Articles & Op-eds


Ketchikan Daily News: EDITORIAL: Women in history

Three Alaska women are among the newest recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. Congress. In conjunction with Women's History Month, which is celebrated every March, Congress recently recognized the achievements of about 200 Women Airforce Service Pilots who served during World War II. These brave women - including Ellen Campbell of Juneau, and Virginia Wood and Nancy Baker of Fairbanks - flew fighter, bomber, transport and training aircraft duri… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Southeast’s Economy and Promises

Once upon a time, the Southeast timber industry was one of the largest economic drivers in Alaska. In 1990, timber jobs hit an all time employment high. Now the timber industry consists of a few remnants, scratching desperately to hang on. Southeast has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Alaska, and it's the only region in the state where the population is declining and the average age is increasing. One of the leading reasons economic development is so challenging in Southeast is the … Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch: Wrestling with the feds

Alaska's relationship with the federal government has been a rocky one since statehood 50 years ago -- the remote state needs federal money, which has grown to a third of the economy, but an independent populace also wants the feds to back off when it comes to rules. Addressing the state Legislature in Juneau on Thursday, Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke of the long-standing tug-of-war for money, on one hand, and for state sovereignty, on the other. "Alaska has been a sovereign state … Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Murkowski: Public will be heard on Sealaska bill

Public hearings in Southeast region to begin in early MarchBy Kim Marquis U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has committed to hearing more from Southeast Alaska residents about Sealaska lands legislation under consideration by Congress. Murkowski said her senior staff would hold a series of meetings in the region on Senate Bill 881, starting in early March. Describing the meetings as "listening sessions," she said the staff would "sit down with the people, listen to their concerns raised and put maps o… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily news: Congress changes cut into state earmarks

Stevens: With senator out, atmosphere change, Alaska is down from first to sixth.By ERIKA BOLSTAD WASHINGTON -- Alaskans may have lost their title as the No. 1 per capita recipients of earmarks, but it doesn't mean the federal spigot has run dry for the state that made the so-called "bridge to nowhere" a buzzword for wasteful spending. There's no question the state has seen a decline -- Alaska's congressional delegation landed $227 million in earmarks in 2009, compared to $87 million in 2010, … Continue Reading


The Associated Press: Murkowski trumpets GOP chances for 2010

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Republicans have the Democratic Party ``absolutely scrambling.'' Murkowski spoke Saturday to more than 150 people at a Republican fundraiser in Fairbanks, the Fairbanks Republican Women's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Murkowski a year ago said things looked downright gloomy for the GOP but the shifting national mood gives Republicans a chance at a historic showing at the polls in 2010. Murkowski says a year of Democratic missteps has given R… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Lisa Murkowski touts Republicans’ future

FAIRBANKS - What a difference a year makes. That was the message delivered by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to more than 150 people at a Republican fundraiser in Fairbanks on Saturday, saying a shifting national mood gives the GOP a chance to have a historic showing in 2010. "We've got the Democratic Party absolutely scrambling," she said. Murkowski, with the help of Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, as emcee, offered the keynote speech at the Fairbanks Republican Women's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. … Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily Planet: EDITORIAL: Time is running out

When U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is right, she's right. She told a joint session of the Legislature that Alaska is going to have to do its part in getting its stores of natural gas to market. She says the window for a gas line remains open, but there is no time to procrastinate. "Maybe America can wait for Alaska's natural gas. Perhaps industry can wait," she said. "But Alaska cannot wait. We can't wait because other parts of our state's economy are not strong enough - they're not strong enough -… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Sen. Murkowski attacks federal spending, urges gas line

JUNEAU-Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the Legislature on Thursday that a number of federal policies, which she said are often "overreaching" in scope, are working against Alaska's long-term interests. She said deficit-backed stimulus spending generally hasn't helped here or in other states. Murkowski led her address to a joint session of the Legislature with a swing at last year's economic stimulus plan, saying it has failed to meet promised increases in unemployment. She said fiscal policies, when m… Continue Reading


The Associated Press: Murkowski: Alaska needs economic 'soul searching'

LEGISLATURE: U.S. senator tells lawmakers that state needs to get gas to market. JUNEAU -- Alaska's economy faces significant threats from environmentalists, federal regulations, and even from within in the form of problems like high student dropout rates and domestic violence, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday. The Republican told a joint legislative session she would do her part in Washington to fight such things as reactive or overreaching federal policies, but Alaska must do some "sou… Continue Reading


