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Joe Miller Shatters Libertarian Records While 8 Others Set New State Party Marks

The nation’s third largest political party notched by far its most successful election cycle in races to the nation’s upper legislative chamber.

While Alaska’s Joe Miller came up short for a third time in his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2016, he nonetheless turned in a history-making performance.

As a Republican, Miller had previously lost by four points in the general election to Senator Lisa Murkowski during her 2010 write-in campaign and then fell 7.9 points short seeking the GOP nomination won by Daniel Sullivan in 2014.

The Tea Party favorite was an 11th hour recruit by the Libertarian Party in September 2016 and his brief, two-month campaign won him an impressive 29.4 percent of the vote in the general election. . .

Smart Politics examined the more than 330 Libertarian U.S. Senate candidates to appear on the general election ballot since 1976 and found that Joe Miller’s 29.4 percent showing in Alaska this cycle crushed the party’s previous best performance by nearly 11 points. . .

[F]our of the previous five best U.S. Senate electoral showings in Libertarian history were held in races in which only one major party nominee was on the ballot:. . Miller, however, faced a full slate of candidates. In addition to Murkowski, Miller was opposed by a Democratic nominee (Ray Metcalf, 11.1 percent) as well as an independent candidate who had the support of some prominent Alaska Democrats (Margaret Stock, 13.7 percent). Two other independents were also on the ballot (Breck Craig and Ted Gianoutsos). (Read more from “Joe Miller Shatters Libertarian Records While 8 Others Set New State Party Marks” HERE)

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Obama Blocks New Oil, Gas Drilling in Arctic Ocean

The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.

A five-year offshore drilling plan announced on Friday blocks planned sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. The plan allows drilling to go forward in Alaska’s Cook Inlet southwest of Anchorage.

The blueprint for drilling from 2017 to 2022 can be rewritten by President-elect Donald Trump, in a process that could take months or years. (Read more from “Obama Blocks New Oil, Gas Drilling in Arctic Ocean” HERE)

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Historical First: Joe Miller Achieved Highest Vote for Libertarian in US Race Ever

Joe Miller earned the Libertarian Party (L.P.) its highest-ever vote percentage in a federal Senate race this week, with his 30 percent in Alaska.

Generally when an L.P. candidate gets into double digits it is because one of the major party’s isn’t contesting the race at all. But Miller impressively got this 30 percent L.P. total coming in second place against a Republican (winning incumbent Lisa Murkowski, 44 percent), with a Democrat (Ray Metcalfe, 11 percent), and an independent (Margaret Stock, 14 percent) far behind him. Miller beat the combined total of the Democrat and the 3rd place independent.

Miller pulled this off possibly despite the Libertarian label more than because of it; he was well-known to Alaskan voters, having been the official GOP Senate candidate in 2010.

In that race he famously was beaten by the incumbent Murkowski, who Miller exceeded in the primary by running a Tea-Party insurgent campaign. Yet in the general election she triumphed via write-in, a rare collision of dual near-impossibilities in modern politics: beating an incumbent and winning via write-in . . .

It’s an example of how “moving forward there’s a huge opportunity to enlarge our tent,” Watts says. “As much as we talk about open borders,” Watts says (Miller’s Tea-Partyish belief in border walls was a sticking point with many Libertarians), “we want folks to come in to our Party, to assimilate and actually become libertarians and understand the non-aggression principle and self-ownership and negative individual rights and the whole platform.” (Read more from “Historical First: Joe Miller Achieved Highest Vote for Libertarian in US Race Ever” HERE)

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This Is Your Chance to Shape the Alaska Supreme Court

In addition to the high profile contests on Nov. 8, your Alaska ballot will list Alaska judges up for retention by a “yes” or “no” vote. Judges are not selected by the people or their elected representatives, so the only place democracy intrudes on the judiciary and their decisions is the retention election.

This year two Alaska Supreme Court justices, Joel Bolger and Peter Maasan, are on the ballot. Earlier this year Bolger and Maasan voted to strike down, as unconstitutional, a law providing for parental notification for a minor’s abortion enacted as an initiative by the people in 2010 with 90,000 Alaskan voters approving the initiative, a 56% majority.

In 2007 the same court struck down a parental consent law enacted by the people’s representatives, the Alaska Legislature. In doing so, the court stated multiple times, in clear and unmistakable language, that a notification law would be constitutional. Nine years later, after the public relied on their word, in a classic “bait and switch,” the court brushed aside its own previous decision and struck down the very law they said would be constitutional.

