Notes from the trail: Charlie Pierce keeps it classy at forum, Palin spotted in Big Apple, Nick’s busy schedule

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Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce told an audience at the gubernatorial forum Tuesday to “rank the red.” It was a classy highlight to an otherwise predictable forum, the first that had all four finalists for the Nov. 8 governor’s race.

Rank the red means that people should vote for the Republicans, and it’s a message Republican leaders are trying to get spread far and wide, so that Republicans have a chance to beat the Ranked Choice Voting ballot that many see is an election system rigged by Democrats against the GOP.

30-day reports

The 30-day reports from candidates, filed at the Alaska Public Offices Commission, show that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has raised more than $600,000 during the latest filing period, Aug. 7-Oct. 7. Democrat Les Gara raised $400,000, and no-party Bill Walker raised $460,000. Charlie Pierce raised $8,000, but has $24,000 in campaign expenses.

Palin spotted in New York: In the final stretch, most candidates are hitting the trail hard. But not Sarah Palin. She was spotted on Fox and Friends and on a date at a hockey game with new beau Ron Duguay at Madison Square Gardens. Palin is taking a break from campaigning to enjoy life in Big Apple. Twenty-seven days to go.

Sarah Palin and pal Ron Duguay are in New York for hockey games and associated NHL events. Credit: Sarah Palin Instagram account.

Nick Begich: Nick Begich for Congress still working the campaign trail hard and was in Chugiak at a meet-and-greet on Monday. On Tuesday, he spotted at a fundraiser for Tom McKay and Mia Costello, and Wednesday is heading to the Petroleum Club for a fundraiser for Laddie Shaw. He has over 100 co-sponsors for his birthday fundraiser next week. Details to come on that, but first he has a young Republican event and a meet-and-greet with the Filipino community this weekend.

Nick Begich talks with reporters in Anchorage.

Mary Peltola: The congresswoman was in Sitka for Indigenous People’s Day and has an AFL-CIO video linking her with Don Young, even though she has not been spotted at a Don Young campaign event for years. It’s ironic, since one of her biggest and earliest endorsements was Alyce Galvin, who challenged Don Young twice.

Mary Peltola in Sitka, protecting the herring.

29 COMMENTS

  1. If Palin wants this job, why won’t she work for it?

    Campaigning get in the way of her dating life?

  2. Been waiting for the proper forum, so now may be the best time. In Chugiak, due to re- districting, we now have Kelly Merick running here for state senate. She has been posting her billboard signs all over the place, taking advantage of the the other Kelly for Senate signs in a community that is largely conservative but many people are too busy working or whatever to research the candidates. Merick did very well in the primaries due to this and the fact that nobody knows her out here. It would be a darn shame if this woman gets another term out of the voter’s ignorance. Spread the word, there’s a bad Kelly out there. Read the last name. Ken McCarty is the only choice for conservative Chugiak.

    • Trig, I agree with you about Kelly Merrick. Unfortunately, Ken McCarty is a self-serving unhinged whacko, undeserving of this seat as well. His recent embarrassing and rambling publicly posted diatribe regarding his nonsensical and mean-spirited vetoing of the funding for the woefully overdue, and immediately necessary, rebuilding of the Starner Street bridge over Peters Creek is proof enough of that. So we in Chugiak have no good choices for state senator this year.

      • Have to agree, I really miss Shelly Hughes. But anybody is better than Kelly Merrick. She is a fake Republican. Now she is employing questionable characters to canvass our neighborhoods passing out campaign fliers. Makes you wonder where she got her money. That’s public information, check it for yourself. Don’t fall for it, Chugiak.

  3. So nice. Sarah looked styling in her boots 👢! Per se. Good for her. I’m glad the herring will possibly be represented for a bit and Kelly will rejuvenate Congressional conservative values we have taken for granted in past.

  4. Rank the red should be “Rank the Conservatives”. Don”t give any vote to a RINO, they are worse than the Dems.

    • So which Republican do you think would be worse than Peltola who, among other things, believes the Second Amendment is about “food security”?

      • In that race I voted for both Begich and Palin, as both meet a minimum conservative standard, but Lisa will never get my vote as she doesn’t even pretend to be conservative.

