Troopergate Investigation Continues!

19 09 2008

The Ethics Investigation into what has become known as Troopergate lives to fight another day.

After waiting 35 minutes for Todd Palin and two state administrative employees to appear under subpoena before the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Hollis French condemned their refusal to testify and the attorney general’s broken promise that seven other witnesses would testify who were not subpoenaed.

French said the retired prosecutor hired by the Alaska Legislature to investigate Palin, Stephen Branchflower, will conclude his investigation by Oct. 10. Still, that report will not include testimony from the Republican vice-presidential nominee, her husband or most of the top aides Branchflower hoped to interview.

Sarah Palin’s allies hoped the investigation would be delayed past the election to spare her any troublesome revelations – or at least the distraction – before voters have made their choice. Palin’s reputation as clean-government advocate who takes on entrenched interests is central to her appeal as Republican John McCain’s running mate, and possibly at risk in the probe.

Palin initially promised to cooperate in the investigation, telling the Legislature to “hold me accountable.” Lawmakers were investigating accusations she dismissed the state’s public safety commissioner because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. She now opposes the investigation.

Palin spokesman Bill McAllister declined to comment Friday. The McCain campaign said there are concerns about the effect of political influence on the Legislature’s inquiry and Palin will provide any information needed to a separate investigation by the Alaska State Personnel Board.

The committee subpoenaed six people to appear Friday to testify or meet for private interviews with Branchflower. French said three of those six had complied. Todd Palin, special assistant Ivy Frye and Randy Ruaro, who is the governor’s deputy chief of staff, did not.

Todd Palin’s attorney sent French a letter Thursday listing Palin’s objections to the Legislature’s investigation of his wife. Among them, the attorney said, were jurisdiction questions, separation of power issues and an inconvenient travel schedule.

Subpoenas were approved on seven other government employees but not served because the state attorney general’s office had agreed to cooperate, French said. But Attorney General Talis Colberg earlier this week reversed himself, saying the governor declined to participate and that Palin administration employees would not appear.

French said subpoenas will be issued for those seven people, ordering them to testify on Sept. 26.

In an interview today on KUDO, Alaska Democratic Representative Harry Crawford said,

This is a perfectly good reason for not having an appointed Attorney General.

Alaska is one of only five states to have an Attorney General who is appointed by the governor, rather than chosen by the people.  Colberg’s reaction upon learning of McCain’s pick of Palin as his running mate was “a mixed set of emotions, kind of an odd sense of Alaska nationalism or pride.”  “It was an emotional thing to see the governor walk out with her family, and I say, ‘Wow, I work for her.’

Crawford rightly noted that “He’s suposed to be the state’s top law official. He’s supposed to be working for the people, and he thinks he’s there working for Sarah Palin, and that’s not right”.

When asked what can and should be done about the current situation, Crawford suggested:

1. Change the Alaska constitution to make the Attorney General an elected independent position.

2. Pursue some sort of recall against Talis Colberg.

I’ts obvious that Talis Colberg is working for the governor,  and that the McCain camp has taken over the state.  It’s not right that the Attorney General is urging people to ignore or break the law.  They [the McCain campaign] are in complete charge of what’s goin on in the state right now. They are trying to spin, or shut down anything that looks negative for the McCain Palin ticket.

Crawford does his best to separate his personal feelings, and his feelings about Palin as governor, from his feelings about her as a VP candidate.

I like Sarah Palin, I like Todd Palin. I think she did an amazing job on oil tax reform and the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, but as far as Troopergate, she’s said all along she’s going to be open and transparent,  and since the McCain people have come into this they have shut it down…put up a wall.  It’s obvious when we’re listening to what comes from Talis Colberg,  or any other administration people, they are parroting what [McCain lawyer] Edward O’Callaghan has had to say. We’re not givng you any more information,  we’re just going to stonewall.

On Walt Monegan and the reason for his firing?  Crawford’s understanding is that

“She fired him because they had a disagreement on funding, and what I’ve been told was that she wanted to cut $2 million from the public safety budget. He said he cound’t keep running the department on the current amount, much less $2 million less. There was a disagreement on what the safety of Alaskans required.  That’s a bigger story”. 

And about the evisceration of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan by the McCain campaign:

You’re not going to find anyone in law enforcement more honorable than Walt Monegan. He’s done a fine job since the time he was patrolman to the time he was Commissioner of Public Safety. I have compelte respect for him. 

This put me in mind of something Walt Monegan said last week.  “I would gladly die for the governor, but I will not lie for her.”

So.  The troopergate investigation lives to see another day.  So go get your big red Sharpie and circle October 10th on your calendar.  That’s when Stephen Branchflower will wrap up the investigation, and we’ll be ready for the next chapter in the saga. The investigation will conclude before the election, with or without the cooperation of the governor, her husband, and the state employees who defied subpoenas.   I’ll bet when Branchflower agreed to come back to the state and out of retirement to do this investigation, he never dreamed how things would turn out.  None of us did.


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19 09 2008
Ohio Sue

Yikes!

19 09 2008
Quick Question

Is it against the law for Todd Palin to refuse to show up for a subpoena?

19 09 2008
Quick Question

I meant to say, “is it against the law for Todd Palin to refuse to abide by a subpoena?”

19 09 2008
Charles

That’s a very interesting story on ABC News (dot com) about Monegan’s trip being approved at the gubernatorial level. It would seem that the wheels continue flying off Palin’s wheels. One thing for sure, I would not enjoy being a criminal defendant with Hollis French as prosecutor. It is clear that McCain’s gang simply is not going to get a lid on this and it is going to blow up in their face, big time. They messed with the wrong people.

19 09 2008
Charles

Another thing, I’d take Hollis French at his word. Todd Palin may very well have opened himself up to a contempt charge.

19 09 2008
Dreams in TX

New Doubts Over Palin’s Troopergate Claims
Internal Government Document Contradicts Sarah Palin, Campaign

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

check this out at ABC – Exclusive!!!

19 09 2008
Anon

What is Sarah Palin hiding? What is with the subpoena-dodging First Dude?