There are lessons to be learned from this blatant dishonesty. Both the U.S. and Alaska Constitutions created a democratic republican form of government, not a judicial oligarchy. Separation of powers is a critical element in each constitution, but the democratic nature of government is fundamental. The Alaska court has repeatedly violated this principle by freely striking down laws as unconstitutional, without any basis in law or history, deciding for themselves questions of society that only society has the right to decide. In his first inaugural address, President Lincoln commented on Dred Scott vs. Sanford, the ruling that held blacks had no rights and were mere property. “. . . [I]f the policy of the government, upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, in the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government, into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”

Abortion is clearly a subject that the judiciary will not allow the people to decide, even when the people in good faith follow the express directives of the court. Currently before the court is a case on a statute banning public funds for elective abortions. In a previous decision requiring state funding for medically necessary abortions, the court clearly stated that the State of Alaska is not required to fund elective abortions. As with parental notification, the law now before the court was tailored to meet that decision. Given this latest reversal we can expect the same for publicly paid abortions.

There is another principle that governs court decisions and its ideologically driven abortion rulings: Lex muista non est lex (Latin: An unjust law is no law at all). This standard legal maxim was originated by Saint Augustine, used by Saint Thomas Aquinas, and, more recently, by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights movement to describe legal racial segregation and discrimination against black people. It is applicable to the decisions of the Alaska Supreme Court as well.

The people have very limited ability to object to judicial power and decisions. The retention elections are the only way the Alaska Constitution provides. Take the time to think about the role of the judiciary and the moral nature of their decisions. The retention elections of Joel Bolger and Peter Maasan are the opportunity to express your approval or disapproval of judicial behavior. (For more from the author of “This Is Your Chance to Shape the Alaska Supreme Court” please click HERE)

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Miller’s Statewide Ads Go After Murkowski Dynasty and Chairmanship

The Joe Miller campaign today discussed a television ad and radio ad currently running statewide in Alaska, which confronts head-on the issue of Lisa Murkowski’s seniority, as well as her position as chair of the Senate Energy Committee: two of the centerpieces of her campaign messaging.

In Miller’s television ad, Lisa Murkowski: Imperial Senator, which began running over the weekend, the candidate charges, “The 36-year Murkowski dynasty has led Alaska down a dead end road.” The reference is to her father Frank Murkowski first winning the seat in the U.S. Senate in 1980 and then appointing his daughter Lisa to fill it, when he became governor in 2002.

In the ad, Frank can be seen raising Lisa’s hand in her senate office, announcing, “Hey, hey, hey, pay tribute to Caesar.”

Miller counters in the ad, “The government is the servant, not the master.”

The ad also highlights that while Murkowski has touted “fighting for Alaska,” much more of the state has been closed to resource development, and just during the last several months the federal government seized wildlife management control of 100 million acres of Alaska land, over one quarter of the state.

This has happened while Murkowski was chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and chair of the Subcommittee on Appropriations for Interior and the Environment.

In fact, Congressional Quarterly reported that Murkowski specifically stated she was not willing to use the power of the purse to reign in rogue federal agencies: “The top Senate Republican appropriator for the EPA indicated Thursday that she won’t write a spending bill for the agency that rolls back regulations — an approach that she hopes will win Democratic backing.”

Murkowski has not used the power she has to confront federal overreach.

A Miller radio ad currently playing in the state features Murkowski screaming, “I’m the chairrrrmmmmaaaannnn!,” at a 2014 election night event as she held a chair over her head.

The narrator states, “That’s exactly what we’re afraid of . . .” and goes on to point out the big government mindset she brings to the position, which is doing more harm than good for Alaskans.

“Lisa Murkowski has used the Energy Committee to push policies that will only end in fewer jobs, a weaker economy, and higher energy costs for all Alaskans,” the narrator states.

Murkowski is also hit for her support of cap-n-trade, carbon taxes, and increased federal mandates that create barriers to economic growth.

The ad further criticizes Murkowski for her past and present support of cutting Alaskans’ Permanent Dividend Fund (PFD) payments to fund bureaucrats and special interests, without seriously addressing the state’s budget. Miller has called the decision to cut the PFD in half, “The most regressive tax in Alaska state history, and perhaps the most regressive tax in American history.” In response, he initiated the “Save-The-PFD” recall petition in July.

“The feedback from both our television and radio ads has been phenomenal,” said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto. “Many voters have been enlightened to how Lisa Murkowski’s rhetoric about fighting for and being the ‘Conservative Voice for Alaska’ in Washington does not match reality.”

