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2nd Alaska Probe Finds Palin Did Not Violate Ethics Rules

By James V. Grimaldi
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate to Republican presidential nominee John McCain, did not violate state ethics rules in allegedly trying to fire her former brother-in-law from the state troopers, an investigator for Alaska's State Personnel Board concluded in a report released on the eve of the election.

The finding of the State Personnel Board is the opposite of that found by an investigator for the Alaska legislature. He found last month that Palin abused executive power when she and her husband engaged in a campaign to oust Mike Wooten, her former brother-in-law, from the state police force.

The investigations began when Walt Monegan, the state police commissioner, alleged in July that he was fired by Palin for failing to oust Wooten. Palin denies that Monegan's firing had anything to do with whether Wooten remained on the force.

"There is no probable cause to believe that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act by making the decision to dismiss Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mongan," the investigator, Timothy Petumenos, said. "There is no probable cause to believe that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in any other respect in connection with the employment of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten."

After McCain selected Palin as his vice presidential nominee, her attorneys attempted to take the investigation out of the hands of the legislative investigator by asking the State Personnel Board to intervene. At a routine meeting this afternoon, the State Personnel Board, which is appointed by Palin, surprised attendees by announcing that its investigator would release his findings today.

Petumenos, an independent investigator hired by the State Personnel Board, released the bulky report at a news conference that began at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The legislature's investigator, Stephen Branchflower, found evidence that Palin actively joined her husband, Todd, in pursuing a personal vendetta against the trooper and that she used state employees to try to settle a score in a bitter family feud.

"Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: To get Trooper Michael Wooten fired," said the report released by a bipartisan legislative committee.

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The governor of Alaska appoints the members of the Alaska Personnel Board, though all three of the board’s current members were appointed by Ms. Palin’s predecessor. Ms. Palin reappointed one member to a new term, said a spokesman for the governor, Bill McAllister.

John Cyr, the executive director of the Alaska Public Safety Employees Association, said it was not surprising that a board appointed by the governor’s office would reach the conclusion.
“We all knew that the governor’s office was putting pressure on” the Department of Public Safety “to take action against Michael Wooten,” Mr. Cyr said.

quoted from
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/04/us/politics/04palin.html?_r=1&ref=politics&oref=slogin

The guy that Palin hired to replace Monegan was charged with sexual harrasment
http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/475539.html
Whether or not he really commit sexual harrasment may not be known fro what I read but still she knew he had the charge.

Posted by: actongue | November 4, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

here is some more information
She fired an Employee because he would not fire her ex brother inlaw
She Claims that Monegan was fired for not following her orders and being a rogue as she stated him to be. He did not take the Agency in the direction she felt was best for Alaska.
YET shortly before her firing of Moinegan she has a Press Conference where she says that she personally wants to thank Monegan for taking Alaksa in the proper direction.
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5779112

More interesting information
Frank Murkowski, GovernorWilliam Tandeske, Commissioner
Palin was not in office yet when Wooten got suspended Monegan's Name does not appear on the Trooper findings either (that I could find)
media. adn. com/smedia/2008/07/21/16/Wooten_suspend_letter.source.prod_affiliate.7.pdf
Sounds like he was in the right place at the wrong time

Petumenos' firm has a history with Palin: in 2002, it handled a $15 million bond issue for the town of Wasilla to build a multimillion-dollar hockey complex. Palin, then mayor of the town, championed the project and the bond issue.

abcnews.go. com/Blotter/Story?id=5874475&page= 2

Posted by: actongue | November 4, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The trooper makes stupid mistakes, and agreeing to mildly taser a 10-year-old who has been begging to see what it felt like, is one of those mistakes.

The moose shooting occurred because Sarah Palin's own sister, who DID have a licence, couldn't finish off the moose she had already grazed. So her husband did it, only he didn't have a license. AND, that moose was EATEN by Sarah's father's family.

The beer drinking in the car was illegal and stupid, and I am going to guess that if Todd were caught drinking and driving, Sarah would say, "Oh well, that's Alaska! Wink! Wink!"

