PalinWatch!

Wasilla Town Hall, where your future Vice President reigned as Mayor.

It seems like it’s now all-Sarah all-the-time in the media world, so let me try to get to what I think are the most significant Palin updates.

Item #1: As Mayor, Sarah Sought to Ban Books Voters Didn’t Like

“She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

Ah, isn’t that sweet that she cared SO MUCH about her constituency, that she wanted to ban books that upset the delicate sensibilities of Wasilla’s voters? It’s nice that she cares enough to try to censor speech that offended fundie sensiblities. Not at all frightening.

Item #2: Sarah and Todd’s Car Wash Was Shut Down by the State

Palin and husband Todd each held a 20 percent stake in Anchorage Car Wash LLC, according to state corporation records filed in 2004.

A review of Palin’s gubernatorial disclosure filings indicates that she failed to report her stake in the company on the form that requires candidates for governor to disclose any interest in a nonpublicly traded company.

Snip

A Feb. 11, 2007 letter to the governor’s business partner advises that the car wash had “not filed its biennial report and/or paid its biennial fees,” which were more than a year overdue.

The warning letter was written on state letterhead, which carried Palin’s name at the top, next to the state seal.

On April 3, 2007, the state went further and issued a “certificate of involuntary dissolution” because of the car wash’s failure to file its report and pay state licensing fees.

It’s hard to imagine why the Palins may have forgotten about their 20% ownership in that car wash. Any ideas?

Item #3: Sarah Is a Fiscal Conservative, Much Like Bush/McCain

During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million.

See! She’s a classic GOP fiscal conservative. What could be better than lowering property taxes on large businessesĀ  while implementing a food tax on a populace that mostly shops at Walmart?

Item #4: Palin Directed 527 Group to Defend Corrupt Senator Ted Stevens

Palin’s relationship with Alaska’s senior senator may be one of the more complicated aspects of her new position as Sen. John McCain’s running mate; Stevens was indicted in July 2008 on seven counts of corruption.

Palin, an anti-corruption crusader in Alaska, had called on Stevens to be open about the issues behind the investigation. But she also held a joint news conference with him in July, before he was indicted, to make clear she had not abandoned him politically.

Stevens had been helpful to Palin during her run for governor, swooping in with a last moment endorsement. And the two filmed a campaign commercial together to highlight Stevens’s endorsement of Palin during the 2006 race.

Shortly after Palin was announced as McCain’s vice presidential pick, the ad was removed from her gubernatorial campaign web site. It remains available on YouTube.

Hat tip to Laura for this one.

Hmm. So Palin and the corrupt Stevens have a political relationship that goes way back? But now she’s trying to scrub a record of that relationship? Maybe that’s why she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.

I’d add more items, but neither you nor I have the time for that. The list of Sarah’s goes on and on, and I’m sure there will be 1,000 new ones tomorrow.

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