Palin’s Priorities

3 comments September 15th, 2008at 09:27pm Posted by Eli

As with most things Palin, appalling but somehow not surprising:

Once in office, Governor Palin decided to continue litigation that seeks to overturn every subsistence fishing determination the federal government has ever made in Alaska. (State of Alaska v. Norton, 3:05-cv-0158-HRH (D. Ak).) In pressing this case, Palin decided against using the Attorney General (which usually handles State litigation) and instead continued contracting with Senator Ted Stevens’ brother-in-law’s law firm (Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot).

The goal of Palin’s law suit is to invalidate all the subsistence fishing regulations the federal government has issued to date to protect Native fishing, and to force the courts instead to take over the role of setting subsistence regulations. Palin’s law suit seeks to diminish subsistence fishing rights in order to expand sport and commercial fishing.


In both hunting and fishing matters, Palin has continued uninterrupted the policies initiated by the former Governor Frank Murkowski Administration, challenging hunting and fishing protections that Native people depend upon for their subsistence way of life in order to enhance sport fishing and hunting opportunities. Palin’s lawsuits are a direct attack on the core way of life of Native Tribes in rural Alaska.

…And then there’s this:

The reason Gov. Palin, the Board of Game and our Legislature continue to push for aerial hunting is because the commercial hunting industry is quite powerful in Alaska. This small special interest group would love to eliminate nature’s predators in order to artificially inflate moose and caribou numbers so they can continue to cater to the wealthy, out-of-state hunters seeking a trophy.

I think I’m seeing a trend here.  I guess Sarah Palin doesn’t want anything to interfere with recreational hunting and fishing, which is obviously much more lucrative important than subsistence hunting and fishing.

The Alaskan natives should probably consider themselves lucky that Palin isn’t shooting at them from helicopters.

Entry Filed under: Elections,Environment,Palin,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. bill  |  September 15th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Where is the game thread?

  • 2. Eli  |  September 15th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    This is a kind of game thread…

    I tried to watch, but it’s two teams I hate, and the team with T.O. is winning.

  • 3. bill  |  September 16th, 2008 at 8:23 am

    I feel dirty when I cheer for injuries

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