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    I haven't read the whole thread, so apologies if this has been posted already:

    Palin’s Resignation: The Edited Version.intext {display:inline; vertical-align:bottom; padding-bottom:2px;}

    If you watched Sarah Palin’s resignation speech, you know one thing: her high-priced speechwriters moved back to the Beltway long ago. Just how poorly constructed was the governor’s holiday-weekend address? We asked V.F.’s red-pencil-wielding executive literary editor, , together with representatives from the and departments, to whip it into publishable shape. Here is the colorful result.

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    Palin's Resignation: The Edited Version | vanityfair.com
    (the rest of the pages on the link)
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    I've seen that, but not sure if it's been posted here. I love the fact checker's comments (in green). The rest is worth looking at (at the link). Fun stuff.

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    I don't think I've ever seen a piece of writing quite so murdered by a red pen. And green and blue.

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    We're never going to stop hearing about her.
    Former Palin staffer shopping book
    Diva moments, when Palin actually first heard from John McCain (not when she claimed), and how Palin believes she's "the chosen one." We'll post what we can when we get it.
    From the Alaska Report (Since they always change the blurbs on their front page, I archived it here: WebCite query result)

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    Wonder if she's going to look strangely "rested" after being out of the public eye long enough to recover from her plastic surgery?

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    Palin's gone, but her e-mail and gift issues live on

    AFTERMATH: Yahoo use and discounts are among leftover topics.

    By SEAN COCKERHAM and LISA DEMER
    Anchorage Daily News

    (08/04/09 21:08:43)


    Sarah Palin resigned more than a week ago but a state watchdog agency and the courts are still sorting out issues left over from her time as governor.


    In one lingering issue, the Alaska Public Offices Commission has refused Palin's request to keep secret the discounts that come from her husband's Arctic Cat sponsorship. APOC also said Palin needs to disclose all the gifts she received last year, rejecting her interpretation that she doesn't need to until after she gets around to actually opening the gifts.
    Palin has told APOC "there are boxes of unopened mail at this point, even mail that was delivered in 2008."

    Another question also pending is whether private e-mail accounts can be used for state business, a hot-button issue for a time under Palin. A judge on Tuesday heard arguments in a lawsuit by Anchorage activist Andree McLeod, who is seeking to ban the practice and is arguing it could hide information the public has a fundamental right to see.


    The state maintains that Alaska's public records law doesn't prohibit state employees from communicating about official business through private e-mail. The practice must be allowed unless the law is changed, Assistant Attorney General Mike Mitchell told Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jack Smith.


    During her first years as governor, Palin relied on private Yahoo e-mail accounts. Some of her top aides also relied on private accounts, not the state e-mail system.


    McLeod discovered Palin's Yahoo habit when she received copies of some of the e-mails through a public records request. Those e-mails had been sent to state accounts, but if Palin and her aides were e-mailing from one private account to another, the public might never know about the communications, McLeod said after the hearing.


    The practice raised questions about backdoor secrecy even before Palin ran for vice president and it drew national attention during the campaign.


    Palin's Yahoo accounts were canceled in September after a hacker broke into one, posting screen shots and e-mail messages onto a publicly available Web site.


    "This is not something between Andree McLeod and former Gov. Palin. This is a very serious public policy issue," McLeod's lawyer, Don Mitchell, told the judge Tuesday.


    The heart of the case is whether private e-mails obstruct the public's right to public information, Mitchell said.


    Mike Mitchell, arguing for the state, said many e-mails aren't public records anyway because they are too trivial. McLeod is trying to expand the definition of a public record, and not just for the governor's office, he said.


    "This interpretation would have to apply to all branches, all agencies in the executive branch of state government. It would ultimately have to apply to the Legislature and the Legislature's staff, and it would have to apply to the court system and the court system's staff," Mike Mitchell said.


    Last week, new Gov. Sean Parnell said private e-mails aren't an issue for him. He's made it a habit to use his state account. Anyway, e-mails about state business are subject to public records laws even if they are generated on private accounts, he said.


    After McLeod won a preliminary ruling in the case last year, Palin chief of staff Michael Nizich sent a directive to the governor's staff members to copy their state account on any e-mail "that in any way relates to or touches on state business."


    Still, absent an executive order from Parnell, McLeod is seeking a court ruling to ban the governor's office from using private e-mail.


    "What we're doing here is to make sure that all public business is done on protected and secure state e-mail systems," she said.


    Smith said it would take him a few weeks to rule.


    McLeod, who has had multiple ethics complaints against Palin dismissed, is the same person who brought the Arctic Cat sponsorship issue to APOC, the state's quasi-independent watchdog agency.


    APOC is giving Palin until Aug. 17 to make public "information related to the dollar amount of the discounts from Arctic Cat," as well as any gifts received in 2008 that she has not reported, said Holly Hill, the agency's director. Hill found that the state law Palin cited in arguing for an exemption from the Arctic Cat disclosure "only protects information submitted under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, and does not apply in this matter."


