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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Miller’

Palin Triumphs Over Another Murkowski

Posted by traceyporreca on May 2, 2011

*UPDATE* – Please see the update at the end of this article.

“Planned Parenthood doesn’t empower women, or offer women who find themselves in less than ideal circumstances any kind of real choice. What they offer is not real choice or female health care.”
– Sarah Palin


(Photo courtesy of Adrienne Ross)

On Friday, April 29, members of the Alaska Federation of Republican Women (AFRW) heard from Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski as she came to speak to the delegates. As many of you know, Lisa Murkowski lost the primary election for the Republican seat in Alaska to Joe Miller, but proceeded to mount a controversial write-in campaign and eventually kept the senate seat in the general election. This has been very divisive within the Republican party in Alaska. One of the most divisive components is her stance on Life. The Alaska Republican Party Platform addresses the issue of Life as follows:

“We endorse the Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Man is made in the image of God; we embrace the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until natural death. We heartily encourage our elected officials to use every legal means to protect the unborn and recognize the worth of even the smallest members of the human race.”

Our senior senator Murkowski recently voted against defunding Planned Parenthood. On her own in her speech to the AFRW, the senator acknowledged her campaign had divided the party, but she stated she hoped we could “all unite” in efforts to strengthen the Republican Party in Washington. An article appeared in today’s “Frontiersman,” the Wasilla newspaper, about the AFRW event. Her comments were very interesting regarding the divisiveness within the party:

She told the group that although she knows that some of them did not agree with her decision to move forward with a write-in campaign to keep her Senate seat, she hopes they can now unite in their efforts to strengthen the GOP in Washington.

“There were people who had been friends for a long time who weren’t able to talk about the campaign because it became as emotional as it did,” she said. “I took a risk, those of you who stayed with me took a risk. I thank you for that. But I also know that that risk caused more than just mild discomfort. It caused some real anxiety. But we have a challenge in front of us as a federation. I challenge you all to figure out how to build on the strengths we have as Republican women in this state.”

While people criticize Gov. Palin for “quitting” office and dividing the state, it is elected officials like Murkowski that are truly divisive. (See here for our position on the quitter arguement.)Mounting a write-in campaign against the wishes of her constituents after losing in the primary has created a rift that many feel will only be closed once she is out of office. Her stance on the Life issue is a major reason why she lost the Republican nomination during the primary to begin with. The Life issue turned out to be the pivotal point in that election and what keeps many from supporting her to this day.

Continuing on in her speech to the AFRW and wrapping up comments, she addressed questions. One delegate to the convention then asked the pivotal question – why did Murkowski NOT support defunding Planned Parenthood? The “Frontiersman” article addresses this question, and Murkowski’s answer:

When one woman in the back of the room asked her why she didn’t support cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that made more than $900 million in profits last year that the woman considers to be corrupt, Murkowski was clear on her own message there.

“I don’t believe that Planned Parenthood should be entirely defunded,” she said. “The House measure would have been a complete and total elimination of those dollars. I happen to believe that Planned Parenthood does do good things for women in this country, particularly low-income women, and I was willing to put myself behind that position in that vote. That’s my perspective and if people feel differently, they vote the other way. I think we saw that final outcome.”

She was willing to put herself behind that position? “That’s my perspective…” she states. What about what her constituents want? What about the Alaska Republican Party platform?

Contrast this with Gov. Palin. Yesterday, Gov. Palin had the opportunity to speak at the Heroic Media “Heroes Among Us” fundraiser dinner. This speech was attended also by Adrienne Ross, writer and founder of Motivation Truth, a site which supports Gov. Palin. In her speech, Gov. Palin showed that she is a true conservative Alaskan woman who stands by those who adhere to the Alaska Republican Party Platform. Gov. Palin addressed her own decision to choose life, and that of her daughter Bristol as well:

Upon learning that she was pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome, she said, she went through an array of emotions which led her to rely on God’s strength, Who said He would not give us any more than we can handle, yet she remembers saying to God, “I think you over-estimated me this time!” She spent her pregnancy, she so transparently shared, crying out for God’s miraculous touch.

The moment Trig was born, as he melted in her arms, she knew God had answered her prayers. He changed her world then, and he continues to inspire, as she watches him greet every day with applause–literally. “Trig is the light of our life,” she said.

She then shared Bristol’s story–yes, less than ideal circumstances once again, but Bristol found strength to do the right thing. Both mother and daughter embraced life, believing in God’s strength–and not taking counsel from those who choose to believe that women are not strong enough to handle the challenges they face. “Choosing life may not be the easy path, but it is the right path,” she declared.

