The last days of Alaska's kleptocracy

Alaska is a state governed by a politically corrupt elite, but the FBI is closing in.  It is a systemic problem and not surprisingly this extends to the state’s management of wildlife.

Today the New Republic has an article on what could be the end of the era. I think this article raises the question whether Alaska should have even been made a state.

“Out of the Wild.” By Charles Homans. “The last days of Alaska’s kleptocracy.”






  1. Monty Avatar

    The latest news about Senator Steven’s trial is that he is trying to have it moved from Washington DC to Alaska in order to accomadate his need to run for re-election this fall (and no doubt get a more favorable jury). He had his trial date moved up to September in order get it over with prior to the election.

  2. Linda Hunter Avatar

    I am not sure if Alaskans would know how to function at all if it weren’t for a totally corrupt government. I sure would like to see it though, it would be refreshing and better for the wildlife.

  3. Don Riley Avatar
    Don Riley

    The judge ruled Mr. Stevens will be tried in DC but they may only hold court Mon thru Thurs so he can go home and campaign Fri thru Sunday.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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