Lisa Murkowski has a problem if she votes to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick, a native problem.

By |2018-09-10T13:34:11-08:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |13 Comments

This could be even worse for Murkowski than what awaits Susan Collins from Maire voters if she confirms Brett Kavanaugh. 

Courtesy of HuffPo:

For all the speculation about Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and whether she’ll vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there is an issue beyond abortion rights perhaps weighing more heavily on her as she makes her decision: protections for Alaska Natives.

Advocates for Alaska Natives, who were crucial to Murkowski’s re-election in 2010, tell HuffPost they’ve been flooding her office all week and urging her to oppose Kavanaugh.

They’re raising concerns about his record on climate change, which is already causing real damage in Alaska. As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh in 2017 held that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks the authority to regulate hydrofluorocarbons, chemicals linked to global warming. They’re also unhappy with his record on voting rights. Kavanaugh voted in 2012 to uphold a South Carolina voter ID law that disenfranchised more than 80,000 minority registered voters.

The most pressing matter, however, is a case the Supreme Court is reviewing on Nov. 5 that could devastate Alaska Natives’ subsistence fishing rights. The case, Sturgeon v. Frost, raises questions about who has the authority to regulate water in national parks in the state ― the federal government or the state of Alaska. The case arose after Alaska resident John Sturgeon, who was on an annual moose-hunting trip, was riding a hovercraft on a river running through a national park when Park Service officials threatened to give him a citation. Sturgeon is arguing that his ability to use his hovercraft in this scenario is about states’ rights and that federal authority should be eliminated.

Kavanaugh has previously ruled to limit federal power in cases before him. If he gets confirmed and votes with the other four right-leaning justices in favor of Sturgeon’s argument, it will destroy the way of life for tribal communities who rely on subsistence fishing in protected federal waters, some Alaska Native rights groups say.

HuffPo is quite correct that Murkowski owes her 2010 victory to the Alaska native people who learned to spell her name and turned out en masse for her write-in campaign. 

Joe Miller had all the future Trump voters on his side, so Lisa had to rely on Independents, progressives who hated Miller, and of course the Native community.

If she fails to support Trump’s nominee she will certainly lose those Trump folks again, but she really cannot rely on them anyhow. 

But losing the Alaskan native support, that might just do her in.  

I said yesterday that this nomination might be a done deal, but now I have to say that I am not so sure anymore. 

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  1. Anonymous September 10, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Ironic that the ad above the pic states “all in one tool.”

  2. Beaglemom September 10, 2018 at 5:53 am

    She will, like Susan Collins, vote the way the Republicans in charge of her will demand. Constituents and citizens and people of the world do not matter to Republicans when they control things. Only control and power and increasing the wealth of the wealthy matter.

    • KarenJ September 10, 2018 at 11:01 am

      I agree. Lisa Murkowski has ties to Russian influence and to Susan Collins through Collins’ husband Thomas Daffron, who used to be Murkowski’s chief of staff and who’s been a lobbyist for several former Russian outposts in Alaska, Kenai and Cordova.

      I don’t ordinarily read any of Eric Garland’s Tweets, but this thread was interesting, for the information that tied Murkowski and Collins together.

      • EG September 10, 2018 at 1:39 pm

        “You want to talk Sen. Susan Collins’ vote on #Kavanaugh? Let’s talk about her husband, lobbyist Thomas Daffron. And a whole bunch of Russia connections. You need to hear this, because the media is going to yell about abortion to cover this up.”

  3. 1876/2018 September 10, 2018 at 7:01 am
  4. UncleTom September 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

    1991>”you have to be either an idiot or a fervent ideological ally of Thomas’ to think he was telling the truth. He said, repeatedly, and under oath, that he never discussed pornography or his sexual prowess with Anita Hill.”
    “Perjury? I don’t know. The bar for perjury is high. But by any common-sense definition of the word, Kavanaugh lied. And lied a lot. Senator Pat Leahy, usually a man of rhetorical restraint, tweeted: “Untruthful testimony, under oath and on the record.” “Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer long ago did the reporting that made Thomas’ denials almost impossible to believe. As Abramson wrote more recently, there were five other women able to corroborate Hill, who’d had similar experiences with Thomas, and all but one were willing to come forward if called. (The Democrats, and specifically Joe Biden, however, did not call them.)” “This is about lying about their past, their work history, their prior public service. As far as we know, only Kavanaugh and Thomas appear to have lied about that.” ” the Republican Party is intent on accomplishing two goals. The first is stacking the Court—actually all federal courts—with hard-right originalists. The second is getting them on the bench in as belligerent and aggressive a way as possible.”
    “the Republican could easily have followed procedure by giving Garland a hearing and voting him down. But they didn’t. They stiff-armed him, President Obama, and the country. Why? Because they could. To show the Democrats that they no longer played by the regular rules.”

  5. Anonymous September 10, 2018 at 8:19 am

    It will be interesting to see if she sticks by her constituents or party, my guess is she goes with the party.

  6. anon September 10, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Some are saying that If she wants any credibility, her first order of business will be to take away Sarah’s kids.

  7. Anonymous September 10, 2018 at 9:35 am

    There needs to be a national boycott of Federal Court Jury service until the SCOTUS is political party and free of religious favored opinions. Civil rights for all before religion.

  8. Anonymous September 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Lisa is a turn coat. She will vote to whichever ass she needs to kiss to please her Nazi party. The whole Alaska political system has been red for some time because our state is a freakin’ colony and the colonist are not done yet. Climate control means nothing to these people because the Koch bros. did a big campaign to say there was no climate change, and by golly when the Koch bros. do an all out campaign and tell their targets there is no global warming, all the flood in the world will not convince the nay sayers. Go ahead Lisa. Show your’ true spots to us Alaskan Natives. Our asses have been handed to us from day one by you colonist, fourth generation or whatever.

  9. anon September 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm
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  11. viv September 11, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Lisa will be 65 at her next election. If she retires she still has four years to fuck Alaskans, and she will because Alaska is not her top priority, Mitch McConnell is.

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