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP | November 4, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee voted for Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/user/charleslawlesss

Report of some states that are already decided because of early voting.
http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | November 4, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Don't concede mccain you already made a fool of yourself. Never give up fight fight fight we don't fear history we make history.

Posted by: r4147824 | November 4, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Far from being DOA, the State Personnel Board has proper jurisdiction over the issue and confirmed that Gov. Palin is not guilty of any legal or ethical violation. Just like I pointed out before.

Regardless of today's result, McCain-Palin should NOT concede but keep ALL their legal options open.

Posted by: JakeD | November 4, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Too late. It begs the question to ask, Why this second opinion by another body? The question was already settled by a Republican-initiated, bi-partisan review.

She let her non-elected husband have undue participation in this matter's official progress and have totally out-of-line influence over its outcome.

She and he were both appallingly stupid and sloppy about the forcing out of the trooper.

This second opinion was DOA. What a pointless exercise to dress up tawdry, unlawful behavior in a cloak of respectability. Ha. As pointless as she is.

Posted by: gailrcampbell | November 3, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 3, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

TIN SOLDIER OBAMA'S COMING- COAL PLANTS ARE ON THEIR OWN- BANKRUPT- YOU CAN HEAR THE DRUMMING- ALL DEAD IN O-HI-O!!!

(WATCH McCAIN TAKE THE COAL STATES)

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

The entire liberal media and hollywood was against this woman. She has been ridiculed mercilessly. Obama, on the other hand, has been labeled "a transcendant politician", after accomplishing NOTHING. His campaign played the race card perfectly. America now knows that their is only one kind of racism in the US - racism perpetrated against Blacks. And Obama's campaign and surrogates were able to do all the hatchet work for their candidate. This race has sickened me. The media coverage has been blantant in its bias. We got what we deserved when GW Bush was elected - and we will deserve Obama as well. The greatest country in the world, and the most idiotic way of electing it's leader. I predict that Obama will fall flat on his face, a one term flame out.

Posted by: daavina | November 3, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

November 3rd, 2008 12:39 PM Eastern
I’ll Say It Again, This Election Will Be Closer Than They Think.

Polls understandably tempt journalists to suggest the race has been “clinched” by Senator Obama (as John King did recently did on CNN). — I hope such predictions won’t affect anyone’s interest in voting.

Here are my reasons for believing the race will be closer than these polls indicate:

1) According to varied professional sources with whom I have spoken, there exists a proportionally high number of potential voters who are refusing to be polled or express their opinion publicly. In a historic, high-octane race like 2008, I believe there are more reasons for a McCain supporter to stay silent than for an Obama supporter. It is understandable to imagine McCain supporters fearing labels such as “racist,” “homophobe,” “single-issue-voter,” “warmonger,” or “against change,” even if the voter is none of these.

2) Similarly, pollsters have reported higher than usual numbers of undecided voters or voters still capable of changing their minds. People know Senator McCain. Do they know Senator Obama well enough to break for him this late in the game?

3) Most importantly, in 2004, pollsters were caught by surprise by the amount of voters who left the polls saying “social issues” were most influential in determining their vote. In 2008, the media has been mostly silent on these causes, focusing instead on the economy and Iraq. This focus ignores an important reality. The “Value Voters” block of mostly Evangelicals and a good percentage of conservative Catholics and others, may indeed be wrapped up in these urgent headlines, but there is no convincing data to suggest they have inverted their voting priorities, turning away from abortion, traditional marriage, limited government, etc. If Senator Kerry’s policy proposals were enough to get this voting block to the booth, Senator Obama’s policies should bring them out in droves.

So there you have my November 3rd take.

And if I’m right and the vote is close in 2008, when the Democratic Party has every political reason to wipe out the Republicans, it will mean our country rejects major elements of Senator Obama’s plan to revolutionize important American values, beginning with the right to life. Then the Democratic Party may see the benefit of freeing itself from the stranglehold of the culture of death, forced upon it by extreme, and extremely powerful, interest groups. What a relief it would be for “Values Voters” to have a viable alternative to the very imperfect Republican Party.

