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Gov Palin: My administration will oppose Washington mandates

Saturday, May 30, 2009 1 Response

In response to May 27 editorial, let me explain why I vetoed $28.6 million of federal stimulus funds tied to adoption of universal energy building codes.

The feds required me to certify these codes "will be implemented" or pushed on local communities. My record is clear. I support conserving energy through weatherization & I'm an advocate for harnessing renewable sources of energy. But conditions here required more "big brother" government involvement than most Alaskans want & the new codes could cost Alaskans thousands of dollars per new home & renovation.

Alaskans have a strong history of independence and opposition to Washington, D.C., meddling in local issues. Our constitution ensures "maximum local self-government." Our communities have had the option to adopt building codes for decades. Most have not done so. I've served as a city councilman & city mayor/manager. I've participated firsthand in the mandated building code debate. Anyone serving in local office knows strong deference to local communities leads to the best policies. That policy holds true with building codes.

My community went through a battle over building codes when our booming city desired more growth opportunities to allow job creation. The last thing we needed was a bureaucrat from Washington, D.C., telling us what the best policy was to adopt. Strings were definitely attached to federal energy dollars. The stimulus law in section 410(a) (2), along with the Department of Energy's (DOE) official guidance, required certifying one of two options before Alaska could receive the energy conservation funds.

One option said the state "will implement" the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code for new homes & renovations; adopt a "building energy code [that meets or exceeds Standard 90.1-2007] for commercial buildings throughout the State"; & adopt & pay for a plan of "active" enforcement. I could not certify this. The Legislature did not pass a bill adopting a statewide energy building code. In addition, the federal residential building code does not allow exemptions, such as we use in Alaska. When Alaska Housing Finance Corporation funds are used, building & energy codes can be waived due to the "high cost of implementation" in different areas of Alaska. One size does not fit all in Alaska.

The second option for Alaska was to certify that all "applicable units of local government that have authority to adopt building codes, will implement" the necessary energy codes & enforce them. I could not certify this either. Alaska communities have the right to determine for themselves whether to adopt building codes.

I asked the feds to clarify their position. The Department of Energy finally admitted section 410 & their previous statements were "inappropriate" for some states but still wanted an agreement to push model codes on all Alaskan communities. I said no. Beware of Washington, D.C., trying to cajole local community leaders to eliminate the choices Alaskans have when building or renovating homes & businesses. These new codes are so detailed they would dictate the kinds of lights that can be installed in a home in Akutan, & how thick window panes must be in Chignik.

We have hundreds of millions of dollars already budgeted for conservation, weatherization & renewable energy development. My administration will remain vigilant for Alaskans & oppose mandates or pressure to conform from Washington, D.C., bureaucrats.

http://www.adn.com/opinion/compass/story/813086.html

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Gov Palin: U.N. Has Failed & Øbama Playing Catch-up With N Korea (Defense Sec'y Gates To Visit Alaska)

Friday, May 29, 2009 1 Response

Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Palin called on Øbama to take a firm stand against N Korea & defend the states and territories of the United States of America & American allies on the Korean peninsula.

This morning, N Korea launched its sixth short-range missile since Monday’s nuclear test. N Korea has also stated that it is no longer bound by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Further, Øbama has proposed a $1.4 billion reduction of the Missile Defense Agency’s budget.

“The United Nations sanctions have failed to stop North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, & the Obama Administration cannot afford to be playing catch-up to an irrational dictator like Kim Jong-Il,” said The Governor. “Missile Defense Agency funding must be fully restored in the federal budget to guarantee our protective measures remain the best in the world. Fort Greely plays a crucial role in the nation’s security.”

Alaska is home to the largest ground-based mid-course defense missile shield in N America. Because of its geographical position & proximity to potential targets, Alaska plays a critical role in national security & in the defense of American allies.

Ground missile defense is the cornerstone of the Missile Defense Agency’s multi-layered architecture. It is designed to detect, track, discriminate, intercept & destroy long- & intermediate-range ballistic missiles during the mid-course phase of flight. The weapons system consists of land-, sea- & space-based sensors, command & control operations, & silo-based interceptors that are located at Vandenberg AFB, California & Fort Greely.

Defense Secretary Gates will visit Alaska Monday & Sen. Mark Begich will take him on a tour of the same missile defense site in Fort Greely that he has cut funding for. Lets hope Governor Palin provides Gates with & earful about his & the president's short-sightedness.

Full Articles At:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1871
http://www.newsminer.com/news/2009/may/29/us-defense-secretary-robert-gates-tour-fort-greely/

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Governor Palin To Honor Veteran With Purple Heart

Friday, May 29, 2009 0 Responses

Anchorage, Alaska - The National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Jeff Roy, and Governor Palin, will hold a press conference at 10:00 am on May 30, 2009 at Mt View VFW Post 10252 located at 3105 Mt View Drive, Anchorage.

The purpose is to launch an extraordinary expedition by America’s heroes to successfully summit 20,320 ft. Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America, after more than a year of intensive preparations. Commander Roy will introduce the members of this team of wounded warriors who symbolize the strength of our Nation & those who defend it.

The ceremony will include, Governor Palin presenting a Purple Heart Medal to Wayne Stackhouse, an Anchorage resident, for wounds he received in Vietnam on 25 October 1967 when his unit came under attack by the Viet Cong. Stackhouse, who was assigned to Co C, 4th Bn., 23d Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division, was on an operation as an infantry radio mechanic near Chu Chi, Vietnam, when he was struck several times by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade. After receiving medical treatment in Vietnam, he was medically evacuated to Japan & finally to Ft. Knox, Kentucky where he was ultimately discharged from the U.S. Army on 10 May 1968. At the time of his discharge, his military records did not reflect his receipt of the Purple Heart.

This Saturday, 40 years after being wounded on the battlefield, Wayne Stackhouse will finally receive his Purple Heart Medal. Governor Palin will pin the decoration on Stackhouse, while Commander Roy will also award him the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, another decoration he earned but never received.

Full Article At:
http://www.purpleheartfoundation.org/readnews.asp?fseq=200

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Full Steam Ahead: Governor Palin Appoints 8 Board Members

Thursday, May 28, 2009 0 Responses
Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Palin announced her appointments to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council, Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, and State Officers Compensation Commission.

