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  • Trooper at center of Palin probe loses police certificate

    05/03/2015 5:33:27 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 9 replies
    Peninsula Clarion ^ | Saturday, May 2, 2015 |
    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Officials have revoked the law enforcement certification of the former Alaska State Trooper at the center of the so-called Troopergate scandal that led to investigations into whether Sarah Palin abused her power as governor.
  • Romney makes midcourse communications correction (Re-hires anti-Palin smear peddler Kevin Madden)

    07/07/2012 4:56:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 161 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/7/12 | Norah O'Donnell
    In a sign that Mitt Romney's campaign team plans to adjust following growing criticism from fellow Republicans, CBS News has learned that Romney campaign senior adviser Kevin Madden will soon be taking on a larger and more visible role within the campaign. Sources tell CBS News that Madden will be spending more time on the road with Romney and is likely to become a more public presence as a TV spokesperson for the candidate. He will hit the road with Romney next week, following Romney's New Hampshire vacation. This move to make Madden a more public face of the campaign...
  • Romney Aide to Take On Bigger Role in Campaign (Palin-hater Madden to replace Etch-A-Sketch Eric)

    07/06/2012 5:17:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 175 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/6/12 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Kevin Madden, a Republican communications expert with long ties to Mitt Romney, will become a more frequent and visible spokesman for the presidential campaign, a source close to the decision said on Friday. The increased responsibilities for Mr. Madden came in the wake of criticism from nervous Republicans about Mr. Romney’s campaign team. The Wall Street Journal said in an editorial that the campaign “looks confused in addition to being politically dumb.”
  • N.J. state troopers face probe for 'Death Race 2012' down Parkway to AC

    04/22/2012 2:53:40 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies ^ | August 22, 2011 | By Christopher Baxter/Statehouse Bureau
    TRENTON — The State Police are investigating complaints that two troopers escorted a caravan of luxury sports cars at speeds in excess of 100 mph down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City last month. The occupants included former Giants running back and sports car enthusiast Brandon Jacobs, according to a source with knowledge of the trip. In the complaints, obtained by The Star-Ledger, witnesses said that in the early afternoon March 30, they saw two State Police patrol cars with their emergency lights flashing driving in front of and behind the southbound caravan, which included dozens of Porsches, Lamborghinis,...
  • Why did Palin name a pro-choice judge to the Alaska Supreme Court?[DU-like anti-Palin source]

    02/19/2011 10:14:16 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 102 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | Feb 18, 2011 | By Craig Medred
    <p>At least one mystery from Sarah Palin's short reign as governor of Alaska appears to have been cleared up by claims made in a manuscript for a book proposed by former Palin aide and confident Frank Bailey.</p> <p>Many have wondered why Palin, who professes to be pro-life, named to the Alaska Supreme Court Morgan Christen, who is pro-choice. The move took both conservatives and liberals by surprise in 2009.</p>
  • Trooper once tied to Jones suit fired (Troopergate/Paula Jones/Kringtong Redux)

    02/25/2010 9:10:04 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 10 replies · 1,064+ views
    Trooper once tied to Jones suit fired ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE The Arkansas State Police last week fired a longtime trooper — a man once linked to passing to news organizations damaging information about former President Bill Clinton’s time as governor. Fired Feb. 18 for reasons the state police declined to disclose, Ronnie Anderson was first hired as a civilian employee in 1977 and commissioned as a trooper in 1985, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Anderson has 10 days from the date of his firing to appeal his termination. Until then, the agency will not release any records related to the...
  • McCain: Palin Legal Bill Was For "Troopergate"

    11/17/2009 4:54:09 AM PST · by steve-b · 27 replies · 1,940+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/09 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who spoke to The Hill Monday evening, denied Sarah Palin's allegation that his campaign stuck her with a $50,000 legal bill to pay for the cost of vetting her as a potential vice presidential candidate. McCain said the bill was for legal work related to allegations that Palin made improper use of her influence as Alaska's governor to press for the dismissal of a state trooper named Mike Wooten. Wooten was embroiled in a custody dispute with Palin's younger sister, Molly McCann. "That was addressed by Trevor Potter," said McCain, "That was over the troopergate." In...
  • Troopergate Trooper Now Back On the Street