And what is your November 3rd prediction?

God bless,

Father Jonathan

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Sounds more like a comment on Alaska's state ethics rules than a judgement on Mrs Palin - that's already been done.

Posted by: andro1 | November 3, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Im suspicious of this last minute revelation for the "WHACK JOB". The GOP must think American people are really stupid.

John McSame, take your hat in hand, with your tail between your leg and move on.

Posted by: K2007 | November 3, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It does show that she is not above using her position for her own gains though.

Posted by: justjunkemail | November 3, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious that there is no proof that this is a set up. But let's think about it. Two things:

1. Palin can fire anyone on the personnel board. That was made clear months ago.

2. This is just coincidently announed the evening before the polls.

Give me a break! Palin in my mind is not cleared. I wonder what party the second investigator belongs to?!

I'm sure Ms Palin will celebrate tonight and rub the results of the second investgation in everyone's face. However, let's count all of the other things that she has done wrong.

The AP Investigation over the Contract Palin made with TransCanda Corp. using improper Contracting methods which reveals conflicts of interest. The Charles Gibson Inverviews. Katie Couric Interviews. Travelgate. Fashiongate. Insuffient reporting on income tax, Claim per diem for living at home, to just name a few.

No Ms Palin is bad news and John McCain used poor judgment in selecting her.

I am proud to state that I have already voted for Obama and even if I waited to vote tomorrow the results of the second investigation wouldn't have changed my mind.


Posted by: eashley12 | November 3, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ElMugroso | November 3, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure the probe clears Palin. It didn't convict her; that is a different thing.

Our system doesn't always get this distinction right. I understand the Scottish system has three outcomes: guilty, innocent, and not proven. Not proven helps establish that, while the evidence is insufficient to convict, no one thinks the accused was innocent.

I'd say the probe came to the equivalent of not proven.

Posted by: jpk1 | November 3, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I know this is hard to take, but there is a reason Palin didn't release her records. Guessing game?

Its hard to explain away a communicable disease treatment. My guess is that it will contradict her story that they knew the condition of Trig and still kept him.

Posted by: WOW9 | November 3, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Most of you are hypocrites. You blast an independent investigator for being biased, and you have no evidence. You just argue that since the investigator was hired by a panel appointed by Plain's predecessor and re-appointable by her, that they must be biased. No evidence to that effect, just a foregone conclusion because you perceive a conflict of interest from your vaunted vantage-point sitting at your computer.

Well how about a Democratic-controlled legislature, which changes the day the report is to be completed from after the election to before it; and they made this change AFTER Palin was nominated to the Republican ticket? Any prima facie conflict of interest there? Hardly a soul mentioned it, on this site or anywhere else in the media.

Your own words show you to be hypocrites, and the lack of validity to your argument is self-evident. Welcome to Postmodern America. There is no longer any need to even attempt to discern objective truth. Just cynically assert that everything is just an exercise of the will to power, and then assert what you want to be true for the power center of your choice.

We're living in a philosophical cesspool, and shame on all who are contributing to the ambient sewage.

Posted by: mark51 | November 3, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin's hand picked and appointed friends found her not guilty. About as credible as the rest of her resume.

Posted by: fishingriver | November 3, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Too bad that investigator and the personnel board sold their integrity and she's going to lose the election anyway. I hope their temporary whitewashing jobs at least pay well.

Posted by: pundito | November 3, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Man, that was close, just before the election. I'm sure that this will push Palin's gravitas over the top. Is this second inquiry considered a recount?

Posted by: mortified469 | November 3, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The facts are that this smells REALLY REALLY fishy. Doesn't look right. Hard to believe this *exoneration* came out THE DAY BEFORE THE ELECTION. Oh wait... it's Alaska we're dealing with. Forgot.

The first investigation was begun only THREE WEEKS prior to Sarah being picked as McCain's running mate. Don't tell me it only "picked up steam" then. That's hogwash and so is this latest "verdict". It smacks of typical CORRUPT ALASKA POLITICS and smart people can see right through that!

