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Sarah Palin rape kits scandal Edit

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While Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, she cut programs for dealing with victims of rapes with consideration,[1] fired the sheriff who had installed those programs, and hired a sheriff who instead charged rape victims for their own evidence-gathering examinations.[2] She has never denied this; on the one opportunity she was given to clear the record, she instead chose to evade the question.[3]

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Overview Edit

Before Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Irl Stambaugh was police chief. He enacted procedures for dealing with victims of rapes with consideration; a special victims task force. Palin fired him, and hired police chief Fannon. When the Alaska legislature began considering a bill to stop the practice, Fannon gave an interview in which he defended billing victims for their exams. As mayor, Palin was not only directly responsible for the budget and its allowance for costs such as rape kits, but for the performance of the duties of those under her.[4] She bears a certain amount of responsibility for Fannon's actions as police chief.[4] In 2008, Palin was directly asked whether victims were charged, and what the police department's policy was on charging, and evaded both questions.

HB 270 Edit

In 2000, state legislators in Alaska learned that some police agencies were seeking to bill the the insurance companies of rape victims for forensic medical examination necessary to gather evidence, which can cost $500 to $1200.[5][6] A bill was proposed, to require police departments to cover the cost of the exams. In the Alaska State Legislature's committee meetings for the bill, HB 270, the Wasilla area, known as the Mat-Su Valley, was mentioned as one of the places where local hospitals had charged for rape exams.[7] The population centers of the Mat-Su Valley comprise, in order of population, Wasilla, Palmer, Big Lake, Willow, Houston, and Talkeetna, with Wasilla being equal in population, at the time, to all the others other than Palmer. The Palmer police chief said that he would never charge for the kits,[2] so even going by mere chance, it is a 50/50 chance that Wasilla was the town the legislature was referring to.

The cheapness and distastefulness of billing for rape kits is obvious to all. But the effects of the evidence-gathering process on the victim, let alone billing, may not be so obvious. It is the business of Lauree Hugonin, Director of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to know these things, and when she was called before the Alaska Legislature, in addition to explaining the process of evidence-gathering itself, she had this to say (as paraphrased by the legislature session recorder):

MS. HUGONIN mentioned that in the best of circumstances the perpetrator is caught, evidence has been collected and used in the prosecution to a good end, and the perpetrator is jailed. She indicated that as the victim recovers from this heinous crime, at every point where the victim has to relive it, and she does relive it because it is not something that can be forgotten. She emphasized that it is incomprehensible that the victim should have to relive the crime upon receiving a bill for the assault exam from her insurance company. It puts her right back to when it happened.

Lauree Hugonin testified before the committee that 1000 victims of sexual assault were referred to her agency in 1999. Hugonin also testified that due to hospital accounting practices, victims had been charged for their exams in Mat-Su, Anchorage, Kenai, Sitka and 'possibly' in Bethel. Testimony from a Juneau resident that she had been charged was read before the committee[8].

The investigation in the legislature was brief and to the point, and avoided unnecessary confrontations; no testimony was collected from women in Wasilla, and thus no evidence that the insurer of any woman in Wasilla had been billed for a kit was presented to the legislature. House committee hearings finished in mid-April,[7] and HB 270 became law later the same year.[9][10]

In 2008, former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles, who signed the bill into law, said "We would never bill the victim of a burglary for fingerprinting and photographing the crime scene, or for the cost of gathering other evidence. Nor should we bill rape victims just because the crime scene happens to be their bodies."[2] Template:AP ED

Wasilla and coverup Edit

Irl Stambaugh was reportedly surprised to hear that the police department was charging; he said when he was chief of police, he had included a line item in the budget to pay for the cost of such exams. The budget during his tenure shows a line item called Contractual Services, that, among other things, paid for "evidence collection for sexual assaults";[1] The Contractual Services line item on p. G-26 of the linked PDF labelled: "PDF"; other links show the cuts to the budget. But that amount was also used to clear the local runway of snow, involving the acquisition and maintenance of heavy machinery and labor. That line item was cut by more than half during Palin's tenure.[6], but since the airplanes could not take off with snow on the ground, cutting it by half meant the rape kits and similar programs were cut completely. Palin knew, or should have known, that the rape kits were being cut.