    06/20/2009 7:57:56 PM PDT · by Oscar the Grouch · 7 replies · 764+ views
    Anonymous | vanity
    A well-placed source in the Alaska Department of Public Safety informs me that Mike Wooten, the Alaska State trooper who was disciplined for various violations of the law and placed on desk duty, has now been turned loose back on the street. Wooten, Sarah Palin's ex brother-in-law, who was disciplined for various infractions, including using a Taser on a child, shooting a moose out of season, and driving a police vehicle after consuming alcohol, whose misdeeds ultimately led to the dismissal of the former Commissioner of Public Safety by Governor Palin, has been returned to street duty with the Alaska...
  • Tasergate Trooper Still Harassing the Palin Family

    04/11/2009 7:30:12 PM PDT · by euram · 9 replies · 1,057+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 04-11-09 | Joseph Russo
    You may remember Trooper Mike Wooten from the whole "Troopergate" fiasco, which was pushed hard by the media and the Democrats in an attempt to smear Governor Palin. Alaska Senator Hollis French promised an "October surprise" to close out the investigation and Alaska Senator Kim Elton was later rewarded by the Obama administration for his role as the hatchet man in charge of the Legislative Council that oversaw the investigation.
  • Lawyer for Todd Palin objects to contempt citation

    02/08/2009 8:36:38 AM PST · by curth · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Fort Mills Times ^ | February 07, 2009 | DAN JOLING
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The lawyer for Gov. Sarah Palin's husband fired back at Alaska state senators Saturday, disputing that Todd Palin and others "ignored" subpoenas issued last fall during the Troopergate investigation of the governor. Attorney Thomas V. Van Flein said that immediately after a judge's decision refusing to intervene, all subpoenaed witnesses, including Todd Palin, filed detailed written responses to lawmakers. "These are not the actions of contemptuous witnesses, rather, they reflect a studied and deliberate invocation of law and due process, and in accord with the rule of law, once the court issued its decision, the parties then...
  • Trooper, union say politics delayed Johnston drug case [Palin under fire from trooper union]

    01/04/2009 1:34:23 PM PST · by Al B. · 38 replies · 1,649+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Jan. 4, 2009 | Sean Cockerham
    A Mat-Su drug investigator and the union representing Alaska State Troopers are alleging political meddling in the Sherry Johnston drug case, including a delay in serving the search warrant because of the November election. Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston, who became nationally known in September when Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, announced their daughter, Bristol, was pregnant and he was the father. Palin was running for vice president while Sherry Johnston was under investigation. Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Joe Masters and troopers director Col. Audie Holloway vigorously dispute that there was anything irregular in how this...
  • Walt Monegan is planning to run for mayor

    12/18/2008 8:33:59 PM PST · by redk · 12 replies · 536+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 18, 2008
    Walt Monegan just answered a phone call and confirmed he plans to file a letter of intent Friday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. A longtime Anchorage cop who rose to become chief of police, Monegan said people have been talking to him about running for office since before he left the city.
  • Breaking ( yesterday) : Palin exonerated by Personnel Board ( from Hot Air )

    11/04/2008 7:41:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 908+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 3, 2008 8:10 pm | Ed Morrissey
    Sarah Palin did nothing wrong in firing Walt Monegan, the Alaskan State Personnel Board has concluded.  Their independent investigator criticized the legislature’s investigator for applying the wrong law.  They also said that Todd Palin did nothing wrong in pressing for action against the governor’s former brother-in-law: A new report just released — hours before the polls open on Election Day — exonerates Gov. Sarah Palin in the Troopergate controversy.The state Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation is the second into whether Palin violated state ethics law in firing her public safety commissioner, and it contradicts the earlier findings by a special counsel hired...
  • New Troopergate report clears Palin

