Sunday, September 28, 2008

Up To 1,000 Protestors Participate In September 27th Anti-Palin Rally At Delaney Park Strip In Anchorage, Alaska

A protest rally focusing much more on Governor Sarah Palin's handling of the Troopergate investigation -- and calling for the resignation of Attorney General Talis Colberg -- drew an estimated 1,000 people at its peak to the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday September 27th, 2008. Full stories by the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2. ADN videos available on Alaska Politics. Still photos of the rally are available at the ADN website HERE, and on Mudflats HERE (Mudflats thinks there may have been as many as 2,000 at the rally, but I'll stick with ADN's estimate since they are pros at headcounts). There was also a rally in Soldotna, but no further information is available. KTUU news video embedded below:

Unlike the previous rally on September 13th at the Loussac Library, the focus was much more directed against Troopergate, and less on other aspects of Sarah Palin's political philosophy. Protesters chanted "Recall Palin!" as organizers told the crowd to push state legislators to keep after their investigation into the governor's firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. This represents the first time that anti-Palin protestors have gone beyond merely questioning Palin's qualifications to be vice-president, and are now actually questioning her qualifications to continue serving as governor.

"This report needs to be released. Not just for us ... it needs to be released for all those people in the Lower 48 who are going to make a decision on Nov. 4," Democratic blogger Linda Kellen Biegel told hundreds of protesters gathered on the Park Strip grass. Biegel is a progressive activist who edits the DivasBlueOasis website, and posts her account of the rally HERE. Other prominent Alaskan bloggers posting reports include Shannyn Moore, a former KUDO 1080AM progressive talk show host, and the Alaska Politics Blog (not to be confused with ADN's Alaska Politics).

Prior to the main rally, hundreds of people lined I Street, waving signs that said "Steady on her heels, wobbly on her words" and "Tina Fey would do a better job" at passing cars. A group calling itself Alaskans for Truth organized the event.

As expected, some pro-Obama activists showed up as well. Anchorage singer-songwriter Libby Roderick led the crowd in a chorus of "We're gonna keep on moving forward" and "Stand tall for Obama," while Obama volunteers signed up supporters under a nearby tent. Next to the Obama fliers sat petitions calling for Attorney General Talis Colberg to be removed from his job. Colberg is under fire for advising administration officials not to respond to subpoenas to testify before the Judiciary Committee. On Thursday September 25th, Colberg filed suit in Anchorage district court to quash the subpoenas.

But at least one protester had a politically non-partisan reason for joining the demonstration. Betty Monegan Hickling, Walt Monegan's mother, spoke publicly for the first time about her son's firing. "As a mother I don't like anybody -- or any mother would like -- to have their son called a rogue when you know that they are not", she said. She also expressed the belief that Troopergate has damaged her relationship with Governor Palin, and questioned whether they could still be friends.

In a separate ADN story, Walt Monegan said he'll provide e-mails to a state investigator to refute his former boss's claim he had a "rogue mentality" on budgeting and was planning an unauthorized trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby for money. The e-mails are intended to counter a batch of e-mails released by the governor's lawyer last week which purported to show that he (Monegan) was out of sync with Palin and that the planned trip was "the last straw" that got him fired.

In interviews this week, Monegan said the governor's e-mails are far from the last word on the last straw. He said his e-mails will show a broader view of conversations within the administration and of his plans to visit U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in late July to talk about a bold plan to crack down on sexual assaults in Alaska, a state long plagued with one of the nation's highest rates of such crimes.


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    Looks like Palin helped herself a lot, as well as her buddies...

  3. They were all Obama supporters!

    And for a racist you seem to have a lot of lefties hanging out here with you. Why is that?