Joe Vogler
Alaskan politician
Joe Vogler
Joseph E. "Joe" Vogler was the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, and either its chair or gubernatorial nominee for most of its first two decades of existence. He was also known, originally in his adopted hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, and later statewide, as a frequent participant in governmental and political affairs and frequent litigant in court.
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Kantonaler Jugendgottesdienst geplant - ONZ Obwalden Nidwalden Zeitung
Google News - over 5 years
Über seine Arbeit als Präses der Kantonsleitung von Jungwacht und Blauring orientierte Joe Vogler, Lungern. Ein überraschend positives Rechnungsergebnis für das Jahr 2010 konnte Finanzchef Lukas Küng, Alpnach, den 24 Delegierten vorstellen
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Mitt Romney Targeted by Joe Miller's Tea Party Group - ABC News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(being involved with agenda of Joe Vogler is why she became Mayor!!) Yep, this is a true conservative....LOL!!!! There is no "Tea Party"! Self described "tea party" candidates are trying to siphon enough votes from Republican candidates to allow the
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'Epic' Sarah Palin Documentary Due Out in June - ABC News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Will she also include her proud and SUPPORTed speeches for Joe Vogler's HATE American Conventions in "06 & 08"?!! That's right she's happy with it, that can ONLY mean one thing it will NOT include the truth about her and her lies!
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Cellphones have 'made it fashionable to be rude' - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Google News - almost 6 years
A case in point is Joe Vogler, who was every bit as gentlemanly at the library's reference desk as he could be gruff on the political stump. How conscientious are our patrons? This librarian's heart glowed to read several blog postings in response to
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Remains of Alaska Separatist Are Identified
NYTimes - over 22 years
Fingerprint tests show that human remains found in a gravel pit east of Fairbanks on Wednesday are those of Joe Vogler, the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, who vanished in May 1993, Alaska state troopers said today. The discovery of the remains, following an anonymous tip to the authorities, apparently resolves a year-and-a-half-old
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Alaska G.O.P. Nominee Abandons the Ticket
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: The Alaska Republican Party has been thrown into disarray by the defection of its nominee for lieutenant governor to a third-party ticket led by former Gov. Walter J. Hickel. The Alaska Republican Party has been thrown into disarray by the defection of its nominee for lieutenant governor to a third-party ticket led by former Gov. Walter J.
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ALASKA JOURNAL; BIG FIELD, COSTLY CAR, AND DRINK
NYTimes - almost 31 years
Gov. Bill Sheffield has drawn 13 opponents in his campaign for re-election to a second term. And with the deadline less than a month away, a 14th, former Gov. Walter J. Hickel, stands teetering in the wings undecided. The Democratic Governor, a millionaire hotel chain owner who won his first political campaign in 1982, has had stormy passage in his
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MAVERICK AGAIN ROILING ALASKA GOVERNOR RACE
NYTimes - over 34 years
When you call on Joe Vogler, leave the blue serge at home because dog hair sticks to it like filings to a magnet. And Mr. Vogler has two poodles, a half Husky, and four black Laborador retrievers. The dogs are part of the Alaskan veneer assumed over four decades by this Kansas farm boy who is the Alaskan Independence Party nominee for Governor. His
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2 ISSUES DOMINATE ALASKAN CAMPAIGN
NYTimes - over 34 years
Political passions aroused by the proposed shift of the state capital from Juneau to a place near Anchorage and charges that state fish and game laws are unfair dominate the Alaska campaign for Governor. A two-term limit barred the incumbent, Gov. Jay Hammond, a Republican, from seeking re-election. His attempt to pass on his office to Lieut. Gov.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Vogler
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 79
    Vogler disappeared under suspicious circumstances in May 1993, just weeks before he was scheduled to give a speech to the United Nations on Alaskan independence, sponsored by the government of Iran.
    More Details Hide Details Convicted thief Manfried West confessed to having murdered Vogler the following year in what he described as an illegal plastic explosive sale gone bad. West, trying to recant, later said the confession was a lie, but this was before Vogler's body had been discovered. Vogler's remains were discovered in a gravel pit east of Fairbanks in October 1994 following an anonymous tip. He had been wrapped in a blue tarp secured with duct tape and were identified through fingerprint analysis. Manfried West was convicted of murdering Joe Vogler and is serving an 80-year sentence. In the opinion of AIP Chair Lynette Clark and other AIP leaders, however, Vogler's death reflected more than a dispute with West. Clark has stated, "He was executed." She notes that Vogler was about to appear before the United Nations to address the issue of Alaskan independence: "The United States government would have been deeply embarrassed. And we can't have that, can we?" There was also speculation that as an aging gold miner, he was merely viewed as an easy target for robbery. Although this theory has come up over the years, it was never validated.
  • 1990
    Age 76
    In 1990, as party chair, Vogler paved the way for the vacation of the nominated party ticket of John Lindauer and Jerry Ward and their replacement with Hickel and Jack Coghill.
    More Details Hide Details Coghill had been nominated as the lieutenant governor candidate by the Republican Party, but was dealing with serious compatibility and philosophical issues with gubernatorial nominee Sturgulewski. The ticket of Hickel and Coghill would go on to win the election.
  • 1986
    Age 72
    Vogler quit running for public office after the 1986 election.
    More Details Hide Details However, he would play a significant role in the next gubernatorial race.
