News Bumped by the Bailout

In addition to the Attorney-gate Scandal being bumped off the front page, there’s some revoltin’ developments happenin’ in Sarah’s home state of Alaska. You, the one right across that tiny stretch of water from ol’ Putin.

Troopergate:
A lawsuit aimed at freezing the Legislature’s abuse-of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin hits the courtroom this week.

Ted Stevens:

Allen testifies in Stevens trial

By Richard Mauer and Erika Bolstad
Anchorage Daily News

Published: September 30th, 2008 02:48 PM
Last Modified: September 30th, 2008 02:48 PM

WASHINGTON — The self-made Alaska construction executive whose testimony could bring to an end the 40-year U.S. Senate career of Ted Stevens took the stand today in the corruption case against his former fishing buddy and friend.

Newsweek Reporter: “Sarah Palin Is Not Very Bright”

Cenk Uygur, from The Young Turks, Interviews Newsweek Reporter Michael Hirsh on Sarah Palin.  They talk about “her knowledge runs about a millimeter deep” because she seems to have never thought about any important issue ever.

It’s gettin’ down right painful..

Wow! Sounds like Sarah Palin is ‘well-read’.. Sort of.. Well, maybe.. Huh..?

I don’t know how Katie Couric keeps a straight face with Palin’s lame and bizarre responses. She certainly has better self control than I..

I forgot to mention.. She’s a journalism major..

From HuffPo:

Asked what newspapers and magazines she reads, Palin – a journalism major in college – could not name one publication.

“I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media,” she said at first. Couric responded, “What, specifically?”

“Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”

“Can you name a few?”

“I have a vast variety of source where we get our news,” Palin said. “Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, ‘wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?’ Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.”

Troopergate Continues

More at the Anchorage Daily News

And from The Mudflats

I’ve been waiting for this one. One of the witnesses called by Stephen Branchflower (independent investigator of the legitimate Troopergate investigation) put herself in a tricky spot.

Murlene Wilkes, owner of Harbor Adjusting Services, and holder of a $1.2 million/yr. contract with the State of Alaska to handle workers compensation claims, apparently told a big fat fib. When Branchflower asked her if the governor’s office had ever asked her to deny a workers compensation claim for Palin’s ex-brother-in-law Trooper Mike Wooten (the trooper in “Troopergate”), she said no. Never. Really.

Mike Wooten, of course, is involved in a bitter custody dispute with Palin’s sister Molly. The Palins do not like him. Some say they have made a vengeful and personal sport out of ruining his career.

Problem is, that there are actually honest people in the world….and one of them works for Murlene Wilkes at Harbor Investments. This unnamed worker made a little phone call to the tip line that Branchflower set up at the beginning of the investigation. According to the tipster, yes indeed, the governor’s office DID put pressure to deny the claim.

Hard evidence contradicting sworn testimony has a certain effect on people. Murlene Wilkes, faced with this situation, decided to change her testimony according to a report in The Public Record. Now, with the little extra incentive of avoiding perjury charges, she has admitted that she was asked to deny the claim – at the direct request of Sarah and Todd Palin.

Read the rest of this story at The Mudflats.

H/T houseofroberts