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Palin Points to "Strange Doings" With WH's Rouse
RearClearPolitics ^ | September 23, 2010 | Scott Conroy

Posted on 09/23/2010 8:19:05 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Twitter on Wednesday to deliver a pair of cryptic messages related to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, who is rumored to be a potential interim replacement for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the event that Emanuel leaves the administration next month to run for mayor of Chicago.

"Alaska's Pete Rouse (@ least he claims to be ‘Alaska')finally comes out of the shadows; Obama looks to appt him COS;strange doings in the WH," Palin tweeted, adding, "(Rahm's the smart one...bailing before Nov) Now, check out possible COS Pete Rouse. His background, voter reg in AK,etc. It's a small world"

Palin has previously alluded to her suspicions that Rouse, who once worked in Juneau and is still registered to vote in Alaska, may be at the center of a White House operation designed to undermine her politically.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; elections; murkowski; obama; palin; rouse; sarahpalin
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Rouse was and remains the mastermind behind the non-sensical ethics attacks against Palin in Alaska, using Alinsky's rules and Rahm's "thumpin' tactics.
1 posted on 09/23/2010 8:19:08 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: Uncledave; Walts Ice Pick; sdpatriot; TexasGunRunner; Varmint Al; sarah palin rocks; ...

((((PING))))


2 posted on 09/23/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Sarah can change the whole national conversation with a FB or Twitter missive. Whether people like her or not, one thing is undeniable. She wields a LOT of clout.


3 posted on 09/23/2010 8:23:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

He’ll fit right in at the WH in Rahm’s position. The timing is wonderful too, given that this WH lives in fear of Sarah Palin.


4 posted on 09/23/2010 8:25:46 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

5 posted on 09/23/2010 8:34:59 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Probably not a good idea to poke a momma grizzly in the eye,

but that boy is about as smart as a box of rocks.

6 posted on 09/23/2010 8:35:38 AM PDT by McGruff (Rebellion is Brewing! Just Vote the Bums Out!)
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To: McGruff

Sarah Palin seems like the kind of gal who cherishes a good challenge. Hardly a wuss.

And like you people say, the more they attack her, the more we love her.


7 posted on 09/23/2010 8:40:16 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (toodamtall1@yahoo.com. From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

strangely, thats a pretty good article


8 posted on 09/23/2010 8:47:50 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Exposure is what RATs fear the most. Their arrogance, their corruption and their insatiable quest for power will be their downfall. As Hussein becomes more and more a liability for the power brokers, his dirt will be exposed to We The People.


9 posted on 09/23/2010 8:53:07 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010. Let's Roll!!!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

That’s why Murkowski is a write in.....


10 posted on 09/23/2010 8:57:58 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Now, check out possible COS Pete Rouse. His background, voter reg in AK,etc’——————

So did anyone check it out?


11 posted on 09/23/2010 8:59:18 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

‘Palin and her Alaska circle find evidence for their suspicions about the White House in the person of Pete Rouse, who lived in Juneau for a time before he became chief of staff to a young U.S. Senator named Barack Obama’

Oh, so another thug friend of Obama’s.


12 posted on 09/23/2010 9:02:50 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Freddd

And McCain had to know this...


13 posted on 09/23/2010 9:03:18 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Freddd; Virginia Ridgerunner; onyx
Senior Obama adviser has Alaska roots
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PROBLEM SOLVER

It seems unlikely that Rouse will play the same role on Alaska issues he once did in the Senate. He's just too high up the ladder, with the White House operations and policy branches both reporting through him.

"I fix problems," he said, explaining his new role.

Still Alaska veterans in Washington are glad to have him there. A big fan was former Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, who praised Rouse on the Senate floor in 1999. Others interviewed in recent weeks, including John Katz, the longtime head of the state's Washington office, spoke about his long value to Alaska.

It was because of Rouse that Obama was the only presidential candidate to speak about Alaska's natural gas pipeline before the primaries began, said former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, who got help from Rouse during his unsuccessful 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.

