Alaska’s Do Nothing Legislature and a Scandal Factory Govenor


An outside blog calling itself Conservatives4Palin, has added fuel to the already burning fire between the legislature and Governor Sarah Palin by calling lawmakers, "Alaska's Do Little Legislature."

In addition to the fracas over stimulus spending and the governors faulty claim of federal strings when actually there are none, lawmakers are expressing frustration because Palin has spent more time talking about her press coverage than about public policies.

In Sunday's Juneau Empire, Pat Forgey writes that many leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature say they're baffled at the Palin administration's failure to push even its own bills.

"It appears the administration doesn't really push their own bills," Republican State Sen. Bert Stedman told the Alask Budget Report last week. "They ask other members within the legislature to sponsor them and move them forward, with little-apparently-support."

Take the case of Valdez Republican State Rep. John Harris who introduced a controversial measure to adjust cruise ship wastewater standards. "I was asked to sponsor the bill because the administration didn't want to. It really should have been an administration bill."

Meanwhile, legislators are finding it continually difficult to work with administration officials because they are afraid to express any policy positions on pending legislation. "They're not really allowed to say they support anything," Democratic State Sen. Johnny Ellis said in the ABR this week.

In fact it's safe to say that Palin has spent more energy going back and forth with Democrats over filling the vacant Juneau Senate seat than she has on any critical public policy issues.

Even her two priority energy bills won't pass this year due to a lack of leadership and planning. While the folks at Conservatives4Palin are all in a twitter about the legislature not passing these two bills, they probably missed the day that Palin told majority house members that they weren't priorities after all.

But the big question for these out of state Palin worshippers is: why weren't these priority bills drafted back in the fall?

The governor had already announced ANGDA was moving forward on an in state gas pipeline during a June 2008 press conference and the idea that utility consolidation would be necessary to facilitate any major energy projects has been known for almost a decade.

None of these issues are new, all were known and Palin's energy czar had been on the job since March.

So why weren't these bills drafted when state government was so slow it could be governed by Palin's Blackberry when she was on the campaign trail?

But keep blaming lawmakers….it's the Palin way…blame others and take no responsibility for anything.


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. History Goddess
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 18:15:00

    I have been reading your blog for several weeks now.


  2. History Goddess
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 18:19:00

    I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work!!And, I really do think that woman is losing it. I watched her Friday press conference and the luster was certainly missing from that bright, rising star.


  3. ken
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 21:28:00

    oh no she fooled another one syrinn is a wolf in sheeps clothing,she's a acorn that't trying to plant herself in a consevative garden…BEWARE


  4. JBodine
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 07:44:00

    § 16. Governor's Authority
    The governor shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws. He may, by appropriate court action or proceeding brought in the name of the State, enforce compliance with any constitutional or legislative mandate, or restrain violation of any constitutional or legislative power, duty, or right by any officer, department, or agency of the State or any of its political subdivisions. This authority shall not be construed to authorize any action or proceeding against the legislature.
    § 17. Convening Legislature
    Whenever the governor considers it in the public interest, he may convene the legislature, either house, or the two houses in joint session.
    § 18. Messages to Legislature
    The governor shall, at the beginning of each session, and may at other times, give the legislature information concerning the affairs of the State and recommend the measures he considers necessary.
    DUH, where does it say the Governor is also the leader of the Legislative Branch and is responsible to legislate.
    I suggest the uninformed individual who wrote the piece take an adult education course in civics. Learn the difference between, EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE branches and SEPERATION OF POWERS.


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