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Sarah Palin Outrage of the Day

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Sarah Palin Outrage of the Day: Turns out the “fiscally conservative” vice presidential candidate charged the taxpayers of Alaska for nights she slept in her own home.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official “duty station” is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor’s daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

And if you’re wondering, gee, 312 nights out of 19 months sounds like a lot, you’re right! It’s more than half her term as governor. 55% of her entire term in office was spent charging the taxpayers for living in her own home, effectively skimming 14% on top of her annual salary from state funds. An additional 34% on top of her salary went to travel reimbursement.

That’s change we can believe in.

Via Washington Monthly.

IMPORTANT CORRECTION The 55% number is wrong, as it counts weekends, in which the governor usually wouldn’t be expected to work anyway. The right number is 312 days out of 407, not counting holidays, or roughly 76% of her time as governor.

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September 9, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Gary, Indiana

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NBC now saying that Clinton has canceled all her media events tomorrow, not just TV appearances.

Still waiting on the last 5%, but it sounds as though it’s mostly academic at this point.

Chuck Todd: “It may have just ended tonight.” He goes on to point to Super Tuesday (and in particular the shock Missouri victory) as another candidate for the decisive moment. Welcome to the party, Chuck. Tim Russert echoes: “We now know who the Democratic nominee will be.”

Clinton has canceled all her morning show appearances, per Tim Russert.

Ambinder: Obama’s receiving approximately three votes for every one vote that Clinton receives. With 9[0+] percent of the statewide vote out, he’s narrowed the gap to within 20,000.

“Let me tell you, when all the votes are counted, when Gary comes in, I think you’re looking at something for the world to see,” Clay, an Obama supporter, said in a telephone interview from Obama’s Gary headquarters. “I don’t know what the numbers are yet, but Gary has absolutely produced in large numbers for Obama here.”

If Obama is really able to pull this rabbit out of his hat tonight, I’ll be so elated I won’t even mention how much it looks like Lake County is waiting to see how many votes Obama needs before they report. So I’ll just say it now: if Obama wins Indiana, and this then is the night he secures the nomination, in forty years they’ll be talking about tonight the way they talk about Chicago and Mayor Daley in 1960.

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May 7, 2008 at 3:36 am