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Panel: Palin abused power in trooper case
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Posted on 10/10/2008 6:02:54 PM PDT by Chet 99

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor in the firing of her former public safety commissioner, but violated no laws, a report for the state Legislature concluded Friday.

Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law from the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to sack him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.

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TOPICS: US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; branchflower; mccainpalin; monegan; palin; probe; propagandawingofdnc; troopergate
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1 posted on 10/10/2008 6:02:54 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

What’s the world coming to when CNN is more balance than FOX.


2 posted on 10/10/2008 6:03:41 PM PDT by snarkytart
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Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law from the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to sack him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.

Yet, he declares she "abused her power", which will the breathless headline all weekend. No wonder they wanted to shut this joke down.

3 posted on 10/10/2008 6:03:41 PM PDT by Chet 99 (Vote McCain/Palin, or this will be our future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTb5EFZmgbs)
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To: Chet 99

How can a Governor abuse power but break no laws?


4 posted on 10/10/2008 6:04:12 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: snarkytart

I’m telling you, Fox NEWS is in many ways much worse than CNN. The only reason Fox is “conservative” is because of the commentators and pundits they hire, not the news people.


5 posted on 10/10/2008 6:04:33 PM PDT by Chet 99 (Vote McCain/Palin, or this will be our future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTb5EFZmgbs)
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To: Chet 99

Related Thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2102761/posts


6 posted on 10/10/2008 6:05:16 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: Chet 99
- A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner.

AP report also at MSNBC. Somebody needs firing.

7 posted on 10/10/2008 6:05:32 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: CatOwner

Good question. Typical, left-wing bias headline!


8 posted on 10/10/2008 6:05:33 PM PDT by Sister_T (Sarah Palin can lead a horse to water AND make him drink.)
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To: Chet 99

It is what is was in the beginning . Democrats going after her on BS. She says she fired him for good cause and I’m fine with that.


9 posted on 10/10/2008 6:05:47 PM PDT by linn37 (Hail Me, Obama or be cast into the fiery pits of eternal damnation!")
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To: Sister_T

It actually says both of those things in the report.


10 posted on 10/10/2008 6:06:23 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: linn37

I think this will backfire on the DNC


11 posted on 10/10/2008 6:06:27 PM PDT by TurtleStink
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To: Chet 99

Aw shucks. All the heavy breathing from the Tinglers in the Obamedia over the last couple months was wasted. Sorry CNNPMSNBCabcSeeBSNBCNYT and of course, the WaPoHos.


12 posted on 10/10/2008 6:06:44 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I'm voting for McCain/Palin so I can look my grandkids in the eye when I tell them I'm sorry.)
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To: Chet 99

This is and always has been a nothing issue. People understand that state employees get fired by the Gov. Period, end of story.

Normal people, that is.


13 posted on 10/10/2008 6:07:48 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Chet 99
Let's vote and get it over with.

It might be our last chance to save the Nation.

14 posted on 10/10/2008 6:08:07 PM PDT by Brian S. Fitzgerald
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To: CatOwner

Probably some ACORN corny, and nutty people have them spoofed. A contradictory statement, ABUSED POWER, but broke no laws...MAKES no sense. CNN kudos for calling it fair


15 posted on 10/10/2008 6:08:37 PM PDT by rovenstinez (#)
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To: TurtleStink

I agree. I find it hard to believe that any one wants to stand behind a wife beater who may or may not been fired because he didn’t fire a taser firing cop.


16 posted on 10/10/2008 6:08:45 PM PDT by Perdogg ("That One" for President - of Kenya, Say no to Barack Odinga)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
The WarshPost is still looking for a Jewish angle to attack her on.

When they find it I hope they're like the Jewish Defense League.

17 posted on 10/10/2008 6:08:56 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: linn37

Another potential arrow from Obama’s quiver disengages. ;-)


18 posted on 10/10/2008 6:09:00 PM PDT by doc1019 (Obama IS running against Palin)
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To: CatOwner

“How can a Governor abuse power but break no laws?”

She’s a Republican! Every decision she makes is, by Rat definition, an abuse of power. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez also “abused his power” firing U.S. Attorneys, while likewise breaking no law! The Rats own the MSM; ain’t it great for them?


19 posted on 10/10/2008 6:09:04 PM PDT by devere
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

This is quite a different headline from CNN than the one Fox was just writing, isn’t it?

