Alexandra Gutierrez

Alexandra Gutierrez is a reporter based in the Aleutian Islands. She is also former associate Web editor of The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Joe Miller, Campaign Finance Reform Advocate?

Alaska's Senate race has transformed the Tea Party candidate into an unlikely opponent of Citizens United.

Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
Joe Miller is one of the most vocal crusaders against the Citizens United campaign-finance ruling, and he might not even realize it. As the most conservative candidate in Alaska's Senate race, Miller hardly comes off as an anti-corporate poster boy. FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth have both endorsed him. He won the Republican primary against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (now running as a write-in candidate) thanks to the generous financial backing of the Tea Party Express. He has cast himself as pro-development choice, and he's talked about extracting resources from Denali National Park. But when he's not lashing out against the federal government or literally battling the media, Miller is also articulating why unrestrained corporate spending during campaign season can be problematic. About a month ago, a coalition of Alaska's Native corporations formed a political action committee named Alaskans Standing Together (AST), announced their intention to take unlimited donations, and made...

The End of Palin as Kingmaker

As Sarah Palin becomes ubiquitous in the Lower 48, Republicans in Alaska are trying hard to forget her.

In early May, Todd Palin showed up at Joe Miller's first major fundraiser as a Senate candidate. A month later, Sarah Palin endorsed the challenger to incumbent Lisa Murkowski in typical fashion, on Facebook. She called Miller a "Commonsense Constitutional Conservative" and praised his true Alaskan values. Palin also insinuated that Murkowski was a corrupt abortion-loving hippie, all after wondering why anyone would imagine there was "bad blood" between them. A square-off between the state's former first family and the popular senior Alaskan senator should have seriously altered the dynamics of the primary race. That is, if anyone in Alaska cared. As Sarah Palin works to become nearly ubiquitous in the Lower 48, many of her former supporters in Alaska are trying just as hard to forget her. Should Joe Miller lose the primary today, hardly anyone in Alaska will be surprised that Palin's chosen candidate did poorly. Palin's influence in the state started to slip when she agreed to be...

Alaska's Provider In the Senate

Remembering Senator Ted Stevens -- and his rare, unapologetic belief in bringing federal resources home to his state.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, walks from a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska.(AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Alaska's Peculiar Battle Over Abortion

Gov. Sean Parnell's decision to veto a children and women's health care bill that includes funding for abortion spurs a backlash -- not just from liberals.

Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
On June 4, a 15-denomination coalition of Alaska's religious faithful gathered in prayer outside Gov. Sean Parnell's downtown Anchorage office. They were there to protest the governor's veto of a bill that would provide state funding for abortions. "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?" recited Pastor Lisa Smith of Central Lutheran Church, opening the service with passage from the book of Jeremiah. Parnell's veto should have been popular, or at least uncontroversial, in a red state where the marquee initiative on the August ballot would potentially jail doctors who fail to notify parents of teenagers seeking abortions. But the funding wasn't just for abortion. Senate Bill 13 was an expansion of the Denali KidCare program, the state children's health insurance program (SCHIP) that covers low-income children and pregnant women. The outcry over what should have been a politically safe move points to the difficulty conservatives face when they pursue limits on abortion...

The Little Picture: Cleanup Continues.

The Discoverer Enterprise burns gas from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak on May 17, 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley. )