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Sarah Palin's Background Info
email | 08/29/08 | Scott Story

Posted on 08/29/2008 10:34:43 AM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Family and personal background Palin was born as Sarah Louise Heath in Sandpoint, Idaho, U.S.A., the daughter of Charles and Sally (Sheeran) Heath.[2] The family moved to Alaska when Sarah was an infant.[3] Charles Heath was a popular science teacher and coached track.[3] The Heaths were avid outdoors enthusiasts; Sarah and her father would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school, and the family would regularly run 5k and 10k races.[3]

Palin was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors when they won the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982; she earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" because of her intense play.[3] [4] She played the championship game despite a stress fracture in her ankle, hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds.[3] Palin, who was also the head of the school Fellowship of Christian Athletes, would lead the team in prayer before games.[3]

In 1984, Palin was first runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, winning a scholarship to help pay her way through college.[3][5] In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.

Details of Palin's personal life have contributed to her political image. She hunts, eats moose burgers, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane.[6][7] Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.[8]

Palin holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho where she also minored in politics. She briefly worked as a sports reporter for local Anchorage television stations while also working as a commercial fisherman with her husband, Todd, her high school sweetheart.[3] One summer when she was working on Todd's fishing boat, the boat collided with a tender while she was holding onto the railing; Palin broke several fingers.[3] Outside the fishing season, Todd works for BP at an oil field on the North Slope[9] and is a champion snowmobiler, winning the 2000-mile "Iron Dog" race four times.[3] The two eloped shortly after Palin graduated college; when they learned they needed witnesses for the civil ceremony, they recruited two residents from the old-age home down the street.[3] Todd is a Native Yup'ik Eskimo.[3] The Palin family lives in Wasilla, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage.[10]

On September 11, 2007, the Palins' son Track joined the Army. Eighteen years old at the time, he is the eldest of Palin's five children.[10] Track now serves in an infantry brigade and will be deployed to Iraq in September. She also has three daughters: Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, and Piper, 7.[11] On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her second son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down syndrome.[12] (Sarah returned to the office three days after giving birth.[13]) Palin refused to let the results of prenatal genetic testing change her decision to have the baby. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"[13]

[edit] Pre-gubernatorial political experience Palin served two terms on the Wasilla, Alaska City Council from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, she challenged the incumbent mayor, criticizing wasteful spending and high taxes.[3] The ex-mayor and sheriff tried to organize a recall campaign, but failed.[3] Palin kept her campaign promises, reducing her own salary, as well as reducing property taxes 60%.[3] She ran for reelection against the former mayor in 1999, winning by an even larger margin.[3][14] Palin was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.[11]

In 2002, Palin made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a four-way race. After Frank Murkowski became governor (resigning his long-held U.S. Senate seat in mid-term), Palin interviewed to be his possible successor, but Murkowski appointed his daughter, then-Alaska State Representative Lisa Murkowski.[3]

Then-Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission[15], where she served from 2003 to 2004 -- until resigning in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest.[3] After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners (who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail).[16] Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[3]

[edit] Governorship

Governor Palin with Alaska's At-large U.S. Representative Don YoungIn 2006, Palin, running on a clean-government campaign, executed an upset victory over then-Gov. Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary.[3] Despite the lack of support from party leaders and being outspent by her Democratic opponent, she went on to win the general election in November 2006, defeating former Governor Tony Knowles.[3] Palin said in 2006 that education, public safety, and transportation would be three cornerstones of her administration.[8]

When elected, Palin became the youngest governor in Alaskan history (42 years old upon taking office), and the first woman to be Alaska's governor. Palin was also the first Alaskan governor born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood. She was also the first Alaskan governor not to be inaugurated in Juneau, instead choosing to hold her inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks. She took office on December 4, 2006.

Highlights of Governor Palin's tenure include a successful push for an ethics bill, and also shelving pork-barrel projects supported by fellow Republicans. Palin successfully killed the Bridge to Nowhere project that had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending.[13][17] "Alaska needs to be self-sufficient, she says, instead of relying heavily on 'federal dollars,' as the state does today."[6]

She has challenged the state's Republican leaders, helping to launch a campaign by Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to unseat U.S. Congressman Don Young[18] and publicly challenging Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the federal investigation into his financial dealings.[13] Palin supports holding occasional legislative sessions outside the state capital, and municipal revenue sharing to help local governments.[citation needed]

[edit] Energy policies Palin's tenure is noted for her independence from big oil companies, while still promoting resource development.[6][13] Palin has also announced plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisors, to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska. [19]