      • I give Queen Sarah a 50-50 shot at it. Maybe more.

        Mary is open about what she stands for. Sarah gave us Bill Walker and a crippled oil industry.

      • Peltola is a true idiot from Bethel. Need I say more…. ….I hold my breath when I have to land in that miserable place.

    • In this case we must “rank the red” and that means letting Palin be the useful idiot. Otherwise the vote splitting with kill us and Pertoilet will prevail. The first vote to Begich and the second to Palin means all her second votes go to Begich when she is eliminated. If Palin can’t be bothered to campaign in Alaska, we shouldn’t bother her with being our representative in DC.

  5. Sarah, the glamor queen, takes little side vacations to Alaska as a campaign rest stop during her otherwise busy and hectic schedule touring New York City, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. She’s hoping to put Washington, DC on that list too.

  6. Well at the next forum/meeting, maybe Nick could ask Sarah why Vergie & Crew resigned?
    Hastily. Like you did. Something you want to share Sarah? No? I didn’t think so.

  7. Surprised Duguay didn’t drop SP after that embarrassing ‘fund raiser’ at the Dena’ina Center. They looked SO pathetic sitting on the stage by themselves while Sheriff Clarke spoke to the 70 people that showed up.

    But I guess back East, Sarah is still considered a star.

    After Sarah hands another win to an Alaskan liberal (like herself) they’ll just chalk it up to a rigged election that was ‘fixed’ against her by the ‘swamp’ & go on w/ their rich & famous life. And good riddance to her. Maybe Alec Jones will give her something to do.

  8. Palin must have heard that Begich was seen campaigning at a Fairbanks Ice Dogs game in Fairbanks recently and decided she should too — in New York though?
    Just one more example that she doesn’t really care about us.

    • The one where she stated that the daily flow of the Alaska Pipeline was 300,000 barrels? She was wrong, it’s nearly 500,000. At 300,000, the pipeline would be at risk of being turned off. ACES nearly got us there.

  9. Nick Begich is the true republican. If Sarah truly cared about Alaska she would drop out of the race. Her commercials are comical! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! No platform, no comments just “Look at me!” NICK BEGICH FOR THE WIN ALASKA!

  10. Republican leaders are asking folks to Rank the Red? Could have fooled me. I heard a Begich radio ad on the Peninsula last week where the talking head stated that a vote for Palin was a vote for Mary Peltola! So much for Ranking the Red. The current Republican “leadership” is anything but. They are willing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory if they can’t get their way, just like little children.

  11. This is my latest on FB and I will be doing this as much as I can daily!

    So, now that I know I have hit a cord with Sarah and her supporters, with 27 days to go, I am bringing back the daily, as best I can WHERE IS SARAH?
    From Must Read Alaska: “Palin spotted in New York: In the final stretch, most candidates are hitting the trail hard. But not Sarah Palin. She was spotted on Fox and Friends and on a date at a hockey game with new beau Ron Duguay at Madison Square Gardens. Palin is taking a break from campaigning to enjoy life in Big Apple. Twenty-seven days to go.”
    Where is Nicholas J. Begich III?
    I see on his FB page he shows pictures and supporter one after the other. I go to Sarah’s and about her in the Lower 48. Yes those issues she is talking about are important, nationally, but this is an Alaskan race about Alaskans and how we have been screwed by the Socialists, #LGBFJB HERE IN ALASKA! From Must Read Alaska: “Nick Begich: Nick Begich for Congress still working the campaign trail hard and was in Chugiak at a meet-and-greet on Monday. On Tuesday, he spotted at a fundraiser for Tom McKay and Mia Costello, and Wednesday is heading to the Petroleum Club for a fundraiser for Laddie Shaw. He has over 100 co-sponsors for his birthday fundraiser next week. Details to come on that, but first he has a young Republican event and a meet-and-greet with the Filipino community this weekend.”

  12. Rank the red! Rank both Palin and Begich, leave Peltola blank. I’ll also rank Pierce and Dunleavy. I will 100% vote for Kelly Tshibaka for senate. I will not vote for dark money Murkowski.

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