19 09 2008
sauerkraut

Is Troopergate the first time an unelected political campaign has taken over the governance of an entire state? Is that legal?

19 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

This won’t happen – but I am still enjoying the thought of Todd sitting there at a rally in Ohio, on camera behind the McPalins, and they come a take him away in handcuffs, for disobeying the subpeona!

19 09 2008
Cronopio

Ok, I guess I’m missing something – everything I read says this is dead, since the Lege won’t reconvene until January. Is there really a possibility that something substantive will happen on Oct 10?
They have made the decision to release their report with what they have. This will not include testimony by all those that defied their subpoenas, or who agreed to testify without them and then changed their minds. It will reflect what they have, from who they talked to. Should be interesting. AKM

19 09 2008
Hawk

Um, I’m really, truly sorry, no I mean it, I’m very serious, but I really wish I could honor your subpoena but, you see, I really, really have ” . . . an inconvenient travel schedule . . .” Could we reschedule? I’ll call you real soon, I swear, no I really mean it.

Now THAT takes a set of brass balls!

What unbelievable arrogance and complete disrespect for the rule of law.

The First Dude should become The First Arrested for contempt.

19 09 2008
Engine Nighthawk Palin

@cronopio

The investigation would be dead if they did not have enough information to report on. But they evidently have enough evididnce after 6 weeks of work to present their findings in October. Meanwhile, todd Palin and the others lost their chance to present their side of the story to the investigator. Alaska does have, however, the sworn depositions those employees who did not answer the subpeona gave to the Attorney General, and the depostions will become part of the record as well.

19 09 2008
Ohio Sue

@quick question

Technically, there are consequences for failing to comply with a subpoena. Those consequences can vary and include fine(s)/imprisonment. However, the process of enforcing a subpoena is usually fairly swift (comparatively) when it is issued by a court. Apparently, not so much with the Legislature. I thought I read that there was no enforcement procedure available until the Alaska Legislature was back in session in January. I don’t know whether that’s correct, though. I’m curious, so I’ll look into it.

As you may know from the subpoenas issued for Karl Rove, Harriet Myer and Josh Bolton by the House of Representatives, enforcement is not exactly swift when it comes to subpoenas issued by legislatures.

If the subpoenas had been issued by a Court, the Court could issue a bench warrant and the local law enforcement agency would be out now looking for the people who had been subpoened.

19 09 2008
Anon

The Branchflower Report on October 10 – That’s an October surprise I can believe in.

19 09 2008
Mainiac

Sen Wielechowski is on Rachel Maddow speaking about this and is quite impressive.
Palin will get what she deserves someday…What goes around DOES come around!

19 09 2008
Anon

Alaskans, Please Recall Talis Colberg!

19 09 2008
Carson Park Ranger

“What unbelievable arrogance and complete disrespect for the rule of law.”

It may be arrogant, but it’s quite believable. They’re just getting prepped for life in a White House that long ago deemed the Constitution passé

19 09 2008
TheraP

“spare her any troublesome revelations” – poor dear….. she should be able to avoid repercussions for her own actions – unlike the rest of us poor saps. So, no, spare her not! Better to expose this villainess now than have her strut upon a larger stage.

When will someone up there do a credible poll to see how people in Alaska are reacting to their governor? Certainly down here in the lower 48 her negatives are growing by the day! As her positives erode apace.

Truly, my sympathies lie with my fellow citizens in Alaska. It seems the mcShame folks have “taken over” your state – giving you and us a view of what we need to vote against.

The eyes of patriots are upon you, Alaska. We praise the good guys. And we watch apalled at the bad guys and the Dame of Shame.

19 09 2008
Wired Differently

Hollis French and Stephen Branchflower, Diogenes is wandering around with a lantern looking for you! Way to go!

Okay, what’s worse– firing Monegan for refusing to carry out a vendetta against your brother-in-law, or firing him for flying off to Babylon (aka Washington, DC) seeking funding (not those gol’ darn earmarks, I hope) to support a campaign to reduce sexual violence against women (in which Alaska ranks a very dubious first place in the US). Sarah, either way you slice it, that looks bad.

Wired Differently aka Rogue Mentality Palin

19 09 2008
prettybrown

Yeah!!!!!!!!! I am so glad they are going on with it. It is a scary thought to think they can get away with obstructing the legal system and talk about change and accountability for washington. What kind of since does that make. If they have nothing to hide just do it and get it over with. Sarah seems like a scary individual. I am so worried that she will actually be in the white house with all her craziness. oh Man!

19 09 2008
Reveur1147

At the very least, pig-in-a-puck, er, poke is guilty of ethics violations …

19 09 2008
TheraP

Charles says: “They messed with the wrong people.”

May all of us behave the same. May we be the “wrong people” if they mess with us.

Now is the time to stand up and be counted – no matter what shenanigans they try to pull! Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. Don’t flinch! (god forbid you blink!).

19 09 2008
Wired Differently

For more information on the shameful prevalence of sexual violence in Alaska, have a look at Shannyn Moore’s blog linked from Mudflats, way up top o’ the page, under Local Alaska Blogs.

19 09 2008
TheraP

Truly, the story The Dame of Shame is peddling here is beyond belief! Yup, there she was protectin’ the state from a guy who wanted to prosecute sex crimes against women folk. NO, the gov wanted none of that! “Let’s have more Alaskans, no matter how they are conceived. Rape? It’s a conception opportunity! Incest? Conception opportunity! Leakin’ water when you’re in Texas? Hightail it to Alaska – everything for the State. The State is All. And conception must lead to birthing – especially in Alaska.”

It would not be accepted by a publisher. But mcShame bought it all! Hook, line, and sinker. He looked at the Dame of Shame – and saw a Soul Mate.

19 09 2008
ds55

Thank goodness. The truth may actually come to light.

19 09 2008
plwalsh

I assume people have seen the latest projections at FiveThirtyEight.com. They show a HUGE swing towards Obama in the last week, putting him in his best position ever. Their simulations show Obama winning more than 70% of the time. They say it took McCain 60 days and tens of millions to move a similar distance before the conventions.

If you look at the trend lines since mid-June you will see that Obama has always lead except for the brief (as it turns out) moment of the Palin Effect.

