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AK-Sen: Democratic Sen. Mark Begich's wife, Deborah Bonito, narrates this exceptional new minute-long ad that's also a treat for political junkies.

Bonito, with pride but a little wistfulness, describes her husband's endless journeys to Alaska's far corners to meet with his constituents, just as his own father, Rep. Nick Begich, once did. There's some terrific vintage footage of the elder Begich from his own campaign days, before he perished in a plane crash with Louisiana Rep. Hale Boggs and two others in 1972, on his way to a fundraiser in Juneau. There are also some great clips from Begich family home movies, featuring a very young (and adorable) Mark.

Bonito goes on to say that her husband "is clearly his father's son" in his determination to keep traveling the state despite its perils, and she describes some of his achievements—"He forced Washington to open up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, strengthened our Coast Guard, stood with our fisherman to protect their jobs"—before linking Begich to his dad once more at the end. This ad is singular, but there's almost something a little reminiscent of Heidi Heitkamp's spots in North Dakota last cycle, in terms of the warm and personal feel it conveys. And Begich, who faces an incredibly tough fight for re-election, could certainly use a little of that magic.

Senate:

CO-Sen: State Sen. Randy Baumgardner insists that he's staying in the GOP primary for Senate, unlike his one-time rival, state Sen. Owen Hill, who recently departed the contest. But Hill, too, sounded defiant when Rep. Cory Gardner bigfooted his way into the race earlier this month, only to ultimately drop out and endorse Gardner anyway. Baumgardner, though, doesn't have to give up his seat to run, as senators serve four-year terms and he was last elected in 2012. Then again, so was Hill, so we'll see if Baumgardner really sticks to his 'stache.

GA-Sen, -Gov: In their new poll, SurveyUSA finds a pretty different picture of the GOP Senate primary in Georgia compared to what PPP saw recently saw:

David Perdue: 29
Jack Kingston: 19
Phil Gingrey: 12
Paul Broun: 11
Karen Handel: 10
Derrick Grayson: 4
Art Gardner: 1
Undecided: 15
PPP, you'll recall, had Broun out in front, with a 27-14 lead on Gingrey. Perdue, meanwhile, was back with the rest of the pack at 12. Perdue has been on the air a bit, but not sufficiently and not recently enough to make this kind of difference.

Meanwhile, on the gubernatorial side, SUSA shows Gov. Nathan Deal with an enormous advantage in the GOP primary. Deal leads Dalton Mayor David Pennington 65-11, with state schools chief John Barge at just 7. And since we're talking about the race, here's a rarity: a Jimmy Carter Alert! Our 39th president isn't very active in Democratic circles these days, but he'll be headlining a fundraiser for his grandson, state Sen. Jason Carter, in New York City on Sunday.

MI-Sen: Oh, real nice. In response to Democratic Rep. Gary Peters' opposition to Michigan's new law requiring women to purchase special insurance "riders" if they want abortion coverage, Right to Life of Michigan declared that Peters "wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters." The group has endorsed Republican former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who so far hasn't said anything about the law, or RTL's slur against Peters.

NH-Sen: This is fun. If Upworthy were to get its hands on this story, the headline would read something like, "This GOP Senate candidate told a fellow Republican that Obamacare is a 'monstrosity.' You won't believe the response he got." Go, click—you'll enjoy it more than any summary I can offer.

Gubernatorial:

IL-Gov: So what do you do if your newly minted gubernatorial nominee has all the money in the world? You send him more, of course! The Republican Governors Association for some reason reportedly just shipped $750,000 to uber-rich venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, whose net worth is reportedly in the $1 billion region. And in case Rauner's still feeling a little pressed for cash, Americans for Prosperity is also jumping in with a $120,000 ad buy attacking Gov. Pat Quinn over a proposed new "progressive tax" (spat out with a sneer) that allegedly would raise taxes "on 85 percent of taxpayers."

AFP's coffers may be bottomless, but the RGA's are not—and it's not as though the Koch brothers don't bring their own negatives with them. So why risk getting in Rauner's way?

