Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat in Republican-leaning Alaska, is sure to be targeted by Republicans in 2014, his seat a “must” pickup if the GOP hopes to retake control of Congress’ upper chamber. But Begich is showing surprising strength and popularity, according to a new survey of the 49th State by Public Policy Polling. He has a 49 percent job approval rating, with only 39 percent disapproving of the job he’s doing. And Begich leads a bevy of likely Republican challengers. He has a big, big lead — 54-38 percent —
Comments: Calling Karl Rove. Hopefully he can find a candidate who can hold on to that seat. I wasn´t aware Palin had any interest in it. Does she? The comments after the article are brutal.
Alaska is a pork obsessed state. They enjoyed Stevens bacon for years and years. I think they just got over $200 million in the sandy bill,that probably has a lot to do with Begich´s popularity.Miller was probably anti-pork and why the left rallied around Murkowski.
I´m pretty sure alaska gets more per capita federal money than any other state,the same with Hawaii.
#4, I think part of it had to do with the fact that he used state computers to transact personal business. Now that´s not so bad, but his response to the accusation was terrible: He said that he wasn´t going to say what he´d used the computers for, and that he wasn´t going to talk about it. Probably most people assumed the worst, if incorrectly. And let´s face it--the Yasir Arafat beard didn´t help.
#5, Alaska does indeed get more federal money than it pays in taxes. It has for many, many years.
OP, Isn´t it time to let go of your Palin Derangement disorder?. She´s not running for anything, and the incessant posting by the cabal of negative articles by liberal newspapers (Seattle, no less) about her as if it were gospel is getting tiring,
No, the people of Alaska used to love her, but the massive smear campaign and lies from the left that are still going on 5 years later affected people´s perceptions of her. Even this rag, the "post-intelligence", lied here and said she "quit to make money". NO, she didn´t "quit" her job as Governor and she certainly didn´t do it to make money! She was forced to make a decision to resign for the good of Alaska because of thousands of frivolous lawsuits and inquiries that were tying up all the resources and making it impossible for any state business to get done. She knew she couldn´t be effective as long as she was a target for the left and so she believed her Lieutenant Governor could better carry on her plans and turned it over to him. I hate lying leftists and their evil ways.
We should continue to Demonize Baracka. That is what the democrats did to George W. Bush and are still winning elections on Bush Bad. Hussein has given US a great economic depression to pay for Taker-Americans. Sarah Good.
The comments are just the way you like them, right, OP. Same old groupies that bashed Palin, praised Romney as most electable now holding fast to giving Rove too much credit. Now, once again, who did he support that is new in the Senate? Negative comments after the article are the same old jugear supporters that have been paid to troll any article which mentions Palin. Their facts are so distorted it becomes laughable to see the same remarks repeatedly.
PPP is a Democrat polling outfit from North Carolina and the Seattle PI is an online newspaper that used to be a mainstream daily broadsheet until they went online only in order to avoid going belly up. The whole article should be taken with about a barrel of sodium chloride and treated as left-wing propaganda.
Begich was one of those accidents of history that got elected because Ted Stevens was in the middle of a federal corruption prosecution during the 2008 election campaign.
I think New Mexico might be the federal pork queen among the states. NM brings in about 2.20 federal dollars for every dollar it sends to DC.
The well-named Post-Intelligence (i.e., after intelligence has gone) uses a far left polling outfit, PPP, to offer us this sophomoric headline: Begich Popular, Palin Unpopular (Ugh Ugh).
Cub reporter Connelly continues his lame, biased reporting in the excerpted paragraph below.
"He has a big, big lead — 54-38 percent — over former Gov. and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Palin was recently jettisoned from her pundit’s position by the Fox News Channel. She quit as governor in mid-term to make money."
Begich has "a big, big lead;" "Palin was...jettisoned from her pundit´s position;" and the new and startling ´fact´ that "she quit as governor in mid-term to make money." I´ll bet his copy went over big in the PI (see para one here) ´newsroom.´
A few more months of Obama, the Democrats, and the trampling on our Constitution, and Sarah could win an Alaskan senatorial seat by a landslide...despite what the PPP poll would have us believe.
