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A Palin Thanksgiving: Thank-you notes or contempt charges?

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

The Palin wars continue this week, at home and Outside. The governor's friends and foes will both find something to like.

First, a right-wing political action committee plans to air a series of commercials thanking Gov. Sarah Palin. One Thanksgiving-themed ad begins with soft music and images of cooked turkey, as someone thanks Palin for her "passionate, hopeful and articulate advocacy of common-sense conservative values."

Based in California, the group is called "Our Country Deserves Better." On its Web site, the PAC talks about stopping illegal immigration and liberal judges, and says the country needs a president who embraces a "culture of life." It lists its one objective as defeating Barack Obama in the presidential election, but has now turned to promoting Palin.

And at home, a group led at least partly by left-leaning bloggers and that staged a big anti-Palin rally during the election - Alaskans for Truth - is calling on the Legislature to run with the Legislative Council's "Troopergate" report, which found Palin abused her power. (As opposed to the conflicting Personnel Board investigation, that cleared her.)

The group calls on lawmakers to:

-- Censure Palin.
-- Seek contempt charges against Todd Palin and state officials "who willingly ignored the Legislative Council's subpoenas during the investigation."
-- Hold hearings on whether the governor and Todd Palin committed perjury in their statements to the Personnel Board's investigator.
-- Investigate whether Attorney General Talis Colberg committed witness tampering.

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