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Joe Miller: Murkowski Has Been A ‘Big Part Of Problem’ In DC

Our nation and state are clearly on the wrong path. Alaskans feel it: mounting national debt, steep deficits, social unrest, and an economy that has all but flat-lined.

Unfortunately, Lisa Murkowski has been a big part of the problem, and to borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan, “I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself.”

Murkowski stated earlier this month she “cannot and will not support” Republican nominee Donald Trump for president, meaning she presumably would rather see Hillary Clinton occupy the Oval Office.

As Chief Executive, Clinton will fill the Supreme Court and the rest of the federal bench with liberal justices, while taking America further down President Obama’s road to ruin.

During the last session of Congress, Murkowski voted with President Obama 72 percent of the time, making her the most liberal “Republican” senator up for re-election.

Because of her votes in Congress, the senator received an “F” rating from Conservative Review coming in below liberal New York Democrat Charlie Rangel.

Murkowski also garnered failing grades from Heritage Action and FreedomWorks. Family Research Council also gave her an “F” and National Right To Life, did so as well during the last session of Congress.

Meanwhile, NARAL Pro-Choice America recognized Murkowski as being an abortion supporter, giving her an 80 percent rating for her votes in 2014. Just this past December, Murkowski offered legislation, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, seeking to block Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

This is not the record of the “Conservative Voice for Alaska” Lisa Murkowski claims to be in campaign ads.

Despite being from the Last Frontier, “Murkowski acts like a Republican from New Jersey,” conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin charged on his program a few weeks ago when he endorsed my candidacy.

Murkowski’s liberal, big government credentials are long-standing. While serving as a state legislator, she co-sponsored legislation to take part of your PFD and use it to fund state government and also voted to institute a state income tax.

Earlier this year, she suggested that your PFD should be on the table as a possible solution to the government’s spending addiction.

Her record in Washington on issues that specifically impact Alaska is no better. The senator voted to confirm anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder and anti-development, radical environmentalist Sally Jewell to be Secretary of the Interior.

Under Jewell’s leadership, Alaskans saw control of another 100 million acres of their land ceded to the federal government over just the last few months.

Nearly two-thirds of Alaska’s territory is already controlled by the feds, ranking second only to Nevada. Washington, D.C. should not be taking more of our land, it should be relinquishing it, as the Statehood Act (1958) requires.

Murkowski facilitated this most recent land grab in her position as chair of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, when she voted to fund the very program that is responsible for the theft.

If you grant me the honor to serve as your next United States Senator, I’ll fight to protect your interests, not special interests.

The Constitution will be the North Star that guides my decisions.

You have my word that I will stand up to the Establishment, in both parties, and be relentless in the fight to restore our nation to its constitutional foundations, where government is once again the servant, and not the master.

I will fight to rescind all of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders, including executive amnesty. Americans shouldn’t lose their jobs or see their pay held down due to cheap, illegal labor.

Further, the administration’s Islamic refugee resettlement must end, unless a means to adequately vet individuals seeking entry can be but in place.

Our foremost liberty is the right to life. I am the only U.S. Senate candidate that has been endorsed by Alaska Right to Life and Alaska Family Action.

The Second Amendment is essential to our liberty, and I will oppose all efforts to thwart this fundamental right. I am the only candidate in the race backed by Gun Owners of America.

As a veteran (endorsed by Combat Veterans for Congress) who has used Veterans Administration medical services, I will be tireless in ensuring our nation keeps its promises to those who have served our nation in uniform.

It is time for Alaskans to take control of our destiny. With courage and hard work, the fortunes of America and Alaska can turn again. I believe a return to constitutional government can restore the nation we know and love.

I would be honored to have your vote on November 8th.


Joe Miller Wins Statewide Televised Senate Debate; Murkowski MIA

Joe Miller dominated the field at the first statewide televised U.S. Senate debate in Alaska of the general election season; while Sen. Lisa Murkowski remained in hiding.

The Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU (which garners 80 percent of the state’s local news audience) sponsored the prime time event, which Murkowski chose to duck in favor of forums sponsored largely by organizations that have already endorsed her candidacy, or did so in 2010.

