Sunday, February 05, 2017

Having worked their magic in getting Lisa Murkowski to vote no against Trump's Education Secretary appointee, Alaskans turn their attention to Senator Dan Sullivan.

Courtesy of ADN:

Alaskans who spent weeks lobbying Sen. Lisa Murkowski to oppose Betsy Devos' nomination for U.S. education secretary are now turning their attention to the state's junior senator, Dan Sullivan.

But they'll have their work cut out for them. Sullivan, R-Alaska, has made it clear he intends to vote to confirm DeVos. 

Unless one more senator strays across the aisle in either direction, Vice President Mike Pence will be left to cast a tie-breaking vote. It is a situation without precedent. 

And so Alaskans who last week flooded Murkowski's phone lines and inboxes and who showed up at her offices are hoping they can talk Sullivan into switching his vote over the weekend.

I have to admit that I have become pretty jaded by Alaskan politics over the years, and would typically think that everybody was wasting their time in pressuring Sullivan to change his vote.

After all he sold his soul to the Koch brothers long ago. 

But that was before I saw thousands of Alaskan women protesting in the middle of a snowstorm and then inundating Lisa Murkowski's office with phone calls and e-mails until she yelled "no mas" and finally did the right thing.

Sullivan is definitely a harder sell, but if I have learned anything it is to NEVER underestimate the power of a bunch of female protesters wearing pussy hats.

Sullivan's contact number in Washington is (202)-224-3004.

The one in Anchorage is  (907) 271-5915.

And you can find several more by clicking here.

You can also e-mail him here.

Remember it is always better to have tried and failed, then to never have tried at all.


  1. Anonymous9:14 AM

    Deleted Comments: Enjoy A Trump Fan’s Wet Dream About Ending Voter Fraud With Summary Executions

  2. Anonymous9:18 AM

    “Donald used to come and go as he pleases, and now he can’t and he has protesters on top of that. He’s a man who does not like to be contained,” Stone said. “Mar-a-Lago is like an oasis for him. But if feels he can’t go there to unwind, I wonder if it will make him go crazy.”

    1. Anonymous10:23 AM

      He's already fucking nuts!! May he rot in Hell is his 'estate'. He is detested the world over!

    2. Anonymous2:24 PM

      Awe isn't that too bad.

      I've heard Siberia is really quite this time of the year.

  3. Anonymous9:20 AM

    The Democrats face up to their Trump problem

    The base is eager to protest the president, but elected leaders worry about outrage fatigue.

    Fucking wusses are already rolling over!

    1. Anonymous10:21 AM

      Already?! They have from Day One.

    2. Anonymous10:22 AM

      Democrats had better stand up to Trump and the Republicans. They need to obstruct and block them every step of the way just as Republicans did to all of us (and President Obama) for the past two terms.

      Fuck the Republicans! We owe them nothing, Democrats! Gets your asses out there and and counter them!!! The rest of Americans are doing so across the country and world!

    3. Anonymous2:03 PM

      No fatigue here, still mad as hell.

      I don't mind making my "elected leaders" mad with me.

      Fatigue doesn't stand a chance against Stephen Bannon.

    4. Anonymous1:07 AM

      Got to get rid of the Democratic party there more communism every day, taking our rights away using political correctness as a excuse, your the ones that would enjoy the old Soviet Union. Democratic plan to destroy America within, leave commies

    5. Anonymous1:17 AM

      Democrats trying to destroy America from within, communist plan, low life Soros puppets, sharia law was one of Clinton's platform, you women would love it.You don't even know what your fighting over you just do what the Soros and the Obama's tell you what to do, ignorance. Education is the first thing that is cut and it should be the last so now that it can be changed you commies don't want that, got to keep the people down and broke, ignorance.

    6. Anonymous1:27 AM

      Democrats trying to destroy America from within, communist plan, low life Soros puppets, sharia law was one of Clinton's platform, you women would love it.You don't even know what your fighting over you just do what the Soros and the Obama's tell you what to do, ignorance. Education is the first thing that is cut and it should be the last so now that it can be changed you commies don't want that, got to keep the people down and broke, ignorance.

  4. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Iranian Baby Barred By Muslim Ban Now Heading To US For Heart Surgery

    1. Anonymous2:14 PM

      So happy for her/them.

