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Alaskans send Young back to Congress

Posted: November 7, 2012 - 1:06am

ANCHORAGE — Alaska voters on Tuesday gave U.S. Rep. Don Young a 21st term in Congress, and awarded all three electoral votes to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Young, a Republican, earned an overwhelming victory over his main challenger, Democrat Sharon Cissna of Anchorage.

Voters also were deciding if Republicans take control of both houses of the state Legislature, and whether to call constitutional convention. Another issue on the ballot was approving nearly a half-billion dollars in bonds for statewide projects, including $50 million for the troubled Port of Anchorage.

Romney continued a tradition of Alaskans electing Republicans at the top of the ticket. The last Democrat to win the state was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

“In his second term I am hopeful that President Obama will see the value of pragmatism over partisanship,” U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement. “Both parties created the challenges we face today, and the solutions can only be found through collaborative efforts — good ideas don’t come with a party label. I encourage President Obama and his administration to work with Congress, represent all of America and make a better tomorrow for our nation.”

Valerie Tan of Anchorage voted Republican, throwing her support behind Romney to counter what she called a “spiritual crisis” in the nation. At the same time, she hopes to see the state Senate’s bipartisan coalition survive.

“I think everybody should work together. Everybody has a different opinion,” she said.

Mayak Nak supported Obama’s re-election bid and backed Cissna over Young. On a state level, the Anchorage man was hoping to see both parties work together, particularly in Alaska’s 20-member Senate, even if Republicans were to take the majority.

“Bipartisanship is a good thing, when you forget your own party and make for what will benefit the people in general,” Nak said.

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, a Romney supporter, says discussions he’s had with Democrats in the White House is that they understand the goals that Alaska has, and sometimes they agree with them. “How we get there, we have to sort that out,” he said.

Chief among them is increasing the flow of oil through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Alaska’s economic lifeline.

“We have to come to some sort of accommodation on how we keep that pipeline full,” he said.

The biggest focus this election has been on state Senate races. The 20-member Senate is currently ruled by a bipartisan coalition comprised of 10 Democrats and six Republicans, which has blocked Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to lower taxes on oil producers.

The Senate the past two years has blocked efforts by Gov. Sean Parnell to pass bills lowering taxes on oil companies operating in the state. Parnell’s says oil companies will take the money they are saving in taxes and invest in new production.

But members of the coalition wants assurances that oil companies will invest that money, and favor giving rebates for investments made.

Alaskans also were favoring issuing $453 million in bonds for statewide transportation projects, according to early vote returns. If approved, the Port of Anchorage — where 90 percent of goods coming into Alaska arrive — will receive $50 million. A port expansion project has been plagued by cost overruns and construction problems..

After every Census, voters are asked whether to call a constitutional convention, where changes to the five-decade old document could be considered. It was failing in early vote returns.

Associated Press reporters Rachel D’Oro and Becky Bohrer contributed to this report.

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Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/07/12 - 01:46 pm
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One Good Alaskan

One Good Alaskan as in Don Young is better than none i am glad to say. Yes that means in my opinion ALL the others are worthless for Alaska.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 11/07/12 - 02:12 pm
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Good

You can not complain .You are voting the status quo.I hope.You are satisfied with the same old get nothing in return politician.Don Young should have retired Loooooooooooooong ago.He is just another oil company yes man.

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 11/07/12 - 03:47 pm
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Obama is destroying Alaska - Begich votes with Obama

Alaska will suffer more because of Obama. Liberal Begich will continue to vote with Obama.

16 TRILLION in debt and growing daily.

Norseman
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Norseman 11/07/12 - 06:33 pm
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suffer? We Alaskans have had

suffer? We Alaskans have had it good. With President Obama re elected and Senator Begich with a few more years to go, we will continue to move forward.

Having politicans who are willing to work together is what we need.

granny
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granny 11/07/12 - 06:44 pm
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Lisa M's take on partisanship

Heard an interesting interview today with Norm Ornstein (sp?) a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. He has a book out or coming out and a recent article on some of the political problems of this country and his bottom line is that Republicans (radical right) are the problem. They've lost the art of problem solving and compromise which is the only way we can move forward in this country. It's worth taking a look at considering where he works. The interview was on Fresh-Air. M Schrag

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 11/09/12 - 07:26 am
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Obama's Bullet Vote