MA-Gov: MassINC's latest poll of the Bay State's gubernatorial race for the first time offers a test of the Democratic primary, but there's still nothing new to see here. As every other poll has shown, Attorney General Martha Coakley has a big lead, in this case a 45-14 edge on state Treasurer Steve Grossman, with three other candidates in the low single digits. No one's started spending yet, though, and the primary's not until Sept. 9, so thing may yet change.

As for the general election, Coakley leads 2010 GOP nominee Charlie Baker 41-26, little changed from her 39-29 edge in January. The matchups with all the other Democrats, meanwhile, still yield a ton of undecideds; Grossman, for instance, trails Baker 32-24. That's an artifact we've seen in a lot of Massachusetts polling, but just given the state's demographics, most of those uncertain voters will ultimately come home to the Democrats.

MD-Gov: Democratic Attorney General Doug Gansler's new ad is more compelling than his earlier efforts. A narrator begins, "When an 11-year-old girl was sexually molested, the judge attacked her in court, saying 'It takes two to tango.' " (Oh yes, this actually happened.) The ad goes on to explain that a Gansler "took that judge on, and created a separate court system" for domestic violence victims. Gansler's campaign says the buy is for six figures and will air on broadcast and cable in both D.C. and Baltimore.

MI-Gov: A new poll from Benenson Strategy Group on behalf of the Michigan Democratic Party finds GOP Gov. Rick Snyder with a narrow 45-42 lead on Democratic ex-Rep. Mark Schauer. That's the same spread that Denno Research found recently, and it's also in line with the Pollster.com average. But the memo also mentions that Democrats have a monster 42-26 lead on the generic congressional ballot, which is twice as big as the 46-38 edge PPP found in December.

Meanwhile, a new survey from Republican pollster Public Opinion Strategies finds Snyder leading Schauer 45-36. The poll was conducted for Resch Strategies, a Republican consultancy that says they aren't working for Snyder but asked about the gubernatorial race as "part of statewide survey on energy issues" for someone else, presumably.

House:

CO-04: Cory Gardner and Ken Buck's protestations that there was no backroom deal behind their recent campaign trail switcheroo—Gardner decided to run for Senate at the last minute, and Buck dropped down from the Senate race to seek Gardner's suddenly open House seat—sound more feeble than ever. Despite what's emerging as a competitive GOP primary to replace him, Gardner has now endorsed Buck. Buck, of course, had already endorsed Gardner. It may have simply been the cost of doing business, but it certainly doesn't help Gardner to associate himself with Buck in any way.

NJ-03: Despite one news report that said Republican leaders in Ocean and Burlington Counties might endorse different candidates for New Jersey's open 3rd Congressional District, the two party organizations have both gotten behind former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur. While Ocean and Burlington (which make up the entirety of the district) have often been at odds in the past, one unnamed Democrat suggested that the counties were driven together in an effort to stop former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. And in the name of party unity, two other hopefuls who lost out to MacArthur also dropped out, retired Rear Admiral Mo Hill and Berkeley Town Council President James Byrnes.

NY-13: Life just keeps getting tougher and tougher for Rep. Charlie Rangel. After recently lamenting that he couldn't get any love from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio or Barack Obama, Rangel now has to deal with the fact that prominent Hispanic leaders who'd backed him in the past are starting to switch sides in the Democratic primary. The latest reportedly will be Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who would follow City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in endorsing state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Both had backed Rangel in 2012 when he barely held off Espaillat, and this shift in allegiances feels like an attempt to get behind the eventual winner while there's still time.

TX-04: Now or Never PAC, the conservative group trying to aid former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe in his runoff against GOP Rep. Ralph Hall, decides to say the quiet part loud in their new ad. Usually campaigns try to be clever and subtle when questioning their opponents' fitness to serve because of their again, but NONPAC goes directly at it, saying: "Ralph Hall was first elected to Congress when Jimmy Carter was president!" (Two Jimmeh references in one Digest, whaddya know.) "Now he's 90—the oldest member in Congress ever." That's the kind of bludgeon that can easily backfire by generating sympathy for its target. It's also not true. Remember a guy named Strom Thurmond?

