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Small Alaska town's long-time mayor is a cat named Stubbs
Fox News ^ | 7/15/2012

Posted on 07/16/2012 8:49:16 PM PDT by DKM

TALKEETNA, Alaska – The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine.

The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, Alaska, through a write-in campaign shortly after he was born 15 years ago.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: kittyping
TALKEETNA, Alaska – The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine.

The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, Alaska, through a write-in campaign shortly after he was born 15 years ago.

KTUU-TV reported Friday that residents didn't like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate. The town has nearly 900 residents.

Although his position is honorary, Stubbs' popularity is real. His election earned him enough press to catapult the town at the base of Mount McKinley into a tourist destination.

Residents say they're happy that their stubby-tailed mayor is promoting tourism. The general store where Stubbs hangs out says it gets dozens of tourists a day asking for him.

1 posted on 07/16/2012 8:49:24 PM PDT by DKM
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To: DKM

I was in Talkeetna a couple of years ago and talked to several of the locals - charming oddballs. Supposedly, Talkeetna was the model for the town in the tv show Northern Exposure.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 8:56:51 PM PDT by Montanabound
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To: DKM; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

3 posted on 07/16/2012 9:01:32 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Montanabound
Wife and I were there last July and met the Mayor, at the flee market.
4 posted on 07/16/2012 9:03:35 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: DKM

Alaskan Mayors are great Presidential material.

15 feline years >35 hunan years.

i’m writing in Stubbs.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 9:04:07 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: DKM
The cat is of more value to the public than most elected officials.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 9:05:45 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: DKM
How many catz holding office in Alaska are under indictment vs. the number of Governors of a certain un-named state already convicted?

Pretty easy choice, actually.

/johnny

7 posted on 07/16/2012 9:15:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
He certainly causes less problems and breaks fewer laws than any politician.

/johnny

8 posted on 07/16/2012 9:17:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Montanabound
Talkeetna is also known for its “famous” moose dropping festival.
9 posted on 07/16/2012 9:41:50 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: justrepublican

You were running away?


10 posted on 07/16/2012 10:21:44 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: DKM

He may be cute but why won’t he release 20 years of tax returns? Because he is hiding something; probably felonies, tax evasion, a cat-nip addiction and who knows what else.

This is why me and many of my fellow Democrats have vowed to not take a shower until Stubbs releases his tax returns.


11 posted on 07/17/2012 2:03:39 AM PDT by Infralutheran
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Any yellow cat is a far better public servant than any Democrat in the last 10 years.


12 posted on 07/17/2012 3:40:26 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: Infralutheran
"...me and many of my fellow Democrats have vowed to not take a shower..."

And that would considered different from normal behavior...how?

I'll bet money his skeleton in the closet is a conviction for licking himself (otherwise known as "Playing The Bass Fiddle") in public.

13 posted on 07/17/2012 3:44:00 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: DKM
A PURR FECT POLITICIAN!

Says Samantha the local Sage!

14 posted on 07/17/2012 3:53:24 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: DKM

The wife and I were lucky enough to see the top of Denali from Talkeetna in 2007. On a whim we shelled out the $$ for a flightseeing tour and glacier landing. Awesome does not even come close to describing the trip.


15 posted on 07/17/2012 4:18:29 AM PDT by laker_dad
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To: laker_dad

What a great idea.......Vote in a chimpanzee as the next president. That will certainly make the final selection difficult.


16 posted on 07/17/2012 5:31:46 AM PDT by Progov
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To: laker_dad

That trip is well worth the money. Definately a bucket list activity. Fortunately, whether permitting, we wake up to that view every morning.


17 posted on 07/17/2012 10:05:13 AM PDT by DKM
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To: chrisinoc

Unfortunately, the Moose Dropping Festival has been put on hold the last couple of years. There is an effort to get it going again. An amusing side note on that ..... it “celebrates / commemerates” the small round pellets moose excrete during the winter months..... thus the “Moose Dropping”...... I have been told that several years ago, PETA interpreted the name literally meaning the “dropping of moose” and stormed into town demanding this inhumane practice be stopped. Not sure if that story is true, but in this crazy world unfortunately it is believable.


18 posted on 07/17/2012 10:10:14 AM PDT by DKM
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To: DKM

We hope to spend a whole summer up there with the travel trailer someday. For now, it’s out of the question.
:(


19 posted on 07/17/2012 10:20:07 AM PDT by laker_dad
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To: laker_dad

When you do make it back up here, give me a shout. We own and operate a B&B here and can help any questions / arrangements.


20 posted on 07/17/2012 10:27:47 AM PDT by DKM
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To: laker_dad
We were in Talkeetna in 08, and had the luck of seeing Denali(Mt. McKinley)from there as well. We had come from spending the night at Denali Nat Park and had made plans to take a plane out to Denali while there, but it was cancelled because of weather:-(
21 posted on 07/18/2012 3:54:11 PM PDT by united1000
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