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Test Your Palin Knowledge

'Newsweek' goes deep with Sarah trivia

(Newser) - With Sarah Palin fever at its highest point since the 2008 election, Newsweek dares you to test how much you know about the nation's most polarizing politician:
  • What question did Palin and strategists plan for her to ask Joe Biden before the start of their debate?
  • Mat, Court, Zamboni, and
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Palin's Figures on Ethics Complaints Don't Add Up

Report has lawyer costing $30K per hour

(Newser) - A spreadsheet from Sarah Palin's office detailing spending on ethics complaints and lawsuits is riddled with discrepancies, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The administrative director of Palin's office says accidental double-counting added $26,849 to the $1.9 million total. She plans to make inquiries about other parts of the... More »

Microscope Follows Palin Back to Alaska

After campaign whirlwind, guv left 'feeling beaten up'

(Newser) - After the 2008 campaign clock struck midnight, Sarah Palin returned to Alaska with a mixed bag of name recognition and unwanted scrutiny, the Washington Post reports. Supporters and opponents alike parse her every move for signs of a 2012 presidential run, and her role as conservative attack dog is coloring... More »

Alaska AG, Troopergate Fixture, Resigns

(Newser) - Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg, a key figure in the Troopergate scandal that dogged Sarah Palin's vice presidential bid, has resigned "in the best interest" of the state, Palin's office said in a statement today. Colberg represented seven of the state employees subpoenaed as a result of the abuse-of-power... More »

Palin's Husband, Aides Found in Contempt

State lawmakers slap wrists for ignoring Troopergate subpoenas

(Newser) - Alaska's Senate has voted to hold Todd Palin and nine of Sarah Palin's aides in contempt for not showing up to testify when subpoenaed in the Troopergate probe, reports the Anchorage Daily News. The resolution doesn’t call for any further punishment, because all 10 submitted written statements to investigators... More »

You've Changed, Sarah, and So Have We

Alaska struggles to recognize returning guv, and vice versa

(Newser) - The Alaska Sarah Palin comes home to isn’t the same as the one she left, reports the LA Times. The governor's approval ratings have plunged—from 80% to a “mere mortal 65%”—but not as steeply as the price of oil, which makes up most of the... More »

Palin Didn't Abuse Power in 'Troopergate': Counsel

Report slams 1st probe for using wrong law

(Newser) - An Election Day eve report by an independent counsel found Sarah Palin innocent of charges in the so-called "Troopergate" scandal, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Anchorage attorney Timothy Petumenos, hired by Alaska's Personnel Board, said Palin did not violate a state ethics law in firing her public safety... More »

Palin Talks in Troopergate Probe

She waves but ducks reporters, testifies in Mo. hotel

(Newser) - Sarah Palin testified before an independent investigator today about allegations that she used personnel decisions as Alaska's governor to pursue a personal vendetta against her former brother-in-law, the AP reports. Palin waved but did not speak to reporters when she arrived at a Missouri hotel for her deposition, scheduled to... More »

Palin's 'Reforms' Include State Jobs for Donors

Governor's appointees include loyalists with iffy qualifications

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has touted herself as a reformer, telling voters she "took on the old politics as usual in Juneau." But an LA Times investigation shows the Alaska governor gave more than 100 state jobs to campaign contributors and their relatives, many of whom lacked qualifications for... More »

Deputy Warned Palins About Troopergate

Official said efforts to fire trooper could embarrass governor

(Newser) - Todd Palin and other aides were warned by state police officials that their push to have a state trooper fired could come back to haunt them, CNN reports. Deputy commissioner of public safety John Glass told a persistent Palin that the trooper had already been disciplined and "discomfort and... More »

Ethics Report Zeroes in on Todd Palin

First Dude had 'significant influence' over state politics

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is back in the headlines with official findings that she abused her power as governor of Alaska—but her husband is the main character in the 300-page tome issued by the state legislature last week, reports AP. Alaska's “First Dude” spent half his time in Palin’s... More »

Confident Palin: 'You Got to Read the Report'

She says she didn't abuse her power as Alaska governor

(Newser) - Sarah Palin says she did not abuse her power as governor, despite the findings of an ethics investigation, CNN reports. “If you read the report, you will see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member,” she said. The report, however, did not fault... More »

Palin Abused Power in Trying to Can Trooper, Panel Says

But firing of comish is called 'proper'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin violated an Alaska ethics law as governor by trying to fire a state trooper divorced from her sister, state lawmakers ruled today. Palin also fired a state commissioner partly because he refused to can the trooper, but the legislative panel called that firing "a proper and lawful... More »

Palins Piled On Pressure for Trooper's Firing

'Obsessed' pair repeatedly contacted commissioner to slam trooper

(Newser) - Sarah Palin, her husband and officials from the governor's office made dozens of phone calls to Palin's public safety commissioner and his aides denouncing state trooper Mike Wooten, the New York Times reports. Walt Monegan, whose firing Palin claims was unrelated to the matter, says the governor and her husband... More »

Alaska Court Won't Block Palin Probe

Ruling means Troopergate report will be released tomorrow

(Newser) - The Alaska State Supreme Court refused today to halt an ethics investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin. The ruling clears the way for lawmakers to release a report tomorrow on their investigation into whether Palin abused her power by firing her public safety commissioner to settle a family dispute. Republican lawmakers... More »

Palin Clashed With Fired Official Over Trig's Car Seat

Todd's Troopergate statement hints at bad blood with axed commissioner

(Newser) - Deep in the statement Todd Palin wrote to Troopergate investigators is a surprise history of his wife's long-standing feud with a fired Alaska safety commissioner—including clashing over her apparent failure to use a car safety seat for her baby son, Trig. The commissioner was not axed because he refused... More »

Todd Palin: I Did Try to Have Trooper Fired

(Newser) - Todd Palin tried to convince several Alaska officials to support firing a trooper who was divorcing his sister-in-law, reports the Anchorage Daily News. But in a sworn statement, he denies interfering with his wife's job as governor and says he played no role in the firing of a safety commissioner... More »

Rambling Palin Opens Up to Press Pack

Sarah rips Obama's 'forthrightedness' on 'No-Talk Express'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin surprised reporters yesterday by coming to the back of her campaign plane to take questions from the press corps for the first time ever, Fox News reports. The candidate spoke in her trademark rambling style for nearly 15 minutes aboard what reporters had dubbed the "No-Talk Express.... More »

Palin Aides to Testify on Troopergate

Judge denied attempt by staffers to void lawmakers' subpoenas

(Newser) - State employees who had argued that Alaska’s legislature lacked the power to call on them have agreed to testify in the so-called Troopergate probe investigating Sarah Palin’s motives in firing the state’s public-safety commissioner, the Anchorage Daily News reports. A state judge ruled last week against the... More »

Todd Palin to Speak to Troopergate Investigator

Decision to cooperate in other case awaiting Alaska Supreme Court ruling

(Newser) - Todd Palin plans to speak later this month with an investigator probing abuse-of-power allegations against his wife, his attorney tells the AP. He previously ignored a subpoena ordering him to testify in a parallel probe by the Alaska legislature into the Palins' role in the firing of a public safety... More »

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