Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Legislator of the Day

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 22, 2009 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: Alaska, employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Murkowski

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, is considered a moderate Republican. She is generally pro-choice on abortion and supports stem cell research. She is also a member of the Republican Majority For Choice, Murkowski.jpgRepublicans For Choice, and The Wish List (Women in the Senate and House), a group of pro-choice women Republicans.

She may also be one of a few Republicans to join Democrats on climate change legislation. She voted in favor of the hate crimes bill again today, one of 5 Republicans to do so. Meanwhile, she has a 64% approval rating among Alaskans.

Will she support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S1584? Contact info and more after the jump.

Senator Murkowski's cohort in the Senate, Alaska's junior Senator Mark Begich, is a confirmed yes on ENDA (not yet a co-sponsor, but his press secretary confirmed his support to me). Senator Murkowski herself voted for the hate crimes bill, although there was a strong push from the right against it in Alaska. There is also, however, a very strong LGBT movement in Alaska, as one can easily see by looking at "Bent Alaska," E. Ross's blog, which discusses GLBT news and events daily and is chock full of information about actions being taken by GLBT Alaskans. There's also "Alaskans Together for Equality," a political advocacy group that is also a part of United ENDA (donate today!) and QueerWorld Connect Pride Conference, which held its annual conference last week. And don't forget Mad Myrna's, of course, for all your entertainment needs.

Please call and ask Senator Murkowski to support S.1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

If you're not sure what to say when you call, click here for a "Step-by-Step Script For Calling Legislators On ENDA."

You may get a staffer who is unaware of the Senator's position on ENDA. Take a moment to explain what it is, and to ask if he or she can get some information on the Senator's position. Tell us what they said in the comments below.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski
DC Phone: 202-224-6665
(Toll free DC Capitol line: 866-220-0044)

District Offices:
Fairbanks 907-456-0233
Wasilla 907-376-7665
Anchorage 907-271-3735
Kenai 907-283-5808
Ketchikan 907-225-6880
Click here for email

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