Palmer police chief Laren Zager said "I'm prepared to pay every dime in an investigation. As long as I am chief, I would never bill a victim".[2] Fannon, however, responded to the new law by expressing concern about the cost of the rape kits.[2] Fannon stated: "In the past we've charged the cost of exams to the victim's insurance company when possible. I just don't want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer....Ultimately it is the criminal who should bear the burden of the added costs."[2].

The costs, however, are in dispute. On the one hand, the attempts to cover up the issue make it seem as though there were no rapes to pay for. Wasilla's report to the FBI of rapes in 2000 showed only one rape.[11] But rape is a very big issue in Alaska; it is high in relation to other crimes, especially when the rape of indigenous Alaskans (Eskimos) is concerned. Wasilla had it in their interest to be seen as a city with a low rape rate, even before the kit issue emerged.

If it was only one rape to pay for, what was Fannon's objection? But to strengthen his case about the huge amount of money the city was going to have to pay, Fannon estimated HB 270's impact on the Wasilla PD's budget at approximately $5,000 to $14,000 a year.[2]

No estimate for the cost of rape kits, (the high estimate in the Frontiersman is $1200) comes even close to a quarter of his lowest figure. At the lowest estimate for cost, $300, also from the Frontiersman, Fannon's highest estimate of cost, $14,000, could have bought Wasilla 466 rape kits. So which is it? Were there few rapes, which refutes Fannon's assertion of high cost, or were there many, in which case it was a real problem for rape victims, which Fannon and Palin chose to ignore?

And finally, the clinching evidence that tied it all together; the budget allocation for rape kits and other Contractual Services in that same year was $1000.[1] This cannot have covered even the clearing of snow from the local runway that was also a part of the Contractual Services line-item.[1]

Despite Fannon's own, open admission of the practice,[2] the City of Wasilla Office of the Mayor reported searching records extending "back to the beginning of fiscal year 2000", and "found no record of sexual assault victims billed for forensic exams".[12] It became even more obvious that the office of the mayor was still working for the mayor even when she was a candidate for vice-president when Palin herself, in her interview with the Frontiersman, in order to distance herself as much as possible from the issue, responded to the question without querying the existence of the practice.[3] If it had never happened, she would have said so.


Frontiersman interview Edit

The Wasilla newspaper, The Frontiersman, conducted an e-mail interview with Palin, comprising fourteen questions:

(Frontiersman)"6. During your tenure as mayor in 2000, then police chief Charlie Fannon commented in a May 23, 2000 Frontiersman article about legislation Gov. Tony Knowles signed protecting victims of sexual assault from being billed for rape kits collected by police as part of their investigations. Fannon revealed then that Knowles’ decision would cost Wasilla $5,000 to $14,000 a year, insinuating that the department’s policy was to bill victims for this testing. During your tenure as Mayor, what was the police department and city’s standard operating procedure in recovering costs of rape kits? Were any sexual assault victims ever charged for this testing while you were mayor?"
(Palin)"The entire notion of making a victim of a crime pay for anything is crazy. I do not believe, nor have I ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test. As governor, I worked in a variety of ways to tackle the problem of sexual assault and rape, including making domestic violence a priority of my administration."[3]

The questions of the operating procedures and specifically, charging, were not answered in 2008, and have not been answered since.

In 2008, Palin's spokeswoman spoke as though it had been, saying, "Gov. Palin's position could not be more clear. To suggest otherwise is a deliberate misrepresentation of her commitment to supporting victims and bringing violent criminals to justice."[5] USA Today reported that the spokeswoman "would not answer other questions, including when Palin learned of Wasilla's policy or whether she tried to change it."[5]


