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Aug 19, 2014

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KTVF Channel 11 Interview.

Going into the home stretch! Was on KTVF Channel 11 last week with Jamie Schwartzwald last week and did another interview. Was glad to have another chance to show the differences between myself and my opponent. Always appreciate the opportunity to get out real solutions to Fairbanks issues on the high cost to heat our homes and business in Alaska.

Bill Walker got it right with his plan for a "Declaration of Disaster for Energy" for the Interior. We can get gas to Fairbanks via the Alaska Railroad or hauled by truck done in months, not years.  

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What it's going to take to bring back good jobs to Fairbanks...

Had the local Painters Union from Local 1959 and their District Council #5 come in and talk with me today about my campaign and my position on their core issues. Good jobs, good benefits and a strong middle-class.

No surprise that we're all on the same page. Prevailing wage and hiring Alaskans first with Alaska Hire. 

They heard my new radio ad and that I am a Navy vet who served in Vietnam. That was new information for them and we had a little chat about that and about my years as a Teamster when I worked back in the day for MUS.

Great group of folks!

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In the Fairbanks Daily News Miner this Week...

My interview with the Fairbanks Daily News Miner is out--thought I'd share it with you. Would like to know what you think! 

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Press Release: Thompson Passes the Buck on Sexual Assault. His committee doesn't get into "Moral Issues."

 

For Immediate Release                                                     

CONTACT: Larry Murakami, (907) 978-0260                                                         October 13, 2014                                                           

Katherine Pfeiffer, Campaign Manager—503-957-6316

Larry Murakami Responds to Incumbent Steve Thompson’s “Passing the Buck” on Fraud and Sexual Assault: Thompson says as Chair, his committee doesn’t get into “Moral Issues.” 

Fairbanks:-- Fairbanks House District 2 Candidate Larry Murakami issued this statement about his opponent Rep. Steve Thompson’s response to a question at the Fairbanks Chamber forum regarding fraud and sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard: 

“This past week at a public forum, I asked my opponent, why no hearings were held in his subcommittee on sexual abuse and fraud in the Alaska National Guard. It stands to reason that the political party in control of our state purse strings should investigate wrongdoing and where our public dollars go before approving department budgets.

Representative Steve Thompson’s response was that he didn’t think the committee should get into “Moral Issues.”

This response came as an eye-opener for me. Sexual assault and fraud are against the law.

We need legislators that aren’t going to pass the buck saying 'That’s NOT my job'.  It is exactly Representative Steve Thompson’s job as chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs to oversee our state military budget.

The buck has to stop somewhere. If it doesn’t stop with the committee chair that specifically oversees these types of issues, it’s time to look for someone who will.

I’ve said it over and over, but I believe it to my marrow. The time for extreme partisanship has to stop and we simply must return to moving Alaska forward. It is unacceptable that Alaska ranks #1 in the country in sexual assault, and many of our leaders simply turn a blind eye. 

It’s time for a new voice in this district and I will not 'Pass the Buck.' "

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        P.O. Box 58553 * Fairbanks AK 9971 * (907) 978-0260 * www.LarryForAlaska.com

 

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Meeting with Alaska's Next Governor, Bill Walker.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk with Bill Walker . He's got the right priorities for Alaska. I was impressed with his forthcoming answers to the issues that directly impact our quality of life here in Alaska and in the Interior--no skirting of the hard issues with pat, easy answers.

Walker doesn't just talk about the problem of the high cost to heat homes and businesses, he has an actual plan. Common sense and a pretty good sense of humor too. Proud to support him. 

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Press Release: Endorsements Keep Coming In!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

September 12, 2014

CONTACT: Larry Murakami, (907) 978-0260                                         

Katherine Pfeiffer, Campaign Manager—503-957-6316

Murakami Continues to Rack Up Endorsements

Candidate is honored to have earned the endorsements of Fairbanks Central Labor Council, Carpenters Local 1243, Ironworkers Local 751, Fairbanks Firefighters Local 1324, ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, Operating Engineers Local 302

Fairbanks:-- Fairbanks House District 2 Candidate Larry Murakami issued this statement about his latest union endorsements: 

“Throughout my 52 years as an Alaskan, I can say these last few weeks have been some of the most inspirational as I talk to so many voters at their doors, at their meetings and at public events.

