Some of the Measure 4 proponents think she did when she weighed in against the ballot measure. Some in the blogosphere have already pronounced her guilty.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission is still reviewing whether Palin or other state officials are allowed to give out their personal position on ballot measures.
Just a couple days before the state primary, APOC issued a "cease and desist" order blocking state officials from speaking publicly for or against a ballot measure. APOC's action was in response to a complaint filed by Brian Kraft, a Bristol Bay lodge owner who opposes Pebble, that said Palin crossed the line when she said she'd vote "No" on Measure 4.
But a day later, the commission suspended its order. APOC chair Elizabeth Hickerson said it was perhaps issued in haste.
Since the order possibly restricts freedom of speech, "we actually needed more briefing on it."
So, APOC has set up a briefing schedule and will likely make a decision at a hearing in mid-November, she said.
I asked her today point-blank if state law prohibits state officials from giving their opinion on an initiative.
Here's her response: "If I had a legal opinion on it that I felt was well-researched, I'd give it to you."
She pointed out that APOC had no legal representation at its recent hearing involving state advocacy on Measure 4 because the Alaska Attorney General's office declined to represent APOC. The state Department of Law was already defending state officials at the hearing.
"I wanted to have the benefit of being fully briefed on the issue," she said.