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JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller says Alaska's U.S. senators - including his rival, Lisa Murkowski - are taking a page from the "big spenders' playbook" in supporting earmarks.
Murkowski and Democrat Mark Begich recently voted against banning earmarks, saying a ban would do little to dent federal spending and would hurt Alaska.
But Miller says this is an old way of thinking, and a new direction is needed. He says government spending is unsustainable and earmarks are "abusive and corrupting."
In running against Murkowski, he said it was critical for Alaska to rely less on federal aid and more on its own resources to help control its destiny.
Unofficial results showed Miller losing to Murkowski, though he's challenging how the state conducted the election.