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Pay attention now, before next year's election

Posted: February 1, 2013 - 8:58am

Recently each and every one of the local residents and voters were reminded by the Borough Mayor that it is necessary for us all to be paying attention to what the various government entities are doing. This would include city councilmen and women, Borough Assembly members, State Legislators, and U.S. Senators and Congress. In that vein, the public may be interested in a small group of people that meets twice a month at a coffee shop in Nikiski to discuss what appears on the KPB Assembly Agenda. There needs to be a group of people doing the same thing in the cities of Kenai and Soldotna. This will provide a convenient local means to pay attention to what our elected representation is doing.

However, of ultimate importance today and the reason for this letter is the voting record and the activities of the U.S. Congressmen and women. Recently I received in the mail the voting record o.f U.S Senators up for re-elect in 2014. Considering we have a U.S. Senator among those up for re-election, now would be the time to start looking more closely at his voting record. I have heard many complaints about various votes that have been taken in Washington, D.C., and whether those votes were consistent with the intentions and desires of the residents of the State of Alaska.

Considering we have been given the reminder to pay attention, as with KPB Ordinance 2011 – 12, it is much better to pay attention before the voting has taken place rather than after. So do what you can to find the voting record of one, Mark Begich, U.S. Senator up for re-election in 2014, and satisfy yourself that he is paying attention to what his constituents of the State of Alaska are saying to him.

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Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 02/02/13 - 10:34 am
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Do not trust the mailers you receive and find your facts on the challenger(s) as well. Watch, but don't trust the news. Use the media as a starting point, but not a finishing point!

The supplied links will help anyone find a how a senator or representative voted on a particular issue and how often the vote was strictly along party lines. How often they voted using their own mind and that of their constituents rather than the mind of a political affiliation.

http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/a_three_sections_with_tease...

http://clerk.house.gov/legislative/legvotes.aspx

http://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/how_to_votes.htm

". . . whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right." -Thomas Jefferson-

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spwright 02/02/13 - 02:45 pm
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What Voters ?

Mrs Hutchison, 1st of All THANK YOU for being a concerned citizen that actually makes the Time to VOTE.That's the Way It Should Be.

But the Majority of Our Fellow Alaskans can't be bothered with Voting. It's NOT important to them. Less than 5 % Voter Turn Out for the August Primary Election.
It is beneath them to stand in-line to Vote.
They actually believe that They Walk On Water & are Morally Superior to all other Alaskans that Do Vote.
They will quote one LAME EXCUSE after ANOTHER LAME EXCUSE for not Voting. & they Brag about Not Voting.

When I hear of a Alaskan crying & whining about a issue the 1st thing that I ask is "Did You Vote" If so then continue on cuz you have EARNED the Right to Voice Your Opinion.
If they Did NOT Vote then it's Shut Up. You made the choice not to participate in democracy therefore You do NOT have a opinion or a voice so Shut Up already.

SPW

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 02/02/13 - 05:27 pm
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SPW Please read Tom's quote above. It is not enough to simply vote. It is vital and as much our duty to be informed as to what we are voting for. I would trust the country to 10 informed voters that actually know the issues, have the facts to support their position and are able to make an educated vote more than I would trust 100% of an uniformed electorate that just goes through the motions. I believe what Ms Huthison is doing is just that! Promoting an informed electorate so we can avoid the poor representation we have all grown to despise!

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