Posted by: shannynmoore | May 21, 2009

Dude, Where’s My Governor’s Head?!

Gov. Sarah Palin dropped the hammer today on $80 million from the state budget.  Her cuts include the $28.6 million in federal stimulus money designated for energy relief. Even though Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage municipalities are already complying with the federal building codes, Palin turned money down for weatherization and energy assistance to avoid the building requirements statewide. The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, negotiated taking the money without a statewide code.

Alaska has the highest energy costs in the nation.  Alaska has two seasons; winter and construction.  Now would be the best time for window replacement, weatherization, etc.

In a “bring it on” move, Palin dared the legislature to over-ride her veto.  I just spoke to a state legislature about the chances of a special session being called.  It is possible, if not, the next session is January 2010.

Last fall, Governor Palin allocated $740 million in one time “energy bail-out” checks to every citizen in Alaska.

This year, $28.6 million is turned down.

Alaska loses.

Democratic Alaska Senator Mark Begich responded quickly, pointing out the hypocrisy of the Governor’s position, asking for earmarks and rejecting the stimulus.

“With Alaskans facing the highest energy prices in the nation, it’s disappointing that our governor is turning thumbs down on federal funding that could help our families and communities reduce their energy bills.

“The Republican-led Alaska Legislature determined that our state already meets the standards necessary to accept this funding. This notion about some onerous federal mandate seems to be little more than a political red herring targeted at an agenda other than Alaska’s.

“Of the more than nearly $5 billion in requests from Alaska communities and non-profits for federal funding my office has received so far this year, I’d estimate a third of them relate to reducing energy costs. My agenda will continue to be securing federal assistance to help Alaska families reduce their high cost of living.”


“A few folks have been asking about whether the Governor’s Energy Fund Veto can be overridden.  Here’s a quick tentative answer – I think it’s correct.  It requires more research – but for folks who disagree with the Governor’s decision, calling for a veto override doesn’t, at this point, seem like an effective tool.

1.  The Appropriations bill appropriated funds subject, I believe, to receipt from the Federal Government.  We haven’t received those funds because the Governor hasn’t applied for them.  So, she’s vetoed funds we don’t have.  Overriding the veto won’t bring those funds to the state.  The operative action needed from the Governor would be an application for the funds, which she has refused to submit.  I think she is the only Governor in the nation to refuse to request these funds to date.  Anyway, the Legislature can’t force her to do that, unless Congress amends the rules.

2.  Bill Wielechowski’s Office did the most interesting research so far – last week.  It seems that until the Governor formally notifies the President she will reject the federal funds, they can be applied for at a future point.  The door’s not necessarily closed at this point.  So, assuming this is correct, those who believe we should accept these funds should work to either keep the Governor from the fatal decision – an outright rejection letter to the President – or encourage her to be thoughtful in reconsidering her decision so she’ll make the application.

I personally think the following makes sense – and should have been done in the first place.  The Governor’s agencies – presumably with her input since she’s head of the state’ agencies (AHFC and AEA) – proposed to spend the funds on a number of efforts.  All $29 million could have instead been spent on building renewable energy projects around the state, to achieve this state’s renewable and diversified energy goals.  It’s odd to have renewable energy goals, like the Governor announced in her Winter press conference, and to reject funds needed to build those projects.  I would encourage folks to run this proposal by the Governor – one she of course could have proposed in the first place – and see if we can encourage her to accept the funds for these purposes, if she didn’t like the purposes her agencies proposed in the operating budget.”



  1. I’ve got a nice platter for it if you get it…

    What a boneheaded move, but then again, what were we expecting?

    • Why a platter, how about a pike?

      • Well, I don’t have one of those to offer up, so a platter was the next best thing!

  2. Yeah, what makes her think Alaska could benefit from energy saving weatherization?

    That would cut into the profits of the utilities, now, wouldn’t it?