Grab Bag:

Fundraising: In the month of February, the DSCC outraised the NRSC $6.8 million to $5.5 million and has $18.1 million in cash-on-hand versus $12.8 million for the Republicans. Similarly, the DCCC raised $6.4 million while the NRCC took in $5.1 million. House Democrats have $34.4 million in the bank compared to $24.8 million for their GOP counterparts.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Hale Boggs was *House* Majority Leader, not Senate (9+ / 0-)

    And you're right, that's an excellent ad for Begich. Hits all the right points---ones that Alaskans care about.

    His race is all about turning out the 122,000 people who voted for Obama--twice---(a remarkably consistent vote) and the additional 28,000 who voted for Begich over Stevens in 08. Begich's personal popularity will prevail in the end.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 05:56:53 AM PDT

  •  Damn, that's a good ad. (8+ / 0-)

    It's definitely a good move to de-nationalize the race in Alaska.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 06:09:17 AM PDT

    •  not so much (3+ / 0-)

      Begich's ad looks and sounds like a right wing Republican ad--drill, drill, drill, and let's go back to the way things were 40 years ago.  If that's what it takes for Dems to win elections, maybe I need a new party, or a new country.

      Actions speak louder than petitions.

      by melvynny on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 06:31:42 AM PDT

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      •  The drill point is taken (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bear83

        But in a lot of ways, on economic issues, things were pretty damn good 40 years ago. I'd love to undo the Reagan/Bush/NAFTA/WTO economy.

        “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 06:56:20 AM PDT

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        •  yes 40 years ago (0+ / 0-)

          When an unqualified white male could reliably get a job because it still common and accepted for employers to discriminate against women and minorities, the EEOC was not quite 10 years old.

          Of course we blame everyone else.  It is not that much of Alaska is a desert, and so is hard to exploit. It is not that the people of Alaska has become dependent on free oil money, so crave oil like a Vermont craves heroin.  It is not that incompetent management has meant that the fish stock in the seas no longer supports a livelihood.  No, lets just blame the rest of the world for wanted a lifestyle approaching what we enjoy in the US, and are willing, unlike many in the US to work for it.

          This is more evidence of what i have said in the past.  That democrats in the NW are much more conservatives than often exists in the south like Texas, conservatives that at least have the redeeming attributes of valuing work.

          •  For God's sake (1+ / 0-)
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            I said explicitly I don't support the drilling.

            I said things were better economically. The social changes I'm all for. The fact is that our economy has grown significantly in the past 40 years but the growth has not been shared. It's all gone to the top. With different policies we could have equal opportunity for all and still have hourly incomes keeping pace with inflation and productivity.

            Who the hell blamed the rest of the world. I blamed Ronald Reagan and the morons who followed him like the Pied Piper.

            “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:02:35 AM PDT

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          •  Hey Iowt (0+ / 0-)

            I'm from the NW...Oregon specifically. We're pretty liberal here as a whole. Washington too. Also in the NW. Saying that people up here don't value work is juuuuusttt a bit insulting. Eh? Although if you're attempting to spread the good word about the secret liberal Mecca that is Texas, well hell, I'll get right on moving my family to enjoy all the fantastic progressive policies that have sprung up there due to the redeeming attributes of the work valuing conservatives. Really though...I have no idea what you've said in the past about the NW, so I may be way off about your meaning. I'm not sure what the fuck you're trying to say, but it sounds douchee.

            "Because we are all connected...."

            by Shawn87 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 02:19:17 PM PDT

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          •  My apologizes (0+ / 0-)

            To the good progressives in Texas. That comment sent my blood pressure where it shouldn't go.

            "Because we are all connected...."

            by Shawn87 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 02:23:26 PM PDT

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        •  fenway (0+ / 0-)

          Why didn't you put Clinton 42 in the slot before NAFTA? Just asking. He was prez for 8 years.

