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  • Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was 'A Mistake'

    07/29/2012 7:38:46 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 439 replies
    Yahoo/ABC News ^ | Jonathan Karl
    Dick Cheney has some advice for Mitt Romney on choosing a running mate: Don't pick another Sarah Palin. In his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March, Cheney told ABC News, that John McCain's decision to pick Palin as his running mate in 2008 was "a mistake" - one that it is important from Romney not to repeat. It's subject on which Cheney has some unique experience. He helped Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush lead their vice presidential searches and, of course, served as vice president for eight years. He's also privately offered some advice to...
  • Waiting for Superman or Superwomen in GOP Primary (Vanity)

    09/21/2011 4:29:06 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 20 replies
    chron.com ^ | September 21, 2011 | Mn_Mike
    Call me underwhelmed with the two frontrunners in the GOP primary race. It is concerning that the top challenges to Obama, ObamaCare and "crony capitalism" are essentially neutralized by Romney (RomneyCare) or Perry (cronyism). Pick your poison, conservatives, because one of these top challenges will likely be off the table.
  • Sarah Palin Takes Aim At Perry in Iowa (Gucci Gulch is in her crosshairs)

    09/04/2011 12:42:11 PM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 148 replies
    09/04/2011 | Brices Crossroads
    While watching Sarah Palin's speech yesterday at Indianola, it occurred to me that she is beloved by her supporters and detested and feared by her enemies for at least one common reason: She is an extraordinary political talent, willing and able to call a spade a spade and to do so with a combination of moxie and panache that is both devastating and funny. She represents a clear and present danger both to the GOP Establishment and to the Democrat left, the two sides of the same false coin which has embedded itself in D.C. as the "Permanent Political Class"....
  • Governor Palin Used Her Executive Authority to Make Government Smaller and More Ethical

    08/18/2011 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Anamnesis · 107 replies
    C4P ^ | 8/18/11 | Whitney Pritcher
    Executive experience is often seen as a needed criterion when looking for potential presidential nominees, especially among Republicans. It has been more than 130 years since the GOP nominated an eventual winner for President who only had legislative experience (Note: President Eisenhower’s military experience easily qualifies as executive experience). It goes beyond the simply dichotomy of legislative versus executive experience, however. What is even more important is how one used the executive experience that he or she has. Did he or she use such experience to make government smaller or bigger? Did he or she use their executive experience to...
  • 10 Qualifications Sarah Palin Has Over Five Recent Presidents (Part Two)

    12/10/2010 3:50:40 PM PST · by onyx · 41 replies · 4+ views
    Conservative4Palin ^ | Friday, December 10, 2010 | Nicole Coulter
    Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on Governor Sarah Palin’s qualifications for the presidency. We hope Barbara Walters reads both of them so she can be more "informed" for her next interview with Governor Palin, whenever that might occur. She might even be able to ask an intelligent question. Qualification: an essential skill, quality, or attribute that makes somebody suitable for a job, activity, or task.In the first part of our series, we explored Governor Sarah Palin’s nearly two decades of experience as a city councilor, mayor and governor, her work as an oil and gas regulator, and...
  • 10 Qualifications Sarah Palin Has Over Five Recent Presidents (Part One)

    11/19/2010 3:33:21 PM PST · by Anamnesis · 76 replies
    C4P ^ | 11/19/10 | Nicole Coulter
    Editor's Note: This is the first of a two-part series exploring Sarah Palin's qualifications for the presidency. Qualification: An essential skill, quality, or attribute that makes somebody suitable for a job, activity, or task.The opinion leaders sincerely want to know whether Governor Sarah Palin is "qualified" to run for president. Why else would they keep asking the question, right? So ...  let's examine a few of Palin's populist credentials that stack up surprisingly well against the more conventional resumes of five recent presidents. 1. Ten years in municipal government. For all their heroics in state legislatures, governorships, and the hallowed halls of Harvard, Yale and the Naval Academy, none of...
  • A History of Palin, Part 3: Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 2004

    11/19/2010 8:27:18 PM PST · by Anamnesis · 9 replies
    Multiple, see post | R. Mansour, Baseball Crank, US4Palin
    Nicole Coulter, previously known as Recovering Democrat, published an excellent piece discussing Governor Palin's qualifications versus that of the previous crop of US Presidents: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2630162/posts I think it's worth delving into some detail what Palin has accomplished in her early years. One of the stark differences between Palin and Obama is that her early record is open for all the world the see. Contrastingly, Obama's history is obfuscated by the sealing of his records. The second part of this history is about Palin on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. This is R. Mansour's take on Palin during this crucial...
  • A History of Palin Accomplishments: Part 1, Wasilla City Council 1992 1996

