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2008-10-05 12:00:10

By Matt Volz Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin's husband is planning to speak to an investigator looking into abuse-of-power allegations against the governor, Todd Palin's lawyer said Saturday. He previously refused to testify under subpoena in a separate probe. Attorney Thomas Van Flein said he asked the investigator, Anchorage attorney Timothy Petumenos, to reserve the third week of October to interview Todd Palin, but a date has not been set because he is waiting...

2008-10-04 12:00:03

By Matt Volz Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Six Alaska lawmakers filed an emergency appeal Friday asking the state's Supreme Court to halt an investigation into abuse-of-power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin before the findings are released next week. The independent investigator conducting the probe plans to turn over his conclusions by next Friday to the Legislative Council, the body that authorized it. The six Republican lawmakers, who are not on the Legislative Council,...

2008-10-03 09:00:12

By Matt Volz Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An Alaska judge on Thursday refused to block a state investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired her public safety commissioner this summer. Judge Peter Michalski threw out the lawsuit filed by five Republican state legislators who said the investigation had been tainted by partisan politics and was being manipulated to damage Palin shortly before the Nov. 4 presidential election. "It is legitimately...

2008-09-21 00:00:12

By The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska lawmaker directing an abuse- of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin promised Friday the probe will be finished before the election, despite refusals by key witnesses to testify, including the governor's husband.After waiting 35 minutes for Todd Palin and two state administrative employees to appear under subpoena before the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Hollis French condemned their refusal to testify and the attorney...

2008-09-20 12:00:20

By Matt Volz Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska lawmaker directing an abuse-of- power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin promised Friday the probe will be finished before the election, despite refusals by key witnesses to testify, including the governor's husband. After waiting 35 minutes for Todd Palin and two state administrative employees to appear under subpoena before the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Hollis French condemned their refusal to testify and the...

2008-09-19 09:00:15

By MATT VOLZ By Matt Volz The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband has refused to testify in the investigation of her alleged abuse of power. A key lawmaker said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the inquiry until after Election Day. Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e- mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed...

2008-09-18 06:00:34

By Serge F. Kovaleski and Jo Becker Michael Powell contributed reporting. * Five Republican state lawmakers have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt an inquiry into Governor Sarah Palin's dismissal of her public safety commissioner, arguing that the Legislature has exceeded its authority by conducting a '"McCarthyistic' investigation." The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the state's Superior Court, comes as the McCain-Palin campaign has escalated its involvement in the bipartisan inquiry,...

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2008-09-17 09:05:00

By Steve Quinn / Associated Press Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday from state Republican lawmakers who want to end it or delay it past the election. Alaska's House speaker, a Republican who supported the "Troopergate" investigation two months ago, openly questioned its impartiality and raised the possibility of delaying the findings. The...

2008-09-16 21:00:02

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin is unlikely to speak with an independent counsel hired by Alaska lawmakers to review the firing of her public safety commissioner, a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday. Spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said he has not spoken with Palin, but she was "unlikely to cooperate" with the inquiry "as long as it remains tainted." Democrats called this stalling. O'Callaghan also said he did not know whether Palin's husband, Todd,...

2008-09-16 09:00:06

By GENE JOHNSON By Gene Johnson The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is unlikely to speak with an independent counsel hired by Alaska lawmakers to review the firing of her public safety commissioner, a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday. Spokesman Ed O'Callaghan initially said Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, would not testify as part of the probe "as long as it remains tainted." He later clarified his...