April 13th, 2009
05:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Alaska lawmakers take aim at timing of Palin trip

Palin will speak at a pro-life dinner in Indiana this week.

Palin will speak at a pro-life dinner in Indiana this week.

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is coming under fire from state lawmakers, including members of her own party, over her decision to spend half of the final three days of the legislative session to headline a pro-life dinner in Indiana.

"There are some concerns [in the Capitol] about the focus of our chief executive because she's taken a speaking engagement in Indiana for a 36-hour period with only 72 hours left in the legislative session," state Rep. Jay Ramras of Fairbanks told the Anchorage Daily News.

Earlier, Palin had opted to skip a number of events, including the annual Conservative Political Action conference in Washington. Her aides had cited the demands of the state's legislative session. This weekend, she defended her decision. "I'll be gone for one day. I already have been on record with lawmakers on this," she told the ADN. "I told lawmakers, you know what, 'Please, don't make me feel that I have to ask you permission, lawmakers, to leave the capital city.' "

Two thorny issues remain unresolved as the session draws to a close. Lawmakers want to accept all the stimulus money that has been offered the state, while Palin wants to reject about a third of the nearly $931 million the federal government has offered. And her controversial pick for attorney general - the outspoken Wayne Anthony Ross - has not yet been confirmed.

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  1. ZELDA

    Gooooooo Sarah!!!

    And by the way, Chipster, morality cannot be legislated–it is a product of the heart. People who have been educated in our government schools have a hard time understanding this–it involves thinking for themselves and that has been "bred" out of them.

    April 13, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Dean

    It's all about Sarah now. She's a star you know

    April 13, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Edward Blake

    Sarah Palin is the Paris Hilton of politics.

    She doesn't matter. Her 15 minutes are over. Why is everyone still talking about her?

    April 13, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Scott the Independent

    Kinda hard trying to play Governor and campaign is it Sara – now that you went national about how great you are at organizing and leading your state expects you do to just that.

    April 13, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. j

    Stick by your true "Maverick" Republican principles and reject all stimulus money from this wildly spendthrift bunch of Democrats. -------– OOPS !!!! That`s right , the economy was already in the crapper when the Democrats regained control of Congress and the Presidency. Sarah, you just might as well go shopping.

    April 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Al

    How much time did The Great One B.H.O. actually spend in the Senate during the 2 years he was campaigning for President? I didn't hear anyone criticizing that decision. Remeber the famous quote during the financial crisis when the press asked if he was going back to Washington for the TARP negotiations? "They can call me if they need me". Let's just stop with the political double standard because she is a conservative woman. unless you are a citizen of Alaska you shouldn't even care.

    I hope Palin runs in 2012 if for no other reason than to watch the liberal syncophants heads spin when she wins!

    April 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. rachae

    There is no way she is presidental quality. I laugh when the rebulicans keep saying the left fears her and that is why she is in the news. NO it is because she keeps making news.................similar to to the governer from Illinois.

    April 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Larry from Apex, NC

    Sarah Palin and the Clintons are the same: they all love the mirror!!

    April 13, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Dawn

    Palin in case you missed it the lawmakers are asking you to stay and do your job. I know it's hard for anyone to understand why they would want you there but since you're suppose to be the state leader it does seem wrong that you wouldn't be there to try and work out a compromise on the stimulus money as the legislative session comes to and end. I guess the lure of starting your presidential campaign is just too much.

    April 13, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. USAF Staff Sergeant

    What do you expect?! She doesn't care about being governor anymore! She wants to stay in the spotlight.

    April 13, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Pete

    Palin is trying to distract people from the fact that her "controversial" attorney general nomination publicly stated that men should be able to rape their wives, openly associated with white supremecists, and threatened to take away Alaskan natives' federal rights. If Palin withdraws his nomination, the lunatic right will crucify her. If she manages to get this guy confirmed, his statements and writings and speeches will be her "Rev. Wright" for the next three years.

    April 13, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. jake

    but Jesus wants her to be in Indiana!

    April 13, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Jamie

    OMG. so she just pretty much flipped off her constituants on her way out the door and snarled that she doensn't need anybody's permission to leave the state and concentrate on the State's business at a crucial time but instead headline a pro-lifer dinner.

    Now that's leadership!

    April 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Baze

    what a surprise silly sarah is back in the news

    April 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. SJ Johnson

    Like most Republicans, Sarah Palin would sell her sole to the devil (if she hasn't already) if it means staying in the national spotlight. She needs to pay more attention to her own family rather than continue to be a disfunctional mother. Children learn from watching their parents.....poor kids.

    April 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Ed

    At least this, not to be VP hasn't been caught lying like the idiot in office now. Still, no matter how you slice it, she does have a lot more experance then the President, but then again, he runs the office by committee. Also seems to me with the crises this country is in, should the President be running off to all these commencement speches, or is that OK with Liberials? Seems to me to be the same thing, OK for you, but not for everyone else. Like the President, "do as I say, not as I do"

    April 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Michael

    Man I hope she runs for President in 2012. SNL could use the boost.

    April 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Why are these GOP governors having a change of heart all of a sudden in regards to the stimulus money? A volcano erupted in Alaska a few weeks ago and Palin only wants to accept a third of the money. That's really looking out for the people who elected you Sarah. You should be ashamed of yourself for putting your political ambitions ahead of what's right by the people of Alaska.

    April 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Go Sarah!!!
    She is extremely popular in Alaska despite all the wishful thinking of the Obamamaniacs. Also, it has become obvious the nation loves news anything Palin. The Palin stories here always get lots of comments, especially from Obamamaniacs who claim they don't care about here. Go figure that one out.
    This story is another saggy one; the legislators are supposed to working out the details. But these days, any bit of criticism, warranted or not, can be the basis for a story! Why is Obama spending so much time figuring out a dog, huh?

    April 13, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. keepcampaigning

    I hope the republicans choose her to run agains Pres Obama in 2012.
    That will be good entertainment.

    April 13, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. David

    There are many GOP Presedential hopefuls in 2012 and all are trying to get their name out in front of potential supporters. What troubles me is that they all seem to be tripping over themselves to get support from the dingbat wing of the party. Isn't there a thoughtful, pragmatic side to the Republican party that some one can appeal to?

    April 13, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Roger

    How much more of this woman do we have to endure. She's had her 15 minutes, she was not competent enough to be VP in 2008 and she certainly, if anything, will be less competent to be POTUS in 2012. She needs to do what the citizens of Alaska elected her to do – be their Governor and stop running around promoting her own agenda! Levi was right-on!!

    April 13, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. KG, Twin Cities

    She needs to be in Alaska so she can focus on more important issues like public dragging her grandson's father through the public mud.

    April 13, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. PaulP

    Now Now, I am not a Sarah Palin, Fan, Nor do I ever want to be, But some times you just have to give a person a break. This Conference is important to Her, Sarah, told the State Legislators she was going.
    Now if the Legislators can not finish there duties on time, thats the Legislators problem. Sarah, can be reached by cell phone, fax, email, lets face it people, she's leaving Alaska for Indiana, not the moon.
    Unless the Alaska Legislators can not act without Sarahs, hand holding they should step aside, and let some who can lead, Lead!!
    Just trying to be fair.

    April 13, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Mike

    Let's see...Gov Palin does __________ and somebody complains. Gov Palin does the opposite of ___________ and somebody complains. Gov Palin takes a breath the wrong way, and somebody complains. Gov Palin says something and somebody complains; Gov Palin doesn't say something, and somebody complains....anyone see a trend here?

    April 13, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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