Anchorage Daily News—Governor Sarah Palin: A biography

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Sarah Palin was a hockey mom, small-town mayor and rising young Republican star in Alaska in 2003 when she ran afoul of her party's establishment as a whistleblower and was cast into the political wilderness.

But she came charging back as an ethics crusader to win the governor's office in 2006 (including a landslide primary victory over incumbent Republican governor Frank Murkowski) and has remained one of the most popular local politicians in America even as she continued to take on such powerful figures as the oil companies and the leaders of her own state party.

Palin, 44, has been the Joan of Arc of Alaska politics, marching into battle against long odds on such big local issues as oil taxes and construction of a natural gas pipeline only to see her opposition crumble. Days after her 2006 primary victory, an FBI investigation into political corruption involving the oil industry and Republican legislators burst into view with surprise raids of legislative offices. Criminal indictments and convictions followed, often just in time for the headlines to help her win another contest in Juneau.

Though fearless in choosing the outsider's path in politics, she remains relatively untested as a campaigner, a politician and as a governor who has held office less than two years. And even as she drew increasing attention nationally as a potential vice presidential nominee in recent months, she has come under withering criticism at home from business-minded Republicans who consider her a misguided populist and an intellectual lightweight.

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsUS Presidential Election 2008

Posted August 30, 2008 at 9:47 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. athan-asi-us wrote:

As a former Alaskan who was quite familiar with and friends of the publishers of both the Anchorage Times (now defunct) and the Anchorage Daily News (1970s/80s), I can attest to the fact that the Daily News was (and probably still is) a left and Democrat oriented newspaper with matching bias.

August 30, 6:19 pm | [comment link]
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