  5. Anonymous9:44 AM

    Conservative Republican: Don't blame Obama for coal country's problem

  6. Anonymous9:44 AM

    July 3, 2009!

  7. Anonymous9:48 AM

    1. Anonymous10:43 AM


  8. Anonymous10:05 AM

    I saw on Rachel where progressives in Pennsylvania and Arkansas did go fund me pages to "buy" the votes of pat toomey and Tom cotton by giving them more money than betsy devos has. Money will go to charity.

  9. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Lisa Murkowski voted 'no' because she knew the gal would be appointed to the education position by VP Pence, who will break the tie vote!

    Lisa did it this way so that she'll hopefully garner the vote in Alaska when she comes up again for reelection! She's a sneaky broad and hopefully she'll lose her race in a huge landslide! I know I'll be campaigning against her when her time comes up!!!

    Plus, she always follows in lockstep w/that asshole McConnell who supported 'obstruction' for eight years against President Obama.

    Republicans suck and are not to be trusted!

    1. Anonymous10:38 AM

      Very astute! This exactly what she did.

  10. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Anybody and I do mean anybody who votes yes for Devos for Secretary of Education should be protested at any event they are at and runned out of office.

  11. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Judge mocked by Donald Trump for lifting 'Muslim ban' has fostered numerous immigrant children

    Long-serving justice known for saying from the bench: 'black lives matter'

  12. Anonymous10:34 AM

    😠 “I swear to God, any reporter or journalist who attends this should be boycotted.”

    😠 the press should boycott the dinner entirely, or at least “leave when [Trump] speaks.”

    Washington Post:
    Calls emerge for a boycott of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner
    By Ellen McCarthy
    February 4 at 5:28 PM

    Already Vanity Fair and the New Yorker have canceled their annual parties associated with the April 29 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, according to the New York Times. And comedian Samantha Bee is planning an alternative event, billed as “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

    Now calls are beginning to emerge for an outright boycott of the dinner, which ostensibly highlights the work of journalists but is traditionally headlined by the man in the Oval Office.

    In a recent editorial for U.S. News and World Report, opinion editor Robert Schlesinger questioned whether Donald Trump would show up, saying that, regardless of whether he does, journalists should not. Instead, Schlesinger suggested, reporters should “make other plans that night and if [Trump] does attend, let the ratings- and crowd-obsessed narcissist freak address an empty ballroom.”

    Beau Willimon, creator and writer of the American version of “House of Cards,” had a similar thought, tweeting Friday that the press should boycott the dinner entirely, or at least “leave when [Trump] speaks.”

    Beau Willimon ✔ @BeauWillimon

    Press should boycott altogether. Or leave when he speaks. He has zero respect for press. Why give him this platform? …
    12:22 PM - 3 Feb 2017

    Iranian American author Reza Aslan shared a similar view, in a tweet of his own: “I swear to God, any reporter or journalist who attends this should be boycotted.”....

    1. Anonymous10:45 AM

      I say attend the dinner and the entire room gets up and leave when Trump speaks

    2. Anonymous2:33 PM

      I say boycott the whole affair, except Fox will show up.

      He has no respect for the press, why should they show him any.

    3. Anonymous1:22 AM

      Because the press are owned by Soros who along with the Obama's and the commie democrats are against anything good for America

  13. Anonymous10:54 AM

    FUCK ALL the GOPeers>

    1. Anonymous2:19 PM

  14. Anonymous10:56 AM

    Poor widdle Kelly, liar is getting hammered.

    1. Anonymous11:47 AM

      I hope this shuts the broad up for a long time to come and that they keep her off TV w/o zero interviews! She's a fucking disaster!

  15. The United States just insulted Great Britain.

    "So Trump having insulted a US Muslim war hero, US border officials now insult the greatest living UK war hero no doubt with his blessing.

    Johnson Beharry holds the Victoria Cross, the highest UK award for gallantry in wartime.

    This medal has only been awarded to 1355 individuals since its inception in 1856.

    He'd been invited to speak as guest of honour to a bunch of US vets at a dinner.

    US border officials treat him like dirt because he's been to Iraq (not, of course, because he belongs to an ethnic minority you understand) during Trump's illegal crackdown on 'immigrants'.

    Of course he was in Iraq you morons! He was fighting a war to keep 'western democracy' safe from all the evil terrorists.

