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October 18th, 2010
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Joe Miller responds on job questions

(CNN) – Republican candidate for Senate in Alaska, Joe Miller, admitted he was disciplined for the misuse of local government computers but said it was not a factor in his eventual departure from his job as an attorney at the Fairbanks North Star Borough (an area of Alaska) in September 2009.

The former mayor of Fairbanks said last week that Miller left his post because the borough planned to fire him over using borough computers for election business while attempting to become the head of the Alaska Republican Party. On Monday Miller responded.

"The event in question is something that happened during my time off," Miller told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "So it was during my lunch hour."

Miller, in an interview taped for CNN's John King, USA that airs at 7 p.m. ET, said his departure from the borough had nothing to do with the event that happened nearly two years before.

King asked him to clarify his remarks:

"Is this a fair statement, in your view that at the time this happened, you were disciplined for something, but it had nothing to do with why… you left the agency down the road?"

Miller responded, "Absolutely."

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October 18th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

If this is Monday, then we are just 15 days out! There is early voting now in 23 states and the District of Columbia, and I’m thinking there is a mint to be made if you could somehow market a device that blocks campaign ads from the homes of those who can prove they already voted. Just a thought. On to the bullet points: The Conway ad cited in Erick’s No. 1 is generating a lot of buzz, and is proof he is more than worried heading into the final two weeks. His No. 2 touches on a growing dynamic this year: not only are their more “trackers” chasing candidates with cameras, but their work is ending up in more and more campaign aids. Mario’s No. 1 is a reminder of tensions on the left and also of the fact that while this campaign is mostly about the economy and the role of government, divisive issues like gay rights seem to be bubbling up more in the closing stretch. (See Colorado and Ken Buck). Mario’s No. 3 is proof both of Sharon Angle’s seemingly endless gift of “interesting” (my word) comments, and of the frustration among Democrats that for all her missteps, she is in a dead heat with the Senate majority leader. Enjoy the day. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Jack Conway (D-KY) is attacking Rand Paul's faith. Even Democrats like Claire McCaskill are calling Conway's attacks "very dangerous."

– We don't know who Norma Jean is, but when a young videographer asked Lincoln Davis who she was, Davis's Chief of Staff shoved the kid and Davis fled. This year is the year of the young videographer with both sides deploying college kids to record gotcha moments.

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel says multiculturalism doesn't work. Look for lots of nodding heads on the center-right in this country.

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Question of Gall: Grassroots organizers quietly grouse as Michelle Obama talks about gay equality on the campaign trail while her husband files to protect “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”; will those pesky Democrats ever stop whining???

– Question of Principle: Colorado GOP candidate Ken Buck’s leak to defense attorneys while a prosecutor receives new media life as conservative Bob Barr publicly condemns him for the incident; can a Republican win a US Senate seat if he is soft on crime?

– Question of Tactic: GOP gubernatorial candidate Sharron Angle told Latino high school students in Nevada that the Mexican nationals in her recent anti-immigrant ads were Canadians; will GOP Candidate Meg Whitman now say her maid was Mary Poppins?

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