Alaska Public Offices Commission
Governor Palin appointed Kathleen J. King to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The five-member commission administers laws upholding the public’s right to know the financial affairs of state and municipal public officials and candidates, and of lobbyists and their employers. It adopts regulations, issues advisory opinions, recommends changes in state law, administers penalties for failure to comply with reporting requirements and adjudicates complaints, and can recommend removal of candidates from the ballot or office.

Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council
Governor Palin reappointed Larry Bartman to the Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council. The six-member council consults with the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development regarding appeals filed concerning the care of Alaska licensed commercial fishermen who have been injured while fishing in Alaska. The council also oversees the administration of the Fishermen’s Fund, which uses a portion of commercial fishing licenses and permit fees to fund medical care and benefits for injured commercial fishermen.

Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
Governor Palin reappointed Marlene “Anna” Attla, Milton “Smitty” Cheemuk, Kathleen L. Fitzgerald and Lelia “Lucy” Odden to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The council is the interdepartmental planning and coordinating agency of the state Department of Health and Social Services and other departments offering services or special education to disabled Alaskans. It also operates as the state disability/special education planning council under federal law, and works with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority on the state’s integrated program for the mentally disabled. At least 60 percent of the members must be people with disabilities, or parents of people with disabilities.

Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority
Governor Palin appointed Janet A. Kincaid to the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority. The authority, led by a five-member board of directors, was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 2003 to facilitate construction of a bridge across Knik Arm connecting the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

State Officers Compensation Commission
Governor Palin reappointed Mike Miller to the State Officers Compensation Commission. The five-member commission created by the Alaska State Legislature in 2008 is charged with making adjustments in the pay, benefits and allowances of top state officials, including legislators, commissioners, the governor and the lieutenant governor.

Full Article At:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1868

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Governor Palin Always On The Job & Putting Alaska 1st

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 0 Responses

In the past 2 weeks we have seen Governor Palin sign into law more than 17 bills, reduce Alaska’s budget/spending by 30% and honor Alaska’s private businesses with her North Star Awards for International Excellence and, of course, show her love & appreciation for our soldiers. The Governor also cancelled a trip to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. As usual The Governor put Alaskans 1st and stayed home to meet village leaders & survey the damage from the worst flooding in Alaska’s history. She then responded like a compassionate leader and declared a federal disaster expediting aid and assistance.

It has been a busy couple of weeks: we also saw The Governor’s “Fuel Tax Holiday” is rolling along helping Alaskan consumers (Democrats voted to end it this year), her push to increase Alaska’s fuel output is advancing, raise over $120,000 for the “March of Dimes,” meet with military leaders over missile defense and call out Øbama on his cowardly & flaccid stance on North Korea. What we are seeing is the Governor at her best. She leads by example and is always doing what is in the best interest of those she governors.

Alaska is 1 of 5 states in the black (financially sound) and Alaskans can thank The Governor’s smart polices. She was handed a state with massive wasteful spending & very unfare deals with the oil companies. The Governor first re-negotiated with the oil companies (less tax revenue for the feds & more for Alaska), created a rainy-day fund and today that amounts to a $6 billion surplus. In other states with a massive tax base, like California, Florida and NYC things are quite different. With liberals like Governor Schwarzenegger, Governor Crist & Mayor Bloomberg all spending like drunken sailors their prospectives states & cities are near collapse. Sadly and embarrassingly they need to suck up to the slow witted Øbama to save their butts.

What we are witnessing are the reasons Governor Palin earned a 85% + approval rating before the “Media” went on the attack to protect there golden child Øbama. As Øbama & Biden continue to destroy everything that makes America strong & great and other GOP contenders continue to underestimate Governor Palin her appeal grows stronger. Huckabee, Romney & the Democrats need to wake-up and realize Governor Palin is the future of The Grand Old Party & America.

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Leading Through Example: Governor Palin Signs 9 Bills & Honors Veterans

Monday, May 25, 2009 0 Responses

Quote Of The Day:
"Have you noticed that the ONLY leading Republican and Conservative in the Nation who is acting like a leader, not attacking, behaving, and staying above it all is …. SARAH PALIN. In other words, it’s time for a little estrogen"
From:
http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com

Fairbanks, Alaska – On Memorial Day Governor Palin today read a proclamation to honor military members at Veterans Memorial Park in Fairbanks. “On this Memorial Day, we remember, honor, and give thanks to those who died in service to this nation,” Governor Palin said. “Today, we honor all of the brave men and women of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the freedoms we hold so dear.”

Governor Palin also signed 9 pieces of legislation while in Fairbanks:
Senate Bill 45, which establishes an Alaska veterans’ cemetery near Fairbanks. SB 45, sponsored by Senators Gene Therriault and Charlie Huggins, directs the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to pursue the creation of a U.S. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs-approved cemetery where veterans can receive their full burial rights.
House Joint Resolution 10, HJR10 is a resolution urging the US Congress to improve health care for veterans.
Senate Bill 142, sponsored by Senator Joe Paskvan, transfers five acres of land from the Alaska Railroad to the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. This will allow the state to reconstruct Illinois Street, which provides primary access to downtown Fairbanks.
Senate Bill 114, sponsored by Senator Paskvan, extends the State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors until June 30, 2017.
Senate Bill 133, sponsored by Senator Paskvan, modernizes Alaska’s health care IT infrastructure by developing a secure electronic Health Information Exchange system to improve the safety, cost-effectiveness, and quality of health care in Alaska.
Senate Bill 48, sponsored by Senator Therriault, exempts municipal service area boards from the requirements of conducting meetings open to the public when a meeting is administrative or managerial in nature.
House Bill 121, sponsored by Representative John Coghill, requires the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to retrofit, where cost-effective, all public facilities within 15 years of the completion of an energy use index database.
Senate Bill 170, sponsored by Senator Johnny Ellis, modifies the Alaska unemployment insurance statutes by redefining the base period for determining eligibility for unemployment benefits, relating to contributions, interest, penalties, and payments under the Alaska Employment Security Act.
House Bill 177, sponsored by Representative Coghill, implements consumer protection for ATVs, snowmobiles, boat motors, and other recreational vehicles. HB 177 requires a manufacturer to replace a defective product or refund the price of the product if the product is unusable by the purchaser for more than 30 days in the first year of the purchase.

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Governor Palin The Wise Vs. Øbama The Ignorant

Monday, May 25, 2009 2 Responses

Governor Palin: "More N Korea nuke tests: why consider US missile program cuts now? Alaska military program helps secure US. Now is NOT time to cut our defense." Once again we have North Korea detonate a nuclear bomb and Governor Palin stands strong. Øbama & his crony's respond with empty words and his ignorant & naive polices put America in further danger.

