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October 23, 2014

Palin Endorses Independent-Democrat Fusion Ticket in Alaska Governor's Race, Rather Than Her Successor, Sean Parnell

Goin' rogue.

The dispute is about Parnell's repeal of some of Palin's increased taxes on oil.

[O]n Wednesday, Palin rebuked her Republican successor in her home state, endorsing independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, who is running on a "unity ticket" with Democratic running mate Byron Mallott, instead. Palin's endorsement goes against her former lieutenant governor, Gov. Sean Parnell, who assumed office in 2009 when Palin abruptly resigned and is embroiled in a highly contested race for reelection to a second full term.

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Parnell dismantled Palin's oil-tax increase, called ACES (short for Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share), by signing a repeal of some oil taxes in 2013 that was intended to curb the state's production decline. But many fear the measure will severely diminish the revenue brought in by the state, where oil and gas taxes have accounted for as much as 90 percent of government funds.

Incidentally, Open Secrets just reported that Palin's PAC is very selective in donating money back out of the PAC.

[A] report from Open Secrets reveals that since the 2014 two-year election cycle began, her PAC has raised a total of $2.7 million dollars, but only donated $150,000 of that money to actual candidates, a donation rate of 5.5%.


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According to OpenSecrets, Palinís PAC is notoriously "parsimonious," noting that "of the 417 leadership PACs that made at least one contribution in that cycle, SarahPAC was one of only 19 to give less than 10 percent of its total expenditures to candidates, other PACs or party committees."

I'm going to get yelled at for reporting news but before you yell at me: Please try to construct an actual argument as to why newsworthy information should not be shared.

"I don't want other people learning arguably negative information about a politician I support" is not an actual argument in favor of embargo.

Speaking of Alaskan Politics... Democrat Senator Mark Begich has an interesting way to deflect questions about his support of Obama: He's insisting that Obama isn't "relevant" to the political process at all, which draws a counter-argument from Obama's mouthpiece Josh Earnest.


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