    I’m sorry, but I can’t believe your governor is so stupid. She is such a blemish on female legislators. Her saving grace is that she isn’t blonde or you guys would really be the buTT of jokes.

    I think the voters need to realize they made a huge mistake and either recall her or most definitely never vote for her for public office again.

  3. Sarah is definitely a “I got mine, how did you make out” type of person.

    I can’t call her a lady.

  4. efffing bitch.

  5. How do you cut something out of a budget that you never had to begin with? She really only cut the budget by $51.4 million. Less if she actually replaced some expenditures with socialist stimulus funds.

    • They budgeted for the stimulus money, assuming she was going to accept it. If they had not, then any expenditures would have been “off budget” even though, theoretically, they had the money to make them. It’s still a real budget cut.

  6. Sarah Palin has accepted hundreds of millions of federal dollars in the recent past…I think most of us agree that she is only rejecting this portion of the stimulus money in order to impress her national base. During her campaign with McCain, she tried to give the impression that she was a true fiscal conservative and as Governor she did not request and would not accept federal funds or earmarks (Thanks but No Thanks is now famously attributed to that lie). McCain touted her good fiscal conservative record and she encouraged him to do so. But even then, she was requesting earmarks and other federal dollars. Now, in her mind, her NATIONAL audience is waiting with baited breath. So Palin plays for them and ignores her own Alaskan constituents.

    And the hypocrisy continues…didn’t she announce at the beginning of this year’s legislative session that the State of Alaska would become more energy efficient and energy independent? Wouldn’t these dollars have helped toward that goal?

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it hundreds more times until she fades from the political landscape: Sarah Palin is a fraud and the sooner Alaska’s voters realize that the better for all of us.

    One last thought…could someone please Mrs. Palin WHY she wants to be President? I mean really WHY (and ask for a detailed answer instead of her VP campaign answer, “to clean up Washington”)? She wanted to be Governor…but after only two years (and that’s a stretch since she began her national campaign to be recognized nationally very early in office–remember the PR firm?) she seems tired of the prize. Does she really want to govern? Or is she really just interested in wearing that crown that so narrowly alluded her all those years ago?

    • You hit the nail on the head, Claudia. She has been a fraud since she was on Wasilla City Council. She was pushy, divisive, narcissistic and stupid then, and she should have been stopped in her tracks before she even became Mayor. How can she possibly continue this ruse? And how the He!! can she continue to profess to be a Christian?! I would bury my head in a hole if I ever told a fraction of the lies she tells. One thing is for sure – WWJD? He’s slap the crap out of her! I only wish I could witness it.

    • to be fair here, the latest poll had Palin off the chart. She tied with 6 other individuals with 5%. She didn’t even show up. I think it’s stretching it to call it a base. It’s more of a tiny little pedestal.

    • Palin has explained why she wants POTUS many times.

      “Lord show me the way, Lord open that door for me” If “the Lord” opens that door that means Palin is on a mission from God, duty bound in her faith to fulfill.

      If “god”wants her to be POTUS she will be.

      On a visit to the church in June 2008, Palin spoke fondly of the Kenyan pastor and told a group of young missionaries that Muthee’s prayers had helped her to become governor.
      “Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he’s so bold,” she said. “And he was praying ‘Lord make a way, Lord make a way’ … He said, ‘Lord make a way and let her do this next step.’ And that’s exactly what happened.”

      “Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan,” Muthee says as two attendants place their hands on Palin’s shoulders. “Make her way my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus. … Use her to turn this nation the other way around.”

  7. Can’t help feeling this is Palin’s narcissistic personality “hitting back” at all Alaskans.

    As she finds more negative feedback and less support I truly think she is doing this just to be mean, just to show us she still has power and control over us, even if it is to hurt and damage.

    It is almost like a divorce where one party is simply going to get revenge on the other for hurt feelings.

    This is the only sense I can make of a totally nonsensical decision.

