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Early Voting in Alaska: Oct 24 – Nov 7

Monday, October 24, 2016 marks the start of early voting for the 2016 Presidential Election here in Alaska. I strongly encourage fellow Alaskans registered to vote to take advantage of early in-person voting. Vote as soon as you can and then encourage your friends to vote.

Voting Information

 

Haven’t made up your mind for other candidates, ballot measures or judges?

By this point, I think nearly everyone has made their choice in the Presidential race, so I’m not flogging that horse. But I want you to vote the entire ballot – state candidates, ballot measures and judicial retention candidates. If you need more information about these races, check out:

 

A word for protest voters – Alaska not the safe state you think it is

Some folks in Alaska vote third party for President not only because they dislike the available Democratic/Republican choices, but because traditionally Alaska is a Republican blowout state where the Republican nominee can count on winning the state by 15-30 points. Democrats can vote Green because any non-Republican Presidential vote is “throw away” under the Electoral College and very disgruntled Republicans can vote Libertarian because a win is a win whether it’s by 30 points or by 10 points.

That’s NOT the case this year. As of this writing (10/23/2016), aggregate polls for Alaska suggest that Donald Trump is barely FIVE points ahead of Clinton, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast for Alaska. Depending on which party’s voters are more motivated, Alaska could go either way. Though it is still somewhat leaning towards Trump.

If you are a protest voter – on either the left or the right, your decision to stay home or vote third party could actually swing Alaska one way or the other. Especially if turn out in Alaska is suppressed on Election Day due to either candidate doing well in eastern states.

Alaska – not a safe state this year. Think about it. Then vote. Early and the full ballot.


* – Neither Donald Trump nor Gary Johnson contributed candidate statements for Alaska’s General Election Pamphlet. Their parties were invited to contribute, but they missed the print deadline, but are being offered a second chance to show up in the online version. They have till October 25th to respond.

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How to Vote in Alaska – Share This Video with All Alaskans!

If you live in Alaska, I want you to share this video with all of your Alaskan friends:

This video was created by the VlogBrothers Hank and John Green. Aside from explaining the voting process here in Alaska, they also link to everything you need to get registered and vote in the primary election.

No matter who is projected to take our three electoral votes, Alaskans should want to vote in this election. Aside from deciding whether Representative Young and Senator Murkowski should return to Congress, a number of state legislative seats are up for election. Also, we’ll be deciding on whether to the Permanent Fund Dividend application to register voters and whether to issue bonds to finance college loans. If you want your voice to be heard, vote!

Don Young on Trump: Outdated Form Letter

 

On July 31, 2016 I asked Representative Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski to withdraw their support for Donald Trump based on his uncomprehending what sacrifice means, his extreme thin skin, his continued racist remarks and his apparent disregard for the US Constitution.

Today I heard back from Don Young’s Office. They sent me a pre-convention form letter  (see below) that gave no hint of what Young’s feelings were towards anyone. At the very least they could have sent me an up to date form letter acknowledging that Donald Trump is their party’s standard bearer.

I think Don Young has decided that Alaska’s heavy lean Republican means he doesn’t need to pay attention any more. I’m donating and voting to prove him wrong this November and I hope you will too.

 

DON YOUNG
Congressman for All Alaska
WASHINGTON OFFICE:
2314 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-5765

Congress of the United States // House of Representatives // Washington, DC 20515

COMMITTEE ON
NATURAL RESOURCES

CHAIRMAN, SUBCOMMITTEE ON
INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE AFFAIRS

COMMITTEE ON
TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

REPUBLICAN
POLICY COMMITTEE

August 3, 2016

Dear Mr. Cornwall,

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding the 2016 Presidential Election. I appreciate having the benefit of your thoughts.

 

On November 8, 2016, the United States will vote to elect our next President. The Republican and Democrat parties are currently going through the nomination process. They will have Presidential Conventions in July to determine who will be their respective candidates as well as formally nominate them. On March 1, 2015, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) edged out Donald Trump by a margin of 36.4% to 33.5% on the Republican side in the Alaska Presidential Caucuses. On March 26, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) captured 81.6% of the Democrat vote compared to 18.4% for Secretary Hillary Clinton. This is a critical election for the future of our country and please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind moving forward.

 

Once again, thank you for expressing your views on this issue. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter atdonyoung.house.gov/forms/emailsignup/ and my YouTube channel atyoutube.com/user/repdonyoung. Doing so will allow me to provide you with updates on this and other important issues. If I can be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
(signed)
DON YOUNG
Congressman for All Alaska
DY/EM

Alaska Voter Registration – Register by 10/7/2016!

While I do have a voting preference, I want you to go the polls November 8th no matter who you’re voting for. Democracy wins when everyone is engaged.

First step in voting is being registered. Do you live in Alaska but not sure if you’re registered? Check. If you’re not registered, here’s some basic information along with a link to go register.