    11/03/2008 6:54:54 PM PST · by radar101 · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 3rd, 2008 | LISA DEMER
    Timothy Petumenos, an independent investigator hired by the Alaska Personnel Board, addresses the media on Monday, November 3, 2008, in the Hotel Captain Cook A new report just released -- hours before the polls open on Election Day -- exonerates Gov. Sarah Palin in the Troopergate controversy. The state Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation is the second into whether Palin violated state ethics law in firing her public safety commissioner, and it contradicts the earlier findings by a special counsel hired by the state Legislature. Both investigations found that Palin was within her rights to fire Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan....
  • New Troopergate report clears Palin

    11/03/2008 6:13:34 PM PST · by Pikachu_Dad · 17 replies · 1,044+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Published: November 3rd, 2008 03:46 PM | By LISA DEMER |
    A new report just released -- hours before the polls open on Election Day -- exonerates Gov. Sarah Palin in the Troopergate controversy. ... Both investigations found that Palin was within her rights to fire Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. But the new report says the Legislature's investigator was wrong to conclude that Palin abused her power by allowing aides and her husband, Todd, to pressure Monegan and others to dismiss her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten. Palin was accused of firing Monegan after Wooten stayed on the job.
  • Personnel (Troopergate) Board Report! (Great News!!)

    11/03/2008 4:45:05 PM PST · by Sibre Fan · 29 replies · 1,316+ views
    Anchorage Daily News Blog ^ | 11/3/2008 | Andree McLeod
    Findings from the Personnel Board report: 1. There is no probable cause to believe that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act by making the decision to dismiss Department of Public Safety Commissioner Monegan and offering him instead the position of Director of the Alaska Beverage Control Board. 2. There is no probably cause to believe that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in any other respect in connection with the employment of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten. 3. There is no basis upon which to refer the conduct of Governor Palin to any law enforcement agency...
  • Sarah Palin Cleared In Troopergate Scandal

    11/03/2008 4:35:06 PM PST · by jzlouis · 43 replies · 1,970+ views
    Lou Dobs ^ | November 3, 2008 | CNN
    Just heard it on CNN Lou Dobbs. Sarah Cleared by the officials conducting the Troopergate inquiry.
  • Alaska Personnel Board Investigator Will Release Palin-Troopergate Report

    11/03/2008 3:41:01 PM PST · by steve-b · 71 replies · 2,341+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | 11/3/08 | Rachel D'Oro
    A report detailing whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power by firing her public safety commissioner will be released on the eve of the election. Timothy Petumenos, an independent investigator hired by the Alaska Personnel Board, says he will release the report during a news conference 7:30 p.m. EST Monday....
  • The REAL Troopergate scandal: Opinion piece from Sarah's hometown paper

    10/25/2008 3:21:48 AM PDT · by Oscar the Grouch · 27 replies · 1,685+ views
    The Frontiersman ^ | 10/23/08 | Edward Mamet
    ...My conclusion is that the Wooten and Monegan matters reveal an Alaska scandal, but one very different from what has been reported by the national press. The scandal — and it is a serious one — involves the conduct of the managers of Alaska’s police agencies and the political officials who have sought to defend them and attack Governor Palin... Excerpt: See the whole opinion at
  • Palin Gives Troopergate Deposition

    10/24/2008 1:57:41 PM PDT · by publius1 · 34 replies · 1,296+ views
    CBS News ^ | 10/24/08 | Brian Montopoli
    The Troopergate saga continues. Though GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has already been found to have abused power in firing Alaska's public safety commissioner, Palin is giving a deposition on the matter today. As the Associated Press notes, the deposition marks the first time the Alaska governor has addressed the controversy at length or under oath. The deposition is the result of a second investigation into the Troopergate affair. This time around, the probe is being run by an independent investigator. Palin herself requested the new probe, having deemed the legislature's initial investigation, which she had welcomed at its...
  • Ex-Official: Palin Lied, Threw Me Under Bus [Fired by Palin, Walt Monegan Says He Wants to...]

