Alaska’s Senate race rocked by leaked videos, China ties and even a dead bear

With just weeks to go before the November election, a sleeper U.S. Senate race in a deeply Republican state is starting to garner some attention.

A poll released on Sept. 28 showed Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan with a razor-thin 1 point lead over his main challenger, Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon. 

While Gross is technically an independent, Democrats are backing him as part of the party’s efforts to gain a majority in the closely divided Senate. And their battle has been roiled by a series of controversies, including leaked videos and a dispute over an alleged bear attack. 

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) speaks during a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. May 7, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via reuters)
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 7. (Al Drago/Pool via Reuters)

Gross, whose father was the state’s Democratic attorney general in the 1970s, has leaned on his colorful background in his effort to unseat Sullivan. His ads have described him as having been “born

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Restaurant Stimulus Is Dead. This Needs To Be Your Plan Of Attack

This past year, The Independent Restaurant Coalition was fighting hard to get a bailout for restaurants, bars, inns, taverns, and food and beverage establishments. Despite their efforts and hard work, it appears this may not be happening just yet.   

The White House announced a hold on negotiating the latest stimulus package, called the HEROES Act, until after the election, then quickly turned an about-face just days later. When exactly will small business owners and restaurants get the relief help they need? At this point, who knows.   

To me, it was already too little, too late. Mid-November is just too far away to make any sort of impact for restaurant owners, sad to say. The pain and suffering has been too much and too long.  

Folks, hoping and relying on the government to help you in this time of crisis will kill your business. You need to be doing everything you

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Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

A 4-year-old girl was found dead of blunt force injuries in New Orleans’ Central Business District, authorities said Tuesday.

The Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins and said she died in the 500 block of Canal Street on Saturday. Police didn’t immediately name any suspects or release additional details other than to say homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating. Public records show police encountered the girl while responding to a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal on Saturday at about 5:20 a.m.

Two victims scatter after gunfire erupts in 100 block of Camp Street

Attempts to contact Hawkins’ parents Tuesday were unsuccessful.

She was by far the youngest of three people reported killed Saturday in New Orleans. Eddie Profit, 23, was fatally shot at the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Jahncke Road in the Little Woods section of New Orleans

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