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As if One Wasn’t Enough…..Meet Dan Sullivan.

Rep. Lindsay Holmes was the featured guest on today’s Demo Memo on KUDO 1080am.  Kathy Phillips asked what she thinks of the new AG nominee, Dan Sullivan.  Holmes has heard some concerns from members of the Alaska Bar.  Apparently there are some mumblings like “Couldn’t you find someone who’s actually living here?”  Kind of a “What are we, chopped liver?” vibe.

I’ll add to their griping by pointing out that there are now two Dan Sullivans in Alaska’s small pantheon; Dan Sullivan the incoming mayor, and now Dan Sullivan the Attorney General nominee.   I don’t know how everyone will deal with this yet.  Dan Sullivan the Mayor, Mayor Dan Sullivan, AG Dan Sullivan, Dan Sullivan the Attorney General…. We’re going to hear that a lot.  Personally, I’m waiting to see them side by side to come up with an appropriate deliniation.  I’m actually hoping to be able to use “Big Dan” and “Little Dan” but I don’t know their relative heights.  But if this is the guy, I have high hopes that Mayor Dan Sullivan will be known as “Little Dan,” and that just makes me smile.  But, I digress…

Holmes points out that Sullivan does own a house in Alaska, and lived here from 1998 until 2002.  He is still registered to vote here, and has clerked in both the Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court in Fairbanks.

Will the Legislature vote to confirm?  “Short of us finding something blatantly wrong with them we give the governor the deference of surrounding him or herself with the people they want,” said Holmes.

For a definition of “blatantly wrong,” click HERE.

She goes on to say that it’s not the Legislature’s job to second guess whether the governor picked the best person for the position, but to figure out whether the person is qualified and will do a good job.

Confirmation hearings  for Sullivan won’t happen until at least January and the vote probably won’t happen until the end of next session, after he has been the acting AG for 8 or 9.  “If there are any red flags they would have shown themselves by that point.”

[Anyone who missed the show can tune in on Friday at 2pm for a rebroadcast]

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105 Responses to “As if One Wasn’t Enough…..Meet Dan Sullivan.”
  1. mae says:

    So be it…
    Little Dan
    Big Dan

    And it pretty easy to figure out which is which…lol

  2. Lainey says:

    in my opinion, as a general observation…AK doesn’t follow the rules like other states, so whatever sounds fishy to you or under the table or behind closed doors or the least bit corrupt, would be allowed to occur in AK….we know palin is behind this in some way or a big stink would be heard coming from that direction.

  3. Nan says:

    (98)Aussie Blue Sky Says:

    Someone else has made the “right” choice for her.
    ________________________

    Thank you. But … who? And how did s/he manage to get SP’s cooperation for same?

    LiLadyNY
    It means scr*w the Natives – Drill Baby Drill.
    _____________________

    I think you’re both right.

  4. Pepper1939 says:

    Thanks for the answer Injuneau.

  5. LiladyNY says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Crystalwolf aka caligrl
    that whatever you quoted… tell me if I have this right:

    The Native village of Point Hope took to the Federal Courts to rescind (take back, dump, shred) a whole lot of leases the Federal govt issued for a specific area. And the state of AK – aka the new, improved, spiffy AG who has hit the ground running – has “moved to intervene” within HOURS of said spiffy AG’s swearing in.

    (Sounds like he doesn’t even have the key to the washroom yet but…)

    Sez the AG: priority is to “safeguard & defend AK’s interests… in re to economic opps for AK … and the balance of state and federal rightsand responsibilities…
    ~~~~~~~~~
    I know Nan, I’m not sure, that why I posted to see if anyone could figure out exactly WHAT she was saying here?
    ———————————————————–

    It means scr*w the Natives – Drill Baby Drill.

  6. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    honestyinGov Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 12:14 AM
    I just posted on the “Secret Gifts’ thread. All the details are there.
    People giving their hard earned pennies to this web-a-thon at sea of pee.. do they know Palin is worth 1.2 MILLION ! ! Someone should break the News to them.
    ————————————
    Even if they could read and comprehend – a cult is a cult. A cult requires you to never question your supreme leader – if you do, the other cult members will eject you from the cult.

    Sarah Palin could be worth $20 million and she would still have her cult.