How to Register or Update Your Voter Registration

To register to vote or update your voter registration record, you (or an individual with a general power of attorney or special power of attorney authorizing that individual to register you) must complete and sign a Voter Registration Application.

Register to vote online – You can register online either electronically or using a paper form.  To register electronically, you must  have a valid Alaska driver’s license or state ID.  Your information will be validated through DMV and your signature will come from your DMV record.  If you cannot be validated through DMV, you will have the option to register using a paper form that you will be required to print, sign and  return to the Division of Elections.

Voter Registration Application Print an application for you to complete and sign.

Send your completed and signed application by mail, fax or as an email attachment (PDF, TIFF or JPEG) to a Regional Elections office.

Complete a form in person at any Division of Elections office, Division of Motor Vehicle office through a voter registration agency, or voter registrar.

via Voter Registration

If you’re not registered, please register as soon as you can. According to Alaska’s Who Can Register page, you must be registered 30 days prior to the election. I interpret this to mean no later than 10/7/2016.

 

Murkowski, Young – Reconsider Trump

Because they’re facing re-election this year and because I found Donald Trump’s understanding of the term “sacrifice” to be so scary, I decided to write Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young to try and get them to withdraw their lukewarm endorsement of Donald Trump. Because they’re both fairly hard line Republicans I did not ask them to endorse Clinton. Below is what I sent them. I strongly encourage you to write Republicans up for re-election and ask them to reconsider their support – or thank them if they’re already part of #nevertrump. We simply can’t afford a president who is so deeply out of touch that they offer self-congratulations in response to a question about sacrifices made.

If I get responses, I will publish them here.


On 7/10/2016, the Alaska Dispatch News reported that you would “support the Republican nominee.” Though you would not say his name, this means that you are supporting Donald Trump for President.

I am asking you to formally withdraw this endorsement. I don’t expect you to endorse Hillary Clinton, but I would like you to endorse Senator Ted Cruz’s approach to “vote your conscience.”

While there have been plenty of reasons not to support Trump and while none of the living Republican presidents endorse him, Trump’s reaction to Captain’s Khan’s Gold Star parents should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for you.

Aside from the reaction itself, which demonstrates anew just how thin-skinned and impulsive the man is, there is his description of his sacrifices from a 7/30/2016 interview on ABC News:

“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

You are supporting a man who does not understand the meaning of the word sacrifice. That is the man you would have as Commander-in-Chief. This goes beyond misunderstanding though. It appears that Donald Trump’s answer to ANY question must reference his own greatness. I can’t think of one other US politician who operates that way.

Because you support the GOP Nominee, you own this. If Donald Trump’s shallow and self-centered personality coupled with ZERO governing experience blunder us into war, you’ll own that too.

Please pull back from this unwise endorsement. Don’t make a Commander in Chief of one who disrespects the parents of fallen heroes. Don’t entrust the nation’s nuclear codes to one so easily aggrieved and wrapped up in his own personality. Endorse Gary Johnson or no one if you have to, but stop encouraging people to support Donald Trump. Your party will NOT be able to control him in office any better than on the campaign trail. And when he has the military and the intelligence community at his beck and call, anyone outside of his family and inner circle of yes-people will suffer greatly for it. Probably even you, since you haven’t supported him by name.

Please pull back from the brink. Follow the President Bushes and Ted Cruz in rejecting Trump.  

Sources:

Alaska GOP convention delegates making peace with likely Donald Trump nomination
Author: Erica Martinson   7/10/2016  (Alaska Dispatch News)

http://www.adn.com/politics/2016/07/10/alaska-gop-convention-delegates-making-peace-with-likely-donald-trump-nomination/

 

Trump stirs outrage after he lashes out at the Muslim parents of a dead U.S. soldier, 7/30/2016, Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/backlash-for-trump-after-he-lashes-out-at-the-muslim-parents-of-a-dead-us-soldier/2016/07/30/34b0aad4-5671-11e6-88eb-7dda4e2f2aec_story.html

 

Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’
By STEVE TURNHAM Jul 30, 2016, 7:36 PM ET (ABC News)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-father-fallen-soldier-ive-made-lot/story?id=41015051

 

Supreme Court: Open Letter to Senator Sullivan

I write to express my continued dismay at your continued rejection of considering ANY Supreme Court appointment of President Obama’s.

I have read your statement at https://www.facebook.com/1499142123704271/posts/1702865476665267 but remain unconvinced that you and your party are acting in the interest of the nation by refusing to act on the President’s nomination. You state:

The decision to withhold advancement of Mr. Garland’s nomination isn’t about the individual, it’s about the principle. Alaskans, like all Americans, are in the midst of an important national election. The next Supreme Court justice could fundamentally change the direction of the Court for years to come. Alaskans deserve to have a voice in that direction through their vote, and we will ensure that they have one.