    11/19/2010 7:31:37 PM PST · by Anamnesis · 21 replies
    US4Palin ^ | US4Palin
    Nicole Coulter, previously known as Recovering Democrat, published an excellent piece discussing Governor Palin's qualifications versus that of the previous crop of US Presidents: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2630162/posts I think it's worth delving into some detail what Palin has accomplished in her early years. One of the stark differences between Palin and Obama is that her early record is open for all the world the see. Contrastingly, Obama's history is obfuscated by the sealing of his records. The first part of this history is about Palin and her time on the Wasilla City Council. Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996 Photo H/T Joe...
  • A History of Palin Accomplishments: Part 2, Wasilla Mayor 1996 2002

    11/19/2010 7:41:40 PM PST · by Anamnesis · 9 replies · 1+ views
    US4Palin ^ | US4Palin
    Nicole Coulter, previously known as Recovering Democrat, published an excellent piece discussing Governor Palin's qualifications versus that of the previous crop of US Presidents: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2630162/posts I think it's worth delving into some detail what Palin has accomplished in her early years. One of the stark differences between Palin and Obama is that her early record is open for all the world the see. Contrastingly, Obama's history is obfuscated by the sealing of his records. The second part of this history is about Palin as Mayor and City manage of Wasilla. Wasilla Mayor 1996 – 2002 Mayoral Campaign BornIn this doodle...
  • Liberals, This Is Proof That Sarah Palin Has Executive Experience: I Present Her Record

    11/17/2010 1:06:43 PM PST · by Retired Intelligence Officer · 62 replies · 2+ views
    palinpromotions.com ^ | Nov 17, 2010
    Governor Sarah Palins Record That Gave Her A 90% Approval Rating: Energy Independence, Development, and Environmental Stewardship *Governor Palins cornerstone accomplishment is AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act). During the Palin administration, TransCanada and Exxon formed an alliance to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48. Under Governor Palins governance, the project was expanded and revised from what previous governors had proposed with an open policy process for the Alaskan people. More progress was made on this effort than in the previous 30 years. This is the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history and...
  • On Energy Independence and Governor Palin's Experience

    08/19/2010 8:01:03 AM PDT · by militanttoby · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 19, 2010 | Keith Pickett
    Sarah Palins guest appearances this week in a 3-part series from Alaska with FOX News Channels Greta Van Susteren have hopefully opened some eyes regarding the 20-million-acre ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), NPR-A (National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska), the North Slope, Prudhoe Bay and the entire issue of drilling for oil and natural gas in the Last Frontier. The recent disastrous deep-water oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is all the more reason why we (the U.S.) should start looking back to on-shore drilling -- at all the reserves that are rich in oil and gas -- and start tapping into...
  • The Real Sarah Palin (Record in office has not been as conservative as she is personally)

    07/09/2009 8:13:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies · 2,379+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/9/2009 | John Hindraker
    I haven't commented on Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska since Friday afternoon, when I noted the story and said that her resignation "seems bizarre to me." Here are some additional thoughts on the subject. I am, to begin with, an admirer of Governor Palin--the real Sarah Palin, not the creature of myth. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Palin phenomenon is that the mythical version, a caricature of Palin as arch-conservative, especially on the social issues, and populist almost to the point of know-nothingism, has been embraced by many of her supporters as avidly as by her...
  • Alaskan Legislator Tells Maddow: 'What Good Does It Do' to Fire a 'Dangerous' Cop?