Assertions to the contrary in conservative reporting Edit

  • It is said victims are not billed, insurance companies are billed. This is not only a red herring, it is not even economically speaking, true. Insurance is an asset of the insuree that incurs costs of its own, and items being billed to it may not be paid in full by the insurance company (deductibles) or may incur additional charges to the insurance itself.
  • It is said that Sarah Palin has never admitted the practice. However, she has been given ample opportunity, including direct questioning, and has never denied it, either.
  • An assertion that Palin "states she had no knowledge of any 'rape kit' policies about billing" is false. When presented with an opportunity to answer that very question, she answered in another way.
  • It has been stated that towns other than Wasilla charged. This is true, as the HB 270 Finance Committee minutes show.
  • An assertion that the budget was under the control of the city council is false. Municipal Code.[4]
  • An assertion that "There were no rape kit line items in any of the budgets" is false. The '94 budget shows rape kits, and that line item disappears when Palin becomes mayor, which is consistent with a policy of charging or otherwise avoiding paying for them.
  • The wording in the St. Petersburg Times article, "An investigation by the found no evidence that Palin had explicitly supported or opposed this policy." and "We can’t find that Palin ever commented on the policy, pro or con." are examples of the negative proof fallacy, and as such, also rely on negative proof for their notability. Otherwise they are truisms about the fallability of the SPT.
  • The assertion that the wording in the article, "An investigation by the St. Petersburg Times found no evidence that Palin had explicitly supported or opposed this policy." relies for its notability upon a negative proof fallacy has not been addressed, but it is extremely unlikely that it will ever be refuted.
  • The wording in the St. Petersburg Times article "Although Wasilla had such a “rape kit” policy while Palin was mayor, there is no evidence that she explicitly endorsed the policy." and "Yet the campaign has not provided any evidence that Palin ever opposed the policy." are quite simply not true. The budget, her interview, Fannon's interview, the lack of any action by Palin after his interview, and much more, all point to either spectacular incompetence or complicity.

On Wikipedia Edit

Although a summary of information in this article had only to compete with statements such as 'During her first year in office, Palin kept a jar with the names of Wasilla residents on her desk. Once a week, she pulled out a name, picked up the phone and asked: "How's the city doing?"', a piece of Palin-fan trivia that exists to this day, it was removed one can only believe permanently, after months of fighting for its inclusion, despite refutations of the vast majority (13) of the opposing arguments. Anarchists are warned against attempting the restoration of the material, as the cabal that existed in 2008 to prevent its inclusion is very much alive.

Note that the subject of the AfD in the tag to the right is not that of this article, as the material here was never part of any article long enough for an AfD
However, it is a related subject that was proposed for deletion, and to which links have, of course, been removed from the main SP article, as soon as it was possible, by the pro-SP cabal

Why? Edit

Everyone probably has their own idea of why this happened ("Because I can" / "Just 'Cause" / Ad Hocus), but only one made it into print. Eric Croft, at the time an Alaskan representative, offers a plausible explanation, albeit one weakened by its framing in reference to right-wing political positions: rape kits contain the Morning After pill[13][14]

"It never made sense to me that it was something worth the fight," Croft said, "unless it was more about the fact that at the very end of the rape-kit procedure, [the victim is offered] a morning-after pill. If you really believe the hardcore pro-life position, it's a government-funded abortion." - Eric Croft, at the time an Alaskan representative, in the Washington Independent[15]}}

See also Edit

References Edit

Sarah Palin interviews with Katie Couric Edit

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The Sarah Palin Interviews with Katie Couric were a series of interviews of the 2008 U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin conducted by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. They were recorded and broadcast on television in several programs before the 2008 US presidential election. Couric received the Wikipedia:Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award and the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence for the interview.[16][17][18]

The interviews were widely believed to have been a disaster for Palin's image and for the McCain Campaign, and were cited by many as the cause of a turning of the tide of public opinion against her.

OriginsEdit

The Couric interview was preceded by heavy media scrutiny over the McCain campaign's alleged unwillingness to allow press access to Palin.

