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Old 09-06-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I hear Obama ripping her on earmarks, but I was under the assumption that only members of the legislative branch can ask for them. Given a Governor is in the executive branch, how is attacking her on earmarks relevant or honest?
I am asking a serious question and not looking for emotional blather or educated guesses. I want an honest answer from someone truly in the know and if possible a source for further studying.
I am not attacking Obama or supporting Palin, just curious if it is political spin or can Governors petition Congress for earmarks?
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:54 PM
 
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Nation & World | Palin's earmark requests: more per person than any other state | Seattle Times Newspaper
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Thanks for the link. Between the article and a few other pieces I have looked up, it appears it is the Governors duty to ask the federal gov't for earmarks on federally funded programs like infrastructure.
This article was actually written by the Governor back in March and explains the process pretty well.

newsminer.com • Palin: Setting the earmarks opinion straight

My conclusion is, she is headed in the right direction, certainly not abusive with them but putting a political spin on it as well. There is good reasoning for a lot of the earmarks, and I like the idea of her supporting transparency/state matched funding coupled with strong public support.
Basically I am not going to view this as a positive or negative about her. I do not find Obama's earmarks out of line either for the record.
My main reason for this post was just further education. I am not done yet, but I understand more than I did an hour ago in regards to earmarks. I look forward to any additional comments.
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