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After incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released an ad that includes a clip of defeated Republican primary candidate Joe Miller attacking Republican nominee Dan Sullivan in a debate, Miller’s campaign called the ad “completely disingenuous” and said 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.Nathaniel Herz

Oil tax vote deconstructed shows Fairbanks, Southeast, most rural hubs wanted repeal

August 22, 2014 - 9:01pm -- mdent
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Regions of Alaska where the oil industry has its deepest roots voted in favor of the contentious oil production tax cut known as Senate Bill 21, but there were exceptions, including Fairbanks, where five of six districts supported the law's repeal.  

As predicted earlier this week by its president, Alaska’s umbrella labor organization on Friday withheld an endorsement for governor out of concern that the current three-way race will inevitably end in an easy re-election victory for Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.Richard Mauer
Regions of Alaska where the oil industry has its deepest roots voted in favor of the contentious oil production tax cut known as Senate Bill 21, but there were exceptions, including Fairbanks, where five of six districts supported the law's repeal.  Alex DeMarban
Thom Walker, a political unknown who works at a remote research station on the North Slope, won Tuesday's primary for the Alaska Libertarian Party's U.S. Senate nomination. Party officials don't know if he's serious and are scrambling to find him, but friends say he's on a trip in the remote Brooks Range.Nathaniel Herz
A new ad from conservative group Americans for Prosperity accuses Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of “not showing up for his job,” missing more votes last year than 80 percent of his colleagues. We checked to see if that was true.Nathaniel Herz

Election turnout underwhelms despite blockbuster spending

August 21, 2014 - 7:52am -- krestia
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Oil companies and their allies spent as much as $170 for every vote they won Tuesday to thwart an oil tax repeal. Candidates across Alaska knocked on thousands of doors and rang countless phones. How did voters respond? With a resounding shrug. 

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