What Ann Brown Didn’t Say


Ann Brown is WC’s former law partner and the current chair of the Alaska Republican Party. On September 13, the Anchorage Daily News once again gave her space for an opinion column, in which she woodshedded her fellow Republicans for letting a Democrat, Mary Peltola, get elected to Alaska’s sole seat in the House of…

Vic Kohring Selling Out, Photo Courtesy FBIourtes

R.I.P. Vic Kohring, 1958-2022


Vic Kohring was a crook. He was a crooked politician, captured on video accepting cash from VECO CEO Bill Allen for his vote on a tax law Allen wanted, and then soliciting still more cash. Yes, the U.S. Department of Justice wrongfully withheld evidence at Kohring’s trial. But there’s still those damning videos from Suite…

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, in the House chamber on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at the Alaska State Capitol. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

An Open Memo to Gail Fenumiai


Ms. Gail Fenumiai, DirectorDivision of ElectionsCourt Plaza Building240 Main Street, 4th FloorJuneau, AK 99801 Re: Matter of David Eastman Dear Director Fenumiai: Wickersham’s Conscience has long admired your reasoned and principled approach to the sometimes challenging issues of Alaska elections. For example, WC wrote applauding your decisions in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign, decisions that…

It’s Not a Bug, It’s a Feature


As you might imagine, WC is immensely pleased that Alaskans selected Mary Peltola to fill the balance of the late Don Young’s term as Alaska’s sole U.S. representative. Representative-elect Peltola is all of the things Sarah Palin is not: thoughtful, articulate, in touch with Alaskans and their views, informed and compassionate. She’s also the first…

Ryan Zinke: Ethical Superfund Site


This post was written pre-surgery. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, the very worst environmentally contaminated sites are designated for cleanup by a scoring system called the Hazard Ranking System. If they are bad enough, they get on the National Priorities List – a euphemism if WC…

“This is all heresy”


A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is a communications mistake that is believed to be linked to the unconscious mind. The theory – backed by some decent science – is that this kind of gaffe reveals secret thoughts and feelings that people hold. About 45 minutes into the July 21 testimony of former Trump White…

The Idaho Republican Party Prepares for Violence


Lunatic, Lunacy: late 13th century, “affected with periodic insanity dependent on the changes of the moon,” from Old French lunatique “insane,” or directly from Late Latin lunaticus “moon-struck,” from Latin luna “moon” Etymology Online It is a remarkable coincidence that the new Chair of the Idaho Republican Party, elected on the occasion of the most recent supermoon, is named Dorothy…

Guest Blog Post: Abortion, Morality and the Law


An essay by David James, of Fairbanks, Alaska, that is dead on. Morality is not simple. It’s easy to hold absolute positions in the abstract, but when human realities intrude, what seems straightforward becomes complex. For instance, the Ten Commandments state, “Thou shalt not kill.” No exceptions. Yet the Bible is littered with exceptions, because…

Is Mike Lindell Off His Meds?


Idaho is a thoroughly Republican state. Both U.S. Senators, both U.S. Representatives, a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and nearly every elected ministerial office. Those elected officials seemingly vie with each other to see who can be the most conservative. But they aren’t conservative enough for Mike Lindell,…

2022 Hypocrite of the Year: The First Nominee


Reader JER, with an assist from Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, offers the first nominee for the Wickersham’s Conscience 2022 Hypocrite of the Year: U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R, Wisconsin), who is JER’s senator. Reminder: You can suggest candidates for Hypocrite of the Year. WC will select from among your suggestions the worst of the…

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, in the House chamber on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at the Alaska State Capitol. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

David Eastman Excused from the Consequences


The Alaska Constitution was written in 1955, near the height of the anti-Communist hysteria that gripped the United States. It was the peak of the McCarthy Era. While the state constitution is mercifully free of much of the political baggage that attended that dark time, there are places where the hysteria plainly crept in. Article…