Earlier this month Øbama proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2010. Millions in cuts from missile defense funding and reduced spending for the Alaska's Denali Commission and the Village Safe Water program. “These budget cuts add up to about half of 1 percent,” Governor Palin said. “But while they do little to put brakes on the exploding federal deficit, they hit Alaska hard. I join our congressional delegation in their determination to see that Alaska’s unique challenges and its key role in national defense are not overlooked.” The Øbama budget would cancel a 2nd missile defense field at Fort Greely and freeze the number of interceptors being deployed there. “This is an outrageous move at a time when North Korea has shown its willingness to flout international sentiments and conduct missile tests,” Governor Palin said. “America needs a strong missile defense, and Alaska’s strategic location is invaluable in protecting the nation.”

What we have is another laughable United Nations resolution and Øbama the "Globalist" equally inept. North Korea realizes Øbama is a pushover, similar to Bill Clinton, and with this nuclear test they expect and will get billions in aid.

Full Article At:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1822

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Governor Palin & The American Legion To Honor Alaska's Fallen Soldiers

Saturday, May 23, 2009 1 Response

Governor Palin will be on hand to read a proclamation honoring the hundreds of Alaska's fallen soldiers since statehood. The Memorial Day event is hosted by The American Legion & activities start with a service at Veterans’ Memorial Park at 11 a.m. Monday. Other dignitaries on the schedule are Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker, Commander Billy Smith of the Legion, Fort Wainwright chaplain Lt. Col. David Vanderjagt and Lanien Livingston, Althea St. Martin and Tom Moyer, local representatives of our congressional delegation.

Governor Palin: "Headed to Memorial weekend event honoring 177 AKn & AK-based soldiers killed in combat since statehood. God bless AKs military & families"

Full Article At:
http://www.newsminer.com/news/2009/may/23/after-memorial-day-festivities-palin-plans-sign-ta/

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Governor Palin Cuts Alaska's Budget by 30% On Top Of Having A $6 Billion Surplus

Thursday, May 21, 2009 1 Response

May 21, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Palin today signed six bills but most importantly the FY2010 Operating Budget & the FY2010 Capital Budget. “We submitted a responsible, fiscally conservative budget,” Governor Palin said. “Given the current revenue outlook and economic conditions, we must focus on providing essential public services, while continuing to invest in communities and resource development that will fuel our economy in the future.

The operating budget bill totals $8.7 billion (down from $11.1 billion) and includes funding for public education, the university, public health and safety, transportation, and resource development. “We have taken significant steps to slow government growth and achieve savings in the current fiscal year,” Governor Palin said. “This administration takes fiscal responsibility seriously and reducing expenditures will extend the life of our savings accounts.”

The capital budget bill, SB 75, which totals $1.87 billion (down from $3.6 billion), was also signed today. “This capital budget contains a number of projects, including transportation, schools, and public safety, which will help communities across the state improve infrastructure and bolster the economy,” said Palin. “With the robust capital budgets of the past two years and this capital spending bill, Alaskans will see many improvements and additional job opportunities.” “I appreciate the legislators working with us on the budget during these challenging economic times,” Governor Palin said. “The conservative spending plan I signed today will provide basic government services, leverage additional federal and other funds, and make a significant investment in Alaska’s future.”

Governor Palin was also handed a state with run-away spending and one of her 1st mandates was to create a rainy day fund. Today that amounts to $6 billion is reserves for the State of Alaska.

For now we can only imagine having Governor Palin in Washington. The embarrassment Øbama is quickly bankrupting and weakening the USA faster then even the fool Jimmy Carter. The mess Carter created brought us Governor Reagan and the disaster "tele-prompter of the 57 United States" will bring us Governor Palin.

Full Article At:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1858

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Governor Palin Honors Alaskan Private Businesses

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 2 Responses

Juneau, Alaska - As an owner of 2 successful business The Governor understands the value of private business and established the Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence back in May of 2008. Today Governor Palin announced the seven companies and international organizations that won the Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence for 2009. The awards were presented by Commissioner Emil Notti at the Export Alaska luncheon in Anchorage, attended by more than 150 Alaskans.

“I’m proud of our state’s broad range of outstanding international activity,” Governor Palin said. “From export of aviation technology to cultural exchange to the visitor industry, Alaskans know how to promote positive international relations. It’s a privilege to honor this hard-working group.
“I’m especially pleased to honor one of Alaska’s 13 Native corporations, Koniag, Inc., and the Alutiiq Museum. They persevered together for years to bring a significant collection of Alutiiq masks to Alaska from France to share with all of us.”

Full Article At:
http://gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=1854&type=1

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Governor Palin Signs Bill Increasing New Teacher Salaries

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 0 Responses

Wrangell, Alaska - Governor Palin today signed a bill into law that will suspend the experience cap for teachers.
House Bill 215, sponsored by Representative Peggy Wilson, repeals salary scale limitations for hiring new out-of-state teachers. The bill allows districts to better compete for those teachers coming into the state who bring with them years of experience. Current law limits experience-based salary adjustments to eight years of non-Alaska service. HB 215 suspends the experience cap for a two-year period. For many years, this law was irrelevant because salaries in Alaska were generally much higher than elsewhere in the country. As Alaska’s teaching salaries have become less competitive, school districts have a need for incentives to attract experienced and qualified personnel for hard-to-fill positions.
“HB 215 provides Alaska’s school districts with the ability to offer competitive salaries to attract the best, most qualified teachers,” Governor Palin told Mr. Engell’s American Government class. “This, in turn, provides Alaska’s students with the best, highest-quality education.”
The Governor signed HB 215 at Petersburg High School.