Posted by: mavisdarling | November 3, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

About the tazer. My papa was a very abusive man. He wasn't in the 1950's but by today's standards he was a very evil man who enjoyed inflicting pain and suffering on his children. We once had a 3 acre yard on the edge of a golf course and it was my job at an early age to mow the yard. Dad had a large riding mower. One day he was showing me how to use the mower and he pointed out the spark plug and described to me what it would do and what electricity can do to a person. He told me I would be shocked if I touched the spark plug and then he told me to touch it. I did believing my father was telling me the truth that I would get a shock. Well, I got a shock alright. From then on I had a healthy respect for electricity and refrained from doing stupid things such as sticking my fingers into 110 volt electrical receptacles, sticking live electrical wires into bowls of water, etc. Back then little boys were taught how to become men--not wimps or sissies.

Posted by: jackcorbett | November 3, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Did her daughter come while she was being abstinence onlyed?

Posted by: lichtme | November 3, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Can we really trust that a board that Palin appointed was really impartial? I do not think so?

Posted by: rcc_2000 | November 3, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The Headline:

Sarah Found Innocent by Cronies *WINK WINK*

Posted by: mavisdarling | November 3, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Facts are apparently not important to 95% of the posters on this article. Palin bashing -- good sport. Too bad none of you can match her accomplishment level. You say the board is a sham... face it, the allegation was a sham to begin with and only picked up steam after McCain selected her as his running mate. Politics and political games do not make things so -- no matter who is on the review board.

Posted by: sagedutch | November 3, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I do believe that Putin when he was President of Russia was cleared of charges from his HAND PICKED COMMITTEE BOARD!
WHERE ARE HE MEDICAL RECORDS PROMISED WEEKS AGO?
Is it that hard to get Doctors to lie for you Sarah? I guess so, no RECORDS YET>Wasllia is such a HUGE town lots and lots of paperwork to dig into…

Posted by: kimb54 | November 3, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Now, wasn't that convenient? Just another stunt to try and draw votes tomorrow. One last attempt to breathe life into McCain's dying campaign, that's all this is.

Posted by: therebel | November 3, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

This result was predetermined even before the panel was asked to rule on it. Another example of McShame/Palin politics. Cover up everything, do whatever you want.

Posted by: McSameChalin | November 3, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The 3 member Alaska State Personnel Board appointed by the Govenor cleared the Govenor.

Wow, who could ever figure that out. Palin now has enogh free time to read the Constitution and have a Constitutional Lawyer explain the First Amd to her.

Send this ignorant,arrogant wakho person back to Alaska. I am sure they await her arrival.

If Senator Stevens were to win and then resign she could appoint her husband or herself to his seat.

Posted by: COWENS99 | November 3, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I do believe that Putin when he was President of Russia was cleared of charges from his HAND PICKED COMMITTEE BOARD!
WHERE ARE HE MEDICAL RECORDS PROMISED WEEKS AGO?
Is it that hard to get Doctors to lie for you Sara? I guess so, no RECORDS YET>Wasllia is such a HUGE town lots and lots of paperwork to dig into…

Posted by: kimb54 | November 3, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

First Dude Palin could be in for one hell of a lawsuit, by the brother in law and by the offical that got fired. Using one's position for intimidating a state offical is against the law and just wait, first dude will be sued, bigtime! ABUSE OF POWER BY FIRST DUDE PALIN USING AN OFFICE IN THE GOVERNOR'S PLACE OF WORK,(TO INTIMIDATE A PUBLIC OFFICAL TO FIRING A RELATIVE THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PUNISHED IN THE FACE OF THE LAW"? WELL THAT IS WHAT REGULAR FOLKS GO TO PRISON FOR. A BIG NO NO. SO ASK YOURSELVES WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE MARTHA STEWART GO TO PRISON AND FOLKS LIKE FIRST DUDE USE HIS WIFE'S GOVERNORSHIP TO MAKE PHONECALLS INTIMIDATING STATE OFFICALS THAT ARE AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR JOBS IF THEY DIDN'T COMPLY. I BET YA , THIS ISN'T OVER FOLKS.

how would you people like your governor's spouse trying to get your punishment extended after you served it?

