Libertarian Billy Toien, Democrat Mark Begich and independent Gov. Bill Walker receive audience applause at the end of the Get Out the Native Vote candidate forum on Tuesday in Juneau. The microphone on the right is for Republican Mike Dunleavy, who didn’t attend. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Independent Gov. Bill Walker and Democratic candidate for governor Mark Begich answered a question Tuesday about how they’re competing for the same voters. The exchange occurred at the Get Out the Native Vote forum for candidates for governor in Juneau.Listen nowJuneau Rep. Sam Kito III read the question from a member of the audience. Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy wasn’t there.“Please address the fact that there are two candidate vying for the same pool of votes,” Kito read. “Has a compromise been discussed to ensure that no-show Dunleavy does not win by default of vote splitting? And I’m just reading a question provided by the audience.”Begich, a former U.S. senator, said the candidates must earn every vote. He said the voters will have a choice about who can win and who has the best plan of action for the state.“What’s so great about election is you – it’s in your hands,” Begich said. “It’s not in ours. It’s in yours. I think whoever gets to 38 or so percent wins this race.”Walker said he built a cabinet that drew from the entire state because he didn’t discriminate based on partisan affiliation. He said the cabinet spent the first term addressing the state’s budget crisis.“You know we have wrestled with the fiscal issue, but we wrestled it to the ground,” Walker said. “We stayed here; we didn’t quit. We showed up and we did the hard work.”Walker said he’s angry that Dunleavy didn’t attend.“That’s very disrespectful,” Walker said. “Neither he nor his lieutenant governor (candidate Kevin Meyer) had the courtesy of attending today. I’m embarrassed as an Alaskan that we have somebody running for this office who will not show up in this room.”Asked for a reaction, Dunleavy emailed a statement:“Bill Walker should be more embarrassed by his failed record of a weak economy, vetoed PFDs, and skyrocketing crime than by my campaign schedule.I lived in rural Alaska for 19 years with Alaska Native people. It’s where I met my wife, Rose, of 31 years and where our three daughters were born.From a horrific public safety record, to dismal educational outcomes, to low employment and the theft of PFDs, Bill Walker has failed rural Alaska.”Dunleavy’s campaign said he had multiple meetings in Anchorage Tuesday.Libertarian candidate Billy Toien slapped his campaign bumper sticker over Dunleavy’s nameplate. Toien, a hotel concierge, said he doesn’t have a problem with vote splitting.“I think it’s all about voting your conscience,” Toein said. “It isn’t about who is or isn’t running. Win, lose or draw, if everybody decided to throw their vote away by voting for me, I would win.”Dunleavy did attend a candidate forum at the Anchorage Aviation Museum on Monday.
If you haven’t noticed by now, here on Geek.com we’re not just fans of the internet but specifically the weird internet. Why else do we keep writing about vaporwave and Smash Mouth and the various goings on in the Internet Gutter? And if you know anything about the Weird Internet you’re familiar with everyone’s favorite anonymous blurry Jack Nicholson picture “wint,” @dril on Twitter.Since his humble beginnings simply tweeting the word “no” back in September 2008, Dril has amassed over a million followers spreading his divine gospel in the Hell that is Twitter dot com. You could seriously write a Bible reboot that replaces Psalms with profound truths like these.im stupider then dog shit, i dont give a shit, and i dont give a fuck, and i will never shut the fuck up, and i’ll always Respect my enemys.— wint (@dril) September 5, 2017 my main issue with “master chief fucks cortana” is if you read the halo novels youd know the space suit automatically jacks master chief off— wint (@dril) May 11, 2017 Stay on target Internet Gutter: Crisis ActorsInternet Gutter: Mukbang #GroundhogDay is the one day a year where the nation can put asaide the partisan politics and sacrifice a large rodent to God— wint (@dril) February 2, 2018Every Dril tweet is a precious child, but with March Madness upon us, folks are in a competitive mood. So instead of betting on something as boring as college basketball, thanks to Twitter user/Jeopardy champion/philanthropic online hero @VT_Ben you can now vote on a Dril Tweet bracket.i have the day off work for this snowstorm so i made somethingpresenting the DRIL BRACKET pic.twitter.com/lJqzZM79f7— ben (@VT_Ben) March 13, 201864 tweets spread across the Candles, Betsy Ross, Corncob, and Logging Off regions represents a huge swath of what Dril has to offer. Even in the first match-ups there are impossible decisions like “Don’t gotta hand it to ISIL” vs “jail isn’t real” or “Girls proposing/knee in protest” vs “Wario’s woods.” If these summaries don’t jog your memory, the bracket also provides links.Voting happens over the rest of the month on Twitter. My personal final four is Candles, Corncob, Boys are Back in Town, and (((Keebler Elves))). But the real joy in this is just remembering the sheer amount of hilarious, inexplicable, devastatingly accurate #content Dril has gifted us over the years. As ephemeral as the internet is, especially tweets, it’s also great to see this library get preserved just for historical reasons.As we’ve taken this trip down online memory lane, destroying our productivity in the process, we’ve actually gotten upset about the seeding of certain tweets as well as startling omissions like “victory wine” and “digimon otis.” But the Criterion Collection doesn’t have every great film either. Let’s do an Everyone is Dril bracket next.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.