Palin explains in her memoirs that from the beginning, senior McCain staffer, Wikipedia:Nicolle Wallace, pushed for Couric and the CBS Evening News. "The campaign's general strategy involved coming out with a network anchor, someone they felt had treated John well on the trail thus far. My suggestion was that we be consistent with that strategy and start talking to outlets like FOX and the Wall Street Journal. I really didn't have a say in which press I was going to talk to, but for some reason Nicolle seemed compelled to get me on the Katie bandwagon," wrote Palin.[19]

"Katie really likes you," Wallace said according to Palin. "she's a working mom and admires you as a working mom. She has teenage daughters like you. She just relates to you...believe me, I know her very well. I've worked with her...She just has such low self-esteem...She just feels she can't trust anybody. She wants you to like her. You know what? We'll schedule a segment with her, If it doesn't go well, if there's no chemistry, we won't do any others."[19]

Wallace disputed Palin's account "The whole notion there was a conversation where I tried to cajole her into a conversation with Katie [Couric] is fiction".[20] Wallace earlier had praised the channel, “We had no input on usage...we had no ground rules on the interview. I think that’s pretty unprecedented. A lot of people negotiate platforms. We didn’t negotiate platforms or air dates.”[21]

"We were initially supposed to interview her—sit down with her in Philadelphia on Sunday and travel with Senator McCain and Governor Palin on that Monday," Couric recalled. "And then the campaign felt they didn't want a week to go by without hearing anything from Governor Palin because they were doling out the interviews very selectively. So they decided when she was visiting some world leaders at the UN, that that would be an opportunity for her to sit down that morning and talk to me and it was very serendipitous for us, because we could—that opened the door to a lot of interesting foreign policy questions. And, also, in addition to that, the financial crisis was sort of really heating up during that week, so that was another opportunity. Then, we had scheduled an interview the following Monday, during which we were going to talk about a lot of domestic and social issues, so they gave us tremendous access."[22]

Newsweek reported that at the time of the Couric interview, Palin felt that she had been overmanaged for her first one-on-one debut with a network anchor, Wikipedia:Charlie Gibson of ABC and "rebuffed Wallace's help with her Couric interview."[23] McCain advisers said that Palin "did not have the time or focus to prepare for the interview."[24] "She did not say, 'I will not prepare,'” a McCain adviser said. "She just didn’t have a bandwidth to do a mock interview session the way we had prepared before. She was just overloaded."[24]

FormatEdit

CBS News producers segmented key moments from the interviews over the course of several days and on multiple formats, including Wikipedia:The Early Show, the Evening News, and the internet.[21] The New York Observer noted that this "prolonged the interviews’ saliency in the news cycle," and Bill Kristol, a Fox News Channel commentator who was a prominent supporter of Palin, referred to the network's seemingly never-ending installments as a “nine-thousand-part interview.”[21]

The initial 40-minute session aired September 24 and 25, 2008. Palin and Couric discussed Rick Davis and the economy. Palin defended her comments on how Alaska's proximity to Russia enhanced her foreign policy experience:

COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign-policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land — boundary that we have with — Canada. It, it’s funny that a comment like that was — kind of made to cari — I don’t know. You know. Reporters —
COURIC: Mocked?
PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.
COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our— our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia—
COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We— we do— it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where— where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is— from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to— to our state.


Couric asked Palin her opinion on the emergency economic bailout the Bush administration was proposing:

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700bn helping middle-class families, who are struggling with healthcare, housing, gas and groceries, allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
PALIN: That's why I say, I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the tax payers looking to bail out, but ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping tho— it's got to be all about job creation too, shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track, so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as— competitive— scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

In another segment aired on September 30, Couric asked Palin about her taste in periodicals:

COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?
PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —
COURIC: But which ones specifically? I’m curious.
PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.
COURIC: Can you name any of them?
PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where, it's kind of suggested and it seems like, 'Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C. may be thinking and doing when you live up there in Alaska?' Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

FalloutEdit

The interviews aired on CBS Evening News showed ratings increases on both nights and clips posted on YouTube garnered more than 10 million views.[23] Wikipedia:National Review editor Rich Lowry called Palin's performance in the interview "dreadful."[25] Wikipedia:The New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley described the interview as "in some ways [...] the worst" interview Palin had done. The exchange on Russia was "startling," her answer "surprisingly wobbly." While it's "perhaps understandable" that Palin "felt nervous," it still "wasn’t a reassuring performance".[26]" Beliefnet's Rod Dreher wrote that he was "well and truly embarrassed" for Palin. She's "a good woman who might well be a great governor of Alaska," but this was a "train wreck."[27]