    But that’s all she will have.

  7. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    ds55 Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 12:03 AM
    Maybe the Washington Repubs are working a deal with Sarah. Maybe they’ve arranged to put some of their people in place in AK to help Sarah make a smooth exit, and free her to run for Prez in 2010.
    —————————————-
    IMO there is a very good reason that she suddenly has a Bushco Attorney-General. No “maybe” about that. ‘Some’ Republicans are clearly trying to legitimize her for a 2012 run.

    A very good indicator is that she didn’t have a fall-back position in the Ross rejection – i.e. she screwed it up by choosing a friend and supporter (again).

    Someone else has made the “right” choice for her.

  8. Kath the Scrappy from Seattle says:

    @ BigSlick Says: June 18th, 2009 at 11:49 PM
    “Paying income tax or voting in another state indicate he is a non-resident of Alaska.”
    – – –
    No, I don’t think it works that way. My niece is a dog groomer, working/living in Vancouver, Washington (no state income tax). She also did work across the river/border in Portland, Oregon (yes state income tax). Working parttime jobs. So any pay she received in Oregon was subject to Oregon state income tax. Doesn’t make or break the residency issue, she was still a WA resident.

    Also, as some have pointed out above, just like the military, college students, or people working temporarily out of state, they can legally vote absentee ballots because they are still residents. Don’t have to wait out the “residency” requirements to vote in the new state.

  9. honestyinGov says:

    I just posted on the “Secret Gifts’ thread. All the details are there.

    People giving their hard earned pennies to this web-a-thon at sea of pee.. do they know Palin is worth 1.2 MILLION ! ! Someone should break the News to them.

    http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/543404.html

  10. ds55 says:

    Maybe the Washington Repubs are working a deal with Sarah. Maybe they’ve arranged to put some of their people in place in AK to help Sarah make a smooth exit, and free her to run for Prez in 2010.

  11. BigSlick says:

    Paying income tax or voting in another state indicate he is a non-resident of Alaska.

    In addition, if he is registered to vote in Alaska, he should NOT be registered to vote elsewhere….remember the fuss about Ann Coulter voting in two different states?

  12. InJuneau says:

    Oh, was he paying state income take elsewhere? Not sure that matters, as I had to pay income taxes in the states where I went to college and grad school, even though I was still an Alaskan.

  13. InJuneau says:

    oops, “by which”

  14. InJuneau says:

    BigSlick–No, he only received them through 2003 (for residency through 2002). We don’t have any state income tax in AK, so no help there. Given that he’s owned a house in AK since the late 1990s (I think), he’s undoubtedly been paying property tax on that. I think the write-up on him said that he’d been voting absentee in AK as late as 2008, but which I would guess they meant at least the Aug. Primary if not also the Nov. General.

  15. BigSlick says:

    Interesting. Has Big Man Dan been receiving his PFDs all this time? A good question.

    But I think an equally good question would be, has he paid State income tax in another State all this time? And another would be, which polling place did he report to for the November 4th 2008 election?

    GINO is hiring someone who will help her slime her way into Washington, and she may be helping him to get back to take a role in Alaska’s political future.

    8 to 9 months is a long time to wait for confirmation hearings on an AG who might is already looking to be a fire breathing Mega-Palinbot.

  16. InJuneau says:

    Kat Says:

    OK – I’ll be good.

    Why?

  17. Far fromFenway Fan says:

    #87 Stranglet

    Sully’s undergraduate degree is from Harvard; his law degree is from Georgetown.

  18. strangelet says:

    @85 Kat: A significant number of Bush admin attorneys got their JDs at Liberty University. I have to think that a lot of potential employers / law firms (even conservative ones) would be a little twitchy about hiring them. When you are not the Executive Branch of the Federal government, you actually need your lawyers to understand the law.

    Dano (just my suggestion) at least has his JD from Harvard.

  19. Kat says:

    ps – Maybe Palin DC pal Fred Malek (dog eater) recommended Sullivan. OK – I’ll be good.

  20. Kat says:

    I’d like to be positive about the new AG appointee, but I keep thinking back on the stories of Attorney’s in the Bush administration being unable to find new jobs because no one wanted to hire them because of their biases, ineptness, and general untrustworthy natures. Followers to the cause. Independant thinkers wouldn’t have been tolerated. Sounds like the description fits her high and mightyness’s requirements.

