IN THE NEWS
An Immense Storm Over the Bering Sea is Pounded Alaska's West Coast and Destroyed Local Infrastructure
This week our campaign is drawing attention to Western Alaska storm recovery. One of the most powerful storms ever to cover the Bering Sea has inundated Western Alaska. The destruction is vast and already underway. Please join your fellow Alaskans in donating to the Alaska Community Foundation's fundraiser to benefit communities affected by the storm.
Democrat Pat Chesbro Discusses Her Run for the U.S. Senate in Ketchikan Campaign Stop
*Several statewide political candidates visited Ketchikan over the weekend for the Blueberry Arts Festival. One of them was U.S. Senate candidate Pat Chesbro, a Democrat who’s challenging incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski. She spoke with KRBD’s Eric Stone on Friday.
AOGA PANEL DISCUSSION
Alaska U.S. Senate Candidate Forum
U.S. Senate candidates Pat Chesbro (D), and Kelly Tshibaka (R) took the stage along with incumbent senator Lisa Murkowski (R), at a candidate forum hosted by the Alaska Oil and Gas Association at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage on September 1, 2022.
In Alaska's U.S. Senate Race,
Don't Compromise Your Values
Author - Robin Smith
Yet another sensible opinion praising Ranked Choice Voting and how it actually you to cote your values without "Throwing your vote away on a long shot."RCV makes sure that your vote counts no matter who you vote for, and it is the opportunity we have all been waiting for, to vote our values and not our fears. This November, Rank Pat Chesbro 1st, Lisa Murkowski 2nd, and Kelly Tshibaka Last.
Check out the link the the full article here.
As our State Melts and Burns,
Murkowski is Gung-ho on Fossil Fuels
We do not recommend NOT ranking a second choice. Author Zachary Brown outlines the dangers in the traditional moderate approach to voting "the lessor of two evils" and extols upon the virtues of Ranked Choice Voting empowers voters, but only if you actually rank each candidate in each category.
We know there is only one candidate on the U.S. Senate ticket who will advocate for meaningful and urgent action against climate change. To sum up Zachary's sentiments, we cannot afford to wait any longer to take action. This November, Rank Pat Chesbro 1st, Lisa Murkowski 2nd, and Kelly Tshibaka Last.
Check out the link the the full article here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!!
Patricia Chesbro, Democratic Candidate for US Senate, Today Issued the Following Statement:
August 17, 2022 - Pat Chesbro Confident RCV Gives Democrats a Fighting Chance!
“As we await the final results of Alaska’s primary election, I am thrilled by the enthusiasm and support for my candidacy from Alaska voters. In a political climate too often characterized by division and intolerance, I am proud that so many Alaskans have voted for a progressive, forward-looking voice for Alaska as one of the likely four candidates to advance to the November general election.
I am running a grassroots campaign by Alaskans, and for Alaskans. Unlike my challengers, outside interests have not flooded our campaign with millions of dollars to sway me from always fighting for Alaska’s interests first. My support comes from strong local communities across this vast land and the spirited and confident individuals and families in them. I appreciate each and every Alaskan voter. I am committed to upholding the values of my constituents – their character, their conscience, their ideals, and the practicality that make this great state as strong and enduring as it always has been and always will be.
Recent events have made it abundantly clear that time and again the true interests of Americans have been overlooked in favor of personal and political agendas, and as a result, the time for change is now. I look forward to reaching out to voters about the issues most important to you while re-emphasizing my conviction to fight for all Alaskans.”
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I Will Fight for Alaskan Women's Health Rights
With the release of the US Supreme Court decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the rights of Americans regarding medical freedom have been set back half a century. Because of the decisions of earlier courts that held the constitution to be more important than partisanship, we Americans have reproductive rights acknowledged in law. The rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey established and confirmed these basic human rights that are now being stripped away by a reactionary court. I remember when the Roe ruling came down, and I will fight to enshrine abortion rights in federal law if elected to the US Senate from Alaska this November.
Like many of my fellow Alaskans, I am outraged that the government is once again insinuating itself into the private medical decisions of Americans across our country. We cannot allow a reactionary court to negate these fundamental rights, especially when a strong majority of Alaskans and Americans have consistently supported a person’s right to make their own medical decisions, without government interference, for decades.
According to polling data from March 2022 by the Pew Research Center, 61% of Americans oppose abortion bans in all or most cases, with just 37% opposed.
Polling of Alaskans by Lake Research Partners has shown similar results, with 59% opposing abortion bans, including 34% of Republicans. Yes, 34% of Alaska Republicans oppose banning abortion.
Alaskans value freedom, and that includes medical freedom.
The Alaska Supreme Court has consistently ruled that the Alaska state constitution’s privacy clause protects women’s reproductive freedoms. However, long-time Republican US Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, who for years has been instrumental in packing federal courts with anti-abortion reactionary judges, including the US Supreme Court, has said that a national abortion ban—including in Alaska—would be possible with the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
As Alaskans, we now have to be concerned that an abortion ban in Alaska could be in our future. Our state’s privacy protections are notable, but if the US Supreme Court can find a way to circumvent the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, where Americans are guaranteed that the government will not deprive us of the basic rights to life, liberty and property, then we don’t know what is next. Medical rights are human rights, and recognizing this fact and codifying it as the law of the land must happen at the federal level. Only then will Americans be protected from meddling government oversight into their most personal life decisions.
Every ten years Alaskans have the opportunity to have a state constitutional convention. Extremists with ties to dark money groups from Outside are pushing for a convention so they can write a constitutional prohibition on abortion. We must stand vigilant at every turn to preserve and expand rights, not reduce them.
We are losing fundamental medical rights, on both the state and national level. We must fight to reverse that trend. I will unflinchingly fight for the rights of Alaskans and of all Americans to access the medical care they need.
On SCOTUS Reversal of Roe v Wade
June 24, 2022 - Pat Chesbro Outraged by SCOTUS Decision
(Palmer, AK) – Patricia Chesbro, Democratic Candidate for Senate, today issued the following statement:
“Today the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that allows the government to insert itself into the medical decisions of Americans. This is outrageous and must be fought in the Congress.
Not all states respect the privacy of its citizens the way Alaska does, with strong provisions written into our constitution. This court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey represents a significant overreach of judicial prerogatives, and it is one that is completely at odds with the views of Alaskans and Americans. According to recent polling data, some 61% of Americans oppose abortion bans in all or most cases, with just 37% opposed. Polling of Alaskans in recent years has shown similar results, with 59% opposing abortion bans, including 34% of Republicans.
Pro-choice advocates must remain vigilant in Alaska, where abortion rights are not safe because anti-abortion activists want voters in November to approve a state constitutional convention so they can push for an abortion ban written into the state constitution.
This is only the beginning of a strategic assault on our freedoms and civil liberties from Republican-appointed activist judges. Like other Democrats in the Senate, I will fight for for a federal law that safeguards the rights of Americans to get the medical care they need, including abortion. I won’t back down. That’s what I believe in, and that’s how I’ll vote.”