Last Stand

Ted Stevens is a convicted felon. What his uncertain future means for Alaska and the GOP

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

The federal prison closest to anchorage sits in tiny Sheridan, Ore., where the fenceless minimum-security wing already houses 491 inmates, including a few Alaska legislators who were greased by oil money. There's an outdoor track, plus lots of fresh air perfumed by local vineyards and what former Anchorage state representative Tom Anderson calls "very professional and respectful staff."

Joining them soon may be Senator Ted Stevens, Alaska's senior Republican, who was found guilty on Oct. 27 on seven felony counts related to $250,000 of unreported gifts from influential constituents. Stevens, whose political trademark was his immense success at bringing home the...

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