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Just before the event, yellow school buses lined up outside the Carlson Center with kids filing out and into to the building’s upper floor. Former Fairbanks Sen. Ralph Seekins, who gave workers at his car dealership the option of taking a couple hours off to watch the event, described attendance as: “Almost as good a crowd as you’d get at a hockey game. Maybe better.”
It was noteworthy to hear Parnell talk about belt-tightening and Palin talk about the state relying less on money from its D.C. delegation now that power has shifted in Congress. She also seemed to zero in on fisheries issues.
After the speeches, Palin returned to the floor of the Carlson to sign autographs and meet people. Videos of Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski, as well as Rep. Don Young, played on the scoreboard hanging above the seats. I didn’t see and was told there wasn’t a video from now former Gov. Frank Murkowski.
Superior Court Judge Niesje Steinkruger said power formerly changed hands from Murkowski to Palin right after Palin and Parnell took their oaths.