Frank Bailey, the former Sarah Palin aide turned tell-all author, has agreed to pay an $11,900 civil fine for violating the state's ethics laws by keeping, disseminating and profiting from confidential emails he obtained while serving in Palin's administration.
The Alaska attorney general's office disclosed the settlement Tuesday in a letter to ethics campaigner Andree McLeod. McLeod, a Palin critic, initiated the complaint against Bailey in September 2010 after reading about his plans for a Palin book with two co-authors in the Daily News gossip column, the Alaska Ear.
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Sens. Joe Paskvan and Joe Thomas told a judge they believe the state’s redistricting plan to pair the two Democratic lawmakers into the same Senate district was political gerrymandering intended to eliminate one of them, making room for a Republican. The two Fairbanks Democrats testified in court Monday during the first day of an expected two-week trial of the state’s redrawn election district lines.
The redistricting board has maintained the federal Voting Rights Act required them to violate the Alaska Constitution’s requirements for compactness and socio-economic contiguity in districts to protect Alaska Native voting power.
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A major figure in an Alaska political corruption scandal is expected to complete his prison sentence next week.Federal Bureau of Prisons records show Bill Allen, who was convicted of bribery and related tax charges, is scheduled for release Tuesday. He has been at a halfway house in New Mexico.
Two seasoned Alaskan journalists, both Anchorage natives, have unraveled a half-century of corruption as abundant as the natural resources to which businesses in the state lay claim. In their new book, Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska, Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger, co-founders of Alaska Dispatch, chronicle decades of crooked activity. Their account of greed among oil bosses and government officials sends an Arctic chill down the spine.
Coyne and Hopfinger describe early Alaskan history and the introduction of big business into the culture. Since becoming the 49th state in 1959, Alaska's economic livelihood has depended on one thing and one thing alone: the oil and gas industry.
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