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Sen. Jeff Flake predicts support for gay marriage in future GOP presidential candidate

The Republican shift from longtime homophobia to acceptance of equality for homosexuals continued Sunday with Sen. Jeff Flake saying it is “inevitable” that his party will see one of its own run for president while supporting gay marriage. Flake, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” admitted the political landscape is shifting and will eventually field […]

Murkowski finally certified winner in Alaska

Murkowski finally certified winner in Alaska

The state of Alaska certified Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s victory over Tea Party favorite Joe Miller on Thursday, nearly three months after the incumbent won the race with an unconventional write-in campaign. The certification document was signed in the state capitol in Juneau by Governor Sean Parnell and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, a spokeswoman for […]

Judge clears way for Murkowski win in Alaska

Judge clears way for Murkowski win in Alaska

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller that challenged his loss in Alaska’s election for a Senate seat, clearing the way for state officials to certify Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in victory. District Judge Ralph Beistline lifted an injunction he imposed last month that delayed certification. “The injunction […]

Joe Miller: Sore loser to the bitter end

Joe Miller: Sore loser to the bitter end

Senate hopeful Joe Miller has dropped his bid to stop write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski from being certified the winner of Alaska’s November 2 election but will challenge the results in federal court. Backed by the conservative Tea Party movement, Miller beat Murkowski in the Republican primary last summer but was edged out in the general […]

Arlen Specter’s farewell: A stinging rebuke to the system

Arlen Specter’s farewell: A stinging rebuke to the system

Departing Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday said conservative Republicans who backed tea party challengers against establishment candidates in the recent elections engaged in political cannibalism. In his final floor speech, Specter complained there’s scant room for centrists like himself in a polarized Senate where civility is in short supply. “In some quarters, compromise has […]

Republcans end year with scrooge move on immigration

Republcans end year with scrooge move on immigration

Senate Republicans on Saturday doomed an effort that would have given hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military. Sponsors of the Dream Act fell five votes short of the 60 they needed to break through largely GOP opposition and win its […]

Once again, a court will decide an election

Once again, a court will decide an election

Legal wrangling over Alaska’s contested U.S. Senate race reached the state Supreme Court Friday, with justices hearing Republican Joe Miller‘s appeal of a lower court ruling that amounted to a victory for rival Lisa Murkowski. Miller is appealing a state judge’s decision to toss out his challenge to the handling of the election and counting […]

Judge to Joe Miller: Give it up. It’s over.

Judge to Joe Miller: Give it up. It’s over.

Another Alaska judge told Tea Party loser Joe Miller to pack it in and admit defeat to Sen. Lisa Murkowski Friday with another rejection of Miller’s “ever say die” lawsuit challenging his loss to a write-in candidate. But no one is yet sure Miller will recognize the lunacy of his continued battle and admit defeat. […]

Joe Miller’s expensive gamble

Joe Miller’s expensive gamble

Joe Miller is fighting as though Alaska’s Senate race has yet to occur. He has maintained a presence on TV, conservative radio and the Internet, casting himself as a righteous reformer in the face of an out-of-control establishment. He is still raising money and speaking out against his opponent. Miller has mounted a vigorous post-election […]

Alaska official discounts Miller’s claims

Alaska official discounts Miller’s claims

Alaska’s lieutenant governor on Tuesday discounted allegations by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller that elections officials unlawfully interpreted voter intent on write-in ballots. Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, who oversees the state Division of Elections, issued a statement in defense of elections officials, claiming Miller’s lawsuit threatens to cloud the vote. “Mr. Miller continues to […]