Mark Begich
Midterm madness: The politics of snowmobiles and chickens

With the U.S. battling militants in the Middle East and muddling through a less-than-spectacular economic recovery at home, let us pause for a moment to consider the issues of snowmobiling, errant chickens and a disputed 12-year-old paint job. Voters in Alaska and Iowa have had that privilege as they host two of the country’s hardest-fought U.S. Senate races — contests that could very well determine which party controls the upper house of Congress starting in January. In Alaska, Democratic incumbent Mark Begich faces Republican Dan Sullivan, who recently took a shot at Begich’s snowmobiling bona fides in a TV spot featuring Cory Davis, a medalist in the gravity- and...