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Governor Palin Interview: Could You Beat Øbama?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4 Responses
The former Vice Presidential candidate opens up about her running life and explains why she's still on the trail.

What about in a race? Could you beat the President?
I betcha I'd have more endurance. My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon. It wasn't necessarily a good running time, but it proves I have the endurance within me to at least gut it out and that is something, if you ever talk to my old coaches they'd tell you, too. What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance. So if were a long race that required a lot of endurance I'd win.

Is running nonpartisan?
Oh, thank God, it's nonpartisan. It doesn't matter your background, your demographics, your race, your political affiliation, it's such a uniting, healthy, fun, awesome activity. It cracks me up going to some running event and seeing some dude who campaigned so hard against me, or a lady who's been blogging some mean comments about me. But we're all there together and we're smiling and we're having a good time because we're going to do something healthy and active. We need more of that. That's what sports are able to do. It's a wonderful kind of diversion from the divisiveness that is politics or that is life. And my parents, they've got so many friends from so many different political bents because of all their years participating in races and organizing races. I was lucky enough to have been brought up in that atmosphere where I see the value in that.

What has running taught you about politics?

Same thing it's taught me about life: You have to have determination and set goals, and you don't complain when something's hurting because no one wants to hear it. You get bummed and burned out sometimes in running and in politics, but if you're in for the long haul and you're in it because you know that it is a good thing, then you get out there and you do it anyway. You know, [former RW columnist] George Sheehan really could articulate what running means in terms of applicability to life. During the campaign, when people asked me about my favorite authors, I said C.S. Lewis, John Steinbeck, and Dr. George Sheehan, and people would look at me, these reporters, like who in the world is that. But his books and columns so inspired me 10, 15, 20 years ago, and still do. I remember what he wrote about applying the lessons of running to relationships and families and businesses and, in my case, running a state. He was a brilliant man.

Tell me about a memorable run during the campaign that really stands out.

Oh, my gosh, the one that really stands out I'm embarrassed to death to repeat. I went for a run at John McCain's ranch a couple of days before the debate with Joe Biden. My favorite thing in the world is to run on hot, dusty roads. I don't get enough of that in Alaska. So I was in heaven and there were plenty of hills so I knew my thighs were going to just throb and my lungs were going to burn and that's what I crave.

I like running alone and having the Secret Service with me added a little bit of pressure. I'm thinking I gotta have good form and can't be hyperventilating and can't be showing too much pain and that adds a little more pressure on you as you're trying to be out there enjoying your run. Then I fell coming down a hill and was so stinkin' embarrassed that a golf cart full of Secret Service guys had to pull up beside me. My hands just got torn up and I was dripping blood. In the debate you could see a big fat ugly Band-Aid on my right hand. I have a nice war wound now as a reminder of that fall in the palm of my right hand. For much of the campaign, shaking hands was a little bit painful.
Do you listen to music during your runs?

I go through cycles there, too. Right now I'm not listening to anything but probably in a month or two I'll start craving music. That's the way it's been for the 35 years. Parts of the year I want to listen to something, parts of the year I don't. When I do listen, I crank up old Van Halen, old AC/DC. I have a nice routine: I kick off my runs with the old Van Halen and AC/DC, then I get into my country music, then I always wrap it up with a couple mellow Amy Grant songs.

Is there anything else the world should know about you as a runner?

The only other thing I'd like to add is I've been very fortunate to be a recipient of all the efforts people put into Title IX all those years ago where girls got equal opportunity to participate in sports and extracurricular activities because sports growing up were my world. I'm so thankful for Title IX allowing equal access to these opportunities, and I'm a huge proponent of girls being able to realize what they're made of by participating in sports and whatever I can do there I'm going to be doing.

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Governor Palin: No On Federal Climate Change Legislation

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 0 Responses

Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin announced today she does not support a controversial piece of federal climate change legislation that is making its way through Congress. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is authored by U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey.

Governor Palin is concerned about the economic and environmental impacts the legislation could have on Alaska. “This bill does not offer enough flexibility to states to meet national standards and goals,” Governor Palin said. “Flexibility is particularly important for Alaska. Our cold climate and rural populations make it difficult for Alaskans to implement technologies that work elsewhere. Again, this is a case of one size doesn’t fit all.”

Multiple state agencies are continuing to review the version of the legislation that passed the U.S. House. Previous versions of the bill presented problems in nearly every facet of industry, commerce, and everyday life for Alaskans. State agencies found inadequacies in the areas of mitigation, allocations, infrastructure, and adaptation.

The governor also noted some of the broad policy statements in the bill will likely lead to stricter regulations that don't necessarily solve any problems.

Governor Palin intends to work with Alaska's congressional delegation to address the state's concerns.


Offend A Liberal, Help Governor Palin Spread The Conservative Message

Monday, June 29, 2009 0 Responses

From: Meghan Stapleton, SarahPAC

To: SarahPAC Supporters

Greetings from Alaska where the fish are running and the sun is shining late!

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to spend time with Governor Palin as we visited Central New York, Manhattan, Long Island, Washington, D.C. and Texas.

It never ceases to amaze me that every time we travel together, virtually every moment of her time is spent talking to and caring for others, while listening to and learning from them as well - like brave, young Robert whose life we celebrated at the Autism Speaks Walk or the historical voices of the strong men and women upon whose shoulders we stand, including Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and former Secretary William H. Seward.

Below, I attached a quick note from the Governor which she penned before leaving the country last week. I am attaching it to this memo because I am asking you to help Governor Palin and SarahPAC today!

You have been so incredibly supportive and generous, and now we ask you again for your help - and we ask that you please also encourage your friends and family to give.

SarahPAC needs to be in the position to help fund candidates who are going to fight for what we all believe - smaller government, less spending, and fewer taxes. With your help, we can take the Governor's message and encourage others who also have hope and are firmly rooted in the conservative belief that you know how best to spend your money and not government.

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Stand-On-Principles Hero Palin Vs. Øutlaw Øbama

Sunday, June 28, 2009 0 Responses

Columnist Lloyd Marcus wrote a great piece, for the American Thinker, about Governor Palin to Øbama & the angery media.

A strong, gutsy, bold, stand-on-principles hero, Governor Palin, in her own modern day version of High Noon. Sheriff Palin rode into America Town on a white horse with conservative guns blazing and saved a dead McCain campaign. She brought hope to weary and battered conservative town folks and gave them a reason to vote.

Øutlaw Øbama and his posse, the hate filled liberal media/Democrat gang, came to town a gunnin' to politically eliminate Sheriff Palin. They ambushed her at Miss Katie Couric's CBS saloon. Though wounded numerous times, Sheriff Palin survived.

She bravely stood tall and rode high in the saddle while ungrateful, weak kneed Republican town folks ran for cover, hid in their homes and peeked nervously through the curtains.

Why are Øbama and his gang so committed and desperate to destroy Palin? Could it be they recognize her destiny, like that of Moses, to set her people free? And why is she so despised by them? Obama's gang hate Palin for all the reasons we love her. Sheriff Palin is a good, decent and strong character driven conservative leader. Palin also believes in God. Such humility and virtues are as repulsive to liberals as showing Dracula the cross.