"Pete's very smart, highly skilled, and has always been totally square in our dealings," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in January. "I expect we will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but having him at that level in the White House has to be good for our state."

One of Rouse's best friends in Alaska is state Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau. Rouse was the one who recruited Elton, a former journalist, into politics to work for Miller. Elton said Rouse is always eager for e-mailed photos of Romeo, the black wolf often photographed around Juneau.

Elton said he followed the presidential race through Rouse, backing Obama early on the strength of his friend's endorsement. But he told Rouse he couldn't talk about Palin once she was named to the Republican ticket. As chairman of the Legislative Council, Elton played a central role in the Legislature's "Troopergate" investigation of the governor, which Republicans complained was being run by Obama supporters.

"It was awkward, because I usually love to talk about things like that," Elton said.

When Elton and his wife traveled east for the inauguration, they stayed with Rouse. Now Elton is under consideration for a high-level appointment as a special assistant on Alaska issues in the Interior Secretary's office.

Rouse said keeping up with Alaska friends has helped keep his affection for the place strong.

"The other thing I always say about Alaskans is, once you make a friend in Alaska, you make a friend for life," he said.


14 posted on 09/23/2010 9:21:41 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: Al B.; maggief

maggief has bombshell stuff.


15 posted on 09/23/2010 9:38:52 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx; Al B.; penelopesire; hoosiermama; STARWISE; LucyT; mojitojoe; Liz; SE Mom

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An Alaska connection
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) - Friday, December 12, 2008

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski , R-Alaska, issued what might be considered a routine statement Thursday praising President Barack Obama’s choice of former Sen. Tom Daschle to serve as secretary of health and human services. Her words were timely, gracious and one small part of a longer story that may hold some significance for Alaska in coming years.

(snip)

Now the rest of the story, which has a fascinating tie to Alaska.

Daschle for many years employed a fellow named Pete Rouse as his chief of staff. After Daschle was defeated in the 2004 election, Rouse moved over to lead the office of the new Democratic senator from Illinois — Barack Obama. And today, Rouse is the chief of staff for Obama’s presidential transition team.

Rouse spent 19 years working for Daschle, first in the House and then in the Senate. Immediately prior to that job, though, he had worked for a guy who grew up in North Pole, Alaska: Republican Lt. Gov. Terry Miller. Rouse was Miller’s chief of staff from 1979 to 1983, when Miller served with Gov. Jay Hammond.

Rouse and Miller had met in the late 1970s at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, an institution attended by numerous Alaska government cognoscenti over the years.

While at Harvard, Rouse connected with Miller by more than just accident. Rouse ’s mother had grown up in Alaska.

His mother, Mary, was the daughter of Goerge and Mine’ Mikami, a Japanese couple who founded George’s Tailor Shop on Fourth Avenue in Anchorage about the time World War I ended and construction of the Alaska Railroad was picking up steam.

Mary Mikami graduated at the head of her high school class in Anchorage and came to the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, now the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she graduated, again at the head of her class, in 1934. Froelich Rainey, head of the UA Museum, encouraged her to attend Yale University in New Haven, Conn. There she met her husband, Irving Rouse , and went on to a career as an editor, lecturer and translator. The couple had two children: Peter and David.

Much of this was outlined in the Congressional Record in a statement by former Sen. Frank Murkowski , our current senator’s father, in 1999 when Mary Mikami Rouse died. Murkowski had served in the first administration of Gov. Walter Hickel with her brother-in-law, Roland Snodgrass, the state’s agriculture director at the time.

Frank Murkowski , in the congressional statement, observed that “the winds of political fortune” carried Pete Rouse away from Alaska in the early 1980s, “but Pete never forgot Alaska and his many friends there. His continuing efforts and interest in our state are greatly appreciated.”