    Palin's lawyer, Tom Van Flein, did not respond this week to questions about APOC's decision.


    Arctic Cat sponsors Palin's husband, Todd, in the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race. The governor argued in June that the family should not have to make the discounts public. Palin said her husband is allowed to buy a snowmachine at the manufacturer's cost, which she said is proprietary information.


    "Todd Palin is entitled to discounts on purchases (as he has received the last 16 years as an Iron Dog racer.) However, according to the terms of his sponsorship agreement, the exact amount of the discount is confidential as a proprietary trade secret. ... Public disclosure of this information is expressly prohibited by the sponsorship agreement. This would also apply to any discounts offered on wear," Palin wrote to the APOC officials in June.


    Arctic Cat wear has been a high-profile issue for the Palins. Blogger Linda Kellen Biegel filed an ethics complaint against Palin in March for wearing Arctic Cat logowear at the Iron Dog, calling her a "walking billboard" using her position as governor to enrich herself. The state personnel board's investigator dismissed the complaint. But it clearly rankled Palin and she talked of it derisively on several occasions, even bringing it up during the speech announcing her plan to resign.
    Palin's gone, but her e-mail and gift issues live on: Former Gov. Sarah Palin | adn.com

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    She'd better get the whole fambly openin' up and lookin' at all those there also too gifts if she's gonna be makin' that August 17 deadline, by cracky! Of course, she'll deny they APOC is allowed to be tellin' her what to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    We're never going to stop hearing about her.From the Alaska Report (Since they always change the blurbs on their front page, I archived it here: WebCite query result)
    That is one of my greatest fears.

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    Uh oh, Palin could be invading our televisions on a more permanent basis.
    Thursday, August 06, 2009

    Palin sightings in New York.

    More about Palin's night of romantic dining at Michael's restaurant in New York city.(she was really there with her Harper Collins agent, but Dud was allowed to eat at the big kids table as well)

    According to Jon Elliot, Sarah PURPOSEFULLY made sure that they had a window seat so that her adoring fans could see her as they passed by on the street.

    "Yes it is really me. Try not to get too overcome with emotion. Psst don't let them photograph my bald spot!"

    "Of course I am still with, Todd sit your ass up straight in that chair, you know our deal, him. Just look at him!"

    " We simply could not be, stop looking at her boobs you bastard, happier."

    My sources also tell me that our little wayward Wasilla princess was spotted scurrying into the FOX News building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.

    Hmm, inquiring minds want to know, just what kind of secret plots are being hatched behind those ominous doors?

    Could it be a new television show?

    Well there are definitely "RUMORS" to that effect.

    Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

    Posted by Gryphen at 4:25 PM
    The Immoral Minority: Palin sightings in New York.

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    Wow. Attempted bribery. Perhaps she won't be able to work for Faux News after all.
    August 7, 2009 Palin accused of attempted bribery

    Motion to amend says new evidence shows bribery



    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who left office in disgrace July 26th under a cloud of ethics charges, is now being accused of a federal claim of attemped bribery. See federal claim (PDF 52 kb)

    To clarify a previous complaint, the motion also accuses Palin of a violation of Alaska's constitution.

    From the motion to amend:
    "2.Plaintiffs wish to add a very serious federal claim of attempted bribery and other violations of similar federal and state statutes under supplemental jurisdiction....

    ....offering state funds and support of legislation to third parties in exchange for them convincing Plaintiffs to drop this lawsuit in federal or state court."
    Palin has had 21 ethics complaints filed against her, two of which she has been found guilty, three are still pending. One of those involves the Alaska Fund Trust set up by Palin and her friends to fend off ethics compalints. Palin has claimed she has over $600,000 in legal bills from these complaints, documents so far have shown only $120,000 in bills.
    Palin accused of attempted bribery

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    attempted bribery and other violations of similar federal and state statutes under supplemental jurisdiction....
    Hmm...wonder what those are?

    The cool thing about this, is that even one federal charge will lead to her thorough investigation. They will be ALL up in Palin's business. We're going to find out everything she did wrong. <rubs hands gleefully>


    Palin is a sore on the butt of America.

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    Well, this was filed by Kim Chatman as an extension of the whole bizarre Juneteenth episode (Palin failed to proclaim Juneteenth in 2007), so I don't think it'll go too far unless Palin was caught on tape saying she'd be givin' someone a public office or wads of cash if they let it drop. Knowing her, however, that may be a possibility.

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    What is Juneteenth?
    "Oh! I've been looking for a red suede pump!"
    - Marie (Carrie Fisher), When Harry Met Sally

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    Judgment sought against Palin in 'Juneteenth' suit

    Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Gov. Sarah Palin asked a judge Friday to declare that she broke state law two years ago when she failed to issue a proclamation for a celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

    By RACHEL D'ORO

    Associated Press Writer
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska —

    Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Gov. Sarah Palin asked a judge Friday to declare that she broke state law two years ago when she failed to issue a proclamation for a celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

    Plaintiffs also sought a retroactive proclamation for the 2007 Juneteenth celebration from Palin, or - with her July 26 resignation looming - from the governor's office, said Gregory Charles Royal, a Washington, D.C., musician, who filed the suit in March.