Posted by: ggrant9170 | November 3, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin would be a GREAT vice president, right in the Bush/Rove/Cheney/Rumsfeld etc tradition. Lie, cheat, steal, ...

Posted by: frodot | November 3, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

To this point the comments support (17 it's a white-wash to 3 I'm so thankful for Sarah)the fact is it's obviously was rigged. Remember Sarahs firing of Public
Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was upheld. She stated she fired him for not moving as she had directed him. I'm sure she used the same yard-stick on the two Commissioners she kept that were appointed by the previous Republican Governor ans used that yard-stick on the one she appointed. What fools they think we be!

Posted by: downhill240 | November 3, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Relevant things to consider - (1) the personnel Board is appointed by Governor Palin and wholly responsible to her, (2) Palin and her husband Todd refused to give depositions to the truly impartial, bi-partisan panel created by the State Legislature, (3) not all members of her staff complied with the subpoenas to present evidence, and (4) Palin used two private email accounts to hide actions she was taking as governor and has refused to make those emails available. This supposed exoneration is laughable on its face.

Posted by: BillfromAlaska | November 3, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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What a circus!

Even if the Pope sprinkles Holy Water on her, she still a cochona with rouge on the kisser.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | November 3, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, maybe this just means that Palin's ethics are pretty good compared to those of Ted Stevens.

Posted by: jimk8mr | November 3, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I expected a cover up long before the Branchflower report was made public. This report comprises 263 pages in pdf format. I've personally read the first 160 pages. This is primary source material. It is not a Fox (False News) version of the true facts, the opinion of a New York Times columnist or for that matter a columnist for the Washington Post.

I ask myself this: 1. Did the spouse of Governor Palin or did he not spend 50% of his time in the governor's office spending much of his time at the governor's 12 to 14 foot long desk by four foot wide desk as described in the Branchflower report? 2. When State Trooper Mike Wooten, shot the moose without a permit, was he in fact accompanied by his former wife, Sarah Palin's sister who did have a permit who no doubt said to Mike, "You shoot the moose."? 3. And was Sarah Palin's father present during or right after this moose's assassination? and 4. did he or did he not drag the moose to a pickup where he butchered the moose? I think these questions are important considering it was Sarah Palin's father, noteworthy moose butcher at the scene, who complained to the Alaskan State Troopers that Wooten shot a moose without a permit and that started the internal investigation of Mike Wooten by the Alaskan State troopers which determined Mike should not be terminated as a state trooper but merely suspended for three days, such suspension possibly for other minor infractions Wooten committed while serving as a trooper.

This and much much more is in the Branchflower report. Perhaps this latest news that Governor Palin has been cleared of ethics violations charges turns on a single issue, that being, "While husband Todd was spending so much time at her desk, did 1. he or did he not have his feet up on her desk while discussing Alaskan governmental affairs with various government officials or 2. did he merely have his chair higher than the person sitting across from him to merely intimidate the person sitting across from him? If number 1 is true, Palin is guilty but if number 2 is true then she did not allow her husband to become involved in her office's affairs to such as extent as to violate the Alaskan state ethics act. I think that's the issue this latest investigation was entirely based upon.

I talk too much, I am too wordy, so let me sum all of the above up...COVERUP.

Posted by: jackcorbett | November 3, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

This second investigation was a sham from the moment they announced it. Mostly made up of GOP members and Palin appointees, there was no way they would find her guilty. She abused her power according to the first inquiry, So she should stepdown.
This is also another reason never to trust the GOP. Corruption is their best quality.
Hopefully the people will get it right on Tuesday and vote against all GOP members, along with their leaders, Mccain/Palin.

Posted by: sumo1 | November 3, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I believe the majority Repub board. They have more credibility since they had jurisdiction, even in Palin's eyes, until she was tapped to campaign as VP.

The people who picked the guy to do this investigation all serve at Sarah's pleasure. The fact that it was a surprise to release this they day before the election smells pretty bad.

Verdict: no credibility.

