Murkowski/Leman in

Lincoln, Kookesh retain seats, Legislative move fails

By DIMITRA LAVRAKAS
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and Alaska Sen. Loren Leman won the gubernatorial election Tuesday with an unofficial tally of 111,116 to the closest challengers, Lieutenant Governor Fran Ulmer and Ernie Hall’s 81,197.
Less Skagwayans, 390, voted in this election than October’s municipal turnout of 423. But residents voted for the Ulmer/Hall team giving them 175 to Murkowski/Leman’s 137. But the 60 absentee ballots that will be counted in Juneau this week may alter those totals.
Residents put Sen. Georgianna Lincoln back into her District C seat with 187 to Mac Carter’s 131. Local voters also wanted Rep. Albert Kookesh to stay in Juneau with 198 to Gary Graham’s 122. The votes reflected the districtwide vote (see box).
Skagway also followed the trend by returning U.S. Rep. Don Young and U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to Congress.
Voters also approved all three bonding propositions for veterans’ mortgages, transportation bonds and bonds for construction and repairs to schools and museums.
As for a Constitutional Convention, Skagway said no, 203-81. The legislative sessions move was also skunked 296-25. But, unlike the statewide vote, the local vote was much tighter to approve a Gas Pipeline Development Authority, 176-131. The statewide vote was further apart with 117,678 for and 74,393 against.
Skagwayans also voted for all of the judges to remain on the bench.

SKAGWAY RESULTS
state or districtwide winner in bold
U.S. Sen.: Jim Dore, 10; Frank Vondersaar, 61; Ted Stevens, 202; Jim Sykes, 46; Leonard Karpinski, 5.
U.S. Rep.: Don Young, 188; Russell deForest, 33; Rob Clift, 7; Clifford Mark Greene, 93.
Gov./Lieut. Gov.: Frank Murkowski/Loren Leman, 137; Don Wright/Daniel DeNardo, 2; Diane Benson, Della Coburn, 6; Billy Toien/Al Anders, 4; Fran Ulmer/Ernie Hall, 175; Raymond Vinzant/Dawn Mendias, 1.
State Sen. District C: Georgianna Lincoln, 187; Mac Carter, 131.
State House District 5 Rep.: Albert Kookesh, 198; Gary Graham, 122.
Bonding Prop. A (Veterans; Mortgages): yes, 201; no, 110.
Bonding Prop. B (Transportation Bonds): yes, 214; no, 94.
Bonding Prop. C (Schools and Museum Bonds): yes, 227; no, 88.
Ballot Measure No. 1 (Constituional Convention): yes, 81; no, 203.
Ballot Measure No. 2 (Legislative Sessions Move): yes, 25; no, 296.
Ballot Measure No. 3 (Gas Pipeline Development Authority): yes, 176; no, 131.
Supreme Court: Walter Carpeneti: yes, 201; no, 76.
Court of Appeals: David Mannheimer, yes, 185; no, 81.
Superior Court, First Judicial District, Patricia Collins, yes, 206, no, 63 and Michael Thompson, yes, 181, no, 77.
District Court: Peter Froehlich, yes, 181, no, 84, and Kevin Miller, yes, 189, no, 71.

UNOFFICIAL STATEWIDE RESULTS POSTED NOV. 6
U. S. SENATE: DORE, JIM, AI, 5,803; VONDERSAAR, FRANK, DEM, 20,418; STEVENS, TED, REP, 154,693; SYKES, JIM, GRN, 14,252; KARPINSKI, LEONARD, LIB, 1,973.
U. S .REPRESENTATIVE: YOUNG, DON, REP, 146, 119; deFOREST, RUSSELL, GRN, 12,391; CLIFT, ROB, LIB, 3,195; GREENE, CLIFFORD, DEM, 33,657.
GOVERNOR/LT GOVERNOR: MURKOWSKI/LEMAN, REP, 111,116; WRIGHT/DeNARDO, AI, 1,842; BENSON/COBURN, GRN, 2,445; TOIEN/ANDERS, LIB, 901; ULMER/HALL, DEM, 81,197; VINZANT/MENDIAS, MOD, 1,251.
SENATE DISTRICT C: LINCOLN, GEORGIANNA, DEM, 5,116; CARTER, MAC, REP, 3,801.
HOUSE DISTRICT 5: KOOKESH, ALBERT M., DEM, 2,772; GRAHAM, GARY E., REP, 2,099.
BONDING PROPOSITION A: YES, 134,914; NO, 57,384
BONDING PROPOSITION B: YES, 129,334; NO, 62065.
BONDING PROPOSITION C: YES, 113,904; NO, 78,909.
BALLOT MEASURE NO. 1: YES, 50,682; NO, 132,609.
BALLOT MEASURE NO. 2: YES, 64,045; NO, 131,964.
BALLOT MEASURE NO. 3: YES, 117,678; NO, 74,393.
SUPREME CT, CARPENETI: YES, 113,030; NO, 56,488.
APPEALS CT, MANNHEIMER: YES, 109,425; NO, 57,463.
SUPERIOR CT JD1, COLLINS: YES, 17,228; NO, 5,341.
SUPERIOR CT JD1, THOMPSON: YES, 15,476; NO, 5,893.
DISTRICT CT JD1, FROEHLICH: YES, 15,919; NO, 6,715.
DISTRICT CT JD1, MILLER: YES, 16,302; NO, 5,393. –Alaska State Division of Elections

Yukon Party prevails over Liberals

Dennis Fentie will be first rural premier

By JASON SMALL
Whitehorse Star
In 2000, the Yukon Liberal Party said “it was all about the future.” This time around, the governing Liberals said it was about “building Yukon’s future now.” On Monday, Yukoners told Premier Pat Duncan and the Liberals they were tired of waiting for the future and rejected them so extensively that the territory was left with its largest majority government ever – for the Yukon Party.
This keeps the territory on a political treadmill started a decade ago. In that time, governments have gone Yukon Party, NDP, Liberal, and now back to the Yukon Party.
Dennis Fentie of Watson Lake is heading into the premier’s office with 12 Yukon Party seats spread across the territory. He will be the first premier from outside Whitehorse.
The whole reason for the early election was April’s departures of three disgruntled Liberal legislators to the independent ranks, which reduced the Liberals from a majority of 11 seats to a minority of eight. Duncan called the election last month.
All eight Liberals sought re-election, including the seven cabinet ministers. But when the carnage was finished Monday, only Duncan was left standing with a victory in her riding. In the Yukon’s history, no ruling party has ever been reduced to just one seat. The New Democratic Party won five seats and will retain its status as the official opposition in the 18-seat Yukon Legislative Assembly. The independents won no seats.
Fentie, who jumped from the NDP to the Yukon Party in the last year, has promised a legislature where he will work with legislators from all parties, listen to their suggestions and look for their input on major government legislation such as a budget. With 11 legislators of his own, Fentie doesn’t need to heed the opposition to retain power, but it was a promise he made.
The incoming premier made a number of promises Yukoners will be watching: a road through southeast Yukon for access to natural resources; a new bridge over the Yukon River at Dawson City; formal relations with first nation governments; and stopping the move of a number of government services to a new building on Quartz Road.