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Oct 24, 2009 Alaska lawmaker is linked to corruption probe

QUOTE: In documents filed this week in Alaska's long-running political corruption investigation, the government's lead witness said he had given thousands of dollars in gifts to "United States Representative A" -- who could only be Republican Rep. Don Young.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 10, 2009 Alaskans question cost of supporting rural outposts: With federal stimulus money going to build infrastructure in tiny, remote communities, many in the state wonder if it's worthwhile.

QUOTE: The cost of keeping rural Alaska afloat has been one of the state's most enduring challenges. Now a place that sees itself as the nation's last frontier, where countless communities depend on bush planes and boats for their food and fuel deliveries, is having to support its outposts in an age of cable television, cellphone networks and the Internet.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 23, 2009 Increase in Native corporation contracts brings Senate scrutiny: CONTRACTS: Analysis reveals only a fifth were done in Alaska.

QUOTE: From 2000 to 2008, only one-fifth of all contracts awarded to Alaska Native corporations were performed in Alaska... last year Alaska Native corporations received 19 percent of all federal contracts awarded to small businesses.

Anchorage Daily News
Oct 27, 2008 Stevens Found Guilty on 7 Counts: Senator Will Remain on Nov. 4 Ballot

QUOTE: Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, one of Congress's most powerful Republicans, was convicted yesterday of lying on financial disclosure forms to conceal his receipt of gifts and expensive renovations to his house, just eight days before he faces voters in a tight reelection contest.

Washington Post
Oct 11, 2008 Palin abused power, probe finds

QUOTE: The running mate of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been found guilty of an abuse of power, according to a state legislature probe.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Sep 18, 2008 Hackers claim break-in to Palin's email account

QUOTE: The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press on Wednesday and asked for copies of the leaked e-mails, which circulated widely on the Internet. The AP did not comply. The disclosure Wednesday raises new questions about the propriety of the Palin administration's use of nongovernment e-mail accounts to conduct state business.

Forbes
Sep 14, 2008 Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes

QUOTE: Ms. Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of “good old boy” politics and a champion of ethics reform....But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents “haters” — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.

New York Times
Sep 12, 2008 Palin admits truth on Bridge to Nowhere

QUOTE: What Palin said during the interview was actually the truth about what happened to end the Bridge to Nowhere. (Though, of course, she didn't acknowledge that there was a wide discrepancy between the truth and the story she's been telling voters.) As my colleague Mike Madden has ably documented in this space before, what Palin "killed" was a dead bridge.

Salon
Jul 31, 2008 Alaska's 'earmarks' king Stevens, now indicted: Some predict the charges may end the career of an Alaskan icon who has dominated the state's political scene since territorial days.

QUOTE: The charges against Stevens are part of a federal probe of political corruption in Alaska that so far has sent three former state lawmakers to prison. The investigation is forcing Alaskans, who receive more federal funds in earmarks per person than residents of any other state, to take a harder look at their heavy reliance on US tax dollars and to ask whether the mutual back-scratching that has long characterized business and politics here needs to be reconsidered.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 12, 2007 Tales of oil industry's influence in Alaska: As federal investigation continues, and political figures are charged, a new oil-tax bill seeks to undo the industry's influence.

QUOTE: The investigation covers vast political territory, including federal fisheries policies, budget earmarks, federal grants, and even ambitions for private prisons in Alaska – but most of what has been revealed so far involves the staggering amount of leverage the oil industry exerts over fundamental oil policy, including last year's oil tax.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 23, 2007 In Alaska, a Road Marked With Controversy

QUOTE: proponents say isolated native Alaskans...could die for lack of emergency medical care if federal officials do not allow the road to be built .... But environmentalists say the road would wreak havoc with the heart of one of the most fertile wildlife breeding and feeding sites in the nation...

Washington Post
May 09, 2005 Aid to Christian School In Alaska Spurs Lawsuit

QUOTE: [Alaska Christian College] is not accredited and does not grant degrees. It offers, instead, certificates in biblical studies...Over the past two years, Congress has given the school more than $1 million.

Washington Post
Apr 11, 2004 Poisons From Afar Threaten Arctic Mothers, Traditions: Toxins, Coming North by Air and Water, Enter Inuit Food Chain

QUOTE: Scientists say the Arctic, once considered pristine and unspoiled, has become a sinkhole for pollutants. The contaminants -- including heavy metals, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, DDT and other pesticides -- come north by air and water.

Washington Post
Sep 28, 2003 Road Leads to Alaska-Size Standoff: It's Hillbilly Heaven vs. Park Service

QUOTE: The National Park Service has shut down the bulldozed road to his property, dispatched armed rangers to assess park damage and is pursuing criminal and civil cases....has made the Pilgrims actors in a national dispute over private access to federal land.

Washington Post
Nov 20, 2002 THE SUPREME COURT EVALUATES MEGAN’S LAWS: Probably Valid but Still Wrong

QUOTE: Much as it did with the “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters of old, the government, through Megan’s Laws, passes responsibility for public security along to the population at large. It says in essence that “we cannot protect you from this person; we need you to take measures to secure your own safety.”

Findlaw
Aug 22, 2001 Alaska Land Transfer Puts Senator On Spot

QUOTE: Senator Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, wants to give 1,505 acres of prime Alaska wilderness — owned by the federal government and worth millions of dollars — to a small restoration group...

New York Times
Dec 22, 2000 Student Failure Causes States to Retool Testing Programs

QUOTE: Rocked by two straight years of widespread failure (88 percent of the sophomores failed the math test the previous spring, in a pilot run), state education officials have concluded that the test is too hard and have absolved any class graduating before 2004, at the earliest, of having to pass it. In retrenching on that test, and on a writing exam where scores were only marginally better, Arizona, too, has company...

New York Times