    "You just can't ignore laws," he said.

    The Alaska Legislature had passed a measure directing the governor to issue a proclamation to commemorate Juneteenth, which marks June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and announced the end of slavery. Several other states also officially commemorate Juneteenth.

    The motion for a default judgment filed Friday claims Palin failed to answer the allegations in the lawsuit by a June 19 deadline, and still has not responded. According to the court document, the governor's Juneau office refused to accept another copy of the complaint Tuesday.

    Process server Jack Dayton said a staffer in the governor's office would not accept the documents from him.

    "You're the governor, doggone it," Dayton said. "It would be in your best interest to take it."

    Dayton did successfully serve another set of the documents to the state attorney general's office in Juneau.

    Margaret Paton-Walsh, an assistant attorney general, said no deadline was missed because the plaintiffs did not properly serve all the correct state entities initially.

    Paton-Walsh also said the proclamation was not issued in 2007 because of a clerical error.

    "This slipped through the cracks and it's my understanding that the governor is going to issue the 2007 proclamation," she said. "A very big deal is being made out of a very small clerical error."

    Royal said the oversight had a significant impact on a Juneteenth festival in Anchorage that year because it lacked the governor's recognition, likely discouraging community and vendor involvement.

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    "As a result of the proclamation not being issued, some suffered financial loss," he said.

    The case originally was filed in Washington in March and was later transferred to the U.S. District Court of Alaska after adding Eagle River resident Kim Chatman as a plaintiff.

    Chatman also has filed an ethics complaint against Palin. That complaint, which is among the few still active, alleges Palin is misusing the governor's office for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through a legal defense fund.

    The fund was set up by supporters to help Palin pay off debts stemming from multiple ethics complaints against the governor. Palin says she owes more than $500,000 in legal fees. Most of the complaints have been dismissed.
    Nation & World | Judgment sought against Palin in 'Juneteenth' suit | Seattle Times Newspaper

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    Her new life, running after tour buses.
    August 6, 2009

    Greer group has surprise meeting with Sarah Palin during trip to Wasilla

    By Abe Hardesty
    City People writer



    Peggy Frazier of Greer poses with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during a visit to Wasilla, Ala. (CHIP SLOAN)


    When Chip Sloan stepped out of a tour bus last week in the middle of Alaska, he was happy to take a photo of the “Welcome to Wasilla” sign entering Sarah Palin's hometown.

    To his surprise, he found Palin as well.

    As Sloan was pointing his camera at the large welcome sign amid a light late-afternoon rain, a black Volkswagen pulled to the side of the road just a few yards behind him. A ponytailed Palin, wearing a jogging outfit and a headband, stepped out of the car.


    “I thought, ‘That looks like Sarah Palin, but it can't be,'” Sloan said. “Then, when someone approached her, I heard her say, ‘I'm Sarah.'”


    “I was blown away,” Sloan said.

    His wife, Margaret Sloan, “was really impressed that she went out of her way to stop and talk. It was exciting. She's a real person. She's genuine.”

    The two retired educators (Chip is a former Greer Middle School principal and Margaret is a former principal at Blue Ridge Middle), joined two other Greenville County couples — Jerry and Peggy Frazier and Bud and Sharon Turner — on a 12-day tour of Alaska's interior that took them from Fairbanks to Denali National Park, through Wasilla and eventually to Anchorage.

    They were riding from Denali to Anchorage July 27 when the bus stopped at the entrance of the hometown of Palin, who rose to national prominence when 2008 presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate.

    Driven by husband Todd, Palin was planning to jog a few miles shortly after the couple had completed a bumpy, 315-mile ride from Fairbanks. Palin had stepped down as governor a day earlier during a press conference in Fairbanks.

    “She said Todd was taking her to jog, but she wanted to stop and say hi,” said Peggy Frazier. “When she got on the bus, someone asked her to pose for some pictures, and she said she didn't have any makeup on — but she did it anyway. She was very gracious. Everybody on the bus was flabbergasted.

    “She was so down-to-earth,” Jerry Frazier said. “There didn't seem to be anything pretentious. For her to stop, in a light rain, just to meet some people on a bus, told me that she loves meeting people.”

    After chatting outside the bus with the photo-takers, Palin entered the bus to greet each rider individually. She shook hands, exchanged hugs, posed for photos and signed autographs.

    As Todd Palin waited patiently in the car, Chip Sloan wandered in that direction for a chat.

    “It was like we had known each other a long time. He was as nice as anyone could be,” Sloan said.

    Bud Turner said Palin “seemed glad to meet a bunch of new folks. She asked everybody where they were from, and thanked us for visiting. She hugged all the women. My wife even got a picture of me with my arm around another woman (Palin).”
    Greer group has surprise meeting with Sarah Palin during trip to Wasilla | GreenvilleOnline.com | The Greenville News

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