    10/27/2008 10:34:13 PM PDT · by DeLaine · 39 replies · 1,370+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | Jack Coleman
    An unintentionally hilarious assertion was made by Alaska State Senator Hollis French on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC cable show Friday night. Maddow and French were discussing the so-called Troopergate scandal and Gov. Sarah Palin's alleged grudge in firing former Alaska public safety commissioner Walt Monegan for not reopening an investigation of a state trooper who went through a nasty divorce with Palin's sister. Hollis, a Democrat who led the state legislature's investigation into Palin's actions in firing Monegan last July, cited "severe logical fallacies" in claims made by Palin and her husband Todd, including the Palins' request for reduced security despite...
  • Palin's environmental policy can be judged by Wasilla

    10/20/2008 11:55:22 AM PDT · by Bringbackthedraft · 32 replies · 782+ views
    Herald Tribune.com ^ | 10/20/08 | MATT APUZZO
    WASILLA, Alaska - Long before John McCain made Gov. Sarah Palin his running mate and before her views on global warming became a campaign issue, Palin's environmental priorities were crystallized in a city where she was mayor and where development has long trumped conservation. ............. more at site.
  • Alaska's minorities feel ignored by Palin

    10/18/2008 7:04:10 PM PDT · by rface · 66 replies · 1,351+ views
    "It's really been like you're going to a Ku Klux Klan rally," said Javis Odom, an Anchorage minister. "Gov. Palin is really showing her true colors on the national stage."..... . ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Alaska's black leaders say they're not surprised to see Gov. Sarah Palin at the center of the controversy over injecting the race issue into the presidential campaign. Palin, Republican John McCain's running mate, has repeatedly insisted that Barack Obama's former preacher, the inflammatory Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a legitimate issue even though McCain himself has said it's out of bounds. "She has no sensitivity to...
  • Alaskan black leaders call Sarah Palin insensitive on racial issues (Big Barf)

    10/18/2008 4:56:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 649+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 18, 2008
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska's black leaders say they are not surprised to see Gov. Sarah Palin at the center of the controversy over injecting the race issue into the presidential campaign. Palin, Republican John McCain's running mate, has repeatedly insisted that Barack Obama's former preacher, the inflammatory Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a legitimate issue even though McCain himself has said it is out of bounds.
  • AP: Alaska's minorities feel ignored by Palin (here it comes)

    10/18/2008 3:50:54 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 67 replies · 1,387+ views
    05:27 PM CDT on Saturday, October 18, 2008 Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has had an at-times testy relationship with black leaders in her state. They say they've been ignored in their eforts to get more minorities hired in her administration. Now, as the presidential election nears, Alaska's black leaders say they're not surprised to see the Republican vice-presidential nominee at the center of the controversy over injecting the race issue into the campaign. Palin has repeatedly insisted that Barack Obama's former preacher, the inflammatory Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a legitimate issue even though...
  • Sarah Palin, Governor. Why has she been so successful in Alaska

    10/14/2008 8:34:20 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 12 replies · 1,394+ views
    National Review magazine ^ | Oct. 30, '08 | Byron York
    Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it's sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward or - well, all of the above. In fact, Palin may even have it worse than Quayle, since she's taking flak not only from Democrats and the press but from some conservative opinion leaders as well. Reporters raced to Alaska to look into her family life, including her teenage daughter's pregnancy; into her per diem expense requests; into her controversial firing of the state's public safety commissioner; into her husband's role as informal adviser; into the...
  • Panel: Palin Abused Her Power in Firing of Commissioner (But broke no laws!)

    10/10/2008 5:36:35 PM PDT · by DocT111 · 258 replies · 6,474+ views
    <p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A state legislative panel has concluded that Sarah Palin abused her power in the firing of the state's public safety commissioner.</p> <p>The findings were released after lawmakers emerged Friday from a private session in Anchorage where they spent more than six hours discussing a politically charged ethics report into the firing by Gov. Palin.</p>
  • Sarah Palin's opposition to bar crackdown surprised some (Trib complains she's not a religious nut)

    10/04/2008 6:29:13 PM PDT · by Krankor · 39 replies · 1,578+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/5/08 | Andrew Zajac and Bob Secter
    Sarah Palin may be the heroine of the religious right, but Rev. Gene Straatmeyer vividly recalls a public run-in he once had with the now Republican vice presidential candidate over clergy support for a crackdown on bars. It was August 1996, just weeks before Palin's election as mayor of tiny Wasilla, Alaska. And Straatmeyer, a local Presbyterian minister and head of two church coalitions, testified at a City Council hearing for a measure to shorten the traditional 5 a.m. last call by a few hours.
  • Alaska Supreme Court to hear Troopergate case

    10/04/2008 3:10:58 PM PDT · by jasonmyos · 13 replies · 737+ views
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline)-The Alaska Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal that would block the release of findings of an abuse of power investigation that could prove damaging to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The state high court will review a decision by Anchorage Superior Judge Peter Michalski, who Thursday dismissed a request by a group of Republican legislators to block the investigation.
  • Boston Globe Leads With a Lie Debunked Palin Rape Kit Story Again