Full Article At:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1853

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Governor Palin: "Obama Predictable As Alaska's Winter Snow"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 0 Responses

Governor Palin praised Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele as "bold and courageous" late Tuesday while knocking President Barack Obama as "predictable as Alaska's winter snow."
In a statement criticizing the president over General Motors' plan to sell its healthy assets to the federal government following bankruptcy, the Republican governor singled out Steele as a counterbalance to the president.
"We have another voice in Washington, D.C. — a man who understands what Alaskans believe: less centralized government control, restrained budgets, more opportunity for development and fewer taxes," The Governor said.
"Today, we have a friend in RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and his bold and courageous speech defines his leadership goals that will guide us all through this most difficult time for our nation." Speaking to an RNC meeting Tuesday in Maryland, Steele vowed to confront the president more aggressively.
"What’s the loyal opposition to do with this popular president? We are going to speak truth to power. We are going to speak directly, and we are going to take him on," Steele said. "We are going to challenge those policies that we believe are wrong, and we are going to do so without apology and without a second thought."
Turning to Obama, The Governor said "change" in the president’s administration "has meant rapid movement toward massive government growth, huge tax burdens on future generations and an unprecedented reliance upon foreign countries."
"We are now witnessing actions that will lead to a monumental shift away from free-market capitalism and the strong work ethic that built this great country," she said. "Government should not be in the auto industry business."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22750.html

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Governor Palin's "Fuel Tax Holiday" Helping Alaskan Consumers

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1 Response

Here is another example of Governor Palin walking the walking and talking the talking. During the 08 campaign the McCain/Palin ticket proposed a gasoline tax holiday and what do you know Governor Palin & Alaskans consumers have been enjoying savings at the pump.

The "Fuel Tax Holiday" was part of Governor Palin's 2008 energy relief plan. It included a $1,200 resource rebate added onto permanent fund checks. During the 2009 legislative session Democrats failed to extend the one-year fuel tax holiday for two more years.

Once the fuel sales tax holiday ends, every 8¢ Alaskans pour into their gas tanks will go back to the state. It is part of a $40 million revenue. There is also 5¢ for watercraft fuel. 4.7¢ for aviation gasoline, and 3.2¢ for other aviation fuel. At the pump another motorist said, "I don't think its right. I think we should keep the sales tax now, the holiday, until we're at least average with stateside." This budget year $40 million general fund dollars paid for Alaskans fuel tax holiday. September 1 that ends. Replaced by higher gas prices to pick up some road repair costs.

Full Article at:
http://www.ktva.com/ci_12398037

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Governor Palin & US Military Commanders Meet To Discuss Iraq, Afghanistan & Alaska

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1 Response

Juneau, Alaska - Governor Palin and Lt. Gen. (AK) Craig E. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard, met Monday with General Carroll H. “Howie” Chandler, Commander of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in the Pacific. General Chandler briefed Governor Palin on current events in the USAF, the status of USAF assets in Alaska, possible deployment levels in 2009 for Iraq and Afghanistan, and the value of training in Alaska.
“It was truly an honor to meet with General Chandler,” Governor Palin said. “His distinguished 35-year military career and previous years as commander of the Alaska Command give him the experience necessary to truly understand the strategic value of military assets in Alaska - particularly the benefit of Alaska airspace and facilities for readiness training exercises. I look forward to working with General Chandler in the future.”
“General Chandler is a good friend and an Alaskan at heart,” Lt. Gen. (AK) Campbell said. “Since his days as commander of the Alaska Command, Gen. Chandler has always looked out for the best interests of the military in our state and he is a tremendous ally for Alaska issues in Washington, D.C.” Alaska is home to both Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases, at least 10 different types of aircraft, about 9,000 airmen and about 12,000 family members. Aviation training occurs year-round with “Red Flag” exercises involving international aircrews conducted every three to four months.

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Governor Palin Hits Notre Dame For Recognizing Anti-Life Øbama

Monday, May 18, 2009 3 Responses

Governor Palin of Alaska, a strong pro-life advocate, weighed in on the issue:

“My favorite grandpa, Clem James Sheeran, was Catholic. Irish to the core, his favorite place (other than church) was Notre Dame. I can’t imagine what he would think as the university recognizes someone who contradicts the core values of the Catholic faith by promoting an anti-life agenda. As we learned today, our nation is more pro-life than ever before; it is a very important time to strengthen the message that every baby is created for good purpose and has the potential to make this world a better place.”

While The Governor understands this battle is about a fundamental value, Øbama supporters trivialize it by suggesting it is about opening a dialogue with people of opposing views. Despite their belittling, this outrage is well deserved. By bestowing the degree on President Pro-Choice, a message is conveyed that he is a role model, someone deserving of recognition in the eyes of the university. Despite the shame brought on by ND Jenkins even said he is an inspiring leader.

Many see the damage done by Notre Dame as unforgivable. Other highly respected Catholic universities such as The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University have lead by example. CUA & GU apparently understand the core values of the Catholic faith and will lead Catholics & all Christians into the furture.

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Governor Palin Pushes to Expand Alaska's Gas Output To Lower 48, Alaska & World

Monday, May 18, 2009 0 Responses

By Governor Palin - Ensuring that Alaskans have affordable energy for decades to come is one of the most important jobs on my desk right now. To succeed, the state needs to look at every possible option and make sure Alaskans have all the information to make the right decisions.

That's why I asked the Legislature to fund a thorough review of an in-state pipeline to move natural gas from the North Slope to Fairbanks, through the Railbelt and Southcentral regions, serving as many communities in the state as economically feasible.

Our efforts complement progress TC Alaska is making on a line to the Lower 48, using its state license under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act......also in Valdez to ship Alaska gas to ports all along the world's Pacific Rim like California, Japan, South Korea.

We are reviewing all options to ensure Alaskans know all the facts about progress to flow gas to our homes and businesses. An in-state gas line to serve as many communities as possible is one of the options and would not interfere with plans for the larger interstate pipeline (to lower 48) . Geologists say there is enough gas throughout the North Slope for both pipes. There is enough investor interest for both pipes. And there may be enough consumer demand for both pipes.

My team is working with experts and interested parties to prepare cost estimates and to figure out what is needed -- from gas supply contracts at one end of the pipe to gas purchase contracts at the other end. Unless reasonably priced gas goes into the line, no one will be able to afford what comes out.

We are blessed to have many possibilities for solving our energy challenges. Possibilities include explorers finding and developing new gas supplies in Cook Inlet. Perhaps a spur line off the big line will be built in short order. Experience shows us that the prudent thing to do is consider all options to maximize benefits for Alaskans, and that is what we're doing in readying a plan to ensure our residents have the gas we need

Full Article At:
http://www.adn.com/opinion/comment/story/799018.html

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Governor Palin Raises Awareness & Funds For "March Of Dimes"

Sunday, May 17, 2009 2 Responses

Anchorage, AK - On Saturday, May 15th Governor Palin and the 1st family are greeted by thousands of Alaskans at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage. Several local elementary school staff and students as Governor Palin pushes grand-daughter & son, Trig, in a stroller after finishing the March for Babies three-mile walk from 15th & U Street in Anchorage.
The 3 mile fundraising walk benefits March of Dimes research and programs that prevent pre-term births and help babies overcome health issues. The event will raises 10s of thousands of dollars and will assist moms to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The event is expected to raise about $120,000 and $220,000 statewide. This is once again demonstrating Governor Palin truly cares about Alaska & Alaskkan families. She is an amazing women and a true gift to Alaska and America.