    He was in an Alliance force. You know? The ones on the same side as your lot?

    He never got to the dinner to make his speech thanks to this sublime idiocy!

    You can imagine what I think of this? A soldier's daughter married to a soldier's son?.............

    Also, on a nicer topic, he's quite a looker don't you think? Perhaps they were jealous?

    That's the VC on the left.

    The only other living UK gentleman holding the medal would have had equal problems. He's an elderly Gurkha and originated in Nepal. Perhaps they'd let the Aussie holders in? They're the right colour. Oh wait! Trump flounced on the Australian PM having been given a mouthful, didn't he?

    Ah well."

    I so want the Queen to rescind that state visit invitation to Trump. At the very least Parliament to cancel it. I want the world's leaders to shun him and refuse visits by him. He is a plague on the world.

    1. Anonymous12:07 PM

      Donald Trump could be denied Westminster Hall address if he comes to the UK

      ...There is a plaque on the floor of the hall commemorating the speech Mr Obama delivered to both Houses of Parliament when he became the first US President ever to address them in 2011.

    2. Anonymous1:26 AM

      You people are so ignorant get all the facts, both sides, who do you think backs the Muslim Brotherhood and Isis, the Queen and Obama, Clinton's, check out the Obama Error, or the Obama Agenda

  16. Anonymous11:09 AM

    White House Tries to Distance Itself Over Steve Bannon's Past Comments

    As the alt-right continues to set the agenda in global politics at a frightening pace, has the world reverted to a 20th-century era of totalitarianism?

    Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter

    Conventional politicians and commentators are stranded because they were wholly unprepared for the new breed of leader who lies as a matter of policy as well as a matter of course. They are flailing around, and inventing phrases like “fake news” and “post-truth politics” to capture a state of affairs they think is entirely novel. Instead of saying that we are seeing something new, it is better to accept that something old and malignant has returned like foul water bubbling up from a drain.

    1. Anonymous11:26 AM


    "Victoria Cross recipient Johnson Beharry has described his "humiliation" after being held up by US border officials amid Donald Trump's immigration clampdown.

    The Iraq war hero arrived at New York's JFK airport hours after the president ordered travel restrictions on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries on January 27.

    Beharry, who was seriously injured in the conflict in 2004, said he faced a wait of nearly three hours to reach the border where his passport was further scrutinised.

    The 37-year-old, who was awarded the military's highest award for valour, for saving the lives of 30 comrades, told the Sun on Sunday: "I felt humiliated."

    "I think they held me because my passport showed I had been to Iraq".

    Beharry said that he suspected he had been viewed with suspicion because of his travel to Iraq and his appearance

    "Maybe I am a bit Asian-looking but that doesn't mean I should be treated with the same suspicion as a terrorist.""

    "Thanks to long queues at border control, Beharry eventually missed the veteran's event he had been due to attend and said he was forced to wait for almost three hours while he was scrutinised by officials.

    Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, Beharry said: "I felt humiliated. I think they held me because my passport showed I had been to Iraq.

    "Maybe I am a bit Asian-looking, but that doesn't mean I should be treated with the same suspicion as a terrorist," he said. "I explained that I had been in Iraq fighting for the British Army but they didn't seem to care. The officials only let me in after I kicked up a fuss. It was the worst travel experience of my life."

    Beharry added that the experience made him feel like a "second-rate citizen" and vowed not to return on the basis of his treatment.

    Johnson Beharry
    Johnson Beharry carrying the Olympic Torch in 2012Getty Images
    Beharry moved to the UK in 1999, and has served with the British Armed forces in Kosovo as well as Northern Ireland. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in 2005 after saving the lives of colleagues while under enemy fire. Beharry sustained serious head injuries in the attack."

    Johnson Beharry was born in Grenada and holds a British Passport. He is a citizen of the UK.

    Apparently our Border Patrol can't use fucking GOOGLE.

  18. Anonymous11:20 AM

    Melissa McCarthy steals the show as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live

  19. Anonymous11:23 AM

    I’m a Republican, and I’m joining the protests

    On Saturday morning over coffee I read a summary of Donald Trump’s executive order regarding refugees and immigrants. Then I read the order itself. And then I read it again.

