Alaska’s Republicans have my head spinning.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice to ask for a Federal Court to throw out the conviction of former Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on corruption charges.
Even though the Justice Department asked that the conviction be dropped on a technicality, not because they believed Stevens to be innocent, Stevens and his attorneys claimed victory.
That’s not enough for the Alaska Republican Party and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Continue reading
Ted Stevens celebrates Attorney General Holder's commitment to the rule of law.
Today the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had filed a motion in Federal Court to throw out the conviction of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska on corruption charges.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Stevens is doing a Snoopy Happy Dance proclaiming that, “I always knew that there would be a day when the cloud that surrounded me would be removed. That day has finally come.”
Some in the media, in Alaska and on Capitol Hill seem to believe Stevens and his false claims on innocence in the wake of today’s news. (Indeed some on the Hill never thought he did anything wrong.)
As the Washington Post said in an editorial on its website tonight, Stevens will go free because of the misconduct of prosecutors, not because he was innocent. Continue reading
For over 200 years, the citizens of the District of Columbia have not had a say in U.S. Senate elections. By any measure this is wrong.
I don’t know about you, but when the voters of Baghdad have more voting rights than the voters of the District of Columbia, I think there is a serious problem.
Tonight that changed when Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich was declared the winner of Alaska’s Senate race. One could argue that when 12 citizens of the District of Columbia voted to convict Senator Ted Stevens on seven counts of corruption, they ensured the election of Mr. Begich.
While that’s not the exactly my idea of establishing D.C. voting rights, it’s close enough for tonight.
I am a blogger. I am a Democrat. But I’m not left wing. Yet I am furious with the Senate Democrats who chose to slap Joe Lieberman’s wrist and left him keep the chairmanship of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. I’m equally furious that Senate Republicans chose to postpone any decision on the future of convicted felon, Sen. Ted Stevens.
Is it a prerequisite to be out of touch if you’re going to serve in the Senate? Continue reading
Dear Sen. Warner and Sen. Webb:
I used to live in the District of Columbia but as Nancy Pfotenhauer pointed out, lots of Democrats like me have been streaming across the Potomac River to establish residence in the Commonwealth.
Perhaps you picked up on that when you reviewed the results of the Nov. 4 election. Your consituents voted overwhelmingly for change. We elected your colleague Barack Obama as our president and we elected three new Democrats to represent us in the House of Representatives and we elected our beloved former Governor Mark Warner to speak up for us where you both work — in the Senate.
It’s a new day.
Tomorrow, you both have a vote and you’ve been strangely silent. Continue reading
This past week was Sarah Palin unplugged. Unfortunately for the Alaska governor, by most accounts she didn’t help herself.
Among all the interviews she gave, the one with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday was the most jaw dropping, especially her remarks about Sen. Ted Stevens. Continue reading