And then the governor addressed the Planned Parenthood issue:

Contrast this to Planned Parenthood, which the Governor called out for all its corruption and dedication to abortion. Planned Parenthood, she said, doesn’t show other options. “What they offer is not real choice.” She went on to state that the federal government has no business subsidizing such an organization, particularly when we have a major fiscal problem on our hands. America gives $1,000,000 taxpayer dollars to them every day, and Governor Palin emphatically said, she doesn’t want her money paying for the abortion of a child. We will not stop until not one cent goes to Planned Parenthood and funding abortion, she vowed.

She spoke at length about Lila Rose, whom she presented with the Heroes Among Us Award. Governor Palin praised Lila for being passionate about life, for exposing Planned Parenthood for its illegal activities, and for fearlessly speaking out on this issue. She compared Lila’s work to that of human rights activism. “She’s using her voice to defend the voiceless,” the Governor said. Unlike what you hear in the media, Governor Palin is not intent on making herself the focus. Much–if not most–of her speech was dedicated to praising this young woman whom she respects greatly.

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Rose immediately called attention to Governor Palin’s own heroism, stating that she is a hero to all women. Heroic Media defines a hero as “someone who makes great personal sacrifices for the benefit of others.” Yes, both Governor Palin and Lila Rose qualify.

Sarah Palin is unabashedly, unequivocally Pro-Life and is not afraid to stand up and tell the world. Many here in Alaska respect that greatly.

As for Sen. Murkowski – she was elected to be a voting delegate at the AFRW convention, and was to attend the second day of the convention and vote. However, she sent a proxy in her stead and did not show. Who knows why? Maybe it had to do with the hard question she was asked by that delegate about Planned Parenthood, a delegate who later defended that question to a handful of Murkowski supporters in attendance. Maybe it was the conversation she had with another delegate in the hall, an ardent Joe Miller supporter, who let her know that we will not forget where she stands and how she votes on this and other issues. Or maybe it was the huge truck that someone hired which circled the AFRW venues both days. On this truck was a very large billboard picture of an aborted fetus, along with photos of Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Begich (AK Democratic Senator), showing that they really do vote the same, and Murkowski’s votes and stance are far from Pro-Life and the Alaska Republican Platform. Everyone in attendance saw this truck, as did Murkowski, her name and face alongside the aborted fetus.

Have no doubt – Sarah Palin is the true conservative Pro-Life Alaskan. Murkowski, not so much.

UPDATE: I have received many comments through this blog, facebook, and email, and I’d like to address those. The focus of this article is Life and how two Alaskan women choose to support that Life. The focus of this article is not who attended the convention, or who some think should have attended, nor is it about a picture that some found offensive. I am offended that I have no true Republican representation from my Alaska Senator. I am offended that a sitting senator, who herself admitted has divided the state’s party, spoke at our convention. I am offended that this same senator has chosen not to defund Planned Parenthood, against our party’s platform. Even if federal dollars are not going to be used by Planned Parenthood for abortion services (which I believe they will), the mere fact that this organization exists to kill children is appalling. Are you saying it’s ok to fund an organization that performs thousands of abortions as long as they use the money we give them to buy dixie cups instead? Why is our federal government, that is bleeding profusely from every pore, funding any kind of organization like this? That was the point of my article. Senator Murkowski knows that the issue of Life is one of the strongest platforms our party stands on, and yet she chooses to fund an organization that is the biggest offender of this. She does not represent me. I appreciate all the ladies who were in attendance at the convention and their comments, but please look in the mirror and ask yourself where you stand. Do you stand with the Alaskan Republican Party and the principles upon which it stands? I’m tired of Republicans rolling over and compromising their principles in order to “get along” with everyone. Sarah Palin was correct when she said the GOP has the fighting instincts of sheep. Remember what our guest speaker Gisela said? We must stand up and not back down. We have to stand for what we believe in. And as I see it, Sen. Murkowski stood for what she believes in when she voted the way she did, and Sarah Palin choose to stand by her principles when she gave birth to Trig and continues to speak out about Life to this day. I’m glad Gov. Palin was not in attendance and chose instead to send a beautiful message to a much wider audience. Well done, Sarah Palin.

For more articles by Tracey Porreca, please see Alaskans4Palin

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CBS Affiliate Busted on Voicemail Conspiring Against Senate Candidate Joe Miller

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 31, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

The media has been busted conspiring once again. This time the target is Alaska’s Joe Miller who is running for Senate. Not too many knew who Miller was before he received the support of Governor Palin, and the lamestream media–along with other PDS sufferers–see a loss for him as a win against the Governor. So once again, the media stops at nothing to promote their agenda. This one is particularly troubling, and heads should roll. Nonetheless, we see an example of this truth: “what’s done in the dark will come to the light.”

