LPJ Dossier File: Sarah Palin, Alaska


LPJ Dossier File – Sarah Palin
Name: Sarah Louise Heath aka Sarah Palin was born on February 11th, 1964 at Sandpoint, Idaho.
Gender: Female
Religion: Protestant – Baptized as a Roman Catholic, re-baptized at age 12 into the Assemblies of God, Wasilla, Alaska, a Pentecostal denomination. Currently attends Juneau Christian Center.
Race: Caucasian
Education: High School – Wasilla High, Wasilla, AK (1982); Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu; North Idaho College; University of Idaho; Matanuska-Susitna Community College, Palmer, AK; BS Communications and Journalism, University of Idaho in 1987.
Relatives and Family Members: Charles R. Heath, father; Sarah Sheeran, mother; Molly McCann, sister; Chuck Heath, Jr., brother; Todd Palin, husband; Track Palin, son (b. 1989); Bristol Palin, daughter (b. 1990); Willow Palin, daughter (b. 1995); Piper Indy Palin, daughter (b. 2001); Trig Paxson Van Palin, son, b. 2008).
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican [may change]
Organization Membership or Affiliation: Feminists for Life, National Rifle Association [Life Member], Rotary International, Salvation Army, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.
Important Events/Accomplishments: Beauty Contest for Miss Wasilla in 1984.
Nationality: United States