Something that sticks in the craw of many liberal women is that in their youth, they brought into the feminist rhetoric that women's liberation means no husband and family. Tragically, they find themselves aging and alone. Meanwhile, this conservative woman has it all: great career, fine family and a husband who loves and respects her. Adding insult in injury, Sheriff Palin looks mighty fine in her jeans.

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Presidential Poll: Gov Palin 74, Huckabee 54, Romney 52, Jindal 19 & Paul 9

Sunday, June 28, 2009 2 Responses

In a Republican Party of Kansas Poll the results where not even close.

President -- 2012

Sarah Palin -- 76

Mike Huckabee -- 54

Mitt Romney -- 52

Bobby Jindal -- 19

Ron Paul -- 9

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Reason Why Conservatives Love Governor Palin

Saturday, June 27, 2009 1 Response
Earlier this week, after the news of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's (R) disappearance to Argentina and his adulterous relationship came out, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry (D), took a shot at Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R):

Too bad," Kerry said, "if a governor had to go missing, it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin." Palin jabbed at Kerry in return, as you can see the video at my posting "Video Of Governor Palin Speaking To Troops In Kosovo" (She is great, so go watch it.)

For the red meat crowd, you have in Governor Palin something you see in Dick Cheney and John Bolton: conservatives who can and will hit back at the establishment Democrats who are constantly attacking them. That's always fun. But that's not what's interesting here.

John Kerry’s quip is Seinfeldian. “Too bad Sarah Palin didn’t disappear.” The form is funny, but the intent isn't. It's just an attack. It's only context is opportunity. "Sanford's a Republican governor, so what other Republican governor can we attack?"

Palin’s joke – while a jab at John Kerry’s Lurch-like looks – is Cosbian. She’s not saying he should die or disappear. And in fact, the point of the joke isn’t that John Kerry has the face of his party's mascot. The point is that he’s yet another Progressive elitist who feels entitled to power in this world; a pessimist, whereas Palin remains an optimist despite being the victim of the harshest personal attacks in 20 years of American politics.

In Palin's joke (as well as her delivery) there’s a lesson to be learned that is very conservative, and alien to Progressivism: "cowboy up." In Kerry’s there is also a lesson, more Seinfeldian than Cosbian: those who clothe themselves in the garments of love for fellow man – as nearly all Democrats do – do not necessarily wear such sentiments on the inside.

Amos Wright of the National Examiner wrote a great article (link to full article is below):


Video: Commander-In-Chief Palin Touring Bondsteel, Kosovo

Saturday, June 27, 2009 0 Responses

One thing is clear Governor Palin Is Everything Øbama Is Not: Our Next President. Governor Palin reiterated her message of peace through strength & quoted her primogenitor, Ronald Reagan, saying "freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction," and that we must fight to remain free. She thanked those present for their service and encouraged more Americans to do the same.

What is most amazing about Governor Palin is the manner in which she comports herslef & interacts with everyone: classic Transformational Leadership in action.
Governor Palin also promoted three Army National soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. on June 26, 2009 at Camp Bondsteel. Staff Sergeant Bryant Cox, from Wasilla, was promoted to Sergeant First Class, Sergeant Douglas Montini, from Fairbanks, was promoted to Staff Sergeant, and Sergeant Keith Nosbish, from Anchorage, was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

"These soldiers are doing an outstanding job to ensure freedom to those who were oppressed, and I am proud of their accomplishments and their promotions while overseas," Governor Palin said.

Governor Palin offered her condolences to the family and friends of a Fort Richardson soldier who died in Afghanistan. First Lieutenant Brian N. Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, Washington, died Thursday in Kheyl, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “First Lieutenant Bradshaw served his country with honor and courage,” Governor Palin said. “Todd and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and fellow soldiers as they mourn his loss. We will never forget the sacrifices made by all those serving in uniform.”

First Lieutenant Bradshaw was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. A state flag, along with a letter of condolence, will be sent to his family.

Governor Palin was escorted by Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers as she toured the city of Ferizaj/Urosevac while in the Balkans visiting the Alaska Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment.

Lt. General Craig E. Campbell:
“As commander-in-chief, Governor Palin is the one we look to for leadership and inspiration while serving and defending the sovereign boundaries of Alaska”

She will then meet with L. Kalavaitis, Ministry of National Defense, Lithuania.


Palin - Huckabee 2012

Friday, June 26, 2009 4 Responses
Apparently the Republican Party loves Governor Palin. In a new poll from Pew, Sarah Palin carries a 73% favorability rating while Mike Huckabee sits at 70%. Governor Mitt Romney & Speaker Newt Gingrich are hanging out in the 50’s. Could we be on our way to a Palin-Huckabee ticket in 2012?

Unfortunately, Texas Governor Perry was not included in the poll but this Conservative thinks that a Palin - Perry ticket will be unstoppable. The "tele-prompter of the 57 United States" in our White House is doing everything to destroy America & a strong ticket like Palin - Perry (superb Governing experience) will be the cure.

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Video Of Governor Palin Speaking To Troops In Kosovo

Friday, June 26, 2009 1 Response


Governor Palin Visits Troops In Kosovo

Thursday, June 25, 2009 1 Response

Anchorage, AK – Governor Palin is in Kosovo visiting Alaska Army National Guard aviators who are deployed for 12 months on a peacekeeping mission.

The 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment is providing aviation support with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to U.S. forces and coalition forces. This is an air assault mission in which the unit will be tasked with various duties including passenger and cargo airlift, external sling load deliveries, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. “I am happy to pass on the message of sincere thanks from all Alaskans,” Governor Palin said. “We are so proud of their service.”

A part of Governor Palin’s duties while she is in country is to inspect the troops and ascertain how the experience in Kosovo will better prepare these service members for missions within Alaska and future deployments overseas.
“As commander-in-chief, Governor Palin is the one we look to for leadership and inspiration while serving and defending the sovereign boundaries of Alaska,” said Lt. Gen. (AK) Craig E. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard. “We thank the commanding general of the Multi-National Task Force East for the invitation to visit and for his hospitality while in country.”

The 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation is the most deployed unit in the Alaska National Guard, having previously deployed elements to Kosovo in 2004, as well as fulfilling missions in Iraq, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras.


Governor Palin Signs FEMA Agreement

Thursday, June 25, 2009 0 Responses

Anchorage, AK – Governor Palin & Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X Administrator Dennis Hunsinger signed a disaster response agreement that sets the stage for full federal participation in the spring flooding disaster recovery on the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers.

“When the state & federal government work together in a cooperative fashion, we can achieve far greater help for our residents,” Governor Palin said. “This agreement allows the full depth of FEMA to work right next to our state responders & help those affected by this record flooding season.”

Signing the state/federal agreement is the traditional next step after the president officially declares an area a disaster. The agreement outlines the state/federal match requirements to maximize federal funding. It also identifies allowable expenditures of the federal money & selects state employees who will be given authority to authorize use of federal funds.

“Our cooperation with FEMA has already been a great achievement, especially compared to other states,” said Commissioner Craig E. Campbell, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “This agreement brings the resources of the federal government to the table & allows our residents to meet most of their needs before winter hits.”

FEMA has set up a joint field office in Anchorage to manage the federal response to this disaster. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management has been working side by side with all of the FEMA personnel to make sure there is continuity in service & recovery assistance to all people affected by the spring flooding.

