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  Submitted by Michael Wrightson on Sept 1, 2008

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      There are few cites given, and I don't personally know Anne Kilkenny 
      and can't vouch for her identity, but the NY Times has interviewed her.
         The letter is a starting point for those exploring the much-published
      controversies surrounding Palin but since there are no cites, I've 
      added an Updates section for additional info and Reference pages.

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                                                    Opposing views  from Alaska: Frost and King

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From Alaska: The Palin Letter A note to all by Anne Kilkenny Dear friends, So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . . Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in common: their gender and their good looks. :) You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . . Thanks, Anne [ Note by web_admin: This was already posted on Washington Independent comments area and was meant by the author to be read by many, but readers need sourcing. The NY Times has talked with Anne since. ] ABOUT SARAH PALIN I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city. She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe". It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months. She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby. She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym. She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit. Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans. Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters. She's smart. Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents. During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign. Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents. The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing. While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city. As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state. In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs. She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them. While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day. Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below). As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support. She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness. Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her. When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined). As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to. As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance--but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”. She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative. Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her. As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum. Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears as threatened species. McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she. However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it. CLAIM VS FACT •“Hockey mom”: true for a few years •“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since •“NRA supporter”: absolutely true •social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional). •pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it. •“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation •“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000. •political maverick: not at all •gutsy: absolutely! •open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions. •has a developed philosophy of public policy: no •”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR. •fiscal conservative: not by my definition! •pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards. •pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents •pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history. •pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union. WHY AM I WRITING THIS? First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations. Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings. Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that’s life. Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship. Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable. CAVEATS I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers. You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s. Anne Kilkenny August 31, 2008 ======= End of Anne Kilkenny's letter ======= For balance, here are two other quite different views from Alaska: Frost and King These notes are at Snopes.com (excellent investigative site) and King's used to be also on his own site. I've confirmed Debbie Frost's identity, and Butch King is with Wildman Lake Lodge there.
