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    sedrik39, ArkDem14

    Ethan is indeed running for Lt. Gov., and it's assumed that it'll be a Knowles-Berkowitz ticket. Gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates are chosen by primary, but then run as a single ticket in the general. However, Ethan does have some competition, specifically from state Sen. Donny Olson, a Native doctor-pilot from Nome who's an interesting guy but nowhere near as smart or capable as Ethan. Ethan is pretty much the smartest guy in Alaska politics today, as Knowles himself acknowledges. The two have said that if elected, they will have a real team approach to governing (as Knowles did with his excellent and brilliant former Lt. Gov., Fran Ulmer), unlike the icy estrangement that has existed in some other administrations, including the current one.
    A drawback to a Knowles-Berkowitz ticket is that it would be two white guys from the same neighborhood in Anchorage -- lack of geographic diversity in an extremely diverse state, though, yes, Ethan is as Jewish as his name implies -- but Ethan has many other qualities to make up for that. He has been House Minority Leader for the past 8 years and has lots of charisma and is well-liked even by his Republican colleagues -- not in the Lieberman way, in case you're wondering.
    Croft, a good friend of Ethan's, is a little more of a bulldog in his style and a little less charismatic or beloved (though I love you Eric). He is indeed giving up his legislative seat, but he is almost certainly to be replaced by Mike Doogan, a former Anchorage Daily News reporter and columnist who has published several books, including a newly published mystery. Doogan, something like a 100th generation Alaskan, is a true Alaska icon. He'll certainly liven up the legislature. There aren't too many authors-turned-lawmakers, though of course there are a few lawmakers-turned-authors. Unlike the those politicians who turn out books of varying quality, Doogan is a real writer, the genuine thing. You should check out his campaign web page, though I don't have the address at hand right now.
    Sorry for such a long answer.

    •  so ethan (0+ / 0-)

      is very favored to win the primary then. good, because I'm ready to have him for governor after 2010. I thought Ethan Represented Part of Juneau in the legislature, not Anchorage, and there's nothing bad with being from Anchorage, it is the slightly Republican leaning area that accounts for like a third of the Alsakan Electorate. Thanks for the info.

      Carpe Diem: Plus Coming soon New Louisiana

      by ArkDem14 on Fri Aug 18, 2006 at 02:12:34 PM PDT

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    •  Doogan's writings were always entertaining... (0+ / 0-)

      I miss his columns, his book about Alaska is one of my favorites...

    •  Good info; thanks! (0+ / 0-)

      I had to go do sound for a wedding rehearsal and then go eat since I managed to skip lunch, so thanks for providing a thorough answer.

      I'm with you on Doogan winning the seat; he also has a big name recognition boost, and he did so much coverage of the legislature that he's knowledgeable enough to do a good job.  I was sad when he stopped writing his columns, though; I looked forward to them.

      •  Little national attention (0+ / 0-)

        I'm surprised at how little national attention this election has gotten, given the national obsession (OK, my obsession, too) about the Lieberman primary loss.
        Murkowski's political nosedive is interesting for a lot of reasons. One is that, I think, it show how much harder it is to be a governor (at least in a state where the governor has a lot of power, such as Alaska, versus a figurehead governor, such as in Texas) than it is to be a senator. I think it also says something about the low standards Americans set for their senators. After, Murkowski was easily re-elected to the Senate many times, supported even by people who said they knew he was a dunce. Stupidity doesn't seem to been seen as much of a drawback for senators, but it's fatal for governors.

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