Who is Joe Miller from Alaska?
TEA Party radical may be next Alaska senator
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Joseph "Joe" Miller (born May 10, 1967) is an attorney and a Republican Party candidate for election to a seat in the United States Senate from the state of Alaska in the November 2010 general election. Miller is leading Republican US Senator Lisa Murkowski in the August 2010 primary election, with 51% of the vote, although as of August 25, 2010, almost 7,600 absentee ballots still have to be counted.
Miller grew up in a working-class family in Osborne, Kansas. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (B.S.) degree in 1989. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his leadership in combat during the First Gulf War. In 1995, Miller obtained a law degree from Yale Law School and accepted a position with a law firm in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2009, he received a master's degree in economics from the University of Alaska.
Three years later, at the age of 30, he was appointed a state court magistrate (the youngest then serving in Alaska), as well as a superior court master for the Fourth Judicial District. Four years later, Miller was appointed Acting State District Court Judge and, shortly thereafter, U.S. Magistrate Judge in Fairbanks.
Political positions: Miller has committed to pursuing the following proposals, if elected to the US Senate:
# Institute a balanced budget amendment: Congress would have to submit a balanced budget to the president for signature. Expenditures that exceed receipts would require a three-fifths majority.
# End off-budget expenditures: Receipts and disbursement from the Social Security Trust Funds, and general accounting for the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, would be included within the federal budget.
# Line-item veto: A Constitutional Amendment to authorize the president to veto specific spending items.
# Require that unspent and repaid TARP funds be used to reduce the deficit: All unspent and repaid funds would be required to be used to reduce the deficit and pay down the National Debt.
# No New Entitlements: Would institute a moratorium on the creation of new entitlements.
# Limit increases in government spending to the rate of inflation: The federal government would be required to cap spending to the rate of inflation plus the percentage of population growth.
# Hiring freeze for all non-essential government employees.
# Establish a Sunset Committee: This committee would scrutinize federal programs to determine if they are necessary and where they can be cut.
# Earmark Reform: Would place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. Additionally, budget requests by members of Congress would be subject to the public hearings process.
# Abolish the Department of Education
# Abolish the National Endowment for the Arts
# Cut off American funding for the United Nations
# Cut American foreign aid
# Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
UPDATE on Alaska election: Aug. 26
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With 100% of the precincts now reporting, Miller leads Murkowski by 1,668 votes, 50.90% to 49.10%. The Division of Elections reports over 16,000 absentee voter ballots were sent out, of which 9,000 have been returned. Several thousand may be pending. All ballots must have been postmarked by yesterday, August 24, 2010 to be included in the tally. Absentee ballots will be counted on August 31, and September 3 and 8.
On August 20, at the Kenai-Soldotna Chamber Forum, both Miller and Murkowski committed to respect the will of the people regarding the primary election results.