Wherever I go, people just like myself are concerned about the cost to heat their homes, good jobs with benefits and good schools. What they don’t like are politicians who rest on their laurels just because they have a “D” or an “R” after their last name. 

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: There used to be a time when it was common for people to say, ‘I vote the person, not the Party when I cast my vote.’ Our Fairbanks working men and women who are organized with a union contract are one of the few bastions left in this country that endorses candidates based on their positions on the issues and their values, and not the candidates political party affiliation. 

My values, not my party affiliation, were the basis for these labor unions in supporting my candidacy and it is why I was so honored to have earned the endorsement of these unions as well as the Fairbanks Central Labor Council. 

As the next State Representative for Fairbanks, I’ll show up everyday during the legislative session and work hard in Juneau to represent Fairbanks and North Pole.  In the off session, I’ll be in Fairbanks working to address and listening to our community’s needs and concerns.

I live in Alaska, all year round because Fairbanks is a great place to live, work and play—and in large part, we have the working men and women of Fairbanks who are organized with a union contract to thank for it” 

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P.O. Box 58553 * Fairbanks AK 9971 * (907) 978-0260 * www.LarryForAlaska.com

 

 

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September 2, 2014

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United for Alaska With the Walker/Mallot Ticket

Here is my press release regarding the recent events to Unite Alaskans:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

September 2, 2014

CONTACT: Larry Murakami, (907) 978-0260                                         

Katherine Pfeiffer, Campaign Manager—503-957-6316

Proposed “Unity Ticket is Good for Alaska!”

Walker/Mallott Ticket Represents a Reflection of Our Values

Fairbanks:-- Fairbanks House District 2 Candidate Larry Murakami issued this statement regarding the proposed “Unity Ticket”

“I have said many times throughout my campaign that there used to be a time when it was very common place to hear people say, ‘I vote the person, not the Party’ when I cast my ballot.’ One doesn’t hear that phrase that much anymore and I believe this intense political and partisan polarization is due in large part because of outside interests pouring big money into Alaska’s political system. Those huge amounts of campaign spending eviscerate any hope for a bipartisan approach to Alaska’s issues.

With the announcement of the proposed “Unity Ticket” consisting of Bill Walker for Governor and Byron Mallott as Lt. Governor, I am immensely hopeful and confident that these two great Alaskans will put Alaska and our people first and foremost.

Walker has a long history of being a champion of oil and gas development as his work with AK Backbone and as oil and gas attorney attest. Having this background will be a great asset to our state because the cost to heat our homes in the Interior gets worse every year. And Byron Mallott, the former director of the Alaska Permanent Fund and a Tlingit leader, has broad and deep experience in our state government and in the business sector. His background and perspective to oversee our state elections division is much needed to bring integrity to our state electoral system. 

This process has shown, once again, that when Alaskans work together for common sense solutions, there is nothing we can’t do. I am excited about this opportunity for Alaska, and I will as a candidate, but more importantly, as an Alaskan, be supporting this ticket.

 

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August 14, 2014

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Issues That Impact The Interior

When I'm out knocking doors, talking to voters, these are the key issues that people ask me about the most.

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August 10, 2014

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News 13 interviews Larry Murakami

Jaime Schwartzwald of News 13 interviews Larry Murakami who is running for State House in district 2 of Fairbanks.

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July 28, 2014

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League of Women's Voters (LWV) Forum at Tanana Valley State Fair on Can Day

I will be participating in the League of Women's Voters (LWV) Forum at Tanana Valley State Fair on Can Day.

This will be on Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Big Top Tent right inside the first gate on the College Road side of the fair.

Exact time for the individual district candidates to face-off will be determined.

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July 6, 2014

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Interior Democrats Coordinated Campaign Open House

We are having an Open House for our Coordinated Campaign Headquarters at 101 College Road (corner of Illinois and College).  There is salad and spaghetti starting at 5:30 PM.

Stop by and visit with myself and the other Interior Alaska Democratic candidates.

Larry

 

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