  21. InJuneau says:

    Pepper1939–as soon as one is appointed he becomes AG (or acting AG maybe?) until confirmation. Because Session isn’t in at the moment, he’s got the job until he’s confirmed or not. I think he has to be sworn in, so as to commit to upholding the Constitution and all that. WAR was AG for all of what, 2 weeks? His name got on the letterhead too.

  22. Nan says:

    Thank you – both of you. I’ll check it out

    (and I didn’t feel silly after all)

    Nan

  23. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    crystalwolf aka caligrl
    I’m about ready to spit nails.

    Uh, who is “CREW”? (I’m going to feel silly when you tell me, right? lol)

    Nan
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Its Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington…and believe it or not GINO does have a office in Wash DC! They also work with the IRS!
    They have a tipline, just google CREW.

  24. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Nan,
    CREW = Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics In Washington

    http://www.citizensforethics.org/

  25. Nan says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl
    I’m about ready to spit nails.

    Uh, who is “CREW”? (I’m going to feel silly when you tell me, right? lol)

    Nan

  26. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    crystalwolf aka caligrl
    yeh, kinda what I was thinking.

    Go read
    http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com/2009/06/saradise-lost-book-2-chapter-63-some.html
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Nan, I just saw that and I am furious!!!!! She needs to go NOW! I’ve just sent Phil’s blog to CREW and I already sent them AKM’s earlier blog this morning.

  27. Canadian Neighbour says:

    The real question will be — how long will it take her word salads to drive him off a cliff??

  28. Say NO to Palin in Politics says:

    She has her own f ing agenda. Willing just like the politician that chose her for VP, and that is, to win at what ever the cost, to F whoever to get where she wants to be…………heads up world. The She B*tch is on the loose.

    Far fromFenway Fan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Guess there weren’t any more lawyers from Wasilla….

    Looks like Sarah is going with the “educationally elite” with this guy and her recent pick for trustee of the Permanent Fund Board, both Harvard grads. She won’t be able to play that card any more.

  29. Nan says:

    The choice of Dan Sullivan (the second?) puzzles me.

    SP, the self-proclaimed maverick
    …doesn’t trust D.C. or Washington “insiders”
    …claimed not to trust “elitists” (he’s Harvard edumacated)
    …has a habit of appointing old high school buddies
    …has seldom (ever?) appointed truly qualified individuals to any post (Sullivan appears – to me – to be over-qualified
    How did he wind up as AG in SP’s Alaska? How was she convinced he was the one she wanted as AG?

    Who is pulling what strings – and why?

  30. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Instead of Big Dan and Little Dan, it could be Dan and Danny!!

    Can’t get past the lack of transparency of the Bush Admin and knowing Sullivan was part of it, I have visions of Rice, Cheney and Rove hiding in the shadows in the corner of the office. What were they whispering to him? “Hit the delete key – NOW”. “Hurry, before the shredder blows up from overwork!”

    Lack of transparency — Sounds familiar! Where have we seen that before!!!

  31. Doggonit says:

    Anyone who was appointed by Bush to energy, was rabidly committed to trashing the US and the environment for special petro/coal interests. And leaving the ruin for tax-payers to fix.

  32. Nan says:

    omg

    anything else is unprintable.

  33. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    (65)crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 6:30 PM
    And that last sentence of SP’s: “The ultimate outcome of this case will likely have enormous economic consequences – either positive or negative – for the state of Alaska and our citizens,” Governor Palin said. Is that simply rhetorical style, or a veiled threat?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    To me, it sounds like a “my way or the highway threat”! but that’s just me…!

  34. In AK says:

    Dan and Danner? Hopefully not

  35. I’ve just posted a new entry, “Some Questions on Palin’s Disclosure Exemption Request,” that doesn’t touch a lot on Daniel Sullivan, but I’m sure he’ll have to deal with some of the issues I bring up:

    http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com/2009/06/saradise-lost-book-2-chapter-63-some.html

  36. Nan says:

    (65)crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Crystalwolf aka caligrl
    that whatever you quoted… tell me if I have this right:

    ~~~~~~~~~
    I know Nan, I’m not sure, that why I posted to see if anyone could figure out exactly WHAT she was saying here?

