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Internal Emails Show Robust Role For ‘Shadow Governor’ Todd Palin

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Justin Elliott | February 5, 2010, 10:40AM

A nice get from MSNBC.com: a huge batch of internal e-mails released in response to an Alaska open records request show that Todd Palin played a big role in his wife’s administration, often corresponding directly with the governor’s staff on matters ranging from appointments to contract negotiations.

Todd Palin was known as the “shadow governor” and was a key figure in the Troopergate scandal that dogged Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign. In recent months, there’s evidence that he is still his wife’s most important protector: he personally drew up the now-famous “banned list” barring unfriendly media from a Palin book event in Wasilla.

The new e-mails range from the mundane (Todd repeatedly trying to get a photo of him in a t-shirt removed from the National Governors Association Web site) to the intriguing (one e-mail that was withheld bears the subject line, “media questions about Todd Palin’s work and potential conflict of interests”). MSNBC.com has many more details.

MSNBC has posted a searchable database of the new e-mails here. Let us know in the comments if you see anything of interest.

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Only Three Palin Ethics Complaints Were Still Pending

TPM Muckraker- By Zachary Roth – July 8, 2009, 3:01PM

If you had to pick out a coherent explanation given by Sarah Palin for her decision to quit as Alaska governor, you’d probably have to settle on the notion that she felt her agenda was being paralyzed by frivolous ethics complaints, and that she only foresaw additional ones. So she stepped down so as not to continue to drag Alaskans through the process.

“Palin Says Ethics Complaints Were Paralyzing” reported the Anchorage Daily News after the governor’s round of beachside interviews Monday. And Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, who’ll soon replace Palin as governor, had given that line over the weekend, saying on Fox News that Palin had talked to him about the toll the complaints had taken.

Obviously, the ethics complaint excuse doesn’t make sense for a lot of reasons. Still, it’s worth taking a close look at the list of 18 complaints filed against Palin during her tenure as governor, as compiled by the ADN.

MORE HERE

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Palin’s AG, A Key Trooper-Gate Ally, Resigns

Talis Colberg, who was plucked from the obscurity of a small-town Alaska law practice by Sarah Palin to become the state’s Attorney General, has resigned, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

Colberg, who had been a GOP assemblyman and Palin backer, was criticized during the Trooper-Gate scandal last fall for often appearing to represent the interests of his patron, the governor, rather than the Alaskan people. Although he himself had led an internal investigation designed to help Palin get out in front of Trooper-Gate, Colberg ultimately dismissed calls to recuse himself from any involvement in the matter. He then helped Palin stifle the probe into the matter by trying to block subpoenas, issued by the legislature, to state officials.

It’s unclear as yet what prompted Colberg’s move. He said in a statement:

I determined that it was in the best interest of the state of Alaska to move on and pursue other opportunities.

Something tells us there’s more to this story…

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