Lawmakers to Subpoena Todd Palin in Alaska

GOP efforts to delay probe thwarted by state senator
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2008 8:01 PM CDT
Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, right, sits with John Cyr, executive director for the Public Safety Employee Association, in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday Sept. 9, 2008.   (Al Grillo)
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(Newser) – The abuse of power investigation against Sarah Palin took a potentially ominous turn for her party today 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, who appeared in camouflage pants to vote during a break from moose hunting. The Senate committee acted at the request of an investigator who is gathering evidence on whether Palin abused her power by firing Walt Monegan, the state's director of public safety. Critics charge she fired Monegan after he refused to dismiss a state trooper who had a messy divorce with the governor's sister.