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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-17-09 12:34 PM
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Lawmakers reject Ross (Sarah Palin's choice) as AG in historic vote.

JUNEAU -- The Alaska Legislature voted 35 to 23 on Thursday to reject the confirmation of Wayne Anthony Ross, Gov. Sarah Palin's pick for attorney general.

According to Legislative Research Services, it was the first time in state history a head of a state agency has failed to be confirmed by the Legislature. All the Democrats in the Legislature voted against Ross and were joined by nine Republicans, including the Senate president and House speaker.

"I think he is too controversial for the state of Alaska. We've got in some people's mind a controversial governor, and I think that he just has too many controversies out there," said House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican.

Even Ross' opponents in the Legislature had said just a few days ago that he had enough support to be confirmed despite widespread opposition from Alaska Native groups, his calling gays "degenerates" in the 1990s, and allegations that he made offensive comments about women. But a tipping point appeared to come this week when Ross gave what lawmakers called bad and politicized legal advice to Palin about a fight she's having with lawmakers over a state Senate appointment.



Her choice for the Fish Board was rejected also, even more soundly.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-17-09 01:00 PM
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1. This is such wonderful news
I am down in LA for the impending birth of my fourth grandchild, but I was so proud when I read the reports last night. Kudos to the legislature who are finally standing up to GINO. Your sister in the Dept. of Law must be thrilled.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-17-09 01:08 PM
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2. Stunned is the word. Everything I had read, indicated that he would probably
be approved by the legislature. Wonder who she will drag out next for the position of AG??

BTW, an early congratulation on becoming a grandmother (again!)
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burning rain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-19-09 09:46 PM
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3. Excellent.
The true-believing conservatives must be pissed. The senate president and the speaker of the house -- that has to hurt.

Typical if that "dissing the lege" issue was decisive. So many legislators seem to rate being treated with reverence, themselves, the very highest issue. A complete scoundrel who dotes on senators would probably retain great support.
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