Palin vs. Wooten: Palin wins another round

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cue Wicked Witch of the West cackle and music:

The Alaska state trooper who was the subject of harsh allegations by Gov. Sarah Palin was taken off patrols recently for his own safety, after her comments allegedly prompted a series of threatening phone calls, KIMO-TV in Anchorage reported Friday. […]

Wooten is now working a desk job, KIMO reported. The troopers’ union has expressed concern because the new position means he can no longer earn overtime pay.

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Congratulations to Sarah Palin

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In honor of you winning this round:

These findings differ from those of the Branchflower Report because Independent Counsel has concluded the wrong statute was used as a basis for the conclusions contained in the Branchflower Report, 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.

But this twit reserves the right to comment after she reads that deposition

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Sarah Palin thinks you are a moron

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update: via McClatchy, from an Anchorage Daily News editorial on October 15, 2008:

Sarah Palin’s reaction to the Legislature’s Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.

She claims the report “vindicates” her. She said that the investigation found “no unlawful or unethical activity on my part.”

Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian.

We’re through the looking glass, people.

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Highlights from the Troopergate Report

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What do you mean you don’t have time to read the entire 263 page report about how Sarah Palin abused her authority as governor?

Your faithful twit has collected some highlights for you:

(pdf at 8)

(pdf at 49)

(pdf at 52)

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an encyclopedia of McCain/Palin lies and distortion

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There are so many it is getting hard to keep track.  This is a beginning of a list, and it will be updated as additional reports are collected.  Please feel free to leave additional links in the comments.

To begin, here’s a video that outlines some of the latest lies and distortions from the McCain campaign:

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The investigations of Sarah Palin

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There are so many investigations of alleged abuse of power by Governor Sarah Palin it is getting difficult to keep track of them all.  So here is a quick round up of what is currently going on:

Via ABC News on August 29, 2008:

a legislative probe into claims that she abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.


an investigation into the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who claims he balked at pressure to remove Trooper Mike Wooten, who had an acrimonious divorce from Palin’s sister.

A detailed timeline of the events that led to the Troopergate investigation can be seen here.  An analysis about how this investigation may lead to the impeachment of Governor Palin can be seen here.

update! Independent investigator Stephen Branchflower has released his report, which finds that Governor Palin abused her authority.  Highlights from the 263 page report can be seen here.

Via Roll Call on September 3, 2008:

“Last night, I initiated a proceeding before the state personnel board because that is the agency charged by law with addressing complaints about hiring and firing matters, and ethical issues in general, involving the Governor,” Palin said in a statement.

Via ABC News on September 2, 2008:

French says the investigation will also seek to learn how the Governor’s office obtained confidential information from her ex-brother-in-law’s personnel file.

“If she was involved, it would be a violation of state law,” said French.

Via TPM on September 5, 2008:

Yesterday, the troopers union filed an ethics complaint against Palin for improperly accessing Wooten’s personnel record.

Via McClatchy on September 3, 2008:

Palin is facing another ethics complaint, filed by a former state employee and political activist alleging her office used improper influence to award a state job.

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The difference between Sarah Palin and Britney Spears

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Is that Britney is sorry about endangering the life of her child.

Via USAToday:

Sally Lee, editor of Parents magazine, says there is no excuse for driving with a baby in your lap, because if there’s an accident, the child “becomes a projectile or is crushed between the mother and the steering wheel,” she says.

“It’s such dangerous behavior, and it goes against everything you’ve ever been told about auto safety and babies. There are never mitigating circumstances. The baby should be in a car seat, period.”

According to the Washington Post on September 7, 2008:

Palin held her baby in her arms as the warden drove a short distance around the facility, said corrections director Joe Schmidt, who sat next to Palin.

A few days later, the governor got a warning from her public safety commissioner that someone had complained that she did not strap Trig into a car seat for the ride.

Palin dismissed the complaint as petty, and the commissioner, whom she appointed, took no formal action.

Just ask Britney Spears how illegal it is.  Governor Palin, I have been telling anyone who will listen to stay out of your personal life.  But endangering your infant child is potentially a criminal offense and a very public matter.

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The case for the impeachment of Governor Sarah Palin

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On August 30, 2008, I reviewed online court records for the McCann/Wooten family court cases and created a timeline to help make sense of the news reports related to the “Troopergate” scandal.  At this point, a narrative version seems appropriate to help make sense of that timeline, particularly in light of how the court cases provide a telling backdrop to the scandal.

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Palin vs. Wooten: Chronology of a Scandal

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A bitter custody dispute, starring the sister of Governor Sarah Palin, Molly McCann, and her three attorneys, versus the currently unrepresented Michael Wooten?  An erupting scandal involving allegations of political power being leveraged by Governor Palin for an advantage in that custody case?  The Alaska Department of Public Safety makes recordings of all of its incoming calls?  Could this be a bonafide scandal?

Apparently, it was a ‘little known fact’ that calls to the Alaska DPS are recorded.

This calls for a timeline…

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