And I didn’t realize BRANCHFLOWER was the one behind it.

Never mind!


20 posted on 10/10/2008 6:09:22 PM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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CNN JUST CHANGED ITS HEADLINE, SAYS SHE BROKE THE LAW
21 posted on 10/10/2008 6:09:54 PM PDT by Chet 99 (Vote McCain/Palin, or this will be our future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTb5EFZmgbs)
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To: Chet 99
She abused power? What about the trooper? He broke laws and was a public danger and nuisance, but no one did anything about it!!

If the trooper wasn't her ex-brother-in-law, there would be no "abuse of power" allegations -- she would have been well within her authority to fire him, his boss and his boss's boss if they were told and did nothing.

Maybe she should have just have sent the Attorney General after him.

Gov. Palin needs to address this issue right away, face the cameras and say why she wanted him fired. He'll get no sympathy.

22 posted on 10/10/2008 6:10:24 PM PDT by pray4liberty (The Lord is on the side of the truly righteous. The MSM is not.)
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To: Chet 99
Do you know what this means!!! OMG! It means Gov. Palin made an executive decision. One of many. Something Obama has never had to do. And no, voting 'present' does not count.
23 posted on 10/10/2008 6:10:58 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Welcome PUMAs!)
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To: snarkytart

look at the NYSlimes....

“A legislative committee investigating Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the Republican vice presidential candidate, issued a report Friday night that found she unlawfully abused her authority by firing the state’s public safety commissioner.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/us/politics/11trooper.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

unlawfully???? seems to me that could be slander on Palin...


24 posted on 10/10/2008 6:11:19 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Chet 99

And by “abused her power” they mean “used her power properly, but in doing so fired a back stabbing Democrat”.


25 posted on 10/10/2008 6:11:35 PM PDT by airborne (Don't pray that God is on your side. Instead, pray that you are on God's side!)
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To: CatOwner

Just an example. Clinton abused his power by taking advantage of a young girl, yet he broke no laws.


26 posted on 10/10/2008 6:11:49 PM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: Chet 99

Gov Palin didn’t violate laws should be the lede..


27 posted on 10/10/2008 6:13:38 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Chet 99

NOPE they went with SHE ABUSED POWER!!

LOL

Gave them credit too soon.

What a sham this entire election process has been.


28 posted on 10/10/2008 6:13:56 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Chet 99
"Panel: Palin abused power, broke no laws in trooper case"

Ha ha ha! They felt compelled to find her guilty of something, so they simply said she abused the power of her office, even though she was within her right to fire the dope. When they're out to get you, if they can't find any actual wrongdoing, they pick a violation out of a hat and pin it on you, then try to justify it. It's all BS, and a waste of time and money.

29 posted on 10/10/2008 6:14:52 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: gusopol3
but violated no laws, a report for the state Legislature concluded Friday


30 posted on 10/10/2008 6:15:05 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Chet 99
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor in the firing of her former public safety commissioner, but violated no laws, a report for the state Legislature concluded Friday.

Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law from the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to sack him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.

Palin violated no law and had the power to sack her former public safety commissioner. I took a look at the 263 page report that contains excruciating detail about nothing of substance. It should be one page. It looks like some political hack weasel-worded the "abuse" statement on the basis of subjective judgement and dislike for Sarah Palin and/or her family. What a waste of time and money and trees. The report is certainly not green!

31 posted on 10/10/2008 6:15:26 PM PDT by olezip
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To: snarkytart

Oh good grief.. he’s lucky it wasn’t me. I would have broken the MFR’s legs...but then again..I grew up in Chicago!


32 posted on 10/10/2008 6:15:47 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Chet 99
Who said she was inexperienced? Sounds like she has a good handle on that whole politics thing.
33 posted on 10/10/2008 6:16:15 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: snarkytart

Fox is using AP. I wish there was someway to boycott AP but they have such a monopoly.


34 posted on 10/10/2008 6:16:24 PM PDT by willk
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To: Chet 99
Palin had the authority as governor to sack him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states
35 posted on 10/10/2008 6:16:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Chet 99

Staying within the confines of the law is now an abuse of power?

Being concerned as a family about an out of control ex-member of that family who is armed and has made threats is an inappropriate thing?