    I think Palin is NOW just about purposefully causing as much damage to Alaska as possible because she is being TOTALLY REJECTED ON A NATIONAL LEVEL AND NARCISSIST STRIKE OUT AT THOSE CLOSEST TO THEM WHEN CORNERED.

    Palin’s play is playing out and she is going to do as much damage as she can before she is forced out.

    This is a very sick woman. This is not politics, this is just her sickness playing out on a political stage.

  8. Only $51.4 million, Dr. Patois? Only?? Really? Let’s think for a moment, shall we, about how weatherization could help the citizens and ultimately reduce Alaska’s dependency on energy. What foolish thinking you have engaged in.

    • I obviously did not make my point clear for you. I think there are two things Gino is trying to achieve for herself here. To be able to say to her base that she did not accept all of the “socialist” stimulus funds and to further claim that she is a fiscal conservative by saying she tightened Alaska’s belt by reducing the budget by$80 million. PhysicsMom gave an explanation as to why the 28.6 million can be claimed as part of the budget cut but my personal feeling is that it is semantics that she will use to her advantage. I in no way agree with her decisions. I would be rather pea brained to not get that Alaska and energy relief go together like Gino and disingenuousness. I also find it ironic that had she not tried to curry favor with $740 million in the form of “energy bail-out” checks, Alaska would have a surplus budget.

  9. I can’t believe your legislature meets only onceba year. Is that the way it is in other states? As an outsider, they seem very weak to me. They don’t stick up for their constituents. Everything Palin does now is for her presidential run. She is already running as evidenced by the many press released coming out. Do you see other governors on the national news every day giving an opinion and cutting down our new and popular president. She doesn’t care about her job any more, that is obvious. But it seems like no one is willing to really do anything about her.

    • In some states they only meet every other year! Here they meet for 90 days (+ or -, depending on if there are special sessions). In other states they meet for a defined number of days over the year, continuously or not depending on the state I’d guess. In some I think they meet when they need to throughout the year.

  10. Shannyn, I posted this on Mudflats too so that someone can correct me if I’m wrong.

    Read your post together with Les Gara’s update explaining re the funds and Washington, yadda, yadda. There is another issue that comes to my mind to add into this.

    I’m thinking – Due to decrease in oil costs, there also will not be $1,200 checks issued.

  11. Yes, here in Nevada the legislature meets for 120 days every other year, and we certainly pay for the lack of supervision on our own “fiscally conservative” Republican governor. We may soon have to send our youth to Alaska to obtain a college education…

  12. I am so sick of Sarah and her self serving ways!!! I guess because she has a multi-million dollar book deal she won’t have to worry about such petty things as energy costs. She is as smart as a box of rocks!!! I wonder how many nails away she is from the final nail in her political coffin.

  13. Liz P : I married into a family very much like the Palins. You are absolutely right. She is secretly taking great delight in ‘punishing’ us. As my mother says, ‘men can be evil, but it takes a woman to be truly malevolent. It’s rare, but the ones that are,
    are . . .’

  14. If you recall her quickly enough, the next governor can apply for the funds.

  15. I don’t think anyone intends on trying to recall or impeach her, do they? God I am so sick of her.

    I personally the following makes sense – and should have been done in the first place. The Governor’s agencies – presumably with her input since she’s head of the state’ agencies (AHFC and AEA) – proposed to spend the funds on a number of efforts. All $29 million could have instead been spent on building renewable energy projects around the state, to achieve this state’s renewable and diversified energy goals. It’s odd to have renewable energy goals, like the Governor announced in her Winter press conference, and to reject funds needed to build those projects. I would encourage folks to run this proposal by the Governor – one she of course could have proposed in the first place – and see if we can encourage her to accept the funds for these purposes, if she didn’t like the purposes her agencies proposed in the operating budget.
    Encourage her to accept the funds? First she cuts off YOUR nose to spite her face and gain one more day of media attention, now play nice folks and show her a way out so she can take the credit.

