Episode 19: Zambanella | Ted Stevens and H. Brent Coles


May 6th, 2020

1 hr 22 mins 5 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

Hillary and Tina cover former US Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska and former Boise, Idaho mayor H. Brent Coles.

Hillary's Story
Ted Fulton Stevens, Sr. served as a United States Senator from Alaska from 1968 to 2009, making him the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator in history at the time he left office. But, in 2006, when the FBI and IRS started investigating Stevens’ financial disclosures, things got complicated for the senator.

Tina's Story
H. Brent Coles held the mayor’s seat in Boise for 10 years, from 1993 to 2003. During his tenure, he was named president of the United States Conference of Mayors and was also considered by then president George W. Bush to be named the Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy But, when allegations of misuse of public funds come to light, Mayor Coles finds himself stuck in the muck.

Hillary's Sources
Alaska political corruption probe
Alaska Permanent Fund
Alaska Legislature

Juneau Empire
Opinion: The ‘Corrupt Bastard’s Club’ is alive and well

Timeline: Alaska Corruption Scandal
[Alaska: The Senator and the Oil Man](Alaska: The Senator and the Oil Man)

Washington Post
["I'll Sell My Soul to the Devil"](Alaska: The Senator and the Oil Man)--by Karl Vick

New York Times
A Senate Lion Brought Down
A New Generation of Republicans in Alaska--By William Yardley

Sarah Palin--"As governor, I've stood up to ... the big oil companies."

US Senator Ted Stevens--via Wikimedia
VECO Bill Allen--via Anchorage Daily News
Ted Stevens Chalet--via Kirby on the Loose

Tina's Sources
H. Brent Coles
Boise, Idaho
United States Conference of Mayors

Idaho Statesman
“Boise still bears scars of Coles scandal”--By Sven Berg
“He was popular, then fell from grace. Ex-Mayor Brent Coles says he’s a changed man”--by KATE TALERICO

Deseret News
“Ex-mayor relieved of church duties”--AP

Church News
“First LDS Mayor Elected”

New York Times
“Charged With Getting Free Olympics Trip, Boise Mayor Resigns”--By The Associated Press

Lewiston Morning Tribune
“Boise Mayor Resigns”--by Dan Gallagher, the Associated Press

Lewiston Tribune
“Brent Coles enters innocent pleas”--by the Associated Press
“Former Boise mayor out of jail”--by TheAssociated Press

The Spokesman Review
“Record cleared, rights restored for ex-Boise mayor”--by Associated Press

The Missoulian
“Former mayors leader takes heat”--by Chuck Oxley, Associated Press

Idaho Reports
“Brent Coles once agreed to never run for office again”--by Seth Ogilvie

Idaho Mountain Express
“In Boise, a slick mayor and naïve police chief”--by PAT MURPHY

Channel 7 KTVB via YouTube
2007 Boise Mayor Brent Coles interview: 'I can't see myself being a public servant again'

“Former Boise Mayor Brent Coles announces mayoral run, 16 years after scandal”
“Former Boise mayor & wife face $44K Idaho tax lien”

Idaho Democaratic Party

Idaho News Six
Brent Coles Resigns (screenshot via YouTube)
Brent Coles Announces 2019 Mayoral Bid (screenshot via YouTube)

Brent Coles Mayoral Debate Panel (screenshot via Youtube)

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