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October 2, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Writing to an old friend in October 2002, Sen. Ted Stevens offered effusive praise -- and a caveat -- for work the friend was overseeing on Stevens' home in Alaska. "Thanks for the work on the chalet," Stevens wrote to the friend, oilman Bill J. Allen. "You owe me a bill -- remember Torricelli, my friend. Friendship is one thing. Compliance with the ethics rules entirely different." Stevens even ordered Allen to consult with a mutual friend about how to resolve the issue. "Don't get p.o.'
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October 1, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Bill J. Allen, the oil company executive at the core of the corruption case against Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, said Tuesday that he realized he was getting less than full value in a car deal with Stevens in 1999, but that he agreed to the transaction anyway -- "because I liked Ted."
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September 29, 2008 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
There is no shortage of reminders in Ted Stevens' hometown that the 84-year-old dean of Senate Republicans is running for reelection. Along the road in Girdwood, an oversize campaign sign stands in front of a shop selling candles carved from crude oil into the shapes of bears and otters. Posters are staked into lawns of cabins that dot the yellow birch-filled hillsides.
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September 26, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens began Thursday with sharply divergent portraits of the long-serving Republican. In opening statements in the highly anticipated case, prosecutors accused Stevens of using his experience in the ways of Washington to "fly under the radar screen" and flout Senate rules requiring the disclosure of gifts and favors.
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August 20, 2008 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
The motorcade that blew through the chilly morning recently turned more than a few heads in a city that's seen it all: a dozen full-throated Harley-Davidsons ridden by guys covered with black leather and tattoos, and an elderly U.S. senator bringing up the rear. Ted Stevens emerged from his car for a campaign rally to the sound of cheers from his supporters and a round of hearty handshakes from his burly motorcycle escorts. "We love him," said Michael Kane, leader of the local Harley club, before he and his men moved inside the packed campaign headquarters to empty the doughnut platters.
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August 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sen. Ted Stevens accused the Justice Department of trampling on the independence of Congress, arguing Thursday that the corruption case against him should be thrown out. That legal argument will test the limits of a court ruling that prosecutors fear could limit their ability to investigate corruption on Capitol Hill. Stevens said FBI agents went too far when they questioned his Senate aides.
OPINION
August 1, 2008 | Michael Carey, Michael Carey is the former editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News.
A federal grand jury in Washington indicted Sen. Ted Stevens on corruption charges Tuesday. The reaction in Alaska, four time zones away, was not so much "why?" as "why now?" After all, government prosecutors have been discussing the possibility for more than a year, and many Alaskans assumed that there would be no indictment in the run-up to the state's Aug. 26 GOP primary. The FBI raided the Girdwood home of Alaska's senior senator last summer. His colleague, Rep.
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August 1, 2008 | Vimal Patel, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) pleaded not guilty Thursday to seven counts of making false statements on his Senate financial disclosure forms by failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from one of his state's most powerful employers. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan set a tentative trial date for Sept. 24. Stevens, 84, is running for reelection and requested an expedited trial so the matter would be over before election day.
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July 30, 2008 | Janet Hook and Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writers
In a state with more tundra than turnpikes, Alaska's Ted Stevens is a political force. The former chairman and now ranking Republican on the influential U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Stevens is known as a master of pork barrel politics, with a record of channeling billions of federal dollars to his home state. He has brought home so much federal funding, in fact, that the cash has been given a special name: Stevens money. "It's hard to put your finger on anything in Alaska that he hasn't had his finger on," said Democratic state Rep. Mike Doogan.
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July 30, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt and Janet Hook, Times Staff Writers
The indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on corruption charges Tuesday throws into question his grip on a Senate seat he has held for decades and offers Democrats a chance to strengthen their hold on Congress. Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate and a towering figure in Alaska's political history, was indicted by a federal grand jury here on charges that he concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from one of the state's most powerful employers.
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