#7 I suspect if there was an anti-Palin article in a school newsletter in some tiny town in West Virginia certain posters would spend all day finding it and then rub their hands with glee as they post it. Getting over it is impossible for some people, it´s called Palin "Derangement" Syndrome for a reason.
If only such excessive zeal was put into pulling down this corrupt administration! It never ceases to amaze me how people put such energy into bringing down someone who´s supposedly in their own party, and yet expect that their favorite be supported by all. It´s called hypocrisy. Unfortunately, the Dems don´t have a monopoly on it.
I guess they´ll never stop, it´ll be obscure articles about biased polls about races Palin´s not even entering for the next God-knows-how-many years. Some people really need to get a life.
Luckily for me I dont look to polls to tell me who to like or not. I dont look to media talking heads or party leaders or posters here. If I knew Sarah I would probably like her. I will support her if she runs for anything. She has earned my admiration and respect. As for the Republicans, I quit their party last summer because they didn´t earn those things.
There was as much suspected funny business in Murkowski´s write in vote as there seems to be in some of the precincts that voted over 100% for Obama!
....And, Begich left Anchorage in sorry financial shape when he finished his time as mayor.The unions came out fine though.... Many doubt Begich would have even gotten close to beating Senator Stevens if Stevens hadn´t been accused of so much wrong-doing,by the Dems, that he was cleared of AFTER the election.
Joel Connelly is no cub reporter. He had his own column at the Intelligencer before they abandoned their print edition and went digital only. He is a far left nut case who should be given as little attention as possible.
#33 is right about Connelly. He´s been around a while and is a far-left nutcase. Unfortunately his background of 35 years is not 35 years of experience but 1 year experience 35 times. On second thought, maybe he still is a cub reporter. He would be qualified as a journalist if he could find out where to get a pen and something to write on. As it is, he is content to report for a paper that doesn´t have any paper.
# 9 may be the only poster who actually read the article. The article discusses Republicans trying to get the Senate seat currently held by Begich. This seat is a Republican must win and it´s going to be a tough slog, because Begich is not a conventional Democrat and holds views popular with Alaskans. The article analyzes all the potential Republicans who might challenge Begich and how they poll. Their pluses and minuses. Palin is now free to run for the Senate from Alaska , so her name was included in the poll. The poll breakdown was 21 % Democrat , 32 % Republican and 46 % Indy .
When posters don´t read the articles, mayhem results and the OPs get smeared.
Lucianne is not supposed to be an echo chamber so there will be posts from many sources known to lean left. Most either read them and consider the source or move on. Quietly. A few feel a need to post a nasty aimed at the poster. Not fair.
The posting of an article should not have to include a disclaimer that it does not necessarily represent the views of the poster, nor should those views be assumed. We all know what the word ASSUME can represent.
To put it more simply, if you don´t like what´s posted, how about posting something you do like? The complainers are noticeably deficient in the posting department.
#38, the biggest difference between Sarah and the hildebeest is in their hearts and noone except San Fran Nan has a blacker, harder heart than the Hildebeest. Sarah has a heart for the best in people born out by her love of God Country and Family. BTW, the Seattle PI became a very second rate paper, heavily in debt it went online only, definitely not a trustworthy source of anything other than propaganda.
Obama has given the total US SS database to his campaign... and now they pre-vote for everyone. Over the next 18 mo´s, they need to create the illusion that red states are becoming blue, otherwise we´ll be shocked when they win it all.
Pre-voting for Americans caused many swing districts to record over 100% voter participation. Holder is trying to pass a mandate that all Americans are automatically registered to vote, so they are less likely to screw up again.
A video released Thursday of an alleged FSA (Free Syrian Army) arms, cache captured by Assad forces, appears to show two pieces of highly-regulated U.S.-made military equipment worth more than $4,500. One is a Trijicon ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) which is issued to US Special Forces and the other is a set of PVS-7 night vision goggles. Both of these items fall under ITAR, or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. As such, their ownership outside of the continental United States is highly regulated. The description on Trijicon’s website of the ACOG (MSRP $1,192) reads: ‘The concept is simple: a durable scope
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