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Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker)
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Jeanne Devon is an award-winning political blogger and founding editor of The Mudflats.

She is co-author with Ken Morris and Frank Bailey of the New York Times best-selling book "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin" (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster).

She has also contributed to the book "Going Rouge," compiled by editors of The Nation, and published by OR Books, and has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show, the Mike Molloy Show and is featured weekly on the Shannyn Moore Show in Alaska. The Mudflats is a repeat winner of the Blogger's Choice Award, and a recipient of the"Best Blog Commentary" award from the Alaska Press Club.

A transplant from the NYC area, with a background as a promotional writer in the magazine industry, Devon has lived in the Last Frontier for 20 years. A sometimes lonely progressive in a very red state, she is heartened by the burgeoning progressive community in Alaska, both online and out there in the real world.

Visit at to come tiptoeing through the muck of Alaskan politics. Bring your boots.

Entries by Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker)

Palin Outraged That Hillary Clinton Pulled a Palin

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Sarah Palin, whom shame and decency dictate should be hiding out somewhere in the back of a dark deep cave with a bag over her head this week, is instead standing on the tippy top of Mt. Hypocrisy with a giant bullhorn yelling, "Look at me!"

Should any of us be...

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Speedo Sinks Alaska Governor's Appointee

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Amid a firestorm of gasps, giggles, and moral outrage, Alaska's Governor Bill Walker (I) has withdrawn from consideration an appointee to the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Jeff Landfield's own conduct came under scrutiny after several Facebook photos came to light, which the governor's spokesperson Grace Jang said were "disrespectful"...

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American Sniper: Rethinking Our Criticism

(36) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 7:31 PM

I quickly grew tired of reading passionate reviews of American Sniper that contained a sentence midpoint that read, "I haven't seen the movie." And so it was that I decided to go see the movie myself.

I'll start by saying that the most common complaint I've seen -- that "it...

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Alaska GOP Official Ms.fires -- Wants Ms. Magazine Off Shelves

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:35 PM

FAIRBANKS, AK -- A far-right elected official on the borough assembly has demanded Ms. Magazine be pulled from the shelves of a local grocery store.

Lance Roberts does not like the publication's support for the reproductive rights of women, and demanded the Fairbanks Co-op Market pull the magazine from...

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Republican Senate Candidate Shows His "Respect" for Women

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has an interesting way of showing "respect" for women.

For the past two weeks, Anchorage Assembly member and stalwart women's advocate Elvi Gray-Jackson has been getting concerned phone calls from constituents about the use of a photograph captured at a "Choose Respect" rally -- intended to highlight...

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Alaskans Weigh in on Sarah Palin for Senate

(353) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 7:46 PM

In the never-ending edge-of-your-seat ennui that is Sarah Palin's future political career, there's some news from the Last Frontier.

There was recent speculation about whether Palin, the ex-half-Governor would consider running in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Democrat Mark Begich. She said she'd consider...

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Palin Denied Costs in 'Lemonade Lawsuit'

(6) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:50 PM


A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against Sarah Palin, denying her request to be compensated for more than $22,000 in attorney fees she spent in a case against her that was dismissed last year. Juneau activist Chip Thoma had filed...

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Alaska House GOP LOLs at Civil Unions

(9) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 6:02 PM

It was a rollicking good time at the House Majority press conference in Juneau, Alaska, on Friday. Mark Miller, a reporter from the Juneau Empire cited a recent poll from Public Policy Polling in which only 30 percent of Alaskans were opposed to legally recognizing same-sex partnerships. That means 70...

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Mega-Gaffes From Another Wasilla Republican

(12) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 4:54 PM

Wasilla City Councilman, Republican State House candidate (and former candidate for Alaska Lt. Governor in 2010), Mark Ewing keeps talking. And then trying to untalk. And then talking again. And it's just not good.

In a recent debate...

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The Time to Toss Pebble Mine is Now. Really.

(24) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 3:54 PM

Here in Alaska, the proposed Pebble Mine project is not a partisan issue, but it is very political. It's an issue of fish vs. cyanide, Alaskans vs. multinational corporations, Native culture vs. the bottom line, sustainable jobs vs. instant gratification, and food security vs. greed. It's a battle between holding...

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Help, Help! There's an Elephant in My Uterus. Permission Slips from Men for Abortion?

(179) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:44 AM

Alaska has become the latest state to fall victim to the Republican War on Women. One legislator even wants women to get a permission slip signed by the man who impregnated her before she can have an abortion.


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Senator Lisa Murkowski Was for Contraception Coverage Before She Was Against It

(114) Comments | Posted March 3, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was one of three women in the Senate, along with Susan Collins (R - ME) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to vote this week for the Blunt Amendment, which would preclude insurance coverage for contraceptives and other medical procedures for which an employer had a moral...

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Palin Aide Fined for Divulging Emails the State of Alaska Doesn't Want You to See

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 9:09 AM

Sarah Palin aide Frank Bailey, whose story was published in the tell-all book Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin (Frank Bailey, Ken Morris, Jeanne Devon - Simon & Schuster) has agreed to pay $11,900 in civil penalties to the state of Alaska for publishing revelatory emails he retained from...

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Palin Returns to Anti-GOP Roots

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 5:27 PM

As the immediate past vice presidential nominee, it's hardly surprising that most people outside Alaska view Sarah Palin as a card-carrying member of the GOP establishment. Despite her husband Todd's seven year dalliance with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party, and his quiet conversion to the GOP when his wife decided...

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Palin Urges Votes For A Man She Called A "Narrow-minded, Egotistical Machine Goon"

(22) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 11:39 AM

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Unvetted Palin Insists Candidates Should "Vet One Another"

(156) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Sarah Palin, perhaps politics' most high-profile vetting escapee, seems to have a strong opinion on the matter of vetting when it comes to people who are not Sarah Palin. Despite documentation that proves Palin was never vetted (as John McCain and others claim), she is waving the red flag, encouraging...

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Why the 'Tragedy' of Sarah Palin Isn't Really a Tragedy

(94) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 4:59 PM

From the moment Sarah Palin's acceptance speech electrified the Republican convention, she was seen as an unbending, hard-charging, red-meat ideologue--to which soon was added "thin-skinned" and "vindictive." But a look at what Palin did while in office in Alaska--the only record she has--shows a very different politician: one who worked...
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Still No Clear Winner in the Alaska Senate Race, But Murkowski Widens Lead

(57) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 1:39 PM

Any hopes of having a clear winner on election night in the U.S. Senate race in Alaska were dashed by the presence of write-in candidate, incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski, who may turn out to...

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New Alaska Poll -- Democrat Scott McAdams Surges Past Embattled Joe Miller

(1672) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 6:19 AM

A new poll conducted by Hays Research confirms what we already intuitively know. Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller's candidacy is in big trouble.

The percentage of Alaskans who feel either "somewhat negative" or "very negative" about...

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Lisa Murkowski Wants Women to Vote with Their Ovaries, Not Their Brain

(28) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 7:21 AM

When John McCain nominated Sarah Palin to be his running mate, the country was shocked. But we also knew part of the reason he did it. She was a woman, and she had exactly the same double-X chromosomal...
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