Besides Miller, Democrat Ray Metcalfe and left-leaning Independent Margaret Stock also participated in the debate.

Each of the three candidates was asked who they are supporting for president. Stock and Metcalfe said they would be backing Hillary Clinton. Stock noted that both of Alaska’s Republican senators recently announced they will not be supporting Trump.

Miller said that he is supporting Donald Trump: “I think Hillary Clinton will be devastating to the state of Alaska. I don’t think it is a foregone conclusion that she’s going to get elected.”

“I find it very troubling that those who say they’re fighting for Alaska [like Murkowski] are aiding and abetting her campaign. She would be catastrophic for Alaska on resource development.”

Miller noted that she wants to continue to block development in ANWR.

The candidate concluded with a reference to Clinton’s support for greater gun control, stating, “By the way, I haven’t heard Trump say anything that would make me want to give up my guns.”

Other topics covered during the debate included Obamacare, which Miller stated must be repealed, while calling out Murkowski for saying it must be “fixed” in an op-ed earlier this year.

Miller also highlighted Murkowski’s sponsorship of, and vote for, a bill to raid the Permanent Fund Dividend to finance state government programs. She also made comments earlier this year suggesting those funds be available to address the state’s budget shortfall.

“Joe turned in a superior performance tonight,” said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto. “Lisa Murkowski’s absence from what will be the most widely viewed debate shows she has a lack of respect for Alaskan voters.”

“They deserve to hear all the candidates make their case,” he added.

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.

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Alaska Police Officer Seriously Injured in Shooting

The Fairbanks Police Department has identified the officer who was shot early Sunday as an 11-year veteran of the force.

The department says in a statement that shortly after midnight, police went to investigate a report of shots fired. Moments later, Sgt. Allen Brandt radioed police dispatch to report that he had been shot . . .

Brandt was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital by the Fairbanks Fire Department. The police department says he suffered serious injuries from multiple gunshot wounds and has since been flown to Anchorage for treatment. (Read more from “Alaska Police Officer Seriously Injured in Shooting” HERE)

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Miller: Apparently Murkowski Would Rather Have A Hillary Clinton Presidency

Anchorage, Alaska. October 11, 2016 — Joe Miller reacted on Tuesday to Lisa Murkowski’s decision not to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and her forced resignation from the Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee.

On Friday, Murkowski stated, “I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president. He has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”

“Presumably Murkowski’s proclamation that she will not support Trump means she would prefer to see Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office,” said Miller.

“Though it’s now official, the truth is Lisa Murkowski left the Republican Party a long time ago,” he added.

She has now lost her right to vote in the Alaska Republican Party, and is officially a Republican-In-Name-Only.

In 2010, Murkowski reneged on her word and enlisted the help of Democrats to run against the Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senate.

She was the most liberal “Republican” up for re-election then, and she is once again now.

She voted 72 percent of the time with Obama during the last Congress, while touting in campaign ads that she’s “The Conservative Voice for Alaska” in Washington, D.C.

Her votes have earned her an “F” rating from the Conservative Review, FreedomWorks, and Heritage Action.

Even disgraced New York Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel earned a higher score with Conservative Review.

“A Hillary Clinton presidency would be a disaster for the country, keeping us on Barack Obama’s road to ruin. If she wins, the Supreme Court will be lost for a generation,” said Miller.

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.


Thick as Thieves: Murkowski, Alaska’s Political Establishment, and the PFD Grab

Ever wonder why our politicians never seem to represent us? Keep reading.

Alaska Dispatch News recently reported that telecommunications giant GCI funneled more than $2 million into the Alaska’s Future campaign in an attempt to strong-arm the legislature into a PFD grab that would direct half of the designated statutory payout to fund State deficit spending.

Over the past week, US Senate candidate Joe Miller has flooded the radio airwaves with an ad highlighting Senator Lisa Murkowski’s repeated attempts to tap the Permanent Fund for State spending while she was a State legislator, and reminding voters of the fact that Murkowski made statements earlier this year that appear to double-down on support for the PFD grab.

But is there really a connection between the corporate-sponsored Alaska’s Future campaign to take Permanent Fund earnings from Alaskans and Senator Lisa Murkowski?

Here’s what I found.