    10/04/2008 7:44:19 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 10 replies · 809+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | October 2, 2008 | Warner Todd Huston
    I would urge someone close to members of the editorial board of the Boston Globe to let them know that the world is not flat, the moon is not made of green cheese, and Elvis is, indeed, dead. I say this because obviously the Boston Globe is way behind the times in discovering facts that debunk rumors and its clear they have no capacity to do any research. I mean, they must not be paying attention to reality because in todays editorial, the Globe again raises the thoroughly debunked claim that Sarah Palin charged rape victims for their rape kits...
  • Palin tax returns for 2006 and 2007 released (more AP slant in case you you've been under a rock)

    10/03/2008 2:21:59 PM PDT · by Phil Southern · 11 replies · 1,265+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 3 04:59 PM US/Eastern | AP
    Of course the AP couldn't syndicate an article without inserting a lil' spin. They coulda said she earned all her tax deductions the old fashioned way....by birthing them.....
  • Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million

    10/01/2008 4:51:08 PM PDT · by Charles Bronson Forever · 55 replies · 1,160+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081001/ap_on_el_pr/palins_finances ^ | SHARON THEIMER and BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE, Associated Press SOBs
    WASILLA, Alaska - Sarah Palin and her husband have pieced together a uniquely Alaskan income that reached comfortably into six figures even before she became governor, capitalizing on valuable fishing rights, a series of land deals and a patchwork of other ventures to build an above-average lifestyle.
  • ABC News: Where Are Sarah Palin's Tax Returns?

    09/20/2008 7:28:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies · 568+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 20, 2008 | Justin Rood and Marcus Baram
    As election day comes ever nearer, Democrats and open-government advocates are pressing for the GOP vice presidential candidate to release her tax filings, a campaign tradition that extends at least to the post-Watergate era. Instead, Palin has to date declined to share the documents, becoming part of an ever-more-select historical group of candidates who waited until this late in a campaign year to release their tax filings. Since 1976, every major-party presidential and vice-presidential candidate has provided that information to the public, according to an analysis by ABC News. Until Palin, only three hopefuls have held onto their tax returns...
  • Alaska AG: Troopergate witnesses won't testify

    09/16/2008 7:28:45 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 133 replies · 1,309+ views
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Alaska's attorney general says state employees subpoenaed in the investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin will not testify. In a letter to the Democratic state senator overseeing the investigation, Attorney General Talis Colberg asks that the subpoenas be withdrawn. He also says the employees will not appear before the investigator unless either the full state Senate or the entire Alaska Legislature votes to compel their testimony.
  • Newsweek issues correction on Palin social issues story

    09/16/2008 6:10:46 PM PDT · by pissant · 26 replies · 300+ views
    WThrockmorton.com ^ | 9/16/08 | staff
    Katie Paul at Newsweek alerted me that Newsweek printed a correction to their story claiming that Palin cut funding for teen mothers and the state WIC program. I blogged about it here and had extensive conversations with Alaska officials about the claims. Ms. Paul was also diligent to work with Alaska officials to correct the story once I made her aware of the facts. Here is the correction (at the end of page 2): Clarification (updated Sept. 11, 2008) : A number of readers have challenged the assertion in this story that Gov. Palin cut by 20 percent the funding...
  • Five (More) Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin

    09/16/2008 4:51:08 PM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 58 replies · 1,251+ views
    People ^ | September 16, 2008
    After having famously joked at her party's convention, "You know what they say about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick," what sort of lipstick does Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin prefer? The Insider spoke to Palin's closest friends and found out, uncovering these five (more) things you may not know about her: She's frugal. "Sarah gave me a thank-you card after I helped her with her lieutenant-governor race," said her friend, Kristen Cole, who has known the Alaska governor since childhood. "She liked the card so much that she didn't sign it so I...
  • Papers are flying in Troopergate (AK Speaker of the House demands meeting)

    09/16/2008 2:24:09 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 239+ views
    Lots of paper is flying connected with Troopergate today. Now: > Five Republican lawmakers went to court asking a judge to issue an emergency order blocking the legislature's investigation. Earlier blog post here. > House Speaker John Harris sent a letter this morning to Sen. Kim Elton, chairman of the Legislative Council, demanding that the body convene within a week "for the purpose of discussing the status of the investigation currently underway by Stephen Branchflower...The political landscape certainly has changed since this investigation was authorized by the Legislative Council on July 28, 2008. What started as a bipartisan and impartial...
  • Palin fires back in Troopergate, releases memos showing insubordination

