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If substantiated, these actions .wouldbe in violation of OPM chapters 101.070(A)- Unbecomingconduct,
101.070(B)- Personal conduct, 101.070(C) -Conformance to laws, 101.070(F)(2) - Use of alcohol,
101.070(i)(1) - Abuse of position and 103.030(A)- Operation to be prudent and lawful.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
Alaska papers were for a time calling "troopergate".
The GOP candidate for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, may be facing yet another ethics investigation back in her home state of Alaska. An ethics complaint obtained by NBC News was filed Wednesday by the police officers union in Alaska, requesting a probe into possible wrongdoing by the governor or her office. It was brought on behalf of state trooper Mike Wooten, an ex-brother-in-law of Palin who is at the center of the "Troopergate" scandal.
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.
An Anchorage judge three years ago warned Sarah Palin and members of her family to stop "disparaging" the reputation of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, who at the time was undergoing a bitter separation and divorce from Palin's sister Molly.
Allegations that Palin, her husband Todd, and at least one top gubernatorial aide continued to vilify Wooten—after Palin became Alaska's governor and pressured state police officials to take action against him—are at the center of "Troopergate," a political and ethical controversy which has embroiled Palin's administration and is currently the subject of an official inquiry by a special investigator hired by the state legislature.
Court records obtained by NEWSWEEK show that during the course of divorce hearings three years ago, Judge John Suddock heard testimony from an official of the Alaska State Troopers' union about how Sarah Palin—then a private citizen—and members of her family, including her father and daughter, lodged up to a dozen complaints against Wooten with the state police. The union official told the judge that he had never before been asked to appear as a divorce-case witness, that the union believed family complaints against Wooten were "not job-related," and that Wooten was being "harassed" by Palin and other family members.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The abuse of power investigation against Sarah Palin, Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, took a potentially ominous turn for her party on Friday when state lawmakers voted to subpoena her husband.
Republican efforts to delay the probe until after the Nov. 4 election were thwarted when GOP State Sen. Charlie Huggins, who represents Palin's hometown of Wasilla, sided with Democrats. "Let's just get the facts on the table," said Huggins
Since then, Gov. Sarah Palin, who expressed disappointment with the dairy closing, replaced the entire membership of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation, which oversees the Creamery Board. The new agriculture board then installed itself as the Creamery Board. The new Creamery Board chairwoman, Kristan Cole, said after the meeting today that Van Treeck agreed with the decision. But she acknowledged that Van Treeck had originally recommended shutting down the dairy, and that current board members had questioned his commitment to finding a way to keep it open. “
Gov. Sarah Palin is already facing ethical questions over her firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, and now she faces questions over the firing of a longtime local police chief. New reports raise questions about the firing of a local police chief.
After taking over as Mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Palin fired the longtime local police chief. The former police chief, Irl Stambaugh says he was fired because he stepped on the toes of Palin's campaign contributors, including bar owners and the National Rifle Association.
Stambaugh's lawyer, William Jermain, says the chief tried to move up the closing hours of local bars from 5 a.m. to two a.m. after a spurt of drunk driving accidents and arrests.
"His crackdown on that practice by the bars was not appreciated by her and that was one reason she terminated Irl," said Jermain.
In his 1997 lawsuit, Stambaugh also alleged that his stand on restricting concealed weapons upset the NRA.
Five Republican state legislators filed a lawsuit in Alaska state court on Tuesday seeking to block Democrats from investigating whether vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power in firing a state trooper feuding with her family.
The lawsuit claims the probe into Palin's July firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan is unconstitutional and politically tainted because it is being managed by Democrats trying to undermine Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Palin, his running mate.
If the investigation is not halted, the attorney representing the five lawmakers said, at the least the two Democrats and Obama supporters on the committee and special investigator Steve Branchflower should be removed from the case.
On Monday afternoon, the Joint Legislative Council, filled with Republicans and Democrats, voted 12 to 0 to formally call for an investigation against Governor Palin in a manner—that they are stressing—will be unbiased and done in a timely fashion
Tuesday, the governor went on the offensive as she made a legal filing to have the Alaska personnel board review her firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. According to the governor's attorney, Thomas Van Flein, the subject of whether Governor Palin abused her powers is not in the jurisdiction of the Legislature and in fact is up to the Alaska personnel board to investigate.
"I believe that the legislative council is acting extra-constitutionally that there is no statutory basis or constitutional basis for the Attorney Thomas Van Flein legislative council to act as a secret grand jury," said Van Flein.
State of Alaska Office of Boards and Commissions Roster
PERSONNEL BOARD (077)
Debra E. English
Alfred L. Tamagni, Sr.
Function: Approves/disapproves amendments to personnel rules; considers extensions of the partially exempt and classified service; hears appeals under A.S. 39.25.170; and hears complaints under the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
Originally posted by nunya13
I don't have time but maybe someone can look into exactly who these people are.
One board member, Deborah English of Anchorage, was reappointed by Palin in January, according to the Alaska state government Web site. Board member Laura Plenert of Ketchikan, is up for reappointment in 2010; the third member, Alfred Tamagni, Sr. of Anchorage, is up for reappointment in 2012.
All three were appointed by Palin's Republican predecessor, Frank Murkowski. The state's Web site did not list the board members' party affiliations, but under state law, no more than two board members can be of the same party.
Tamgani donated $400 to Palin for her 2006 race for Governor.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
She can fire these people for no reason at all without doing anything illegal.
It would be refreshing to read more about actual policies as presented by McCain and Obama instead of this airing of meaningless dirty laundry.
We have far more freedoms than other states, a genuine right to privacy, no taxes, no gun laws and a relaxed lifestyle. Everyone claims to want that, but when they noticed it; they set out to destroy it.