Big Government reports:

The following voice mail message was inadvertently left on the cell phone of Joe Miller campaign spokesperson Randy DeSoto.

The voices are believed to be those of the news director for CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, along with assignment editor Nick McDermott, and other reporters, openly discussing creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller.

The following is a transcript of a call recorded after CBS Alaska affiliate KTVA called Joe Miller’s Senate campaign spokesperson. The call failed to disconnect properly. It was later authenticated by McDermott, who sent a text to Randy DeSoto stating, “Damn iPhone… I left you a long message. I thought I hung up. Sorry.”

 

Clearly the reporters were conspiring to set up some type of smear of Joe Miller. With glee, they even cite a recent controversy over an incident involving the Rand Paul campaign, while discussing how they would spread the story via social media after whatever incident they had in mind came off. It also brings to mind another recent episode that ended with Jerry Brown’s California gubernatorial campaign being caught up in controversy when someone from Brown’s camp called Brown’s opponent, Republican Meg Whitman, a “whore.”

This calls into serious question what type of campaign coverage CBS’ KTVA has been providing Alaskans all along, given their reporters’ willingness to conspire against Miller.

This totally makes me sick to my stomach. Can the public no longer count on the media to fairly report the news? That is the media’s job, is it not? We saw this type of nonsense here and here when, during the 2008 campaign, “Journolisters” went after Governor Palin after Senator McCain tapped her to be his running mate and she was deemed a threat to their victory plans. We saw it in the media’s decision to protect then-candidate Obama from serious scrutiny and downplay his radical associations. We saw it with the conspiracy to depict all Republicans as racists. We see it still–everyday–because the lamestream media has decided that their job is to be the deciding factor in who the public respects and elects. Joe Miller is just their newest target.

May this truth exposed send Alaskans to the polls with a determination to vote for the real Joe Miller, rejecting the Left’s sick agenda–so sick they joke and laugh about child molesters. Their behavior is disgusting, and certainly not befitting those who should be honored to represent our First Amendment rights. The term “sick puppies” comes to mind.

(h/t C4P)

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Make Sure to Catch Joe Miller TONIGHT on Camille and My Radio Show: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

Posted by conservativegirlwithavoice on October 27, 2010

This is a reminder that Camille and my radio show returns tonight, Thursday, October 28, at 7pacific/10eastern. After a very exciting and highly-listened-to show a couple weeks ago when Bristol Palin was a guest, Camille and I are very excited to announce that Senate Candidate Joe Miller will be joining us to discuss his campaign. Both Camille and I have had the great honor of meeting Joe when we visited Alaska this past summer. He is great friend of Eddie Burke, a friend of our show, The People’s Post.

Camille and I will also be joined by New York Times Best-Selling Author Stephen Mansfield, who is the co-author of the popular book The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin. You may remember seeing him on Sean Hannity’s nightly program on the Fox News Channel  recently discussing the book.

Finally, we will be joined by Erica Holloway, the spokesperson from the Speaker Education Project. This is a great organization that helps to educate individuals about the role of Speaker of the House.

Make sure to listen in, and spread the word!!! Remember, the show begins tonight at 7p.m. pacific/10p.m. eastern!!! Listen online here:  blogtalkradio.com/thepeoplespost-live. LET’S ROCK THE CONSERVATIVE VOTE COME NOVEMBER 2nd!!!

(Click here to visit Conservative Girl with a Voice and become a follower. Follow me on Twitter @rachellefriberg.)

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Governor Palin Receives Death Threat in San Diego

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 10, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Governor Palin’s life was threatened, necessitating intense security for her appearance in San Diego last night. She was there for a Combat Veterans for Congress event, where she was to introduce Alaska Senate candidate, Joe Miller.

These types of things baffle me to no end. Which principle does the Governor espouse that would subject her to death threats? Is it her cry for fiscal responsibility? Is it her love for the military? Might it be her stand for a culture of life? Would her dedication to energy independence put her in harm’s way? Her desire for Americans to keep more of what they earn? Love for the Constitution? Which perspective is deemed so evil that she deserves threats upon her life?

The truth is she has taken the necessary stands to better this country. They have been tough stands. They have been uncompromising stands. But they have been the right stands. For this she ought to be applauded, not threatened. The unwavering courage and patrotism she personifies are what America needs in a leader.