Shortly after taking office, Palin rescinded an appointment by Murkowski of his former chief of staff Jim Clark to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, one of thirty-five appointments made by Murkowski in the last hour of his administration that she reversed. [20][21] Clark later pled guilty to conspiring with a defunct oil-field-services company to channel money into Frank Murkowski's re-election campaign. [22]

In March 2007, Palin presented the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) as the new legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope.[23] Only one legislator, Representative Ralph Samuels, voted against the measure,[24] and in June Palin signed it into law.[25][26] On January 5, 2008, Palin announced that a Canadian company, Transcanada, was the sole AGIA-compliant applicant.[27][28]

In response to high oil and gas prices, and in response to the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates.[29] She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly and eliminate the gas tax.[30][31]

[edit] Social issues Palin is strongly pro-life and belongs to Feminists for Life.[8] She opposes same-sex marriage, but she has stated that she has gay friends and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination.[8] While the previous administration did not implement same-sex benefits, Palin complied with a state Supreme Court order and signed them into law. [32]

She supported a democratic advisory vote from the public on whether there should be a constitutional amendment on the matter.[33] Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii.[34]

Palin's first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to gay state employees and their partners. In effect, her veto granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with Alaska's attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.[35]


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: palin; palinrecord; sarahpalin
Perfect pick for McCain!

Obama's Camp says she is too inexperienced! That's BS!

1 posted on 08/29/2008 10:34:43 AM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Opposes gay marriage but supports giving them same benefits as heterosexual couples.

AND she listens to her constituents and makes her decisions based on what THEY want. I can deal with it.
2 posted on 08/29/2008 10:40:13 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: holdonnow

Bump! The Obama Camp says she is just too inexperienced!

too inexperienced? ... that’s just BULL****!


3 posted on 08/29/2008 10:40:18 AM PDT by A. Morgan (VOTE FOR A LIBERAL N' WE'LL BE UP TO OUR NECKS IN ILLEGALS and OUTA' GAS!)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Let me be the first to say we have a real-life “Ms. Smith Goes To Washington”

...in a totally good way.


4 posted on 08/29/2008 10:44:49 AM PDT by hsrazorback1 (To get what you had, do what you did.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

That’s like someone who’s 100 pounds overweight criticizing someone who is 20 pounds overweight.


5 posted on 08/29/2008 10:44:56 AM PDT by bethtopaz (Obama: A rock star with a one tune hit.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Perfect pick for McCain!
Obama’s Camp says she is too inexperienced! That’s BS!

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That’s like someone who’s 100 pounds overweight criticizing someone who is 20 pounds overweight.


6 posted on 08/29/2008 10:45:43 AM PDT by bethtopaz (Obama: A rock star with a one tune hit.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
I really like this pick and didn't think I would prior to the actual pick. I am so excited about this race now. She is phenomenal IMHO.
7 posted on 08/29/2008 10:54:32 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

How old is she?


8 posted on 08/29/2008 10:57:18 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

She opposes same-sex marriage, but she has stated that she has gay friends and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination.

Only slight negative, but I can live with this. She opposes gay marriage but wants them to have benefits...no problem in my book...just keep marriage part out of it.


9 posted on 08/29/2008 10:57:31 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
I'm in love !!!

What?

She's already married?

Damn !!!

10 posted on 08/29/2008 10:58:16 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Won me over when I read life member of the NRA.


11 posted on 08/29/2008 10:58:18 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
PUMA = Palin Unqualified My A**
12 posted on 08/29/2008 10:59:23 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Paved Paradise

How old is she?

I heard on the news that she was 44 years old...of course I don’t have proof of this as news is always right...lol.


13 posted on 08/29/2008 10:59:41 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Last night Obama made a lot of noise about ethics, and ethics reform. Gov. Palin as actually done something about it -- including resigning in protest and filing ethics charges against members of her own political party.

Yet another reason why she's a great pick: she obviously out-ethics Mr. Barack (who's this felon Rezko guy who bought the lot next to mine?) Obama.....

14 posted on 08/29/2008 11:02:08 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: ops33
This was a brilliant move on McCains part.

It'll be much easier for me to vote for this ticket now.

L

15 posted on 08/29/2008 11:02:11 AM PDT by Lurker (Islam is an insane death cult. Any other aspects are PR to get them within throat-cutting range.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
The posting appears to be selections from Sarah Palin's Wikipedia entry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin
16 posted on 08/29/2008 11:02:19 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

She ain’t a lawyer and she ain’t from the Ivy League. That’s worth two votes in my book.


17 posted on 08/29/2008 11:02:20 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

>>She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.

Well.... sounds a bit Clintonian to me.


