Mark Begich

Dear Senators, Stop Listening to Your NRA Constituents
April 09, 2013

And start listening to the silent majority.

A Constitutional Amendment to Fix Campaign Finance Can’t Pass Congress. But It Could Start a Movement.
June 25, 2012

To paraphrase Mark Twain, nearly everybody (everybody except conservative ideologues, of course) complains about rich people and big corporations bankrolling our campaigns, but hardly anybody seems to be doing anything about it.

Pulling a FAST One on Gas Prices
May 06, 2011

Stories and analyses about rising gasoline prices continue to dominate the airwaves. What we pay at the pump threatens to impact everything from President Obama’s reelection, to the budding economic recovery, to families’ summer vacation plans. So it is no wonder that policymakers are flailing about trying to address the problem. Schemes like “gas tax holidays” and suspending the tax for the summer have already mushroomed, crowding out meaningful discussions about real solutions and good ideas. Add to the mix Sen.

Que Sarah, Sarah
April 20, 2009

Former Sarah Palin booster (and TNR alum) Reihan Salam has had enough: Palin’s campaign antics can be forgiven. What can’t be forgiven is the ham-handed way she’s tried to build her national profile since she returned to Alaska. She’s abandoned the bold right-left populism that won over Alaska voters—and me—in the first place in favor of an increasingly defensive and harsh partisanship. After making her name as a determined enemy of Alaska’s corrupt Republican establishment, she recently called for Democratic Sen.