The photo is of Governor Palin on a trip to the Interior on May 7, 2009 to survey areas ravaged by the worst ice jam flooding in decades (Fort Yukon visit pictured here).


Why Governor Palin Loves Our Soldiers So Much

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5 Responses
Mendorf AF Base, AK - Governor Palin made a surprise visit to Sailors & personnel onboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on Monday during the military joint-training exercise Northern Edge. The invitation came as a surprise for The Governor, who jumped at the opportunity to visit U.S. service members & learn more about U.S. Navy operations. "This is such an honor to be here," Palin said. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for my husband Todd and I to see an aircraft carrier in action, and see what its crew does to keep America safe"

During the visit, Govenror Palin toured the ship's facilities to include; flight deck takeoffs and landings, bridge operations, a tour of the hangar bay, and a meet and greet with Alaskan constituents. "I'm enjoying this opportunity to meet the men and women of the ship," she said. "It's a chance to meet the people who have chosen to serve something greater and larger than themselves and a good time to say thank you"

Rear Adm. Mark A. Vance, commander of the Carrier Strike Group Three (CCSG) 3, said: "It's not every day The Governor comes onboard, We tell our Sailors thank you every day, but when it comes from someone like Governor Palin, it makes it all the more special" He said the visit comes at a time when the Stennis has been at sea for five months in various exercises before coming up north to Alaska in support of Northern Edge. "This is a huge deal for them," Vance said. "This visit is icing on the cake after a five month cruise at sea"

Throughout her visit on the ship, The Governor was asked what part of the ship excited her the most. Her reply was simple--”the people”. "Meeting the men and women really touched my heart," she said. "Just shaking their hands and meeting them is a real honor. I have a great appreciation for the military and everyone out here. When just looking at many of the young men here, I see my son. He's serving in the military and just like everyone here, has the same drive and dedication in protecting those he loves"

Governor Palin's 20-year-old son, Track, is currently serving in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army. The Stennis will be wrapping up Northern Edge operations this week & returning to its home station for some much needed time off for the Sailors & personnel onboard the vessel.

In the coming week Governor will be making a trip to Europe to visit & thank our soliders serving overseas. The Governor clearly understands that the young men & women that are willing to pay the ultimate price to protect America are a step or 2 above all of us.


Governor Palin Heading To Europe To Visit Our Brave Soldiers

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 0 Responses

Anchorage, AK – Governor Palin & Alaska Army National Guard officials are visiting Alaskan soldiers who are serving overseas. Palin will make hospital visits, attend promotion ceremonies & observe training exercises through the weekend.

Federal clearance was received for Governor Palin, Alaska Adjutant General Craig Campbell & Alaska Command Sergeant Major Gordon Choate to travel for the Alaska National Guard visit.

"These troops are our fellow Alaskans,” Governor Palin said. “They are making major sacrifices for all of us. General Campbell and I will show our support & appreciation for our troops on behalf of all the people of Alaska."

"It is critical for the families that we give them as much information as possible to lessen the worry & build strength at home," said Lt. Gen. (AK) Craig E. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard. "When the family is strong, the soldier is strong & the mission is completed with a high degree of success."

The U.S. Department of Defense has requested that no additional details of Governor Palin’s travel plans be released at this time for security reasons.


Governor Palin 16, Øbama Supporters 0

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1 Response

Anchorage, AK – The 15th ethics complaint (and 1 with the Federal Election Commission) filed against The Governor or one of her staff have all been dismissed, that is 16 to 0. The complaint, filed by Andree McLeod against Anchorage Office Director Kris Perry, alleged Perry used her official position for personal gain by traveling with the governor on three occasions.

The complaint was filed even after Perry obtained an opinion from her ethics supervisor, Linda Perez. In the opinion, dated September 28, 2008, Perez concluded, “By officially staffing the governor, you will be providing a more efficient means for direct communication between the state and the governor. It is in the best interest of the state at this time to have a state employee provide that staff function to ensure that information is provided timely to the governor and any decisions, questions or directions relayed back to the state.”

“It is outrageous to file an ethics complaint against a state employee who sought and obtained ethics guidance in advance,” Mike Nizich, the governor’s chief of staff, said. “This is not about ethics. This is not about holding the governor or state employees accountable. This is pure harassment.”

In dismissing the complaint on June 5, 2009, Acting Attorney General Richard Svobodny concurred with the conclusions of the investigator that “[t]he evidence reviewed does not support the alleged violations of the Ethics Act or suggest the need for further investigation. Under these circumstances, Ms. Perry was not using her official position for her own personal gain or to provide an unwarranted benefit to Governor Palin in violation of AS 39.52.120 (a) because Ms. Perry was traveling on authorized state business.”

The investigator continued: “We would also be remiss in not stating for the record that for the highly unusual situation of the vice presidential campaign, and even the two other trips, the record clearly shows that Ms. Perry gave far more of her personal time to the state of Alaska than she may have used state time, if any, for non-state-related or unavoidable personal activities.”

“While asserting false accusations of ethics law violations, the complainant simultaneously violates the same ethics law by publicizing her malicious accusations," Perry said. “These improper actions benefit no one, waste state money and resources, and only seek to damage reputations.”

In the past two years, the state of Alaska has spent millions of dollars processing ethics complaints, public records requests, and related lawsuits.


Weak-Kneed Opponents Waiting On Governor Palin To Make A Move

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2 Responses

Republicans & Democrats across Alaska are lining up to run for governor amid speculation that Governor Palin will not seek reelection in 2010. No candidate has yet filed papers with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Governor Palin’s office declined an opportunity to explain her thinking on the 2010 race, & the Republican Governors Association said it would not comment on discussions it has had with the governor.

But a number of Democrats and Republicans in Alaska & Washington who spoke to POLITICO believe her silence is a sign she will not pursue a 2nd term as governor so that she can play a larger role on the national political stage. At least 3 Democrats & 6 Republicans are mulling over runs as they wait on the governor to make her decision.

“There is nothing that she has done that leads me to believe she will seek reelection,” said Andrew Halcro, a former Republican state legislator who ran for governor as an independent candidate in 2006 and is weighing another run. “If you’re Palin, once you’ve flown first class, you don’t go back to coach. She’s been to the show & certainly seemed to like it there.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that, barring some unforeseen collapse on the national stage, she won’t seek reelection,” he added. “We don’t think she’s running,” said a Washington-based Democratic operative who is closely watching the gubernatorial race. “[There is a] 50-50 chance she runs for governor,” said a former Palin staffer involved in state Republican politics, noting, “If Sarah Palin has proven anything in her career, it’s that she is full of surprises.”

The governor has not publicly committed one way or another, telling CNN two weeks ago that she is not “going to do anything yet.” “What I’m trying to get done for Alaska right now is to get that Alaska gas line built,” she said. “We need those energy sources flowing through North America. That’s what my focus is.”

“It’s going to be basically impossible to know what the governor is going to do,” said one potential Democratic candidate. “There is no upside for her in announcing early. She can raise all the money she wants.” Many of those who spoke to POLITICO speculated that Palin is likely to announce her intentions next spring, around the time she begins traveling the country as part of her expected book tour.