          New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

          by AlexDrew on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 01:02:31 PM PDT

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      •  sigh (7+ / 0-)

        He's in Alaska dude. In case you didn't notice, Republicans are sorta popular there.

        TX-17 (Bill Flores-R), TX Sen-14 (Kirk Watson-D), TX HD-50 (Celia Israel-D). Senate ratings map (as of 3/10/14)

        by Le Champignon on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:05:05 AM PDT

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      •  He's running in Alaska, not Melvinistan. (9+ / 0-)

        It you liked the ad, Melvin, it would be a terrible, awful, suicidal ad for a Senate candidate in Alaska.

        The world doesn't revolve around you, dood.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:15:24 AM PDT

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        •  Why (3+ / 0-)
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          Why do you hate Alaskans?  They're not stupid, they just haven't been told the truth.  An Alaskan would be ashamed of Palin, if Dems ridiculed her "vision" of Russia.  I bet there are Alaskans quite concerned with their environment--and fearful of unregulated energy companies--or there would be, if we did better ads.

          Actions speak louder than petitions.

          by melvynny on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:20:38 AM PDT

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          •  Wishful thinking makes for political disaster. (8+ / 0-)

            Yes, Melvin, if only people heard your awesome explanations, everyone would agree with you about everything. They just don't know.

            Thank God Mark Begich has people with a more solid basis in reality running his campaign. You'd run Dennis Kucinich ads and congratulate yourself for your purity as you pulled 29% of the vote.

            Art is the handmaid of human good.

            by joe from Lowell on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:40:03 AM PDT

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          •  Why (3+ / 0-)
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            do you assume all Alaskans are fucking stupid and just need to be told the truth as you see it to turn around and embrace the light?  Maybe Alaskans like their checks they get from the oil companies and the jobs their families have in the industry.  Better ads aren't going to make them want to give that up if the ads don't offer up something in place of that.  

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:53:52 AM PDT

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          •  let's get some stories in here (0+ / 0-)

            you wrote

            I bet there are Alaskans quite concerned with their environment--and fearful of unregulated energy companies--or there would be, if we did better ads.
            Take a look at the controversy over building a road across a national wildlife refuge
            Watch musicwood
            Consider the current bill moving through the legislature to 'streamline' water permits
            Understand that the people willing to speak out against are massive development in the headwaters of Bristol Bay are labelled as outsiders and hippies.

            "If I’m wanting what I don’t have, I’ve got to do what I ain’t done” from the song “First Light. by Grant Dermody 2010

            by RosyFinch on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 02:58:35 PM PDT

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  •  while i dont approve of drilling in the Arctic (12+ / 0-)

    it plays well in alaska, and Begich is going to appeal to the positions that will get him the most votes.

  •  "drill baby drill" (4+ / 0-)

    It's not just for Republicans any more.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 06:23:01 AM PDT

  •  nice vid (1+ / 0-)
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    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 06:30:32 AM PDT

  •  One candidate is campaigning in NY-21 (2+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately it isn't ours :  Stefanik pledges to protect Fort Drum, aid agriculture and cut taxes and regulation . Very little news from the Woolf campaign. I am afraid that Stefanik will have the district locked up before Woolf gets his campaign off the ground. And this is what we will get - another Boehner-bot.

    Although I did receive a door-to-door solicitation to petition Aaron Woolf onto the ballot. Yesterday. He needs 1200 signatures from the district. He has been campaigning (supposedly) for over a month. The petitioner did not ask whether I would be interested in learning more or participating in the campaign.

    •  Geezus................. (0+ / 0-)

      do you need an engraved invitation to get involved?  If it's important to you speak up, ask questions, volunteer, etc.

