daily news 10-10

Todd Palin had unusual access to wife’s staff – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin remained in the dark while her husband repeatedly asked top state officials to help get his former brother-in-law kicked off the state police force, Palin’s husband and top aides said in affidavits provided to The Associated Press.

McCain camp clears Palin of wrongdoing before state report is even issued – Trying to head off a potentially embarrassing state ethics report on GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, campaign officials released their own report Thursday that clears her of any wrongdoing.

Palin wrongly suggests Congress ban oil exports – A questioner at a town hall-style meeting in Wisconsin said he had heard that at least 75 percent of the oil drilled in Alaska was being sold to China and said, if true, he would like to know why. “No. It’s not 75 percent of our oil being exported,” Palin said, suggesting some of Alaska’s oil, in fact, may be going abroad but not that much.  “In fact,” she added, “Congress is pretty strict on, um, export bans of oil and gas especially.” No Alaska oil has been exported since 2004, and little if any since 2000, according to the Energy Information Administration and the Congressional Research Service.

Meet Sarah Palin’s radical right wing palsExtremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll helped launch Palin’s political career in Alaska, and in return had influence over policy. “Her door was open,” says Chryson — and still is…But soon, Palin and Chryson discovered they could be useful to each other. Palin would be running for mayor, while Chryson was about to take over the chairmanship of the Alaska Independence Party, which at its peak in 1990 had managed to elect a governor.

Palin’s approach to big oil, more mainstream then maverickHowever, a review of the Palin administration’s record on big oil shows a stance that’s in many ways less maverick than mainstream. Challenging the oil industry may have been somewhat unusual for a governor of Alaska, but Palin did it at a time when the public was clamoring for change. And she did so with the help of Democrats, even following their lead on a key oil tax issue.

Palin investigation can proceed An investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner can proceed, Alaska’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday, clearing the way for a Friday report to the state Legislature on the issue.

PR consultant helped Palin grab spotlightAn outside public relations expert hired under a $31,000 contract with the state Department of Natural Resources pitched the “upstart governor” as a crusader against Big Oil, a story line that Palin has adopted in her campaign as Sen. John McCain’s running mate. The contract was the only time the Palin administration hired an outside consultant to set up media interviews, a function performed in many states by government employees.
At the state Capitol, Palin agreed to be “shadowed” for days by some national reporters, and her dealings with the legislature dropped off so dramatically that some House and Senate members donned red-and-white “Where’s Sarah?” buttons to show their disapproval. But her high-visibility campaign paid off, helping Palin win notice from political pundits, who began including her on lists of long-shot choices for the GOP vice presidential spot.

Palins repeatedly pressed case against trooperThe 2007 state fair was days away when Alaska’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, took another call about one of his troopers, Michael Wooten. This time, the director of Gov. Sarah Palin’s Anchorage office was on the line. As Mr. Monegan recalls it, the aide said the governor had heard that Trooper Wooten was assigned to work the kickoff to the fair in late August. If so, Mr. Monegan should do something about it, because Ms. Palin was also planning to attend and did not want him nearby

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