While Alaska’s Future campaign is a bipartisan group, run by Senator Dan Sullivan’s campaign manager Ben Sparks and former Senator Mark Begich’s spokeswoman Heather Handyside, it is in large part a campaign funded and directed by Murkowski donors. She is, in fact, the common denominator.

The Washington DC-based consulting firm, Black Rock Group, who is working Lisa Murkowski’s US Senate campaign is also consulting the Alaska’s Future campaign.

Alaska’s Future Co-Chair Ron Duncan of GCI has personally given the maximum $5,400 to Lisa Murkowski’s 2016 re-election campaign, and donated to numerous PACs who have funneled thousands more into the senior senator’s coffers.

At least three of Duncan’s Vice Presidents at GCI have donated a combined $9,900 more in personal contributions, and have also donated to PACs supporting Murkowski with thousands more.

Co-Chair Helvi Sandvik, President of NANA Development Corporation, has personally donated $3,500 to Murkowski, and steered an additional $7,000 to her from the NANA Development Corporation Inc. PAC.

Co-Chair Sophie Minich, President and CEO of the CIRI Corporation, is a past Murkowski donor.

No less than 17 of the 32 Alaskans named to the Alaska’s Future Leadership Council have either endorsed Mrukowski or donated to her, or to PACs that have donated no less than $34,875 to her campaign.

Further, corporate members have donated tens of thousands more through their PACS, and this before the latest disclosures have been posted to reflect donations since Murkowski picked up a legitimate challenger in the senate race.

Murkowski also has the backing of the AFL-CIO, whose leader in Alaska, Vince Beltrami, reportedly assisted GCI chief Ron Duncan with lobbying efforts in Juneau.

With just a handful of exceptions, the remainder of the Alaska’s Future Leadership Council are donors to either sitting Senator Dan Sullivan or former Democratic Senator Mark Begich.

    And to no one’s surprise, not one member of the group trying to grab your PFD has donated to any of Joe Miller’s three US Senate campaigns.

Alaska’s Future is a thinly veiled pay-to-play racket. They give money to the politicians, who take your money, and give a portion back to them. And the favor is returned come election time. This is what we call a quid pro quo. Everyone wins but the taxpayer.

And you wonder why Senator Murkowski offers consent to the politicians stealing your PFD? Wonder no more. Follow the money. The permanent political class is indeed thick as thieves, and they’re all in this thing together.

Thankfully, Joe Miller fought back, drafting the Save The PFD recall petition application in July.

And how can we fight back? Elect a man to the United States Senate who isn’t party to the theft.

In early September, when United States Senate Libertarian nominee Cean Stevens decided to step down, Joe Miller agreed to replace her on the ballot. He is the only viable candidate in the US Senate race capable of displacing this cabal and giving ordinary Alaskans a truly independent voice in Washington.


These State Pensions Are Most Likely to Enforce Benefit Cuts

A new research note from Moody’s found that State pension funds were underfunded by $1.3 trillion at the end of FY15 but was expected to grow to $1.8 trillion at the end of FY17 as pensions continue to struggle with low returns. We’ve discussed the unintended consequences of the Central Bank’s low-rate polices on pension funds multiples times (see “Pension Duration Dilemma – Why Pension Funds Are Driving The Biggest Bond Bubble In History”)…with the two most likely outcomes being benefits cuts for pensioners and/or crippling tax hikes for citizens.

Total US state aggregate adjusted net pension liabilities (ANPL) totaled $1.25 trillion, or 119% of revenue in fiscal 2015, Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report. The results, based on compliance with new GASB 68 accounting rules, set a new ANPL baseline and are poised to rise for the next two fiscal years as market returns fall below annual targets.

“The median return for public pension plans in FY 2016 was 0.52% compared to an average assumed investment return of 7.5%,” Moody’s Vice President — Senior Credit Officer Marcia Van Wagner says. “We project that aggregate state ANPL will grow to $1.75 trillion in FY 2017 audits.”

The states with the highest pension burdens — measured as the largest three-year average ANPL as a percent of state governmental revenue — were consistent with previous years. Illinois topped the list with pension liabilities at 280% of total governmental revenue, followed by Connecticut (Aa3 negative) at 209%, Alaska (Aa2 negative) at 179%, Kentucky at 162%, and New Jersey at 157%.