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FOUND! Joe Miller Volunteers in Alaska Locate HEROIC Homeless Trump #StarProtector

On an Alaskan island over 2,200 miles north of Los Angeles, Eric and Vickie Weaver answered the phone to hear the voice of a homeless woman in California they’d never met, a voice bubbling over with happiness at the caring of strangers and expressing her unwavering support for Presidential candidate Donald Trump. It was an emotional moment for the Weavers as well.

This call was the finale to an intense quest that was triggered by the shocking video of an attack by leftist thugs on a homeless woman who had courageously “guarded” the Trump Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame after a Hillary supporter had vandalized the star. Immediately following the attack, the homeless lady, whose identity was yet unknown, disappeared from sight. Despite many social media announcements issued by the Trump campaign asking for assistance in locating her, she had simply vanished.

Well, that is until two Alaskans from the island town of Ketchikan got involved. Eric Weaver, a Systems Administrator for the City of Ketchikan, and his wife Vickie, who is working on an Information Technology degree, responded to the call to action issued by Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen.

The Weavers, who are involved in politics working to elect Trump and actively volunteering in Alaska on Joe Miller’s campaign for U.S. Senate, had followed the story from the outset and were alarmed at the aggressive response of the leftist thugs. The Weavers worried that if the wrong people found her first, they might harm her again. But Eric and Vickie were thousands of miles away in Alaska and no one, not even the Trump campaign, knew the name of the homeless woman who had vanished back into the streets of Los Angeles.

Fortunately Alaskans are tenacious – Eric and Vickie unleashed a marathon of online searches, data sorting and cold-calling that resulted in the discovery of her identity and garnered the involvement of an outreach worker that Eric characterizes as a “long-time street warrior” who does phenomenal work with the homeless in Los Angeles. The first real break in the search came Monday morning after many hours of online work, when Vickie discovered an article from 2013 that included a photo of the homeless lady she was looking for, identified in the article as Denise Scott and who was speaking to an outreach worker, Chris Mack.

When Eric related the story to his fellow volunteers on Joe Miller’s U.S. Senate campaign, he recounted that once a trusted working relationship was established, Chris responded immediately to Eric’s request for assistance on the streets of Los Angeles.

So when Chris and Denise’s call came in Wednesday afternoon, Eric and Vickie were elated. The search was over and the team immediately contacted Brunell Kyei, Trump’s Vice Chair of Diversity Outreach and Justin Best, the reporter who set up a GoFundMe account for Denise, that, as of this writing, had raised over $25,000 and was trending.

After notifying the Trump team, the Weaver’s broke the story on their Facebook page “Reload” which is a source for “conservative news and all things Trump and Alaska politics.”

Volunteers with the Joe Miller campaign contacted Jerry Ward, the Trump Campaign’s State Director for Alaska to share the breaking news. Mr. Ward was excited to hear that Denise Scott had been found saying “It is great Alaskans were able to find her!” and he condemned the “disgusting attack by thug bullies on the lady protecting the Donald Trump star in Hollywood.”

Disgusting indeed. During the attack, the thugs involved can be heard taunting 63-year old and homeless Denise Scott with “where is Donald Trump to protect you now?!” It goes without saying at this point that Denise Scott will enjoy the last laugh with The Donald by her side.

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Murkowski and AK GOP Leadership Continue Deceitful Ways; Party Members File FEC, Ethics Complaints

The Joe Miller campaign today charged Lisa Murkowski with trying to deceive the voters of Alaska following the transfer of another $100,000 in campaign cash to the Alaska Republican Party (ARP). The transfer appears solely for the purpose of attacking Miller, while hiding the true identity of the assailant. The total is now a quarter of a million dollars since Miller’s entry into the race.

The Miller campaign also discussed a complaint filed by Republican District 11 precinct leader Julie Hamm against the ARP and its chairman Tuckerman Babcock with the Federal Election Commission regarding multiple alleged violations of FEC rules.

Further, District 9 chair Carol Carman filed an ethics complaint with the State Central Committee regarding Babcock’s conduct.

In a release last week, the Miller campaign noted that Murkowski had transferred $150,300 since Miller’s decision to enter the U.S. Senate race on Sept. 6. This total is well over the $96,100 FEC limit allowed in coordinated campaign expenditures for the Alaska senate race.

The latest FEC filings show that Murkowski has doubled down by transferring an additional $100,000. The six cash transfers to the party include: Sept. 20 – $50,000; Sept. 23 – $67,000; Sept. 30 – $25,500; Oct. 7 – $7,000; Oct. 10 – $35,300; and Oct. 18 – $64,000, with a grand total of $249,600.

These transfers from Murkowski are listed as “Surplus Campaign Funds,” by the ARP, while Murkowski has listed them as “other” in her third quarter filing, with the October transfers not available yet to review.