UPDATES (relevant articles, separated by day (sometimes category), to help the eyes) 12/3/08 (Refresh/reload this page to see latest updates.)     Skip to REFERENCE section. Aftermath: Update: Definitely arson. Accelerant poured around Palin's church - AP, 12/15/08 Arson suspected in fire at Palin's church - ADN, 12/14/08 Obama/Biden greet Palin - Dallas Morning News, 12/3/08 The Palin Effect? (Chambliss) - FoxNews, 12/3/08 Post-election interview blitz: I'm posting various video/interview links since people can judge for themselves from seeing the now many interviews. UK Guardian's on the Republican Governors press conference yesterday: "shambolic and confused" - 11/14/08 Politico mentions Sam Nunn advised Couric on the Palin interview - 11/14/08 CNN reports that McCain Campaign Chairman Rick Davis's interview with The National Review in which he calls SaksGate "a failure of management" is due out next week. 11/14/08. Here's a transcript of Davis' detailed responses a week earlier re the various anonymous cliams. CNN "Palin blasts bailout expansion before GOP governors" - 11/13/08 Some entertaining gossip at the end. CNN: Larry King interview - partial transcript and videoclips - 11/13/08. Full transcript here. NYT: on the sudden, brief press conference CNNMoney.com on the Palin effect - 11/13/08. BBC's similar take. 11/13/08 NBC story on Matt Laurer's interview in Wasilla - 11/11/08. Video of first portion Laurer's web-only clip of her responses to the Couric interview questions. Also, Palin on the media and on advisers and the wardrobe ... ...On why they lost - TIME, 11/11/08 Full transcript and videoclips. TIME's version Story by FoxNews (w/AP) on on its interview of Palin, Part 1 of 2, by Greta van Susteren - 11/10/08 While quotes are inaccurately placed, the actual Q&A is in 4 videoclips from the interview:  (1)  (2)  (3)  (4)     Here's Greta van Susteren's extra blogging about the interview. The openly puff-piece on the 2nd night in 4 videoclip sections, and the 3rd portion, on the economy. Nov.11-12 NY Times on The Eisenstadt Hoax which 'got' the media (pretty funny) - 11/10/08 Palin returns to a changed Alaska - 11/9/08 Politico's story on supportive comments from several McCain staffers - 11/7/08 Anchorage Daily News reports on the "Anonymous attacks, claims" following Palin back to Alaska. 11/7/08 Long audio interview in Alaska, with Bob and Mark in 4 parts, about her recent experiences. 11/6/08 These are in a lower octave than usual, I'm happy to report. VP-nominee concession speech never made previously? That's what I heard on Morning Joe from Lawrence O' Donnell and Joe Scarborough, when they discussed reports that Palin had wanted to give a concession speech but was told No. As it turns out, she was not making an unusual request after all, considering she seemed to have been the impetus for conservative Republican-base voting: 1. A NY Times report from Nov. 4, 1992: "Vice President Dan Quayle made his concession speech in Indianapolis a few minutes later and like Mr. Bush congratulated Mr. Clinton and hushed the boos. 'We must all pull together now. If he runs the country as well as he ran the campaign, we'll be all right.' " 2. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Nov. 5, 2004 that "...Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, made his concession speech on Wednesday in Boston." Google'd 11/6/08 Troopergate decision: Independent counsel Petumenos' detailed report is now published at Alaska Daily News website. 11/4/08. State Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation report clears Palin on ethics charge, Anchorage Daily News 11/3/08. The 3-person board, hired by the previous governor, it's said, decided to use an independent counsel, Timothy Petumenos. Newseek's Michael Isikoff had written Oct 11 that Petumenos is "an aggressive Anchorage trial lawyer... McCain aides were chagrined to discover that Petumenos was a Democrat who had contributed to Palin's 2006 opponent for governor, Tony Knowles." Here's the "Summary of Public Findings and Recommendations." Petumenos explains that the findings differ with the legislative report due to their use of, he concludes, "the wrong statute ... as a basis for the conclusions contained in" that report and that "the Branchflower report misconstrued the available evidence