Maybe you haven't heard what happens to democracy when a majority of it's voters decide to go an the take! That's what you call entitlements, where these voters look to see where the money is and who will give them the most. Then they support that candidate with their VOTE right up until the candidate runs out of money. Well guess what, these voters just voted in a guy that has totally broke the BANK. How is he ever going to payup you know like paypal on all he has promised? Well he is going to print more money just for you and all the millions just like you that took that O-47 bullet into the voters booth and stuck it in America's ribs. I call it the O-47 after the 47% on the public dole and the O is the candidate who perfected it's use as a weapon of mass destruction. They must be modeling the weapon after the ones proven to have destroyed every democracy where the majority use it to get what they want for that Vote!
What you have not understood is the effect that bullet vote has on our nations health. It is pointed right at the heart of America and they never miss. Just like smart bullet technology it never misses, and dispite what you think that heart is not bullet proof. We have now come to the part where we run what has been called the Tytler Cycle. Named after the 18th century scholar Alexander Fraser Tytler who did an amazing study of democracies that have failed through out history. His theory has a few rows of teeth that take a real bite out of your partisanship ideas.
Your ideas are a little outdated, you see we are not in the virtue phase of Tytler's Cycle. We are more along the end two phases, you know corruption and bribery and the list is real short after that! The lack of partisanship as you call it is America refusing to go down the socialist road, you call this forward? It's a little miopic to travela road that leads to socialism without reading the road signs allong the way. That is where your forward leads. Mr Tytler's advice is very true and proven to be a roadmap to destruction. So don't fault the folks holding this thing back. Because we all know what happens when those that are holding evil back are taken out of the way!
How does the old saying go where is a Cop when you need one, and now America needs a few traffic Cops to get this flow going in the right direction. Because I don't know what your seeing, but Mr Tytler's roadmap show's that fiscal cliff we are approaching at worp speed and old O-47 just stole the throttle and this train it won't slow down you know it just goes FAST.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/09/12 - 08:01 am
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Rome, Rome, Where fore art thou Rome?

If one was oblidged to read history past one would be able to see history future, as in Rome and America or any other nation that used Rome as a DEMO for governance of people.
Rome was the mightest power on earth and control every thing until they decide it was better to pay others to do their fighting of wars to overthrow other nations as they sat back and enjoyed sports, sex and massive freebes from govt. and all they had to do to get those freebes was vote for the government that gave them.
Finally all the citizens that worked said whats the use and quit working and paying taxes that paid for all the free stuff and them selves became freeloaders and dependants on govt.
The foriegn armies marched in and took over Rome with all the weapons and training provided by the Millions of dollars Rome had paid them to fight others and now the WORM HAD TURNED.
Can ya say AMERICA NEXT?
Mitt could not win against free stuff with his promises of jobs, as the people all said why work when it's free?
Now what? Are we getting better with the very same Government we have had the past 4 yrs, and you really don't think it's gonna get better do ya?
IT'S ALWAYS EASIER IF SOMEONE ELSE DOES THE WORK AND YOU STILL GET YOUR "SHARE" FOR DOING NOTHING IN BO'S UNION ONE.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 11/10/12 - 11:14 am
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47%

Some of those 47% are not the freeloaders BRD would have you believe. There are 115,000 librarians making less than $25K. Let us not forget the thousands of full time college students. There is the active military serving over seas. Retired military is also included in that 47% Those who have been retired and living on the 401K's and pensions that they have earned. Those working at McDonalds, 7-11, and other convenience stores are also a part of the 47%. The person that manages a movie theater and works at a filling station fall into the 47%. That young man or woman that serves you at Subway and 31 Flavors are not standing by with a hand out. Home Depot and Walmart ... there's some more of the 47%. The under paid are not free riders, they simply don't make enough to pay tax. Grant it, there are several people out there wanting a handout, but to say that 47% of Americans are standing in line waiting for a freebee is a political tactic that is distasteful and simply untrue. Many of the 47% are hard working Americans struggling every day to make ends meet ... without the assistance of the government.

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gfds98765 11/10/12 - 01:41 pm
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Bullfeathers! everyone should pay their fair share

Bullfeathers! everyone should pay their fair share
“”The under paid are not free riders, they simply don't make enough to pay tax.”” Bullfeathers! politicians make tax laws to exclude them, they can make tax laws to include them.

‘Everyone should pay their fair share’, remember the liberal motto.

Fair tax, everyone gets a fair shot at funding govmt. If you love Big Government so dang much, you should make your Fair Share of funding it.