“If she files for reelection, the race is over, period. There is not a Republican or Democrat who can challenge her,” said the former Palin staffer. “If she doesn’t run, it’s a free-for-all.”
If Palin does decide to seek another term, questions about her national aspirations will be central to the campaign. “Whether you want to call it running for president or not, she’s doing it,” said the former Palin staffer. “If she runs for governor, though, she is going to have to answer the question: Are you going to get elected & then take off for Iowa?”

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Governor Palin Makes 6 State Board Appointments

Monday, June 22, 2009 2 Responses
Anchorage, AK – Governor Palin today made appointments to the Alaska Children’s Trust Board, Marine Transportation Advisory Board, Municipal Bond Bank Authority & State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board.

Alaska Children’s Trust Board
The Governor appointed Ramona M. Reeves & reappointed Margaret A. Volz to the Alaska Children’s Trust Board.
The 7-member board seeks to prevent child abuse & neglect in the state by awarding grants from the Alaska Children’s Trust’s net income to community-based programs, by applying for private & federal grants, & by soliciting contributions to the Trust. Reeves was appointed to a public seat. Volz has served on the board since 2007 & was reappointed to a public seat.

Marine Transportation Advisory Board
The Governor appointed Seth D. Church & Patrick A. Owen to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB).
The 11-member board advises the state on issues related to the AK Marine Highway System, the state’s ferry service. Board members work with the Department of Transportation to prepare a strategic plan for the ferry system that includes objectives, initiatives & performance goals, consults with the transportation commissioner on appointing the ferry system’s director, & makes recommendations regarding state ferry service to The Governor & transportation commissioner. Church was appointed to an at-large seat on MTAB, & is one of 2 members residing in a community not directly served by the state ferry system. Owen was appointed to a seat reserved for a current or retired ferry employee & member of a union representing ferry workers.

Municipal Bond Bank Authority
The Governor appointed Gregory J. Gursey to the Municipal Bond Bank Authority board of directors.
The Authority is a public corporation, established in state law to help local governments finance capital projects. Its 5-member board borrows money & issues bonds & notes to make capital funds available for borrowing by Anchorage municipalities, & in turn receives bonds & notes from Alaska municipalities. Gursey was appointed to a public seat on the Bond Bank board.

State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board
The Governor appointed Dr. Darin M. Bell to the State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board.
The 5-member board serves as the state’s licensing board for physical & occupational therapists, issuing licenses, taking disciplinary action against those who violate licensing laws & issuing regulations covering therapists. Bell was appointed to a physician’s seat on the board.

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US Supreme Court Sides With Governor Palin 9th Circuit Court Overturned

Monday, June 22, 2009 2 Responses
Anchorage, AK – Governor Palin today welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Kensington mine, a gold mining project near Juneau.

Today’s ruling reversed a decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals & confirmed the validity of a previously issued permit from the Corps of Engineers for disposal of tailings. The project is being developed by Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation.

The state supported Coeur’s legal efforts to move the project ahead at every level of court review, including intervening in the lawsuit at the outset, litigating the case in the 9th Circuit, filing a petition asking for review by the Supreme Court, & briefing the case in the Supreme Court on the merits.

Even securing Supreme Court review was an uphill battle, because the federal government itself, whose permit the 9th Circuit had invalidated, did not seek review. Only the State of Alaska and Coeur filed petitions.

In addition, the case involved complex issues of how to interpret and apply the federal Clean Water Act, issues which led the Supreme Court to take the unusual step of ordering the parties to file supplemental briefs a few weeks ago.

“This is great news for Alaska,” The Governor said. “Today’s ruling is a green light for responsible resource development. Kensington will produce as many as 370 well-paying jobs. We truly appreciate Coeur’s tenacity in pursuing the project & its dedication to hiring Alaskans to work at the mine.”

The state will continue to provide support through the Department of Labor’s workforce training and apprenticeship programs.

The Kensington mine is located 45 miles northwest of Juneau. Couer estimates the mine will be brought into production by the second half of 2010. The mine is expected to produce as many as 150,000 ounces of gold per year during its early stages of operation. Over the life of the mine, Kensington is expected to yield more than 1 million ounces of gold.


Governor Perry: “there's no bigger endorsement in the Republican universe” then Governor Palin

Saturday, June 20, 2009 2 Responses
Governor Perry had harsh words for Republicans in Washington, projected confidence that Republicans can make a comeback in 2010, questioned why Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison would challenge him in the primary race for governor, and talked about Governor Palin's endorsement of his campaign.

Clearly, Governor Perry is proud of his record as governor, and his talking points reflect that. During our interview, he often guided the conversation toward his record as governor of the Lone Star State. For example, he told me:
We continued to cut taxes ... to pass the most sweeping tort reform in the nation in 2003 ... we balanced our budget, we left $9 billion in our rainy day fund, we passed the most sweeping eminent domain for private property owners in the history of the state ... We did all that with a recession going on.

To buttress his argument, Perry cited several magazines and awards, listing Texas at the top of the list, in terms of the state's pro-business climate. Perry is quick to contrast his leadership record in Texas -- not just with other states -- but with Republicans in Washington, too. No doubt, this has something to do with the fact that his primary opponent has spent years in Washington as a U.S. Senator.

As Perry noted... Washington, DC has been an abject failure -- even back under Republican leadership. They spent too much money, they lost touch with their values, and they paid a hefty price. And America is now paying a heavy price for their lack of discipline, as this administration is over-reaching, spending our children's inheritance, and jeopardizing their future. Yet Perry is bullish over the GOP's chances in 2010. "... I think there may be a great opportunity in 2010," he told me, "that this country swings back and swings back hard and fast to those conservative principles that we know work." He went on to add that, "in the state of Texas, we never got away from them, and I don't think Texans want to make a change."

Perry reminded me he has been endorsed by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whom he described as a "close personal friend" who "knows my heart." He also noted that, "If there's a bigger endorsement in the Republican universe, I don't know who it is than Sarah."

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Governor Palin: Most Dangerous Threat To The Øbama Admin With No Close 2nd

Friday, June 19, 2009 0 Responses
The best & the brightest on the left go into politics. The best on the right run their own businesses. So it is no surprise that the left is far more adept, even expert at the art of hardball politics. And they are telling us something profound.

The left is telling us something many feel, many find as a hunch, that Sarah Palin is the most dangerous threat to the Øbama administration with no close second. The left is telling us this by their "over the top" attacks. Not just the Letterman assaults, but the constant barrage of grievances filed against her in Alaska. The attacks every day on Palin for no apparent reason -- except that the left seems to see her quite differently from any Republican candidate. A difference of kind, not of degree.

They would never do this to Romney, Huckabee or Newt, at least not to this level. There is a clear reason -- these guys couldn't fill up a high school stadium unless they were giving out free beer.

What is the Sarah difference? Well, it's not the issues, at least that is not all of it. It is the charisma factor. Charisma is not learned, it is innate. One is born with it and no amount of training can inject it. Jack Kennedy had it. So did Reagan. Now Palin. Out of the thousands of politicians who have come & gone over the last generation, not one other person has shown "it."

Money is no longer the life blood of politics. Charisma is. Charisma can raise money overnight; money far beyond what a tired, inarticulate incumbent can raise from rich donors. When you have "it," the conventional rules no longer apply. Reagan was vilified in 1976 & few thought he could ever be president. No matter how the liberals berated him as a "dumb actor" who made chimp movies & the actor who never got the girl, he just looked the American people in the eye, gave them a dose of common sense & it was over. Carter went on to build low income houses & a life of obscurity punctuated by mischief.