The interviews were later parodied on Wikipedia:Saturday Night Live (Saturday Night Live parodies of Sarah Palin WP), with Tina Fey as Palin.[28] While helping Seth Meyers write the sketch, Fey decided to use Palin's answer regarding her opinion on the bank bailout nearly verbatim. Fey later said on Wikipedia:The Late Show with David Letterman that, in answering that question, Palin "got lost in a corn maze," noticeably struggling to find an answer and meandering between several seemingly unrelated topics such as health care, job creation, lowering government spending, international trade, and lowering taxes, ultimately not stating a clear position for or against it.[29]

CNN commentator Wikipedia:Jack Cafferty was particularly critical of Palin's answer to the bailout question, saying that if Palin being "one 72-year-old's heartbeat away from being President of the United States... doesn't scare the hell out of you, it should" and that in all his years of covering politics, "that was one of the most pathetic pieces of tape I have ever seen from someone aspiring to one of the highest offices in this country".[30] The airing of the Couric interviews coincided with "a collapse in her approval ratings and a loss of McCain's gains among white women."[31]

In the immediate aftermath of the interview, Palin voiced irritation she had with Couric's interview:[32]

The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed. It's like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you're going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go on to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you'll get clobbered for that too. [...] In those Katie Couric interviews, I did feel that there were a lot of things that she was missing, in terms of an opportunity to ask what a VP candidate stands for, what the values are represented in our ticket.

Palin also criticized Couric's question on what she read:[32]

My response to her, I guess it was kind of filtered. But, I was sort of taken aback, like, the suggestion was, you're way up there in a far away place in Alaska. You know, that there are publications in the rest of the world that are read by many. And I was taken aback by that because I don't know, the suggestion that this was a little bit of perhaps we're not in tune with the rest of the world.

According to campaign manager Rick Davis, Palin thought the questions would be softer than they were: "She was under the impression the Couric thing was going to be easier than it was. Everyone’s guard was down for the Couric interview."[33] "I knew it didn’t go well the first day, and then we gave her a couple of other segments after that," Palin said in a retrospective with conservative filmmaker John Ziegler on the Couric interview. "My question to the campaign was, after it didn’t go well the first day, why were we going to go back for more? Because of however it works in that upper echelon of power brokering, in the media and with spokespersons, it was told [to] me, yeah, we’re going to go back for more. And going back for more was not a wise decision, either."[34]

After the election, Couric appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and discussed her interviews with Palin, especially in regards to her question on what newspapers or magazines she read to "stay informed and to understand the world":[22]

COURIC: I’m not sure whether she was afraid to offend certain people, by, she would offend conservatives by saying she read the New York Times.
LETTERMAN: Or people who don’t read. She was afraid of offending people who don’t read. Maybe that was it.
COURIC: Even in the post-election interviews, Dave, that she's done, nobody has really asked her, "Why didn't you answer that question?"[22]

Palin directly responded to that question in Ziegler's interview, "Because, Katie, you're not the center of everybody's universe, maybe that's why they didn't think to ask that question among so many other things to be asked. To me the question was more along the lines of: Do you read? What do you guys do up there? What is it that you read? And perhaps I was just too flippant in my answer back to her..."[34]

Ziegler has called the awarding of the Walter Cronkite award to Couric an "outrage." "What really happened here is that Katie Couric showed Governor Palin that she had an agenda on the abortion issue," Ziegler said. "She kept coming back to it time and time again, obviously trying to trap Governor Palin into saying something stupid or extreme. Everything after that has to be seen in the context of that episode, because Governor Palin never trusted Katie Couric after that. It is very, very obvious that Katie Couric had an agenda and that she is being rewarded for having pursued that agenda."[35]

On the other hand, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defended Couric, "Now I must say I did not think that ... the Katie Couric interviews were unfair. In fact, if anything, Katie Couric was extraordinarily gentle, even helpful. [Palin] just ... I don't know what happened. I can't explain it. It was not a good interview. I'm being charitable."[36]

Steve Schmidt, McCain's senior campaign strategist and advisor, later reflected on the interview, first by defending Couric by saying that there were no "gotcha questions" or "unfair questions," and then added "I think it was the most consequential interview from a negative perspective that a candidate for national office has gone through, not since Roger Mudd interviewed Ted Kennedy in the late 1970s."[37] This interview was notable for Kennedy's vague and incoherent response to the question of "[w]hy do you want to be President?" which some say derailed Kennedy's presidential ambitions.

