Former state attorney general Dan Sullivan won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska on Tuesday, setting the stage for a competitive showdown against Sen. Mark Begich (D) in one of the most important contests in the battle for the Senate majority.
Sullivan's primary was effectively the final test for Senate Republicans ahead of the post-Labor Day period when the general election campaign begins in earnest. His win caps a successful primary season in which no incumbents lost for the first time since 2008 and the party avoided nominating the kind of controversy-prone figures who spoiled their hopes in 2012 and 2010. Republicans are well-positioned to compete for the six seats they need to wrest the Senate majority away from Democrats.
Sullivan defeated Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, tea party candidate Joe Miller and retired Air Force sergeant John Jaramillo. He rode the support of a coalition of tea party and establishment Republican groups to victory. Sullivan outspent and outrasied his competitors by a wide margin.
August 20, 2014
On Wednesday night, the Senate Appropriations Committee scuttled a politically problematic vote that would have included an amendment that blocked the EPA from finalizing proposed carbon emission limits for power plants. The amendment was to be offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a funding bill for the Energy Department and water programs. Sen. Mark Begich is a member of the committee. He’s been under fire for his alleged support of carbon taxes and regulations.
June 19, 2014
According to D.C. buzz, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has perhaps gone too far in protecting U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and other vulnerable senators from having to take tough votes on legislation dealing with controversial issues such as an EPA rule limiting carbon emissions or construction of the Keystone Pipeline, as well as a host of other bills. Reid and other Democratic leaders have done that, by and large, by blocking those bills from coming to the floor.
June 30, 2014
Thirty-two percent of respondents to the Daily Caller/Vox Populi poll, which surveyed 619 Alaska Republicans, said that if the GOP primary were held today they would vote for former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan. Twenty-three percent said they would choose Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and 15 percent favored Joe Miller, who mounted a spirited but unsuccessful senate bid in 2010.
June 12, 2014