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The presidential campaign to this point has been a long, tough battle between two major parties. With less than 60 days left to tack on more bruises and fractures from both sides of the aisle let’s take a step back. Take a much needed deep breath.

The media’s obsession on vetting an unknown VP candidate is spreading into an all out blizzard. The world has zeroed in on a tiny strip mall town in Alaska. The blogosphere has turned its voracious appetite on the tasty bits that are immediately spread to the masses. The beauty of such real time tracking is its speed and breadth. The danger is when an unsubstantiated allegation goes viral and tarnishes a target unfairly. It is important to view both sides of an issue with as open a mind as possible. This is easier said than done.

Imagine yourself as a candidate or of a family member and one begins to see things differently. Sure, you can say that they are fair game because of their choice to run for such a high stakes office. But every person deserves a fair examination. One might argue that the unknown GOP VP pick is making it impossible to get to know her. Other than a couple of short public appearances and one major speech viewed by over 40 million or so Americans, most non-Alaskans know nothing about her.

In many people’s view, a person, particularly a public servant, is defined by their past, by their friends, by their family and by their actions. Please read the links below with an open mind, a grain of salt and decide for yourself:

Past:

A Letter About Sarah Palin from Anne Kilkenny…

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/130537

Palin pressured Wasilla librarian…

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/515512.html

Troopergate…

Todd Palin subpoenaed in firing probe

http://www.newsweek.com/id/158140

http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/517072.html

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/516746.html

http://www.adn.com/troopergate/story/515508.html

Former political ally: Lyda Green

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2008/09/15/080915ta_talk_lizza

Good friend: Bob Lester

http://www.adn.com/opinion/comment/story/295464.html

Family:

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/512560.html

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/516787.html

http://frontiersman.com/articles/2005/12/06/news/news2.txt

Policy:

As Wasilla Mayor…

Palin got zoning aid, gifts in Wasilla

Sarah Palin’s record on environment is abysmal…

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/377955_palinenvir07.html

http://firedoglake.com/2008/08/29/sarah-palin-maverick-for-mining-interests/

https://tspey.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/down-but-not-out/

https://tspey.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/troubling-news/

Experience…. or lack thereof…

http://thebruceblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/video-jon-stewart-nails-palin-with-rove-and-oreilly-talking-points-hysterical/

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In terms of maps of the U.S., Alaska has long been neglected. Each morning on tv, the national weather maps represent our massive state as a shrunken-head version of itself tucked off in the left corner next to Hawaii… that is until today. 

McCain’s announcement in his choice of Vice President of the United States is… Sarah Palin? I thought last Tuesday’s statewide election results were a nightmare in which Palin played a starring role. Palin publicly stated her ‘personal opinion’ on how she would vote against the Clean Water Initiative six days before the vote of her people at a televised news conference. The CWI would have placed important clean water and salmon protections in place for the proposed Pebble Mine.

The Pebble Mine is THE mother of all open pit nightmares that is planned by British mining giant Anglo American and it’s junior Canadian partner Northern Dynasty Minerals. At stake is the world’s largest sockeye (red) salmon fishery in the world as the backers of Pebble plan on digging right at the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak river systems which are home to the most prolific runs of salmon worldwide.    

Add that to the continuing investigation to her alleged abuse of power in regards to the firing of her Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan over a family-related  issue regarding her sister and her ex-husband state trooper. Recorded phone messages from Monegan revealed Palin’s and her administration’s fabrications that no phone calls were ever made pressuring the highly respected life-long cop Monegan to fire said trooper. Monegan refused to comply and was promptly dismissed.

Palin was elected on a platform of a clear and transparent government. A bold new symbol of change against an Alaska tarnished by corruption and greed… sound familiar? Sadly, in just two short years her promises have fallen sickeningly short and mirrors that of former governor Frank Murkowski’s embarassing tenure.

Shame has befallen this once great state. I have heard it from conservatives and liberals alike. We have been stunned into submission. Corruption is now a household term we eat daily for breakfast and go to bed with each and every night. We are a state with so much potential but so few leaders. Now America has been introduced to Alaska’s Sarah Palin. Is America this desperate?

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The voters of Alaska have spoken… for the mining industry. There is still a lot that can be done to stop Pebble Mine from being developed. The 71,456 of you who voted yes for Clean Water, for Wild Salmon and for Bristol Bay must emerge from this foreign money sponsored defeat. Spread the word. Write letters to your elected representatives. Sure our governor let her Alaskan constituents down by choosing sides 6 days before the vote. Be it her naiveté as a relative political rookie or her blatant disregard for real Alaskans. Or maybe she was swayed by the same mining lobby and industry that frankly had Murkowski in the back of their gold and copper lined pockets.

The timing of her remarks and of the state’s website ‘explaining’ the CWI #4 is very questionable. Now we are forced to rely on a permitting process that is overseen by her governorship and one that was substantially weakened by the former gov Murkowski.  

All hope is not lost as I spoke to many who voted against #4 that say hell no to Pebble. Unfortunately, no law can be written that singles out the development of the one mine on everyone’s mind.

Anglo and Northern Dynasty will go through the permitting process dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s. They will make promises and compromises and assure Alaskans that their first priority is maintaining an environmentally sound open pit mining process.

To the 57% of Alaskans who put your faith in the foreign mining companies who will primarily benefit from Pebble, I truly hope they succeed in something no other mine the size of Pebble has ever been able to do. I hope the toxic pollution that is now allowed in the mixing zones (via Frank Murkowski) will somehow defy physics by not flowing by way of gravity. I hope the salmon and people who live downstream will have miraculously developed immunity to cyanide and heavy metal mining by-products.

In the end, the gravity of the situation has been veiled by the foreign mining interests and those that support these interests in our state government. Pebble can still be stopped. Pebble must be stopped.

Notable:

RP (The Big Pull) upon closer inspection of the prop 4 vote:

Looking at the per district results, it seems the closer you get to the actual mine site, the more fervently pro 4 the votes were… 

http://www.elections.alaska.gov/08prim/ 

…It’s a pretty strong talking point to say that those immediately affected by the mine are most in opposition.  Does NDM really support localities?”

I would strongly say no to this rhetorical question. The fact is that former gov Frank Murkowski’s Executive Order effectively did away with local input. Once formidable permitting steps (put in place to protect water and salmon) are now funneled into one department (Department of Natural Resources). Alaska’s current gov Sarah Palin has the power to rescind said order but has not done so. After her remarks 6 days before the vote of her people in opposition to Clean Water, one can see why she has not taken action.

Read more on Murkowski’s Executive Order: 

http://www.renewableresourcescoalition.org/permitting.htm

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