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Close Alaska race gives GOP another Senate seat

Close Alaska race gives GOP another Senate seat

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich couldn’t pull off another election surprise as voter disapproval of President Barack Obama helped push him and other Democrats out of office. Republican Dan Sullivan, a…

Begich’s ad screwup threatens campaign

Begich’s ad screwup threatens campaign

Sen. Mark Begich’s re-election bid was going better than his fellow Democrats had hoped. That was, until his campaign ran an inflammatory ad that he was forced to pull off…

Balancing on a minimum-wage political tightrope

Balancing on a minimum-wage political tightrope

Sen. Mark Pryor is doing a delicate dance over congressional Democrats’ upcoming push to boost the federal minimum wage. The Democrat from Republican-leaning Arkansas says he’ll vote against the bill,…

Worried Democrats distance themselves from Obamacare

Worried Democrats distance themselves from Obamacare

Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama’s popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him…

Republican woes help Democratic Alaskan governor

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich probably couldn’t ask for a better start in his re-election campaign, with the state Republican Party emerging from a chaotic year and gearing up for a…

Senate debate on gun background checks starts next week

Senate debate on gun background checks starts next week

The first hurdle cleared with deceptive ease, the Senate turns to the heart of the battle over curbing gun violence next week when it considers a proposal to expand required…

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…

Palin still a player in Alaska

Palin still a player in Alaska

As Sen. Lisa Murkowski watched the shocking election returns come into her election headquarters on primary night, she became painfully aware of two powerful forces in American politics in 2010:…