    10/14/2008 7:35:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies · 1,165+ views
    Ex-Official: Palin Lied, Threw Me Under Bus Fired by Palin, Walt Monegan Says He Wants to Clear His Good Name By JUSTIN ROOD October 14, 2008— The man at the center of the Sarah Palin "Troopergate" scandal says the Alaska governor lied about him, and he wants his reputation back. Last month, Palin called her former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan "insubordinate" and accused him of having had a "rogue mentality" while he was part of her administration. She leveled those charges in a filing to the state Personnel Board, justifying her dismissal of Monegan. Now Monegan has formally complained...
  • NBC Airs Hit Piece on Todd Palin, Sarah Palin's 'Abuse of Power'

    10/16/2008 8:50:35 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 24 replies · 937+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 16, 2008 | Brent Baker
    Network polls put McCain-Palin ten-plus points behind Obama-Biden and Brian Williams introduced Thursday's NBC Nightly News by asserting “some senior Republicans are getting edgy at the prospect of a long up hill climb in a short amount of time,” but Williams and other journalists may not be so confident of an Obama victory -- how else to explain NBC's decision to air hit piece Thursday evening about Sarah Palin's husband Todd? Or maybe it just reflects continued animosity. With “Palin abused her power” on screen with a picture of Todd and Sarah Palin, from Alaska reporter John Larson related that...
  • Palin report was (bi)partisan hitjob.

    10/12/2008 10:27:21 AM PDT · by connell · 16 replies · 843+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | Mark Rhoads
    "Troopergate" Report: "A Proper and Lawful Exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority"by Mark Rhoads If you are surprised that a committee of partisan Democrats and anti-Palin Republicans from the good-old Alaska legislature would release a report critical of Gov. Palin, then you must have been astonished that the sun came up this morning. If this is the worst that they have on Palin, it is not going to sway many voters one way or another. There are four findings. Two are inconsequential and one of those deals with a workman's compensation case for Trooper Wooten, Gov. Palin's ex-brother-in-law. The...
  • Palin's lawyers blast Troopergate findings

    10/11/2008 11:02:49 PM PDT · by pissant · 13 replies · 877+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/11/08 | Kim Murphy
    Lawyers for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin assailed the legislative inquiry released Friday that found the governor abused her authority in a campaign to remove her former brother-in-law as a state trooper, saying the report misconstrues the state ethics law in an attempt to "smear" the Republican vice-presidential nominee. In a biting response to the report by investigator Stephen Branchflower for Alaska's bipartisan Legislative Council, Anchorage attorney Thomas Van Flein and his partners said the ethics law that Branchflower says was violated is intended to address cases in which a public official has a financial interest, not merely a personal one....
  • Ethics probe hits hardest at Todd, not Sarah Palin (imagine if . . .)

    10/11/2008 4:52:07 PM PDT · by erk · 22 replies · 1,101+ views
    AP News Story ^ | 10/11/08 | MATT APUZZO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A month after she became governor, Sarah Palin's staff ushered Alaska's public safety commissioner into her private office. But Palin wasn't there. Her husband, Todd, had called the meeting. He was frustrated that his former brother-in-law remained on the job as a state trooper, and he prevailed upon the commissioner to get rid of him.
  • Palin defends firing of Alaska official

    10/11/2008 2:14:29 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 36 replies · 2,339+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Saturday, October 11, 2008 | Mike Wereschagin & Salena Zito
    In Pittsburgh for a fundraiser Friday night, Sarah Palin defended her firing of an Alaska official shortly before a report was released alleging her action was an abuse of power and a violation of state ethics law. The Republican vice presidential candidate spoke to the Tribune-Review after the fundraiser, but before the Alaska Legislature released an investigator's report into whether the governor acted improperly in the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan. Critics said Palin fired Monegan because Monegan would not fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law Michael Wooten, a state trooper.
  • JUST IN - McCain / Palin statement !!!!! (On Tasergate)

