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Walker, Mallott merge campaigns

Posted: September 2, 2014 - 8:41pm
Alaska gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, left, talks with his former running mate, Craig Fleener, before a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Walker will join with the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Byron Mallott, in a unified ticket to face Republican Gov. Sean Parnell in the general election.  Fleener stepped aside to let Mallott be the lieutenant governor candidate. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)  AP
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Alaska gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, left, talks with his former running mate, Craig Fleener, before a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Walker will join with the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Byron Mallott, in a unified ticket to face Republican Gov. Sean Parnell in the general election. Fleener stepped aside to let Mallott be the lieutenant governor candidate. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE — The independent and Democratic candidates for Alaska governor said Tuesday that they are merging their campaigns to give them a better shot at unseating Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.

Independent Bill Walker said Tuesday that he has dropped his membership in the Alaska Republican Party and reregistered as undeclared. It was a move stipulated by the Alaska Democratic Party’s central committee when it voted 89-2 Monday to endorse Walker as governor and Democrat Byron Mallott as lieutenant governor.

Walker, 63, has been running as an independent, but he didn’t change his official party affiliation until Tuesday. Mallott, 71, won last month’s Democratic primary election for governor.

A combined ticket is expected to provide a stronger challenge to Parnell in November.

“What the Democratic Party has done is unprecedented in Alaska, to my knowledge,” Walker said at a news conference in Anchorage, adding that his conservative views still stand, but partisanship issues will not play a role. “We’ll have a no-partisan administration.”

Walker and Mallott joined their campaigns after discussions during the weekend.

“I could not have made the decision I have made if I did not come to know and trust and believe in the integrity of Bill Walker,” Mallott said, adding their shared vision for Alaska was a problem in separate campaigns. “They overlapped so much, that there was little differentiation between us.”

The current lieutenant governor candidates, independent candidate Craig Fleener and Democrat Hollis French, also dropped out.

Parnell’s lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, oversees elections in Alaska. Treadwell late Tuesday afternoon approved the new ticket for the ballot. Treadwell didn’t seek re-election as lieutenant governor in favor of running for U.S. Senate, and he lost the Republican primary.

Party affiliation and ballot changes had to be made by Tuesday.

French, the state Senate minority leader, did not attend the news conference. French released a written statement he gave to the Democratic Party chair to read to the central committee that begins with his belief that public service is an opportunity to make the world a better place.

“In this election cycle, I had believed that the best way forward for Alaska was with a Mallott-French ticket,” French wrote, saying he would resign as the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee. “I have asked for nothing in exchange for my resignation. I believe the overriding imperative is to replace Sean Parnell.”

Polls and political observers have pointed to Parnell, 51, winning a three-way race in November. But he would face a more difficult challenge against a single candidate, particularly Walker.

The Walker-Mallott ticket offers a “clear choice for Alaskans who want more of President Obama’s policies in Alaska,” Parnell said in a statement that also mentioned his lieutenant governor running mate, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.

“For those who want more freedom, less government, and more economic opportunity, the Parnell-Sullivan ticket is the clear choice,” Parnell wrote.

Democratic Party spokesman Zack Fields said the merger has critics, but it follows overwhelming grassroots support that has been developing far longer than the candidates have talked about it.

“Sean Parnell continues to engage in partisan attacks when Bill Walker and Byron Mallott are teaming up to put Alaskans ahead of partisanship,” Fields said.

Walker finished second behind Parnell in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial race. He bypassed the primary this time after opting to gather signatures to qualify as an unaffiliated candidate.

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jford
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jford 09/03/14 - 01:22 am
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[filtered word] Republicans lose their freedom loving minds.

Right wing zealots everywhere report heads are simply exploding.

Upon misperceiving the news, Kenai Peninsula woman at first resorts to hysterics,

…later when the sheer giddiness wears off, ….breaks into tears.

kearbear
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kearbear 09/03/14 - 12:29 pm
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There they go again rearranging the furniture

So there you have it, Alaska: two Republican candidates for governor, one supported by the Republican Party of Alaska and one supported by the Alaska Democratic Party. "Democrats aren't abandoning the race. They're doubling down with Walker." as one commentator has attested. No Democrat will be on the ticket as a candidate for Governor.

jford
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jford 09/03/14 - 09:35 am
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kearbear is so off base she has to resort to blatant lies.

The Republican party does not and has not supported Walker.

The Republican party has spoken publicly of their refusal to back Walker.

With her dishonest claims, kearbear highlights her own lack of integrity, her inability to campaign honestly.

If there is one constant in politics, it's the lies of the right wing.

Lying about things or just plain making stuff up is what the right wing is all about. It's all they've got.

Lying is the go to tactic of wingnuts and [filtered word]s.