and did not consider or obtain all of the material evidence that is required to properly reach findings." Anchorange Daily News report on the Troopergate decision - 10/10/08 Full legislative report. San Francisco Examiner's summary from that. 10/12/08 Basically, the decision is that 1) Palin abused her power by allowing or encouraging surrogates to pressure Monegan to remove the brother-in-law trooper who was accused of abuse of his family (including tasering of his stepson and threatening his father-in-law but also including several job infractions - see the report by the head of the Alaska State Troopers -- and that Palin's firing of Monegan was considered "a proper and lawful exercise" of the governor's authority. Assessments of Palin's post-troopergate popularity in Alaska - Christian Science Monitor, 10/12/08 The other side: A commentary questions the press focus on this vs Obama and Acorn, and her lawyers object that the ethics violation law pertains to financial interest. What now? - Newsday, 10/12/08. See Troopergate history in Reference section. The Los Angeles Times has a long, thorough story about "Wasilla, Alaska, gadfly goes viral." - 9/30/08. With photo of Anne Kilkenny. Reprinted in Louisville Courier-Journal 10/5/08 and just seen today. NY Times on Palin's focus and actions as Governor - 10/1/08 L.A. Times on Palin's treading "between fundamentalist beliefs and public policy" - 9/28/08 Washington Post on her rough & tumble upbringing in Alaska - Oct 2 Palin's Non-reassuring interview with Couric, in two parts (Sept. 24, Sept. 25, 2008) Video and transcripts for Part 1, Part 2 Palin "Attuned More to Public Will, Less to Job's Details" - Washington Post, 9/19/08 Palin's "turbulent first year as mayor" - Seattle Times, published 9/7/08, seen 9/19/08. Troopergate Judge recuses himself as friend of Obama supporter Sen. French, mgr of the investigation, 9/17/08. Probe unraveling? - AP, 9/17/08. Detailed story re the probe - Newsweek, Sept. 16. Hacking of Palin's email acct: 4Chan's half-hack of Palin's email goes awry. - L. A. Times, 9/17/08. Am not linking to sites showing hacked account's emails, friends' contact info, voicemail #, photos. Google them if interested. Nothing "good" found (at this point), laments those hoping for that. The State of Sarah Palin - New Yorker, 9/15/08 - (issue 9/22/08) Palin's time as Mayor - Long article by Washington Post, 9/14/08 Palin's hiring of friends and treatment of foes - NY Times, 9/13/08 Palin 'Governed from the center,' went after big oil. - USA Today, 9/12/08 Full transcript of the UNedited interview with Gibson #1, re inexperience with foreign policy matters. The portions not broadcast are in bold print. 9/11/08. Sample: "GIBSON: What insight does [Russia being seeable] give you into what they’re doing in Georgia? PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation [sic] with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War . . ." "What Is the Bush Doctrine, Anyway?" - Washington Post, 9/12/08, by Dan Dan Froomkin "What Bush Doctrine?" - Slate.com, 9/12/08, by Timothy Noah Palin lawyer claims 'troopergate' investigator Branchflower and Senator French (Dem), the investigation manager, are both friends of Monegan but had not disclosed these relationships to the Legislature. Anchorage Daily News, 9/11/08. Earmarks and that bridge.  Jim DeMint, a Republican, co-authored the earmark moratorium along with McCain.  He describes Palin's and Obama's use of these.  Wall St. Journal, 9/10/08 Did Palin try to ban library books? - ABC News: Blotter - 9/10/08, page includes VIDEO Librarian Mary Ellen (Emmons) Baker doesn't recall a conversation about specific titles. A reporter back then felt she'd been given three titles though.  Baker felt badly treated and doesn't care to revisit that time in her life.  Here's a a transcript of the video. A group resignation-request by new Mayor Palin soon after, with re-applications needed for their jobs, included Baker. Public pressure brought her back.  YouTube version here My question: Will they interview the librarian who replaced Baker? For the bridge at first, not later - insufficient funding - Wall St. Journal, 9/9/08 Houston Chronicle (AP) on this Bridge to Nowhere, 9/8/08.  Houston Chron adds, "Palin indicated during her 2006 campaign for governor that she supported the bridge, but was wishy-washy about it... she called the bridge design "grandiose" during her campaign... Palin's reputation for standing up to entrenched interests in Alaska is genuine.  