We’re all equal RIGHT? Keep supporting Alaskans Don Young.
Good job BIGREDDOG & WATCHMAN ON THE WALL

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 11/11/12 - 05:49 am
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The ol' 47

SVP Your comment showed logic,and FACTS.gfds98765 you displayed a stubborn stick to my guns no matter how badly my states Rep.ignore,and take from the citizenry of the state to swell their pocket linings.One who expects any change at all.One must VOTE for a change,or you get the same old thing-DON YOUNG.This is a conservative stance.Let us not have any change.

Norseman
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Norseman 11/11/12 - 09:42 am
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don young is part of the

don young is part of the problem, not part of the solution. He has the distinct honor of serving in the least liked congress since the formation of our country. The DO NOTHING CONGRESS!!!

I do not want any of my politicans to do nothing. I want politicans, like the rest of us have to do daily, is work together to solve our common problems.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 11/11/12 - 10:55 am
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Don Young isn't a large part of the problem...

Norseman
We the apathetic, uninformed electorate are the major part of the problem. As SPW professes, not enough of us vote and those that do are woefully uninformed or misinformed and believe whatever is fed them by the media. WE are the problem, not the politicians WE elect. WE allow this to happen over and over again. We have all of the tools to make an informed decision, but we choose to use the easiest form of information ... CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CBS ... all with their own political agenda. The current condition in Washington is OUR fault. We allow it to happen over and over again.

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 11/11/12 - 09:20 pm
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The lamenting O-47 pistolaro's

Sounds like a few of you guys really did just stick it right in the old rib bone and squeezed off the vote didn't you? Nobody heard it go off so your still cool and incogneetoe. But it's easy to tell because you turned blue when you pulled that trigger. You'll be thinking of just what you did when you see America starting to stumble, yea you blew her heart right out. You see all those O-47 bulletrs were going straight for the heart and I told you they never miss! Just had to roll the old dice one more time didn't you! Never mind what learned scholars like old Alexander Fraser Tytler's said about what would happen when the majority in any nation used the O-47 in an election. Well aint you cool!

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 11/12/12 - 08:21 am
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BRD the trigger

How could you possibly know how I voted? Just because I simply don't agree with everything red doesn't mean I agree with everything blue and visa-versa.
As far as the 47%, to many of us will gladly drink the media kool-aid and not investigate the true facts and even when presented with the facts, we can not admit to them! A sure sign of kool-aide over dose.
As for whom I voted ... it was Romney. Not for any particular policy that he promoted, but rather for the number of issues that hold importance to the nation over the long term. The Supreme Court being one of those. This is the oldest sitting court since the new deal and the retirements on the horizon could very easily change the way this country functions for the next 30 years or more. I would much sooner see a conservative leaning toward the center as president than I liberal leaning further away from the center when it comes to supreme court nominations.
As for the guy that has "totally broke the bank." He has yet to double the amount spendt by G.W. Bush. However, he will achieve that mark in his second term and easily surpass it. Infrastructure that is overloaded and failing, a grossly bloated misguided domestic spending budget, social programs gone wild and a military spending budget that is rivaled by no other on this planet are just a few of the issues I considered prior to "pulling the trigger" in the voting booth. There is no four year term that will fix these issues before us, but there was an opportunity for a start and it may have been forgone on Novemeber 6. Now, all we can hope for is some sort of compromise between the two parties to start us on a narrower path than we currently travel.
I have no choice but to accept the will of the American voter and have faith the country will somehow correct its current direction. To fight the will of the majority serves little purpose but to send ourselves deeper into dis-repair. A quote for you:
"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right."
-H.L. Mencken-

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/12/12 - 09:01 am
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part of the true problem
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is immoral and uninformed liberal voters who are angry because they are too lazy to work and feel that successful citizens should pay their way (can you say entitlements?)

There are a couple of them right here in these comments who fit that category...you can smell them out by yourself!

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/12/12 - 01:51 pm
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Don Young

Where has Don ever failed the people of Alaska, either party?
I for one can see where he has only served Alaskans unlike many other recently elected politicians on BOTH sides that i would not vote for in any public service job as they only care for their own going foreward, not Alaskans.
I agree that 21 terms seems like a long time, but not if that person has been fair and equal for all people as Don has always been.
Why can't we agree as a State on Don when many are calling for agreement and working together with President Obama? Whats the differance here of working together for a better Nation and State as well?
Working together is a give and take thingy and it's not supposed to be one party gives and the other takes or vice versa which seems to once again be the road we are all going down while wanting a supposed change.

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