(snip)


16 posted on 09/23/2010 10:12:47 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief; onyx; Virginia Ridgerunner
Between Pete Rouse's Alaska connections and Anita Dunn's background with Sarah Palin, Team Obama knew more about Palin on Aug. 29, 2008 than the entire clueless McCain campaign, whose job it was to defend her from the smears. How pathetic is that?


17 posted on 09/23/2010 10:25:49 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: Al B.
Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, And The Cost Of Fighting Chicago Thug Politics
18 posted on 09/23/2010 10:32:41 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("Conservatism is not a candidate. It's a movement." - Jeffrey Lord)
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To: Al B.; onyx; maggief; kristinn

Get this information out ASAP!


19 posted on 09/23/2010 10:39:59 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Al B.

Makes one wonder who’s team Murkowski is on. /rhetorical question


20 posted on 09/23/2010 10:45:47 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief; onyx; Virginia Ridgerunner
let's not forget Rahm and his Hollywood brother while we're at it:


21 posted on 09/23/2010 11:21:28 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: maggief

Thank you, maggief!


22 posted on 09/23/2010 11:28:00 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Al B.

BTTT


23 posted on 09/23/2010 11:28:36 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Al B.; onyx; penelopesire; hoosiermama

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Alaska ties - Rouse’s deep-rooted links to state make him a key connection FROM JUNEAU TO OBAMA’S WEST WING
Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Sunday, February 22, 2009
Author: TOM KIZZIA tkizzia@adn.com ; Staff

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In 2004 Daschle lost a re-election bid and Rouse got ready to retire. Daschle and other democratic leaders pressed him to stay on and help Obama, who wanted Rouse as his Senate chief of staff.

The Illinois freshman finally persuaded him after saying three things, Rouse recalled: 1, Obama knew he was good at giving speeches but needed help organizing an office; 2, Obama needed a strategy for building respect as a new senator, avoiding the showboat traps; and 3, Rouse could ignore the speculation that he would run for president in 2008.

(snip)

Rouse helped prepare the strategy that guided the young senator through his first couple of years, then in 2006 drew up the key memo outlining the pros and cons of running for president.

(snip)

Rouse also brought a team of political veterans, many from the Daschle camp, into the Obama campaign.

“When Pete went to work for Barack, what Barack got — and I don’t think he realized it — was the only network in Democratic circles that from both a policy and political perspective came close to the Clinton network,” political consultant Anita Dunn told the Post recently.

By last August, Rouse had shifted to working full-time for the campaign. An Obama campaign trip to Alaska was almost a certainty, he said, until Gov. Sarah Palin was tapped for the Republican vice-presidential nominee. Pre-Palin, he said, the campaign felt it had a chance to win the heavily Republican state, based on the enthusiasm shown in caucuses for Obama.

PROBLEM SOLVER

It seems unlikely that Rouse will play the same role on Alaska issues he once did in the Senate. He’s just too high up the ladder, with the White House operations and policy branches both reporting through him.

“I fix problems,” he said, explaining his new role.

Still Alaska veterans in Washington are glad to have him there. A big fan was former Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, who praised Rouse on the Senate floor in 1999. Others interviewed in recent weeks, including John Katz, the longtime head of the state’s Washington office, spoke about his long value to Alaska.

It was because of Rouse that Obama was the only presidential candidate to speak about Alaska’s natural gas pipeline before the primaries began, said former Gov. Tony Knowles , a Democrat, who got help from Rouse during his unsuccessful 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.

“Pete’s very smart, highly skilled, and has always been totally square in our dealings,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in January. “I expect we will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but having him at that level in the White House has to be good for our state.”

One of Rouse’s best friends in Alaska is state Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau. Rouse was the one who recruited Elton, a former journalist, into politics to work for Miller. Elton said Rouse is always eager for e-mailed photos of Romeo, the black wolf often photographed around Juneau.

Elton said he followed the presidential race through Rouse, backing Obama early on the strength of his friend’s endorsement. But he told Rouse he couldn’t talk about Palin once she was named to the Republican ticket. As chairman of the Legislative Council, Elton played a central role in the Legislature’s “Troopergate” investigation of the governor, which Republicans complained was being run by Obama supporters.

