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Former state A.G. Dan Sullivan to be Republican Senate candidate in Alaska

Former state A.G. Dan Sullivan to be Republican Senate candidate in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in a race that is already the most expensive in state history.
Frances Burns
McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) --Senators looked to the Veterans Affairs nominee, Robert McDonald, for answers as talks for a compromise to fix the troubled department have stalled.
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Watchdog: Phoenix veterans waited 115 days for care [UPDATE]

Watchdog: Phoenix veterans waited 115 days for care [UPDATE]

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) --An IG's report confirmed allegations that a Phoenix VA hospital masked the length of patient wait times, but didn't confirm if the extended waits led to deaths.
Gabrielle Levy
Begich hit with first VA scandal ad

Begich hit with first VA scandal ad

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) --It was only a matter of time before the scandal plaguing the VA surfaced in an attack ad for the midterms.
Gabrielle Levy
Senators want 'heads to roll' over Phoenix VA scandal

Senators want 'heads to roll' over Phoenix VA scandal

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) --Lawmakers made little effort to disguise their anger over recent revelations of systematic abuse at veterans healthcare centers in Arizona last month.
Gabrielle Levy

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.
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Mark Begich (D-AK) participates in the re-enactment of his swearing-in with Vice President Dick Cheney in the Old Senate Chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 6, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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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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