Her self-description as a leader who 'championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress' is harder to square with the facts." FactCheck.Org on Internet claims and rumors - 9/8/08 Republished by Newsweek - 9/8/08 - Single-page version Palin's "outflanking of the oil companies" - Washington Post - 9/8/08 Palin's leadership style - admirers and critics - L.A. Times, 9/8/08 Commander of the Alaska Nat'l Guard, re Palin - Video, 9/8/08 City of Wasilla response to book-banning questions - 9/7/08, from official documents area Story on Kilkenny as 'Internet Sensation' - Boston Herald, 9/7/08 Tracking the Palin Rumors - Reason Magazine, 9/7/08 Creationist? Not fully - Financial Times, 9/6/08 - Christopher Caldwell writes: '...[Some reference the] one exchange during the Alaska governor’s race two years ago when she said she had no objection if teachers questioned Darwin.  "I say this as the daughter of a science teacher," she said. "Don’t be afraid of information, and let kids debate both sides." She explicitly ruled out putting creationism on school curriculums.' Troopergate - recent reports: (see later reports above) Sen. Oliver French, Democrat is managing the "troopergate" investigation and, possibly inappropriately, has predicted an October surprise.  Anne Kilkenny, a long-time Democrat, supported former-Mayor John Stein (Dem also) and allegedly cautioned voters not to "fall for a pretty face" (unsourced there). Still, she has written some pro's as well as uncited con's and others can explore. No 'Troopergate' subpoena for Palin - Anchorage Daily News, 9/5/08 Investigation: "Is Wooten a good trooper?" - Anchorage Daily News, 7/27/08 Troopergate: Palin's letter re Wooten, 8/10/05 - Alaskan Daily News, 9/5/08 (See page 2) It's to Colonel Grimes at Alaska Dept of Public Safety. Wooten tells his side to CNN - 9/5/08 "Palin Trooper Truth" - Documents collected by a law enforcement trainer. NPR interviews Anne Kilkenny for All Things Considered, 9/5/08 Palin's 'populist' moves get a bad review - ADN, 5/17/08 - added 9/5/08 Kilkenny quoted by CNN (9/5/08) as saying "Everybody likes her because she's a real nice person. She's always been nice to me and everyone in town," Kilkenny told CNN.com. "I wrote my message in the spirit of providing complete and accurate information. I'm not angry or jealous." Original info on Wasilla librarian situation - - Anchorage Daily News - 9/4/08 (No evidence of actual banning of books during her tenure.) A conversation with Anne Kilkenny - The Daily Journal - 9/4/08 Palin's long-time supporters - NY Times, 9/4/08 (Kilkenny quoted) The Unusual Challenges Palin Faced in Alaska - NY Times, 9/4/08 Praying THAT Iraq war is "a task that is from God" - AP - 9/4/08 I looked this up and see that she was asking the congregants to pray, "also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan." At first, I thought this was scary, but she's maybe voicing doubt about leaders and a questionable war. Palin's Start in Alaska: Not Politics as Usual (Wasilla tenure) - NY Times, 9/3/08. TIME Magazine on her record - 9/2/08.  Of note: Former Mayor Stein said Palin mentioned that some voters complained about 'inappropriate language' in books.  This is a very interesting history of the first stage in Wasilla and the 'Serpico' stage running for Governor. Documents detail Palin's political life - Politico, 9/2/08. This uses a Democratic opposition-research document, so is fairly one-sided. Foes back off on recall - Anchorage Daily News, 2/11/97 (and 9/2/08) Librarian retains job upon agreement to merge library and museum operations
- Anchorage Daily News - 2/1/97 (and 8/29/08) REFERENCE (Refresh/reload this page to see latest additions.) General On the Issues - with quotes PolitiFact.com page on Palin Wonderful general site: Also see pages on McCainObama,  Biden,  and Pants-On-Fire rulings. Their "truth-o-meter" feature includes "detail" links for much more information. FactCheck.Org's article on Internet claims and rumors - 9/8/08 Republished by Newsweek - 9/8/08 - Single-page version Rumor debunker by Charles Martin - casually comprehensive, with linked cites Specific ABC-Gibson Interview: Full transcript of the Unedited interview with Gibson #1 - 9/11/08 Focused on her inexperience with foreign policy matters. The portions not broadcast are in bold print. Anne Kilkenny: NPR interviews her (audio) for All Things Considered program, 9/5/08 Book banning: City of Wasilla response - 9/7/08, from official documents area Did Palin try to ban library books? - ABC News: Blotter - 9/10/08, page includes VIDEO. YouTube version here.   