Murkowski, Begich have dustup over press release

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office requested that reference to her vote to advance for debate a contraception bill be removed from a press release from Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Both Alaska senators supported a failed effort to advance legislation aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections.

But Murkowski spokesman Matthew Felling said the Republican's office took issue with a release saying Murkowski voted in favor of the measure when it was a procedural vote.

Reference to Murkowski was removed in an updated release.

Begich spokeswoman Heather Handyside said the language in the original release could have been clearer.

The dustup comes as Begich has been touting the level of cooperation between the two as he campaigns for re-election.

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