Early Leadership• Councilwoman Palin focused
on reducing property taxes and redefining the city government’s role• Supported 2% sales tax with a corresponding reduction in property taxes. The sales tax was fairer and more optional, and kept reduced government control over what Wasilla residents owned• Opposed master-planned community type zoning regulations and favored retaining a do-it-yourself approach• Opposed development plan that would have required residents of new sub-divisions to pay for weekly garbage removal – by a company owned by city council member Nick Carney• Voted against mayoral pay raise• Personally read and reviewed every line item in city budgets as well as proposed regulations, and ordinances.• Councilwoman Palin took constituent calls to her home at all hours of the night, including holidays and weekends
Actions as Mayor Fiscally Responsible•
Cut taxes• Eliminated small-business inventory taxes• Eliminated property taxes• Eliminated business license renewal fees• Cut the real estate property tax mil levy during each year in office• Did not support proposed city-wide smoking ban Business Friendly• Built and paved roads• Extended water and sewer lines• Paved runway at Wasilla Municipal Airport• City bond financed by half-cent sales tax to build Curtis Menard Jr. Multi-Use Sports Center• Wasilla became a major commercial center under Mayor Palin. Established small businesses grew, and major national chains opened their doors in Wasilla. Tough• Cut her own pay• Says one of her favorite quotes comes from author and former football coach Lou Holtz, on how to build your team: “Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.”• Fired police chief who refused cut department budget and who attempted to undermine the Mayor’s authority.• Requested letters of resignation from all department heads to keep on file. Only two complied. A Leader Among Leaders• Led dozens of other mayors in dealing with statewide issues, such as municipal revenue sharing, and advocating for local government control.
Going RogueWhile on the commission
she discovered one of herfellow Republicans on the commission waspersonally profiting from his position. She first triedto deal with it directly as she was bound by therules not to disclose information she learned aschairman while part of the commission. When talkfailed she resigned the prestigious and high payingposition in order to legally be able to go public.Going against her party and against advice she wentpublic with her accusations resulting incommissioner Randy Reudrich being found guiltyand fined the biggest civil fine in Alaskan history
A Run To Remember• Ran
and won a primary against the setting Governor of her own party and against the advice of the Alaskan Republican Party• Won a series of three way debates handily• Won the Governorship 48.33 % of the vote in a three way race and took control of the second most powerful Governorship in the country• Decides to live in her own home and drive the 45 miles to work rather then force the people of Alaska to pay for a chef and servants for her and her family
House Cleaning 101• Put previous
governor’s jet on EBay (eventually sold by a broker when bids did not go high enough)• First bill, a bipartisan ethics bill meant to clean up the legislature• Vetoed 268 million in pork projects first year• Put whole budget process on line
A Divisive Political Figure or
a Victim of Salacious Political Attacks• Sarah has had the highest favorability rating in the country and likely of any governor in history with 93% approval rating in 2007 and still was at 86% after two years in office• A full 75% of all Democrats approved of her after two years• She drove through much of her legislative agenda with bipartisan support
Busy Busy• Worked with legislature
and signed a ethics reform law that put real penalties for those breaking ethics rules• Pushed through the AGIA (Alaskan Gas Inducement Act) that laid the foundation for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska and opened up competition to all bidders.• Creates ACES (Alaskan Clear and Equitable Share act) and gets it passed. The act replaced an old system, it gave the state auditing powers and gave the Alaskan royalty collection and distribution much more transparent• Tells oil Exxon Oil to drill on an unexploited lease or lose lease• Cut Spending and froze hiring and reduced budget by nearly 10%• Went line by line on bills and vetoed things seen as pork or wasteful (angering legislators but endearing herself to the public)• Set up the Petroleum Oversight Board to keep honest people honest• Chaired Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) 2007- 2008
International Experience While Governor A
question that came up often during campaign, funny the press never asked about Obama’sexperience. Maybe it was because he didn’t have any! Palin trumped Obama in her economic, energy , executive and international experience• Worked with the government of Yukon to renew the Alaska-Yukon Intergovernmental Relations Accord to address joint concerns on the environment, tourism and trade among other things (Met with President of Iceland and made quite an impression on him)• Hosted, spoke at and worked with many world leaders at the Arctic Energy Summit, part of the discussions included a proposed Bering strait rail tunnel she supported• Met trade delegates and diplomats from around the world. (more on that from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition can be had here)• Dealt with cross border issues with Canada
Game Change• Recognized as one
of the premier experts on the oil and gas industry she was an unofficial advisor to McCain before becoming his VP pick• The only person with executive experience on either ticket• More experience across the board then the Democratic presidential nominee• Republican grassroots support rivaling Ronald Reagan’s and eclipsed the presidential candidate in excitement (name one time in history this has happened?)• Brings record crowds where ever she speaks
2009 Sarah Goes Rogue Again.
Tired of Seeing Her Children, Her Family, HerFriends and Her State Under Constant Attack the Mama Grizzly Takes the Fight to the Enemy
From Sea to Sea (and
beyond) Sarah Palin Goes on the War Path• 2009 Going Rogue published, goes on the road.• 2010 Sarah hopscotches across the United States attending tea party rallies and giving speeches meant to build toward political victory. True to her rogue character vows to work to elect constitutional conservatives regardless of party affiliation or if they are endorsed by the party establishment (she did endorse a Democrat against a Republican once in Alaska)• 2010 Endorses forty three people running for house seats in congress and twelve people running for Senate. Many running primaries against established good-ole-boy candidates. Thirty of those running for House of Representative seats won and Seven of Twelve Senate candidates won.• 2010 She is also credited with pushing governors like Nikki Haley of South Carolina over the top.• 2011 Documentary, The Undefeated, premieres, is later shown in direct competition to HBO movie of Palin. Documentary squashes HBO in ratings.• 2011 Takes message on the road with a bus tour (refuses to give press the itinerary to keep from having her events interfered with)• 2011 Is a headline speaker at various conferences across the globe• 2011 brings down the house at CPAC• 2012 Endorses candidates and continues the fight by speaking across the U.S.
Now Ask Yourself These Questions?Is
this the resume of a dumb woman?Is the resume of weak woman?Is this the resume of an incompetent woman?Is the resume of a quitter?Is this the resume of a follower or a leader?Do you really know Sarah Palin?