      Proud to be a Democrat

      by Lying eyes on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:55:45 AM PDT

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      •  I am quite sure (2+ / 0-)
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        dzog, NorthCountryNY

        That NorthCountry isn't complaining about the lack of an invitation to get further involved personally, but about the fact that Woolf (the Democrat) isn't running his campaign very well — something reinforced by a lot of media articles noting how invisible he's been (which he actually admitted was true!).

        Most people need to be encouraged to take civic action, and a good campaign finds ways to encourage them.

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        by David Nir on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:03:00 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, that is exactly the point (0+ / 0-)

          I was trying to make. Frankly, very few North Country voters are the kind of engaged voters that post on places like DK and spontaneously volunteer. A well-run campaign will train canvassers to make the ask.

          It doesn't help that Aaron Woolf characterizes himself as more of a 'press release kind of guy' than a retail politician. He is wasting his supporters time and money if his campaign strategy consists mainly of press releases. Someone from the DCCC better set him straight, and light a fire under his ass, if he wants to be considered more than a vanity candidate in NY-21. I like what the guy stands for, a lot, but this is the reality of the situation.

  •  Awesome Ad! Begich and Landrieu are, hands down (6+ / 0-)

    My favorite red state dens (and Heitkamp).  
    This ad gave me chills.

    28, gay male, partnered and living in Indianapolis (IN-7). Raising money for the most important social movement in Indiana in generations -- Freedom Indiana. www.freedomindiana.org. We will defeat HJR-6!

    by IndyLiberal on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 06:45:58 AM PDT

  •  Begich... wait... "He forced Washing to open up (2+ / 0-)
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    Alice Olson, ChuckChuckerson

    the Arctic to oil drilling." WTF?

  •  I know politics is local (2+ / 0-)
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    ChuckChuckerson, Cadillac64

    But speaking as someone from the lower 48, hearing the ad tout one of Begich's good points as opening up the arctic for oil drilling really bristled my neck hairs.

    "Reality has a well-known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert

    by Rob Dapore on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:32:23 AM PDT

  •  Profile in Courage (1+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64

    Begich, courageous enough to open the Arctic Ocean for drilling, but not courageous to vote for a well-qualified physician for Surgeon General because he made an accurate observation about gun violence.

  •  "Opened up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling.." (1+ / 0-)
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    ChuckChuckerson

    Ooof.  

  •  CO-GOP: Coors is the silent shuffler in this game? (0+ / 0-)

    Personally, I don't see the GOP end-game beyond getting the convention here in 2016. Big corporate is getting everything they need from the Democrats in Colorado so the only thing the GOP have to work with are the social & Christian issues.

    Curious.

    Anyway a link to a previous DKos comment, has the link to article announcing Coors in as GOP bid chair and some of the down-ticket moves that were part of the completely spontaneous & simultaneous switch for several candidates.

    "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

    by Cadillac64 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:55:21 AM PDT

  •  The worst thing about Nick Begich's plane crash (6+ / 0-)

    (Other than, of course, dying in a plane crash.)

    Is that it led to the election of Don Young as the Alaska congressman.

    I always like to remind people of this:
    Since the plane crash took place just before the 1972 election, it was too late to take Begich's name off of the ballot.

    In that election, Begich won, despite being missing and presumed dead.

    So Don Young lost his election to a dead man.

    As through this world I've wandered,
    I've seen lots of funny men;
    Some will rob you with a six-gun,
    Some with a fountain pen.
    -- Woody Guthrie

    by Senor Unoball on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:58:24 AM PDT

    •  Alaska's worst political disaster (1+ / 0-)
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      kosta

      I knew Nick Begich, Mark's dad, when he was in the State Senate.  I campaigned for and with him, traveled with him for a week in bush communities and villages.  He was the hardest working elected official Alaska ever had, and his loss was a disaster for Alaska.

      Nick would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that his son was going on golfing "seminars" in Florida with lobbyists, or supporting drilling in the Chukchi Sea.

      I have never understood why Mark tries to toady up to the oil industry, which hates his guts and will be trying their best to get rid of him.

