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Rove: Obamacare Yoke Weighs Heavily on 2014 Democratic Candidates
Democratic lawmakers seeking re-election in 2014 will pay a heavy political price for having supported President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act in 2010, writes Karl Rove in a Wall Street Journal op-ed .
Wed Dec 11, 2013
The Miami Herald
Report: 398 Alaskans pick marketplace plans
Government figures released Wednesday show 398 Alaskans signed up for private health insurance during the first two months of the online marketplace.
Time Goes By
Let's Increase Social Security Benefits
Two or three or four years ago or maybe more I first came across the idea that Social Security benefits should not only not be cut, they should be increased.
The Modesto Bee
Alaska delegation signs up for insurance
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young obtained policies through a Washington, D.C., marketplace.
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Vitter spurns health contribution
Sen. David Vitter , who has led the congressional crusade against Obamacare contributions for lawmakers' health plans, has officially foregone that generous financial aid for his 2014 coverage.
Vote on Afghanistan War Extension Won't Be In Defense Bill
Last month, we noted that a bipartisan group of senators, lead by Jeff Merkley of Oregon, introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that asked President Obama to seek a vote in Congress over whether to extend the war in Afghanistan through "2024 and beyond," as the potential security pact with the Afghan government proposes.
Dem divide on S.D. race highlighted
The National Republican Senatorial Committee will highlight a Democratic divide over the South Dakota Senate race in releases hitting 2014 Senate contenders on Tuesday.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
Who do we Thank for 'Populism Rising' -- Sen. Warren or the Third Way?
Well, according to this Business Insider, we should thank the Third Way -- for queuing up this softball, that even a Warren-Wantabee could have smashed out of the park.
MT-Sen: John Bohlinger (D) Calls For Expanding Social Security
So as I mentioned in my previous diaries that I was out sick so I am playing catch up with my diaries.
GOP Sen. Graham latest to sign up for Obamacare, refuse subsidy
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has decided to sign up for federal health care coverage in the South Carolina exchange, rather than through the Washington, D.C., exchange where he would qualify for a federal subsidy offered to both lawmakers and congressional aides.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
AK-Sen: Mark Begich (D) Goes After Another Social Security Cut, The Windfall Elimination Provision
Senator Mark Begich , author of the Protecting & Preserving Social Security Act, is directing his focus on another type of cut to Social Security: Most Alaskans don't know it, but there's something called the Windfall Elimination Provision in Social Security.
Anchorage Daily News
For Anchorage's politicians, a wary embrace of social media and technology
Early Friday morning, Chris Birch, an assemblyman from South Anchorage, woke up and read a news story about a new idea he had for legislation to change the date of city elections.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Senators tour Seattle boat to study loans for new fishing fleet
U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Mark Begich, from Alaska, talk with Blue North Fisheries' Kenny Down, left, and Pat Burns while standing in the processing room of a 70-year-old freezer longliner that is being rebuilt.
Invitation to Tea
I'm on a lot of Repug mailing lists because when I was teaching at IU, my son got his first deployment to Iraq.
Super PAC Spends $98K for Ads Supporting Mark Begich
A new Super PAC reported spending $98,000 for independent expenditure ads supporting Sen. Mark Begich, who is up for re-election in 2014.
#PAGov: Did Allyson Schwartz Vote for Social Security Cuts?
Back in 2012 during Grand Bargain mania, a lot of alternative budgets were floating around.
Obamacare Is Costing Dems the White Women Vote
Polls show that when it comes to the troubled health care law, Democrats should be most concerned about one of their key constituencies.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
Noting Alaska's role, Hagel unveils first U.S. Arctic strategy
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the department's first-ever Arctic Strategy during a Nov. 22 speech in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Fish Factor: Halibut numbers due; Bering Sea quotas to hold steady
That's the big question as the industry braces for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's interim meeting this week in Seattle.
A Fight for the GOP Torch in Alaska
Treadwell, the lieutenant governor of Alaska, is running for Senate. But some have questioned whether his fundraising will be strong enough to keep pace in the primary.