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Governor Palin Signs Bill Giving School Choice To Alaskan Families

Friday, May 15, 2009 0 Responses

(JUNEAU) – Today at The Academy Charter School Governor Palin signed Senate Bill 57, a bill supporting school choice and doing away with the charter school penalty. Charter schools are public schools open to all children, free of charge. Charter schools must comply with state laws governing public schools, and they employee state-certified teachers who are employees of their local school district. Charter schools are managed by a parent-elected board of directors that determines the school’s curriculum and teaching methods, within the guidelines of state statute. Today, the minimum number of students a charter school must have to be funded as a school is 150, and the enrollment an alternative school must have is 200. When these schools fall just one student below those thresholds in the October count period, the state cuts funding by $500,000 - $700,000. This is a disaster for the school and its district.
SB 57 states that charter schools with fewer than 150 students will have their student count adjusted by the same per-student rate as neighborhood schools with 400 students. SB 57 also contains a one-year, hold-harmless provision for charter schools and alternative schools that unexpectedly fall below the enrollment threshold, and are either in their first year of operation or were above the threshold the previous year.
Governor Palin's bill is in sharp contrast to Øbama's latest move. Øbama has coldly as done away with school choice in Washington DC in a shameless effect to suck up the the Teachers Union. DC has the worst public school system in the country and many children will soon have no choice but to attend some of the most violent and poorly run schools in America.

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Gov Palin Pushes Alaskans For 2nd Straight Victory Over The Lower 48 In President’s Challenge

Thursday, May 14, 2009 0 Responses

Juneau, Alaska - Governor Palin is challenging Alaskans to sign up for a six-week physical activity competition to improve their health and give Alaska a chance to receive national honors for the second year in a row.
Since May 1st, both adults and children were able to sign up for the National President’s Challenge, sponsored by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Alaska took first place in last year’s National President’s Challenge, with 2,868 participants, the highest among all states.

“I was so proud of Alaskans last year when thousands of us signed up to add more activity to our days,” said Governor Palin. “I know we can do it again this year. If we only exercise for 30 minutes each day we’re going to feel better, health and attitudes can improve and we can enjoy life more!”

http://www.presidentschallenge.org/index.aspx
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1794

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Victory For America's Energy Leader Governor Palin & ConocoPhilips

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 0 Responses

Juneau, Alaska - Governor Palin and Chugach Electric Association are pleased to announce that Chugach has a new, long-term natural gas contract with ConocoPhillips. The new seven-year contract is designed to fill 100 percent of Chugach's unmet needs through April 2011, approximately 50 percent of Chugach's unmet needs from June 2011 through December 2015, and approximately 25 percent in 2016.
“This is a big victory for consumers, who are facing huge energy challenges,” Governor Palin said.
In signing the contract for 66 billion cubic feet of gas, ConocoPhillips has satisfied the final provision of the 2008 Kenai LNG settlement agreement among ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil, and the State of Alaska. This will also allow Alaska to better supply the lower 48 with its growing energy needs. “I want to acknowledge the contribution of several state personnel who played a key role in mediating this important contract,” Governor Palin said. “This will allow Chugach to continue supplying electricity to the Railbelt, as operations continue at the Kenai LNG plant.”

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Gov Palin Honoree At June Gala For Special Needs Children In NY

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 0 Responses

“..every child has value.....special needs children are beautiful and loved. And needed. - Gov. Sarah Palin

Celebrating IGHL’s third decade of service, the 30th Anniversary IGHL Foundation Gala scheduled for June 7 at Flowerfield in Saint James will honor Governor Palin of Alaska.
Governor Palin is a mother who has set a fine example on the national stage for families having children with developmental disabilities. As a mother with a Down Syndrome child, Governor Palin has become a symbol to families who are coping with their own children’s special needs. These families look to leaders such as Governor Palin for compassionate attention to the educational and therapeutic programs that are improving their own youngsters chances for learning. IGHL applauds the Governor for her concern for children with disabilities.
In her recent State of the State address, Governor Palin addressed those concerns, saying:
“One of the great privileges given to me last year was the chance to be a witness for the truth that every child has value; to say to special needs children that they are beautiful and loved. And needed. We learn more from them than they learn from us. Across America, great change is coming in public policy affecting these children, and Alaska can lead the way. This is part of the culture of life where every child is cherished and protected.”
These are sentiments that everyone, regardless of their political beliefs and party affiliation, would agree with. Governor Palin’s advocacy for people who are developmentally disabled can have a positive influence on government strategy and funding for programs such as IGHL’s. Raising the visibility of families of children with special needs is something IGHL supports. Governor Palin’s appearance will help accomplish the goal of increasing public awareness and of the necessity of increased funding and support .
According to Walter W. Stockton, Chief Executive Officer of IGHL, Governor Palin’s advocacy for the rights of people with developmental disabilities is the reason for her designation as an honoree.
“One of the problems in our community is that because so many parents are home caring for their children who are disabled, few can speak for them politically. Sarah Palin is the mother of a child with Downs Syndrome who has stepped up and become a nationally known advocate for the families of children with developmental disabilities. I am certain that her appearance at our gala will help ensure the success of this important fundraising event.”

For more information about the gala, contact Frank Lombardi, Assistant to the CEO, 631-878-8900 ext. 102, e-mail - flombardi@ighl.org

http://www.ighl.org/Site/IGHL_Gala.html

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Governor Palin Signs Multi-Million Dollar Book Deal With HarperCollins

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 0 Responses

Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a book deal with HarperCollins Publishers for what is described as her memoir.
"There have been so many things written and said through mainstream media that have not been accurate, and it will be nice through an unfiltered forum to get to speak truthfully about who we are and what we stand for and what Alaska is all about," Palin said in an interview today in which she announced the deal.
Palin and HarperCollins would not say how much she was being paid. Asked why, the former Republican nominee for vice president said she didn't want to distract from the substance of the book.