    Y’know, if someone were of a suspicious mind, they just might think that this is a case of GINO “looking out” for the Joe Blow citizens of Alaska. That could suggest that those who are not “Joe Blow” are little more than chopped liver (as in let ’em eat cake, get new leadership and move out of the villages type chopped liver). But that’s only if one is a suspicious type.

    Also too, one might wonder about that “balance of state and federal whatsit – rights and responsibilites” What balance is the “appropriate” one, and according to whose standards.

    Is the AG aware of SP’s concept of “states’ rights”? will he share them? Will he be a by-the-book kind of atty or will he instead, look to the book to find the loopholes?

    And that last sentence of SP’s: “The ultimate outcome of this case will likely have enormous economic consequences – either positive or negative – for the state of Alaska and our citizens,” Governor Palin said. Is that simply rhetorical style, or a veiled threat?

    Got me.

  37. Lainey says:

    @crystalwolf aka caligrl
    How convenient its so close to her house, Trig, TRip, can all visit.
    ——–
    would love that! the kids might think they’re in a crib, looking at grandma thru the bars. 😀

  38. michigander says:

    Palin’s ‘politics’ can’t be trusted. Devastating to not only Alaska but our country (IMHO the world). I gave up on Alaskans recalling Palin long ago. Apparently the majority is satisfied and the rest of us can only complain.

    Sure would be nice if Alaska was remembered for saving the world rather than releasing a scumbag on the rest of us )o:

  39. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Crystalwolf aka caligrl
    that whatever you quoted… tell me if I have this right:

    The Native village of Point Hope took to the Federal Courts to rescind (take back, dump, shred) a whole lot of leases the Federal govt issued for a specific area. And the state of AK – aka the new, improved, spiffy AG who has hit the ground running – has “moved to intervene” within HOURS of said spiffy AG’s swearing in.

    (Sounds like he doesn’t even have the key to the washroom yet but…)

    Sez the AG: priority is to “safeguard & defend AK’s interests… in re to economic opps for AK … and the balance of state and federal rightsand responsibilities…
    ~~~~~~~~~
    I know Nan, I’m not sure, that why I posted to see if anyone could figure out exactly WHAT she was saying here?

  40. Canadian Neighbour says:

    A non-word salad speech he gave while in the Bush Administration:

    U.S.-China Energy Policy: Toward Closer International Partnerships,” May 20, 2008
    http://china.usc.edu/ShowArticle.aspx?articleID=1147&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

  41. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Testimony of Daniel S. Sullivan
    Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
    Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
    Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
    Washington, DC
    July 31, 2008

    Other Arctic Resources
    Finally, I would like to mention potential energy exploration in the Arctic.
    The U.S. Geological Survey recently estimated that the area north of the Arctic Circle holds about 22 percent of the undiscovered, recoverable oil and natural gas resources identified so far in the world. Indeed, very significant amounts may be discoverable under the continental shelf off Alaska. It is important that we tap these resources in an environmentally safe way.
    The United States is not a party to the Law of the Sea Convention. The
    other countries bordering the Arctic Ocean, which are all parties to the Convention, are busy maximizing the international recognition of their extended continental shelves beyond 200 nautical miles from their shores. As a party, the United States would be in the best position to maximize the legal certainty and international recognition surrounding its extended shelf. Furthermore, as President Bush has noted, joining the Convention “… will serve the national security interests of the United States…[and]…will secure U.S. sovereign rights over extensive marine areas, including the valuable natural resources they contain.”

    http://www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/110/sul073108.pdf (page 6 & 7)
    I noticed someone posted on the first page of comments the other section re Canadian and Alaskan Natural Gas

  42. Nan says:

    Crystalwolf aka caligrl
    that whatever you quoted… tell me if I have this right:

    The Native village of Point Hope took to the Federal Courts to rescind (take back, dump, shred) a whole lot of leases the Federal govt issued for a specific area. And the state of AK – aka the new, improved, spiffy AG who has hit the ground running – has “moved to intervene” within HOURS of said spiffy AG’s swearing in.

