Posted tagged ‘Alaska Governor’

Ted Stevens Believed to Be on Crashed Plane

August 10, 2010

Early this morning, a plane believed to be carrying eight people, including former Senator Ted Stevens, crashed in southwest Alaska. There is no word on any casualties at this time.

From the Associated Press:

Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said there were possible fatalities. Five good Samaritans were on scene early Tuesday helping the crash victims, he said. It was unclear how they reached the site.

A U.S. government official told The Associated Press that Alaska authorities have been told the former longtime Republican senator is among several passengers on the plane. The official, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, says Stevens’ condition is unknown.

The federal official declined to be publicly identified because the crash response and investigation are under way.

Sarah Palin “Feels Great” After Leaving Office

July 27, 2009

Sarah Palin gave her final speech as Alaska’s governor yesterday afternoon before stepping down from her job. Now the question remains, where does the former vice presidential candidate go from here? Senate? Vice President? President? Who knows?

From ABC News:

“I feel great,” she said. “It was a smooth transition of power as it should be, and a good advancement for the state.”

Palin leaves office with a pile of cash in her political action committee — more than a million dollars strong and growing rapidly since her decision to resign.

Following a farewell series of picnics across the state over the weekend, Palin leaves behind legions of confused supporters.

“It breaks my heart because we voted for her, we believe in her,” one supporter said. “She was honest, she was like a breath of fresh air.”

Analysts say she is now in uncharted political territory.

“She runs second in most of the public polls for 2012, so she’ll still very much be a factor as we go forward,” said Republican analyst Frank Donatelli.

From CNN:

“Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state … I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one’s last year in office,” Palin said, just moments before Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor.

“With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth,” Palin continued. “And I have never felt you need a title to do that.”

Palin — interrupted briefly by a heckler — devoted much of her last address to a rundown of her accomplishments as governor, including winning legislative approval for a massive natural gas pipeline and governing “with fiscal restraint.”

“What I promised, we accomplished,” she told the mostly supportive crowd.

Where Does Sarah Palin Go From Here?

July 6, 2009

So, I go on vacation for a few days and come back to learn of quite a few major news stories, including the murder of Steve McNair and Sarah Palin resigning as Governor of Alaska. How do I miss these things?

The question now is: Where does Sarah Palin go from here? Is she going to hide away in obscurity? Will she run for President in 2012? Is there another scandal coming? Who knows!

From ABC News:

On many blogs this weekend, speculation ran rampant that a scandal is coming or that another shoe will drop.

But no evidence of anything more than rehashed rumors has appeared thus far.

After reports that she may have resigned because of a supposedly pending federal embezzlement investigation, her lawyers called such speculation false and warned in a letter to the media, “This is to provide notice … that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law.”

In a rare move, the FBI issued a statement to say there was no ongoing investigation of Palin.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will take over the top state job later this month, said Palin is resigning because of the mounting legal costs the state of Alaska and she personally are incurring because of several ethics complaints filed against her during her term as governor. Even though the charges have been dismissed, she still has steep legal fees.

“What seemed to weigh heavily upon her was the cost associated with all the records request, ethics complaints, the cost of staff time, the distractions,” Parnell told ABC News. “We are up to $2 million in costs to Alaskan taxpayers for that and I think there was just that sense that that was a burden to moving Alaska forward.”

Palin’s political opponents like Alaska senator and fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski have criticized Palin’s unexpected decision.

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“I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded,” Murkowski said.

Bristol Palin and Fiance Levi Johnston Call Off Engagement

March 11, 2009

A shocker in Alaska! 🙂

The engagement is off for the teenage daughter of Alaska Governor  Sarah Palin and the father of her baby, Levi Johnston.

From the Associated Press:

Levi Johnston told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he and Bristol Palin mutually decided “a while ago” to end their relationship. The 19-year-old Johnston declined to elaborate.

Eighteen-year-old Bristol Palin says in a statement to the AP that she is “devastated.”

