Anne's email went viral as no document sent by a return/enter button in the history of Alaska ever had before.
Many of the reporters who contacted me between the 4th and 10th of September had questions about details of Anne's letter. I didn't write much about it at Progressive Alaska, and I didn't forward any of the scores of copies of it I received in my email accounts from next door neighbors, and from people halfway around the world. I didn't have to.
Within days, Anne was the subject of many articles, including an interview on National Public Radio.
The Alaska Press Club has chosen to honor Anne with a special award at their annual Journalism Conference in Anchorage. She will be the special guest at a luncheon on Friday, March 27th, at the Anchorage Senior Center. I'll have more details about the event as they emerge.
I'm about to email my friends at Team Sarah with the good news. They'll be so excited! After all, anyone who knows this much about Sarah Palin must be a friend of Team Sarah:
During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which hadgiven rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.
That is just a small part of Anne's detailed, but carefully crafted letter about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
image - provided to Bob Martinson by the Kilkennys