As I see it, the lamestream media is partially responsible for the threats she endures. They distort what she says, accuse her of racism with not a shred of evidence, and fail to report the truth once their lies have been exposed. When I was hit by eggs after the Going Rogue book signing in Rochester, NY, by a man who said he was set off after watching coverage of her on television, I wrote:

The media needs to get its act together. Many in the mainstream media have done their best to demonize Governor Palin. They have painted her as anti-women, anti-books, anti-animal rights, anti-Black (MSNBC loves that one), anti-everything. They have said she is a liar, dangerous, and a religious nut. In my mind, their vile, biased, and demonic attacks against her hold some responsibility for the egg-attack. So-called journalists need to return to what they were hired to do–fairly report facts not push an agenda–or they will find they have caused more damage than some books and clothing splattered with yolk.

Then, of course, there was the man who was arrested for trying to hit the Governor with tomatoes in Minnesota. Here, I highlighted both the lamesteam media’s lies and deafening silence when Governor Palin faces real threats upon her life. Not much has changed since those days. In fact, things have gotten progressively worse, as they continually paint her with the biased brush they shamelessly use. But this is no game. Security would not have been beefed up to the degree it was had not the threat been deemed credible.

A graduate school professor once told me, “Responsibility simply means the ability to respond.” With Governor Palin, however, too many people react rather than respond with common sense and decency. Yes, this is irresponsible, unwarranted, and dangerous–and it’s led by a media that is itself threatened by the power she wields, the accomplishments she boasts, and the impact she’s having on the direction of America.

Governor Palin did not disappoint, in spite of the threats. Security was in place, and she took the stage to introduce Joe Miller–and then blasted the lamestream media, as well she should have.

AM 600 reported:

Sercurity [sic] was tight as the former Republican vice-presidential candidate spoke to a political fundraiser sponsored by Combat Veterans for Congress Saturday night.

On the eve of a major Tea Party event in Oceanside Sunday and amid tight security after a reported death threat, Palin spoke at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island. A Tea Party movement favorite, Palin delivered a fiery speech to the crowd and introduced her fellow Alaskan, Republican Senate and Tea Party candidate Joe Miller at the event.

Palin said the “lamestream media just doesn’t get it and when they don’t believe what perhaps your message is so they want to belittle you and mock you and treat you with much disdain, you know, I think, well they can do that to me, that’s fine, because I know truth.” Palin added, “You know what, you can say whatever you want to say about me but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me.”

Among the local congressional candidates attending were combat veterans Republican congressman Duncan Hunter and Republican congressional candidates Nick Popaditch, who is running in the 51st District, along with Michael Crimmins, who is running in the 53rd district.

The Union Tribune reported there had been a threat made against Palin’s life before the event which caused organizers to increase their focus on security. At a news conference, Combat Veterans for Congress Chairman Joseph John said the group was “very concerned about about her security.” Sheraton hotel manager Warren Nocon said the hotel had already planned to have a security presence at the event.

Below, see the video news report, retrieved from PalinTV:

http://www.youtube.com/v/dAWufEiMkrw&rel=0&hl=en_GB&feature=player_embedded&version=3

(h/t PalinTV)

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Joe Miller: Gov. Palin is More than Constitutionally Qualified to be POTUS

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 10, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Much was made the last several days of Joe Miller’s response to the question of whether Governor Palin is qualified to be president. The lamestream media blew the whole thing up because that’s what they do. They love the thought of someone suggesting she can’t deliver the goods. They took extra delight in this particular nontroversy because Miller is from her own state, a friend of Todd Palin, and she has bent over backwards to support him against Lisa Murkowski. So they exploited Miller’s comments and thought they had something to run with. They were wrong, as usual, and their premature giddiness has been exposed once again. As Governor Palin said herself:

There’s no “there, there” but the lamestream media will keep on tryin’. See: http://is.gd/fOc4X

Joe Miller cut the legs off of this in an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham when he answered that Governor Palin is obviously qualified to be president–not just constitutionally qualified either. He leaves no question that he believes no one–and that means no one–is doing for this country what she is doing right now.

And while you likely heard Joe Miller’s earlier comments, chances are greater that you have not heard his recent comments in the lamestream media. And why is that? Josh Painter sums it up quite succinctly:

… but don’t look for the lamestream media to give these remarks by Miller the same coverage they did his earlier comments, because what he says here doesn’t fit their anti-Palin narrative.

Surely you’re not surprised at this selective reporting, are you?

Begin listening at about the 9:20 mark to hear the exchange:

(h/t Josh Painter)

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Murkowski Ignores Will of the People; She’ll Run as a Write In Candidate; Update 1: Donate to Joe Miller; 2: Reactions

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 17, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

It’s official. The talk of the day was that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated by Joe Miller in the Primary, was still going to run as a write in candidate. She has just announced she is.