The two are the parents of a boy named Tripp, who was born Dec. 27.

Sarah Palin revealed her daughter’s pregnancy days after being named John McCain’s running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

In an interview that aired on Fox News last month, Bristol Palin said her fiance saw the baby every day and described him as a “hands-on” dad.

The two had said they were considering a summer wedding.

Bristol Palin Wishes Pregnancy Could Have Come Later

February 17, 2009

Bristol Palin says that she loves motherhood, but the daughter of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she’s not getting much sleep these days.

From the Associated Press:

Bristol Palin says in a two-part interview on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record” that she wishes her pregnancy had “happened in, like, 10 years so I could have a job and an education and be, like, prepared and have my own house and stuff.”

Palin goes on to say that son Tripp, born Dec. 27, brings her so much joy, she doesn’t regret having him at all. She’s engaged to the baby’s father, Levi Johnston.

The governor also made an appearance in the interview, which took place Sunday in Fairbanks.

Part one of the interview aired Monday night and the second part was scheduled to air Tuesday night.

From the New York Times:

Bristol Palin, Gov. Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, sat for her first interview since giving birth to Tripp, which aired Monday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

News of the unmarried high school student’s pregnancy emerged within days of her mother’s introduction as Senator John McCain’s running mate in August. In addition to being a mother, Ms. Palin appears to be embracing a potential role as an advocate against teen pregnancy, saying that abstinence is “not realistic.”

Ms. Palin, who said she was “exhausted,” at moments seemed to have a poise and world-weariness that belied her age. But there were still flashes of a defiant teenager.

She said she had been particularly irritated by media rumors that her mother, a social conservative, had forced her to have the baby.

“It doesn’t matter what my mom’s views are on it,” she said. “It was my decision, and I wish people would realize that, too.”

Though she declined to elaborate, Ms. Palin’s views on abstinence appear to differ from those her mother, a proponent of abstinence-until-marriage education, would like to see espoused.

“Everyone should be abstinent, but it’s just not realistic at all,” she said, adding that among people her age, “it’s more and more accepted now.” But though she said she hoped her story would help change that acceptance, she did not advocate the use of contraception or go into greater detail as to how to prevent teen pregnancy.

When Ms. Van Susteren asked if she knew how to take care of a baby, Ms. Palin responded, “Yeah,” with a note of irritation. She added, “Because I’ve been babysitting my whole life. So it’s not just the baby part of it that’s hard, it’s just realizing that I’m not living for myself anymore; I’m living for another human being.”

Sarah Palin Speaks Out

January 9, 2009

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is still upset over the coverage she received during the presidential campaign. She believes that if she were from a different political party, the her coverage would have much better.

From the Associated Press:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says CBS News anchor Katie Couric and comic actress Tina Fey have been “exploiting” her.

Palin also is questioning whether Caroline Kennedy is getting better treatment from the news media in her quest for a Senate seat than Palin herself received as Republican John McCain’s running mate.

Palin reflected on her campaign for national office in an interview this week with conservative radio talk-show host and filmmaker John Ziegler. Clips are posted on YouTube.

Palin gave Couric a rare interview at the beginning of her campaign, and Fey frequently impersonated Palin on “Saturday Night Live.”

Palin says she thinks there may be a “class issue” involved in the press coverage of Kennedy and her own bid for office.

From ABC News:

In excerpts of a Jan. 5 interview with a conservative filmmaker, Palin unleashed a barrage of criticism at CBS News’ Katie Couric, comedian Tina Fey and the media in general.

In the video clip, which is just over nine minutes long, the former vice presidential candidate told John Ziegler, creator of the upcoming documentary “Media Malpractice,” that she endured lazy reporting, unequal scrutiny and bias from the “mainstream media.”

If she had been a Democrat, Palin said, the media would have “loved” her.

She also appeared to still be angry over reports that she had spent $150,000 of GOP cash on a new wardrobe while she was the party’s VP candidate.