      It's just too bad that Marks' brother Tom, the smart one in the family, has never had the political ambitions of his sibling.  I'm sure, however, that Tom is the brains behind these commercials, because Tom is a media and numbers wizard, and is probably the reason why Mark was elected to the Senate.

      I'm not a purist, and I really want Real Democrats, not DINOs like Mark, in Congress.  But I'll hold my nose and vote for Begich in November, because he'll be the only candidate that could possibly save us from another Repugnican wingnut.

      "Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die" --- Albert King

      by HarpboyAK on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 01:39:42 AM PDT

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  •  Wow (2+ / 0-)
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    dzog, TrueBlueMajority

    Masterpiece is the right word.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:08:27 AM PDT

  •  I've met Mark Begich at Netroots Nation (5+ / 0-)
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    kerflooey, Cadillac64, dzog, willyr, askew

    and I was impressed by him. We talked extensively about issues relating to rural broadband (he was part of a panel on it) and it was clear to me that he really knows and gets that issue at both the grand Why We Need It and down to the nuts and bolts of How We Do It. The How is different for Alaska than for areas like mine, but he gets both.

    I think he's genuine, and represents his people and their relatively unique needs, well.

    There are people here who want him to lead on national policy issues... but there is no one to advocate for issues special to Alaska aside from the three member delegation.

    One of his crusades is maps. You put out a map of "The United States" that only includes the lower 48, and you'll hear from him. He has a trophy wall of framed letters of apology, including one from Al Franken of hand-drawn-from-memory map fame:

    “I have now added both Hawaii and your state to my map,” Franken scrawled in a handwritten note. “I think of you every time I draw Alaska, cursing under my breath. Anyway, happy birthday.”

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:14:52 AM PDT

  •  Great ad for Mark, but it's (0+ / 0-)

    Deborah Bonito.

    A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law. --John Marshall

    by DoLooper on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 09:38:31 AM PDT

  •  I would like Begich to propose setting (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Shawn87, The Caped Composer

    aside Bristol Bay as a monument. Hes against Pebble Mine, and most of the land surrounding the bay is federal... so you could create a gigantic monument, create lots of jobs, putting in trails, campgrounds ranger stations etc, and hire residents to fill those jobs. Prove once and for all, that protecting the environment is an economic positive. But imo, Begich has to get re-elected first, before he can be bold, especially with mouthbreathers like Treadwell and Miller on the right.

  •  In analyzing CO-04 and CO-SEN races (0+ / 0-)

    It amazes me that a number of people on the Hill and in the news report Cory Gardner as a credible challenger to Mark Udall.  The fact is, Gardner is corrupt and a say one-thing, do another guy and also very much in the Tea Party crowd even though he's looked at as a "No Labels" kind of guy who is bipartisan but he's really not very bipartisan at all.  He's a smooth talker like Darrell Issa and I think the news outlets are really doing a terrible job at finding out who Gardner really is.

    However, that may change in the coming months as Gardner's name will be in the news more often and he'll be subject to scrutiny.  CBS though did a good job at reporting Cory Gardner and others at a lobbyist fundraiser.  One of the Congressmen, Quico Canseco, ended up being defeated for re-election in 2012 by Pete Gallego.

    As for the CO-04 race, which is now an open race, Democratic Candidate Vic Meyers' chances just got a little better just because of Ken Buck's "reputation" but the race is considerably low profile and it may end up going for Buck.  Or maybe not.

  •  that Begich ad is a master class (2+ / 0-)
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    everyone should study it

    A+ emotional appeal

    that is how voters decide!

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    DEMAND CREATES JOBS!!!
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 10:04:21 AM PDT

  •  Hey David, if you have not already, how about a (0+ / 0-)

    look at Oklahoma? There is a fine young Democrat running against "Mr. Climate Change Denier". here is a link to his webpage: http://www.mattforoklahoma.com/. Matt Silverstein seems like an upright guy. And, I live in California, so, don't have a dog in this hunt.

    "Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, The Moon, and The Truth." Buddha

    by Grandson named me Papa on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:39:33 PM PDT

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