Palin and HarperCollins would not say how much she was being paid. Asked why, the former Republican nominee for vice president said she didn't want to distract from the substance of the book.
"The idea is to focus on the content of the book and what's coming in terms of me being able to tell my story unrestrained and unfiltered," Palin said.
Palin hired Robert Barnett, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who is one of the most powerful figures in book publishing, to negotiate the deal for her memoir. His past deals reportedly include $12 million for Bill Clinton's memoir and an $8.5 million advance for Alan Greenspan.

Full Story at:
http://www.adn.com/palin/story/793061.html

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Governor Palin Hosts International Energy Conference

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 0 Responses

Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Palin welcomes all U.S. & international Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) members in Anchorage for their midyear conference!
IOGCC and its member states have a well-established history of balancing the production of our nation's oil and gas resources with environmental protection through effective regulation. They are holding their Midyear Issues Summit from May 11 - 13, 2009 thanks to Governor Palin.
The IOGCC analyzes technology and regulatory strategies that will further reduce the footprint of oil and natural gas production. And they feel there is no better location to discuss this topic than in Anchorage, Alaska, -- with a Governor that has put into place successful regulation enabling energy production to coexist with some of the most pristine landscapes and wildlife in the country.
IOGCC meetings, typically attended by member governors and their representatives, federal and state regulators, legislators, and a cross-section of industry representatives, provide an effective forum for government, industry and others to share information and viewpoints, allowing members to take a proactive approach to emerging technologies and environmental issues. The event is sponsored by: Marathon, BP, ExxonMobil, Concophilips, Petroleum News, devon, Enbridge, IHS, Blue Sources & Pioneer Alaska.

http://www.iogcc.state.ok.us

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Governor Palin Returns To Disaster Area Meets With Community Leaders

Monday, May 11, 2009 1 Response

EAGLE, Alaska -- Governor Palin landed here Monday afternoon to survey damage from spring flooding caused by ice jams on the Yukon River that pushed water and chunks of ice into town.
Nearby, Old Eagle Village was hit the hardest. Wiped out by the flood, the village remains buried under the crushing ice. The road to town, most of the homes, and the village's church and graveyard are no longer visible.

The homes that can be found are far away from their foundations -- pushed off, tipped, torn apart -- and the crushed and tilted cabins have become angular landmarks on a new landscape carved by the river's force.
The community's health clinic still stands, but is badly damaged. Residents learned Sunday night that the road, also swallowed by the ice, won't be clear any time soon. Because of hazardous materials worries and a desire to not plow through people's personal possessions, the state Department of Transportation is calling for a slow approach. To link the village with the larger and nearby town of Eagle, crews will instead build a temporary road, cutting through the trees and using specialized pads to protect the tundra.

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Governor Palin: Poised To Become America’s 1st Female President (Book Review)

Sunday, May 10, 2009 0 Responses

Sarah Palin is indeed poised to not only be the first female President, she is poised to be the next President of the United States.
Governor Sarah Palin is a true American original. She is a self made woman. A strong woman. A woman who has met every challenge in her life head on, and prevailed.
Governor Palin is the very embodiment of the American spirit. She is hard working, down to earth, and very personable. She is also an incredibly driven woman, and a true reformer. Someone who has never let corruption in government slide.


And that’s a point that the author of the latest book about Governor Palin, “Sarah Palin Poised To Become America’s First Female President” makes very, very well. The author, Recaldo Ochoa, a history teacher who focuses on American history and government, proves he knows his subject very well. This is a well put together book on Sarah Palin, and a fun read. It was obviously a labor of love, and a family project, with his son and daughter helping with cover design and illustrations.
Mr Ochoa takes us from Sarah’s earliest days growing up in the Alaskan wilderness, through her days as a reformer in Wasilla, Alaska, to her huge fight against corruption at the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she was Chairman, to her continued work in Alaska, as Governor, for a better future.

Mr Ochoa does a good job of explaining just how much skin Sarah had in the game in her fight against corruption at the AOGCC. Few people would have had the guts to take on the entire establishment of the Republican party, many of them friends, as well as the sitting Republican Governor, who appointed her as Chairman of the agency in the first place.
It was pure political suicide, something few would have been able to recover from, and yet, Sarah Palin did so in a very big way. Not only taking down the corrupt administration, but becoming a wildly successful leader, both at home, and across the nation.

I like this book, because it’s an easy read, well thought out, and reveals things many folks may not know. It’s a good primer for someone who doesn’t know a lot about Governor Palin’s early career. Something else that is appreciated, is the author’s own observations and comments. While not heavy handed, Mr Ochoa logically makes the case why Sarah Palin is poised to be not only our first female President, but our next President. He does this as only a great student and teacher of History could.

There are copious notes at the end of the book, to back up what Mr Ochoa asserts. Page after page of references. This will help the reader learn even more about Sarah Palin, and is really appreciated. The bottom line is I enjoyed this book. It would be especially helpful to folks new to Palin’s camp, as well as continued inspiration for us old timers! The book is definitely worth owning. “Sarah Palin..Poised To Become America’s First Female President.” Is available through Amazon.com or at your local bookstore.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/2774

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Governor Palin Hails Start Of 1st New Drilling Since 1983

Friday, May 08, 2009 0 Responses

Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin hailed the commencement of drilling operations today at the Point Thomson oil and gas reservoir. It is the first time a well has been drilled there since 1983. "ExxonMobil informed my administration that, at 2:30 a.m. today, drilling operations began," the governor said. "Today's action shows that our perseverance is paying off. We congratulate ExxonMobil on their successful efforts, and commend them for fulfilling their recent commitments to the state."

ExxonMobil spudded the well on one of the two leases they were allowed to continue to hold under a conditional decision in January by Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin. Development of the state’s resources at Point Thomson has long been a goal for the state.