Parnell lies. kearbear lies.

kearbear
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kearbear 09/03/14 - 10:23 am
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Teletubbies and Blues Clues

Governor Parnell beat Bill Walker in the 2010 Republican primary.

Calling himself a "traditional" Republican in a press release announcing the decision "So while I remain a traditional Alaskan Republican" He is running as an independent with a registered Democrat who will remain a Democrat.

Either Byron Mallott has more in common with Republicans than Democrats or Bill Walker has more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Either way they are each outside the main stream of Alaskan politics. Purple is a pretty color if you are a tele-tubby, blue if you haven't got a clue. SB21 was reaffirmed and Governor Parnell will be re elected.

jford
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jford 09/03/14 - 11:50 am
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The Teapublicans are scared. Democracy is scary.

Parnell is going to lose. That's the big fear.

Run in circles, scream and shout.

When your references run to tele-tubbies,

...it says something about your mental state.

(….and it wouldn't be a positive indicator)

Your lies got exposed, so you thought maybe tele-tubbies was your next go-to tactic?

kearbear
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kearbear 09/03/14 - 12:46 pm
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Who's Who

"This is not an easy choice, but a necessary choice. We realize that we do not hold an identical set of beliefs." Bill Walker

Mallott-French is now Walker-Mallot

Parnell-Sullivan is still Parnell-Sullivan

Walker-Fleener is now Walker-Mallot

French-Fleener are under the bus

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Suss 09/03/14 - 12:52 pm
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Defeating Parnell is the belief

The first and foremost belief is getting Parnell and Big Oil

Out of the Governor's Office. After that, everything is

workable.

"ABP" party. Anyone But Parnell

The numbers for the gubernatorial race just got interesting.

They, the Republicans (Big Oil) cooked the staging of ballot

Measures so that SB21 was a stand alone vote.

Marijuana reform and minimum wage ballot measures will

Have a draw that does not bode well for Parnell.

The Pro-Pot vote will get more votes than Parnell and that

will be true even if Pro-Pot loses.

kearbear
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kearbear 09/04/14 - 02:40 am
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Mellow yellow's get the munchies, they don't vote

The All Bull Party (ABP) is never interesting.

jford
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jford 09/03/14 - 07:09 pm
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Parnell definitely has some serious problems: He lacks sense.

Parnell definitely has some serious problems, his poor outreach efforts have cheesed off legislators in his own party; and he even crossed the local chambers of commerce (normally staunch Republican allies) when he refused to expand Medicaid.

And in pushing for a huge tax cut for oil companies that was very nearly turned back by voters in last month's primary, Parnell showed he was on the side of BP, Conoco, and Exxon—and not Alaska.

kearbear
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kearbear 09/03/14 - 07:27 pm
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tax reform is good for the State of Alaska

Progressive, punitive, and confiscatory tax rates such as ACES harmed all segments of the Alaskan economy. The development of our natural resources must benefit all the people, not just those who work for government. ACES turned the private sector into bystanders watching our natural resources be depleted for the benefit of the State. Our founders did not say for the benefit of the State. They were explicit and precise when they said for the benefit of the people. State government is big enough and intrusive enough. Not everyone can work for the State. The oil companies pay the taxes that fund our State government. Oil pays the salaries and benefits packages of State workers. Taxes should be reasonable and not stifle the private sector. Government depletes and consumes. Government has no money. Taxpayers pay for everything. Tax reform was reaffirmed by the Voters of Alaska.

jford
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jford 09/03/14 - 09:08 pm
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More lies kearbear? Got anything besides lies?

(and that unintelligible word salad that followed the lie)

Under ACES, Alaska's oil and gas sector set record high employment marks.

JUNEAU -- Alaska oil and gas jobs hit a new record in 2013, as the sector has done repeatedly since the passage in 2007 of the ACES oil tax.

There were 14,100 people directly employed in the oil and gas extraction and production industries in 2013, a new post-pipeline construction record. The year ACES passed, 2007, there were 11,500 oil and gas jobs in Alaska.

Proving kearbear is lying: http://tinyurl.com/p3bbqux

ACES went into effect starting July 2007. For the last complete year before that, July 2006 through June 2007, state statistics show an average employment of 10,850 oil and gas workers in Alaska.

The final year of ACES, 2013, had average oil and gas employment of 14,150.

An increase of over 30 percent in six-and-a-half years.

Now, with SB 21, the latest reports indicate the state’s current revenue forecast shows Alaska may need to rely on savings in the coming years to offset revenue shortfalls caused by falling oil production.

kearbear, is lying all you know? Don't you know people can look up what you say and see that it's all lies?

Lying shows a distinct lack of character. Sort of like your hubby and his grifter friend, Bearup, …lacking in character.

As a member of their 'team', do they approve of your lies ahead of time?

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