An Open Letter to Lisa Murkowski


June 7, 2020 Senator Lisa Murkowski 522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Murkowski: Thank you for your comments on General James Mattis’s rebuke of President Trump. You’re quoted in the New York Times as saying, “I thought General Mattis’s words were true and honest and necessary and overdue.” Given the strength of…

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Lisa Murkowski: Too Little, Too Late


Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has finally issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s child abuse on our borders. The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families. They are not consistent with our values. The thousands of children taken from their parents and families must be…

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When Your Ears Are Stuffed with Money


Senator Elizabeth Warren (D, Mass.), in an interview with Jake Tapper, described the Republicans in Congress as being unable to hear their constituents because their “ears were stuffed with money.” Money from lobbyists. Money from rich campaign donors. Money from political action committees. With their ears stuffed with money, tax cuts for the rich might…

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So What Did You Get for Selling Out, Lisa?


There was a Doonesbury cartoon decades ago, when George H.W. Bush agreed to be Ronald Reagan’s vice-presidential candidate. Throughout the Republican primaries, Bush and Reagan had disagreed on pretty much every issue. Garry Trudeau, in Doonesbury, mocked Bush, putting him in a faux interview: Interviewer: Tell me Governor, how long does it take you to give up…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Murkowski’s Ignorance: Add Ecology to the List


A section of the 2016 federal budget, inserted by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, Write-In), forbids the Fish and Wildlife Service from moving cattle off Chirikof and Wosnesenski Islands in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. “Where?” you say? “Whatever,” you say? No, you should care, because it is a classic illustration of Senator Murkowski’s two most serious flaws. She assumes she is…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pandering, Politics and Slow Motion Disasters


As WC has noted before, he has extremely low expectations for Alaska politicians. But, as hard as it may be to accomplish, Alaska’s delegation to the U.S. Senate consistently manages to sink even lower than WC’s sub-basement level hopes. The recent vote on a measure aimed at blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change regulations for…

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Following Up and Following Down: February 2015


Yes, it’s true. To paraphrase the boys at Car Talk, you’ve wasted another perfectly good month reading Wickersham’s Conscience. It’s already time for another quick recap, a smirking wink at Real Journalism, as WC revisits earlier posts and omitted stories. Sometime this month, the National and Alaska media woke up and discovered that – gasp –…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senator Murkowski Reports the Sky Is Falling


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, Exxon) announced to the Alaska Legislature last week that President Barack Obama plans to shut down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. WC can’t make this stuff up. Walking the same path that former Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell used to scare Alaskans into giving Big Oil $2 billion dollars, she’s trying to frighten Alaskans into some…

Beaufort Sea Program Area, 2017-2022

The State of Alaska: Spoiled Child or Self-Destructive Jerk?


All of Alaska’s elected officials had derided, bewailed and bemoaned the horrible wrongs done to Alaska by the Bureau of Ocean Management’s Five-Year Plan for Alaska’s arctic waters. Governor Walker wouldn’t even rule out secession. Joe Vogler lives on. Now WC is on record objecting to oil and gas drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi…

PAC Man: Joe Miller Redux


Another scary Hallowe’en story: Joe Miller, unindicted criminal, defeated senatorial candidate and chronic resumé exaggerator reports he is “presently chairman of the Western Representation PAC, Restoring Liberty Alaska PAC and Restoring Liberty Action Committee.” So WC will call him PAC Man for short. For those who are new to these events, Joe Miller has a footnote in Alaska history as…

Why Joe Miller Has Lost – Updated


Update for Results through November 12: Murkowski’s unchallenged ballots are now up to 90% of total ballots cast. That would take the write-in candidate to 83,681 votes, against Miller’s 82,180, with some 72% of the precincts counted. Absentee ballots aren’t all tallied yet, but unless they are statistically aberrational, they won’t affect the outcome. Bottom…