Some simply don’t get it. The people speak during a competitive Primary, and these politicians continue to force their own agendas. There must be something in the air in Washington.

Joe Miller is the choice of the people, he’s the Tea Party candidate, and he’s the one Governor Palin put over the top. Murkowski conceded when it was clear she was toast. This is where she is supposed to handle the loss with grace, back the Republican chosen by her state, and get out of the way. Who would have thought she would have gone this route? It’s a sad, sad day when people simply ignore the will of the voters. Unbelievable.

Too bad Murkowski didn’t heed what Governor Palin just tweeted a few minutes ago:

Primary voters spoke. Listen to the people, respect their will; w/a 40-pt incumbent lead & $2.8 million war chest, voters chose Joe instead

Perhaps getting handed a Senate seat by Daddy has prevented Murkowski from recognizing when people have had enough of her. Does she have the right to run as a write in candidate? Of course, but it sure speaks volumes about desire for power over respect for the election process and the will of the people.

UPDATE: You can donate to Joe Miller’s campaign by clicking here.

UPDATE II, via C4P:

Update by Mel: NRO has reaction from Joe Miller:

Miller says Murkowski’s move “should shock anyone with integrity,” calling it another example of how her “lifeblood is power.” She has, he says, a “disconnection from reality.”

“[Murkowski] is going back on her word,” Miller continues. “She gave her word several days before the primary that she would respect the primary outcome.”

John Cornyn says the NRSC stands behind Miller:

Republican primary voters spoke when they nominated Joe Miller in Alaska, and I am deeply disappointed in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s decision to ignore that clear message and wage a write-in candidacy. The NRSC stands firmly behind Joe Miller’s nomination, and we will ensure that he has all of the resources that he needs in order to win this November.

And Mitch McConnell has stripped Murkowski of her Senate leadership role:

Senate Republicans informed Lisa Murkowski that we will respect the will of the voters in Alaska and support the Republican nominee, Joe Miller. I informed her that by choosing to run a campaign against the Republican nominee, she no longer has my support for serving in any leadership roles, and I have accepted her letter of resignation from Senate leadership. Lisa has served her state and our party with distinction, but Republicans acknowledge the decision Alaskans made and join them in support of the Republican nominee, Joe Miller—the next Senator for Alaska.”

Instead of honoring her word and respecting the will of the people, Lisa Murkowski intends to try to cling to the last vestige of power she has. Stripped of her leadership roles, her claim that she’s doing anything but throwing a temper tantrum is out the window.

Newsflash, Senator: The voters fired you. Act like an adult and clean out your desk and go home.

Lisa Murkowski is going to spend a lot of money trying to tear down Joe Miller. Fight back! Donate to Joe Miller here.

Update II by Doug: Even Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, is abandoning Murky:

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she would re-enter Alaska’s US Senate race as a write in candidate. Regardless of her decision the Alaska Republican Party stands firm behind our elected Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller.

“The Alaska Republican Party has been respectful of Senator Murkowski’s service and tried to give her a moment of pause with which she could come to the right decision,” said Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich. “I am disappointed the Senator has decided not to respect the will of Alaska’s Republican Primary voters. The 2010 Republican Primary turnout of 110,688 set a new Republican turnout record. I was hoping Senator Murkowski would recognize this fact and acknowledge this election was not an anomaly, misunderstanding, or mistake, but rather the definitive decision of a large plurality of Alaska primary voters. That decision deserves her respect.”

“I want to make perfectly clear to Senator Murkowski and all of Alaska’s Republicans that she will receive no support of any kind from the Alaska Republican Party,” Ruedrich went on to say. “Lisa has chosen to run against the Republican Party and its primary voters. We will treat her candidacy as we would anyone who chooses to oppose our party’s nominees.”

Together we can consign these power hungry RINOs to the dustbin of history. The future of our country demands nothing less. Do we want to bequeath a free America to our children and grandchildren…or not. This is not a drill. Donate to Joe Miller’s campaign here. It’s up to us and the time is NOW.

Read more here.

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Sept. 11 events in Alaska: Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Joe Miller

Posted by traceyporreca on September 13, 2010

Yesterday was an eventful day throughout the United States, because on this day 9 years ago, America and it’s people were changed forever. “Time heals all wounds” is the saying, but the wounds are still fresh for many of us, especially for those who lost loved ones on that fateful day. Alaskans, like the rest of America, spent the day honoring and remembering those sacrifices and reflecting on what it means to be an American in the Great State of Alaska.

