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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)


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