A question: Will they interview the librarian who replaced Emmons/Baker? Wall St. Journal on book banning and Iraq-"task from God" statements, 9/9/08 Cites this site as originating "book-banner tale" but it was a Washington Monthly comments area. Duties of the Mayor of Wasilla Climate change: Palin forms Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet - 9/14/07 Alaska Climate Change Strategy Contraception: Pro-contraception - L.A. Times, 9/6/08 Believes condom use should be taught. Weeks after responding to a survey in 2006 that she did support abstinence programs, she called herself "pro-contraception" during a Juneau debate and said, "...and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues." Is against "explicit sex-ed programs." eBay and that plane: "I put it on eBay" - True, but McCain's "sold it on" is wrong. Earmarks and that bridge.  Jim DeMint, a Republican, co-authored the earmark moratorium along with McCain.  He describes Palin's and Obama's use of these.  Wall St. Journal, 9/10/08 Religion: Belongs to nondenominational Wasilla Bible Church since 2002 - NY Times, 9/5/08 Some Additional info at HotAir. "Task from God" - praying THAT Iraq war is "a task that is from God" - AP At the same time she also asked the church to pray for the pipeline ! :-) Here's a clearer write-up of the full statement truncated by too many. Troopergate: ( See Troopergate-decision articles in News area. ) Judge recuses himself as friend of Obama supporter Sen. French, mgr of the investigation, 9/17/08. Probe unraveling? - AP, 9/17/08. Detailed story re the probe - Newsweek, Sept. 16. Palin lawyer claims 'troopergate' investigator Branchflower and Senator French (Dem), the investigation manager, are both friends of Monegan but had not disclosed these relationships to the Legislature. Anchorage Daily News, 9/11/08. Sen. Oliver French, Democrat is managing the "troopergate" investigation and, possibly inappropriately, has predicted an October surprise.  Anne Kilkenny, a long-time Democrat, supported former-Mayor John Stein (Dem also) and allegedly cautioned voters not to "fall for a pretty face" (unsourced there). Still, she has written some pro's as well as uncited con's and others can explore. No 'Troopergate' subpoena for Palin - Anchorage Daily News, 9/5/08 Investigation: "Is Wooten a good trooper?" - Anchorage Daily News, 7/27/08 "The record clearly indicates a serious and concentrated pattern of unacceptable and at times, illegal activity occurring over a lengthy period, which establishes a course of conduct totally at odds with the ethics of our profession..." - statement by the Col. Grimes, head of Alaska State Troopers Troopergate: Palin's letter re Wooten, 8/10/05 - Alaskan Daily News, 9/5/08 (See page 2) It's to Colonel Grimes at Alaska Dept of Public Safety. Wooten tells his side to CNN - 9/5/08 "Palin Trooper Truth" - Documents collected by a law enforcement trainer. Vetting the local newspapers: Local newspaper, Valley Frontiersman has 940+ Palin stories online. "On Sept. 3 Greg Johnson, Managing Editor at the Valley Frontiersman, confirmed that the VF’s archives have been online for many years." Sam Stein hasn't corrected his HuffPo "only a handful" statement. Wolves: Why aerial-shooting of wolves? - Slate, 9/2/08 The other side: aerial-shooting of wolves, facts - by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund LA Times: "Sarah Palin's support for aerial wolf killing may have merit" - 11/12/08 (added 11/16/08) BOOKS / VIDEOS Palin info (or PR) ON THE LIGHTER SIDE Saturday Night Live's take on Palin-Couric interview with transcript. (VIDEO) Larger video, direct, w/o transcript. Saturday Night Live's "Joint Message from Gov. Palin and Senator Clinton" (VIDEO) - 9/15/08 at nbc.com A Palin corn maze: Story - Video - 9/24/08 Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and basketball memories. USAToday, 9/10/08 Palin's Hometown Friends Enjoy the Show - NY Times 9/4/08 Saturday Night Live's "Joint Message from Gov. Palin and Senator Clinton" (VIDEO) - 9/15/08 at nbc.com Saturday Night Live's take on Palin-Couric interview with transcript. (VIDEO) Larger video, direct, w/o transcript. If anyone has specific rebuttals, corrections, additions, with cites, on any of the above, let me know, on the the comments page. BUT, apologies in advance that there's not enough space to include: merely anti-Obama or anti-McCain posts or anonymous rumors w/no cites nor a much-sent screed about 'redneck' Wasilla. Thanks for your help. Thanks to: Linda Lowen for her gracious review of the page. Jean Turner for two corrected links. - Andrys Basten

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