TROOPER-GATE - Anchorage Daily News

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    Sep 05, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    Palin's stall
    Governor is stonewalling the Troopergate investigation

    Published: September 5th, 2008 12:11 AM
    Last Modified: September 5th, 2008 03:03 AM

    Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate. She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage.

    Instead, Gov. Palin has begun stonewalling the Legislature's attempt to get the bottom of allegations that she, her family or staff violated ethical or state personnel rules.

    As a result, the Troopergate allegations hang over Palin's future and cloud her candidacy for vice president.

    The allegations are that she, her family or administration improperly pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Gov. Palin's ex-brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten, who had been in the middle of a custody dispute with Palin's sister.

    In July, when legislators started talking about conducting an investigation, Palin denied any wrongdoing and said she welcomed an investigation.

    "Hold me accountable," she said.

    The Legislature took her up on that offer. But this week, she basically told the Legislature, "Never mind."

    Palin's lawyer has asked the Legislature to drop its investigation. He had the governor file an ethics complaint against herself, in a bid to turn the entire matter over to the state Personnel Board, which would hire an independent investigator.

    This is not an open and transparent attempt to establish Gov. Palin's accountability. It is an attempt to drag out the investigation until after voters decide the fate of her vice-presidential bid.

    Instead, Gov. Palin should honor her pledge to cooperate with the Legislature's investigation, conducted by former state prosecutor Steve Branchflower.

    She could start by telling aide Frank Bailey he has to talk to the legislative investigator. She should fire him if he doesn't.

    Bailey was caught on an audio recording of a phone conversation with a Public Safety Department official, in which Bailey pushed to get Wooten fired.

    Bailey was put on paid leave, not fired. A spokeswoman for Palin said that while Bailey is on the state payroll, Palin can direct him to cooperate with the legislative investigation.

    So why is Bailey still on the payroll, after he bailed on a scheduled interview with the legislative investigator Wednesday?

    The Legislature hasn't given its investigator the power to subpoena, or compel, testimony of witnesses. Subpoenas appeared unnecessary, since it appeared the governor and administration would be cooperating.

    That's over. It's time for the subpoenas.

    The Legislature's investigation is supposed to be wrapped up by Oct. 31. That's obviously poor timing from the standpoint of the McCain-Palin presidential campaign, coming just a few days before the national election.

    Instead of trying to delay the whole thing, Palin should take a cue from U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who asked that his corruption trial be moved up so it would be completed well ahead of the November general election. Voters deserve to know the outcome of Sen. Stevens trial and the investigation into Palin.

    When this investigation into Troopergate started, Gov. Palin's response was refreshingly open. Since she became the Republican candidate for vice president, her approach has changed for the worse. America deserves the same openness and ethics from vice-presidential candidate Palin that she promised to Alaska voters in 2006.

    BOTTOM LINE: Gov. Palin is stonewalling on Troopergate; the Legislature should issue subpoenas.



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    'Threat'?

    Palin's lawyer tries to play Secret Service card

    Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, made an absurd threat in his battle to get the Legislature to back off its ethics investigation of the governor and her staff.

    Van Flein said legislative investigator Steve Branchflower tried to call First Gentleman Todd Palin directly on "a secure and confidential line. This represents a serious security breach that we may be obligated to report to the Secret Service."

    Hello? Branchflower is acting on behalf of the Legislature. That's a security breach?

    Lawyers are supposed to vigorously represent their clients, but claiming that a legislative investigator's phone call may be a security matter worthy of Secret Service attention is ridiculous.

    Gov. Palin should keep her legal attack dog on a shorter leash.

    BOTTOM LINE: More obstruction from Palin in Troopergate.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 05, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    And we want this Palin woman as our VP.. no thanks!
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    Sep 06, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    This woman isn't qualified to run a PTA!

    Add to that... the time she has spent in office has been mired in this mess over trying to get back at her sister's ex-husband. I don't want someone that petty to be our VP.