19 09 2008
shilo

Phone number for Sen. Hollis french

907-269-0234, a call to him for your support, let him know we’re behind him and that all of America is watching this.

19 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

On Bill Maher right now conservative Andrew Sullivan is going ballistic over Sarah Palin. HE has become her worst enemy. And he has really dug into this. For some reason Bill Maher is really trying to hold him back. Bill thinks if we attack Sarah too much we are insulting/attacking all women. Puleeeeeze — we women are on to her. We are offended by women like her.

Anyway – keep an eye on Andrew’s columns in The Atlantic http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/
– he isn’t going to let up. I totally agree that Obama has to focus on McCain and the economy and he shouldn’t be bothering with Palin. But the rest of the world needs to be paying attention to watch she really is about. Remember that “heartbeat away” reality.

Andrew Sullivan has been a Mudflatter since the “early days”! He was obviously paying attention. AKM

19 09 2008
Lurker

If she has nothing to hide you would think she would want to clear this
thing up and make everyone look bad who pushed it? There must be some bad stuff there why eles stonewall? It must be better for her to stonewall and
look bad than tell the truth and look worse.

19 09 2008
JM

Does anyone have a concise, dated list, of the different things Palin & co have said about the reasons she fired (or didn’t fire) Monegan? I’ve lost track.

Monegan sounds like a fine example of something we don’t want to forget: there are *lot* of fine, dedicated people in government service who are actually trying to right by the people they work for.
Well, it isn’t dated, but it is in chronological order:
Wanted to take the department in a “different direction”
Budget disagreements
Wasn’t meeting recruitment goals
Wasn’t dealing with alcohol issues
Insubordination
Asked for federal money to deal with sexual assault issues

And that’s it….so far.
AKM

19 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

I thought this was a good comment from the ABC News investigation update

******************
i love the people who say this is distraction and does not affect the election. is that because they want a woman in office who was proud of her state being the rape capital of our nation? how is this NOT a major issue. what woman could vote for her knowing how she hates other women by charging them for their own rape evidence kits and firing the man who tries to go get funds to protect them?you GOP die hards who say this doesnt matter must be some seriously cruel people with no family values whatsoever. oh wait, that was your whole platform
Posted by:
basic_science_101 11:52 PM

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

19 09 2008
PJ

I sent a link to Andrew Sullivan to Mudflat early on in the Palin saga—maybe he had heard of it even before then. But I like to think I had a lil hand in it. I don’t agree with Sullivan all of the time, but on Palin he has been spot on.
It takes a village! Thanks PJ! AKM

19 09 2008
Charles

I was curious since the Monegan travel form talked about meeting Murkowski in Wash., D.C. in July 2008. Maybe Alaska people are aware of this, but Murkowski was one of the sponsors of legislation targeting a violence, particularly sexual violence epidemic among Indians and Alaskan Native populations.

See http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0723-19.htm, which describes this legislation, which was praised by Amnesty International.

I have only begun reading, but it seems that there have been obstacles that have made law enforcement among those populations relating to those kinds of crimes challenging. As Alaska police commissioner, a state with the highest rape rate, such legislation would be a natural area of action for Monegan.

So the statement on the travel form stating he was to meet with Murkowski can be taken as short-hand for the nature of his mission: to discuss pending legislation about high-profile a law enforcement issue critical to Alaska. In other words, the man was just trying to do his job.

Even now, the Palin bitter-enders are trying to claim he did not have authority to meet to discuss THAT particular issue. Maybe he should have just talked about the weather with Murkowski. They are really getting pathetic.

I am beginning to sense there is a nexus between Palin’s weird blind spot about sexual crimes against women and her radical “Christian” agenda that would be very disturbing to many level headed Americans across the country. As always, keep digging.

19 09 2008
PJ

And tonight’s ABC exclusive is just devastating. And the “official” explanaton is just malarkey.

19 09 2008
Laura

PRIOR POST: Reasons given for Monegan’s firing:
Well, it isn’t dated, but it is in chronological order:
Wanted to take the department in a “different direction”
Budget disagreements
Wasn’t meeting recruitment goals
Wasn’t dealing with alcohol issues
Insubordination
Asked for federal money to deal with sexual assault issues
**
I think there is also:
-I didn’t fire him; he left.
and
-I didn’t fire him, I wanted him in another job – which was a demotion – less money and siginficantly less influence (which begs the question, Why not leave him where he is)

But maybe these two are part of the same trial balloon for an acceptable explanation.

19 09 2008
Deb

ok besides the argument of ” I didn’t fire him, I demoted him”, shouldn’t some of these people involved be excusing themselves because they “work for her”??? seems kind of a simple conflict of interest and I’m not a lawyer!

19 09 2008
Deb

or has it come down to a “kind of support her cuz she’s in my PARTY”, legal defense?

19 09 2008
Deb

mccain has definitely set the bar for HONOR!

19 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Thanks for the Andrew Sullivan update, AKM. I am a Bill Maher junkie – mostly because I never had a Mudflats before to find people agreeing/speaking out on issues I care about! I have seen Andrew on there before, and when he has been more conservative in his discussion, of course I have cringed. But Andrew – if you are reading this — YOU KICKED BUTT TONIGHT! Bill was really revealing his inner religious phobia (I know – bad Catholic childhood experience made him an athiest) to a greater degree than I’ve ever seen. He was out of line in his put downs and Andrew and the black musician (don’t know him) really expressed themselves beautifully.

I don’t want to see my religion (or anyone else’s) imposed on anyone or see it as a public policy. Separation of church of state is vital. But I don’t want to see people condemned for having faith.

We were having some of this discussion on the other thread about the witch-hunter pastor. Interesting that Maher got so charged up on it. I still don’t understand his thoughts about treating Palin with kid gloves. Gotta love his wanting to “adopt” Levi. though I think I helped crash his new Website: freelevi.org

19 09 2008
BobbyG

Adventures in continuing cluelessness:

“Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking (emphasis mine), would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.”

– John McCain, Sept./Oct. issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries.

