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Senate Democrats pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats, showing consensus on the need to address climate change, spoke in a marathon that ended early Tuesday before legislative business began.
Kerry to name special ambassador for arctic issues

Kerry to name special ambassador for arctic issues

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he will create a position that will deal with diplomatic issues arising from renewed global interest in the arctic.

Arctic ruling a setback for Shell?

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A court decision regarding offshore oil and gas leases off the coast of Alaska could hinder oil giant Shell's plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea.
The Issue: Obamacare apology tour in full swing

The Issue: Obamacare apology tour in full swing

If love is never having to say you're sorry, there's apparently no love between lawmakers and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius when it comes to the health insurance marketplace rollout.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Alaska is rich in natural resources that can be exploited using "thoughtful and wise management," U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.

Suspicious substance sent in letters to 10 U.S. senators

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Mail with a suspicious granular substance sent to 10 U.S. senators was intercepted at a screening facility, the Senate sergeant at arms said Wednesday.

Poll suggests public not interested in Sarah Palin for Senate

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- About one-third of Americans are enthusiastic about conservative commentator Sarah Palin running for the U.S. Senate, a new poll said.
Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, campaign finance guidelines for gay candidates and their spouses could vary from state to state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Sarah Palin says she's considering U.S. Senate run in 2014

Sarah Palin says she's considering U.S. Senate run in 2014

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Bloomberg urges donors to withhold support from four Democrats

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked major New York political donors Wednesday to withhold support from four Democrats who voted against background checks.
Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

The road to the 2016 general election is becoming more and more rocky as mounting numbers of members of the U.S. Congress announce their intentions to seek a life beyond Capitol Hill.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Policy woes cloud arctic energy potential

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. policymakers and those in the energy industry need a clear set of rules before they can start arctic exploration campaigns, lawmakers said.

U.S. Senate Democratic leaders worry about gun control ads

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate leaders say they worry New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns' efforts could cost Democrats control of the chamber.
Tea Party activists urge Palin to run for Senate seat

Tea Party activists urge Palin to run for Senate seat

SEATTLE, May 1 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin's supporters are urged to contribute money toward recruiting her to run for the U.S. Senate, the Tea Party Leadership Fund said.
Senators facing tough re-election want better funding of rural schools

Senators facing tough re-election want better funding of rural schools

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Democratic senators from Alaska and Arkansas are leading the push to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law to provide better funding for rural area schools.
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Mark Peter Begich (pronounced /ˈbɛɡɪtʃ/; born March 30, 1962) is the junior United States Senator from Alaska and a member of the Democratic Party. A former mayor of Anchorage, he served on the Anchorage Assembly for almost ten years prior to being elected mayor in 2003. In the highly competitive 2008 Alaska Senate election, Begich defeated incumbent Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican member of the Senate of all time.

Born in Anchorage, he is the son of U.S. Representative Nick Begich, who disappeared and was presumed dead following a 1972 plane crash. He graduated from high school and has taken continuing education classes at University of Alaska Anchorage, but does not have a college degree. At age 26 he was elected to the Anchorage Assembly. After serving as chairman for three years, he left the Assembly in 1998. Begich ran two unsuccessful campaigns for mayor in 1994 and 2000. He was finally elected in 2003, winning a narrow three-way race by 11 votes.

Begich handily won the Democratic nomination in the state's 2008 U.S. Senate election. He faced longtime incumbent Republican Ted Stevens, who was facing ethics and corruption charges during his re-election campaign. Stevens was convicted of felony violations a week before the election, and Begich won by a narrow margin.

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