For those of you unfamiliar with Alaska politics, things are breaking up here. We made NPR today and it wasn't for any sporting event or natural disaster.
Ted Stevens was for many years in the Bush administration the third in the succession line for the presidency. Ted (Uncle Ted to the locals) has done some wonderful things for this state. He started the Denali Commission so that impoverished and isolated villages could have proper sanitation and safe water, among other things. While he was doing that, his son, Ben was bullying folks as President of the Alaska State Senate. Ben chose not to run for re-election after the FBI raided his senate office last summer.
We are not sure where all this is going to take us as a state. It will be interesting. If you are interested in reading up on this, check out these links. If you have any questions, ask. The back story is so very interesting and goes back to when Hale Boggs and Nick Begich disappeared over Portage Glacier.
Uncle Ted on NPR
Uncle Ted in Salon
Uncle Ted in The Anchorage Daily News
Little Son Ben in The Anchorage Daily News
and for some fun...
Uncle Ted in The Ear