Friday, October 10, 2008

Alaska Report: Governor Palin: Violated Public Trust

Troopergate report released: Palin abused power

Panel: Palin abused power in trooper case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator's report concluded Friday...

...The bipartisan Legislative Council, which commissioned the investigation after Monegan was fired, unanimously adopted the 263-page public report after a marathon executive session Friday. About 1,000 more pages of documents compiled during the inquiry will remain confidential, the council's chairman, state Sen. Kim Elton, said.

Gov. Calls Kohring Verdicts ‘Just’ Printer Friendly

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Governor Palin Calls Kohring Verdicts ‘Just’

November 1, 2007, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin issued this statement following today’s guilty verdicts in the federal corruption trial of Vic Kohring, a former state representative.

“Although it is a sad day for Alaska, I applaud the jury for providing a just verdict. Public trust and integrity are the foundation of good government. Mr. Kohring clearly violated those tenets. He not only betrayed the trust of those who elected him, but the trust of those closest to him.

This reaffirms my commitment to conduct the people’s business in an open and transparent fashion.”

Palin Being Investigated For Another Possible Ethics Violation
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For months, the confrontation mounted, a face-off that arguably held in the balance the fate of two of Alaska's biggest industries. On one side were companies hoping to open Pebble Mine at a huge gold and copper reserve adjacent to one of the world's largest salmon runs, Bristol Bay. On the other side were fishermen and environmentalists pushing a referendum that would make it harder for the mine to open.

The two sides spent more than $10 million -- unprecedented for such efforts in Alaska -- and throughout it all, the state's highly popular first-term governor, Sarah Palin, held back. Alaska law forbids state officials from using state resources to advocate on ballot initiatives.

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