by Rick Grams
October 31, 2004
"Jennifer E. Duffy, Senate editor of the Cook Political Report, a non-partisan newsletter published in Washington, said Ms. Murkowski has been deft in linking her fate to Senator Stevens, who would rotate out of his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee no matter who controls the Senate but who would relinquish other powerful positions if the Democrats take back the majority." (New York Times 10/21/2004)
"A recent Anchorage Daily News article states, "Stevens, who turns 81 next month, must give up his appropriations gavel when the new Congress convenes in January. He is forced to do so by the Republicans' self-imposed term limits on their committee chairmen and chairwomen." Stevens will rotate his chairmanship to someone else, despite Tony Knowles. Maybe the Murkowski campaign should focus its attention on its candidate rather than use scare tactics." (Alexis Janowiec, October 28, 2004 - Juneau Empire)
This election has been toted as the most improtant election of a lifetime. Why? We only have one side of our government representating us - the Republicans. While I do not claim to be Democrat or Republican, the earliest lesson I remember in Civics class (circa 1980) was the possibility of "equal" representation. As of today, we do not have this type of government.
As it stands today, the two major (and so called) representatives of the Alaska people are Lisa Murkowski and Bert Stedman. Although they are at different levels of the government, I find their "appointments" questionable and disrespectful to the consitituency. To call these positions representative of the people's wishes borders the boundaries of rational thought to the extreme.
Let's not have "appointments" - get out and vote November 2nd, 2004!
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