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Palin is strongly opposed to abortion and supports capital punishment. While running for Governor of Alaska, Palin supported the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in schools, however, she noted she would not use "religion as a litmus test, or anybody's personal opinion on evolution or creationism" as criteria for selection to the school board.
She opposes same-sex marriage, but she has stated that she has gay friends and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination. While the previous administration did not implement same-sex benefits, Palin complied with an Alaskan state Supreme Court order and signed them into law. She disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling and supported a democratic advisory vote from the public on whether there should be a constitutional amendment on the matter. Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii. Palin has stated that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.
Palin's first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to the partners of gay state employees. In effect, her veto granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with Alaska's attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.
Originally posted by kidflash2008
I would like to add that she could be chosen to groom her for a run in 2012 or 2016. There are not too many Republicans out there who have a huge fan base that are considering a run for president. Gov. Palin would get much experience being Vice President, and could run in 2012 should Sen. McCain decide not to run again.
The accusations are detailed in two thick binders, the result of a nearly yearlong investigation by troopers. When the investigation appeared to stall, Palin -- more than a year before she was elected governor, and about two months before launching her campaign -- pushed trooper commanders to take action against Wooten. At one point, Palin and her husband, Todd, hired a private investigator.
Wooten recently gave his union permission to release the entire investigative file, all 482 pages and hours of recorded interviews.
"The record clearly indicates a serious and concentrated pattern of unacceptable and at times, illegal activity occurring over a lengthy period, which establishes a course of conduct totally at odds with the ethics of our profession," Col. Julia Grimes, then head of Alaska State Troopers, wrote in March 1, 2006, letter suspending Wooten for 10 days. After the union protested it, the suspension was reduced to five days.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
2. Her eldest son's army brigade deploys to Iraq on SEPTEMBER 11 of this year.
Originally posted by SonicInfinity
9/11? I'm sure that's nothing but a coincidence.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Ok, she's a strong accomplished woman, let's not make her out to be Laura Roslin.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
Palin is also a harball player, and would probably run a very disciplined cabinet for McCain, which may be important if McCain's age starts to tell on him and ambitious cabinet secretaries start jockeying for power. They call her Sarah Barracuda.
Palin routinely fires anyone who gets in her way and replaces them with someone who will back her play.