18 posted on 08/29/2008 11:02:38 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: ops33
Someone outta tell Chrissy Mathews that Palin’s the one that sends tingles up the legs of real men...
19 posted on 08/29/2008 11:04:38 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
IF THESE WERE OBAMA'S CREDENTIALS, HE'D BE A MORE EXPERIENCED CANDIDATE THAN HE IS NOW!!
20 posted on 08/29/2008 11:05:26 AM PDT by airborne (Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.)
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To: theDentist

>>She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.

Well.... sounds a bit Clintonian to me.”

Guess she inhaled anyway.


21 posted on 08/29/2008 11:05:55 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

I still want to know where they came up with those kids’ names. Weird.


22 posted on 08/29/2008 11:07:19 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

McCain/Palin 2008


Change Re-Defined


Gov. Sarah Palin visits Army Private James Pattison during a morale tour at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl , Germany, July 26, 2007. Private Pattison is being treated at LRMC for injuries he suffered while downrange.


23 posted on 08/29/2008 11:09:44 AM PDT by A_Niceguy_in_CA (McCain/Palin * Change Re-Defined)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

McCain/Palin 2008


Change Re-Defined


Gov. Sarah Palin visits Army Private James Pattison during a morale tour at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl , Germany, July 26, 2007. Private Pattison is being treated at LRMC for injuries he suffered while downrange.


24 posted on 08/29/2008 11:10:00 AM PDT by A_Niceguy_in_CA (McCain/Palin 2008 * Change Re-Defined)
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To: gracesdad
If she habitually smoked pot she would not be as sublimely eloquent as she is now, in fact, she'd speak in short, incoherent bursts featuring “ahs”, “uhs” and “you knows”, just like what's his name...
25 posted on 08/29/2008 11:10:43 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: napscoordinator

Having read her bio I am absolutely psyched about Palin. One of the things that stood out is how she took on her own party, including Ted Stevens, in regards to any sense of corruption. And as the article notes not only did she shoot down some big wig Republicans but they in fact were guilty and were convicted. Solid choice and absolutely takes out any air from any bump Obama got from the DNC coronation.


26 posted on 08/29/2008 11:16:53 AM PDT by torchthemummy (Bill & Hillary Are Now Worth 5% Pts. For McCain & That's Not Counting The PUMAs)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Some more things, more personal information that gives a view into her character, I posted earlier today -

She’s “a Sand Point Idaho girl” I just heard from a Idaho caller on the Dennis Miller show... She will chain saw, ride a horse or snowmobile, a tough chick... beauty pageant winner... studied communications ... was interested in being a sports announcer... plays hockey... runs marathons... hunts & fishes...

To say nothing about her choosing life for her Down’s baby...

Oh, and when CBS news confirmed this with her parents, they found them out caribou hunting, and there’s a picture on the web of Sarah with a caribou, too.

One of her nicknames is “Barracuda” because she loves infighting...

I predict a 10% JUMP, not a bounce, for McCain due to this choice.


27 posted on 08/29/2008 11:22:40 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: A. Morgan

Of course nobama and the Mouth are experienced, living off the government tit. Nobama also has experience taking money from crooks and Islamists and American terrorist Ayers.


28 posted on 08/29/2008 11:24:00 AM PDT by tillacum (As AMERICANs we must vote for Sen. John McCain, he believes in us and the American Ideal.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Borrowed from the celebration taking place at Hillary Clinton Forum Net. They are really jazzed on Palin and are voting to support McCain over O(ver)bama.

Sarah Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is the current Governor of Alaska, and a member of the Republican Party. She is the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. Brought to statewide attention because of her whistleblowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders,[1] she won election in 2006 by first defeating the incumbent governor in the Republican primary, then a former Democratic Alaskan governor in the general election. On August 29, the Associated Press reported that "speculation [has] moved to [Palin as a] darkhorse" pick for the vice president running mate slot by presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.[2] The CNBC news service is now reporting that Palin will in fact be the GOP vice-presidential nominee.[3]

She is reported to be a possible choice for the Republican Party's nomination as Vice President of the United States in the 2008 election. Formal announcement of the presumptive nominee will be made in Dayton, Ohio on August 29, 2008, by Presidential candidate John McCain. Palin was born as Sarah Louise Heath in Sandpoint, Idaho, the daughter of Charles and Sally (Sheeran) Heath.[4] Her family moved to Alaska when she was an infant.[5] Charles Heath was a popular science teacher and coached track.[5] The Heaths were avid outdoors enthusiasts; Sarah and her father would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school, and the family would regularly run 5k and 10k races.[5]

Palin was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors, in Wasilla, Alaska, when they won the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982; she earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" because of her intense play.[5] She played the championship game despite a stress fracture in her ankle, hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds.[5] Palin, who was also the head of the school Fellowship of Christian Athletes, would lead the team in prayer before games.[5]

In 1984, Palin was second-place in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, winning a scholarship to help pay her way through college.[5] In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.

