Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Justice Department indicts Sen. Ted Stevens


WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican senator in United States history and a figure of great influence in Washington as well as in his home state, has been indicted on federal charges of failing to report gifts and income.

Rest of the article here. Photo from the NYTimes.

5 comments:

  1. I always knew this guy was shady!

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  2. Stevens is a funny case. He is adored by many (most?) in Alaska because he's really good at what he does: bring in federal money to the State of Alaska. He's an expert in that department. On the other hand, I think non-Alaskans tend to view him in a less favorable light. After all, we'd love to have that money go to our own states. According to one website, Alaska gets back $1.84 for every dollar they send to the federal government. Those of us living in California, for example, might be rather jealous for we only get back $0.78 for every $1.0 we contribute. We, along with other states, including Texas, are considered “donor” states. Frankly, I want my elected reps to get as much money for transportation, health care, and education as they can for “my” state, so I can't fault Stevens for doing that. He was, after all, the King of Pork. Unfortunately, he may have gotten a bit too greedy with his famous "bridge to nowhere". And he didn’t get a lot of love when he blocked emergency funding for Katrina victims. Additionally, accepting free gifts is a rather big no-no. Of course, I wouldn't mind having a new house if somebody were to offer it...

    http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/266.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravina_Island_Bridge

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  3. My dislike of him doesn't have anything to do with the money he gets for his state. That thought didn't even enter my mind. I just don't like him. I have always been told that I am good at perceiving what a person is really like without really knowing them. I've always had a gut feeling that he was a bit "off." I think he has old school thoughts on some issues that don't need old school thinking, and that he's just generally prickish. But, that is my perception...which is why I wasn't surprised when he got in trouble. My thinking isn't quite as logical as others. lol

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  4. That's too funny. I do agree with you that he seems a bit "off". Not my favorite person, either. :)

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  5. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Stevens brings home the pork, but he's a bully. He's been working to deprive WA state of funding and campaigning against our elected representatives because he doesn't like our tanker regulations. He's famous for his grudges. As a Washingtonian, I'd like to be rid of him.
    mom

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