The funds are being used to level false personal attacks against Joe Miller through statewide mailers. Lisa Murkowski is clearly trying to hide her sleazy attacks by listing them as “other.” This violates every principle of transparency and the whole objective of campaign finance laws. Alaskans have a right to know who is perpetrating the attacks.

“If Lisa Murkowski has something to say about Joe Miller, she needs to have the courage and the integrity to say it herself and not rent out the Alaska Republican Party to do her dirty work,” said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto.

“These multiple, frantic transfers of cash are clearly acts of desperation. They know the momentum is with Joe Miller, and he is once again in a position to defeat Lisa Murkowski,” said DeSoto. “All Alaska Republicans should be outraged by the unethical conduct of the party’s leadership.”

Meanwhile Julie Hamm, a GOP precinct leader, filed an FEC complaint last week against the Alaska GOP and its chairman Tuckerman Babcock.

The complaint hits Babcock and the Alaska Republican Party leadership on multiple issues including:

1. Failing to account for all the party’s funds.

2. Failing to file a proper FEC Form 1 – Statement of Organization within the required timeframe showing a new Treasurer as well as new address of the Alaska Republican Party.

3. Filing FEC reports listing the wrong person as Treasurer.

A Miller campaign release from last week also highlighted that the Alaska GOP is currently being investigated by the FEC for failing to properly disclose expenditures made during the primary campaign.

Alaska Republican Party District 9 chair Carol Carman has also filed an ethics complaint with the State Central Committee regarding Tuckerman Babcock’s unethical conduct in circulating the Murkowski flyers.

The Alaska GOP seems more than willing to play fast and loose with the rules.

“What is becoming apparent through all these revelations- Murkowski’s money laundering with the AK GOP, missing cash, failure to disclose–is a willingness to throw ethical, even apparently legal conduct to the wind in hopes of pulling the wool over Alaskans’ eyes,” said DeSoto. “Voters are smarter than that and will show it on November 8th, when they elect Joe Miller to the U.S. Senate.”

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Murkowski’s Hired Henchman at the Alaska Republican Party Busted for Filing False Police Report

The Miller campaign blasted Murkowski’s paid frontman Tuckerman Babcock for trying to illegally exploit the police for political gain.

The Alaska Republican Party (ARP) and its chairman Tuckerman Babcock took their acts of desperation to a whole new level today, when they filed a false police report against the Joe Miller campaign for mailers sent highlighting Lisa Murkowski’s Wall Street, crony capitalists connections.

At issue were GOP political flyers donated to the Miller campaign by a member of ARP from the 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, in which the GOP hit Murkowski for bailing out her Wall Street friends.

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“Clearly Tuckerman Babcock is trying to keep Alaskans from learning about Murkowski’s liberal voting record and the money laundering scheme she and the Party have been perpetrating on the Alaskan people with her campaign funds,” said DeSoto.

“The Alaska Republican Party is in full meltdown mode, and Lisa Murkowski’s campaign is in its death spiral,” he added.

Tuckerman violated Alaska Statute 11.56.80, which provides a person is guilty of filing a false report if he or she knowingly gives false information to the police “with the intent of implicating another in an offense.”

“The Anchorage Police Department would be well within their rights to press charges against Tuckerman Babcock, as he violated AS 11.56.800, when he filed a frivolous and false report,” said DeSoto.

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Murkowski Campaign Makes ‘Highly Unusual’ Massive Transfers of Funds To State Party

Anchorage, Alaska. October 24, 2016 — An FEC Report filed by the Alaska Republican Party for financial activity in September has disclosed a series of highly unusual financial transactions involving both the Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate Campaign and the Alaska Republican Party.

Starting on September 20, the Murkowski campaign began making large transfers of campaign funds from her campaign account to the Alaska Republican Party which were described on an FEC report as “Contribution of Surplus Campaign Funds.”

The Murkowski campaign made the following payments, totaling $150,300, to the Alaska Republican Party: September 20 – $50,000; September 23 – $67,800; September 30 – $25,500. And, an FEC Report filed by the Murkowski campaign also showed a fourth transfer to the Alaska Republican Party on September 30 in the amount of $7,000.

It should be noted all these payments were made after Joe Miller entered the U.S. Senate race on Sept. 6.

“The whole purpose of campaign finance law is so the voters can know the true source of the message and who is funding it,” said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto. “There appears to be strong evidence in these instances the Murkowski campaign and the Alaska Republican Party are trying to circumvent the law.”

In a phone call today, FEC compliance staff described such pre-election transfers of “Surplus Campaign Funds” by federal candidates to a party committee as “highly unusual” and the sort of matter that, at the very least, “may require an Advisory Opinion” from the Commission.