Details of Palin's personal life have contributed to her political image. She hunts, eats moose burgers, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane.[6][7] Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.[8]

Palin holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho where she also minored in politics. She briefly worked as a sports reporter for local Anchorage television stations while also working as a commercial fisherman with her husband, Todd, her high school sweetheart.[5] One summer when she was working on Todd's fishing boat, the boat collided with a tender while she was holding onto the railing; Palin broke several fingers.[5] Outside the fishing season, Todd works for BP at an oil field on the North Slope[9] and is a champion snowmobiler, winning the 2000-mile "Iron Dog" race four times.[5] The two eloped shortly after Palin graduated college; when they learned they needed witnesses for the civil ceremony, they recruited two residents from the old-age home down the street.[5] Todd is a Native Yup'ik Eskimo.[5] The Palin family lives in Wasilla, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage.[10]

On September 11, 2007, the Palins' son Track joined the Army. Eighteen years old at the time, he is the eldest of Palin's five children.[10] Track now serves in an infantry brigade and will be deployed to Iraq in September. She also has three daughters: Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, and Piper, 7.[11] On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her second son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down syndrome.[12] She returned to the office three days after giving birth.[13] Palin refused to let the results of prenatal genetic testing change her decision to have the baby. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"[13]

Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, she challenged the incumbent mayor, criticizing wasteful spending and high taxes.[5] The ex-mayor and sheriff tried to organize a recall campaign, but failed.[5] Palin kept her campaign promises, reducing her own salary, as well as reducing property taxes 60%.[5] She ran for reelection against the former mayor in 1999, winning by an even larger margin.[5][14] Palin was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.[11]

In 2002, Palin made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a four-way race. After Frank Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in mid-term to become governor, Palin interviewed to be his possible successor. Instead, Murkowski appointed his daughter, then-Alaska State Representative Lisa Murkowski.[5]

Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission[15], where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest.[5] After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail.[16] Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[5]

In 2006, Palin, running on a clean-government campaign, executed an upset victory over then-Gov. Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary.[5] Despite the lack of support from party leaders and being outspent by her Democratic opponent, she went on to win the general election in November 2006, defeating former Governor Tony Knowles.[5] Palin said in 2006 that education, public safety, and transportation would be three cornerstones of her administration.[8]

When elected, Palin became the first woman to be Alaska's governor, and the youngest governor in Alaskan history at 42 years old upon taking office. Palin was also the first Alaskan governor born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood. She was also the first Alaskan governor not to be inaugurated in Juneau, instead choosing to hold her inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks. She took office on December 4, 2006.

Highlights of Governor Palin's tenure include a successful push for an ethics bill, and also shelving pork-barrel projects supported by fellow Republicans. Palin successfully killed the Bridge to Nowhere project that had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending.[13][17] "Alaska needs to be self-sufficient, she says, instead of relying heavily on 'federal dollars,' as the state does today."[6]

She has challenged the state's Republican leaders, helping to launch a campaign by Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to unseat U.S. Congressman Don Young[18] and publicly challenging Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the federal investigation into his financial dealings.[13] Palin supports holding occasional legislative sessions outside the state capital, and municipal revenue sharing to help local governments.[citation needed]

Palin's tenure is noted for her independence from big oil companies, while still promoting resource development.[6][13] Palin has announced plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisors, to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska. [19]

Shortly after taking office, Palin rescinded an appointment by Murkowski of his former chief of staff Jim Clark to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, one of thirty-five appointments made by Murkowski in the last hour of his administration that she reversed. [20][21] Clark later pled guilty to conspiring with a defunct oil-field-services company to channel money into Frank Murkowski's re-election campaign. [22]

In March 2007, Palin presented the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) as the new legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope.[23] Only one legislator, Representative Ralph Samuels, voted against the measure,[24] and in June Palin signed it into law.[25][26] On January 5, 2008, Palin announced that a Canadian company, Transcanada, was the sole AGIA-compliant applicant.[27][28]

In response to high oil and gas prices, and in response to the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates.[29] She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly and eliminate the gas tax.[30][31]

SOCIAL ISSUES

Palin is strongly pro-life and belongs to Feminists for Life.[8] She opposes same-sex marriage(we will have to work on this one, but she has stated that she has gay friends and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination.[8] While the previous administration did not implement same-sex benefits, Palin complied with a state Supreme Court order and signed them into law. [32]

She supported a democratic advisory vote from the public on whether there should be a constitutional amendment on the matter.[33] Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii.[34]

Palin's first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to gay state employees and their partners. In effect, her veto granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with Alaska's attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.[35]

29 posted on 08/29/2008 11:24:40 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: torchthemummy

I was interested in Palin when I first heard of her a year or so ago, but today is the first I ever heard her speak.