19 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Humor for the night. Site back up – here is the link:

http://freelevi.org/Real_Time_with_Bill_Maher.html

19 09 2008
Sue

I wish they would just go ahead and find her “guilty.” If you don’t show up to present a defense in court, that’s what happens. Of course, S Palin seems to own most of Alaska’s government. : ( On another note, I see on AOL’s news (the last to know and the least factual) that CNN has talked to people in AK and learned that T Palin IS a “shadow” governor. If it is true, he sure had me fooled. I thought SP wore the pants and that he just followed orders. My friends often tell me I am naive, though. : )

19 09 2008
Grace RN NJ

Just hoping that the depositions are in a REALLY safe place and all the people pursing the investigation manage to make it to Oct 10 hale and hearty…

19 09 2008
Gryphen

Hey Muckraker I am all posted out tonight, but here is a story about Palin killing the lake near her house in Wasilla if you want to post it: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/09/19/palin/index.html

Busy day for Alaska bloggers today.

19 09 2008
arkangel3

If Andrew Sullivan is going off on a rant, it’s because he knows damned well that the extremists have hijacked the Republican Party and made a mockery out of the word “Conservative”. Real Conservatives and Libertarians are probably aghast at this VP pick…and some have said so very publicly.

Somewhere, Buckley’s doing 360’s.

19 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

Gryphen (20:33:07) , great post! Thank you! I posted the link on the forum. I hope you don’t mind! I gave you credit for the find. : )

19 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Bush Administration: Still Okay to Deny Women Contraception

Hillary Clinton and Cecile Richards report in today’s NY Times op-ed section that the Bush administration is, once again, attempting to block women’s access to basic reproductive care.

“LAST month, the Bush administration launched the latest salvo in its eight-year campaign to undermine women’s rights and women’s health by placing ideology ahead of science: a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would govern family planning. It would require that any health care entity that receives federal financing — whether it’s a physician in private practice, a hospital or a state government — certify in writing that none of its employees are required to assist in any way with medical services they find objectionable.

http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=20018

19 09 2008
Charles

Post over at ABCNews observed the following (in part):

“Palin just didn’t want to honor Amnesty International’s report that Alaska needed to support Senator Lisa Murkowski’s legislation. . . . Moneghan was going to meet with Murkowski to discuss this. Talk about being on a revenge trip–Palin was probably up in arms over having to work with Murkowski on this! Posted by: Carolab444 12:32 AM

So, could it be as petty as a Murkowski/Palin family feud behind the Monegan firing? She didn’t want a Murkowski getting any credit, no matter how many Alaska Natives kept getting raped? Is she that horrible?

19 09 2008
sandybeach in WA

Does Larry King have to have FOUR guests at a time?? I’m going to shoot myself if I have to listen to them all talking over each other again on Monday.

19 09 2008
Julie in Alaska

I cannot believe that Gov’s spokesperson Meg is pictured (in ADN) at a press conference (was it at the Republican HQ in Anchorage?) in front of a sign that said McCain/Palin. I thought she was a state employee working for the Gov. This is am egregious blurring of things. A PR pro really can’t work for both the campaign and the governor yet no one says a thing! The woman is already out of control (meaning, Meg) in her defense of the Gov on troopergate…very unbecoming/professional behavior for a person working in PR. Does this bother anyone else?

19 09 2008
plwalsh

Rachel Maddow had an Alaskan Senator on this evening who said the investigation was going to go ahead according to the original schedule. Apparently Branchflower has access to sworn statements by several of those who did not show today from earlier stages in the investigation. He wanted to talk to them again himself but doesn’t think it is absolutely necessary in order to write his report, which should still be out in October.

Clip is on www. nbc.com.

19 09 2008
CindyPDX

New p0ll on LKL tonight:
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

What do you think of Sarah Palin now?
results so far:

I like her more 22% 2958
I like her less 78% 10231
Total Votes: 13189

19 09 2008
Intrigued

Gryphen — Good story about Wasilla and Lake Lucille.

But it is misleading to say that Sarah “killed the lake.” The article states that Lake Lucille was listed as “impaired” in 1994. Sarah and Todd didn’t move to their lakeside home until 2002.

If you want to say that she did nothing to preserve Wasilla’s beauty or improve the condition/viability of the lake, then I will grant you that. But the lake was already “dead” in 1994 when they built that house.

19 09 2008
Suchanut

I am very disgusted by Megan Stapleton’s recent ‘performances’ at press conferences. Anchorage is a ‘small town’. Might as well pack your bags, Meg.

19 09 2008
blackpunkin

I’m new to Alaska politics, but I’ve read that Alaska has a very high crime rate… and Palin stated in her speech at the graduation (where she said we’re sending our soldiers to Iraq on a task from God) that she was, paraphrased, a friend of the blue (police officers), now she’s saying that they, she and Monegan, disagreed because she wanted to DECREASE their annual budget??

Flip – Flop. The whole thing disgusts me. I can’t imagine how Alaskans feel. But I’ve gotten a pretty good idea from being here. You’re doing an great job!

19 09 2008
Suchanut

I believe that the subpeona’s were issued to check information already submitted by those willing to talk. If those jerks don’t want to defend themselves, oh well. I’m betting Walt kept scrupulously complete records off site.

19 09 2008
Enjay aka Turbine Yukon

I haven’t figured out if I like the new forum yet …. found interesting article about John McCain and the POW cover up

Not alot is “NEW” for some of us oldies — however its another reason I am not fond of him using his POW status to avoid issues.

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081006/schanberg

19 09 2008
Erin

Don’t forget that the Legislature has to vote to release the report to the public. Let’s hope they have the guts to do that.

19 09 2008
Sue

I just read a letter to the editor in our local paper here in Grants Pass, OR. The man was complaining about the oil rebate money given to the citizens of Alaska–over $2K per man, woman, and child–plus the $1200 per family to help pay for fuel. He complained that other states with oil didn’t give their citizens any money, and he noted that the Alaskans’ money came out of our pockets at the pump. He concluded that he would not vote for Palin. : )

19 09 2008
portland oregon native

Our local right wing loud mouth Lars Larson was on Larry King tonight. He vaguely reminded me of Nixon in the 70’s. He is a total troll! I turned back to Rachel before I was contaminated.