KSRM Radio: Murkowski Urges State to Move on Natural Gas

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski urged the State Legislature to keep moving forward to move North Slope natural gas to market. She said there is still an "open window of opportunity" for the state's natural gas, despite the development of shale gas. However, she stated Alaska couldn't afford to procrastinate with a natural gas line while this window remains open. She said that natural gas needed to get to market to keep the economy of Alaska strong. Murkowski, quoting an ISER study, said 31 percent … Continue Reading


The Hill: Murkowski ‘will never drop’ fight to move Alaska out of Ninth Circuit

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday that she will fight to move Alaska out of the liberal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which has served as a venue for environmental group challenges to oil drilling plans. But she acknowledged that it's an uphill battle. "So-called public interest litigation groups view Alaska as fertile ground to push the edges of environmental advocacy, without regard to the Alaskans who may be hurt by the outcome," Murkowski said in a speech before t… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Radio Network: Murkowski: DC Not Helping Fix Economy

Senator Lisa Murkowski on Thursday gave her annual report to the state legislature, focusing on the national economy and pointing at what she called the federal government's "flawed," short-term approach to fixing it. You can listen to the audio here. Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau… Continue Reading


KTUU: Murkowski talks with lawmakers about federal funding

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski came to the state capital Thursday with some troubling news for Alaskans who rely on federal dollars. She says money is becoming difficult to bring home as attitudes change in Washington. Murkowksi addressed a joint session of the House and Senate in a visit she makes each legislative session to update everyone on what she's doing in Washington, where earmarks aren't what they used to be. Very few U.S. senators, in their home states, would be able to reco… Continue Reading


The HIll: Republican senators, industry cheer nuke loan guarantees

President Obama's announcement of over $8 billion in federal loan guarantees to aid construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia drew cheers from across the aisle Tuesday. "Although loan guarantees alone will not sustain the nuclear renaissance, I believe this is an essential step. My colleagues and I created this loan guarantee program back in 2005 to promote clean, advanced energy sources. Although the Department of Energy has been slow to act, I am hopeful that this is the beginning of a … Continue Reading


Alaska Public Radio Network:

Senator Lisa Murkowski is complaining about what she calls a lack of progress by the Obama Administration on certain energy issues. In a Senate floor speech on Thursday Murkowski said the President's budget does NOT do enough to support nuclear energy or fossil fuel development. She says that runs contrary to the President's pledge during his recent State of the Union speech to support nuclear and new oil and gas development. Murkowski's criticism comes despite President Obama's move to triple t… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska's senators offer support, criticism of Obama's energy plan

FAIRBANKS - President Obama's comments about energy earlier this week have split Alaska's senators. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Obama said the U.S. "can't overnight convert to an all-solar, all-wind economy," but he said investment in clean energy will be key to economic growth in the 21st century. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, took the opportunity to write the president a letter emphasizing the importance of an Alaska natural gas pipeline in producing cleaner energy for the country. "I kn… Continue Reading


The Hill: Alaska senators press White House on energy

Alaska's senators both criticized President Obama's energy policy this week - one gently, the other, not so much. Sen. Mark Begich (D), in a letter to Obama Tuesday, urged him to "reconsider" proposals in the fiscal year 2011 budget request that would repeal billions of dollars in tax incentives for oil producers. The oil industry is a major part of Alaska's economy. "These important incentives have been part of our tax code for decades, and their repeal threatens American jobs and domestic en… Continue Reading


Politico: Snow freezes legislative action

A winter that could turn out to be the snowiest in Washington history is having a serious impact on Capitol Hill, where the last legislative week before Congress's winter break could be lost as a second large snowstorm looms. The House canceled votes for Tuesday. And even though the Senate, as of late Monday, planned to hold votes Tuesday, only three of the Senate's 100 lawmakers showed up at a brief session Monday after the weekend's 2-foot snowstorm forced lawmakers to scrap Monday votes. Amo… Continue Reading


Roll Call: Snow? What Snow?

Those Alaskans sure are rugged types. Not only was the office of GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski "fully staffed" bright and early Monday morning despite the thick layer of snow blanketing Washington, but the gang of hardy souls was doing a little snow trash talking. "We don't take snow days," boasts Michael Brumas, Murkowski's communications director. Take that, silly blizzard. The dozen or more Murkowski-ites trekked in from the far-away 'burbs and nearby neighborhoods, unhindered by what in Alaskan… Continue Reading

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