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Anchorage Press, Oct. 13, 2016 - "When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump entered the race in June of last year, his announcement speech included the allegation that Mexicans illegally entering the United States were criminals, drug traffickers and rapists. From there, the national political dialogue has included Trump’s promise of a wall between the United States and Mexico (paid for by Mexico), and the exclusion of all Muslim immigrants, plus deportation of the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants currently in the country. While conversation on immigration has skewed to the extreme — particularly in light of national security concerns — here in Alaska we have a candidate running for the U.S. Senate who is a recognized and lauded expert in both immigration and national security. Retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Stock — a longtime registered Republican — is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, running on an esteemed résumé that includes a 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant ($625,000 distributed over five years) for her work on immigration and national security issues. Stock is running as an independent, and with liberal takes on issues like LGBT equality and reproductive rights, seems to garner most of her support thus far from Alaskans who lean left — she’s using (and paying for the use of) the Alaska Democratic Party’s voter database. Yet the Democratic Party has its own nominee, Ray Metcalfe. And on the right, ultra-conservative Joe Miller. Miller was the Republican nominee in 2010 who lost out to a write-in effort by Senator Murkowski."