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June 10, 2011 | By Matea Gold
Todd Palin, better known as the First Dude, played a particularly influential role in the administration. At times, his personal business concerns appeared to shape Sarah Palin's official agenda. Todd Palin sent his wife an email to her personal account July 4, 2008, complaining that the Peter Pan Seafood operation that he provided with salmon out of the Bristol Bay was "plugged up" -- meaning that the processor was at capacity and couldn't handle any more fish. "Way to [sic] early to be on limits," he wrote.
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NEWS
June 10, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
No one can say Sarah Palin wasn't reading the local papers – down to every last letter to the editor on every last topic. On July 26, 2008, when Palin noticed a letter in the Anchorage Daily News that briefly criticized her for not attending the Miss Alaska pageant, she took action. Palin appears to write a response and then goes looking for someone else to send the letter, or one like it, to the paper. The governor's response to the writer, Judy Spry, is written in the third person and begins "Dear Editor.
NEWS
June 10, 2011 | By Kim Murphy
The central domestic scandal that rocked Sarah Palin's administration as governor -- the firing of Public Safety director Walt Monegan in an affair known as Troopergate -- is the subject of dozens of feverish emails from inside her administration, with the governor insisting that Monegan had "spoken untruthfully" about pressure to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law. In a chaotic scramble to respond to Monegan's claims that Palin at one point describes as a "cluster," the former governor appears not to remember a key meeting Monegan said he had with her, in which he claimed Palin herself had brought up the issue of the controversial trooper, Mike Wooten.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Sarah Palin's much-publicized "One Nation" bus tour got off to a chaotic and rumbling start Sunday in Washington, with no bus in sight and the potential presidential candidate only occasionally popping into view. The former Alaska governor, who has indicated she is still contemplating a run for the White House in 2012, showed up at a motorcycle rally for veterans in a Pentagon parking lot, clad in black leather, a black helmet and sunglasses. She arrived with her husband, Todd, and two of their three daughters in tow. "We're here to honor our vets," Palin told NBC News.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2009 | Associated Press
The Alaska Senate on Friday found Gov. Sarah Palin's husband and nine state employees, including some of her top aides, in contempt for ignoring subpoenas in the Legislature's investigation of the governor's firing of her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan. The Senate said it would seek no punishment for the witnesses' failure to testify before its judiciary committee last fall.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2008 | James Rainey
'Who is Todd Palin? What is his influence?" CNN's Rick Sanchez asked urgently Tuesday afternoon, just before a commercial break. "What is his tie to AIP, the Alaskan Independence Party?" The anchorman's serious tone and dancing eyebrows -- not to mention a "The Palins and the Fringe" banner across the bottom of the screen -- suggested big surprises. Must-see TV! And all of it coming "right after the break." So I holstered the remote for a couple of minutes and waited to see what CNN was up to.
NATIONAL
October 12, 2008 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Barely two weeks after Sarah Palin had been sworn in as Alaska's governor, in December 2006, then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's executive secretary got a confusing phone call from Palin's office: The first gentleman would like to schedule a meeting with her boss. "I was not familiar with the term 'first gentleman,' or didn't hear her correctly, so I kept asking her, 'Who?' " the secretary, Cassandra Byrne, testified recently. "And she eventually said, 'Todd Palin.'
NATIONAL
October 11, 2008 | Charles Piller and Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writers
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin violated ethics laws and abused her power as governor in pressing to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, an independent legislative investigation concluded Friday.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to halt an ethics investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee. The ruling clears the way for Alaska lawmakers to release a report today on their investigation into whether Palin abused her power to settle a family dispute in firing her public safety commissioner. The report could prove to be an embarrassment for Palin and a distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign.
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