The street fighting, world class, lifelong political experts of the left see "it" and it makes them crazy. They went crazy for Øbama; they are going crazy for Palin, although in the other direction. Palin could fill a stadium if she were reciting a cookbook. But she isn't. She is delivering common sense to an electorate that is becoming ever more jaded every day with the Øbama nonsense. Miranda rights for terrorists? $4 trillion deficit?

Look at the blow she delivered with one phrase about "styrofoam columns" and imagine what she can do with the material Øbama has recently given her. Opposing Palin's values has no payoff for the left. They oppose those values for any conservative. They have to destroy her. And that is her power because they can't destroy her.

Whenever she chooses, she will take her first trip to Iowa to campaign for some obscure congressional candidate, & when she does, the liberal media cannot ignore the screaming crowds. And they will not be crowds manufactured by an advance team. They will be fired up mothers, working people who do not want to pay for deadbeats' mortgages, people who are now going to grass roots tea parties.

The television age gives "it," charisma, more power than ever before. Charisma is magnified through television. How else to explain how a 2 year senator few knew could derail Hillary in a few months. How else to explain how an anti-charisma John McCain, someone television does not flatter or magnify, saw his crowds surge when Palin was next to him. Palin, an obscure, unknown governor of our most distant & most unknown state, walked onto the national stage & ignited a burst of energy that may well have taken McCain over the top, until his Queeg-like pausing of his campaign to work on a financial crisis and then vote for a bailout.

The landscape is now quite different. There are tens of millions of people who never voted for Øbama, telling their friends "don't blame me." There is a growing number who did vote for Øbama who have lost their jobs at car dealerships, who have not found work yet even after the massive spending, & there are those who just say "...this is not the change I had in mind."

Some thought McCain would be the anti-charisma candidate against the charisma candidate & that would work. Now we may be lining up for the common sense charisma campaign against the nonsense charisma. The left is telling us something & they are the experts. They are telling us not to make Palin the conservative candidate because if we do, it will be humiliating. I agree with them & I take them at their word.

It will be the undoing of Øbama, & it may be overwhelming.


Palin - Sanford 2012

Friday, June 19, 2009 3 Responses
COLUMBIA, S.C. To the victor goes the Alaskan king salmon - and a little good-natured trash talk. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanked his Alaskan counterpart, Gov. Sarah Palin, for fulfilling her part of a bet the two Republicans had on the recently concluded ECHL finals.

The South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Alaska Aces, meaning Palin had to deliver her state's famed fish to Sanford. Both are rumored to be seeking the party's presidential nomination in 2012

Sanford sent Palin what he called a consolation prize-sized portion of shrimp, grits and She-Crab soup from a Charleston restaurant. He wrote Palin that he hoped the gift would "help you in consoling those rough feelings that will probably plague you for months, if not the years, ahead, as a result of the defeat of the Aces by the almighty Stingrays!"

Sanford also hoped Palin could sweeten the deal with some of her state's famed Alaskan king crabs, perhaps "a full tractor-trailer load," he wrote in the June 10th letter.

Sanford spoke with Palin soon after the Stingrays took the series in seven games on June 5. He closed his letter with a greeting to husband Todd "and the gang" and hoped their paths cross soon.


Gov Palin & New Attorney General Concerned With Øbama Admin Over Off-Shore Drilling

Thursday, June 18, 2009 3 Responses
Anchorage, AK -- The State of Alaska has moved to intervene in a federal court case in which the Native Village of Point Hope seeks to rescind dozens of leases issued by the federal government under an off-shore oil and gas lease sale conducted for federal waters in the Chukchi Sea.

Just hours after being sworn into office, Attorney General Dan Sullivan said, “One of my highest priorities as Alaska’s attorney general is to vigilantly safeguard and defend Alaska’s interests, particularly as they relate to economic opportunities for Alaskans and the balance of state and federal rights and responsibilities. This case entails both such interests.”

“The ultimate outcome of this case will likely have enormous economic consequences – either positive or negative – for the state of Alaska and our citizens,” Governor Palin said.

Sullivan added that the state’s intervention is “necessary to protect the state’s interests, which are extensive and cannot be adequately represented by the other parties in this proceeding.” The plaintiffs contend that the decision by the U.S. Mineral Management Service to conduct the lease sale for the Outer Continental Shelf, along with the environmental impact statement underlying that action, violated federal law, including the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit seeks to void all of the leases issued in the sale. If successful, this lawsuit conceivably could set back development of the OCS for decades.

The case was filed in January 2008. The plaintiffs have filed for summary judgment, and responses from the federal government and from intervening parties ConocoPhillips and Shell are due July 17.

In the pleadings filed by Attorney General Sullivan, the state argues that its intervention is now important because of the change in the federal administration this year: “Although the state hopes its interests will continue to be aligned with those of the federal defendants, in an abundance of caution, the state must act to ensure its interests are protected until such time that the Øbama administration’s policy positions are fully articulated.”

The memorandum to the court describes the state’s significant interests in the litigation, observing that the oil and gas industry is the largest part of the private employment sector in Alaska and provides 90 percent of the general fund revenue for state government. “If these activities are curtailed,” the state notes, “Alaska will be harmed by the loss of property tax revenues, employment, and income to local communities.”

Rescission of the leases would curtail not only substantial expenditures necessary to identify desirable tracts in federal Arctic waters but also would have a chilling effect on industry’s willingness to participate in future lease sales off Alaska’s coast and adversely impact development of adjacent state land, according to a statement by Kevin Banks, Acting Director of the Department of Natural Resources’ Oil and Gas Division.

Banks also noted that oil from the Chukchi Sea could lower the unit cost for all oil if shipped through the TransAlaska Pipeline System, thus increasing state royalties and taxes from development on state lands. Eliminating this potential would frustrate the state’s goal of realizing the constitutional imperative for maximizing resources for the benefit of all Alaskans, he said.


Governor Palin, Hawaii Gov & 6 Senators: Øbama Undermining US Missile Defense Capabilities

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 0 Responses
HONOLULU - Governor Lingle is calling on Congress and Øbama to fully fund missile defense programs. During a local radio interview, Lingle was asked by a caller about proposed cutbacks in the programs.
Govenror Lingle said Tuesday that a president is obligated to protect the country & spending on missile defense systems should not be reduced. The U.S. plans to store 26 ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska, after decades of research and more than $100 billion spent. But Øbama & Defense Secretary Robert Gates want to halt deployment of 14 more interceptors.

Last Month, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski & Mark Begich were among 6 senators who signed a letter to Øbama opposing the missile defense cuts, writing that:
"major reduction could undermine our emerging missile defense capabilities to protect the US against a growing threat. As you know, the threat from ballistic missiles is significant & on the rise. N Korea's rocket launch, conducted in defiance of international warnings thus cuts leave the U.S. less capable of responding to missile threats. The fact remains that our adversaries continue to invest large sums in the development of these weapons. The question is whether we respond by developing appropriate defenses against them." 

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who also signed the letter, said that it is a "really important program" since it gives the military the "unique capacity to hit a missile in boost phase before it even gets into its normal arc."