    And then I went online and my wife and I became members of the American Civil Liberties Union. Sunday night, for the first time in our lives, we became protestors, along with thousands of other Americans, joining a rally in Seattle’s Westlake Park.

    Why would a lifelong Republican, who generally chafes at such activity, do such things? I feel guilty saying this, because millions of our neighbors are feeling real fear as a result of Trump’s words and deeds, but I did it because of what I see happening in my party.

  20. Anonymous11:28 AM

    You Go Girl:

  21. Anonymous11:30 AM

    'You scare the heck out of me': Twitter feed collects Trump voters' regrets

    Since November, Erica Baguma has been compiling and retweeting a collection of remorseful tweets from Trump voters – and they’re split into two camps

    Movement to impeach Donald Trump well under way

    1. Anonymous12:23 PM

      As of 2:49 pm EST, February 5, 2017, 600,102 signers and counting have joined the campaign to Impeach Trump Now. The signature count will be periodically updated.

    2. Anonymous12:54 PM

      Does Congress have to start the impeachment process? Are the numbers being supplied to Congress members showing the count of Americans that want Trump impeached - 600,102 and counting!

      Trump does need to be impeached as soon as possible. He's already creating major problems for our country and world!

    3. Anonymous2:39 PM

      @ 12:54 Google is your friend, there are also something called books on topics such as American Government and Civics.

      If anything good comes out of this mess, the American public should be more knowledgeable about how their government works.

      Unless of course, his supporters who chose to stay ignorant.

  22. Anonymous11:32 AM

    This is the kind of hypocrisy that comes when the people hire a delusional, attention-desperate empty blowhard as president.

  23. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Yea, the guy that was elected in Alaska (w/o my vote!) and represents the State of Ohio!

    Alaskans truly need to pay better attention for whom they cast their votes.

    We have horrible representation in Congress in D.C. - absolutely horrible.

  24. Anonymous11:45 AM

    OFF-TOPIC: The Scottsdale, AZ, house sold for $2,275,000.

    Sarah paid $1,695,000, so, it looks as though she made a tidy profit.

    HOWEVER: She paid a 6% commmission, which eats up a good bit of profit. Then, there are costs we don't know about -- how much did it cost her in taxes, security, maintenance, etc. for the years the place sat empty?,-111.392785,33.427429,-112.285424_rect/10_zm/2_p/?3col=true

    1. Anonymous1:59 PM

      I'm sure the 'improvements' that Sarah made to the property cost a small fortune.

    2. Anonymous2:40 PM

      Still since it was under her LLC, she doesn't have to pay capital gains.

  25. Anonymous12:06 PM

    After the Women's March: six mass US demonstrations to join this spring

  26. Anonymous12:16 PM

    John McCain's son deletes tweet slamming Trump's Putin defense

    'Cause a fuss?' Seriously? What a fucking coward!

  27. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Trump administration withdraws 23 rules from Federal Register

    resident Trump’s regulatory moratorium is trickling down to the Federal Register, where agencies on Tuesday posted nearly two dozen notices that they intend to withdraw regulations from the government’s rulebook.

    The Federal Register attached 23 editorial notes to regulations published in recent weeks, indicating the agencies requested these rules be withdrawn. This includes an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that limits mercury discharges from dentists, the Energy Department’s efficiency standards for federal buildings, and poverty guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  28. Anonymous1:57 PM

    Murkowski's deal with McConnell includes Ohio Dan voting YES.

    Don't forget, he was only in Alaska to get this fucking senate seat, he has NO allegiance to Alaska and never will.

  29. Anonymous2:15 PM

    'The Senate is coming apart'

    "It’s not a good time. It’s not a good time," added Sen. John McCain

  30. Anonymous2:41 PM

    You would think those hypocrite teabaggers would be protesting like crazy against Betsy.

    After all she is an elite, private school educated billionaire, everything they supposedly hate.

    But since they have no principals and a republican nominated her, it is ok with them.

    Also they will have a big wake up call when her taxpayer funded charter schools proposal is over turned in the courts under that pesky constitutional amendment that they never heard of.

  31. I think the plan is for Pence to break the tie, and Murkowski to be able to say she voted against her - but Devos still gets the job...Sully doesn't care.

  32. All of that energy needs to be put into defeating Sullivan in his next primary. Even if you only replace him with another Republican. Just as long as it's not the ratty bearded one.


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