She is total DYNAMITE!

She sold me today!


30 posted on 08/29/2008 11:26:57 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
I can hardly wait for McCain's next video advertisement.
31 posted on 08/29/2008 11:28:55 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (McCain and Palin in 2008. Palin and Sessions in 2012. 2 Great Teams!)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
They mentioned she played hockey, too and she called herself a "Hockey Mom".

I think "Hockey Sweaters" with Mcain-Palin on them would be a great idea.

32 posted on 08/29/2008 11:31:47 AM PDT by Vortex (Garbage in, Garbage Out)
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To: A. Morgan
It isn't how long you've been in office, but what you've done with the time you're given. When Sarah saw corruption in her own party, she stood up and slapped it down. When Barack Obama saw corruption in his own party, he sat down shut his mouth.
33 posted on 08/29/2008 11:48:01 AM PDT by cookcounty ("I don't know if Palin can get the woman vote, but she'll definitely get the MAN vote!")
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To: AFPhys
I congratulate John McCain on a good pick... well done.
So as long a Sarah Palin does not have a change of heart and mind on same sex marriage I will be happy with John McCain's choice.
Let's hope she will appoint strict constitutional judges if she were to become president.
At least we know were she stands on the 2nd amendment and a life time member of the NRA.... she just not only says she is pro-gun rights, she lives it.
34 posted on 08/29/2008 11:56:27 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: cookcounty

It isn’t Sarah Palin that is inexperienced it is Barack Obama.
Obama’s only executive experience is at the Chicago Annenberg
Challenge, were he handed out money to his friends and not to
it should have gone to improve the schools in Chicago.


35 posted on 08/29/2008 11:57:34 AM PDT by A. Morgan (VOTE FOR A LIBERAL N' WE'LL BE UP TO OUR NECKS IN ILLEGALS and OUTA' GAS!)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
Let's hope she will appoint strict constitutional judges if she were to become president.

I suspect she will. It said she consulted with lawyers about the Alaska constitution when she vetoed the law that gave same sex benefits. Sounds like she respected the constitution of her state.

36 posted on 08/29/2008 11:59:35 AM PDT by conservative cat
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To: cookcounty

Actually, it looks too much like he stuck out his hand to get a share ...


37 posted on 08/29/2008 12:09:08 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: napscoordinator

Thank you.


38 posted on 08/29/2008 12:14:28 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

“Despite the lack of support from party leaders and being outspent by her Democratic opponent, she went on to win the general election in November 2006”

Well, well, well......The National GOP party apparatus needs a good house cleaning, and it seems this lady isn’t afraid to call “BS”. The more I learn the happier I am with this pick.


39 posted on 08/29/2008 12:14:36 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: conservative cat
I just read up on a article, maybe I read it wrong, but, I did read that part, once again, maybe I read it wrong, I thought it said, that she consulted with the lawyers and did not veto that bill and allowed same sex benefits.
Maybe I have to apologize, but, I want to make sure I have no doubts in whom ever is our president, that they will up hold life and oppose gay marriage and the fascist agenda that homosexuals want to impose on all of us.
But all in all, McCain done well on his pick.... not the person I and some others wanted, but, happy with it, at least it will get me to go out and vote this Nov.
And for the guy vote ? yes, she is easy on the eyes... and she goes fishing and hunts......
40 posted on 08/29/2008 12:17:08 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
I just read up on a article, maybe I read it wrong, but, I did read that part, once again, maybe I read it wrong, I thought it said, that she consulted with the lawyers and did not veto that bill and allowed same sex benefits.

Yes, that is correct, but it sounds like she did it based on the constitutionality of the bill...which is understandable.

41 posted on 08/29/2008 12:20:21 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: gracesdad

My guess is that they are big NASCAR fans. Track, Bristol....


42 posted on 08/29/2008 1:04:28 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: HighlyOpinionated
Barracuda
BARRACUDA






43 posted on 08/29/2008 1:06:55 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

I can hardly wait for her and Joe Biden to debate.


44 posted on 08/31/2008 11:17:20 AM PDT by appleton14
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