“It was awkward, because I usually love to talk about things like that,” Elton said.

When Elton and his wife traveled east for the inauguration, they stayed with Rouse. Now Elton is under consideration for a high-level appointment as a special assistant on Alaska issues in the Interior Secretary’s office.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/26/AR2007082601446.html

THE GURUS: PETE ROUSE
The Outsider’s Insider

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 27, 2007


24 posted on 09/23/2010 11:39:30 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief; Al B.; penelopesire; hoosiermama

We really have to watch for Dashle’s formal appointment to a WH position.

This WH fears and hates Sarah Palin and wants to destroy her.


25 posted on 09/23/2010 11:44:19 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: maggief; penelopesire

Oh good, I see that you pinged penelopesire and the others.


26 posted on 09/23/2010 11:46:21 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: kcvl

This is a serious attack that goes back in years against Sarah Palin and the appointment of Rouse to fill Rahm’s position will signal a full out assault in underway against Sarah Palin’s possible run for the nomination. We’re researching the history and the various ties to her, Rouse and others in Alaska.


27 posted on 09/23/2010 11:50:49 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx; maggief; hoosiermama

Perhaps one reason that they fear Sarah so much is that they have already thrown the whole kitchen sink at her and she is still standing. They have nothing of real substance on her..zip..zero..nada. It won’t stop them from trying to make stuff up out of whole cloth of course, but we are onto them and so are most Americans.

Meanwhile, Obama’s abuses of power and incompetence are becoming more and more well known across this land. His chances of winning or even running for a second term are growing dimmer by the day.


28 posted on 09/23/2010 12:01:35 PM PDT by penelopesire ('Obama's Wars' are with our own military..Bush's Wars were with our enemies!)
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To: penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; Al B.

Zactly, and she knows how they put their scheme together!
Look at Al B. cartoons/illustrations.

All the players are right there.


29 posted on 09/23/2010 12:05:26 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: maggief

Interesting that a guy at the center of Alaska’s political corruptocrats, moves to Chicago to polish his “skills” and now moves on to the most corrupt White House in American history.


30 posted on 09/23/2010 12:20:23 PM PDT by cookcounty (Dec 31st is coming: .....Stop Obama's Midnight Jack-Up!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Rouse is Zero’s preparation in case Palin is the Repub Party pick for 2012. Just shows the potential presidential candidate who Zero most fears.


31 posted on 09/23/2010 12:23:16 PM PDT by BAW ("We can absorb a terrorist attack." - Pres Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

So Barry has his personal pawn to trash Palin. The little boy lives in FEAR - afraid his empire will crumble. What’s that we hear? Something like she’s not ready? LOL! Next time we see that comment or similar, we will know they are worthless pawns, also.

The left - straight to the top - knows more than some who come on here posing as conservatives!


32 posted on 09/23/2010 12:29:21 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: All

“Much of this was outlined in the Congressional Record in a statement by former Sen. Frank Murkowski , our current senator’s father, in 1999 when Mary Mikami Rouse died. Murkowski had served in the first administration of Gov. Walter Hickel with her brother-in-law, Roland Snodgrass, the state’s agriculture director at the time.” (See also Daschle’s statement.)

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—SENATE S11792

Page 35-36

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-1999-10-01/pdf/CREC-1999-10-01-senate.pdf


33 posted on 09/23/2010 12:36:30 PM PDT by maggief
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To: presently no screen name; Al B.; onyx; penelopesire; hoosiermama

webofdeception.com research: Peter M. Rouse and
his vote in the November 2008 election as a
Alaskan voter with a Homestead Exemption in
DC.

(More ...)

http://webofdeception.com/rouse.html


34 posted on 09/23/2010 12:53:48 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
“I fix problems,” he said, explaining his new role.

I can't think of anything I'd rather not have on my resume than that...pertaining to the Obama WH!