Posted by: DougH1 | November 3, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

You know what. The brother in law was judged and paid the price for what he did under the law. Citizens cannot decide that the punishment wasn't what they had in mind so therefore make calls from the governor's office and put pressure on public officals to take the law in their own hands or else, get fired! So you don't like what the trooper/brother in law got, i don't like what the judge decided for my brother in law so what do i do to make sure justice according to me gets done?

the brother in law by the way, used demo taser which was for a split second at the boys request, don't make it right but it wasn't the same tasering the criminals or suspects get on the streets! does that make a difference? i think it does, but the trooper was punished for it as he should have been. using one's position to take the law in your own hands as First Dude Palin did , i think first dude is the one in real trouble. stay tuned.

Posted by: ggrant9170 | November 3, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a white-wash that apparently our national news is not going to question. According to nnseek.com the three person Personnel board is appointed by the Governor. Two members were carried forward by Palin from the presious Republican Governor. Palin appointed one herself. What dirty little webs we weave whilst we deceitfuly hide truth from the ordinary people.

Posted by: downhill240 | November 3, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

How many other offices in the country permit the worker's SPOUSE to see personnel records and call people from the worker's office to harass them? I don't know of any. The first decision was correct and this one has absolutely no standing since the people making the decision report to the governor.

Posted by: gsross | November 3, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

A board chosen by Palin and answering to Palin finds her not guilty on the eve of the election. Yeah, sure, this doesn't stink.

Posted by: jlelijah | November 3, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising that the same people Palin personally appointed to the personnel board came up with a different finding than the legislature. But, that's a matter for the people of Alaska to deal with. In the time she has been in front of the American people, her ambition, cunning, and somewhat devious approach has come through fairly clear and her standing for the most part among Americans has hit the skids. With good fortune, she will not ever be able to put her hands on the controls of the Federal Government.

Posted by: rrau22 | November 3, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

This is the board that Palin herself appointed and the investigation that she herself started?

Thank you, but I'll take the word of the bi-partisan board that came out last month.

This ranks on the level of Rush Limbaugh trying to upstage Gore by nominating himself for the Nobel Peace prize.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | November 3, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

This whole "investigation" has been a political ploy. Nothing more! The guy was not even fired; he was given the opportunity to take a lateral move. This is a non-story that the media has glommed onto. Pretty amazing given all the real stories about Obama (and is his past/associations) that at least merited investigation by the msm but received little or no coverage. Think about it: if Palin had admitted to cocaine use, the WP would send investigative reporters out to find her dealer. With Obama... nothing! Completely and overtly biased!

And to those on this site who claim the woman has no intellect... get over yourselves and look in the mirror. She is governor of a state - can you point to such accomplishment? Nope, your accomplishment for the day is blasting a successful woman who you happen to disagree with philosophically. Might try to focus on the issues rather than personal attacks -- you know, the same advise the msm gives to McCain even though even that is apparently "negative campaigning".

Posted by: sagedutch | November 3, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, by tomorrow I won't really care.

Barack to Washington!

Sarah to Wasilla!

Posted by: BudG024 | November 3, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

It would be helpful to me, as a reader, if the reporting said whether the two investigations differed on the facts found, or the conclusions drawn from the facts.

Posted by: wstander | November 3, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin's brother in law was such a big criminal (killing moose without a license!) she should have gone through the proper channels and gotten a restraining order against him. Instead she used her considerable power to buck the channels.

While she wastes the precious time of well-paid state officials like the police chief, in the meantime, rape victims must buy their own rape detection kits from the police department.

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP | November 3, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

This is kind of a twisted constitutional jury. Isn't it you are supposed to be judged by a jury of your peers , not by a jury you appoint and can fire.I probably would have have better job reviews when I was working if I could have had the power to hire and fire my boos who evaluated me .

Posted by: majorteddy | November 3, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

This is big, folks. It could directly impact tomorrow's election in several ways.
It could drive independents who faulted the governor into Obama or Ralph Nader's camp. It could drive voters into the Stevens camp if they now suspect the jury verdict or into Begich camp if they feel berayed by the state process on matters of corruption All of this will go late into the Washington night so prepare for a long one.