First woman to be Governor of Alaska [2006-2009] and was Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election and the first woman Vice Presidential candidate on the Republican ticket.
Sarah Palin was a surprise to the nation when she was chosen to be the Vice Presidential candidate on the McCain campaign for President of the United States in 2008 – an unknown figure in national politics. She had only met John McCain once and briefly had conversations over telephone calls before McCain’s election team landed in Alaska to secure her agreement to run as Vice President for the GOP.
A true conservative, she is also a creationist. Palin is far-right politically when it comes to certain issues like abortion that she opposes even in the case of rape or incest, favors abstinence-only sex education, and doesn’t believe in the consensus theory of global warming in the sense that human activity is responsible.
In 2006 she involved herself with the proposed construction of the Alaskan bridge that came to be known as the Bridge to Nowhere, but withdrew her support in 2007 after it became a negative political issue.
As governor, she often conducted business concerning her office via an unsecured Yahoo! Email account. In August of 2008, her email account was hacked and portions of the mailbox were posted to a public internet website.
During her tenor as governor, Alaska Legislative Council conducted an ethics probe concerning the dismissal of the Alaska Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan, who refused to fire Michael Wooten, a state trooper engaged in a bitter divorce with Governor Palin’s sister. The council, 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats, determined that Palin had personally tried to get Wooten fired, and had abused her power as Governor and violated the state’s Executive Branch Ethics Act. Although Palin had promised full cooperation with the probe, all seven subpoenaed members of Palin’s staff refused to honor their subpoenas.
During the 2008 election, Sarah Palin attracted large crowds looking to her as a refreshing new candidate to go to Washington. In October of 2008, a NBC and Wall Street Journal public opinion poll’s statistics showed that 55% of the American public felt that Ms. Palin was not qualified to run as a Vice President candidate. Soon the media got wind of dissent between McCain and Palin, mostly because Ms. Palin didn’t follow the advice of how the political game was to be played through McCain’s experience. Even Fox News had reported negative articles about her stating that she was unaware that Africa was a continent.
On July 3rd 2009, Ms. Palin announced her resignation earlier than the time for her to leave office, not wanting to be a governor in a lame duck status, as well as concerns about family and ongoing probes. The resignation became official on July 26th 2009.
Political Issues:
Abortion – Should be a state issue, not federal mandate. Opposed to embryonic stem cell research (2008). Safe Haven Bill, allowing surrender of newborns without penalty (2008). Adoption is best plan for permanency for foster care kids (2007). If Roe v. Wade got overturned, let people decide what’s next (2006). Opposes use of public funds for abortions (2006). Only exception for abortion is if mother’s life is in danger (2006).
Budget & EconomyPredatory lenders got us into the housing crisis (2008). Program of $1,200 to every Alaskan spent on consumer goods (2008). Taxpayers cannot be looked to as Wall Street bailout (2008). Firm believer in free market capitalism (2006).
Civil Rights Non-support of anything but traditional marriage (2008). Equal rights for women (2008). Equal pay for equal work; but not Ledbetter Act (2008). Vetoed bill denying benefits to gays, as unconstitutional (2008). Comply with same-sex partner benefits despite disagreement (2006). Value cultural diversity (2006). OK to deny benefits to homosexual couples (2006). No spousal benefits for same-sex couples (2006). Top priorities include preserving definition of marriage (2006).
Corporations Wall Street violated public trust & caused mortgage crisis (2008). Governor must act as effective CEO on behalf of Alaskans (2006). Encourage small business growth by reducing business taxes (2006).
CrimeEstablish ‘FB Day’ to support fighting global crime (2008). Register sex offenders & investigate internet sex crimes (2008). Victims’ rights are critical to ‘justice for all’ (2008). Collect DNA samples from felons (2007). Gang members on probation must wear electronic monitors (2007). Maximum sentence for first-degree murder (2007). If legislature passed death penalty law, I would sign it (2006). No special hate-crime laws; all heinous crimes are hate-based (2006). No expansion of gambling in Alaska (2006).
Drugs and AlcoholRejected making Wasilla bars close earlier than 5 AM (2008). Maintain alcohol sale database; bar giving alcohol to minors (2007). Opposes legalizing marijuana, but meth is greater threat (2006). Smoked marijuana when it was legal under Alaska law (2006). Top priorities include gangs and drugs – they harm family life (2006).
EducationTeach creationism along with evolution in schools (2008). Supports teaching intelligent design in public schools (2008). School debate should focus on accountability (2008). Committed to providing strong education, including morals (2008). Supports charter schools, home schools and other alternatives (2006). Back to basics, ABC method, plus patriotism & ethics (2006). Parents know best about school spending and school age (2006). Let parents opt out of schoolbooks they find offensive (2006). Pledge of Allegiance with ‘Under God’ should remain (2006).
Energy and OilSued federal EPA for misusing Endangered Species Act (2009). Exxon and Conoco are not my biggest fans (2008). First and foremost, we must become energy independent (2008). Energy is inherently linked to security and prosperity (2008). Produce more of our own oil & gas for national security (2008). More pipelines, more nukes, more coal and more alternatives (2008). Suspend 8-cent fuel tax for one year (2008). Windfall oil profits tax prevents investment (2008). Lift moratorium on offshore drilling (2008). Exxon-Mobil should pay $507 million for Exxon Valdez spill (2008). Energy relief plan: $100 per person monthly for oil and gas (2008). $250 million for proven alternative energy, including wind and hydro (2008). Fund cellulosic biofuel research in Farm Bill (2007). In Alaska: Goal of 50% of Alaska electric power from renewable sources (2009); Alaska Inducement Act (2008); Gas pipeline is largest private-sector infrastructure in history (2008); Gasline Inducement Act with 1,715-mile natural gas pipeline (2008); Commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas (2008); Agrees with Obama on more Alaska oil and gas production (2008); Unlock ANWR and offshore drilling (2008). Global Warming: Supports capping carbon emissions (2008); Cyclical temperature changes affect climate change (2008); Global warming affects Alaska, but not man-made (2008); Analyze potential costs associated with climate change (2006).
EnvironmentOpposed protections for salmon from mining contamination (2008). Sued US government to stop listing polar bear as endangered (2008). Must encourage timber, mining, drilling, and fishing (2008). Wolf predator control is important for subsistence hunters (2007). Feds shouldn’t list beluga whales as endangered (2007).
Families & ChildrenCaring for special needs kids is part of cultural life (2009). 17-year-old unmarried daughter is 5 months pregnant (Sep 2008). Praised by pro-life groups for keeping Down Syndrome baby (2008). Recognizes vital role of family child care homes (2008). Opposes explicit sex-education programs (2006).
Foreign PolicySome dictators hate America and what we stand for (2008). Two-state solution for Israel/Palestine is a top priority (2008). We cannot meet rogue leaders without conditions (2008). Would not second guess Israel if they attack Iran (2008). Agrees with Reagan that US is “beacon of light” for world. Cold War with Russia is off the table (2008). Rising democracies look to America as a leader (2008). Supports and thankful for the US military personnel (2008). Get Ukraine and Georgia in NATO (2008). Peace Corps strengthens US ties abroad and enriches US at home (2007).
Free TradeEstablish viable commercial fisheries in international seas (2009). Allow wineries to ship by mail within a state (2008). Supports free trade with as little government intervention as possible. (2008)
Government ReformReduction of spending and government hiring freeze (2009). Many Supreme Court rulings are best addressed at state level (2008). Public faith OK, but no state-mandated religion per Constitution (2008). Approves use of line-item veto (2008). Regulate for people, not cronies and lobbyists (2008). Rumor of belonging to a secessionist party is untrue (2008). Utilized major ethics program against good old boys in government as governor of Alaska (2008). Vetoed almost one half billion dollars of wasteful spending (2008). Individuals make better decisions than government (2008). VECO scandal and Stevens indictment shows that GOP needs cleanup (2008). Presented comprehensive ethics bill in 2007. Sold impractical governor’s jet on eBay while governor (2006). Replaced “Bridge to Nowhere” proposal with ferry system (2008). Supported state funding for Gravina Island bridge (2006).
Gun Control Avid hunter. Supports ending DC 32-year-old ban on handguns (2008). Life member of NRA and supports right to bear arms and the Constitutional amendment (2008).
Health CareMore competition, more choices and less litigation (2009). $5,000 tax credit for families to buy their own coverage (2008). Health care must be market- and business-driven (2008). Doctors should manage health care, not bureaucracies (2008). Flexible government regulations allows competition (2006). More affordable health care via competition (2006).
Homeland Security Economic sanctions on North Korea for nukes (2008). Terrorists in Iraq a major threat (2008). Support Pakistan leadership against terrorism (2008). Fight Islamic Fascism and spread democracy (2008). Any nation that supports Islamic fascists is enemy of US (2008). Obligation to support troops, even if war is criticized (2007).
ImmigrationSupports path to citizenship, but not amnesty (2008). Stated she was tired of immigration nonsense (2008). Took no action against Alaskan ‘sanctuary cities’ while governor. Tightened restrictions on illegal alien’s driver licenses (2006).
Principles and ValuesProud of being a Washington outsider (2008). Good-old-boy networks are created by both political parties (2008). Small towns produced Harry Truman and me (2008). Known for support of whistleblowing (2008). Raised children with network of relatives and Todd as Mr. Mom (2008). Studied journalism, but entered politics to make a difference (2008). The Bible has profoundly influenced America (2007). Fight for freedom of religion and freedom of expression (2006). Popularity hurt by Troopergate and at-home per-diem issues (2008).
Social SecurityFund Seniors Longevity Bonus Program (2006). Home-based assistance more cost-effective than institutions (2006).
Tax ReformUndoing Bush tax cut only hits families over $83K (2008 FactCheck). No Alaska sales tax and $3,200 payments annually (2008). Everybody benefits when government takes less (2008). Raising taxes hurts small business and jobs (2008). As mayor, cut property taxes and increased sales tax (2008). Repeal “nuisance tax” including tire tax (2007). No income tax; no taking people’s dividends (2006). Would support a seasonal sales tax, but no income tax (2006).
War and PeaceNo white flag of surrender on Iraq (2008). Surge needed in Afghanistan, we cannot afford to lose (2008). Retreat is defeat in Iraq (2008). Nuclear Iran is dangerous to the world (2008). Russia’s invasion of Georgia unacceptable (2008).
Welfare and Poverty EITC moved thousands of welfare recipients into workforce (2008). Approved Bush faith-based initiatives funding (2006).
 Snippets
August 2008 – Alaska’s Palin Faces Probe GOP Governor to be investigated for abuse of office, Wall Street Journal.
August 2008 – Palin Focus of Probe in Police Chief’s Firing, Washington Post.
September 2008 – Media, specifically entities like National Enquirer are spreading rumors that Trig Palin, a Downs Syndrome child, is really Bristol Palin’s child and not Sarah Palin’s son. [Vanity Fair]
April 2009 – State Justices Explain Troopergate Decision, Anchorage Daily News.
November 2009 – Sarah Palin launches book: Going Rogue and fans hope she will enter 2012 presidential election campaign. Sarah Palin Generates High Ratings for ‘Oprah’, New York Times. Sarah Palin book tour kicks off to cheering crowds, Guardian-UK. Sarah Palin Talks to Barbara Walters About Afghanistan Policy, ABCNews. Fact Checks of Sarah Palin [video], FOX News. Palin Fever Sweeps the Heartland, ABC News video. Expressed fear over the moving of “In God We Trust” to the edge of American coins (Wisconsin speech), Huffington Post and Raw Story.
 Sarah Palin Quote Collection