19 09 2008
SMR

@PJ: When you say the ABC exclusive is devastating what do you mean? Devastating for whom? In what way?

19 09 2008
Suchanut

Erin (21:29:56) :

I didn’t realize they have to vote to release it! The whole Leg isn’t in session for months! Ack! Off to do more digging….

19 09 2008
Gryphen

“Killed the lake”. “Failed to resuscitate the lake” . Isn’t that just semantics?

Just kidding! You are right in pointing out that the lake was already terminally ill.

I am just a sucker for writing verbose scintillating headlines to catch the visitors eye and sometimes I don’t always care if it is not exactly born out by the facts of the article.

19 09 2008
tamarack

http://mediacurves.com/Politics/J7011-Anit-PalinAd-WildlifeRecord/

The hardest-hitting political ad we’re likely to see in this campaign. This one is going to finish Palin off if it gets widespread circulation. And no, it’s not “anti-hunter” – real hunters don’t ambush animals from the air. Warning– not pleasant to watch if you love animals.

pj

19 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Welcome to the United States – the largest Disneyland ever created. Starring in their first comedy, “Sadie’s No Lady” Palin and her husband “First Dud” comically portray an average American family gone berserk, believing that they can govern the most powerful country in the world. And giving a great impression of an old Charlie Chaplain, “Did I Tell You I was a POW” Have-No-Shame McCain, plays the role of the kindly but comical old gent who ambles through his days in a state of hilarious confusion. Don’t miss out on this “Comedy of the Year”. You’ll be rolling in the aisles. Sure to be this year’s winner. And you can see it for free by just meandering into your nearest voting booth in November and putting an ‘x’ next to any and every Banana Republican on the ballot. Your money will be stolen at a later date.

19 09 2008
strangelet

I’ve read somewhere (sorry, my brain is overloaded so I can’t give you a citation right now) that the Alaskan Constitution was considered to be an outstanding model of a state constitution.

How the heck did they decide on an appointed AG? Especially since the AG is 2nd in line to become Gov?

This is actually a serious question. Does anyone happen to know/recall the reasoning?

19 09 2008
vena45

If she’s guilty I just hope they’re be fair and honest with the case and charge her guilty for it instead of innocent because she’s the vp nominee.

19 09 2008
NoCalGal

My musings for tonight:

If SP is a pathological liar (as she appears to be) why should we believe her about the complaints about Trooper Wooten? IF he was such a bad employee, where are the other complaints about him from other citizens NOT in the Heath Palin family? If Wooten really did threaten to kill Heath father, wouldn’t he have been arrested? This was a family getting a divorce and all the rancor that goes with that, but was he truly the loose cannon they claim?

How are Alaskans reacting to the way Troopergate is going, and to SP at this time? How likely is it that her political career is over after she loses in November?

How are Alaskans reacting to the Shadow Governor?

How will Alaska and the rest of the US react to the fact that SP was angry at Monegan was trying to get funding for women’s issues- especially involving violence against women? Seems odd that the governor would be against that.

19 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

@ Cynthia TX,
Hmmmm, doesn’t that also mean that employees who find “abstinence only” objectionable can refuse to provide ONLY that??? Might just be able to use it against its intended purpose. Just a thought. Would need to read the regs/laws VERY carefully to see if that’s actually a loophole. I’d LOVE to be the one to try that tack!

Why can’t these folks just refer women to people who WILL provide the necessary information/services if they’re not up to doing it themselves??? That’s what responsible physicians and pharmacists do. To do otherwise is like the Taliban.

19 09 2008
NoCalGal

A devious and yet poetic approach to all this- sent to me by a friend… I pass along for your consideration

“Hi all-
We may have thought we wanted a woman on a national political ticket,
but the joke has really been on us, hasn’t it? Are you as sick in your
stomach as I am at the thought of Sarah Palin as Vice President of the
United States ?

Since Palin gave her speech accepting the Republican nomination for
the Vice Presidency, Barack Obama’s campaign has raised over $10 million
dollars. Some of you may already be supporting the Obama campaign
financially; others of you may still be a little honked off over the
primaries. None of you, however, can be happy with Palin’s selection,
especially on her positions on women’s issues. So, if you feel you
can’t support the Obama campaign financially, may I suggest the following
fiendishly brilliant alternative?

Make a donation to Planned Parenthood. In Sarah Palin’s name. And
here’s the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her name, they’ll send
her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor.
Here’s the link to the Planned Parenthood website:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

You’ll need to fill in the address to let PP know where to send the “in
Sarah Palin’s honor” card. I suggest you use the address for the McCain
campaign headquarters, which is:

McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street, 1st Floor
Arlington , VA 22202
Feel free to send this along to all your women friends and urge them to
do the same.”

19 09 2008
vena45

Suchanut, that Meg Stapleton would say or do anything to kiss up to Palin and to cover Palin’s ass! I watch CNN everyday and I can’t stand that women Meg, you can tell she’s lying through her teeth everytime she defend’s her queen Palin! It sickens me that all McCain’s advisors and strategist will say just about anything on national news to defend Palin even when the whole country see the through Palin’s lying crap!

19 09 2008
NoCalGal

Where are Palin’s MEDICAL RECORDS???

Where are Palin’s TAX RETURNS???

19 09 2008
the chartisan

if sarah palin is president, maybe the US can invade russia from alaska! that would be neat!

19 09 2008
Gossip Rocks Forum

Sarah Palin’s Troopergate Investigation Continues!…

Sounds like this investigation will affect things in Alaska for quite some time.

Troopergate Investigation Continues!

The Ethics Investigation into what has become known as Troopergate lives to figh……

20 09 2008
ANONYMOUS

I’m in Anchorage and heard a new rumor tonight: the investigation is going to turn up how Palin or someone in her camp threatened or attempted to screw with Wooten’s workman’s comp claims. Didn’t know he had any, but I don’t live and breathe this stuff. Also, probably plenty of proof that unauthorized people were given access to his personnel files, which we know about already. ‘He lied on his application.’ Hello!!!! AND HOW do you know? ‘ uhhh He told me. Yeah, that’s it… I remember him telling me how he lied on his application. ‘

I knew from the day they first put a microphone under Monnegan’s mouth and Wooten too and they both said they’d LOVE to talk that Palin had something big to hide. They certainly have never been afraid of the truth and given Wooten’s bad behavior, that says something! He seems to be saying ‘Yeah I suck but she’s a lot worse!’