    Add to that... she is opposed to choice, opposed to gay adoption, opposed to gay rights and the list goes on and on...

    I hope the women watching her don't get caught up in the bullshit of presentation and miss what she actually is all about...
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    Sep 06, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    This is great. ...If this continues and can be verified to the public's satisfaction, McCain might have to drop her from the ticket. ...That would be disasterous ....or he could try to tough it out ...but that would be disasterous, too, if the investigation turns ugly for Palin.

    The best thing, anyway she looks at it, is to quickly get some aide pinned with the rap and get this behind her.

    God works in mysterious way, my children...

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    Sep 06, 2008 2:07 AM GMT
    I feel so honored...I got a lol cats in the thread I started!!! YAY!!!!!
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    Sep 06, 2008 2:30 PM GMT
    Its probably not a good idea to spend too much time on this thing because McCain's allies are going to probably kill the investigation ..


    http://www.newsweek.com/id/157439
    The move underscored the huge political stakes in the outcome of a legislative investigation that is being closely monitored by both the McCain and Obama campaigns because of its potential impact on the fall election. "How can this possibly be read as anything but a partisan attempt to shut down a legitimate investigation that was approved and funded with bipartisan support?" said one state Democratic legislative aide, who asked not to be identified because of the political sensitivities. Coghill told NEWSWEEK that he decided to write his letter to strip French of his position on his own-without any coaxing by McCain campaign officials.

    But a top McCain campaign official acknowledged that the GOP lawyer had given the campaign a "heads up" about his letter and that the McCain campaign approved of the effort to remove French.
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    Sep 06, 2008 2:47 PM GMT
    BigSETXjock said.

    I hope the women watching her don't get caught up in the bullshit of presentation and miss what she actually is all about...



    Oh, that would never happen...Americans getting caught up in "the bullshit of the presentation"? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 06, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    Each and every smear attempt on Governor Palin has failed miserably! Interesting though - how low some libs will go with this smear campaign. I wonder why? Could it be that the McCain/Palin ticket has the libs scared shitless?
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:00 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidEach and every smear attempt on Governor Palin has failed miserably! Interesting though - how low some libs will go with this smear campaign. I wonder why? Could it be that the McCain/Palin ticket has the libs scared shitless?


    Or could it be that after 8 years of a law-breaking felon as the President, the American people have a right not to have another law-breaking felon as Vice-President?
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:02 PM GMT
    I know just what you mean, JP. Those Clinton years - from Whitewater, and all the other problems to Monica and the impeachment - were the lowest blow our country ever faced - much worse than Watergate. I hear you! And I agree with you!
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    Jockbod48Each and every smear attempt on Governor Palin has failed miserably! Interesting though - how low some libs will go with this smear campaign. I wonder why? Could it be that the McCain/Palin ticket has the libs scared shitless


    The ingestigation is not smear campaign -- it's been in the works for a while. What do know an aide tried to wrongfully use his influence, and we don't know that the governor herself was in any way invovlved. The point is she initially welcomed the investigation saying she had nothing to hide. Now they are backing off that and trying to drag out the process -- initially the report was due Oct 31, not convenient timing for the upcoming election. But if she really did nothing wrong and has nothing to hide then there shouldn't be any reason to drag the process out.
  • joeindallas

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    Sep 06, 2008 3:11 PM GMT
    Latest for Anchorage is that the Gov's Office shared E Mails concerning the location of the Gas Pipe line with her Husband.Todd "The First Dude" is not a State of Alaska employee , so he should not have gotten the E mails. Insider trading is Todd and friends buying up land on the path. Then there is a question of his Job on the North Slope, He spents a lot of time in Juneau, Yeah she is indepenent of BIG OIL. Todd had a guyname Bailey fired for he was going out with the soon to be "ex" wife of a Good Bud. Guy found out he was fired when his State issued Blackberry was turned off. Damn it sounds like Wasilla is Alaska's answer to Peyton Place

    SETX you could have been on the Ticket just had to get walking down in the size 13 High Heels
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
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    Jockbod48 saidEach and every smear attempt on Governor Palin has failed miserably! Interesting though - how low some libs will go with this smear campaign. I wonder why? Could it be that the McCain/Palin ticket has the libs scared shitless?