"Today's action by ExxonMobil is an important milestone in the continuing effort to see production of our state resources at Point Thomson," Irwin said.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1825

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Governor Palin Calls Øbama’s Cuts 'Outrageous'

Thursday, May 07, 2009 0 Responses

Governor Sarah Palin today expressed great dismay over President Obama’s proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2010.
The president proposes to cut millions from missile defense funding and to reduce spending for the Denali Commission and the Village Safe Water program.
“These budget cuts add up to about half of 1 percent,” Governor Palin said. “But while they do little to put brakes on the exploding federal deficit, they hit Alaska hard. I join our congressional delegation in their determination to see that Alaska’s unique challenges and its key role in national defense are not overlooked.”
The Obama budget would cancel a second missile defense field at Fort Greely and freeze the number of interceptors being deployed there.
“This is an outrageous move at a time when North Korea has shown its willingness to flout international sentiments and conduct missile tests,” Governor Palin said. “America needs a strong missile defense, and Alaska’s strategic location is invaluable in protecting the nation.”
The president’s proposed cuts also would weaken the Village Safe Water program, which has been key in reducing health risks through improved sanitation in some of Alaska’s poorest villages. Similarly, cuts to the Denali Commission eliminate job training programs in some of the most impoverished areas in the United States, eliminate village health clinics, and eliminate clean-up efforts for waste threatening water supplies.
Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell expressed concern about the Obama administration’s proposed reduction in oil and gas exploration incentives. “That would have the effect of maintaining our dependence on foreign sources of energy, which is contrary to the president’s stated objective. The higher energy costs for every citizen amounts to a tax on everyone. I hope the president will reconsider.”

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1822

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Governor Palin & Homeland Security Visits Alaska Disaster Area

Thursday, May 07, 2009 0 Responses

Governor Palin traveled to the Interior today to survey areas ravaged by the worst ice jam flooding in decades. The governor was joined by Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director John Madden. Weather permitting, the governor will meet with village leaders at Fort Yukon, and fly over Eagle & Circle.
On Wednesday, Governor Palin declared a disaster for the flooding event in the Interior of Alaska, including the drainages of the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Kobuk rivers. The disaster declaration will allow greater coordination among state agencies and provide easier access to state disaster relief funds. The declaration will also pave the way for receipt of federal funds from a possible federal disaster declaration.
The State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level has been increased to Level 4: The center’s operations occur in response to a major life-threatening or property-damaging event.
Given the severity of the flooding, Governor Palin has decided not to attend several events scheduled on the East Coast.
“Alaska is experiencing the worst ice jam flooding in recent history,” Governor Palin said. “I am committed to do everything I can to help this region recover quickly. I appreciate the efforts of the Division of Homeland Security getting the necessary supplies to those in need.”

Full Article At:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1821

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Governor Palin's North American Pipeline Gets White House Voice

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 0 Responses

Juneau, Alaska - Governor Palin today welcomed the news that U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Thomas Barrett, a retired U.S. Coast Guard vice admiral, was selected as deputy federal coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects.
Barrett will serve as deputy of the Office of the Federal Coordinator (OFC), an independent agency reporting to the White House on Alaska gas pipeline issues. He will work with OFC Director Drue Pearce to direct the activities and authorities vested in the OFC, and will manage its Alaska office.
“Vice Admiral Barrett’s career has put him in positions to protect Alaska’s people, fisheries, and environment,” Governor Palin said. “We are fortunate to have him watching over the development and construction of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. This appointment demonstrates the federal commitment to this project.”

Full Article At:
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1818

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Rush Limbaugh: "Governor Palin Could Build The Party"

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 0 Responses


First Reported on:
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Governor Palin's North American Pipeline Is One Step Closer

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 0 Responses

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal pipeline regulators have granted TransCanada Corp.'s request to work with the regulators in advance of deciding to develop a multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Alberta. By working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in advance on the Alaska portion of the pipeline project, TransCanada can speed up its preparation of a formal application to have its project sanctioned. It also could speed up FERC's sanctioning, as its staff will be better versed in the project.
"We believe that beginning the commission's review of most proposals prior to the receipt of the application will greatly improve our ability to identify issues early and address them in our environmental review document," said Kristine L. Delkus, FERC deputy general counsel.
"Because an Alaska natural gas transportation project will likely require multiple field seasons to develop an application, use of the pre-filing process will ensure completion of the environmental impact statement within the legislated time frame," Delkus said.

Full Article At:
http://www.adn.com/money/industries/oil/pipeline/story/783532.html

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Governor Palin Has Our Hearts, RINOs Join Forces With Liberals

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 4 Responses

This week's recent snooze-fest GOP "listening tour" that attracted a whopping 100 people to some random pizza shop in Virginia represented the next wave of Palin Derangement Syndrome. It is time, as one blogger noted for the RINOs of the party to decide who their bigger enemy is.
The snooz-fest featuring (foot-in-mouth disease) Mitt Romney (who even with millions spent in the primary still couldn't attract support or crowds during the campaign) newly-minted "moderate" Jeb Bush and Eric Cantor telling us that we need to stop talking about Ronald Reagan, back off on socially conservative positions and "listen" to the American people.
Romney also took veiled swipes at Governor Palin for making the TIMEs 100 most influential people list. Jeb Bush was a surprise to hear championing moderation given that he governed as a solid conservative in Florida. Plain and simple the GOP establishment has declared war on the grassroots conservatives. Their constant snubbing and trivializing of Governor Palin is proof positive of that.

Governor Palin has the hearts of most grassroots conservatives. She has won us not just by her conservative positions, but with her genuine true character. She genuinely shares her convictions to the massive throngs that greet her everywhere she goes in a way that connects with people. She is a woman more concerned with her convictions and with serving her country than with preserving power at all costs. Rush Limbaugh knows it. Ann Coulter knows it. Michael Reagan knows it. The heart of the grassroots community knows it. The GOP better learn their lessons quickly. Until then, a certain moose-hunting lass from Alaska will have to stand on her own two feet and speak truth to power.

Full Article At:
http://govpalin2012.blogspot.com/

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Governor Palin Celebrates Alaska State Workers With Honors

Monday, May 04, 2009 0 Responses

Monday night Governor Palin celebrated Alaska's excellent state workers at the Denali Peak Performance Awards. Governor Palin annually recognize and reward individuals and teams for excellence in service to the State of Alaska Executive Branch and citizens of Alaska. The Governor feels it is important to build and maintain a culture of superior customer service with exceptional individuals and team performance, and excellence in leadership. Thus, an employee recognition program recognizes individual and team performance in these areas. A Selection Committee reviews the nomination forms and make recommendations to the Governor’s Office. Individuals and teams who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, heroism, exceptional performance. exceptional service to internal & external customers and employee who serves as a model of excellence for co-workers on a daily basis. Governor Palin makes the final award decisions. Over 190 State employees were honored.

http://dop.state.ak.us/directorsOffice/denaliWinners

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Governor Palin vs. Joe Biden

Monday, May 04, 2009 1 Response

How’s Vice President Joe Biden working out for all you Obamacrats? Did you see the talk shows yesterday? The Obama Administration is still trying to reverse Biden’s latest gaffe on the swine flu. Soon our new Vice President will be sent to an undisclosed location not for national security, but due to his foot-in-mouth disease.
While Biden is embarrassing himself and President Obama, Governor Sarah Palin is adding another credential to her accomplishment list. For decades Alaska has wanted a large-diameter pipeline between the North Slope and the lower 48 states. Previous Governors were not able to make progress and failed to negotiate a deal with the energy companies. This all changed when Alaskans elected Sarah Palin.

