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Heads and Tails: Murkowski pans Trump’s trans ban; Trump tweet-trolls Lisa

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The U.S. Coast Guard released dramatic video of a rescue of a fisherman who had gone overboard from the fishing vessel Grayling. Chris Trosvig of Kodiak jumped into the frigid 47-degree churning water without hesitation to save his crewman. On Facebook he commented, “After losing my twin brother to the sea. It was not going to happen again. To God be the glory for giving the courage and strength to get my man out of the water and bring him back to life.”

The Coast Guard wrote:

“The crew of the Calista Marie arrived on scene and rescued one crewman from the Grayling, as the Grayling’s skiff driver rescued the master. The aircrew diverted from a training flight when they observed the captain of the capsized fishing vessel Grayling jump into the water to assist the fourth crewman.

“Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a call on VHF-FM channel 16 at 3:25 p.m. Monday from the crew of the Calista Marie reporting that they responded to the capsized Grayling. The captain of the Grayling was able to pull one of his crewmen safely onto the Grayling’s purse seiner skiff and initiate CPR. The MH-60 Jayhawk crew then transported him to awaiting EMS at Kodiak Municipal Airport.

“That fisherman didn’t hesitate. It was incredible to see him jump into 47-degree water to save his crew,” said Lt. Kevin Riley, an Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk pilot. “It is a testament to how tough those fishermen are and how far they will go to help their fellow Alaskans.”

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk crew and good Samaritans aboard the Calista Marie helped rescue the captain and his three crewmen. The Coast Guard said on Facebook: “Bravo Zulu to a captain who would leave no crewman behind!”

Hero of the day: Christian Trosvig of Kodiak


“Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!” Trump commented on Twitter on Wednesday morning. He was referring to her “no” vote on allowing health care reform to be debated.

[Read: Murkowski votes to keep Obamacare; did she put ANWR at risk?]


On the Tom Anderson radio show today, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she disagrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse the Obama-era rule that allows transgendered individuals to serve in the military.

“As folks know, I was one who said that those who are openly gay should not be denied the opportunity to serve our country and I feel the same way about transgender. If you want to raise your hand and pledge to serve our country honorably, I think we should not put that limitation.”


Kay Brown, a Democrat political operative, and Suzanne Little, a Democrat and founder of Great Alaska Schools, are part of a new group to train progressive Democrat women to run and win office. The training program is called Alaska Women Ascend.

Kay Brown is a former legislator who served for a decade. She was the director of Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas, and Executive Director of Alaska Democratic Party for several years. Now she is a media specialist, manager, and fundraiser.

Suzanne Little is a former Alaska state senator, and also served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and was executive director of Boys and Girls Club.

Alaska Women Ascend is only open to Democrats, undeclared and nonpartisans — but they must be progressives, according to the website, which does not specify what that range of beliefs is.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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