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Nathaniel Herz

Observers of Alaska's ongoing U.S. Senate race could be forgiven for thinking that Dan Sullivan, one of three major Republican candidates in the party's Aug. 19 primary, wants to serve out his six-year term in a boxing ring with Democrats and federal bureaucrats rather than in the halls of Congress...

Nathaniel Herz

Independent groups supporting Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan have launched yet another salvo of ads, with Sullivan’s backers charging that Begich allies are trying to meddle in the GOP primary election that’s less than two weeks away.

Put Alaska First, a super PAC that supports Begich without coordinating its efforts with his campaign, on Thursday debuted , a new website aimed at Republican primary voters that includes 13 pages of attacks on Sullivan...

Nathaniel Herz

An attorney for Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s political committee is demanding that the re-election campaign of her Democratic counterpart, Sen. Mark Begich, take down a TV ad that features a photo of the two senators standing together.

Begich, who is running in a hard-fought campaign against three Republican challengers, has used the ad to tout his cooperation and frequent agreement with Murkowski, over her objections ...

Nathaniel Herz

The campaign to repeal the 2012 oil tax cut is already being vastly outspent by its opponents, who are capitalizing on millions of dollars in contributions from oil companies in advance of the Aug. 19 vote.

But there's a second dynamic likely to hurt the repeal effort as well: a hard-fought Republican primary on the same ballot likely to bring out conservatives who favor keeping the tax cut, and a relatively low-profile set of Democratic races that could leave many repeal-minded liberal voters at home...

Nathaniel Herz

The attacks between Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan are heating up, with Treadwell going on the offensive Tuesday on a radio show and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

In the newspaper interview, Treadwell made some of the sharpest comments yet in the lead-up to the three-way GOP primary election on Aug. 19, which also includes Joe Miller. The winner will take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat who faces only token opposition in his own primary.

Treadwell, Alaska’s sitting lieutenant governor, told the Wall Street Journal that Sullivan should never have entered the Senate race, and “he’s just not ready...

Nathaniel Herz

A pair of polls released Tuesday show Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan maintaining a single-digit lead over his closest challenger in the Aug. 19 GOP primary.

A poll released by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling showed former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sullivan leading Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell 35 percent to 29 percent, with 20 percent supporting Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller and 14 percent of the 337 Republican primary voters surveyed still undecided...

Nathaniel Herz

At least four more debates between the Republican primary candidates for U.S. Senate are scheduled before their Aug. 19 election date.

On Wednesday in Fairbanks, at noon in the Carlson Center, the three major candidates will square off at an event hosted by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and moderated by an official from a local mine.

The following day, the candidates will discuss rural issues at a forum hosted by Alaska Public Media.

On Sunday, the GOP hopefuls will appear at an Anchorage debate jointly hosted by television station KTVA and Alaska Dispatch News, at 7 p.m. at UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

And on Monday, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is hosting its own debate, at noon at the Egan Center downtown...

Nathaniel Herz

The three major candidates for U.S. Senate in this month’s Republican primary turned their attention to social issues Monday at a debate in Eagle River hosted by the local conservative Christian group Alaska Family Action.

Senate hopefuls Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan each made their case to a crowd of nearly 200 people, arguing why their conservative views on gay marriage, abortion and health care were most deserving of support in the Aug. 19 GOP primary -- even as Democrats simultaneously launched attacks arguing that those views would be out of touch with the voters in November’s general election.

Both sides see those views as a winning issue...

Nathaniel Herz

The campaign manager for Alaska’s leading Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Dan Sullivan, is Ben Sparks, a 32-year-old who’s spent his career in politics, working on campaigns with national GOP figures like New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker.

Sparks’ counterpart working for rival Mead Treadwell is Peter Christensen, a 58-year-old volunteer and former entrepreneur who was leading a Mormon mission in Nevada before joining Treadwell’s campaign last fall. Christensen’s most recent political experience was in the 1980s, or “the dark ages,” as he refers to it.

Treadwell was once the frontrunner for the Republican primary election Aug. 19, when voters will choose a candidate to face incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, in November...

Nathaniel Herz

The U.S. Senate took votes last week on several high-profile issues, from reforming the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs to grappling with the wave of unaccompanied children arriving at the Mexican border.

The issues have played into the race between the three major candidates in the Aug. 19 Republican Party primary, the winner of which will face Democrat Mark Begich in the November general election. So we thought we’d ask all four candidates where they stand...

Nathaniel Herz