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Bad Penny Returns: Joe Miller. Again.


Back in January 2011, WC noted that Joe Miller had finally, more than a year after the election, conceded that, yes, Lisa Murkowski had won. WC named Joe Miller “Bad Penny.” WC predicted that, like a bad penny, Joe Miller would keep turning up. Unfortunately, WC has been proven right. Miller has a strange mix of paranoia, an unseemly…

Miller and His Beard

Bad Penny Has Another Bad Idea


Joe Miller, known around Wickersham’s Conscience as “Bad Penny” for all the obvious reasons, has had yet another bad idea: recall Governor Bill Walker. Yes, Bad Penny, petulant poor loser, wants to recall the only adult in the room. Typical. You’ll recall that Bad Penny surprised Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 Republican primary. And lost…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Following Up and Following Down: February 2015


Yes, it’s true. To paraphrase the boys at Car Talk, you’ve wasted another perfectly good month reading Wickersham’s Conscience. It’s already time for another quick recap, a smirking wink at Real Journalism, as WC revisits earlier posts and omitted stories. Sometime this month, the National and Alaska media woke up and discovered that – gasp –…

Three Wise Monkeys, Brass Casting

The Great Republican Debate: Questions That Didn’t Get Asked


All three U.S. Senator Wannabes – Joe “Bad Penny” Miller, Carpetbagger Dan Sullivan and Mead “Who?” Treadwell – were in Fairbanks last week for a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored debate. They trundled out the usual straw men as their targets: the EPA, President Obama and the federal government. What they didn’t do was discuss local issues.…

Would You Buy This Guy As a Candidate?

“Joe had a lapse in judgment”


Joe “Bad Penny” Miller is once again a candidate for the U.S. Senate. WC predicted this; Miller is the bad penny that keeps turning up. On his campaign website, on a page called “FACT v. FICTION: Debunking Campaign Myths,” Bad Penny Joe describes the notorious Fairbanks North Star Borough computer incident exposed in his 2010…