Is he the one who thinks all problems are "fixed" by blaming GWB?

35 posted on 09/23/2010 12:56:36 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: maggief

What are the qualifications for voting in Alaska....and the penalty for breaking those laws?


36 posted on 09/23/2010 12:57:33 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Didn’t he have something to do with setting Levi up with a Hollywood agent?

Seems like I read about that a long time ago...that he got Levi’s mom a lawyer, and Levi a PR guy?


37 posted on 09/23/2010 1:02:35 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: hoosiermama

Apparently he’s claiming he’s an Alaskan resident ... (yet he filed for DC homestead credit?)

http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_vr_who_can.php

http://askasl.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-do-i-become-alaska-resident.html

How do I become an Alaska Resident?
Question: How do I become an Alaska resident?

Answer: This is another “It Depends!” answer because State agencies have different criteria to define Alaska residency. The following are the most frequently requested.

* For questions about Alaska Student Loans residency requirements, contact AlaskAdvantage Programs. You can find contact information at http://alaskadvantage.state.ak.us/forms/contact.aspx
* Residency requirements for the Alaska Permanent Fund are located on the Basic Eligibility Requirements for the Alaska Permanent Fund page at:http://www.pfd.state.ak.us/eligibility/
* Voting eligibility requirement in Alaska can be found on the Division of Elections FAQ Elections Questions page at: http://ltgov.state.ak.us/elections/faqs.php
* Hunting and fishing license residency requirements can be found on the Alaska Fish and Game page at: http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/faqlic.html#1
* Residency requirements to take part in Alaska State Land Offerings can be found on the State Lands page at: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/landsale/sale_faq.htm


38 posted on 09/23/2010 1:12:57 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Rouse rhymes with “louse?”


39 posted on 09/23/2010 1:15:40 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: roses of sharon

Ari the brother of Rahm Emanuel is Levi’s agent. Don’t know about the other connections you mentioned.


40 posted on 09/23/2010 1:16:56 PM PDT by deport
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To: roses of sharon; All
Rex Butler and Tank Jones are the Rat point men in Anchorage. No one knows who's paying for their expensive services in handling Levi, and it sure ain't Levi. Most likely there are not too many degrees of separation between those two scoundrels and Rouse and the DNC.

Money-Grubbing Smear Merchants Rex Butler and Tank Jones Target Governor Palin

Levi Johnston's Mentor - Tank Jones

Tank Jones defends the indefensible


41 posted on 09/23/2010 1:18:42 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: maggief

Who issues his driver’s licence...and does he own property in the state?


42 posted on 09/23/2010 1:19:04 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

http://webofdeception.com/rouse.html

(WOD Note: This post is research and investigation of voter eligibilty. In our investigation
we found Obama appointee Kim Elton, whose 609 Main Street was the address for Peter
Rouse’s Alaska voting residence was in business with John Lindback. John Lindback is
presently the Director of Elections for the State of Oregon who before his Oregon appointment
was an official for the Alaska Division of Elections and was an aide to the Alaska House
Finance Committee, where Kim Elton served)


43 posted on 09/23/2010 1:26:24 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Al B.
Anita Dunn Clue
44 posted on 09/23/2010 1:30:14 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: maggief

from link:

Subj: FW: Absentee voter and District Homestead Exemption

Mr. Culligan:

Upon review of Mr. Peter M. Rouse’s case, he has not completely severed all
ties to another state by voting outside of D.C.; therefore, we are reversing his
homestead deduction and sending him a corrected bill.

If you have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact me directly.

Thank you.

Thanh-Thuy “Twee” Nguyen

Manager

Homestead Unit

Office of Tax and Revenue

941 N. Capitol ST NE Suite 400

Washington, DC 20002


45 posted on 09/23/2010 1:47:38 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: onyx

Senior Advisor Pete Rouse

http://letustalk.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/pete-rouse.jpg

Peter M. Rouse is Senior Advisor to President Barack H. Obama. He was a co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, a senior adviser to President Obama’s campaign, and chief of staff to then-Senator Barack Obama.

