The W
Views: 98344087
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Calendar | Color chart | Log in for more!
22.8.14 0108
The W - Current Events & Politics - Palin cleared by Alaska panel in ethics probe
This thread has 5 referrals leading to it
Register and log in to post!
Thread rated: 4.39
Pages: 1
(289 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
User
Post (6 total)
Downtown Bookie
Morcilla








Since: 7.4.02
From: The Inner City, Now Living In The Country

Since last post: 72 days
Last activity: 20 hours
#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.51
    Originally posted by Yereth Rosen, reporting for Reuters
    Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was cleared on Monday of wrongdoing in an abuse-of-power investigation into the firing of the state's public safety commissioner.

    The Alaska Personnel Board report, issued on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, ran contrary to findings from a legislative inquiry that concluded in October that Palin had abused the power of her office by pressuring subordinates to fire a state trooper involved in a feud with her family.

    The investigation concluded there was no "probable cause" that Palin violated the state's executive ethics act in dismissing Walt Monegan as public safety commissioner.

    It also cleared her of ethics violations in respect to her dealings regarding Michael Wooten, the trooper involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle with the governor's sister.

    Timothy Petumenos, independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board who wrote the report, said the legislative probe did a good job of assembling facts but did not interpret the ethics law properly.

The full article may be found here (news.yahoo.com).

The ruling certainly must have come as a surprise to at least one member of the Alaska State Legislature, who was quoted here (pubrecord.org) Monday (11/3/08) prior to the ruling clearing the Governor of any wrongdoing:
    Originally posted by Alaska Democrat Rep. Les Gara
    I think in the end the McCain campaign brought Gov. Palin a little more trouble than she bargained for by convincing her to have the personnel board investigate this. Probably in retrospect, wasn’t a smart move.
As can be deduced by results, Rep. Gara was mistaken. Still, the comments by Rep. Gara highlight the fact that the result was no foregone conclusion, given the impartiality of the board. Such was not the case with the legislative probe, in the opinion of Governor Palin and her supporters, who had claimed repeatedly that legislature's inquiry was biased and partisan. It would appear that the current ruling has substantiated those claims.



http://www.americasupportsyou.mil


"Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help." - Isaiah 58:7 (New Living Translation)
Promote this thread!
TheBucsFan
TheChiefsFan








Since: 2.1.02

Since last post: 10 days
Last activity: 10 days
#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.65

    Such was not the case with the legislative probe, in the opinion of Governor Palin and her supporters, who had claimed repeatedly that legislature's inquiry was biased and partisan. It would appear that the current ruling has substantiated those claims.


It would appear to me that this only substantiates claims that this panel disagrees with the other panel.
wmatistic
Andouille








Since: 2.2.04
From: Austin, TX

Since last post: 13 days
Last activity: 1 day
AIM:  
#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan

      Such was not the case with the legislative probe, in the opinion of Governor Palin and her supporters, who had claimed repeatedly that legislature's inquiry was biased and partisan. It would appear that the current ruling has substantiated those claims.


    It would appear to me that this only substantiates claims that this panel disagrees with the other panel.


Agreed. She did set up the legislative inquiry as well, right? And pledge to cooperate with it? From what I had read this second group was the one that most considered to be biased, but who knows for sure.



(edited by wmatistic on 4.11.08 0540)
Teapot
Kishke








Since: 1.8.02
From: Louisville KY

Since last post: 102 days
Last activity: 4 hours
#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.89
    Originally posted by wmatistic
      Originally posted by TheBucsFan

        Such was not the case with the legislative probe, in the opinion of Governor Palin and her supporters, who had claimed repeatedly that legislature's inquiry was biased and partisan. It would appear that the current ruling has substantiated those claims.


      It would appear to me that this only substantiates claims that this panel disagrees with the other panel.


    Agreed. She did set up the legislative inquiry as well, right? And pledge to cooperate with it? From what I had read this second group was the one that most considered to be biased, but who knows for sure.
    (edited by wmatistic on 4.11.08 0540)


The first investigation was authorized in a bipartisan fashion by the state legislature, and conducted by an independent investigator of their choosing. The second investigation was conducted by the personnel board, whose members are appointed by... the governor of Alaska.



Downtown Bookie
Morcilla








Since: 7.4.02
From: The Inner City, Now Living In The Country

Since last post: 72 days
Last activity: 20 hours
#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.51
    Originally posted by Teapot
    The second investigation was conducted by the personnel board, whose members are appointed by... the governor of Alaska.
In the interest of accuracy:
    Originally posted by Lisa Demer, reporting for McClatchy/Tribune Newspapers
    The board is set up in state law as an independent agency to hear complaints of violations of state ethics law brought against executive-branch employees. Members are appointed by the governor, though Palin had a role in appointing only one of the three members.

    Both investigations found that Palin was within her rights to fire Monegan.

The full article from the Chicago Tribune may be found here (chicagotribune.com)
    Originally posted by wmatistic
    From what I had read this second group was the one that most considered to be biased, but who knows for sure.
I would opine that Alaska Democrat Rep. Les Gara may be considered as one who knows for sure, and I believe that his comments (which I quoted in my original post) speak for themselves.





http://www.americasupportsyou.mil


"Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help." - Isaiah 58:7 (New Living Translation)
dMr
Andouille








Since: 2.11.02
From: Edinburgh, Scotland

Since last post: 44 days
Last activity: 8 hours
#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.08
Fae Lisa Demer of McClatchy/Tribune Newspapers:

Members are appointed by the governor, though Palin had a role in appointing only one of the three members.

Interesting use of the word "only" there.

I'm sure most people would settle for only appointing one-third of any review board they were due to face.

I'm pretty sure the ruling would have made hee-haw difference regardless. At this stage people have already made up their minds about Palin and nothing here was ever likely to change many minds.
Thread rated: 4.39
Pages: 1
Thread ahead: 2008 Election Prediction Thread
Next thread: Four years ago today: Obama "unequivocally" says he's not running for national office in '08
Previous thread: Ted Stevens found guilty on all counts of corruption
(289 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
And did the disk appear in Iraq before or after the fall of Hussein? Because Al Qaeda appeared in Iraq afterwards, not before.
The W - Current Events & Politics - Palin cleared by Alaska panel in ethics probeRegister and log in to post!

The W™ message board

ZimBoard
©2001-2014 Brothers Zim

This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.113 seconds.