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8/13/14 KNBA News - Joe Miller not a "spoiler;" Sen. Begich visits three lower Yukon River villages

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Above, second from right, Emmonak City Administrator Martin Moore tells Sen. Mark Begich, "There are over a thousand people in Emmonak. Of those thousand, we have 400 people who will vote. That's important for you and me to know and understand. So your trip here is very important for you and for the people that believe in your work." Begich visited the lower Yukon River villages of Marshall, Alakanak, and Emmonak on Aug. 8, 2014.

Alaska Republican Joe Miller says he has no plans to run as a third-party candidate for U.S. Senate should he lose in next week's GOP primary election. Republicans fear Miller could become a spoiler should he do so, splitting the conservative vote and handing the election to Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich.

Tribal leaders in Bethel are calling for people to come forward to report police brutality against Alaska Natives after a recent report of brutality. The city manager says the incident is under investigation.

Sen. Mark Begich last week visited the three lower Yukon River villages of Marshall, Alakanak, and Emmonak. Democrats have the majority in the U.S. Senate by just six seats. So the race for the seat held by Begich, a Democrat, is being closely watched. Village residents noted the importance of the rural vote to his re-election while praising him for coming to learn about their infrastructure and other needs.  

    

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Sen. Mark Begich and Robert Andrews, head of a boat-building shop in Emmonak. Andrews told Begich, "You're helping a little bit now and then. Sometimes you deny the CDQs, but sometimes you agree with them ... If I vote for you, man, you better think of back here."

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