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Facebook, You Wag… March 8, 2009

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The “People You May Know” tool on Facebook keeps telling me to add Don Young as a friend.

I’m not sure about that. Don Young’s friends aren’t always a group of which I want to be a part.

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Alaska Briefs December 20, 2008

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Here’s a recap of news of the past several days in Alaska politics:

-Sarah Palin’s church was damaged in a “suspicious” fire. Firefighters are treating it as an arson. Members of my family were in Eagle River for the state high school wrestling tournament, but they insist that their proximity to the fire was coincidental.

-Don Young stepped down from his seat as ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee. He stated that it’s a temporary move for the good of the party.  Question: If it’s for the good of the party (that is, if they want him to have  a lower profile in the event he gets indicted for something), how is it going to be a temporary move?  Good luck getting that seat back, Don. 

-Levi Johnston’s mother was arrested on six felony drug possession charges.  In case you forgot, Levi Johnston is Bristol Palin’s betrothed.  Word from the ADN is that the drug in question was oxycontin, a.k.a. “hillbilly heroin,” which gained notoriety as Rush Limbaugh’s painkiller of choice.  I have to say that with Bristol’s unplanned pregnancy, the Katie Couric interview, the $150,000 $180,000 clothes debacle, the turkey interview, and now this, the Palin clan is really making Alaska look like a classy, forward-looking state.

North to the Future, indeed.

Parnell Concedes Primary To Young September 19, 2008

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This broke yesterday, so it’s semi-old news by now, but Sean Parnell has conceded in the primary race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. House.  After all overseas and absentee ballots were counted, Parnell lost the race by 304 votes (out of 105,987 total votes cast- a margin of 0.3%).  I find this a strong rebuke to the notion that individual votes don’t count.

In terms of the bigger picture, the news that Young survived the primary is good news for Democrats, as Young is widely considered to be an easier target for his challenger, Ethan Berkowitz (D-Anchorage).  Young’s various missteps in office, the most prominent of which is the infamous “Coconut Road” earmark.  Young is also being investigated with regard to his role in the VECO scandal which has already brought down multiple state legislators and is also threatening Young’s fellow Congressman Ted Stevens.

Polling data has Berkowitz up by fifteen points over Young, but the latest poll was taken before the primary results were official.  My personal feeling on the ground, which you should definitely take with a grain of salt, is that the race is closer than fifteen points, but Young is definitely behind, probably significantly so.  Unlike Stevens, Young hasn’t established himself as the cantankerous uncle that brings Alaska presents every time he visits.  I’d be fairly surprised to see him pull this one out, even though I haven’t seen much from either side in terms of full-throated support from the community.