• Alaska Town Has Been Governed by a Cat for Nearly 15 Years

    No one has quite been able to explain the Sarah Palin phenomenon to me. Yes, Alaska's old boy network of establishment Republicans and corrupt oil interests was ripe for a maverick-y shake-up, but Sarah Palin? As a governor of a whole state?

    That kind of non-conformity to reality only makes sense when you consider the case of Talkeetna, Alaksa, a 900-person town with a cat for a mayor

    The part-manx was named honorary mayor shortly after his birth, and now locals all know the cat as "Mayor Stubbs."

    As the story goes, 15 years ago several of the town residents didn't like the candidates who were running for mayor of Talkeetna, so as a joke, they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs the cat as a write-in candidate, and he actually won.

    Those who expect this feline to manage the budgetary kitty or provide inspired leadership will be sorely disappointed, because this fat cat spends most of its time holding court at the local general store where he "has catnip in a wine glass," according to one local resident.

    Nevertheless, the honorary mayor is credited with boosting tourism to the town, where 30 to 40 people ask to see him daily. That's probably more than Barack Obama's stimulus projects have done for Alaska's economy, showing that regular replacement of Mayor Stubbs' litter box is the one kind of Change We Can Believe In.

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    Tags: Alaska, Animals, Extremely Local Politics


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