Posted by: steveconn1 | November 3, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

What is really amazing is that all the major press reports do not say that the trooper Palin is accused of try to have fired, admitted to having Tasered his 10 year old son, and drinking beer while operating a state police vehicle, and to other offenses, I think one was hunting while he was supposed to be on duty. Tasers have killed people a lot bigger than a 10 year old. Let him Taser your relative and see if you want him fired, and by the way, you didn't know this, did you? And it makes a difference, doesn't it. By the way, these are facts you can check, they are in some papers, but just not in yours.

Posted by: harrisonppicot | November 3, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

first she's guilty and then she's innocent, isn't this just like America in the 21st century. This lady,fully unprepared and completely devoid of serious intellect is an affront to my voting rights. John McCain should be ashamed of himself for exposing his cynicism with this pick. How can he pretend to be a serious candidate with sarah Palin as choiceVP. Personally, after vetting her activities these last 10 weeks, I've come to the conclusion that she's both stupid and vindictive.

Posted by: sls213 | November 3, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Now, now, it wasn't hand picked by Palin, it was hand picked by Murkowski. Palin just gets to reappoint them like she already has for one of the three members.

Hey, in these blistered economic conditions brought to you by slavishly following bankrupt ideological dogma, who can blame them for watching out for themselves and their nice, cushy jobs.

Posted by: wes1155 | November 3, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

So members of the State Personnel Board, who Palin can fire at will and without cause, have found that she was justified in firing one state employee without cause and harassing another despite obvious conflicts of interest.

I'm shocked!

Posted by: labman57 | November 3, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how 'independent' this independent investigator is? The Palin-appointed panel managed to get this enquiry done in record time and release it just before the election. It does make one wonder if it was more a case of dracula reviewing the blood bank.

We know she allowed Todd to harass officials over this matter - that's an ethics violation in itself. We know she indulges in cronyism appointing unqualified school mates to important posts.

Perhaps the terms of reference didn't allow any other finding (I'm being generous here). More analysis required.

Posted by: Meem1 | November 3, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

There is no "allegedly" to the fact that Sarah Palin and her husband tried to get her ex brother in law fired. The allegation was in respect to whether this was abuse of power. So her hand-picked personnel board found in her favor. Big surprise. This is far from done, but lord willing and the creek don't rise, it will go back to the obscurity of Alaska politics after tomorrow.

Posted by: dixie-chik | November 3, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

So the legislature's investigator says Palin erred and the Alaska Personnel Board's investigator says she did not. Interesting that the Alaska Personnel Board answers to the governor, and that its report was issued on election eve.

Just coincidence? Of course, should McCain/Palin prevail, both reports will become must reads. But there's a silver lining: we'll have the earliest "Gate" scandal facing a new administration if TrooperGate continues...

Posted by: ANetliner | November 3, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

thejaner muses:

After 30 years of voting Dem, I sent in my absentee ballot marked McCain/Palin for POTUS. Blah, blah, blah...

Transparent. VERY transparent. I'd be willing to bet there is only one fact stated, you voted.

Posted by: wes1155 | November 3, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This is laughable! On the eve of the election, the “investigation” performed by a board hand picked by none other than Palin, a board that essentially works for Palin, “clears” its own boss. Get real. At least we will not have to listen to Palin tell another shameless Orwellian lie about the investigation. There is no need to lie when a surrogate does it for you.

Posted by: MdLaw | November 3, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

IF, I was to say that although I do not think Sarah is as good a VP selection, as Mitt Romney would have been;

But, SHE has a Much more Gorgeous Body!

Think she'd Hold it Against me for a LONG TIME! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

After 30 years of voting Dem, I sent in my absentee ballot marked McCain/Palin for POTUS. In the end I had to vote for democracy. I could not vote for the least experienced candidate in our country''s history-not to mention that he took in illegal campaign funds, and hired ACORN for 800 grand to help him cheat in the democratic caucuses.

pumapac.org

Posted by: thejaner | November 3, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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