WC Finds It Embarrassing


Winston regrets his purchase of a Corvette: “I’ve decided I don’t like the car I bought last year. I want to return it and get my money back.” Clyde is disappointed with his lottery ticket: “My ticket didn’t win anything; I want my money back.” Janet and Dave met with their bank loan officer. “We…

Tales from Wasilla: Mat-Su School District’s Priorities


It’s hardly a secret that the Matanuska-Susitna Valley faces a number of grave problems: substance abuse, failing schools, appalling levels of sexual assault and entrenched bigotry and racism, to name just a few. Which makes the recent decision by the Mat-Su School District to focus on a non-existent problem both a further demonstration of bigotry…

What’s Wrong with America, Part 5


Several readers have asked WC what he thinks is at the heart of all the problems facing America. It’s more than one thing, of course. But with this post, WC concludes this semi-regular series, which has used mostly photographs to illustrate the problems. Here’s Part 1; here’s Part 2; here’s Part 3; here’s Part 4.…

Okay, Can We Deal With Reality Now?


WC notes that the Utah County, Utah Sheriff has accused the Utah County District Attorney of being among the pedophile, child-eating Democrats. The Utah County Sheriff is an enthusiastic QAnon supporter and the QAnon nut jobs, of course, think that Democrats have a secret, nationwide ring of cannibalistic pedophiles who feast on young children. WC…

Sun Rose This Morning; Dunleavy Claims Credit


Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy still hasn’t removed WC from his reelection campaign mailing list. The latest fibs arrived last Friday. As far as WC can tell, the Legislature enacted the PFD that Dunleavy is claiming credit for despite Dunleavy’s best efforts to frustrate the process. After all, Dunleavy wanted a much bigger dividend, $6,700, and…

What’s Wrong with America, Part 4


Several readers have asked WC what he thinks is at the heart of all the problems facing America. It’s more than one thing, of course. But with this post, WC continues his semi-regular series, using mostly photographs to illustrate the problem. Here’s Part 1; here’s Part 2; here’s Part 3. This is another case where…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

What’s Wrong With America, Part 3


Several readers have asked WC what he thinks is at the heart of all the problems facing America. It’s more than one thing, of course. But with this post, WC continues his semi-regular series, using mostly photographs to illustrate the problem. Here’s Part 1; here’s Part 2. In this case, this particular problem is pretty…

A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

What Not to Do When Offered a Bribe


Elderly Mandarin: “Would you betray your Emperor?”Young Mandarin: “Never. My loyalty to the Emperor is pure.”Elderly Mandarin: “Doubtlessly. But would you betray your Emperor for 10 million pieces of gold?”Young Mandarin: “10 million pieces of gold? A man could live well a very long time with that much wealth.”Elderly Mandarin: “Well then, would you betray…

What’s Wrong With America, Part 2


Several readers have asked WC what he thinks is at the heart of all the problems facing America. It’s more than one thing, of course. But with this post, WC continues a new, semi-regular series, using only photographs to illustrate the problem. WC cautions readers that some of these photos contain obscenities. But that’s part…

Principles? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Principles!


Exhibit ASteven F. Holtze, is a Texas multi-millionaire and a major Republican donor, who runs a natural-health and hormone replacement clinic, paid more than a quarter million dollars to ex-Houston police captain Mark Aguirre to find election fraud.1 It was Aguirre who on October 19, 2020, rammed his car into the a cargo truck owned by…

Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin

An Open Letter to Janice McGeachin


Dear Lt. Governor McGeachin: The Idaho Statesman reports that at a campaign event on April 21, in response to a press inquiry about your botched and overdrawn Idaho Lt. Governor’s Office budget, you said, Honestly, who cares about $2,000 … in the lieutenant governor’s budget? I think more people in Idaho are concerned about their…

Who Is “Tito” and Why Is He Harassing WC?


WC’s mailbox has been stuffed with messages from “Tito Dunleavy” lately, all asking for money, for WC to “sign” Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s birthday card, or seeking WC’s contact information for “important news.” Or sometimes all three. In the emails from “Tito,” there’s always a photo of the very small, curly-furred brown dog at the…