The early part of this day found me wishing I was somewhere else. My email, facebook and Blackberry were buzzing with the two planned events of the day all of my friends were attending without me – the “Standing Strong For America” rally put on by the Conservative Patriots Group, the most active Tea Party group in the state of Alaska, and the Glen Beck event to be held in Anchorage later that evening. I spent the morning texting and calling friends while on a road trip to Fairbanks. I was over 400 miles away and would not be able to attend either event. Everyone was excited and as the morning wore into the afternoon, I found myself feeling more disconnected from everything that was going on. Then, I had a reality check.

In a parking lot in Fairbanks was a car, a PT Cruiser, with murals painted on all sides and the back. It was a private vehicle honoring Marines and on one side was the picture of a Marine saluting at a funeral. It hit me at that moment, on this day, that my desire to attend these events and be with friends had overshadowed the importance of the day itself. This is a day to hold sacred, to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and to never forget. I will never forget and let us pray this nation will always remember. In that spirit, and in remembrance, I’d like to share these images and thoughts, with the help of Julie Gillette. Julie is the current president of the Valley Republican Women’s Club, the club I was president of until late June of this year when I relocated. Julie has done a wonderful job as club president. She is a true patriot, a female veteran like myself, a mother and wife, and I am grateful for her help with this post and most of all, her friendship.

The “Standing Strong For America” Rally in Wasilla, Alaska

This rally was held at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Complex in Wasilla, Alaska. Sponsored by the Conservative Patriots Group (CPG), it was billed as a non-partisan event to remember and honor the significance of the day. Several groups were invited and attended the event. According to Julie, Alaska Senate Candidate Scott McAdams was invited but did not return calls to CPG and was not in attendance. The Valley Republican Women’s Club (VRWC) was in attendance, however, and had a table with information which was manned by several board members to include Carol Doner, Julie Gillette, Carol Ryan, and Jill Frost (pictured below).

Various media outlets speculated there were about 300 in attendance, but according to Julie Gillette, the actual number was around 450. “There were 400 chairs set up and they were full and there were a few people standing in the back as well as the volunteers,” said Julie. I’m not surprised considering the fact that conservative event attendance numbers are often downplayed by the mainstream media. Here is a photo from the Anchorage Daily News confirming Julie’s standing room only account:

The event began with a singing of the National Anthem by Adele Morgan, a very talented local artist (seen here with Julie’s husband Glen).

Dick Stoffel led the Pledge of Allegience and then CPG President Jen Bettine kicked things off. Glen Beigel spoke briefly and then Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright spoke of his military service and reminded everyone never to forget the events of this day in history. Joe Miller then took the stage. According to the Anchorage Daily News report (ADN), “Miller said the nation was attacked on Sept. 11 ‘because we’re American.’ He said the U.S. is a threat to its enemies because of its ‘exceptionalism,’ its freedoms and constitutional restraint of government.

‘We as a nation have been activated. We’ve been activated through 9/11. We’re now activated in a political sense,’ Miller said. ‘We see a movement across the United States right now that is moving this country in a direction that restores foundations, that restores constitutional principles and makes us proud to be Americans again.'”

Sarah Palin was then introduced as a surprise speaker, to the crowd’s delight. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for not just welcoming me in my hometown but for being who you are, true patriots holding on to time-tested truths. Knowing some basic principles that again the rest of America I think can learn from so many Alaskans who believe this — those time-tested truths that are based on the government that governs least governs best,” Palin said (according to the ADN report

The mood of those in attendance was described by Julie:

“There were definitely a few tears through the slide show and silence as people relived the day of the attacked. The bagpipes and the timing of playing them at the end of the slide show left many with wet eyes. I was hanging in there until he started playing. Adele Morgan’s beautiful rendition of the National Anthem was amazing. It also created some watery eyes. Mood was mostly positive and upbeat, especially when Joe Miller and Sarah Palin spoke.”

The event lasted about 2 hours and then Julie described a special moment for herself and her husband Glenn:

“I had Glenn take a picture of us at the table before it got really busy. We were not initially going to try to get pictures with Sarah because she was swarmed with people. After the crowd died down, someone motioned to Carol Ryan that we should run over and get pictures before she left. Glenn has taken several pictures of me or our group with Sarah over the past 10 years. He finally got one for himself. We’re so glad to have had the opportunity because she was not able to stick around for the Glenn Beck Meet & Greet, she had a plane to catch.”

I agree with Julie in that the CPG did an amazing job putting on this event. Here is the picture with the group, and with Julie’s husband Glenn. Also included is an ADN photo of Joe Miller Speaking to Glenn.