    09/16/2008 6:23:26 AM PDT · by pissant · 59 replies · 331+ views
    HotAir ^ | 9/16/08 | Ed Morrisey
    Sarah Palin issued a response to the Troopergate investigation yesterday by releasing internal memoranda that show Walt Monegan got fired for insubordination on budget matters and not because of his refusal to fire Palins former brother-in-law. Monegan went behind Palins back to attempt to revive a project Palin had vetoed, which stunned the Office of Management and Budget Director. On another occasion, Monegan held a press conference with Hollis French to dissent from Palins budget priorities the same Hollis French pushing the ethics complaint against Palin: Walt Monegan lost his job as public safety director because he resisted Gov....
  • Official fired by Palin bears no grudge [but has history of alleged spousal abuse!]

    09/15/2008 12:52:35 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 240+ views
    North to Alaska: It turns out that well before he was jettisoned for what he says was his refusal to fire trooper Wooten at the behest of Sarah Palin, Monegan had his own share of domestic troubles - some of them spilling all the way down to the Bay Area. In October 1994, Monegan's estranged wife, who had moved from Alaska to the Peninsula with the couple's two daughters after more than 10 years of marriage, sought a temporary restraining order against him - accusing Monegan of threatening to kill her, waving a gun at her and dislocating her shoulder,...
  • Is This It? Really? (Sunday's NYT Palin Hit Piece Demolished)

    09/14/2008 12:30:06 AM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies · 287+ views
    Commentary ^ | 9/13/2008 | Jennifer Rubin
    The New York Times does the all-so predictable Sarah Palin bill of indictment for its Sunday front page. It certainly sounds compelling in the paragraph called the nut graf: "Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.?" But what is so remarkable is how little there is in the page after page of minutiae thrown against the wall by the Times. And indeed theres plenty of favorable...
  • Sarah Barracuda tidbits

    09/14/2008 11:13:44 PM PDT · by Plutarch · 3 replies · 124+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 14, 2008 | RON WILMOT
    Sarah Barracuda tidbits TRUE OR FALSE: Hoops title changed Palin's life, but what about that nickname? By RON WILMOTrwilmot@adn.comPublished: September 14th, 2008 12:44 AMLast Modified: September 14th, 2008 02:29 AM Sports infuse Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's life.Palin the hockey mom. Palin the wife of a four-time Iron Dog snowmachine champion. Palin the point guard for Wasilla High's 1982 state championship basketball team. Palin the sportscaster for Channel 2 news, Anchorage's NBC affiliate. Palin the fish slayer. Palin the hunter (and the only candidate on either presidential ticket who can field dress a moose).Here are a few more sporting...
  • Banned or Censored Book Response - City of Wasilla, Alaska

    09/14/2008 9:19:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies · 586+ views
    City of Wasilla, Alaska ^ | September 2008 | Mayor Dianne M. Keller
    CITY OF WASILLA Office of the Mayor We at the City of Wasilla have received many emails and requests for information about banned or censored books at the Wasilla Library while former Mayor Palin was in office. We have no records of any books being banned or censored ever. Below is the policy to request reconsideration of library materials: Reconsideration Requests of Library Materials In accordance with the Wasilla Public Library Collection Development Policy, the library, strives to achieve a balanced collection of materials in the major information categories, as well as a fiction collection calculated to satisfy the widest...
  • Sarah Palin: She's the real deal (nice article)

    09/14/2008 10:31:13 AM PDT · by volunbeer · 13 replies · 161+ views
    Yakima News Herald ^ | 9/13/08 | Leah Beth Ward
    Shirley Eberle of Sunnyside didn't know it at the time, but as she plucked roe from kelp at an Alaskan fishery 20 years ago she was working next to future vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Years later, Betty Chavers of Yakima sensed Palin might be destined for something bigger when she worked as an accountant for the city of Wasilla, Alaska, between 2001 and 2003. Palin was mayor at the time. "She is one tough lady. Very gracious, very well-informed," said Chavers, who owns the Quiznos on South First Street. "Being in accounting, she would say, 'Is this necessary? If...
  • Palin to Iraq: Did She or Didnt She?

