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

Alaska lawmakers take aim at timing of Palin trip

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/08/art.palincu0408.gi.jpg caption="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. Ursula

    LOL – Hopefully Alaska won't vote for her again!

    April 13, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Bob

    The real question is how much money Plain is making by going to this speaking engagement. I'm sure she's getting a fairly large contribution to her campaign fund........she doesn't care about Alaskans or anyone else but herself. She is by far one of the most imcompetent and stupid human beings on the face of the earth.

    April 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Adam

    Yes, she is a strong willed woman, and that is great. But to say we need more like her is just wrong. She is self-centered, self-serving and can't seem to think things through very well. She can't put together a cogent thought and couldn't find a grammatical sentence if it stood up did a dance. What we need are strong women who are intelligent, educated and have the good of others always before themselves. That is the type of person we need to lead us... Sarah Palin is not this type of woman. I'm sorry. Being a good leader means so much more than being strong willed and confident. The best leaders in the world are those who lead by example and deed rather than by word and showy media event.

    April 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. PuckU

    When are the good people of the state of Alaska going to wake up and demand that the trash has got to be removed from the state capitol. This is definetly not the person Americans would want for a President. Palin is nothing but trash.

    April 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Bill

    Alaska would be better off if she left and never came back!

    April 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. lou

    She wants to be out of the state when they agree to accept all the stimulus money..which they will...so when she runs in 2012 she can lie and say she would have stopped it had she been in town!

    April 13, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Change has come!!!

    This just goes to show it's all about here and here agenda. Only good thing about Palin is her "true" colors have emerged since she hit the national spotlight.

    April 13, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Pete in NYC

    Palin ruined herself. Stop being ignorant and saying that everyone else is bashing her down. If she cannot take care of her own family, whats makes you think she can take care of a country? Palin first, country second? Scary.....

    April 13, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Wynter

    Surprise. Surprise.. leaving the office with her business incomplete? Perhaps you should leave her AG Nominee "incomplete" as well.

    You work for a living honey. This isn't some vacation you are on.

    April 13, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Yak

    I have to laugh at the "hate and fear" comments. Good heavens, who could possibly *hate* Sarah Palin? She's just so laughable! Sure, she's an accomplished woman, and she legitimately deserves respect for having gone as far as she has. But to take her seriously as a world leader is just... too much to expect of anyone with a working brain. Really!

    I hate to break it to the right wing conspiracy theorists in the bunch but ... nobody needed to do an attack and smear campaign on her during the election. She melted down all by herself, right on national TV. Big as life.

    April 13, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Jonnie

    I keep thinking of the following: She called Obama a terrorist by the company he kept...yet after Obama won she said "I'd be honored to serve with Obama if he asks!!!!!!!!" GO FIGURE!!!!

    April 13, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Rob R

    Does it sound like she used the term "lawmakers" to imply that she's above them? Is this another example of how there seems to be Palin at one level, and the rest (and the law) below her? GINO...I like that.

    April 13, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Wanda in Montana

    Al - Sarah Palin destroys herself. No need for democrats, much less the President of the United States - to do a thing. She's a walking laughing stock.

    Weren't you Republicans embarrassed enough after George W. Bush? He sure failed to put food on the family, you can't argue with that.

    April 13, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Seriously

    Well, at least the media is collecting enough information for the next time she attempts to run a powerful office.

    April 13, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. proud army navy mom

    if palin wouldn't spend her time responding to a teenager, trying to cover her lies, then she would free up some time to do the work, she is paid to do.

    April 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. mike

    That woman is prideful. That's why she does't want the money. I dont' think she's even smart enough to be a governor. How in the world did she ever get elected???

    April 13, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Simmy

    She needs the intervention of someone courageous enough to tell her she has no chance in this lifetime to become president. How she became governor is curious. There's a real world beyond Alaska that's beckoning her to cease and desist with made up controversies that propel her back into the spotlight. Her sun has set her...

    April 13, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Frank, Las Vegas

    Typical. Palin First, Party Second and citizens of Alaska far, far down the list. Hopefully she we Not be re-elected in 2010.

    April 13, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. wwf

    And the beat goes on and on and on and on and on and on. Just like a broken record.

    April 13, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Happy in Arizona

    Get rid of her already. She is a disgrace to womanhood. I am sick and tired of hearing about her. what a joke.

    April 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. fort

    For those out there that support her, please tell me why?

    This woman has never taken responsibility for anything that went wrong in the presidential campaign. Not once. She, as well as a number of her supporters, always blame the media.

    April 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Gpenn

    Palin putting her own ambitions ahead of the people of Alaska. Very much like she did to her daughter and family.

    April 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    I'm from Alaska, and those lawmakers always I mean always have weekends off, while they're basically watching Sarah for every single move. They're jealous of her cleverness, power, and integrity. She's finally taking a day off since January.

    April 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. C W

    Al, give me a break! Palin opened her own mouth and spoke her own words. The media had to merely play the tape for the world to see what an ignoramous she is! She has no one to blame but herself for her defeat in November.

    April 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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