    10/10/2008 7:30:13 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 477 replies · 12,254+ views
    STATEMENT FROM MCCAIN-PALIN SPOKESWOMAN MEG STAPLETON Friday, October 10, 2008 ARLINGTON, VA — McCain-Palin 2008 spokeswoman Meg Stapleton issued the following statement on today’s release of Stephen Branchflower’s report: “Today’s report shows that the Governor acted within her proper and lawful authority in the reassignment of Walt Monegan. The report also illustrates what we’ve known all along: this was a partisan led inquiry run by Obama supporters and the Palins were completely justified in their concern regarding Trooper Wooten given his violent and rogue behavior. Lacking evidence to support the original Monegan allegation, the Legislative Council seriously overreached, making a...
  • Branchflower report on Tasergate (is): Just one guy's opinion (snip-title edited for length)

    10/11/2008 9:57:09 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 12 replies · 3,257+ views
    TownHall ^ | October 10, 2008 | Bill Dyer
    (snip) Today, however, in an episode of political theater that would make Josef Stalin blush, French gave it his very best shot: The investigator he hired and directed, Steve Branchflower, has labored mightily and given birth to a bloated and redundant 263-page report which boils down, for purposes of the ongoing presidential campaign, to two paragraphs that completely contradict one another. And the one of them that's unfavorable ignores the most important — indeed conclusive — evidence on point, but goes on to provide Branchflower's guess as to whether Gov. Palin has done anything improper. Please understand this, if you...
  • 'Troopergate' Panel: Gov. Palin Broke No Law

    10/11/2008 6:32:57 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies · 985+ views ^ | October 11, 2008 | AP
    The chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday that Governor Sarah Palin broke no laws when she tried to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper. The inquiry looked into her dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, who said he lost his job because he resisted pressure to fire trooper Mike Wooten. However, Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute, and the panel said his firing was lawful.
  • The Results of the Troopergate Investigation and the Men Who Investigated Republican Sarah Palin

    10/11/2008 7:32:55 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 23 replies · 693+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 10/11/08 | Duane Lester
    The results of the investigation into Sarah Palin's firing of Walt Monegan, her Commissioner of Public Safety, are out. (pdf) Here is what Investigator Stephen Branchflower wrote: As Flap noted in his post on the report, Sarah Palin's abuse of power stems from her INACTION, meaning she did little or nothing to stop her husband Todd from pushing the issue. However, a sworn affidavit, Todd Palin says Sarah told him to "drop it": In his sworn statement to legislative investigators, released yesterday, Mr Palin is unapologetic about his efforts to get Mr Wooten fired, but denied his crusade had anything...
  • Media: Palin's perfectly legal firing of trooper was "unlawful"

    10/11/2008 6:46:00 AM PDT · by connell · 26 replies · 1,451+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | Christopher Cook
    The media is obviously partisan towards the left. Analysis proves it, it's obvious to the observer, and surveys show that most Americans know it to be true.The degree to which the MSM has gone openly, nakedly pro-Obama is, however, truly striking. They are now more obviously in the tank than ever before in modern memory. The most recent example is exceptionally disgusting, even for them.The findings of the Palin "Troopergate" probe allowed the press to feel as though they should use the opportunity to come out with headlines like . . .and Unlawfully? UNLAWFULLY?Check out this analysis by Bill Dyer....
  • Troopergate: Palin firing vs Clinton firings - (vanity)

    10/11/2008 3:23:35 AM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 27 replies · 1,119+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/10/08 | A Navy Vet
    This is the biggest witch hunt I have ever seen in politics. The MSM had no problem with all the lies, corruption, selling secrets, stains, et al of the Clintons. So now, Sarah Pain is the wicked witch of the west because she fired some incompetent state employee who supported a cop who threatened her father and such??? Geeze, I would have fired him too in NY minute. What's the big deal?
  • Troopegate comes to an end: Conclusion is it was a witch hunt.