    09/13/2008 8:15:29 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 142 replies · 1,953+ views
    FOX News ^ | September 13, 2008 | Shushannah Walshe
    "In response to a Boston Globe article today, the Palin camp has been forced to clarify exactly where Sarah Palin traveled in her July 2007 trip to the Middle East to visit Alaskan National Guard troops" "Last summer, Governor Palin traveled to Kuwait where she visited Alaskan National Guard troops deployed to the war in Iraq at Camp Arifjen. While she was there she traveled to the K Crossing on the Kuwait-Iraq border, and a quarter mile into Iraq. According to the General who traveled with her, while she was there she presided over a re-enlistment ceremony of an Alaskan...
  • As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood (here we go again)

    09/13/2008 6:40:31 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 59 replies · 156+ views
    WASILLA, Alaska -- On Sept. 24, 2001, Mayor Sarah Palin and the City Council held their first meeting after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The council condemned the attacks and approved a $5,000 gift to a disaster relief fund. Palin said she would try to obtain materials from both attack sites to include in the town's "Honor Garden." And then the council and mayor returned to their normal business: approving funds to upgrade the public well, issuing a restaurant permit and taking up a measure forbidding residents from operating bed-and-breakfasts in their homes. After...
  • Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes

    09/13/2008 5:43:10 PM PDT · by samkatz · 98 replies · 388+ views
    WASILLA, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal. So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency. Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages. When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget,...
  • Palin's travels

    09/13/2008 4:35:34 PM PDT · by bahblahbah · 25 replies · 207+ views
    politico ^ | August 30, 2008 | Ben Smith
    Sarah Palin's abrupt appearance on the national stage sparked an enormous array of questions, one of which is: Has she ever traveled abroad? I asked her new spokeswoman, Maria Comella, who noted that Palin visited Germany and Kuwait in 2007 to visit Alaska National Guard troops. Comella said she'd also visited one other country: Ireland.
  • CNN Conjures Up Palin Travel 'Scandal' That Never Was

    Did you know that Sarah Palin has never been to Mongolia? Yeah, and despite the fact she never claimed to have visited there, we are making a big deal about it because of the impression she left only in our fervid imaginations that she did indeed visit Mongolia. Think that was ridiculous? Well, guess what? That is exactly what CNN is doing with a manufactured scandal that Sarah Palin never visited Iraq. The problem for CNN is that Palin never claimed to have visited Iraq. Here is her answer in the recent ABC interview with Charles Gibson about her foreign...
  • What Palin Really Did To the Oil Industry

    09/13/2008 3:37:56 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 18 replies · 277+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/5/2008 | James P. Lucier, Jr.
    Oil companies in Alaska are paying more money in taxes than ever before. The state's oil and gas tax revenues for its just-ended fiscal 2007 topped $10 billion. That's twice as much as fiscal 2006 and four times more than 2004. Some supporters of Barack Obama see that money coming in and say that John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, must have done what Sen. Obama wants to do -- sock those companies with a big fat windfall profit tax. This is a deeply misleading reading of her 2007 tax reform.
  • Palin's losing bid for office set stage for rise

    09/13/2008 2:51:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 128+ views
    politico.com ^ | 9/13/08 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    The story of Palins narrow loss in Alaskas 2002 lieutenant governors race is a familiar political tale of an ambitious up-and-comer. Photo: AP Sarah Palins meteoric political career is marked by a series of impressive election wins broken only by a single, largely overlooked loss for lieutenant governor in 2002. Yet that defeat, as much as any of her victories, set the trajectory that has taken her to the brink of the vice presidency in just six years. The story of Palins narrow loss in Alaskas 2002 lieutenant governors race is a familiar political tale of an ambitious up-and-comer seeking...
  • Obama camp suggests lies over Palin visit to Iraq

    09/13/2008 3:07:22 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 91 replies · 414+ views
    Obama camp suggests lies over Palin visit to Iraq By GLEN JOHNSON 4 minutes ago WASHINGTON (AP) The question of whether Sarah Palin has ever been to Iraq pushed Obama aides Saturday to accuse the McCain campaign of outright lies, distortions and distractions to the American people. Since Republican presidential nominee John McCain tapped the Alaska governor to be his running mate on Aug. 29, questions about her experience have been fueled by her relatively brief tenure in office, as well as a dearth of foreign travel. Palin made a well-documented trip to Kuwait and Germany last year...
  • Palin never in Iraq, campaign now says

