Alaska officials have launched an investigation into missing emails from a trove of messages released last week from Sarah Palin's time as governor. The state has released more than 24,000 emails to and from Palin from the time she took office in 2006 to a few weeks after she joined John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008. There were, however, no emails from Palin in her first critical month in office. The first email from Palin doesn't appear until January. "That means, if the record is to be trusted, Palin did not send or receive a single email about state business during a time when she was busy taking the first major actions of her new administration," notes the Anchorage Daily News.
During that time, Palin proposed a state budget, appointed an attorney general, dropped a major road contract, and vetoed a bill to block benefits to same-sex couples working as public employees. An official has ordered the state's information technology department to recheck for emails, and help explain why emails appear to be missing. Palin and her staff were known to use private email accounts to conduct state business throughout much of her term, notes AP. One member of the state's Department of Natural Resources was redirected to a private email account by a member of Palin's staff when he failed to get any response to three messages to Palin's government email address. (Check out one email, on tequila and condoms, that did make it through the filter.)