On abortion, October 2008 interview with Katie Couric, CBS – I think it should be a states’ issue not a federal government-mandated, mandating yes or no on such an important issue. I’m, in that sense, a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas. …it’s no secret that I’m pro-life that I believe in a culture of life is very important for this country. Personally that’s what I would like to see further embraced by America.

Economy – It was predator lenders who tried to talk Americans into thinking that it was smart to buy a $300,000 house if we could only afford a $100,000 house. There was deception, and there was greed and there is corruption. … We need to demand from the federal government strict oversight of those entities in charge of our investments and our savings.

Remarks concerning Barack Obama – The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from WashingtonAmerica needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it. … Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay … he wants to meet them without preconditions. Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights? Government is too big … he wants to grow it. Congress spends too much … he promises more. Taxes are too high … he wants to raise them.

We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, DC … We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America

Barack Obama can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign.

Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd? I may be just a renegade hockey mom, but I’m not blind!

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journal of personal discovery.

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

They say the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull is lipstick.

I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Politics isn’t just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good.

No one expects us to agree on everything. But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and … a servant’s heart.

I was just your average hockey mom and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better.

I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and, of course, Senator Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign.

  
Personal Analysis
November 19th 2009 – While Sarah Palin has a following, mostly in the Heartland of America and the idea that she has gone rogue, she still has some issues that place a shadow on her viability as presidential candidate: her extreme stance upon the abortion issue and requires being more specific as to what her policy position would be. She has already established that her personal belief that abortion is wrong unless the mother’s life is in danger and has stated that abortion is not acceptable in incest and rape cases, and that foster care and adoption programs are a more moral solution. Her issues on Social Security are sketchy, even during the 2008 campaign for VP. These issues could be strengthened and further analyzed if indeed she intends to and does run in the 2012 presidential election. In the meantime, the American voters are responsible to clean out Congress and replace members who are constitutionalists and support limited government reform to prepare for the enactment of the Second American Revolution.
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