    09/13/2008 2:54:26 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 75 replies · 382+ views
    (CNN) -- Sarah Palin did not visit troops in Iraq, a spokesperson for the Republican vice presidential nominee confirmed Saturday, as new details emerged about the extent of the Alaska governor's foreign travel. Gov. Sarah Palin's aide confirmed to CNN details of her foreign travel Saturday. Gov. Sarah Palin's aide confirmed to CNN details of her foreign travel Saturday. In July of last year, Palin left North America for the first time to visit Alaskan troops stationed in Kuwait. Palin officials originally said her itinerary included U.S. military installations or outposts in Germany and Kuwait, and that she had visited...
  • In Office, Palin Hired Friends and Hit Critics (NY Slimes hit piece)

    09/13/2008 1:35:41 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 109 replies · 372+ views
    WASILLA, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal. So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency. Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages. When Ms. Palin had to cut the 2007...
  • Fact Check: McCain misstates Palin earmarks record

    09/12/2008 3:50:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies · 110+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | September 12, 2008 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    John McCain continued to laud his running mate, Sarah Palin, as a budget cutter on Friday, this time erroneously asserting that as governor of Alaska she had not sought congressional earmarks for her state. In fact, while Palin has significantly reduced the state's earmark requests, she asked for nearly $200 million in targeted spending for the 2009 fiscal year. And in an interview with ABC News aired Friday, she defended her earmark requests, emphasizing that she opposed "earmark abuse."
  • Todd Palin among 13 subpoenaed in 'Troopergate'

    09/12/2008 12:53:54 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 57 replies · 195+ views
    Todd Palin among 13 subpoenaed in 'Troopergate' Daily News and wire reports (09/12/08 11:50:02) The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 today to subpoena 13 people -- including the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin -- in an investigation of whether Palin abused her power in trying to get her former brother-in-law fired. -snip- The Senate committees granted the request. Voting for were Sens. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, and two Anchorage Democrats, Hollis French and Bill Wielechowski. Voting no were Sens. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, and Gene Therriault, R-North Pole. Branchflower said he wants to interview Palin herself but did not ask for...
  • 'Troopergate' Inquiry Reaches Palin Husband (Partisan Investigators Seek Subpoenas)

    09/12/2008 12:15:08 PM PDT · by frankjr · 35 replies · 171+ views
    ABC News ^ | 9-12-08 | RHONDA SCHWARTZ and JUSTIN ROOD
    Alaska state legislators were asked to approve subpoenas for the husband of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and 12 others, as part of an ongoing investigation into whether Palin abused her power as state governor. palin french Troopergate investigator Sen. Hollis French seeks subpoenas for 13 witnesses and the phone records of Sarah Palin aide. In a nondescript conference room filled to capacity, special counsel Steven Branchflower asked lawmakers to issue subpoenas to Alaska "First Dude" Todd Palin and a dozen current and former state officials, including aides to Gov. Palin, to determine whether she had overstepped her authority...
  • The Wooten Family Feud Governor Palin told aides to Stay away, there's nothing we can do.

    09/12/2008 9:30:29 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 24 replies · 223+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | September 12, 2008 | Roger F. Gay
    To many, Sarah Palins sisters divorce is a private family matter, best left there. To others, it is a potential window into Sarah Palins character and a launching pad for a broader discussion on family policy. Reports of allegations, maybe false, maybe not, set-up a traditional he-said, she-said allowing anyone to take a side. Another more politically loaded question has been raised. Did Sarah Palin abuse her position as Governor to get involved in the dispute? ... cont.
  • Palin's Book-banning Efforts, Redux (Unbelievable)

    09/11/2008 8:17:02 AM PDT · by pissant · 89 replies · 561+ views
    CBS ^ | 9/11/08 | Steve Wormtongue Benen
    PALIN'S BOOK-BANNING EFFORTS, REDUX.... Here's what we know about Sarah Palin's interest in banning books. Time reported last week that Palin asked the Wasilla librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, about the process for banning library books. Baker was reportedly "aghast" at the question. Soon after taking office, Palin, according to a New York Times report, fired Baker, and news reports from the time indicate that Palin thought Baker hadn't done enough to give her "full support" to the mayor. Palin reversed course on Baker's dismissal after a local outcry, and later said the discussions about banning books were "rhetorical." Yesterday, ABC...