Accepting the Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign, Couric said, "I believe one of the reasons that the interview I conducted with Sarah Palin was so impactful is because it wasn’t done through any particular ideological prism. I was so mindful of my personal affect, knowing every head tilt, expression, and follow-up question would be carefully dissected for any evidence of bias. My goal was simply to be a conduit to allow her to express her views and give those watching a chance to come to their own conclusions."[38]

Sarah Palin's viewEdit

In November 2010 Palin ruled out ever granting Couric another interview, accusing Couric of bias and intentionally trying to create a controversy.[39]

See Also Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jacob Alperin-Sheriff (September 11, 2008). "Off the Bus: New Evidence: Palin Had Direct Role In Charging Rape Victims For Exams". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-alperinsheriff/sarah-palin-instituted-ra_b_125833.html. Retrieved 3rd Dec 08. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Goode, Jo (2000-05-22). "Knowles signs sexual assault bill". The Frontiersman. http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2000/05/23/news.txt. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "FRONTIERSMAN EXCLUSIVE: Palin responds to questions". Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. September 30, 2008. http://frontiersman.com/articles/2008/09/30/breaking_news/doc48e1e1294d418713321438.txt.  Palin e-mail interview with Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://www.codepublishing.com/AK/Wasilla/Wasilla02/Wasilla0216.html Power and duties of mayor, Wasilla city
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Dilanian, Ken; Kelley, Matt (September 10, 2008). "Palin's town used to bill victims for rape kits". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-09-10-rape-exams_N.htm. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Yellin, Jessica (September 21, 2008). "Palin's town charged women for rape exams". CNN.com. http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/21/palin.rape.exams/. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "House or Senate Minutes for Bill: HB 270"l
  8. Minutes of Finance Committee meeting, April 10, 2000
  9. Alec MacGillis (2008-09-14). "As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood". Washington Post. p. A1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/13/AR2008091302596.html. 
  10. Bryson, George (September 11, 2008). "Critics: Under Palin, Wasilla charged rape victims for exam". The McClatchy Company. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/52266.html. 
  11. Crime Reported in Alaska: Uniform Crime Reporting Dept. of Public Safety
  12. Keller, Diane."Re:Billing of Sexual Assault Victims for Forensic Exams".
  13. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/30/eveningnews/main4490618.shtml June 2, 2010 7:31 Palin Opens Up On Controversial Issues, Katie Couric, CBS News. Video
  14. http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/op-ed/47-political-issues/185-of-lipstick-law-and-order
  15. http://washingtonindependent.com/12795/palins-abortion-record
  16. "Katie Couric's Sarah Palin Interview Wins Cronkite Award". March 10, 2009. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/10/katie-courics-sarah-palin_n_173661.html. 
  17. "2009 Cronkite Award Winners". March 10, 2009. http://www.reliableresources.org/winners09.html. 
  18. "Couric Wins Walter Cronkite Award". CBS News. March 11, 2009. http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/03/10/couricandco/entry4856848.shtml. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 Palin, Sarah (2009-11-17). "Going Rogue: An American Life". HarperCollins. pp. 255–257. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  20. McCain Aide Nicolle Wallace: Sarah Palin's Claims are "Fiction", November 18, 2009, CBS News.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Felix Gillette (October 7, 2008). "Senior McCain Adviser: Palin Did 'Fantastic' With My Buddy Katie". New York Observer. http://www.observer.com/2008/media/senior-mccain-advisor-palin-did-fantastic-my-buddy-katie?page=0%2C1. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Late Show - Katie Couric Post-Palin, November 19, 2009 interview with David Letterman; 7 minutes. (YouTube).
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