20 09 2008
NY Dem

Tucker (Bow Tie Boy) Carlson on Hardball last night, said Troopergate is nothing and Wooten is obviously guilty and should have been fired. His reasoning – “He tasered his own son” !

Then he repeated it several times with emphasis. I half expected him to say next that Obama was responsible for the tasering.

Well, Bow Tie Boy, here are the facts to refute your lies: Trooper Wooten DID taser his son – his son asked to be tasered to see what it felt like.

And he DID NOT shoot him with the darts at full power like you were inferring, he set the taser on TEST and manually attached a pair of alligator clips to the boy. He then ‘tasered” him on the lowest setting, the same thing that happens to ALL law enforcement persons that undergo taser training, and did it for less than 3 seconds.

It is still a significant jolt, but absolutely nothing like being hit with the darts at full force, which you are implying Trooper Wooten did.

Bow Tie Boy, do ALL Republicans lie and cheat and twist the stories around to suit their needs ? Sure seems like it lately. All I hear coming out of any Republican mouth are lies and more lies.

Has ANY Republican EVER told the truth ?

I cannot wait until Obama wins this election by a landslide, and all you whiney, lying right-wingers have to eat your words.

20 09 2008
Carole Minou

If the The McCain campaign is concerened about “effects” they certainly have set themsleves up for a large negitive one by interfering and attempting to shut down or control what began as a simple nonpartizan investigation.

Though the issues under investigation are very serious, this attempt at “obstruction of justice”, and the chilling the sting of imposed silence points to something very dark indeed.

Sen. Hollis French and Stephen Branchflower, have shown themselves to be steadfast and thoughtful servents for the people of Alaska. And by sticking to the original due date for the report on the findings of the investigation, well before the elections, they are also serving the American people.

It strike me that it would be a good idea to go ahead and subpoena Madam Governor, even though she will certainly ignore it. To decline an invitation is one thing, to ignore a subpoena is something quite different, no? This failure to comply needs to be documented for what it truly is, it needs to be underlined and on the record for all to see, how completely she considers herself above the law … just for future reference.

20 09 2008
Carole Minou

PS I apologize for the typos and misspelt words … was rushing to get my two cents in before the power shut down as it has been doing over here in Mysore these days. Next time I will compose, copy and paste …

20 09 2008
Catherine aka Bullpen Cola Palin

I love the idea of donating to Planned Parenthood in the name of Sarah Palin!

I don’t know if I would have an abortion if I had an unplanned pregnancy – I’ve been fortunate enough to not need to consider it – but I’d like to have the option to consider if I was ever in that position. And whether or not I would choose that option, doesn’t mean that it would automatically be the right choice for everyone else.

20 09 2008
Ohio Sue

Nocalgal,

What a wonderful idea! I just donated in SP’s name. Doing a good deed and dinging her at the same time. What could be better!

Please post your idea on the Forum as well.

20 09 2008
Ms.KrazyKat

A well-deserved blast of outrage from the editorial page of the Anchorage Daily News:

http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/531725.html

If I were an Alaskan and had Rovian operatives taking over my state government, I’d be pissed, too.

20 09 2008
Ohio Sue

@Ms.KrazyKat,

Really good editorial. I agree with one of the commenters on the ADN site – it is going to be holy hell for Palin in Alaska after the election (assuming, which I am, that McCain/Palin are sent packing).

20 09 2008
Liz S

Hope it’s not hidden too far down here for the point to be made. This blog has reached a much wider audience of late. Thanks for all the Palin updates. Because of this blog, I caught the segment on Keith Olbermann last night.

Anyway, keep up the good work. And fear not! People outside of Alaska are paying attention!

20 09 2008
Kim in Florida

Thank you John McCain for choosing Sarah Palin! Democrats appreciate your handing over the Presidency to the good guys. Go Obama/Biden🙂

20 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

My two cents here…isn’t Talis Colberg an officer of the court (even if he IS on vacation)?
Encouraging someone to ignore an authorized subpoena would seem to me to be illegal.

My bet would be that since the report WILL BE ISSUED (thanks to French and Branchflower) with or without full testimony– we just might see some quiet testimony offered by the Palins in order to provide some sort of spin control…unless the outsiders have concluded that the report can now be called “neutered” since they didn’t testify.

How do these people sleep at night?

20 09 2008
rachelbirds

When the report is
released, they’ll cry foul and say
it’s political.

http://www.thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com

20 09 2008
jimstaro

Palin Disputed In Troopergate Probe

Document Reveals Trip To Washington Supposedly Unauthorized Was Approved By Her Office

A travel authorization document signed by Palin’s Chief of Staff Mike Nizich on June 18 approved Monegan’s trip to Washington for the purpose of meeting Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

will be referred to the full Senate for contempt, said Sen. Hollis French, who is heading the investigation.

20 09 2008
plwalsh

NY Dem:

I heard that Republican Teddy Roosevelt told the truth a few times, like when he said we won the Spanish-American War.

20 09 2008
Intrigued

Gryphen, Last night I remembered that Todd Palin told Greta van Susteren of Faux News (in the exclusive “First Dood” interview) that he/they sometimes fished in that lake.

If the lake is dead as the article states, then this is apparently yet another lie — and about something so trivial it’s ridiculous.

20 09 2008
jude

Squint your eyes and look closely at a picture of Sarah P…Looks eerily like a young Leona Helmsley! Yikes!

20 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

@Tamarck (21:49:16):

Yes, that is a hard-hitting ad. Glad to see it’s making its way into corners of the web. It’s also been posted on HuffPost and can be found and emailed on the Defenders of Wildlife site. Those who can spare $10, $20 or a few dollars more, consider donating to Defenders of Wildlife to get this ad on the air in battleground states. They are currently showing the ad in Florida and Ohio. This ad may move suburban women who may have been infatuated with Palin.