(Courtesy ADN)

Finally, video courtesy of the Alaska Dispatch:

Glenn Beck comes to Anchorage

Alaska conservatives and Glenn Beck supporters were anxious to see Beck in Anchorage. The doors to the Dena’ina Center were opened and thousands of people who were standing in a line that wrapped around the building, started to file in. Julie said she saw many people she knew, but also many new faces in the crowd of attendees. Kristan Cole, who tweeted earlier that she had been invited to sit with the family, was up front, along with Sarah’s mother Sally Heath and other family members. Chuck Heath was not present, however. According to Sally, he was moose hunting! (it is the season here in Alaska).

There were also a few protesters. “They hid behind masks and some blamed George Bush for 9/11. As a retired Air Force member, that loses me everytime,” said Julie. “There was a lady with a sign saying not to vote for Joe Miller but she was peaceful and we told her what makes this country great is she has the right to hold that sign.” She also described the reactions of those waiting in line to get in to these protesters. “The people around me either ignored them or laughed but it was that laughter followed by the sentiment that we knew these guys would get more press than the actual event. There was a reporter in the room that we heard say to another reporter, ‘Look at all these fanatics!'”

First Sarah introduced Glenn, they spoke together, and then Glenn spoke. The mood during the presentation was generally upbeat and acknowledging. “(There was)Cheering, heads nodding in agreement. Eagerness for information, quiet, you could hear a pin drop when he spoke of serious issues and applause to take the roof off when he spoke of smaller government and us taking care of our neighbors so the government doesn’t have to,” said Julie.

Near the beginning of the event, as can be seen in one of the clips below, there was a heckler. It has been widely reported that conservative radio talk show host, and former Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, Eddie Burke assisted in “removing” this disruptive attendee. I spoke with Eddie earlier this evening and he gave me his version of the event:

“I was sitting in the front row one seat from the aisle, in front of the stage and Sarah as she was speaking. There were a lot of people coming forward and snapping pictures and then going back to their seats, so at first I didn’t really pay much attention to this woman. She appeared to be in her 30’s. I’m not sure exactly where she came from, but she stood there and then yelled out “You’re a hippocrit!” directly to Sarah. Everyone started booing her. I was within arm’s reach of her and the booing was so loud I couldn’t hear what else she said, but she was still talking. I stood up and moved toward her, and to use one of Sarah’s lines from one of her speeches, I said ‘Quit making things up!’ At that point, Sarah pointed to me and said ‘Thanks Eddie. Eddie Burke, folks.’ Security came and they escorted her out. I got a kick out of Sarah’s comment about us all knowing each other here, and then Beck made the reply about it being like a high school gymnasium. Afterward, many people came up to me and shook my hand. Many of them asked me when I would be back on the radio and told me that they missed my show. Even more folks commented that they voted for me in the recent election. It was, I have to say, pretty humbling.”

Joe Miller was also in the crowd and up front with Sarah and family. Per Julie, “Many times the crowd yelled out ‘Joe Miller will get us back on the right path.’ Sarah mentioned he was there and there was huge applause for Joe. She promoted him, but the crowd also yelled his name when discussing solutions to America’s problems.”

I asked Julie what Glenn Beck’s main message was:

“Faith – find a religion and be grounded with the Creator. Hope – we can turn things around but each one of us has the duty and responsibility to make that happen and it is hard work. Don’t sit on the couch channel surfing. Get out there and serve. That brought is to Charity, tithe, join a church and tithe. Serve your neighbors. We are the largest contributors as a Country, we give more than all other countries combined. Give so the people are not owned by the government. And, did I mention he really doesn’t like Woodrow Wilson?”

Here are a few of Julie’s photos from the Glenn Beck event:

A packed house, again despite media reports

Gayle Ann, Julie, and Eddie Burke

Julie, Sally Heath, and Gayle Ann

Glenn and Sarah



Glenn during his presentation

There was a meet and greet with Glenn Beck afterward. Julie and Eddie both described their experience. Per Julie,

“Each person got about 30 seconds with him and there were about 250 people. He was so exhausted. I was in the last group. Poor guy had flown all this distance, spoke all night brilliantly, then had to sign his name 250 times. He made sure he personally shook everyone’s hand. I was given two challenges, one to get a picture of him wearing a club shirt. Well, 30 seconds did not allow that so I decided instead to just give him the shirt for an autograph to be used for fundraising. So,the consolation prize was to have him in a picture with the shirt. The other challenge was to get a picture between my 2 favorite Glenns. That was a no brainer! I did tell him I was president (of the club) and that Sarah and her family were inspiring and that I appreciate him including her tonight.”