    Or could it be that after 8 years of a law-breaking felon as the President, the American people have a right not to have another law-breaking felon as Vice-President?



    Do you honestly believe the shit you post, or are you just a babbling idiot 24/7? President Bush has never been indicted on anything regarding his 8 years as President. If he were truly breaking laws, you can bet the abysmal democratic congress would have his feet to the fire so quickly, if for no other reason than as payback for Republicans impeaching Clinton for nothing more than lying under oath about a blow job. Get real, man.
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:21 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said Do you honestly believe the shit you post, or are you just a babbling idiot 24/7?


    Todd, dude, I really like you. But when it comes to politics, being called an idiot by you is a badge of honor.
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:22 PM GMT
    Then, by all means, consider yourself "honored" to the hilt

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    Sep 06, 2008 3:25 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ and I had a nice long chat about some of you libs the other night - and we want you to know - we're concerned about you - about your mental well-being. We're going to help you see the light. Any questions you might have - and gray areas about politics - just let us know. We care!
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:27 PM GMT
    Gregg, that's sweet. Delusional, but sweet. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:27 PM GMT
    Congress wouldn't do shit because so many of them are complicit. Doesn't excuse anybody. If the woman abused power, she should be brought to justice. She refers to herself as a pitbull. Perhaps she needs to be kept on a leash.
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    Curious, are you serious?

    * Deception of Congress and the American Public
    o Committing a Fraud Against the United States (18 U.S.C. § 371)
    o Making False Statements Against the United States (18 U.S.C. § 1001)
    o War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-14icon_cool.gif
    o Misuse of Government Funds (31 U.S.C. § 1301)
    * Improper Detention, Torture, and Other Inhumane Treatment
    o Anti-Torture Statute (18 U.S.C. § 2340-40A)
    o The War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. § 2441)
    o The Geneva Conventions and Hague Convention: International Laws Governing the Treatment of Detainees
    o United Nations Convention Against Torture, and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment: International Laws Governing the Treatment of Detainees
    o Command Responsibility (for known illegal acts of subordinates in the military)
    o Detainment of Material Witnesses (18 U.S.C. § 3144)
    * Retaliating against Witnesses and Other Individuals
    o Obstruction Congress (18 U.S.C. § 1505)
    o Whistleblower Protection (5 U.S.C. § 2302)
    o The Lloyd-LaFollette Act, or "anti-gag rule" (5 U.S.C. § 7211)
    o Retaliating against Witnesses (18 U.S.C. § 1513)
    * Leaking and other Misuse of Intelligence and other Government Information
    o Revealing Classified Information in Contravention of Federal Regulations (Executive Order 12958/Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement)
    o Statutory Prohibitions on Leaking Information (18 U.S.C. § 641, etc.)
    * Laws Governing Electronic Surveillance
    o Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (50 U.S.C. § 1801, et seq.)
    o National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. chapter 15)
    o Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. § 222)
    o Stored Communications Act of 1986 (18 U.S.C. § 2702)
    o Pen Registers or Trap and Trace Devices (18 U.S.C. § 3121)
    * Laws and Guidelines Prohibiting Conflicts of Interest (28 U.S.C. § 528, etc.)
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    Squarejaw, nice of you to pull up and cite all these statutes but - WTF do any of them have to do with Bush? He's never been indicted on ANY of this - and nobody - even on the democratic side of the isle with a scintilla of sense has even suggested he's guilty of anything at all whatsoever.