    (Sounds like he doesn’t even have the key to the washroom yet but…)

    Sez the AG: priority is to “safeguard & defend AK’s interests… in re to economic opps for AK … and the balance of state and federal rightsand responsibilities…

    Sounds like the Native village wants to protect itself, while the state wants to protect “Alaskans” (what are Natives, then?) as well as “balance” the state & Federal rights.

    I wonder if he and SP are on the same page regarding “States’ Rights.”

    It makes me nervous. It’s so meticulously innocuous it’s unnerving. It’s – Hm. Gonna think about this a bit.

  43. Doggonit says:

    He sounds like an oil ho’.

  44. Paula says:

    BLAHCH… Need I say more?

  45. CorningNY says:

    Testing bold .

    Another hoodie, just like at the autism walk. Must be raiding Willow’s closet again…hasn’t had a chance to unpack the garbage bags with the good stuff.

  46. Lori in Los Angeles says:

    also, too – I refuse to be the Party of “NO” – that is for the other team.

  47. Lori in Los Angeles says:

    We cannot expect Palin to nominate a Progressive and/or Democrat AG any more than “they” can expect Obama to appoint a neocon/Republican for SCOTUS. This Sullivan is highly-educated with good creds. I am hopeful that he will be above being hypnotized by GINO’s winking and pagaent walking.
    I am witholding judgement here. The GINO spends a good amount of Alaska’s funds suing the Federal Gov. with regard to ecological or spiecies protection -she loves to sue the Feds! Sullivan will be expected to assist with this (I presume); It will be intersting to see how this plays out. If he is rational and plays well with others, it could ok – what a contast to WAR!

  48. leenie17 says:

    Reminds me of the old Bob Newhart show with ‘my brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl’. Let’s hope this (other) Dan has a little more on the ball than either of the Darryls!

  49. Lee323 says:

    @ Isabella #54
    ————-
    Thanks, Izzy. I was inspired by Dr. Chill’s #27 comment….Dan? That Dan? No the other Dan? Which Dan? The first Dan? …….hahahaha.

  50. Isabella says:

    Lee323 “A “Dan” by any other name still smells like……Palin’s up to something.”

    BLUE RIBBON POST OF TODAY!!!

  51. Lee323 says:

    You can call me “Dan”….or you can call me “Stan”….or you can call me “Fran”….or you can call me “Jan”….or you can call me “Nan”….or you can call me “Van”….or you can call me “Man”

    ….but “you doesn’t hasta call me “Sullivan.””………(tip ‘o hat to Ray Johnson) Ha.

    A “Dan” by any other name still smells like……Palin’s up to something.

  52. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    OMG! the prison being built in Ma-Su…Wasilla, I guess she’s planning on still collecting per-diems! LMAO!!!!
    How convenient its so close to her house, Trig, TRip, can all visit. 🙂

  53. Isabella says:

    Aussie Blue Sky “That’s gorgeous – guys lined up in their suits and their Executive wearing a hoodie ‘n’ clogs.”

    You like that outfit, did ya? Anyone seen Sullivan’s wife? Maybe she can teach Palin, a thing or two that didn’t stick during the RNC pageant about dressing respectfully. Next photo op Palin, will be in Willow’s…Daisy Dukes.

  54. pvazwindy says:

    Why, she had her Romney clogs on. Rosy Bandanas.

  55. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Isabella Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    The crowd looks less then wowed. If you can’t get a construction guy to look up your skirt (See her trying with the shovel attire) then forget about luring the new A.G. to risk his Harvard diploma.

    http://www.gov.state.ak.us/video_GooseCreekGroundbreaking.php
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Oh she got some face time with a old lover, how quaint….! Where is the prison being built?

  56. Isabella says:

    nswfm CA “And they had Harvard Law grads working for them, also, too.”

    One of the most anti-social, freakish guys I ever met is in Oregon, a Greek professor at a local liberal college. You never know. His wife is awesome, their kids are major nutcases. The nine year old throws tantrums like a two year old and wets herself in public. The 5 year old boy does the same with a mad face and a scream that gets under your skin you wanna run as far away as possible. Their two year old is developing into a little monster also too.

  57. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    Isabella Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 4:30 PM
    The crowd looks less then wowed. If you can’t get a construction guy to look up your skirt (See her trying with the shovel attire) then forget about luring the new A.G. to risk his Harvard diploma.
    ———————————
    That’s gorgeous – guys lined up in their suits and their Executive wearing a hoodie ‘n’ clogs.