Given that pretty much every state pension is now underfunded, Moody’s introduced a new metric which they referred to as the “Tread Water” benchmark. The largest underfunded plans in Kentucky, Illinois and New Jersey would require an incremental 7 – 7.5% of annual state revenue for contributions in order to simply stop unfunded liabilities from growing further. (Read more from “These State Pensions Are Most Likely to Enforce Benefit Cuts” HERE)

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Miller: Murkowski Hiding From Alaska; Ducking Job Interview

Joe Miller responded today to the news that incumbent Lisa Murkowski is refusing to debate on Alaska’s most-watched television station.

“Lisa Murkowski is scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with excuses for not showing up for her job review,” Miller said. “She’s hiding from Alaska and making excuses. It simply makes no sense to say you want to debate before a broad swath of your constituency while avoiding the largest state-wide television audience.”

Murkowski has agreed only to “debates” sponsored and moderated by her supporters and donors, or, in the case of public television, a venue dependent upon her for tax-payer subsidies.

There is no doubt to an impartial observer that the senator is running from public dialogue, and the issues most pressing to a majority of Alaskans.

Miller concluded, “This is typical behavior for a member of the Incumbents Club. Always up for a contest, as long as it’s rigged. Special favors for special interests. She’s determined to get this election into the special interest weeds so she doesn’t have to answer for what she’s actually been doing in Washington DC. Alaskans deserve better.”

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.

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Alaska Family Action Endorses Joe Miller for U.S. Senate

Alaska Family Action, the political arm of Alaska Family Council, announced its endorsement of Joe Miller for U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

In a statement, Alaska Family Action president Jim Minnery said the AFA’s board of directors voted to back Miller because he “has been a consistent and outspoken supporter of religious liberty, protections of the unborn, support of traditional family policies and parental rights.”

The AFA statement went on to point out that incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski received an “F” rating (just 20 percent) from Conservative Review on its Liberty Scorecard and scored 35 percent on the Heritage Action Scorecard for her votes.

The average for Republican senators on the latter is 57 percent, while conservative senators like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz scored 100 and 97 percent, respectively.

Murkowski is the most liberal “Republican” senator up for re-election, having voted with Pres. Obama 72 percent of the time during the last Congress, according to Roll Call.

She received an 80 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Minnery’s statement concluded, “Alaska Family Action is proud to get behind a bold pro-family, pro-life candidate like Joe Miller who can help turn this country around.”

Miller responded, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of Alaska Family Action. If chosen to serve as Alaska’s next United States senator, I pledge that I will promote a culture of life and uphold our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion.”

Miller has also been endorsed by Alaska Right to Life and Family Research Council Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin.

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.

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Senate Candidate Joe Miller Agrees With Bill Clinton: Obamacare is ‘Crazy’

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller agreed on Wednesday with former President Bill Clinton’s assessment that Obamacare is “the craziest thing in the world” and called out Sen. Lisa Murkowski for merely seeking to “fix” the law.

The Hill reported on Tuesday that former President Clinton “steamrolled President Obama’s signature healthcare law” saying:

“You’ve got this crazy system where all the sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it [at their jobs], sometimes 60 hours a week, [and] wind[ing] up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.”

“It’s the craziest thing in the world,” he added.

Miller stated, “Bill Clinton got it right. Obamacare is crazy. I have fought this legislation from its inception.”

“Following the law’s passage in the Senate in the spring of 2010–through the dubious means of budget reconciliation–I called out Sen. Murkowski for joining the Republican surrender caucus and giving up on repeal. Repealing Obamacare is the only answer,” said Miller.

Local NBC affiliate KTUU ran a story following the law’s passage in March 2010, reporting that Murkowski viewed the law as a “work in progress.”

The senator stated, “Repealing this is not the answer, in my opinion, because if you just repeal and you do nothing, we will not have addressed healthcare reform.”

During a town hall in Anchorage in August 2009, as the healthcare legislation was being considered in Congress, Murkowski said, “It’s not so much that a government run plan is in and of itself a bad thing . . . What we have to have is a government-run plan that actually works.”