Even if the Constitution provided a role for the general electorate in Supreme Court appointments, we Alaskans have already had three votes on the direction of the Supreme Court – As a State, we voted for Romney in 2012, but didn’t get him. In 2010 we re-elected Senator Lisa Murkowski and in 2014 we elected you to the Senate. Under the Constitution, those are all the votes Americans need for Supreme Court nominations to proceed to confirmation or failure.

While the Constitution does not provide for a popular vote on the Supreme Court, it does provide for Senate votes. If you believe that Judge Garland is wrong for the court, or that a President’s power to appoint should end in year three of their term, vote NO on Judge Garland.

I believe that your attitude not only harms the country but your own party and donor class in at least three ways:

1) Republican control of the Senate is threatened. Whether or not the majority of Alaskans support your position, voters in states with vulnerable Republican Senators favor acting on the President’s nominee. They say that your refusal to have a vote on the President’s nominee will make them less likely to vote for their Senator. Is blocking the Presidents nominee worth going to minority status?
2) If your effort to limit a President’s appointment power to the first three years of their term succeeds, you can count on the Democrats throwing your words in your face if something similar happens in the last year of a Republican President’s term. They will enforce your own views either by having a majority or through filibuster. Unless you remove the filibuster — which I heartily recommend should you retain control of the Senate in 2017.
3) Whether Trump or Clinton gets elected President, you are unlikely to get a nominee as acceptable to you as President Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland. You may dream of confirming Judge Garland in a lame duck session, but if Clinton wins, some Democrats will almost certainly filibuster him, using your own words of “Let the next President make her own nomination” against you.
As I stated in my last letter to you on this subject, when I say “take action” I do not say “confirm” even though I do support Judge Garland’s appointment. I mean that you should urge your leadership and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings followed by an up or down vote. If you don’t believe that Judge Garland should not be on the Supreme Court, vote him down and wait for the next nominee. That is a legitimate exercise of the Senate’s power of advise and consent. It’s an exercise contemplated and expected by the Founders. I can’t believe that they intended the Senate to take no action at all — though if you have documentation to the contrary please send it to me and I will read through it.

Please do your constitutional duty. Hold hearings on Judge Garland. Give him an up or down vote.

Supreme Court: Open Letter to Senator Murkowski

I write to express my continued dismay at your continued rejection of considering ANY Supreme Court appointment of President Obama’s.

I read your statement at http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/3/murkowski-statement-on-u-s-supreme-court-nominee but remain unconvinced that you and your party are acting in the interest of the nation by refusing to act on the President’s nomination. You cite then Senator Biden’s statement on nominations in an election year as support, but as documented by Politifact, Senator Biden spoke within a few weeks of the Democratic Convention AND stated that President Bush did have the right to appoint a Supreme Court Justice the day after the election. He never suggested, as your party does, that such a choice should be left to the “next administration.”

By the way, I think that Senator Biden was as wrong then as you are now. Had a vacancy come up at the time, I would have urged the Senate to do then what I’m asking you and your party to do now – hold hearings and have an up or down vote. If the candidate was unworthy, reject them.

Back in 1997, your father voted to give Judge Garland a lifetime appointment to the DC Circuit of Appeals, considered by some to be the nation’s second most powerful court. You can find his “Yea” vote at http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=1&vote=00034. Has your father changed your opinion of Judge Garland? If so, what changed? If not, why do you seem to trust Senator McConnell’s judgment more than your own father’s?

I believe that your attitude not only harms the country but your own party and donor class in at least three ways:

  1. Republican control of the Senate is threatened. Whether or not the majority of Alaskans support your position, voters in states with vulnerable Republican Senators favor acting on the President’s nominee. They say that your refusal to have a vote on the President’s nominee will make them less likely to vote for their Senator. Is blocking the Presidents nominee worth going to minority status?
  2. If your effort to limit a President’s appointment power to the first three years of their term succeeds, you can count on the Democrats throwing your words in your face if something similar happens in the last year of a Republican President’s term. They will enforce your own views either by having a majority or through filibuster. Unless you remove the filibuster — which I heartily recommend should you retain control of the Senate in 2017.
  3. Whether Trump or Clinton gets elected President, you are unlikely to get a nominee as acceptable to you as President Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland. You may dream of confirming Judge Garland in a lame duck session, but if Clinton wins, some Democrats will almost certainly filibuster him, using your own words of “Let the next President make her own nomination” against you.

As I stated in my last letter to you on this subject, when I say “take action” I do not say “confirm” even though I do support Judge Garland’s appointment. I mean that you should urge your leadership and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings followed by an up or down vote. If you don’t believe that Judge Garland should not be on the Supreme Court, vote him down and wait for the next nominee. That is a legitimate exercise of the Senate’s power of advise and consent. It’s an exercise contemplated and expected by the Founders. I can’t believe that they intended the Senate to take no action at all — though if you have documentation to the contrary please send it to me and I will read through it.

Please do your constitutional duty. Hold hearings on Judge Garland. Give him an up or down vote.

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