Here is the Defenders link. This site also has text commentary and permission to embed the video on other websites. (Maybe at Mudflats?)
secure.defenders.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=c406_091608palin_tv_share&JServSessionIdr001=gzeup91jn1.app26a

20 09 2008
Jeri a.k.a. Bullpen Cola Palin

Please ask anyone you know to sign the Troopergate petition. We all have a right to know the truth.

http://alaskahockeymomsforobama.com/?p=195

20 09 2008
PJ

A little birdie over at Andrew Halcro is saying that Tavis Colberg will not be returning to his post….

20 09 2008
katiebegood

The McCain campaign said there are concerns about the effect of political influence on the Legislature’s inquiry and Palin will provide any information needed to a separate investigation by the Alaska State Personnel Board.

Would that be the State Personnel Board inquiry they have now asked to be canceled?

20 09 2008
Mike

I don’t know if this idea has been floated before or not, but seems to me that the good citizens of Alaska have a great oppotunity here to start a recall of Gov Palin for gross neglect of her duties as Governor of the State of Alaska.

20 09 2008
Jeanette

I just hope they keep Troopergate (I hate how we now put -gate on the end of every scandal) going. That keeps it in the news every day. It’s so reminiscent of all the administration people refusing subpoenas – who are now in comtempt of Congress, for whatever that will do to them (not much).

I hope that every time it comes up, Rove’s refusal comes up too. I’ll keep commenting.

I think it’s terrible, though, for the state. I also think Sarah Palin is a sociopath.

20 09 2008
PJ

No KatiebeGood, that’s the investigation they want. The one with the appointees by Palin.

20 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

@PJ “A little birdie over at Andrew Halcro is saying that Tavis Colberg will not be returning to his post….”

What?? That would be huge news. Why? Is Colberg stepping down? Getting pushed out? Or just moving out of the way of a giant pile of doo-doo about to come down?

20 09 2008
bluepress26

RECALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 09 2008
Copper Catfish Palin

I have a sneaking suspicion that something BIG is going to happen before the election. I have been telling people all along that the First Doodoo is going to be that foul woman’s undoing. He’s been way too involved in her elected official business. I think the people of Alaska need to start proceedings. You know the ones who work for the Guv’nor won’t do it, lest they lose their cushy jobs. But the people… now THAT’S where real trouble can come to her. She can’t possibly fire all of you! Rise up, all you Alaskans….continue to fight the good fight for your lower 49 brethren!!!

20 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Back to the officer of the court thing…Alaska statute calls for min $100 max $500 fine and/or jail time of 30 days to 6 months!

All those ignoring the subpoenas and he who encouraged it should be arrested!

20 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

CBS has got on the “travel approval” story.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/20/politics/main4462366.shtml

20 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

dailykos has a post up about Palin proposing to put the “national checkbook online” when, in fact, that has already been done by…Barack Obama.

kos says, “Oops.” What is amazing about McCain/Palin is that they don’t even bother to Google their lies, misstatements, and idiocies before they utter them. Clearly, they think it doesn’t matter what they say, perhaps used to all the mainstream reporters and pundits riding the “Straight Talk Express” and just saying, “McCain…verb….POW” and “McCain..vetb..maverick.” Or maybe they just figure that Karl Rove will unleash the caging operation and run the vote totals through RNC computers and steal another election because the mainstream media don’t care about the validity of the election.

They are messing with the wrong people.

20 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

Oh, PS. The link to the original story to which kos was responding:

politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/18/palins-transparency-proposal-already-exists-in-dc/

20 09 2008
Patti-in Wasilla

Who do we contact to demand that the subpoenas are complied with?????

20 09 2008
Linda C

Just heard someone on MSNBC say Monegan is a wife beater, just like Wooten and the Dems want to protect these abusers, Guess this is the republican’s new strategy. There’s supposed to be an article in some San Franciso paper.
There excuses change every day!!

20 09 2008
Uncle Joe Mccarthy

not sure what it will do to have the investigation complete before the election…without the testimony of those who refuse to appear, the repugs will say that the findings are tainted

and everyone should check out sullivan on maher’s program…he hits it out of the park

the meme has been to cease and desist on palin….but that is a mistake….and he explains why

and maher needs to get off the “all religious people are kooks” because it isnt true….

20 09 2008
teemo

Why aren’t more Alaskans OUTRAGED that McCain’s people have come in and taken over the Governors office?

McClatchy has a good point:
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/52834.html

20 09 2008
Daisy

I was looking back in the ADN archives for information on Kopp’s sexual harassment reprimand—it just amazes me the things written in July, late July of THIS year, about the Palin administration. Reading this story
http://www.adn.com/politics/story/475539.html
and the comments below, and other stories, about Todd Palin, First Dude, being on email lists he didn’t at all belong on (he hired a private investigator to follow Monegan? Really? Was that common knowledge, he really did that?), people wanting answers —-I don’t understand why answers aren’t being demanded, how she can simply NOT answer.

20 09 2008
Copper Catfish Palin

Here’s what I think the sign should say at the voter registration drives for the GOP:

Welcome to the Republican Party: Check your conscience at the door.

20 09 2008
A Nana from Alaska

http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/McCain-s-Soul.htm

LInk above for political cartoon: John McCain Sells His Soul

20 09 2008
John Nail

Murkowski’s bill had as one of its co-sponsors Joe Biden…

The date of the link to it was 7/23. Wasn’t Monegen supposed to go in late July? Why else would he be going to DC for than meeting with her on her new bill?

Both Palin’s and McCains Postive/Negatives have swung hard the last 8 days.

SP has gone to 40% Pos and has swung 21 points….people are getting it down here….

20 09 2008
MJC

NEDW THREAD ALERT FOLKS!

