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Nathaniel Herz

Joe Miller is wasting no time coming to the aid of the man who beat him in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate nomination in Alaska.

After incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released an ad that includes a clip of Miller attacking Republican nominee Dan Sullivan in a debate, Miller’s campaign responded Friday with a press release calling the ad “completely disingenuous” and saying it should be pulled down...

Nathaniel Herz

New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will visit Anchorage next week for a series of community events and a fundraiser for the Alaska Democratic Party.

Booker, the former mayor of Newark who was elected to the Senate last year, will appear at the fundraiser on Tuesday, a party spokesman said.

He will also speak to the Alaska Black Leadership Conference at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club, and plans a meeting with a group of ministers and a town hall meeting with students at Bartlett High School, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat who is running for re-election.

A spokesman for Begich’s campaign said the senator “likes to bring folks up and show them what Alaska’s actually like.”...

Nathaniel Herz

Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary ballot for the Alaska Libertarian Party included two former party chairs, Mark Fish and Scott Kohlhaas. There was a third candidate, Thom Walker, a political unknown who works at a remote research station on the North Slope, and he didn’t raise any money or run a campaign.

Walker won the election anyway, grabbing 2,600 votes, compared to 1,600 for his two opponents combined. Shocked Libertarian Party officials are now scrambling to find him to see if he’ll appear at a scheduled debate next week -- and they speculate that Walker’s participation in the race may have been a ploy by Republicans to keep a more viable Libertarian candidate from siphoning votes away from the the GOP’s own nominee, Dan Sullivan...

Nathaniel Herz

A preliminary investigation indicates that a cyclist who was critically injured in a Midtown bicycle crash with an SUV on Thursday was attempting to cross Benson Boulevard when traffic had a green light, the Anchorage Police Department said Friday.

Willis Clayborn, 30, was left with critical injuries in a local hospital, police said.

Judy Ketchum, 65, was driving the SUV, police said. Police have not issued any charges or citations, though the department’s investigation has not concluded.

Police said Clayborn had been riding south on one-way A Street, against the flow of traffic, before the crash. The collision with the SUV occurred as he attempted to cross Benson Boulevard, where traffic had a green light, police said...

Nathaniel Herz

• The ad: " Mark Begich Hasn’t Been Showing Up for Work "

• Who's running it: Americans for Prosperity, attacking incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, who’s running for re-election

• First aired: Aug. 21

• Spending: Between $1 million and $1.1 million, according to an AFP spokesman, to run for several weeks on digital platforms, and broadcast and cable television. AFP is a 501(c)(4) “dark money” group that is not required to disclose its donors or spending.

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, based in a Washington, D.C., suburb in Virginia, released an ad Thursday attacking Begich for his U.S. Senate attendance record...

Nathaniel Herz

A bicyclist was struck and critically injured by a car as he attempted to pedal through moving traffic at the intersection of Benson Boulevard and A Street on Thursday afternoon.

The cyclist was seen by a passing driver weaving through traffic a block to the north, at Northern Lights Boulevard and A Street.

He was then struck by a blue SUV that was heading east on Benson Boulevard, leaving him sprawled motionless in the middle of the road, awaiting the arrival of first responders.

The SUV was parked a block away, with a softball-size hole in the lower left corner of its smashed windshield and a dented front bumper, as people tried to console the distraught female driver...

Nathaniel Herz

Dan Sullivan needed a cough drop.

Less than 12 hours after winning the Republican Party’s U.S. Senate primary in Alaska, Sullivan no longer had a voice -- it had been claimed by the final days of the campaign.

“Won the election last night, lost my voice,” he said in a hoarse whisper. “I think that was indicative of our campaign -- not to leave one ounce of energy left.”

But even before Sullivan spoke from his campaign office Wednesday in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood, a high-stakes general election campaign had already begun, with a salvo of attacks heading his way starting just before 1 a.m...

Nathaniel Herz

Alaska voters Tuesday selected former state attorney general and Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan as the Republican nominee in this fall’s U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich.

With 98.6 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Sullivan led by more than 7,000 votes over his nearest challenger, tea party favorite Joe Miller, with Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell down by more than 13,000 votes. Sullivan’s support equated to 40 percent of the vote, while Miller had 32 percent and Treadwell had 25 percent.

At least 14,581 votes remain to be counted in the election, Division of Elections Director Fenumiai said...

Nathaniel Herz

Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska attorney general and natural resources commissioner, declared victory early Wednesday in one of the most divisive Alaska Republican primaries in decades, while Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller ran 8 points behind in second place. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell trailed third in the fight to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the fall...

Dermot Cole,Nathaniel Herz

Alaskans will issue a final decision Tuesday on a controversial new oil tax regime, and pick a Republican challenger to Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

Tuesday’s decisions come after the most expensive primary campaign in Alaska history, with the referendum on a 2013 oil tax cut drawing some $15 million in spending, almost entirely from industry groups trying to keep the new tax system in place, and more than $15 million from the campaigns of the GOP Senate candidates, along with their allies and opponents.

Voters will also choose party nominees for state races and a dozen races for seats in the state Legislature.

Statewide, more than 400 polling places open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and close at 8 p.m...

Nathaniel Herz,Alex DeMarban,Richard Mauer

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