October 9, 2008 |
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband defended his role as a close advisor to his wife Wednesday but adamantly denied that he meddled in her administration to try to settle a family dispute. The Republican vice presidential nominee and her husband, Todd, are the focus of an abuse-of-power investigation by a legislative panel.
October 6, 2008 |
Seven aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have reversed course and agreed to testify in an investigation into whether the Republican vice presidential nominee abused her power by firing a commissioner who refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law. There is no indication, however, that Palin or her husband will testify in the legislative inquiry, which has dogged her for several months and could hurt John McCain in the final weeks of the presidential race.
October 4, 2008 |
Sarah Palin earns more than husband Todd, who takes a lot of deductions for his fishing and snow-machine-racing careers, according to the Palins’ 2007 and 2006 federal tax returns, released Friday. The Alaska governor makes $125,000 a year. Plus, since she took the job in December 2006, she hasn't paid taxes on the more than $17,000 she received in controversial per diem payments for working out of the family's lakeside home in Wasilla -- some 575 miles from the capital of Juneau.
September 20, 2008 |
Gov. Sarah Palin's chief of staff authorized former Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan to travel to Washington, although the governor has cited that trip as a primary example of the insubordination that led to his firing. Monegan is the central figure in the investigation into whether Palin abused her power when she fired him. Monegan alleges he was fired because he refused to terminate a state trooper who was involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's sister.
September 20, 2008 |
Fox News tough guy Sean Hannity assured us this week he would press Sarah Palin for real answers -- no going easy on the woman who could be the next vice president of the United States. "No topic," Hannity intoned, "is off limits." A couple of nights earlier, Fox's hard-talking lawyer, Greta Van Susteren, promised to take us to unknown places in her exclusive interview with Alaska's so-called First Dude, Todd Palin. "You will see this," Greta declared, "nowhere else!" No, you won't.
September 19, 2008 |
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband refused to testify in the investigation of his wife's alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses were essentially sidetracking the probe until after election day. Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person and by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. His lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying he objected to the probe and would not appear today to testify.
September 13, 2008 |
A panel of Alaska legislators voted Friday to authorize subpoenas of the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin and a group of her aides to determine whether she improperly pressured a top state official to fire her former brother-in-law, an Alaska state trooper. The decision by the Alaska Senate's Judiciary Committee gives an independent investigator, Stephen Branchflower, the Legislature's legal backing to seek testimony from Todd Palin and 11 gubernatorial aides. The House Judiciary Committee concurred, and Senate President Lyda Green, a bitter rival of Gov. Palin, indicated after the hearing that she would also back the move.
September 10, 2008 |
Gov. Sarah Palin is being asked by a local Republican activist to release more than 1,100 e-mails she withheld from a public records request, including 40 that were copied to her husband, Todd. Palin had claimed executive privilege for documents copied to her husband, who is not a state employee, in responding to an open records request in June made by Andree McLeod, an activist in Anchorage. The administrative appeal filed Tuesday by McLeod's attorney, Donald C. Mitchell, argued that by copying Todd Palin on sensitive state correspondence, the governor and her aides shattered the privilege rightly afforded elected officials.
September 7, 2008 |
The quiet man standing next to Sarah Palin is nothing like the other three campaign spouses caught in the whirlwind of the presidential race, and not just because he's a man. Todd Palin is a conservative, a moose hunter, an oil worker, a union man, a snowmobile racer, a hockey fan and a onetime backer of Alaskan independence. And in the frontier society of Alaska, his bona fides are not that unusual. He's a "true Alaskan," said Ben Harrell, owner of the Mocha Moose cafe here.
September 6, 2008 |
LIKE MANY around Hollywood, I've spent an embarrassing amount of time during the week trying to decide which actress would be best to play Sarah Palin in the story of her life. I know conventional wisdom says that Tina Fey is a lock for the part, but do you really think that the "30 Rock" star could be believable in a role in which she'd have to wrestle a moose to the ground and vivisect ol' Bullwinkle with her bowie knife? Personally I'd vote for Demi Moore, because, as veteran comedy writer and "MASH" co-creator Larry Gelbart pointed out when we were discussing this, Moore could really capture what he sees as Palin's "mixture of sensuality and dominatrix."