Governor Palin said in a statement:
“The United Nations sanctions have failed to stop N Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, & the Øbama cannot afford to be playing catch-up to an irrational dictator like Kim Jong-Il,” “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.”

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Gov Palin Signs Mortgage, Tele-Com, Labour & Tax Repeal Legislation

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 0 Responses

Soldotna, Alaska - Governor Palin today signed legislation that will outlaw unwanted telephone solicitations to cellular phones. The bill was signed at a joint luncheon meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce.
House Bill 93, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault, adds mobile phones to the “unlawful, unwanted telephone advertisements & solicitations” section of state law. Mobile phone users not wishing to receive solicitations will have the added protection of state law.

The Governor also signed 4 other bills into law, including House Bill 221, which allows the state to participate in the federal Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry. This will bring the state in compliance with this portion of the Secure & Fair Enforcement of Mortgage Lending Act of 2008. HB 221 will give borrowers greater protection from unscrupulous lenders. It was sponsored by Soldotna Representative Kurt Olson.

House Bill 78 is sponsored by the House Labor and Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Representative Olson. The bill extends the Board of Public Accountancy from 2009 through June 30, 2013. The 7-member board regulates & controls applications, licenses, & permits of the accounting profession.

House Bill 175, also sponsored by the House Labor & Commerce Committee, will streamline Alaska statutes to bring them in greater compliance with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners standards. HB 175 will in part allow the director of the Division of Insurance to suspend a license when needed for the protection of the public, provide greater confidentiality requirements & clarify how deposits of an insolvent insurer will be treated.

House Bill 170, also sponsored by House Speaker Chenault, who represents Kenai & Nikiski, repeals the authority established for day fines. Day fines were established by the legislature in 1994, but never implemented. The fines were meant to impose punishment equally across economic levels by basing an offender's fine on a calculation of his daily income. Establishing this calculation proved to be unachievable.


American Gas Association Enthusiastically Endorse Governor Palin’s Pipeline

Monday, June 15, 2009 0 Responses
Washington, DC – David Parker, President & CEO of the American Gas Association (AGA) today released the following statement regarding the announcement that Exxon Mobil Corp. & TransCanada Corp. will jointly develop the long awaited Alaska natural gas pipeline:

“As Congress debates energy & climate change, this news couldn’t come at a better time. Clean burning, abundant domestic natural gas currently meets 25% of the nation’s energy needs. And as we head toward a more efficient, low-carbon future in which natural gas will be in even greater demand, these critical Alaskan resources will help all Americans to be able to more cleanly run their homes & power their way of life.”

Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin was also quoted as saying:
"We're sitting here & in a short 2.5 years we have two premier companies in the world moving this process forward, Thank you Gov. Palin, thank you participants & thank you Alaskans."

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents 202 energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the US. There are more than 70 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the US, of which almost 93% — more than 65 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets 1/4th of the US' energy needs.


Governor Palin “helping to secure America's energy future” Øbama “excited” by Iranian debate?

Saturday, June 13, 2009 0 Responses

While Øbama proclaims “Iran has the right to nuclear energy” despite Iran's President Ahmadinejad promising to wipe Israel of the map. And recently said "I am excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran" while streets are burning in Iran. The so-called elections and aftermath are not going so well. Slow witted Øbama really is willing to sit down with dictators without preconditions. As we all have seen he has also been amassing unsustainable debt weakening our currency & clearly putting America in increasing danger.

Things are quite different over in the Governor Palin Camp.

Governor Palin just bagged the "big gorilla" of American energy -- Exxon Mobil on Thursday. After The Governor met with Exxon, they announced Thursday that it had forged a partnership with TransCanada. The 2 companies will work together & build Governor Palin's $126 billion Alaska Gasoline Inducement Act project.

The Governor has succeed in sealing the deal for the largest commercial construction project the world has ever seen! Despite desperate attacks from the left, she is the one who got the pipeline past Alaska's legislature, something governors had tried -- and failed -- to do for 30 years!

Alaska’s Deputy Natural Resources Commissioner Marty Rutherford told Investors Business Daily, “Governor Palin relentlessly drove this project, walking the process through the bureaucracy & going to Texas on Thursday to meet with Exxon.”

It is odd how a mere Governor is helping to secure America's energy future -- and less for having to defend herself from the dirty jibes of over-the-hill comics. For Americans tired of sending $100 billions to volatile & anti-American countries and keeping us dependent on foreign energy, The Governor is doing everything right for America.

The contrast could not be more obvious: Øbama is naively doing everything to endanger America while a Governor from Alaska is securing America’s energy future & security.


Investors Business Daily & Exxon: Gov Palin's Pipeline “VERY BIG HOME RUN”

Friday, June 12, 2009 3 Responses

Energy: Exxon Mobil's surprise decision to join Trans-Canada on a vast Alaska gas pipeline project is a big step toward making the U.S. self-sufficient in domestic energy. By defying naysayers, Sarah Palin is now vindicated.
It must be sweet vindication for Alaska's governor. Against critics who said her 1,712-mile natural gas pipeline project would never get off the ground, who should the project bag but the "big gorilla" of American energy -- Exxon Mobil.

In a major surprise, Exxon announced Thursday that it had forged a partnership with TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company that holds the state license for Palin's $126 billion Alaska Gasoline Inducement Act project.

It's a big vote of confidence in Palin's top project from a by-the-books company known for its rigid investment standards. "We evaluated all the options and it came down to our belief that this approach with TransCanada and Exxon Mobil was going to be the most successful project," said Marty Massey, U.S. joint interest manager of Exxon Mobil Production Co. He said Exxon might look at expanding its participation.

Rival oil firms had whispered to IBD that it would never happen. "It's gonna happen and we're very excited about this development," Palin told "Good Morning America" on Friday.

Doubters of Palin's pipeline plan were numerous. Some said the pipeline would be too big to work, and that a rival BP/ConocoPhillips project, called Denali, would doom Palin's plan because Alaska didn't have enough natural gas for both.

Exxon's tilt toward TransCanada suggests the oil giant believes that's not true. Exxon is America's largest company, with extraction rights to a third of all Alaska's gas reserves. It can use them to fill either pipeline. "We will make a decision based on commercial reality," Massey said. "But ... why would we put our money and not our gas in the pipeline?"

Obama administration officials who had nothing to do with this, like Energy Secretary Ken Salazar, rushed to claim credit too.What better vote of confidence could there be?

Other doubters had suggested the pipeline could never happen because of a global gas glut, making the pipeline uneconomical. But with the project slated for completion in 2018, and the need for natural gas expected to rise between 20% and 40% by 2030, it's precisely now that such a project should be built.

"I think it's very shortsighted" to assume that"market conditions are going to stay as they are today," Palin told CNN. In an interview with IBD last July when gasoline hit $4 at the pump, she noted that if drilling had started in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge just five years ago, when policymakers were dismissing the idea of $100-a-barrel oil, "we wouldn't be in our predicament today."

This is another in a series of successful steps to build the world's largest commercial construction project. For this, credit Palin. Despite the too-hip ridicule of comedians like David Letterman, she was the one who got the pipeline past Alaska's legislature, something governors had tried -- and failed -- to do for 30 years. Other partners are sure to join, and the near-impossible task of bringing Alaskan energy to the continental U.S. is that much closer.

