| Nov 4, 2014
| 3:57 PM
One usually surefire way to gauge the political climate on election night is to follow the clock of poll closings across the nation, east to west.
But this is no normal midterm. Several races are expected to be razor-close to the very end, and some...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 3:00 AM
What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.
As a proud member of the "don't just do something, sit there" school of politics, I don't fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren't...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 4:46 PM
The local official introducing the candidate eventually got around to the point — Sen. Mark Begich, standing up for Alaskans, get out the vote — but first he lit into the Koch brothers and what he described as money's power to warp politics....
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The simple question is at the top of many minds this grumpy election season, even among the 1,000 or so high school students gathered for a televised debate: "How will you work to reach across partisan lines to accomplish real goals?"
| Oct 5, 2014
| 1:19 PM
With less than a month until election day, new polls unveiled Sunday reinforced what's become the theme of the 2014 midterms: It's going to be close.
In Alaska and Arkansas, the latest polls continued to show Republican leads in Senate contests there....
| Oct 28, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A caucus of seven nervous Democratic senators, led by Mark Begich of Alaska, has been pushing a plan to "reform" the Affordable Care Act by allowing insurers to offer an even skimpier insurance plan than the skimpiest permitted now.
The idea of their...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 9:55 AM
Republicans hold a narrow, but steady, lead in the contest for control of the Senate, according to polls released Sunday.
Enough races remain extremely close that Democrats could still keep control of the chamber, but only if all the breaks go their...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 2:28 PM
When Congress reconvenes Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation "reforms" sought by President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have one final and narrow opportunity to derail the plans.
Three significant compensation...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 8:47 AM
For the most part, the political debate over President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul has become a duel between vague slogans: Republicans say they want to "replace" the Affordable Care Act but generally don't say with what. Democrats say they want...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 9:27 AM
Alaska is known for having the economy of a petro-state, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable polling.
Oh, and Sarah Palin.
A supernova, she exploded and dissolved as a vice presidential candidate, and she was a...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:02 PM
WASHINGTON — David Perdue took the cheap and easy route.
The Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, like Republican candidates in most other competitive races, calculated that the surest road to victory was to tie his opponent, in this case...