  58. Pepper1939 says:

    Okay folks..help me here. Dan Sullivan nominee.. Dan Sullivan sworn in..before being confirmed by legislature???? how does that work??? Already listed as AG for AK on gov website. Things done strangely in the FAR North???? I must be missing something.

  59. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 4:42 PM
    Just hours after being sworn into office, Attorney General Dan Sullivan said, “One of my highest priorities as Alaska’s attorney general is to vigilantly safeguard and defend Alaska’s interests, particularly as they relate to economic opportunities for Alaskans and the balance of state and federal rights and responsibilities. This case entails both such interests.”
    ————————————————
    That’s exactly why he was hired; Mrs Palin has several federal lawsuits lined up.

  60. nswfm CA says:

    And they had Harvard Law grads working for them, also, too.

  61. nswfm CA says:

    Well, at least his photo doesn’t make him look like the psycho that WAR was, but you know they say not to judge a book by the cover. This jury’s still out. A lot of CEOs are Harvard MBA graduates, and they suck at what they do. (See Wall Street, last fall. See GWB 2000-2008).

  62. strangelet says:

    I believe that the where-you-vote issue is a matter of state law. I know that many states make special provisions for some or all of: legislators, legislative staff, appointed administration members. The reasoning is that if you take a “political” Federal job, you’re going to live in DC a lot of the time, because that’s where the job is. However, since such jobs are, theoretically “temporary public service”, if you’re willing to maintain a residence back home, you can choose where you want to vote.

    This is similar to the treatment extended to active duty military — generally, you can keep the driver license, voter registration, and tax status of the state where you were resident when you activate (even without maintaining a house/apt).

  63. Wolfe Tone says:

    Realistically, we cannot expect an AG appointment from Sarah that doesn’t have “conservative” credentials.

    Past experience has taught us that any Palin appointment is suspect.

    All I’ll venture at the moment is that based on his bio (which I’m sure he (or someone close to him) wrote, Daniel S. Sullivan appears to have far better legal chops than W.A.R., whose legal acumen was mediocre at best.

    Hopefully, pertinent questions will come up during confirmation hearings that will shed more light on what he’s all about.

  64. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Has anyone seen this? Comments?

    Anchorage, AK — The State of Alaska has moved to intervene in a federal court case in which the Native Village of Point Hope seeks to rescind dozens of leases issued by the federal government under an off-shore oil and gas lease sale conducted for federal waters in the Chukchi Sea.

    Just hours after being sworn into office, Attorney General Dan Sullivan said, “One of my highest priorities as Alaska’s attorney general is to vigilantly safeguard and defend Alaska’s interests, particularly as they relate to economic opportunities for Alaskans and the balance of state and federal rights and responsibilities. This case entails both such interests.”

    “The ultimate outcome of this case will likely have enormous economic consequences – either positive or negative – for the state of Alaska and our citizens,” Governor Palin said.

  65. Isabella says:

    Second 50, to what? ReitERgrate? Ya know, the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary has audio with pronunciations. Maybe one of these Dan’s can clue her in.

  66. Isabella says:

    The crowd looks less then wowed. If you can’t get a construction guy to look up your skirt (See her trying with the shovel attire) then forget about luring the new A.G. to risk his Harvard diploma.

    http://www.gov.state.ak.us/video_GooseCreekGroundbreaking.php

  67. Nan says:

    Dr Chill

    🙂 (thank you!)

  68. Nan says:

    OT again

    aha – thanks you all. At least now I know (use the “less-than,” “greater-than” symbols)

    sorry for the off-topic

  69. InJuneau says:

    Nan–oh there you go, DrChill has you covered.

  70. LiladyNY says:

    Testimony of Daniel S. Sullivan
    Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
    Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
    Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
    Washington, DC
    July 31, 2008

    As Canada’s oil production grows, so does the need for enhanced energy
    supply routes between the United States and Canada. The Department of State has
    the responsibility of issuing presidential permits for trans-border petroleum
    pipelines. As a way to increase the diversity of energy supply routes, this
    Administration has moved to streamline and modernize the permitting process.
    Under an Executive Order signed by President Bush, we are affording our
    neighbors greater consultation, setting a reasonable 90-day interagency review
    period, and strengthening environmental protection by instituting a comprehensive
    review process, including vetting by the EPA. Our efforts come at a key juncture,
    just as we prepare to receive greater volumes of Canadian oil. This is an important
    recent example of how we are increasing energy integration and supply route
    diversification in North America.

