Senator Ted Stevens (Republican-Alaska) is convicted on seven felony counts for hiding more than US$250,000 in gifts received from an oil executive while in office. Stevens is locked in a tight re-election battle that now looks likely to go to the Democrats.
We round up the coverage for you here:
The AP has the overview story and a summary of Stevens’ (bleak) career prospects.
Stevens maintains his innocence and asks Alaskans to stand with him.
Conviction does not prevent Stevens from serving in the Senate, but oddsmakers find it unlikely he’ll get the chance. Polling is not yet available. A Democratic pickup of a Senate seat in deep red Alaska could play a big role as Democrats fight toward a 60-seat working majority.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin declines to say whether she will vote for Stevens, but may be hinting that he should resign now so she can appoint a new Republican candidate. Senator John McCain skips hinting and calls for Stevens to resign.
For background on the U.S. gift disclosure laws that Stevens broke and the judicial system that convicted him, see the Global Integrity Report: United States.
— Jonathan Werve
Now, let’s get someone to Georgia and find out what our senators are up to here.
Also, anonymous…amazing how you can point out Palin and Stevens, yet fail to point out Obama and Ayers…but..sigh…
Unassociated Fictional Press
The Government of The Peoples Republic of China has unanimously
endorsed McCain/Palin for President of the United States.
“They are our kind of leaders!” says a Government spokesperson.
“They understand that business and the government should be in control,
not the silly workers, or ‘people’ as they sometimes call themselves.
Also, we understand the Republic concept. It is Democracy we find
A leading General, who wished to remain anonymous, had this to say
about President McCain: “We planted many post-hypnotic suggestions
in our former P.O.W.’s mind and we are beside ourselves with
anticipation at having the opportunity to trigger them and have control
of the white house without even having to wage a war…”
“And if that fails,” a second anonymous official pipes in “it’s not like
George W. Bush did not already sell it to us anyway.”
P.S. We sure hope that Sarah Palin and her corrupt comrade Ted Stevens dream of
a free Alaska comes true someday so we can do serious business.