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    Question What In The Hell Happened in Alaska?

    Ok, I'm having a hard time trying to figuring out how SO many of the folks in Alaska could have voted for this guy to where the race is close?

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    Although Ted Stevens holds a small lead in Alaska and is the favorite to retain his seat, the outcome is not as inevitable as it might appear to be. Stevens currently holds a lead of 3,353 votes, or about 1.5 percent of the votes tallied so far. But, there are quite a large number of ballots yet to count. According to Roll Call, these include "at least 40,000 absentee ballot, 9,000 early voting ballots, and an undetermined number of questionable ballots".

    Indeed, it seems possible that the number of "questionable" ballots could be quite high. So far, about 220 thousand votes have been processed in Alaska. This compares with 313 thousand votes cast in 2004. After adding back in the roughly 50,000 absentee and early ballots that Roll Call accounts for, that would get us to 270 thousand ballots, or about a 14 percent drop from 2004. It seems unlikely that turnout would drop by 14 percent in Alaska given the presence of both a high-profile senate race and Sarah Palin at the top of the ticket.

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    Ted Stevens has been active in politics since before Alaska was a state. Apparently in addition to all the pork barrel spending, he's been very good at helping his constituents out.

    Most land Alaska is owned by the federal government and controlled by the department of interior. Remembering that alaska is filled with people who don't like being around people, don't like government and want to live off the land, etc. and there are lot's of run-ins with the federal government over land use, hunting, etc. Uncle Ted, as he is called, get's the government off people's backs, they tell their friends/neighbors and Uncle Ted is their man. Now, them liberals in Washington are telling them who can be their senator.

    Remember in Lousiana where the governor went to prison, got out and won election again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmCan View Post
    Remember in Lousiana where the governor went to prison, got out and won election again?
    Nope, but I can believe it! Remeber the one guy re-elected after getting caught smoking crack? LMAO
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    It's because Stevens had the audacitiy to keep claiming that he wasn't actually convicted. The moose people must have thought ok this is a class guy we believe him and voted for him. I hope his fellow Senators expel him or tar and feather him.
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    People in general are stupid and vote for a name, happens all the time.. Stevens should have been destroyed, but then again Barney Frank should be in prison as well but he got re-elected.
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    Barney Frank should be in prison as well but he got re-elected.
    So another failure of the bush administration, since they've run Justice Department for the last 8 years. So they fired US Attorneys for refusing to railroad democratic politicians, but let barney frank off the hook? Is he GW's gay lover or what?

    where do you get these stories?
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    Are you serious?

    There is a list of Dems and republicans and CEo's that should be prison bound, Barney is near the top of this list.
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    Oh I see Chips, you've decided they're corrupt but have no evidence.

    The Bush Administration that has indicted, tried and convicted several corrupt members of congress from both parties, but Barney Frank, much like Osama Bin Laden can't be located or made to pay his debt to society.

    You should become a fiction writer, maybe focus on horror.

    It's fine to assume that a lot of folks that there are people in congress, on wall street, etc. who are corrupt and criminal, but if i use your methodology with my political outlook i guess that means every republican should be in prison, like the Ohio Republican Party(special shot right at you chips .

    thanks for the good laugh, great way to start the day!

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    Default GOP's Stevens loses Alaska Senate seat

    Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, narrowly lost his re-election bid Tuesday, marking the downfall of a pillar of the U.S. Senate and Alaska icon who apparently couldn't survive his conviction on federal corruption charges. His defeat to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich moves Senate Democrats closer to a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.

    Stevens' ouster on his 85th birthday marks an abrupt realignment in Alaska politics and will alter the power structure in the Senate, where he has served since the days of the Johnson administration while holding seats on some of the most influential committees in Congress.

    The crotchety octogenarian likes to encourage comparisons with the Incredible Hulk, and he occupies an outsized place in Alaska history. His involvement in politics dates to the days before Alaska statehood, and he is esteemed for his ability to secure billions of dollars in federal aid for transportation and military projects. The Anchorage airport bears his name; in Alaska, it's simply "Uncle Ted."

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    What makes me upset the most about this situation is that the guy will get $125,000 a year as a convicted ex-congress member. How can that happen?

    Thank God CHANGE is coming to Washington in January! Hopefully stupid stuff like this will end with some new laws!
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