Murkowski voted against the effort to defund Obamacare in 2013, and while she did vote to repeal the law in December 2015, she, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, introduced an amendment seeking to remove language that defunded Planned Parenthood.

Murkowski recently reiterated the view that government has a significant role to play in healthcare in an op-ed in the Alaska Dispatch News in May: “Until the Affordable Care Act is truly affordable for Alaskans and actually increases access to care, I will not ease up on my efforts to fix this unworkable law.”

“The senator’s big government mindset is entirely wrong,” said Miller. “More government involvement in the healthcare market has done exactly what I predicted: drove costs up exponentially and decreased options for Alaskans.”

Miller concluded, “I will not go to Washington with plans of ‘fixing’ Obamacare. I will fight to fully repeal Obamacare.”

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.


Opinion: Time to Address Alaska’s Corrupt Judiciary

When the Alaska Supreme Court recently overturned the law that returned to parents the right to be involved when their minor daughter was seeking an abortion, many people were deflated and irate wondering what they could do to counter such an egregious act of judicial overreach. This blatantly partial ruling thwarted the will of more than 90,000 Alaskans who had voted back in 2010, in overwhelming fashion, to make it law through a statewide initiative.

Now is your chance to do something.

When you vote November 8th, you will have a constitutional given opportunity to retain or non-retain Alaska Supreme Court Justices Joel Bolger and Peter Maassen – two members of the Court who took away the God-given authority parents have to look out for the safety and welfare of their very own children.

In the Bible, the essential role of judges was to rule according to a law external to themselves. God told Ezekiel that the priests would act as judges saying “In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to My laws and My statutes.” Ezekiel 44:24. Judges do not act above the law. They are under the law of a Holy God.

Many will claim that Justices Bolger and Maassen are fine Alaskans with wonderful “judicial temperaments” but that is not what Alaskans are voting on. Just as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel Alito are far apart when it comes to judicial philosophies and most often differ in their opinions, so do Justices Bolger and Maassen differ from the 90,000 Alaskans who knew in 2010 and still know that the law should protect the right of parents to be involved when their minor children are making major medical decisions.

Your voice matters and should be counted.

In the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling in 2007 that overthrew a parental consent law, the Court had the audacity to tell to the people that a parental notice law would be constitutionally permissible. It was basically an invite to pass a parental notice law. That is what was done. When it got back into the Court’s hands, they flip flopped ruling that the parental notice law was unconstitutional.

Here are just a few of their corrupt statements from their parental consent ruling –

“And contrary to the arguments of Planned Parenthood, we determine that the constitution permits a statutory scheme which ensures that parents are notified so that they can be engaged in their daughters’ important decisions in these matters.”

“There exists a less burdensome and widely used means of actively involving parents in their minor children’s abortion decisions: parental notification. The United States Supreme Court has recognized, in a different context, that ‘notice statutes are not equivalent to consent statutes because they do not give anyone a veto power over a minor’s abortion decision.’ And many states currently employ this less restrictive approach.”

“As we have recognized in the past, the State has a special, indeed compelling, interest in the health, safety and welfare of its minor citizens and may take affirmative steps to safeguard minors from their own immaturity.”

“Currently, fifteen states have notification statutes in place. Although the precise details of these statutes vary, they all prohibit minors from terminating a pregnancy until their parents have been notified and have been afforded an appropriate period of time to actively involve themselves in their minor children’s decision-making process. Stated another way, these statutes seek to involve parents, not by giving them ‘veto power’, but by giving them notice and time to consult with and guide their daughters through this important decision. As such, although parental notification statutes undoubtedly burden the privacy rights of minors, they do not go so far as to shift a portion of those rights to parents.”

Although Justices Bolger and Maassen were not part of that 2007 ruling, their agreement to throw out the parental notice law shows that the Constitution and democratic decisions of the people mean nothing to them. This latest decision that threw out parental notice is incredibly dishonest and is the product of an intellectually and morally corrupt judiciary.

But have hope. You have the authority and opportunity to right a wrong. To, in their words, “veto” these two from ever making such a ruling again.

On November 8th, please VOTE NO on Alaska Supreme Court Justices Joel Bolger and Peter Maassen.

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