to fellow GOP senators last week about her intent to replace Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) in the position. Thune last week told The Hill he is seeking the position of GOP Policy chairman, which Ensign has resigned. Murkowski also sent around a letter withi… Continue Reading


06.22.09

Murkowski seeks emergency funding for AWAIC

by Megan Baldino

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she is seeking emergency funding for the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) Shelter in Anchorage because it is over capacity. "The shelter currently has 52 beds and is serving nearly 90 women and children. The local fire marshall has informed the shelter it cannot exceed 90 people," said Murkowski in a letter to Catherine Pierce, the acting director of the Justice Department's Violence Against Women office. On Monday, Murkowski sa… Continue Reading


06.22.09

Drill, Baby,Drill? Do It Sideways, Says Senator

by Coral Davenport

You've got to give Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski credit for persistence. Despite the odds, she's keeping alive the dream of drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That long effort came up short even when Republicans ruled Congress and two oilmen ran the White House. Now, with President Obama and the Democrats who run Congress pushing hard to cut fossil fuel emissions, expand renewable energy and safeguard the environment, the prospects for opening ANWR appear as far-fetc… Continue Reading


06.22.09

Senator Murkowski meets, greets Sotomayor

by Betty Mills

WASHINGTON - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, came away impressed from a "meet and greet" meeting last week with Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. "She is a very thoughtful woman and clearly very learned," Murkowski told reporters after the one-hour private conversation with Sotomayor. "She is a woman who feels passionate about learning and the law," Murkowski added. Sotomayor has never been to Alaska but she expressed interest in visiting the state … Continue Reading


06.20.09

Land going to Alaska Natives

by Rena Delbridge

FAIRBANKS -- Fifty years after statehood and more than 37 years after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act passed, the federal government, state and Native corporations are still negotiating millions of acres of land transfers. The Bureau of Land Management filed public notice Friday to convey more than 554,000 acres to a handful of village and regional Native corporations. That figure includes 233,000 acres near Minto, McGrath and Tanacross to Fairbanks-based Doyon Ltd. Jim Mery, Doy… Continue Reading


06.20.09

Alaskans urge health care changes

by Sean Cockerham

Alaskans who crowded the Wilda Marston Theatre on Saturday told Sen. Mark Begich overwhelmingly they wanted Congress to create a "public option" for health care as an alternative to the nation's existing system based on private insurance. The question of whether health care reform should include a public health insurance plan to compete with private insurers is drawing intense attention. President Obama strongly favors it and most congressional Republicans are opposed, with the si… Continue Reading


06.19.09

Leadership Races Firming Up; Thune, Murkowski Clearing Field

by Jessica Brady

Sen. John Thune (S.D.) is expected to run unopposed to replace Sen. John Ensign (Nev.) as the Republican Policy Committee chairman. "Sen. Thune has received encouragement from his colleagues but continues to reach out and talk to them," spokesman Kyle Downey said. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) confirmed Thursday that she will run for vice chairwoman of the Conference, the post currently held by Thune. It is unclear whether Murkowski would face competition for the vice chairmanship. Sens… Continue Reading


06.19.09

Op-Ed: Health care bill unworkable, unaffordable

Americans are looking to Congress and the White House to see whether lawmakers and the president will deliver on their promises to reform our health care system. As a member of the Senate committee considering comprehensive health care reform legislation, I am committed to working with both my Republican and Democratic colleagues. However, our success will be measured by whether we craft a health care bill that reduces costs while providing affordable, comprehensive medical coverage that ens… Continue Reading


06.19.09

Murkowski Wants Senate Leadership Post

by Libby Casey

Senator Lisa Murkowski is throwing her name into contention for a top GOP leadership job. She's vying to become the Senate Republican's Conference vice chairman. Click here to listen to the audio.… Continue Reading


06.19.09

Murkowski, Begich in town to talk healthcare reform

by Jason Lamb

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Both of Alaska's senators want to talk about healthcare with Alaskans about national plans to overhaul the system at a cost that could reach $1 trillion. It's caused a lot of friction on Capitol Hill and Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski want to hear what their constituents have to say. One idea President Barack Obama has proposed would require you to buy into either a private healthcare plan or one from the government. Preliminary estimates of the plan start … Continue Reading


06.18.09

Murkowski Meets with Supreme Court Nominee

by Libby Casey

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) met with Supreme Court Justice Nominee Judge Sotomayor on Thursday. Listen to the audio here.… Continue Reading


06.18.09

Murkowski presses Sotomayor about past remarks

by Erika Bolstad

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she was pleased to hear Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor say she "looks to the law first" when making legal decisions, but the Alaska Republican also said she remains undecided on whether she will vote to confirm President Barack Obama's first high court pick. Murkowski met Thursday with Sotomayor, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Second Circuit who could become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. Her confirm… Continue Reading


06.18.09

Sen. Murkowski seeks spot in Republican leadership

by Betty Mills

WASHINGTON - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has decided to seek a spot in the Senate Republican leadership that suddenly became available Wednesday. Murkowski is phoning GOP colleagues to gauge support for her race to be vice chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. The position is the fifth in the hierarchy of Senate Republican leaders. The closed-door election by Senate Republicans will be held June 25. The position opened up during a fast-paced day on Capitol Hill following th… Continue Reading


06.17.09

Alaskan lawmaker seeks Energy Dept. funds

The $28 million in funds offered by the U.S. Energy Department for Alaskan energy programs are attractive despite concerns from Gov. Sarah Palin, lawmakers say. Palin in a letter to the Energy Department complained the funding measure had too many strings attached for her to accept the $28.6 million in stimulus funds for Alaska's energy programs. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, however, said despite the objections from Palin, Alaska could use the funds effectively, the Platts news servic… Continue Reading

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