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Sunday, May 20, 2007

"Wildly successful" legislative session for Palin!

The Alaska State Legislature has adjourned its 2006-2007 session, and it looks to this blogger as if Sarah Palin is well on her way to becoming one of the most successful governors in the nation. Her signature legislation, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), was passed - a fest that many had not expected to happen before the end of the session. Yet, to the surprise of many (myself included) it flew through the House by a vote of 37-1 and the Senate in a 20-0 shutout. The State of Alaska can now begin accepting bids from companies who wish to build a gas pipeline. Alaskans have been waiting a very long time for this gasline, but it took Governor Palin on a matter of months to pass legislation that ensures that a line is not only built, but built in a such a way that it services the Alaskan people as much as it does the rest of the world.

In addition to AGIA, Palin's ethics reform legislation was also passed. Maybe now Alaska can look forward to cleaner government (note my previous post about the recent bribery/extortion indictments of three legislators). And while the legislature may be going home, there could still a lot of action remaining in this session should Palin decide to use her line-item veto power to slash the budget that the legislature has put on her desk.

Palin described this session as "wildly successful" for her young administration, but she isn't taking time to rest on her laurels over the summer. Instead, it looks as if there will be a special session of the legislature, which, for as much as it did, still hasn't been able to deal with everything on it's plate. Top priority: revisiting the "Petroleum Production Tax" passed last year, which appears to have been shaped by legislators who were trading their votes for various perks provided by the pipeline maintenance company VECO (that's what all of the indictments are about).

So, in conclusion, this proves that Sarah Palin is not only smart, gutsy, conservative, and charismatic; but that she is also one of the most effective leaders in the United States. If is able to continue implementing her conservative agenda at such a breakneck pace, then I doubt that I will remain the only one calling for her to run for national office.

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