Under Governor Palin’s leadership TransCanada has received orders for a pipeline to the lower 48 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is an important milestone and a major step in making the new pipeline a reality. The TC Alaska gasline will be the largest construction project in the history of North America. The TC Alaska line will ship a maximum 5.9 Billion cubic feet per day.
If it wasn’t for Governor Palin’s leadership and determination, this pipeline project could have dragged on for another decade.


http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/lone_republican/index.php/2009/05/04/palin-vs-biden/

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Hudson Institute: “Margaret Thatcher & Gov Palin Have A Great Deal In Common”

Monday, May 04, 2009 0 Responses

The doors of the Hudson Institute should be open for Sarah Palin. Hudson Senior Fellow John O’Sullivan had no qualms at all in connecting the Alaskan and Britain’s Iron Lady: “I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.”

How about it, Governor? Shouldn’t you visit these good scholars and thank them in person for singing your praises, while at the same time less accomplished beings such as Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan and David Frum were haplessly engaged in trying to dig your political grave? Mark Twain once said of critics: “If a critic should start a religion it would not have any object but to convert angels, and they wouldn’t need it.” Although the timeless author was speaking of literary critics rather than the political kind, somehow I think he would would still approve of such a tour, if only just to poke a stick in the eyes of the latter.

http://www.hudson.org/
http://www.redstate.com/josh_painter/2009/05/01/sarah-palin-is-still-alive-and-well-in-alaska/

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Governor Palin Signs House Bill For Stillborn Babies

Saturday, May 02, 2009 1 Response

Governor Palin today signed legislation authorizing birth certificates for stillbirths. House Bill 2, sponsored by Representative Carl Gatto, allows the Bureau of Vital Statistics to issue certificates for stillborn babies at the request of the parents. HB 2 passed the House 29-1, Senate 18-1.

"This is beautiful because this can surely help a grieving family after losing a child,” Governor Palin said. “I'm thankful that Alaska's legislature recognizes how important a step like this is as Alaska embraces a culture of life and respects precious babies, including babies stillborn, but still loved by their families. Alaskans respect this sanctity of life and I appreciate Representative Gatto's efforts."

“HB 2 gives recognition that the mom of a stillborn child indeed had a birth and now will be able to request and receive a birth certificate stating that ‘yes, you delivered a precious child,’” Representative Gatto said. “Unbelievably, there are mothers who have been waiting 20 years to receive recognition that their child was born. Those moms who delivered a stillborn child left the hospital with nothing more than a death certificate and no acknowledgment that a birth actually took place. At the time of delivery, their child was no less loved.”

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1801

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Gov Palin Sends Hundreds Of Care Packages To American Soldiers & K-9s

Saturday, May 02, 2009 3 Responses

Operation Military Care K-9 is a program that reaches out to military K-9 teams deployed in the Middle East. Both the dogs and their handlers are recipients of care packages thanks to the effort, which was organized by Beth White, a teacher at Henderson High School in South Carolina. Mud Creek Baptist Church is partnering with Beth to help send such useful items as cooling vests and bandannas for the dogs and sun block and lip balm for their handlers, as the teams have to work in the intense heat under the punishing sun of the Middle East.

A Memorial Day shipment to K-9 teams is scheduled to leave May 11 for the Middle East, and it will include some very special American flags. Each flag will include a message from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose son Track is on active duty in the M.E.:"God Bless," Palin wrote boldly on each flag. She was thankful to be included in this opportunity to express her gratitude and prayer for the military men and women, says project organizer Beth White.

Full Article at:
http://texas4palin.blogspot.com/

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Gov Palin: High Praise From Heritage Foundation & Hoover Institution

Saturday, May 02, 2009 1 Response

Governor Palin has already been a speaker at the Hoover Institution’s Board of Overseers meeting in Washington, D.C. last year, where she addressed the benefits of her pet project, an Alaskan natural gas pipeline to deliver the clean-burning fuel to the lower 48. The former vice presidential candidate has some admirers at Hoover, including Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson, who has written with his characteristic eloquence in her defense: “I think Palin can speak, and reason, and navigate with bureaucrats and lawyers as well as can Obama; but surely Obama cannot understand hunters, and mechanics and carpenters like she can. And a Putin or a Chavez or a Wall-Street speculator that runs a leverage brokerage house is more a hunter than a professor or community organizer.”

She should be welcome also at The Heritage Foundation where Rebecca Hagelin is one of that think tank’s vice presidents. Hagelin has written of Governor Palin: “What makes her absolutely appealing to ordinary citizens across the country, both young and old, is that she didn’t go looking for greatness somewhere ‘out there.’ Instead, she sought to make a difference in the lives of the people in her path — and in so doing, greatness found her.”

Likewise, the doors of the Hudson Institute should be open for Sarah Palin. Hudson Senior Fellow John O’Sullivan had no qualms at all in connecting the Alaskan and Britain’s Iron Lady: “I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.”

Full Article At:
http://www.redstate.com/josh_painter/2009/05/01/sarah-palin-is-still-alive-and-well-in-alaska/

http://www.hoover.org/
http://www.heritage.org/

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Governor Palin: Finest Public Speaker of Our Generation

Friday, May 01, 2009 1 Response
Today, Conservatives4palin.com posted an amazing speech Governor Palin gave in Henderson, Nevada just days before the 2008 Presidential Election. It was an amazing and beautiful speech, but it was ignored by a dangerously biased media more interested in clothing than in substantive discussions of women in leadership or the international struggle for women's rights. She is America's future and in our darkest hours she will be there for America as President Ronald Reagan was.

The Governor is one of the most amazing public speakers of our generation. This is the kind of speech that should have been all over the airwaves and women's groups should have championed.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QS6OpIwGOs

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