If there are any doubts left, note that it's Alaska's officials giving Palin the most credit. As Deputy Natural Resources Commissioner Marty Rutherford told IBD, Palin relentlessly drove this project, walking the process through the bureaucracy, asking questions, even going to Texas on Thursday to hear from Exxon itself.

"We're sitting here and in a short two-and-a-half years we have two premier companies in the world moving this process forward," said Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin. "Thank you Gov. Palin, thank you participants and thank you Alaskans." With praise like this, maybe it's time Palin started getting some attention for helping to secure America's energy future -- and less for having to defend herself from the dirty jibes of over-the-hill comics. For Americans tired of high energy prices and dependence on foreign energy, Palin's hitting some very big home runs indeed.

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Governor Palin: “would like to see more from Øbama in his support for Israel”

Friday, June 12, 2009 1 Response

Asked if she definitely plans to seek re-election in 2010 -- a move unlikely for someone seeking the White House -- Palin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "I'm not definitely going to do anything yet."

In the past week alone, the former Republican vice presidential nominee appeared at a GOP fundraiser in Washington, attended a baseball game in New York and led a small-town parade on the East Coast thousands of miles from home. But Palin said, for now, she's focusing on her state and her family. "So, no decision yet on either 2010 or let alone 2012?" Blitzer asked. "No decision that I'd want to announce today," Palin responded in an interview that will air at 6 p.m. ET Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

Asked her thoughts on President Obama, Palin said she thinks he is "growing government way too quickly." "He's digging that hole of debt for our country that we're going to pass on to our children and our grandchildren, expecting them to pay off debt for us. It's a selfish thing that we're doing right now if we think that is OK," she said. Palin said she does, however, like Obama's message about "reining in spending and finding efficiencies within government." "I encourage him to follow through on that," she said.

Palin also said she'd like to see "more passion" from Obama in voicing his support for Israel. "I would certainly like our president to stand very, very strong and bold in his statements about our protection of Israel that so many of us believe in," Palin said. In his wide-ranging address on American and Muslim relations last week, Øbama explored the Palestinian and Israeli conflict, endorsing a two-state solution and urging compromise and understanding between "two peoples with legitimate aspirations." Asked if she was suggesting the president is not pro-Israel enough, Palin said, "I'm sure he is pro-Israel. "I would have liked to see more passion in the talk he gave regarding our friends in Israel, our strongest ally, making sure they know that we are here for them. We're going to stand by their side; we're going to help them."

Palin also discussed the $26 billion natural gas pipeline in her state, saying demand for natural gas is on the rise in the United States. "By 2030, we'll see about a 40 percent increase in demand for natural gas," the former Republican vice presidential nominee said. "Domestically, we have the supply. The resources are up there in Alaska, and it's time that we build this infrastructure and flow that very valuable resource into hungry markets throughout the U.S." Palin's comments come as some critics have questioned whether there's an adequate demand for such a massive expenditure. The Alaska governor called those views "shortsighted," saying the project is "right for our nation's security and for our environment, for our economy." Palin also said some politicians questioning the pipeline are up for re-election and accused politics of playing a role in their criticisms.
"Really, Wolf, I think they do support it. They voted for it. I think there's just some political wrangling going on right now to position themselves," she said.


Governor Palin Discusses Historic Exxon/TransCanada Pipeline On CNN 6pm

Friday, June 12, 2009 0 Responses

Dallas, Texas - This morning, Wolf Blitzer interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) on a variety of topics, including the new Alkaska natural gas pipeline, the Obama presidency, the fued with David Letterman and whether she will run in 2012. The interview will be shown on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer this afternoon at 6pm EDT.

TransCanada Corporation and ExxonMobil announced Thursday they have reached terms on a gas pipeline development agreement. TransCanada and ExxonMobil have agreed to work together to progress the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) Gas Pipeline Project.

AGIA was created as a commercial vehicle for advancing the Alaska gas pipeline project through the first stages of development of what will be the largest private energy project in the world. "In a volatile world with growing energy needs, the time is now to develop Alaska's valuable resource for the environment, economy and national security,” Governor Palin said. She further described this historic announcement as “very encouraging and exciting, but certainly no surprise, because AGIA was crafted to allow just this type of commercial alignment to take place.”

Wednesday in Dallas, Governor Palin met with Hal Kvisle, TransCanada president, and Rich Kruger, president of ExxonMobil Production Company, to discuss the proposed alignment. Governor Palin said, “The meeting not only confirmed TransCanada’s commitment to the AGIA License, but also ExxonMobil’s commitment to continue to advance the Alaska Gasline project with TransCanada, including as additional alignments are reached with other stakeholders.” For TransCanada and ExxonMobil, the alignment provides a mutual benefit by bringing together the key skills of two world-class companies to effectively advance a project of maximum value and mutual benefit. For other producer and explorer companies, this project ensures their discovered resources can be transported to market, and at the lowest reasonable transportation cost. For America, this announcement means an affordable and clean source of energy is on its way and that, as a nation, we are much closer to domestic energy independence. “ExxonMobil recognizes that the State of Alaska has set a course for commercializing the North Slope’s trillions of cubic feet of known natural gas reserves,” the governor said. “By recognizing the value of Alaska’s relationship with TransCanada, ExxonMobil has made a strategic decision that I believe makes good sense. Alaskans will also be pleased to know that TransCanada’s obligations to the state as the AGIA licensee are 100 percent intact and unaltered by this alignment with ExxonMobil,” a fact that was echoed by Kvisle. AGIA involved an open and competitive bidding process and resulted in granting a license to TransCanada to move the project forward through one or more Open Seasons and eventual FERC certification. By providing matching funds during the risky development phase of this project, the state has secured commitments from TransCanada to conduct an Open Season by 2010.


Gov Palin To Discuss Historic Pipeline Deal on NBC's "Today Show" Friday Morning

Thursday, June 11, 2009 0 Responses

NEW YORK, NY - In an exclusive interview, Governor Palin will talk to NBC News' Matt Lauer live on "Today," tomorrow, Friday, June 12 (7 to 11am ET). The Governor will talk to Lauer about the groundbreaking Alaska pipeline announcement made today in Texas, her thoughts on the direction of the GOP, and she will address the recent controversy involving David Letterman and her family. Palin will talk to Lauer live from Texas.

The Governor will be in the studio of a NBC affiliate in Texas.


Governor Palin In Dallas Meeting ExxonMobile. Deal Announced

Thursday, June 11, 2009 0 Responses

Dallas, TX — Exxon Mobil & TransCanada are working on a partnership on a proposed natural gas pipeline from Alaska’s North Slope to the Lower 48, according to a news report in the Houston Chronicle filed Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, Governor Palin was in Texas on Wednesday, meeting with ExxonMobile.
Recently, ExxonMobile, a North Slope producer & TransCanada, which was awarded an exclusive state license sanctioning the gas pipeline under the AK Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA). A producer-partner could be critical for TransCanada. Some critics of the AGIA license have said TransCanada might not secure financing without a partner with gas reserves to feed into the line. But national media outlet Politico reported June 5 that Palin would hold meetings in Washington, D.C., & in Texas on natural resource issues.

Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, said he’s sensed something brewing and wouldn’t be surprised to hear of an Exxon-TransCanada partnership. “The details, though, I’m waiting to find out just like anyone else,” he said. TransCanada is moving toward an open season on the estimated $40 billion project, when producers would commit to sending gas down the line. “If they have struck a deal with a potential shipper, that is all positive movement,” Therriault said.
Exxon is the operator on Point Thomson, which contains resources considered critical to the success of a natural gas pipeline. The state Department of Natural Resources pulled Exxon’s permits last year, citing failure to make progress. Several permits were re-instated in January. ExxonMobile controls about a third of the reserves at Point Thomson. BP and ConocoPhillips hold most of the remainder & are partners in a separate endeavor to build a similar natural gas pipeline, called Denali. The governor made first public mention of big pipeline news last weekend, speaking in NY.

“My administration, we’ve introduced, with protections for Alaska, free-market competition — imagine that today, free-market competition — to move our trillions and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas into these hungry markets in the Lower 48,” Palin said in a speech. “We continue to see great progress on this project ... It’s promising news that we get to announce very shortly. I can’t wait until you hear about this progress, very shortly.”

Exxon and TransCanada say they have reached a deal to work on an Alaska natural gas pipeline.

The announcment said in part:
"TransCanada Alaska Company, LLC and subsidiaries of Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. will remain the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) licensees and TransCanada will continue as the primary point of contact with the State of Alaska and the general public for this project." "As TransCanada and ExxonMobil work together with the goal of successfully advancing a pipeline project, the AGIA contract obligations of TransCanada to the State remain unaffected."

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Governor Palin: "Told Ya So" Obama Reads Terrorists Miranda Rights In Afghanistan

Thursday, June 11, 2009 2 Responses

By Joseph Russo

It seems that another one of Governor Palin's warnings is coming true. Øbama has ordered FBI agents in Afghanistan to read terrorists Miranda rights.

The Weekly Standard reports:
When 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was captured on March 1, 2003, he was not cooperative. “I’ll talk to you guys after I get to New York & see my lawyer,” he said, according to former CIA Director George Tenet.

Tenet is right, it’s a good thing KSM was captured before Øbama became president. For, the Øbama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan, according a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. “The administration has decided to change the focus to law enforcement. Here’s the problem. You have foreign fighters who are targeting US troops today – foreign fighters who go to another country to kill Americans. We capture them…& they’re reading them their rights – Mirandizing these foreign fighters,” says Representative Mike Rogers, who recently met with military, intelligence & law enforcement officials on a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.

Here is an excerpt from Governor Palin's convention speech:
Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay; he wants to meet them without preconditions. Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.



AK Edu Commissioner: Gov Palin Correct On Education

Thursday, June 11, 2009 0 Responses

Some Alaskans are concerned about Governor Palin's decision to monitor, but not actively participate in, an upcoming effort to create common national standards in reading & math. Critics believe we are missing an opportunity to see how our students compare with students in other states, or they think we are satisfied with AK's schools as they are. Neither assertion is true.

A state that adopts the initiative's results must agree that the common standards will compose at least 85% of the state's standards. That means each state's standards will differ from the other states' standards by as much as 15%. This difference ruins any state-by-state comparison of assessment results. The only true comparison would come from a uniform national assessment. For now, AK has 2 assessments, admittedly imperfect & incomplete, that compare some of our students nationally.

The impetus for common standards arose out of the feeling that some states' expectations for their students are too low. The fear is that in some states many nonproficient students are being declared proficient. But that is probably not because those states' standards are deficient. It is probably because their assessments are too easy. They may need a more rigorous definition of proficiency and a higher threshold for students' passing scores.
We have doubts about the pace of the standard-setting process & the value of states' input. The initiative's sponsors - the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers - expect to produce reading & math standards for 13 grade levels in just six months. That makes us think the sponsors already have consultants lined up who know what they want, & any one state - especially one with a small population - will have little influence on the final product.

AK already has detailed standards for student performance in reading, writing & math for each grade from 3 to 10. AK has performance standards for the earlier grades & 300 pages of early learning guidelines. We have spent considerable time & money developing assessments that measure the standards for grades 3 to 10. Hundreds of Alaskan educators were involved in creating those standards & assessments. We are not ready to give up what we have developed, but we are open to anything good that comes from the national initiative. We remain free to take from it whatever suits Alaskans in achieving higher standards. AK's decision to wait & see, & to use our own process to improve standards, will result in more input by our school districts than if we had signed on to the national initiative at the start with the intention of accepting all of the results.

We do want AK to be competitive & have world-class standards. We do have high expectations for our schools, educators and students. We understand the need to set the bar high. This past winter, several hundred Alaskans from all walks of life convened to create an ambitious plan for AK's K-12 public education system. The plan includes a comprehensive list of the attributes we would like our high school graduates to have as a result of their public schooling. Alaskans said they want much more than good test scores, so in that sense we have set a very high bar. The plan includes numerous actions we need to take to achieve our goals. It is a full plate. Accountability begins with awareness. The AK Department of Education & Early Development annually publishes clear information about student achievement in a report card to the public. Each year we report the schoolwide and districtwide results of the No Child Left Behind accountability system, as well.

The solutions to low achievement lie in the interaction of well-prepared teachers and ready-to-learn students in the classroom, and in the community's role in preparing students to learn. The state and school districts are taking steps to improve instruction. We are hiring a rural education director who will work with communities. We are launching publicly funded preschools. We have an AK Education Plan to shape our priorities. Standards are a road map. We know where we need to go. Now it is time to go on the journey toward higher student achievement, not to stop and create another map.

Editorial by Larry Ledoux (Commissioner of the AK Dept of Edu & Early Development)


Governor Palin Vs. Governor Schwarzenegger

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 1 Response



Governor Palin Helps Raise $1.2 Million For Autism

Monday, June 08, 2009 1 Response

PURCHASE, NY June 7th- At the age of 9, Salvatore Giuliano already has the support of his school, family and day camp. The Dobbs Ferry boy was diagnosed with autism at 3, and about 10 of his closest friends walked the perimeter of Manhattanville College in his honor yesterday for the eighth annual autism awareness walk.

The estimated 12,000 people who converged on the campus to walk for autism awareness also heard from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate who attended the event with her sister and nephew, who has autism.

The event was organized by the Westchester-Fairfield chapter of Autism Speaks. So far just over $400,000 in donations has been recorded but the group expects to raise $1.2 million. The final amount will not be known until the end of the month. Autism is a developmental disability that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says its prevalence is rising - 1 in every 150 American children now has the disorder. Giuliano is a student at Springhurst Elementary School and goes to Our Victory Day Camp. His mother, Patti, said she has two older children, ages 16 and 18, who, even though they're older, come to "Sal" for help with the bus schedule. "His memory is so good," she said. "My husband says he should play poker."

Westchester Community College student Maria Cappelli said she met Sal through her sister, who is a friend of Sal's sister. Now she and Sal are best friends, she said. Cappelli said she, too, goes to Sal for bus schedule information, and she echoed his mother's comments on his impeccable memory. "We hang out like all the time," Sal said of Cappelli.

Palin spoke briefly on the main stage and urged attendees to support the Combating Autism Act, which was passed in 2006 and authorizes millions in expenditures to combat the illness. She then shook hands and took pictures with officers from the Harrison Police Department in Reid Hall.

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