36 posted on 10/10/2008 6:17:08 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: mass55th

It’s irritating, isn’t it? She broke no laws. The horribly biased guy running the “investigation” determined that she abused her power because while she was within her right to remove Monegan and she had good reason to do so, she also had a personal agenda. Whether she had a personal agenda or not is totally irrelevant once it is determined she had reason to remove Monegan and the lawful ability to do so.

In other words, the headline is total bullshit.


37 posted on 10/10/2008 6:17:09 PM PDT by flintsilver7
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To: Chet 99
The state trooper tasered a 10 year old boy. The supervisor would not fire him. Sarah got rid of the bunch. Go Sarah.
38 posted on 10/10/2008 6:17:27 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: pray4liberty

I agree. Pray for her right now. She needs to jump right on this. Speak up. Tell about this man, and that he in fact had a domestic abuse charge against him by his own ex-wife...where is THAT investigation? I pray that she would release the disrespectful emails he sent to her, to the public, at a press conference. Along with his exwife’s charges it is pretty clear that this man didn’t respect women. Thought he could bully them. And now, the court is trying to back him up. Good ole boy network....

She must show the emails. I heard they were very bad.


39 posted on 10/10/2008 6:17:36 PM PDT by tuckrdout (~ 'Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who don't.' ~)
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To: Chet 99

Just finished going through the thing. There is NOTHING there. The prosecutor, Breakwind, spent lots of Alaskan time and money to create a one day DemonRat talking point.

He found that she had other reasons to fire him.

He found that she didn’t need a reason to fire him.

He found that she legally fired him.

There is no evidence that SP ever told Monoxide to fire Wooten.

Wooten wasn’t fired.

Monoxide didn’t even have the power to fire Wooten, and Palin knew it. Wooten was a union employee.

It’s all BS, but you have to read 240 pages to figure it out.


40 posted on 10/10/2008 6:18:15 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Chet 99

Is it not libel for CNN to say she broke the law when the report literally says she didn’t?


41 posted on 10/10/2008 6:18:18 PM PDT by redk
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To: CatOwner

I remember when they used to call it pulling rank, but that doesn’t sound nearly sinister enough. The guy was sacked for insubordination and there’s no abuse of power in firing him.

However, this will be the weekend story and the focus of the Sunday lineup.


42 posted on 10/10/2008 6:18:56 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia (McCain (Doggone it)/Palin (You betcha)
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To: Chet 99

He serves at the governor’s pleasure. She can fire him for any reason or no reason, and it is NOT an abuse of power. However, she had good reason, as she said he was interfering with policies she was carrying out.

Goobermint is so out of control that firing someone in goobermint is almost illegal and might get you impeached. Incredible!


43 posted on 10/10/2008 6:18:57 PM PDT by Babu
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To: willk

Look at the CNN headline now - they’ve omitted “but broke no laws.”


44 posted on 10/10/2008 6:19:08 PM PDT by Jaguarmike
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To: kcvl

yeah, AP lying again that it was unlawful


45 posted on 10/10/2008 6:19:31 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Chet 99

The MSM has profoundly abused their power since the New Deal was put into operation, but, to this day and counting, no lawyers really go after them!


46 posted on 10/10/2008 6:19:38 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: Chet 99
LIKELY? a contributing factor? What is this a thought crime, even though not illegal? How on earth is “likely” even part of this. They either can prove something or they can't.
47 posted on 10/10/2008 6:20:09 PM PDT by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: willk

Rush correctly calls it APO, Associated Press Obama.


48 posted on 10/10/2008 6:20:13 PM PDT by Babu
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To: redk

She should ask for an immediate retraction by CNN


49 posted on 10/10/2008 6:20:13 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: Chet 99

Two things come immediately to mind. First the report includes as evidence of her violation of Alaska ethics law actions she took before she was governor. Secondly the report never does state just how she benefited or her family benefited from her actions or how her actions were actually detrimental to Wooten. Calling up and requesting status reports and saying why you think someone is unfit to serve is sure as hell not the same as trying to illegally or unethically influence a course of action. No one said that they made a finding because they feared retribution by Palin or because they had been promised compensation for doing so. So where the hell is this so called violation?

Also what the heck does a divorce judge’s snarky remark about Palin’s sister’s earning capacity and Wooten’s possible job loss have to do with anything at all. That should be stricken from the record as irrelevant. I mean is Branchflower claiming this is proof that Palin was using her office to get Wooten fired?

The whole thing is major BS and I hope Palin strongly rebukes the findings.


50 posted on 10/10/2008 6:21:10 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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