The Murkowski Campaign ambiguously categorized each of these four large transfers simply as “other.” If the funds were transferred for some legitimate purpose, this is where the purpose should have been disclosed.

Moreover, under federal law, the amount of money that the Alaska Republican party committee may expend on Coordinated Party Activities with this year’s Senate campaign is strictly limited to $96,100. This means that if all these transferred funds are used to pay for coordinated media or mailings boosting Murkowski’s campaign or opposing Miller’s, there would not just be one violation of federal election law, but two.

The Alaska Republican Party would be violating federal election law for making an illegal, excessive Coordinated Party Expenditure of more than $50,000. And Murkowski would be violating federal election law for receiving an illegal, excessive in-kind contribution in the same amount. Such illegal excessive contributions would no doubt result in hefty five-digit fines being imposed not just on the Murkowski campaign, but on the Alaska Republican Party as well. If all of the Murkowski funds are spent on helping Murkowski, this fine would need to be paid from the scarce resources of the Alaska Republican Party.

On the other hand, if the funds transferred to the Alaska Republican Party were not being used for the benefit of the Murkowski campaign, these enormous transfers of cash would constitute a betrayal of those who donated to the Murkowski campaign in order to help elect her to office — not for some other purpose.

Moreover, for Murkowski, as a candidate in a close race, to make such massive transfers of money that would not benefit her campaign, would be the height of arrogance — demonstrating that she believed that she had already won the election, just as the first votes are being cast throughout the State today.

“Sadly, the political establishment of Alaska has for too long taken for granted the people of Alaska. It is time to end the tenure of this arrogant, high-flying, loose-dealing professional politician and return the U.S. Senate seat to the people of Alaska,” said DeSoto.

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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Lies, Lies, and More Lies: “New” Alaska Republican Party, Same as the Old

The new boss? Same as the old. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Alaska Republican Party Chair Tuckerman Babcock today filed an FEC complaint against Joe Miller’s campaign filled with fabrications and lies.

Either Tuckerman Babcock is incompetent, or dishonest. There isn’t much middle ground.

It should be readily apparent that an LLC (Restoring Liberty) solely owned by the principal (Joe) can make unlimited contributions. The only quibble can be over the value. Yet Mr. Babcock complains both that the campaign didn’t disclose enough, and that it disclosed too much.

Below are the complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission:

1. Made illegal corporate contributions to the Miller campaign – This is categorically false. Joe solely owns and controls Restoring Liberty, LLC. It is completely legal for Joe Miller to donate his own money and resources. See Federal Election Campaign Guide, page 29.

2. Illegally accepted extremely valuable in-kind campaign contributions from corporate sponsors – This also is patently false. See above.

3. Illegally accepted unlawful or excess contributions in the form of free rent for the headquarters – This is also false, checks went out before the complaint was filed. There was a clerical error in the report. Will be included in forthcoming amended filing.

4. Accepted email and other lists from corporate entities without paying fair value – This is also completely untrue, and without warrant. See No. 1.

5. Transferred use of “corporate” social media accounts without paying fair value – False claim. Restoring Liberty has a separate Facebook account. Even if Joe were using Restoring Liberty accounts, it would still be untrue. See No. 1.

6. Placed a direct link to his US Senate campaign on a for-profit corporate website without paying fair value – False claim. Already disclosed as in-kind donation. See No. 1.

7. Made numerous solicitations for campaign donations without a proper disclaimer – This claim is partially true. We are aware of one email that was sent at the beginning of the campaign without a proper disclaimer. When it was discovered, the error was immediately corrected in further communications. It is being investigated to determine if there was indeed more than one.

8. Utilized yard signs and other materials with inaccurate disclaimers – Volunteers have utilized old campaign material. However, to suggest this represents an FEC violation is absurd.

9. Solicited donations via radio communications without a proper disclaimer – It is unknown what is being claimed here. Appears to be a complete fabrication.

10. Failure to properly disclose receipts and expenditures – There were some incidental omissions that will appear in the amended form.

11. Fabricated certain in-kind contributions – False statement. Citizens for Joe Miller received tens of thousands of old mailers paid for by the Alaska Republican Party that were reported as an in-kind contribution.

Lisa Murkowski and Tuckerman Babcock are clearly desperate to change the subject. Murkowski’s campaign is sinking in the polls, and Babcock has his own house to clean. These kinds of frivolous complaints are a clear sign that the senator is losing.

Here’s hoping Mr. Babcock will come clean and shed some light on the troubling $150,000+ Murkowski-ARP money laundering scheme.