McPalin Culture Wars Round-Up
McCain campaign rep says "who cares" and "I'm going back to bed" when asked when and if Sarah Palin will respond to media questions

Anchorage Daily News Palin coverage

There is an investigative reporter who works for the Anchorage Daily News named Lisa Demer whom I have a lot of respect for because of her coverage of the very weird Robert Kane/Security Aviation story. She and several other ADN reporters have been doing a series on Sarah Palin which I just came across.

This is a series to watch very closely. The emerging narrative seems to be about Palin wrestling to keep the Monegan firing investigation details out of the legislature and press and have the investigation of her behavior as governor instead subject to personnel laws and government regulations about handling of personnel matters.

Here is a bibliography:

* Palin aide bails on talking to Legislature     Thu Sep 4, 2008: JURISDICTION: Witness is key in inquiry into Walt Monegan's firing.

"I canceled that," Bailey's lawyer, Greg Grebe of Anchorage, said Wednesday. "I'd say about 6 o'clock last night I learned that the governor's office was contesting the jurisdiction of the Legislature to handle this matter. It's my understanding that they believe the jurisdiction is properly with the personnel department. I can't make a judgment or a call on that."

* Palin seeks review of Monegan firing case     Wed Sep 3, 2008: BOARD: Governor makes ethics complaint against herself to force action.

Her lawyer sent an "ethics disclosure" Monday night to Attorney General Talis Colberg. The governor asked that it go to the three-person Personnel Board as a complaint. While ethics complaints are usually confidential, Palin wants the matter open.

The lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, also asked the state Legislature to drop its own investigation into the Monegan matter. He says the Personnel Board has jurisdiction over ethics.

A senator running the investigation immediately refused.

* Palin wants investigation yanked from Legislature     Tue Sep 2, 2008 (seems to be an earlier version of the above piece)

* Attorney challenges Monegan firing inquiry     Tue Sep 2, 2008

"Governor Palin has repeatedly stated that she has nothing to hide and that she and her administration will cooperate fully with this investigation. Is your client aware that you seem to be challenging the Legislature's jurisdiction?" French wrote.

* Questions surround Palin's background check      Tue Sep 2, 2008: IN DEPTH? In Alaska, very few people were involved in the GOP vetting process.

Republican Gail Phillips, a former speaker of the Alaska House, said Friday that she was shocked by McCain's selection of Palin and told her husband, Walt, "This can't be happening because his advance team didn't come to Alaska to check her out." She said she would've heard had someone been poking around.

"We're not a very big state," Phillips said. "People I talk to would've heard something."

* Private lawyer hired to represent Palin in Monegan inquiry     Monday Sep 1, 2008

Van Flein said he wants the investigation handled by the state's three-member personnel board, not the Legislature. He also asked for all witness statements, documents and other materials collected in the course of the investigation . . . French said he had instructed Branchflower not to provide the letters or witness statements.

"I think you will agree that it would be highly unusual for an investigator to share information with one of the targets of the investigation," French wrote. "I am unaware of any precedent for such an arrangement."

* 'Troopergate' inquiry hangs over campaign     Saturday Aug 30, 2008

“The Governor did nothing wrong and has nothing to hide," the McCain/Palin campaign said in a statement, blaming the issue on the campaign of the Democratic nominee, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. "It’s outrageous that the Obama campaign is trying to attack her over a family issue. As a reformer and a leader on ethics reform, she has been happy to help out in the investigation of this matter, because she was never directly involved."

* Choice stuns state politicians      Friday Aug 29, 2008

The early morning news of McCain's pick sent jaws dropping throughout Alaska, with friends waking up friends with "Oh my God, have you heard?" phone calls.

State House Speaker John Harris, a Republican from Valdez, was astonished at the news. He didn't want to get into the issue of her qualifications.

"She's old enough," Harris said. "She's a U.S. citizen."

* Is Wooten a good trooper? (7/27/08)    Sunday Jul 27, 2008: PALIN'S EX-BROTHER-IN-LAW: Union says yes, but investigation found serious concerns.

All that aside, what kind of trooper is Mike Wooten?

The picture painted by the Palins is pretty bad. The trooper brass isn't saying one way or another, citing personnel rules that protect his files. Union leaders defend him as a dedicated trooper who was already punished for his mistakes.

One can track further stories by Demer et. al.  HERE.

In addition to Lisa Demer's appetite the telling detail, she also has a real knack for wry characterization. I love her stuff.