Known as the “101st Senator” for his extensive knowledge of Congress, Rouse served as chief of staff to members of the United States Congress for more than thirty years. Before joining President Obama’s Senate office in 2004, he was chief of staff to former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) for 19 years. He also served as chief of staff to then-Rep. Dick Durbin of Illinois (1984-85) and Lt. Governor Terry Miller of Alaska (1979-83).

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http://images.morris.com/images/juneau/mdControlled/cms/2009/03/02/400188596.jpg

But these days, Pete Rouse works in the White House, two doors from his close friend, President Barack Obama.

For 25 years as the consummate Democratic insider in the U.S. Senate, Rouse played a quiet role as the backdoor connection for Alaska’s all-Republican delegation to the other side of the aisle in Congress. He was the longtime chief of staff for Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., the one-time Senate majority leader, and starting in 2004 Rouse took on the same job for a promising young freshman senator from Illinois.

Today, as special adviser to Obama, Rouse is in the innermost circle of the West Wing. His office sits between chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and communications director David Axelrod (for fans of “The West Wing” television series, that would be Josh Lyman’s office).

“It’s only been four years here, this trip from freshman senator,” the 62-year-old Rouse said in a telephone interview earlier this month, breaking from his usual low-profile to talk about his Alaska ties. “It has been an interesting ride. I feel pretty invested in it.”

His Alaska roots run deeper than those of almost anyone reading these words. His mother, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, grew up in Anchorage starting in World War I, when it was a railroad construction town. His cousin was the longtime municipal attorney for the City of Palmer.

But Rouse himself was born on the East Coast and had never been west of Denver when he flew to Alaska in late 1978 to visit a friend, Alaska’s newly elected Republican lieutenant governor, Terry Miller.

Rouse ended up working as Miller’s chief of staff for the final four years of Gov. Jay Hammond’s administration. It was a great experience, Rouse said, a time when Juneau was filled with young idealists eager to grapple with the state’s new oil money, infrastructure need and unformed social policies.

“Juneau at the time was 19,000 people, but it was really a town on the move in terms of young, well-educated people excited by these policy issues,” he recalled.

The ambitious young staffer returned to Washington, D.C., in 1983 and worked for Democrats in the Senate ever since. For a while, he imagined returning to Alaska if Miller ever managed to win a race for governor. The dream faded; Miller died of bone cancer in 1989, at age 46. Rouse’s last visit to Juneau was to attend his old friend’s memorial.

Rouse continued to keep many personal ties in Alaska — along with his voter registration. In last November’s presidential race, records show, the man who would co-lead Obama’s transition team voted absentee in Juneau.

Rouse declined to discuss his voter registration.

Legally he appears to be on fairly secure footing. Voters are allowed to maintain registration here if they don’t vote elsewhere and intend to return someday. They are also excused if they are working somewhere in civil service of the United States — a description that pretty much encapsulates Rouse’s career. But he does not show up on Alaska Permanent Fund dividend records.)

ALASKA CONNECTION

The story of Alaska’s connection to Obama’s inner circle begins in 1915 with the arrival of Goro (George) and Mine Mikami in Seward, where construction of the Alaska Railroad was under way. Three years later the immigrants from Japan moved to Anchorage. Their daughter, Mary, entered school speaking only Japanese and went on to become valedictorian at Anchorage High School. In 1934, Mary graduated with honors from the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines in Fairbanks (the year before it became the University of Alaska), then moved on to Yale , where she earned a Ph.D. and met her husband, Irving Rouse.

Irving and Mary Rouse raised their son, Pete, in Connecticut. He spent a few years working on Capitol Hill for Sen. James Abourezk, D-S.D., answering constituent mail alongside Daschle, another young aide. But when Daschle decided to run for Congress in 1978, Rouse took time off to get a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. There he met Miller, who had recently served as Alaska’s youngest-ever Senate president. Miller came home to run for lieutenant governor with Hammond for the governor’s second term.

