April 13th, 2009
05:32 PM ET
6 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. janice stamper

    It appears that Governor Palin's top priority is not what I'd hope it would be.

    April 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Kiki

    Thank you Sarah for coming to Indiana. We love and support you here! I'm afraid that too many "hoosiers" are now realizing the BIG mistake they made by voting for BO. Even our democrat senator Evan Bayh voted against BO's enormous budget. We tried to warn them, but slick BO charmed them out of their wits. We're all paying for this now. How sad!!! Go Sarah!!!

    April 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. oregon thinker

    Gosh, just think!-Sarah as President and Joe the plumber as Secretary of State!, and perhaps Rush Bimbo as Vice President!

    April 13, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Roger from CA

    I can't stand Sarah Palin! I pray that she continues to behave in such ways and speak in such as manner as to continue to demonstrate to every American to the left of Attilla the Hun that she is a lunatic and an extremist, who shouldn't be allowed within a thousand miles of D.C.

    April 13, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Maggie

    This is hysterical.

    Some people want to bash an intelligent person like Obama yet they praise an airhead like Palin.

    What in the world am I missing here? Did common sense get thrown out the window? Why would ANYONE praise Palin given her inability to put a coherent sentence together and her lack of brain cells?

    How did she ever get elected governor of Alaska?

    April 13, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Kim

    She is still living in lala land thinking she has a shot at the White House, all she is doing is gauanteeing shes out of the Gov. mansion in 2010. She knows shes out, but some how thinks the country will take the 68% approval rating of Obama and give it to this bible thumping, the earth os 4000 years old LOON!

    April 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Failin Palin

    So fun to watch her self-destruct! What next Sarah?

    April 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    You would think the people in Alaska should be happy when she travels. That way she is out of their state.

    April 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Independent Again

    Gee this remind me of our current President that left town to do Jay Leno during the important debate of the Omnibus spending Bill.

    April 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Dutch Samuel

    well I don't see anyone complaining about Obama leaving the US while there is a credit crisis. Like Obama felt the need tot give a speech like he did in Turkey, not calling the Armenian genocide like he promised during
    the election cycle.
    So is Palin going to a dinner about a subject she feels strongly about

    so stop with the bashing.

    usually the people that do the bashing are just jealous they are not in the position to do those things anyway.

    April 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Laura

    I think it's a disgrace for lawmakers to think that they can have any free time when our country is in such dire circumstances. If anything, I hope they are working overtime. Gov. Palin is determined to keep the limelight on herself and forgo her people's need for assistance. Although I respect a person's desire to stand for their principles, when so many people are unemployed and the economy is in such a precarious position, it appears to me that she should be accepting all monies offered to help the citizens of her state. Eventually, the state can turn this deficit into a profit. But, to take time off when there are only a few short days left in session makes no sense...except to a media hungry individual who cares more for herself than for her constituency.

    April 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Sharon - NC

    You Alaskans are finally getting it. It's all about her and her 'future'. It has nothing to do with you, other than what you can do to assist her.

    April 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. JJ

    It absolutely infuriates me when people suggest that people are scared of or intimidated by Palin, because she is a strong woman, and that's why she is a target of criticism. The woman is a knuckle-dragger. That's why she is a target of criticism. She undermines the efforts and credibility of other educated, competent female politicians everywhere–both republican and democratic. We're supposed to appreciate her as an equal to an Elizabeth Dole, a Snowe, a Shaheen, or a Rodham-Clinton? Please. She needs to quit and pursue work related to her college major, communications (which by the way took five years to get), and go judge pie contests at state fairs.

    April 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. MICHAEL

    Her judgement alone scares me. Hey, maybe she can go out on tour with Glenn Beck and hos comedy act. They can call it, you guessed it.....Dumb and Dumber!!!

    April 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Laura

    Actually, now that I think about it, let her go. The less influence she has on legislator's decision-making, the better. Be gone! Do no harm to the people of Alaska.

    April 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. GAK

    And her party members should be surprised that she dissed them for a pro-life dinner?? She has made it very clear that the dinner is more important than the business of running a state.. Its obvious why she isn't doing more to help her state!! She is looking to position herself for 2012! Alaska who???

    April 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Annie

    Nothing like an elected official who's in it for her own political gain rather than doing the business of the people who elected her. Doesn't bode well for furthering her career, I'd say.

    April 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Brandon from Ohio

    I'm just tired of hearing about this clown. She will not be re-elected as Governor. She will never be President. America's not stupid enough to elect this woman again.

    April 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. KJL

    Who cares about Alaska? This woman wants to rule the world!!!

    April 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Jean

    Good Ole' Sarah! You can always count on her to do something controversial. That is one way of getting the media's attention. Negative attention is better than no attention at all....LOL

    April 13, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Denise

    Palin cares nothing for her fellow Alaskans. Just as all the anti-stimuls GOP Governors have shown. It is all abot the big picture and 2012.

    April 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Had It

    Is she saying she's the AK Decider? Ya' betcha !!!

    April 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. glacierdawg

    Her popularity in Alaska has dropped like the mercury in a Fairbanks thermometer in January... By 2012 she'll be back in Wasilla making moose burgers for good...

    April 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Eltrip

    This woman is under the delusion that she is a serious candidate and still running. I feel for the Alaskans. It would be nice to have a governor who considers herself as such. Instead they're stuck with someone who doesn't have her constituents best interests at heart. If she was as popular as she thinks she wouldn't be living on the frontier.

    April 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Ken Sawyer

    She should know by now it is hard to fight Socialism once it is presented to the public.It is now an accepted practice in all the states. With a big percent of people who have worked in the past for a living and find themselves out of work and the other percent who have found a way to live off the government (the 50 percent who work)I can see why there is panic in Wonderland.

    April 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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