    Bush has been a hard working president - one who inherited a mess, and then faced 9/11. Who could fault him for protecting our country? Note that we have not had another 9/11 and we did get rid of Saddam Hussein.
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    "Note that we have not had another 9/11 and we did get rid of Saddam Hussein. "

    One was enough. Thank you, DubyaGump.
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    Sep 06, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidDo you honestly believe the shit you post, or are you just a babbling idiot 24/7? President Bush has never been indicted on anything regarding his 8 years as President. If he were truly breaking laws, you can bet the abysmal democratic congress would have his feet to the fire so quickly, if for no other reason than as payback for Republicans impeaching Clinton for nothing more than lying under oath about a blow job. Get real, man.

    It's true, he has never been indicted of the laws he broke, and they will never let Palin go down either ..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/31/opinion/31bamford.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=sloginLAST August, a federal judge found that the president of the United States broke the law, committed a serious felony and violated the Constitution. Had the president been an ordinary citizen — someone charged with bank robbery or income tax evasion — the wheels of justice would have immediately begun to turn. The F.B.I. would have conducted an investigation, a United States attorney’s office would have impaneled a grand jury and charges would have been brought.


    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/04/30/bush_challenges_hundreds_of_laws/
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    Sep 06, 2008 4:05 PM GMT
    Squarejaw saidCurious, are you serious?

    * Deception of Congress and the American Public
    o Committing a Fraud Against the United States (18 U.S.C. § 371)
    o Making False Statements Against the United States (18 U.S.C. § 1001)
    o War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-14icon_cool.gif
    o Misuse of Government Funds (31 U.S.C. § 1301)
    * Improper Detention, Torture, and Other Inhumane Treatment
    o Anti-Torture Statute (18 U.S.C. § 2340-40A)
    o The War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. § 2441)
    o The Geneva Conventions and Hague Convention: International Laws Governing the Treatment of Detainees
    o United Nations Convention Against Torture, and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment: International Laws Governing the Treatment of Detainees
    o Command Responsibility (for known illegal acts of subordinates in the military)
    o Detainment of Material Witnesses (18 U.S.C. § 3144)
    * Retaliating against Witnesses and Other Individuals
    o Obstruction Congress (18 U.S.C. § 1505)
    o Whistleblower Protection (5 U.S.C. § 2302)
    o The Lloyd-LaFollette Act, or "anti-gag rule" (5 U.S.C. § 7211)
    o Retaliating against Witnesses (18 U.S.C. § 1513)
    * Leaking and other Misuse of Intelligence and other Government Information
    o Revealing Classified Information in Contravention of Federal Regulations (Executive Order 12958/Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement)
    o Statutory Prohibitions on Leaking Information (18 U.S.C. § 641, etc.)
    * Laws Governing Electronic Surveillance
    o Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (50 U.S.C. § 1801, et seq.)
    o National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. chapter 15)
    o Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. § 222)
    o Stored Communications Act of 1986 (18 U.S.C. § 2702)
    o Pen Registers or Trap and Trace Devices (18 U.S.C. § 3121)
    * Laws and Guidelines Prohibiting Conflicts of Interest (28 U.S.C. § 528, etc.)



    Yes I'm serious -- are YOU? What you posted is nothing but a bunch of liberal leftist pipe dreaming, not even remotely planted in fact. It's more babble babble babble...blah-blah-blah. I can only imagine the bitter rantings we'll be subjected to should McCain win The White House.
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    Sep 06, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidCuriousJockAZ and I had a nice long chat about some of you libs the other night - and we want you to know - we're concerned about you - about your mental well-being. We're going to help you see the light. Any questions you might have - and gray areas about politics - just let us know. We care!


    Sometimes these forums give me concern as well, but then I get out into the community and express a conservative few, and am rewarded with a remarkable amount of agreement from other Gays, especially younger Gays.
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    Sep 06, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidEach and every smear attempt on Governor Palin has failed miserably! Interesting though - how low some libs will go with this smear campaign. I wonder why? Could it be that the McCain/Palin ticket has the libs scared shitless?


    Everyone should be aware that the majority of the sources the media are getting this info is from fellow Republican in Alaska. She pissed off the "Old Guard" Alaska Republicans; Big Time.