    10/11/2008 12:29:46 AM PDT · by earmarksrus · 5 replies · 634+ views
    IT's a Kwazy Life ^ | Friday, October 10, 2008 | Tom Lamb
    Today's news is Sarah Palin according to Investigator Branchflower; she had abused her power. Of course the press as usual will go with the headline that she abused her power. But there is more to that in Branchflower's findings. He states in his first findings that Palin had violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Branchflower quoting: "The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds offices as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust." Now in the purest form of interpretation, the law means Palin...
  • AP: Legislative panel: Palin abused authority (AP Gotcha Headline)

    10/10/2008 5:55:09 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 74 replies · 3,323+ views
    AP ^ | 10-10-2008
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner. The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn't the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor. The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a commissioner to settle a family dispute. Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated. Monegan says he was dismissed as retribution for resisting pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's...
  • Brachflower Report (when nice)

    10/10/2008 10:05:16 PM PDT · by Rokurota · 15 replies · 624+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 10, 2008
    Moreover, assuming Trooper Wooten was ever inclined to attack Governor Palin or a family member, logic dictates that getting him fired would accomplish nothing to eliminate the harm to her or her family. On the contrary, it might just precipitate some retaliatory conduct on his part.
  • Panel: Palin abused power in trooper case

    10/10/2008 6:02:54 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 138 replies · 4,942+ views
    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.
  • Legislative panel: Palin abused authority (Barf Alert)

    10/10/2008 8:31:39 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 38 replies · 979+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Fri Oct 10 | Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner. The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn't the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor. The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a commissioner to settle a family dispute. Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated. Monegan says he was dismissed as retribution for resisting pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's...
  • Alaska report finds Palin exercised lawful authority!

    10/10/2008 8:22:01 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 47 replies · 1,810+ views
    Conclusion "The framers of Alaska's Constitution vested the office of the governor with very broad discretion to fire the head of any department, for virtually any reason, without preapproval or review by the legislative branch of government. Governor Palin has not submitted to an interview with me, or provided any written explanation of the reasons' she fired Commissioner Monegan. There are indications in the record that there was not universal support for Commissioner Monegan among other department heads. Comments in the press linked the governor suggest there was a feeling within the governor's office that he was not a team...
  • Palin fights corruption: Corruption: Wooten - tip of the iceberg

    10/10/2008 7:06:51 PM PDT · by daylilly · 113 replies · 4,322+ views
    palin website ^ | 10/10/2008 | Seth Church
    Corruption: Wooten - Tip of the Iceberg Oct 2 Written by: Seth Church 10/2/2008 1:31 AM My turn: "Troopergate" allegations expose new corruption By Jim Crawford - I've known and respected many Alaska State Troopers in my 60 years in Alaska. But amazingly, now it appears that the most corrupt 'Good Old Boy' network is Alaska's Department of Public Safety. "Troopergate" allegations that Gov. Sarah Palin, her staff, or husband, Todd, used undue influence to get Trooper Mike Wooten fired were unfounded since he wasn't fired. The "Troopergate" investigation, however, documented the reasons why he should have been. I believe...
  • Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing

    10/10/2008 7:10:26 PM PDT · by frankjr · 65 replies · 2,460+ views
    AP ^ | 10/10/08 | MATT APUZZO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain's Republican ticket.
  • 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>
  • More bad news: Troopergate Report is Out

    10/10/2008 5:28:34 PM PDT · by Sibre Fan · 212 replies · 9,968+ views
    Won't discuss and spread the info, but it's available at link. :::sigh:::
  • McCain - Palin Rally in Anchorage - NOW!

    10/10/2008 11:06:32 AM PDT · by AuntB · 25 replies · 1,179+ views
    Eye Witness Freeper IssaquahKing ^ | Oct. 10, 2008 | AuntB
    McCain - Palin Rally in Anchorage at 10 a.m.(11 a.m. pacific) in front of the Legislative Building at 4th and 11th St. Expected to appear are Todd Palin and Chuck, Sarah's brother. Alaska is excited for their Governor! A crowd of 50 people have gathered early in the wind and rain with their signs shouting SARAH! SARAH! SARAH! Freeper Issaquah King is on hand and will report the events via telephone. CBS affiliate Channel 11 and several radio stations are present. Eddie Burke of KBYR will report live.
  • Alaska justices OK possible release of Troopergate report