20 09 2008
John Nail

Highlighted in this piece as one specific program (of 3 mentioned) of note that the legislation could help:

“The Alaska Senate established a task force to review the Village Police Safety Officer Program. The task force published a report in February 2008 recommending enhanced efforts to recruit and retain officers, thereby increasing staffing. ”

Sounds like Walt had a lot to do in DC on that trip.

http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0723-19.htm

20 09 2008
disgustedfemale

GO ALASKANS!! I applaud Sen Hollis French and the others in the leg., for their COURAGE not to back down under such pressure from outsiders.

I saw him on Rachel Maddox show…wow again….He completley explained the troopergate investigation….stood up for both the investigator and the Public Safty Dir who was fired. He said that both men have long been in public service and are highly respected by most in alaska. He went on to say how the McCain campaign is trying to smear them with lies. But Alaska is a small state, most know or know of each other. These smears, I pray, will not stick.

The investigator will continue and conclude his investigation by Oct 10. I know when my brother in law from Alaska first told us about this investigation I went to the newspaper site and read each of the interviews, emails, letters, etc. I would agree he most likely has all he needs to finish his investigation with, or now it seems without them. (coming to to talk via subpeonas) One of the things I read was from Palin herself. She said she overheard her brother in law being verbally abusive to her sister while she was on the phone with her. With fear that her sister may be in danger, what did she do??? go over there and watch through the window of their home! After she felt the sister was safe she left…not before she heard her brother in law say something like if the sister’s father became involved in the divorce he would see the end of his bullet. Do I have this correct???

In my mind the act to go over to his house to watch through a window rather than calling the police or other officals, was at best very very poor judgement

In any event, back to my BIG applaud for Sen French and all others involved in this case for not backing down to “outsider” pressure!!! It takes much courage to do what is right.

20 09 2008
deuce2AKA: Axe Diesel

I pray that the prejudice Democrats and Independents can find it in their hearts
to vote as Americans and not consider race a scapegoat.

20 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

I think it is all more or less just water under the bridge to nowhere now. Had her and the others agreed to testify they would have lied anyway, and their refusal to testify just makes it clear that they are hiding something, since at this point the only testomony they could give would have to be in their defense, their refusal to do so says to us and to the court “we have no defense” so the judge will decide accordingly.
And their refusal to testify will not keep the investigation out of the media, it will just make the media their enemy because they will have to say that Palin is disrupting and hindering their investigation (which she invited gladly) so regardless what the court decision, her reputation is shot.

20 09 2008
Roschelle

Info regarding the real reason Monegan was fired. Just some info I found while cyber-snooping today.

20 09 2008
Richard Winger

There are 6 states, not 5 states, that don’t elect the Attorney General. Besides Alaska, they are Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

20 09 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

It seems Todd may have to go to the debate instead of testifying – it seems Sarah’s lawyer thinks he’s the candidate.

“Thomas Van Flein argued Thursday that Todd Palin did not have to comply with a subpoena because Alaska state law bars ethics investigations of people running for elected office.”
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/19/palin.investigation/index.html

20 09 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

It seems that Todd may have to go to the debate instead of testifying. According to CNN Palin’s lawyer “Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein argued Thursday that Todd Palin did not have to comply with a subpoena because Alaska state law bars ethics investigations of people running for elected office.”

[http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/19/palin.investigation/index.html]

If he’s the candidate, he may not have to answer the subpoena, but he does have to answer to the court of public opinion.

21 09 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Sorry about back to back similar posts. The first one looked like it didn’t go up.

21 09 2008
John Nail

Monegan was headed to DC the day that Sen. Murkowski R (AK) introduced the : Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008,

“a groundbreaking attempt to tackle the complex jurisdictional maze that allows violent crime against American Indians to go unabated.”

He was to travel 7/22 per the ABC document.
Bill was introduced 7/23
Obviously the trip was legit due to the date of the bill and Murkowski’s sponsorship

In this release:
http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0723-19.htm

“This legislation is an historic effort to tackle major jurisdictional challenges that allow crimes against Native American and Alaska Native peoples to flourish,” said Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA. “It will also open the door for Congress to address erosion of tribal authority. It is gratifying that the legislation is receiving bi-partisan support from a wide range of Senators, as this is a tremendous step forward in the fight to improve justice for Native peoples in this country.”

An AK program that Monegan must have been involved in was highlighted in this release as an example:

“The Alaska Senate established a task force to review the Village Police Safety Officer Program. The task force published a report in February 2008 recommending enhanced efforts to recruit and retain officers, thereby increasing staffing. “

More details at my blog:
http://www.politicalbase.com/profile/jnail/blog/&blogId=4107

21 09 2008
Anonymous

Just to add to this, here’s the link to an internal goverment document (obtain by ABC News Investigative Team) which shows that Palin’s chief of staff, Mike Nizich, approved Walt Monegan’s trip to Washington, D.C,
http://abcnews.go.com/images/Blotter/TA.pdf
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

Palin recently claimed that Mr. Monegan made an unauthorized trip, which was one of the reasons he was fired. This document clearly shows that she LIES…

21 09 2008
CKMN

Just to add to this, here’s the link to an internal goverment document (obtain by ABC News Investigative Team) which shows that Palin’s chief of staff, Mike Nizich, approved Walt Monegan’s trip to Washington, D.C,
http://abcnews.go.com/images/Blotter/TA.pdf
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

Palin recently claimed that Mr. Monegan made an unauthorized trip, which was one of the reasons he was fired. This document clearly shows that she LIES…no surprise here…

9 10 2008
rosey

Monegan is beloved by the troopers, but by the people? Why did Begich let him go? Why did his ex-wife in California (highly respected emergency room doctor) file a restraining order after she left in fear of her life due to death threats and physical abuse? Why is it not stated that Monegan was NOT fired, but reassigned? Why is a rogue trooper/wife-beater/drunk/tazers a child still carrying a gun? You want to know what MOST Alaskans think of this (and I’m a Democrat)- it’s one big witch-hunt by a group of good ole boy legislators (Green’s constituents can’t WAIT to see her go) and aspiring future governor wanna-be’s (French). One of the committee members is a first cousin to Monegan. This has been a JOKE from the start, and most Alaskans are SICK of it. But I guess you make lots of enemies when you don’t play the old political games and clean house of corruption. It’ll be French and the others I’ll be voting against!!




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