    It’s about time that a spiteful self centered decision bite her in the ass. Palin is so ignorant, she thinks that the legislature can overturn this, so she can score points with the GOP base and Alaska will still get the money.

    It’s about time she found out the hard way. Alaska won’t have a governor until Palin leaves office and until then, she will use and abuse Alaskans every chance she gets.

    Let her figure this one out for herself.

    Mr. Gara and the rest of the legislature should publish the fact that they cannot do anything about these monies. Put Alaskans on notice. Then leave it up to Palin to fix it.

    She will not want to be the only governor in the US to screw up their stimulus monies.

    If you start pandering, by doing her job FOR her now, it will only get worse until she leaves.

    Palin will take all the credit and you jeopardize the rest of the country for 2012.

    • ITA with PJama: Why should Alaska citizens BEG her or offer her a way out so she can take credit for something? The fact is, she needs to be held out as responsible for what happens. No one else. Mr. Gara and the rest of the legislature needs to toss it into the lap of GINO and let her flap her way out.

  17. Les Gara’s response is disappointing. If the energy stimulus funds were put in the budget and were vetoed, that veto can be overridden. Okay, so the funds have not been requested and were not really there to begin with.

    By overriding the veto, the legislature sends a message to Palin and to the public that Palin had better request the funds. Is there another way for the legislature to get the funds? If not, than it seems a veto would be more effective than nothing.

  18. I agree with PJama. It sounds as if she’s been given chance after chance, and no matter what the Legislature does, it’s in her power. So, let it happen. Let her understand that every legislator, Democrat and Republican, will mail his or her constituents and explain that Sarah’s political posturing was more important than Alaska. So she’s not going to run for re-election in 2010? Fine, let her be booed every time she appears in public in Alaska. This is a very simple, explainable issue, and if she is made squarely responsible, this just may be the time people finally “get” who she is.

    If she understands anything, it’s her self-interest (although her understanding isn’t guaranteed). She’s not going to get a lot of mileage nationally from going against a bipartisan consensus in her own state legislature to reject money that (as I understand it), will just go to another state instead. Does she really want to be despised at home? Risk having her own state Republican Party refuse to support her if she tries to run for anything again? Stare her down, and she might blink on this one. Don’t stare her down, and you can wait for the next little game.

  19. Governor Palin reminds me of nothing so much as the “mean girl” elected to the HS student council as President who gets into a fight and tries to retaliate by holding up the Prom money.

    Try as she will, the gov is trapped within a small base of fanatic Palinbots. Given the way our primary/caucus system is structured, however, it is not inconceivable that she could gain some traction in a run for the nomination.

    What’s left of Rational Republicans retch at the prospect.

  20. Chaim: I don’t think SP has the mental acuity or the insight to view herself as others do. She has descended into true madness. If you toss her a bone, she will take credit for something.

    It is time to let her stew in her own juices and pay for her own mistakes.

    Sad for Alaska.

  21. And now the real reason she rejected the energy funds:

    Egan dismayed by cuts

    Juneau Senator Dennis Egan said on Capital Chat Friday that he was dismayed with the Governor’s cut.

    He said he thought the energy stimulus funds should have been approved. ‘I just don’t get it.”

    When asked about the Governor’s building code concern, Egan said many Alaska communities have already adopted building codes.

    When asked about the Governor’s hometown of Wasilla, Egan said a preliminary examination reveals that Wasilla is one of the few communities in the state that doesn’t comply.

  22. Thought I would post this on Shannyn’s site; sort of unrelated or OT (Off Topic)…

    I was on Huffington Post looking at the video of Ed Schultz taking on Morning Joe. I read through the comments and a couple folks want to draft Shannyn Moore to replace Mika Brzezinski-the “go along with whatever Joe sez” on Morning Joe!!!! Got my vote…

    Here’s the link:

    the comments about putting Shannyn on start around page 8 or so…

  23. I guess it’s not September. From the Governor:

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