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It's been 24 hours since 87-year-old Alaska Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young announced on Twitter that he has COVID-19 -- two hours after we asked him whether he had it.

He and his staff have released no information since then:

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Young's opponent, Alyse Galvin, said she couldn't reach him on the phone to offer a concession today -- she left a voicemail on his wife's phone instead.

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And now Anchorage GOP Sen. Josh Revak, who attended a dinner party with U.S. Rep. Don Young last week, has tested positive for COVID-19, scoops @AK_OK:

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U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, says he's tested positive for COVID-19.

He's America's oldest Congressman and the Dean of the House. He was first elected in a special election in 1973:

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Updated: Young was at a recent party for his longtime ad-maker, Art Hackney, according to @MustReadAlaska

Many Alaska GOP figures were present, including US Sen Dan Sullivan's COS, who's awaiting test results but hasn't seen Sullivan since Election Day

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Questions that Young's staff has not answered today (1/2):

--When did Young test positive?

--What type of test was it?

--How many members of the Congressman's official and campaign staff have been tested, and how many staff members have tested positive? Any volunteers? #AKleg
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Quick thread on Alaska's U.S. Senate race, since people have been asking about it this morning.

Dem-endorsed independent Al Gross, who's trailing by nearly 60,000 votes put out a memo this morning saying: We still think we're going to win. Here it is #AKleg #AKsen #AKelect (1/x)
Their argument, summarized, is: Only about 200,000 votes have been counted so far, and as many as 150,000 absentee/early/questioned ballots won't be counted until starting next week (more on that delay in a separate story).

Gross: "A question mark on this race should remain"
The campaign of Gross' opponent, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, sees the math very differently -- as do a number of Dems/progressives I've spoken to.

Gross trails by about 60,000 votes. In theory, he needs to win @ least 70% of the uncounted votes to pull even.
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ALASKA: 29% of precincts:

BIDEN: 38%
TRUMP: 58%

GROSS: 37%
SULLIVAN: 58%

YOUNG: 58%
GALVIN: 41%

#AKleg #AKelect #AKsen
BALLOT MEASURES:

Yes on 1 (oil tax increase): 39 percent
No on 1: 61 percent

Yes on 2 (open primaries/ranked choice voting: 47%
No on 2: 53% #AKelect #AKleg #AKsen
One big change now that a second set of results are reporting: Robb Myers (R) takes a 1,600-vote lead over independent Marna Sanford in Fairbanks/North Pole with 8 of 12 precincts reporting. At least 5,000 or so ballots won't be counted til next week.

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The APOC hearing between Yes on 2 for Better Elections v. Defend Alaska Elections, alleging that Defend Alaska Elections has been constantly violating campaign finance law on several different levels, is underway.

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The main topic of today's case before APOC is whether APOC should take up the complaints on an expedited basis.

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Yes on 2 has brought three different claims against Defend Alaska Elections but is focusing in on a complaint about how DAE has been violating the three biggest contributors.

"It has never been correct," argues attorney Samuel Gottstein.

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With all the concern about slow mail delivery and slow absentee ballots this year, I checked to see whether this year's ballots were slower than normal. The answer? No. (thread) adn.com/politics/2020/… #akelect #akleg
This year's absentee ballots arrived at the Division of Elections proportionally *earlier* than they did in the 2016 and 2018 primaries. #akelect #akleg
The folks at @ak_elections record ballot arrival dates and the dates they sent them out (and the date that a request for an absentee ballot was received), making this analysis possible. #akelect #akleg
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A year ago, I started hearing tips that some of Alaska's most influential lobbyists were helping candidates for the Legislature and governor organize fundraisers.

This is significant because Alaska law bars lobbyists from engaging in "fundraising activity."

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The state Legislature approved the prohibition in the early 1990s.

The legislator who pushed for the law told me he did that because when lobbyists help candidates fundraise, it makes it harder for the candidates to say no to lobbyists' requests once they're in office

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I did a bunch of reporting and found what seemed to be pretty clear cases of two lobbyists violating the prohibition on fundraising activity -- they'd been emailing out invitations to fundraiser events to their clients and friends.

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