Miller persuaded Rouse to return to his mother’s home state to work in Alaska politics. Part of the appeal was that Miller would be heir to Hammond’s moderate Republican mantle and had a good shot at becoming governor in four years.

“He was a very intelligent guy and a progressive Republican,” Rouse said of Miller, the only Republican he ever worked for. “On balance I felt he had the right vision for Alaska and the right philosophical approach.”

Rouse’s reach extended well beyond the lieutenant governor’s office. He was involved in all the governor’s major meetings on budgets and appointments, said Jerry Reinwand, who was Hammond’s chief of staff at the time.

As a workaholic senior staffer in the U.S. Senate, Rouse liked to stay quietly in the background. Media sightings of Rouse have been rare. The few stories of past years invariably note two things: his affection for cats (he has Maine coon cats at home, where he lives alone) and his nickname of “The 101st Senator,” owing to his reputation for results-oriented strategy and working across party lines.

“One of the things you will find about Pete, he keeps one of the lowest profiles going,” said McKie Campbell, a former state Fish and Game Commissioner now working for the Senate Energy Committee in Washington, who stayed friends from the Juneau days. “He’s the quiet guy who everybody listens to when he talks.”

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/030209/sta_400188552.shtml


46 posted on 09/23/2010 1:49:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: onyx

Palin also suggested that some of the problems she faced at home after the election could be traced back to Rouse.

For Palin, however, these aren’t isolated incidents. She believes they grow from the same root, which is too big and too formidable to ignore. “A lot of this comes from Washington, D.C. [...]

Palin and her Alaska circle find evidence for their suspicions about the White House in the person of Pete Rouse, who lived in Juneau for a time before he became chief of staff to a young U.S. Senator named Barack Obama. Rouse, they note, is a friend of former Alaska state senator Kim Elton, who pushed the first ethics investigation of Palin, examining her controversial firing of the state’s public-safety commissioner. Both Rouse and Elton have joined the Obama Administration.

Read more: http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/07/09/a-final-palin-post/#ixzz10ID8SehH


47 posted on 09/23/2010 1:51:11 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: onyx

“Pete’s very good at looking around the corners of decisions and playing out the implications of them,” Obama told the Post during the campaign. “He’s been around long enough that he can recognize problems and pitfalls a lot quicker than others can.”

In an interview with PBS in 2008, he talked about his initial impression of Obama: “[Y]ou could tell that this guy was important to the future of the Democratic Party, in part because he’s African American, but the major reason was because he had such intelligence, insights, spark. He had the magic; you can tell he had the magic.”

Rouse was tapped by Obama in 2009 to oversee efforts to close Guantanamo Bay.

“Pete’s very smart, highly skilled, and has always been totally square in our dealings,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told the Anchorage Daily News. “I expect we will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but having him at that level in the White House has to be good for our state.”

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/09/pete-rouse-obamas-next-chief-o.html


48 posted on 09/23/2010 1:52:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

ROUSE
The Outsider’s Insider

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 27, 2007

Pete Rouse is the Outsider’s Insider, a fixer steeped in the ways of a Washington that Obama has been both eager to learn and quick to publicly condemn. The meticulous workaholic rose through three decades of unglamorous legislating to become arguably the most influential Democratic aide in the Senate when he worked for then-Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.).

“His familiarity with Washington makes him somebody whose judgment I trust,” Obama said. And yet this is the Washington of “cheap political points” and “petty” partisanship that figures prominently in Obama’s public speeches these days. “I know I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington,” Obama tells his audiences. “But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.”

That has made Rouse’s job of introducing Obama to Capitol Hill a complicated balancing act: He seeks to burnish Obama’s still-modest credentials as a freshman senator while preventing the talented but inexperienced politician from making the kind of mistakes that have denied every senator since John F. Kennedy the presidency. “My role,” he said with classic staffer discretion, is simply “to help him accomplish his priorities.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/26/AR2007082601446.html


49 posted on 09/23/2010 1:56:02 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Rouse ended up working as Miller’s chief of staff for the final four years of Gov. Jay Hammond’s administration.