    Vogler's running mate in 1986 was Al Rowe (born May 11, 1932), a Fairbanks resident and former Alaska State Trooper.
    More Details Hide Details Rowe took out a series of newspaper ads, fashioning himself in the image of Sheriff Buford Pusser. These ads were a major attention getter during the race. Between Rowe's ads and the turmoil existing in the Republican Party over the nomination of Arliss Sturgulewski, the AIP ticket was able to garner 5.5 percent of the vote, gaining the AIP status in Alaska as a recognized political party for the first time.
  • 1982
    Age 68
    Vogler's running mate in 1982 was Roger "Dee" Roberts (born March 27, 1937).
    More Details Hide Details Roberts had previously been a candidate for state Senate in 1974 under the banner of the American Independent Party. His family have continued as political activists in Fairbanks to this day.
    In the 1982 race, Vogler was taken to task for comments made during a debate.
    More Details Hide Details The issue of moving Alaska's capital appeared during the election, as it has on and off since 1960. The media and political pundits took great fun over Vogler's debate remarks that Alaska should "nuke the glaciers" along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska and build a freeway to Juneau. Vogler would later contend that these comments were misinterpreted.
    Vogler also ran for governor in 1982 and 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Several incidents during these campaigns raised his profile as a "colorful character."
  • 1978
    Age 64
    Vogler switched to run for lieutenant governor in 1978, with Don Wright running for governor. Wright was also the AIP's nominee for governor from 2002 through 2010. The 1978 campaign for governor was dominated by the extremely controversial Republican primary race between moderate Hammond and former governor Walter Hickel.
    More Details Hide Details Hickel lost the primary by 98 votes and would launch a write-in campaign in the general election. Hammond would be reelected governor. There was also a well-financed independent candidate in the race, Tom Kelly, who was Commissioner of Natural Resources under Hickel and his successor, Keith Miller. There was little hope for the AIP ticket to gain much attention due to these factors. The Democratic nominee, Chancy Croft, placed third in the general election due to the continued interest in Hammond vs. Hickel beyond the primary election.
  • 1974
    Age 60
    Vogler would serve as the AIP's standard-bearer for most of the party's first two decades. He ran for governor in 1974, with Wayne Peppler (born March 26, 1942), a fellow miner from Fairbanks, as his running mate.
    More Details Hide Details Jay Hammond, a longtime legislator from the Bristol Bay region, was elected over incumbent governor Bill Egan by 287 votes, with Vogler trailing far behind. Many commentators described Vogler as a "spoiler" in the election, arguing that the result would have been different had he not been in the race. However, this campaign opened up the doors for non-major party candidates to run for major offices in Alaska, and generally this accusation is leveled during every election cycle.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 59
    Vogler arose as a figure in Alaskan politics in 1973, where he began a petition calling for secession of Alaska from the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Alaska magazine reported that Vogler claimed to have gathered 15,000 signatures over a period of about three weeks. Vogler was quoted as saying about the effort: "The response has been beyond my wildest expectations. I never dreamed the people would respond like this." During the 1970s, Vogler founded the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) and Alaskans For Independence. The latter name was originally used to label the 1973 petition drive. Vogler also claimed to have organized the meeting which led to the formation of the Alaska Libertarian Party. The AIP and AFI, as Vogler explained, were intended to function as strictly separate entities—AIP was primarily to explore whether the 1958 vote by Alaskans authorizing statehood was legal, and AFI was primarily to actively pursue secession for Alaska from the United States. The Alaskan Independence Party quotes Vogler as stating "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."
    He was mostly known around Fairbanks as a rabble-rouser and frequent writer of letters to the editor, until 1973 when he launched a petition drive calling for secession for Alaska, in the early part of that year, and subsequently launched his first campaign for governor a year later (see "Political career", below).
    More Details Hide Details Vogler gained his first serious notoriety in Fairbanks during the 1940s and 1950s for a feud with Paul and Flora Greimann, operators of University Bus Lines. The company was a private urban transit company, which primarily transported students between Fairbanks and the University of Alaska. Prior to the replacement of the Cushman Street Bridge in 1959, the old bridge was too narrow to accommodate both a large vehicle such as a truck or bus, and another vehicle. Vogler, with Warren A. Taylor as his attorney, sued University Bus Lines in 1948 in what the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner at the time called the "Battle of the Bridge". Vogler sought a permanent injunction against the buses straddling the center rail of the bridge. The feud continued after the Wendell Street Bridge opened in 1953 and Greimann's buses continued using the Cushman bridge instead of the newer, wider bridge. Police were often involved in quelling these confrontations.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1951
    Age 37
    After spending a year in Kodiak, he moved to Fairbanks and worked as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Ladd Field (now Fort Wainwright) in Fairbanks, until 1951 when he began mining on Homestake Creek.
    More Details Hide Details He filed for of homestead land off the Steese Highway and acquired near Fairbanks off Farmers Loop Road. Vogler spent fifty years as a miner and developer in Alaska.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 28
    Vogler moved to Alaska in March 1942, having run afoul of many of his contemporaries in the Lower 48 regarding his views on then-U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1929
    Age 15
    He graduated from high school in Waterville, Kansas, in 1929.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he began studying at the University of Kansas on a scholarship. He graduated with a law degree in five years and was admitted to the Kansas State Bar.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1913
    Born
    Vogler was born April 24, 1913, on a farm outside Barnes, Kansas.
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