    10/10/2008 10:47:17 AM PDT · by jasonmyos · 34 replies · 2,178+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 10/10/2008
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline)-The Alaska Supreme Court has cleared officials to release to the public a much-anticipated report on the abuse-of-power investigation against Gov. Sarah Palin. On Thursday, the state's high court rejected a last ditch appeal by a group of Republican lawmakers to block the report's release to the public. Today, the 14-member Alaska Legislative Council is expected to vote on whether to make the 263-page report public.
  • Palin Pre-empts State Report, Clears Self In Probe

    10/09/2008 7:02:22 PM PDT · by steve-b · 26 replies · 1,818+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/9/08 | Matt Apuzzo
    On the eve of a report on a legislative panel's abuse-of-power investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, campaign officials released their own report clearing her of any wrongdoing. Palin, running mate to Republican presidential nominee John McCain, is the subject of two inquiries into whether she abused her power by firing her public safety commissioner. The commissioner says he was dismissed for resisting pressure to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, a state trooper. Lawmakers are expected to release their findings Friday. The report the McCain-Palin campaign released Thursday night says the firing was based on a budget dispute. Since then, the...
  • In Dozens of Calls, Palins and Aides Pressed for Trooper’s Removal

    10/09/2008 6:21:01 PM PDT · by steve-b · 50 replies · 1,730+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/9/08 | Serge F. Kovaleski
    The 2007 state fair was days away when Alaska's public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, took another call about one of his troopers, Michael Wooten. This time, the director of Gov. Sarah Palin's Anchorage office was on the line. As Mr. Monegan recalls it, the aide said the governor had heard that Mr. Wooten was assigned to work the kickoff to the fair. If so, Mr. Monegan should do something about it, because Ms. Palin was also planning to attend and did not want the trooper nearby. Somewhat bewildered, Mr. Monegan soon determined that Mr. Wooten had indeed volunteered for duty...
  • Alaska Supreme Court Won't Block Palin Inquiry, Report Due For Release On Friday

    10/09/2008 2:25:10 PM PDT · by steve-b · 40 replies · 1,319+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 10/9/08 | Matt Apuzzo
    Alaska's Supreme Court has refused to shut down an ethics investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee. The decision Thursday sets the stage for state lawmakers to release a report on their investigation Friday. The report could prove to be an embarrassment for Palin and a distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign in the final weeks of the race....
  • Todd Palin: Sarah In Dark On Troopergate

    10/09/2008 11:42:01 AM PDT · by steve-b · 11 replies · 1,038+ views
    CBS ^ | 10/9/08
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin remained in the dark while her husband repeatedly asked top state officials to help get his former brother-in-law kicked off the state police force, Palin's husband and top aides said in affidavits provided to The Associated Press. Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is the focus of a legislative investigation into whether she abused her authority by firing the state's public safety commissioner to settle a long-standing family dispute. The commissioner says he was fired after resisting pressure to fire Mike Wooten, a trooper involved in a bitter divorce with Palin's sister....
  • Sarah Palin not to blame for Troopergate, say affidavits

    10/09/2008 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 810+ views
    Telegraph | October 9, 2008 | Toby Harnden
    Sarah Palin's husband Todd repeatedly told Alaska officials to fire his former brother-in-law from the police force but his wife, the state's governor, was unaware of what he was doing, according to affidavits. The sworn statements were released as part of the "Troopergate" investigation into the dismissal of Walter Monegan, Alaska's public safety commissioner, allegedly for refusing to dismiss Mike Wooten, an Alaskan state trooper who had been involved in a messy divorce from Mrs Palin's sister. A report on the case, which could damage the Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who chose Mrs Palin as his vice-presidential running mate,...
  • Palin's husband testifies he never pressured official

    10/09/2008 2:45:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 599+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/8/2008
    The investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's dismissal of a state official moved forward on two fronts Wednesday. Palin's husband, Todd, said in a sworn affidavit released Wednesday night that he never pressured the state's public safety commissioner to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, a state trooper who had divorced the governor's sister. And Alaska's Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on an appeal by Gov. Palin's allies to block the Legislature's probe but did not immediately hand down a decision. Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was not fired this summer because he wouldn't dismiss the trooper, Todd Palin said in his...