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USA Today: Palin ‘governed from the center,’ went after big oil

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

USA Today has engaged in a series of lies and distortions about Governor Palin and we have cataloged that lousy reporting, which was easy to fact-check and debunk, right here on this web site.

Sometimes the media moves to regain it’s credibility and puts out a piece of serious journalism; perhaps so that sometimes so after a long string of junk activist reporting, they have one good article to throw in everyones face and say “see see we are totally unbiased and fair” ….

Whatever reason USA Today had to publish this story, the television media, with the exception of Fox, has left this story alone for the most part.

Enough of my yapping. Here is the link to the story. Excerpts:

Palin ‘governed from the center,’ went after big oil

By Ken Dilanian, USA TODAY
ANCHORAGE – Weeks after taking office as Alaska’s governor in December 2006, Sarah Palin vetoed a bill that sought to ban benefits for the same-sex partners of state workers. It was unconstitutional, she said.

This year, she rebuffed religious conservatives who wanted her to add two abortion restriction measures to a special legislative session on oil and gas policy, even though she supported the bills. Former aide Larry Persily said she didn’t want to risk offending Democrats, whose votes she needed on energy legislation.

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Since Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked Palin as his running mate, much attention has been focused on her deeply conservative social views – including her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest and her attendance at a church that promotes the “transformation” of homosexuals through prayer.

But in her 21 months as governor, Palin has taken few steps to advance culturally conservative causes. Instead, after she knocked off an incumbent amid an influence-peddling scandal linked to the oil industry, Palin pursued a populist agenda that toughened ethics rules and raised taxes on oil and gas companies.

And she did so while relying on Democratic votes in the Legislature.

“She has governed from the center,” says Rebecca Braun, author of Alaska Budget Report, a non-partisan political newsletter. “She has in some small ways supported her religious views – for example, proposing money to continue the office of faith-based and community initiatives – but she has actually been conspicuously absent on social issues. She came in with a big oil and gas agenda, which really required Democratic allies to get through.”

John Bitney, who was Palin’s issues adviser during the 2006 campaign and later worked as her legislative liaison before she fired him, says, “She’s a very devout Christian. That’s a part of her core. But we never put those issues forward in the campaign. She takes the positions she takes because that’s who she is, but when she came into office, that wasn’t her agenda.” commented on this story from USA Today HERE.

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