For Eddie, it was also a brief encounter. “I’m a member of AA and so is he (Beck)… He said. “It saved my life.” I responded, “Mine too.”

Julie said for her, it was the best day ever. “I was surrounded by American patriots. It gives me hope for a bright future. I met and got pictures with my 2 favorite rock stars, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. Our Founding Fathers live in the people I was privileged to participate with today. It was an honor to be part of the CPG event and an honor to shake the hand of a man that is willing to take a stand.”

Although I was not there, I am grateful for the friendships events like these have brought me, and they help me remember what being an American is all about. Faith, Family, Freedom. What more does one need?

Below are a couple of videos that have already been widely circulated on the internet. They are from Nina Stone, a facebook friend of mine who was gracious enough to allow me to use these, even before they went viral. Nina is a talented writer, and I know there are many of you out there who are interested in all things Alaskan. Here is a link to her latest Alaskan novel, On The Wings Of Love. Please check it out!

Video of Sarah’s introduction of Glenn Beck

Video of Sarah and Glenn, including the moment with that wonderful heckler

To view other posts from Tracey Porreca, please visit Finding Myself In Alaska


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Murkowski concedes to Sarah Palin backed Joe Miller

Posted by loricalabrese on September 1, 2010

After a bitter contest, a major upset has taken place in Alaska and another incumbent has gone down. Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded her GOP Senate primary race Tuesday night to Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller.

Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, led by 1,630 votes after more than 15,000 absentee ballots were counted late Tuesday, a week after the election.

“I don’t see a scenario in which the primary will turn out in my favor,” Murkowski said in her concession speech.

Even though things turned ugly in recent days with Miller accusing Murkowski of vote tampering, and Murkowski saying that Miller was inexperienced and paranoid, Miller is asking Alaskans to come together.

“Now is the time for all Alaskans to come together and reach out with our core message of taking power from the federal government and bringing it back home to the people. If we continue to allow the federal government to live beyond its means, we will all soon have to live below ours,” he said in a statement.

Miller will face Democrat Scott McAdams, mayor of Sitka, Alaska, in the November general election.

“I look forward to the challenge of the general election ahead,” Miller said. “I intend to continue to travel to every corner of Alaska talking to folks about the answers needed to get our nation back on track and keep the American dream alive for ourselves and our children.”

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The Alaska Senate Republican Primary Race Heats Up

Posted by loricalabrese on September 1, 2010

Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller came out of nowhere and challenged incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Senate Republican primary. But as votes are still being counted with Miller in the lead, the primary is getting downright ugly.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday her Republican rival Joe Miller may be creating doubt in the minds of Alaskans about the integrity of the voting process by ratcheting up the hyperbole about possible election fraud. She also stated that Miller also may be positioning himself to challenge the results if they break her way.

“It just seems that in the week since the election, it has just continued to be yet one more hype, one more mischaracterization, one more just trumped up rhetoric, that leaves people to think there’s some kind of subterfuge or some kind of shenanigans going on,” she said.

An attorney for the Miller campaign, Thomas Van Flein, who’s also Sarah Palin’s attorney, formally asked Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell for an investigation into possible tampering by an observer for the Murkowski campaign.

In a letter, Van Flein claimed the observer at the Mat-Su Division of Elections accessed a state computer for about 20 minutes on Friday while absentee ballots were being verified. Van Flein said the observer may have copied voter information.

He questioned whether a hand-count of the absentee ballots should be required, or at least a review of the computer. He also requested Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell post Alaska State Troopers at counting offices.

“I am really astounded that the Miller camp seems to be so paranoid of every step along the way, which is designed to ensure that every Alaska vote is counted,” Murkowski told The Associated Press.

Tuesday afternoon on FOX News, Miller responded to Murkowski’s accusations. “The only way we’d ever challenge is if there is evidence of tampering,” Miller said. “It’s unfortunate that we’re hearing that kind of rhetoric.”

Miller holds a 1,688-vote lead over incumbent Murkowski in the Republican primary and the Alaska Division of Elections is scheduled to begin counting many of the 25,510 absentee, questioned and early ballots Tuesday, with possible results coming in Tuesday night.

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Governor Palin Asks: “Do You Believe in Miracles?”

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 1, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Lisa Murkowski concedes, and Governor Palin tweets:

Do you believe in miracles?! http://u.nu/72z2f Congratulations, @JoeWMiller! Thank you for your service, Sen. Murkowski. On to November!

Yes, Governor. We believe!

The link she included in her tweet is to this video:

Nothing like a miracle on ice!

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