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Palin Won’t Release Troopergate Deposition December 5, 2008

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ADN’s political blog is reporting that the governor’s office is refusing to release the deposition Sarah Palin gave to the Alaska Personnel Board.  Apparently Palin views the matter as over and done with, and wants to put it behind her.  She’s also refusing to release Todd’s deposition and a host of other related material.

Her promise to make the personnel board’s findings public, she says, didn’t apply to material which was not explicitly in the final report.  That promise notwithstanding, what does Sarah have to gain by refusing to make her testimony public?  Much of her side of the story has already been made public in the news media, and I don’t anticipate that her answers to the personnel board were substantially different than the ones we’ve heard, so she probably doesn’t have to worry about charges of her story changing.  Furthermore, the personnel board cleared her of wrongdoing, so nothing she or Todd said in the depositions can be that damaging, can it?  I’m baffled.

I will say this: the question of whether Sarah Palin acted improperly in
a) trying to get Trooper Wooten fired, and/or
b) in removing Walt Monegan as Commissioner of Public Safety
completely aside, the one thing I’m taking away from this case so far as an Alaskan is that our governor, whose chief talking point in the campaign was that Alaska’s government should be transparent and accountable to the people, didn’t mean what she said.  

More than anything else, I’m disappointed.


Stevens Trial Will Proceed, Palin Investigation Under Fire September 17, 2008

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The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner is reporting that Ted Stevens’ lawyers have failed in their final attempt to get Stevens’ corruption charges dismissed without a trial.  Stevens is still hoping that the trial, now scheduled to start on the 22nd of September, will be over before the general election on November 4th.  Stevens must be well-convinced of his chances of not being convicted, as were he to be convicted prior to the election, the ramifications would reach beyond his own political career.  If Stevens is indeed convicted before November 4th, the Republicans will not be able to replace him on the ballot, and Mark Begich (the Democratic nominee) will win the race for Stevens’ seat in a walk.  Stevens may be convinced he’ll be found not guilty, but I’d bet there are some folks in his party getting ulcers about now.


In other scandal-related news, Sarah Palin has now completed her reversal of stance towards the State Legislature’s “Troopergate” investigation, as Palin’s allies in the Legislature have sued to block the investigation led by State Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage).  The investigation was initially given unanimous bipartisan support and the blessing of Palin herself, but after Palin’s nomination as John McCain’s running mate, both Palin and Republicans in the Legislature have complained that the probe has become partisan and even suggested that supporters of Barack Obama have “hijacked” the investigation.

CNN has the full story.

Breaking: Monegan Says Palin Is Lying September 16, 2008

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This isn’t exactly a big surprise, but I am surprised it came out already: ABC News conducted an interview with Walt Monegan (the former Public Safety commissioner whose dismissal is at the heart of the “Troopergate” scandal), his first in-depth interview since his departure from commissionership.  Monegan doesn’t beat around the bush.

In the interview, Monegan says he and Palin never discussed Public Safety priorities (Palin’s explanation for Monegan’s firing was that he didn’t see eye-to-eye with the administration on priorities like alcohol abuse), and that,

“She’s not telling the truth when she told ABC neither she nor her husband pressured me to fire Trooper Wooten… And she’s not telling the truth to the media about her reasons for firing me.”

It’s difficult to be more straightforward than that.

The interview story from ABC is here.

UPDATE (6:00 PM AK): Palin’s people just did an about-face: departing from her welcoming stance toward the investigation (her initial response), they are now blasting the investigation as overly partisan and saying she won’t cooperate as long as the investigation “remains tainted”.  Her aides are also giving Monegan both barrels, saying he displayed “egregious insubordination” during his tenure as the Public Safety Commissioner.  The full story is at KTUU.