    Is he going to help Sarah sew up her deal with TransCanada? It seems rather likely.

  71. Nan says:

    Hm.. like (b)this?(/b)

    (crossing fingers here)

    or this

  72. DrChill says:

    Nan Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 4:01 PM
    Interesting:
    Sullivan is a graduate of Harvard University with a law degree and ***a master’s in foreign service*** from Georgetown University.

    I’ve got to learn how to do “bold”
    =============

    Turn on Bold-> (b) this would be bold if you replaced the left parens with “less than” signs and the right Parens with “Greater than” signs (/b) <- turn off bold

  73. InJuneau says:

    OK, the side arrows apparently don’t show up, as they’re prob. trying to make html code. I give up trying to explain it, Nan. PM me at the Forum and I can try tonight.

  74. InJuneau says:

    Oops, that didn’t work. You use the with stuff like a b and a /b between them on either side of your text. That’s prob. not making sense…

  75. InJuneau says:

    Nan: you do the “” then “type text” then a “” except don’t use the “” or the spaces…

  76. the problem child says:

    I think his wife probably wanted to come home. And not much of a future in a political job in Washington.

  77. DrChill says:

    Any Idea on his position on bloggers 1st amendment rights to anonymity?

    2 Dans

    I’m thinking “Other Dan”, and ” No, the other ‘other Dan’ “

  78. Nan says:

    Interesting:
    Sullivan is a graduate of Harvard University with a law degree and ***a master’s in foreign service*** from Georgetown University.

    I’ve got to learn how to do “bold”

  79. InJuneau says:

    The 2003 PFD is for residency in Alaska DURING 2002. If he lived in AK through 2002 but then moved to D.C. in 2003, he WAS qualified to receive the $ for 2002. He would have had to have it mailed to where he lived however. Given that he didn’t receive them after 2003 makes it clear that he was not PRESENT in AK for the qualifying amount of time in those subsequent years. Really, people, this is NOT that big a deal…

  80. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    How did he get PDF fund…”and then in 2003 with a Washington, D.C., address.”
    I thought you had to physically LIVE in AK???
    I don’t like him already, just sayin’…

  81. Far fromFenway Fan says:

    Based on what I’ve read about Sullivan, he wouldn’t even qualifiy for in state tuition at a U of Alaska campus (see below for requirements) so how can he be our AG?

    To receive in state tuition, the follwoing must be met:

    Any person, or Dependent Child of an Alaskan resident, who has been physically present in Alaska for one year at the time of class registration (excepting documented absence due to illness, vacation or attendance at another educational institution while maintaining Alaska residency, or other absence for periods not exceeding an aggregate of 120 days) and declares an intention to remain in Alaska indefinitely is classified as a resident for tuition purposes.

    Documentation of continuous residency in Alaska for the previous year must be available.

  82. InJuneau says:

    Isabella–I know people who lived out of state for 3 years, didn’t get their PFDs for that time but still voted absentee here (kept house here, were going to retire back to here after D.C.), and are in the middle of the requalifying year for PFDs. That was what I meant.

    pvazwindy–the 2003 PFD arriving at a D.C. address would have been for being an AK resident through 2002 but having moved since the qualifying year. On that basis, I don’t see an issue. Not that I don’t think an actual AKan lawyer shouldn’t have been picked…

  83. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    You can read here what the local politicians think so far.

    http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/832974.html

  84. pvazwindy says:

    Does this help? The Alaska Bar Association registry lists Sullivan with an address in Bethesda, Maryland, but he said he’s now moved back into his home in Anchorage. Records show he received permanent fund dividends at Alaska addresses from 1999 through 2002, and then in 2003 with a Washington, D.C., address.

    He voted absentee in Alaska elections as recently as 2008.

  85. Isabella says:

    InJuneau ” I know others who left for a few year stint in D.C. for a job but fully intended to return who did just that.”