For a while, he imagined returning to Alaska if Miller ever managed to win a race for governor. The dream faded; Miller died of bone cancer in 1989, at age 46. Rouse’s last visit to Juneau was to attend his old friend’s memorial.

Rouse continued to keep many personal ties in Alaska — along with his voter registration. In last November’s presidential race, records show, the man who would co-lead Obama’s transition team voted absentee in Juneau.

Rouse declined to discuss his voter registration.

Irving and Mary Rouse raised their son, Pete, in Connecticut. He spent a few years working on Capitol Hill for Sen. James Abourezk, D-S.D., answering constituent mail alongside Daschle, another young aide. But when Daschle decided to run for Congress in 1978, Rouse took time off to get a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. There he met Miller, who had recently served as Alaska’s youngest-ever Senate president. Miller came home to run for lieutenant governor with Hammond for the governor’s second term.

Miller persuaded Rouse to return to his mother’s home state to work in Alaska politics. Part of the appeal was that Miller would be heir to Hammond’s moderate Republican mantle and had a good shot at becoming governor in four years.

“He was a very intelligent guy and a progressive Republican,” Rouse said of Miller, the only Republican he ever worked for. “On balance I felt he had the right vision for Alaska and the right philosophical approach.”

Rouse’s reach extended well beyond the lieutenant governor’s office. He was involved in all the governor’s major meetings on budgets and appointments, said Jerry Reinwand, who was Hammond’s chief of staff at the time.

The Alaska years ended in disappointment, when Miller lost the 1982 Republican gubernatorial primary to conservative Anchorage Mayor Tom Fink. (Democrat Bill Sheffield went on to win the general election that year.) Rouse headed back to Washington.

“One of the things you will find about Pete, he keeps one of the lowest profiles going,” said McKie Campbell, a former state Fish and Game Commissioner now working for the Senate Energy Committee in Washington, who stayed friends from the Juneau days. “He’s the quiet guy who everybody listens to when he talks.”

It seems unlikely that Rouse will play the same role on Alaska issues he once did in the Senate. He’s just too high up the ladder, with the White House operations and policy branches both reporting through him.

“I fix problems,” he said, explaining his new role.

Still Alaska veterans in Washington are glad to have him there. A big fan was former Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, who praised Rouse on the Senate floor in 1999. Others interviewed in recent weeks, including John Katz, the longtime head of the state’s Washington office, spoke about his long value to Alaska.

It was because of Rouse that Obama was the only presidential candidate to speak about Alaska’s natural gas pipeline before the primaries began, said former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, who got help from Rouse during his unsuccessful 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.

One of Rouse’s best friends in Alaska is state Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau. Rouse was the one who recruited Elton, a former journalist, into politics to work for Miller. Elton said Rouse is always eager for e-mailed photos of Romeo, the black wolf often photographed around Juneau.

Elton said he followed the presidential race through Rouse, backing Obama early on the strength of his friend’s endorsement. But he told Rouse he couldn’t talk about Palin once she was named to the Republican ticket. As chairman of the Legislative Council, Elton played a central role in the Legislature’s “Troopergate” investigation of the governor, which Republicans complained was being run by Obama supporters.

“It was awkward, because I usually love to talk about things like that,” Elton said.

When Elton and his wife traveled east for the inauguration, they stayed with Rouse. Now Elton is under consideration for a high-level appointment as a special assistant on Alaska issues in the Interior Secretary’s office.

Rouse said keeping up with Alaska friends has helped keep his affection for the place strong.

“The other thing I always say about Alaskans is, once you make a friend in Alaska, you make a friend for life,” he said.

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50 posted on 09/23/2010 2:10:27 PM PDT by kcvl
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