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June 11, 2011 | By Kim Murphy
When she vetoed $268 million in capital projects approved by lawmakers in the $3.6-billion 2008-09 capital budget, former Gov. Sarah Palin was perplexed at the outcry up and down the state from those whose cherished projects had been cut—with backers of a number of school building projects complaining perhaps the loudest. Fire stations, emergency services and road improvements also got the ax. One unnamed official said she was “stunned by how many school projects were actually cut,” reported Karen Rehfield, director of the Alaska Office of Management and Budget.
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June 11, 2011 | By Kim Murphy
ExxonMobil has long been Alaska’s most enduring villain, thanks to the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker accident that spilled at least 11 million gallons of oil, not to mention the years Exxon spent fighting devastated fishermen and others in court to avoid and delay paying damages. Former Gov. Sarah Palin's emails show how much state officials shared in the general outrage over Exxon’s legal tactics. Having already held the case up in the courts for nearly two decades, winning reversal of  billions of dollars in punitive damages by the U.S. Supreme Court,  ExxonMobil lawyers in 2008 filed pleadings to avoid paying interest on  the $507.5 million they'd avoided paying all those years—a total of about $470 million extra, in the end. An appeals court later ruled Exxon did have to pay the interest, but at the time, the oil company was pulling out the stops again to fight it, and Talis Colberg, then Alaska’s  Attorney General, shared highlights of the company’s legal argument in a contemptuous email to his boss.
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July 28, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Sarah Palin sent a warning to freshman Republicans on Thursday not to forget the promises made to voters in 2010, adding her outsized voice to the flurry of last-minute arm-twisting before a key debt ceiling vote in the House. In a post on her Facebook page from "proverbial politico flyover country," the former Alaska governor reprinted a letter she sent to newly elected members last fall, emphasizing the need to "rein in out-of-control government spending" and "check the growth of spending on our entitlement programs.
NEWS
June 11, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian
Like any elected official, Sarah Palin paid close attention to her detractors, particularly those with large audiences. Radio personality and newspaper columnist Dan Fagan, a former supporter-turned-consistent Palin critic, was especially annoying. In July 2008, Fagan claimed in the Anchorage Daily News that Palin and her staff had erased the contributions of Sen. Ted Stevens in a book created by the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission commemorating Alaska’s first 50 years.
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August 3, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Sarah Palin still isn't running for president, but that doesn't mean she doesn't still want to stir up the race. In a Tuesday appearance on Fox News, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee took Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to task for his silence during the recent debt-limit debate in Washington, accusing him of being a finger-in-the-wind politician. ( Watch video below .) “Bless his heart, I have respect for Mitt Romney, but I do not have respect for what he has done through this debt-increase debate,” Palin told host Sean Hannity.
NEWS
June 11, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Sarah Palin feuded bitterly with Senate President and fellow Republican Lyda Green. When Green contacted the governor's office in May 2008 to discuss calling a special session to move stalled legislation, Palin said Green was asking the governor's office to "bail her butt out of the pickle she got herself in. " RELATED: Read the Palin emails "She believes her hide will be saved if she gets us to take on this entire burden and...
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By James Rainey
Sarah Palin weighed in on the new Republican presidential ticket and, no surprise, took some hard shots at President Obama  ("reckless" spender, "dismal failure. ") A bit less expected was Palin's rant against ... socialized medicine? ... Chicago-style politics? ... Michelle Obama force-feeding us vegetables? No, California. The state of California. In a Facebook statement Friday night, the former Republican vice presidential nominee tried to boost the current Republican presidential ticket by talking about the "cautionary tale" of the Golden State.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Joining what she has dubbed the “lame-stream media,” if only for a brief time, Sarah Palin ended up throwing as many jabs at herself as at President Obama during an appearance on the “Today” show Tuesday morning. Introduced amid a pile of newspapers, acting flustered, Palin immediately harkened back to her infamous interview with former “Today” host Katie Couric. “Oh man, she's doing her homework!” current host Matt Lauer joked as the former Alaskan governor then dove into an anecdote about being mistaken for Tina Fey, known for her pitch-perfect impersonations of Palin on “Saturday Night Live” during the 2008 election cycle.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2011
Kathy Griffin will bring the "tea party" to "Glee. " ( TV Line ) "Inception" takes the top film sound editing Golden Reel honors. They did a good job of drowning out the sound of audience members saying "What's going on?" ( Los Angeles Times ) The weekend isn't over, but it looks as though Liam Neeson and "Unknown" will win the box-office derby. ( Los Angeles Times ) Actress Hayden Panettiere took a nice, quiet Lifetime movie and landed herself in a world of controversy.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | By James Rainey
With only a month to go before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Sarah Palin must be beside herself at all the possibilities. Sarah P. has not won an invitation to the big show. But that should hardly be a barrier. Mama Grizz has a way of pawing into the limelight. Recall the former Alaska governor's attention grab in New Hampshire as Mitt Romney declared his candidacy, or her soaking up the glow of the Ames straw poll, even though she never entered.  The political pros at her SarahPac have already rented space at a mall a mere five-minute walk from the convention center where the GOP regulars will gather.
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