    When we were in Oregon, I met a couple dozen who are faking their addresses in AK to get dividend but living fully out of state. There should be more fraud investigations and a longer waiting period then 1 year to apply.

  86. Far fromFenway Fan says:

    InJuneau, the PFD thing is indeed the litmus test.

    My daughter, a 20 year Alaska resident, moved to Seattle after college to see if she could make it in the city. She’s had 2 PT jobs there but stll votes absentee here and ya know what – she was just notified that she is denied a PFD for 2008. So I don’t care how many houses this Sullivan guy owns up here, where he votes, who he clerked with, where his wife was raised … if he’s not been getting a PFD these past so many years, he ain’t a resident. End of story!

  87. InJuneau says:

    pvazwindy–

    LOL!

  88. InJuneau says:

    Far fromFenway Fan–I recall reading that he did through 2003 (prob. based on having lived here through 2002) but hasn’t since then. If he was intending to move back (and he did keep his house here), there is no reason he couldn’t have continued to vote here, absentee. I know others who left for a few year stint in D.C. for a job but fully intended to return who did just that.

  89. pvazwindy says:

    Isabella—Alaska didn’t need two Dan sullivan’s, for it to be the brunt of jokes forever. All you needed was one Sarah Palin.

  90. Isabella says:

    Far fromFenway Fan “Has this Dan Sullivan received PFDs during all this time that he’s been out of Alaska? That’s THE definitive test for residency, in my opinion.”

    Good question.

  91. Isabella says:

    Little Dan and Big Dan, Alaska is going to be the butt of jokes forever.

  92. Isabella says:

    Ennealogic “I’m reserving judgment on the new Dan Sullivan. Forgive me for being suspicious but there has to be a reason for this pick that tickles Sarah the right way.”

    He is a little bit cute if you lok at him in the right way.

  93. Far fromFenway Fan says:

    Has this Dan Sullivan received PFDs during all this time that he’s been out of Alaska? That’s THE definitive test for residency, in my opinion.

  94. Ennealogic says:

    I’m reserving judgment on the new Dan Sullivan. Forgive me for being suspicious but there has to be a reason for this pick that tickles Sarah the right way.

  95. Fran says:

    I am confused. If he hasn’t lived in Alaska since 2002, why is still registered to vote in Alaska. Would it be legal for him to vote in Alaska without a current Alaskan residence? This doesn’t sound like a good introduction for the appointee. I thought Palin and her crowd were all about the importance of being a real Alaskan. Seems odd that she would pick someone who has lived a very small percentage of his life in Alaska and choose to leave it 7 years ago.

  96. pvazwindy says:

    Didn’t Van Flein say in his letter of defense for Palin, he wants a ruling from the new AG? He may have stellar credentials of learning and service, but he can’t hide the fact he was a Bush appointee. Will we flinch when his rulings are published?

  97. Irishgirl says:

    Oh AKM, I have a big moose and a little moose….encourage me and I might come up with some photos!! The big moose is already Brian’s n’er do well cousin, having had too much Guinness…… 🙂

  98. akmuckraker says:

    Sorry everyone. Hit Publish instead of Save Draft. All corrected now with a couple extra sentences. Yeesh!

  99. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    If the Legs were forced to convene a special session soon over the stim funding outrage, might they then hold confirmation hearings?

    As I wrote before, this guy has obviously been chosen for his readiness and willingness to bring several anti-environment lawsuits against the federal government (which is why McBill has been assigned the A-G’s personal liar).

    But if Madame thought his confirmation hearings could be held at any time she may have been a bit more judicious (ha! as if) in her choice. Certainly this dude is a step up from Ross (which is no compliment).

  100. Far fromFenway Fan says:

    Guess there weren’t any more lawyers from Wasilla….

    Looks like Sarah is going with the “educationally elite” with this guy and her recent pick for trustee of the Permanent Fund Board, both Harvard grads. She won’t be able to play that card any more.

  101. sauerkraut says:

    or not

    oops.. posting comments too quickly.

  102. sauerkraut says:

    Seems to me that the time to ask the “shouldn’t you pick someone from Alaska” questions are during the confirmation hearings.

    Not the popular view, but there ya go.

    First 😎

  103. pvazwindy says:

    Gotta be better than WAR

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