Palin’s priorities as mayor of Wasilla: raising taxes essential for a hockey rink, but funding rape evidence kits is too high a burden for the taxpayer

Our last Palin thread is getting a little long, so here’s another bit to chew on: via Bitch PhD:

Back in 2000, Alaska’s then-governor, Tony Knowles,

signed legislation protecting victims of sexual assault from being billed for tests to collect evidence of the crime, but one local police chief said the new law will further burden taxpayers.

That police chief was Charlie Fannon, Palin’s appointee. One can only assume that she supported Wasilla’s policy of billing rape victims for their own rape kits–the kits police and hospitals use to collect evidence after a rape–not only because Fannon was her appointee, but also because this was four years into her tenure as mayor and because, let’s be honest: in a town of that size, the mayor doesn’t get to plead ignorance of policies or public statements of her own chief of police.

What was Fannon’s rationale? He didn’t “want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer.”

Palin was willing to raise taxes to build a sports complex. Her police chief was unwilling to use public funds to investigate rapes.

That sports complex cost the city of Wasilla years of expensive litigation on top of the costs of the bond issue to build it in the first place.

Update: we may as well make this an open thread for latest Palin news arising from stump speeches and investigative journalism over the next week.



Categories: ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, health, Politics, violence

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10 replies

  1. Presumably many, if not, most of the rapes were committed by taxpayers yeah? So if the taxpayers don’t want the incredible burden of paying for a rape kit (how much could those possibly cost btw?) then perhaps the taxpayers ought not to RAPE!

  2. How much you wanna bet most of the town gets all “not my Nigel” about any rape accusations? Can’t be our boys doing it, no way – it’s awful strangers (and the girls are probably lying about sex they just regret having anyway).
    More news: Palin doesn’t understand the finances involved in the mortgage market blowout either. [link]

  3. Sarah Palin has the following qualifications for high office.
    -She is a God botherer
    -She is a creationist
    -She believes in American exceptionalism, and the God given task of the US to lead the world into Armageddon
    -She is a Manichean
    -She supports the US imperial program(as do all the other candidates – BTW)
    -She is insular and bigoted
    -She opposes abortion- in all cases – even the incestuous rape of teenage girls
    -She is venal; insular, ignorant and the worst kind of Capitalist apparat-chick on the make.
    Worst of all she is dumb enough to believe that the neocon program for a New American Century is even feasible.
    The Yanks are going to let her within a mile of the red button?

  4. Well it’s not like rape is something serious like hockey… *headdesk*

  5. huggy: If we do I don’t know what I’m going to do. Probably complain about it and look for a way to get her impeached… just like the last 8 years. Bleh

  6. As regards the story, I’ve seen it several places today, which is a good thing (even if the story itself is harrowing).
    I’m with polerin on this one. Except I intend to leave the country anyway, regardless.

  7. Lauren at Feministe linked to this column from the LA Times which looks at the GOP’s stance that media treatment of Palin should be “respectful and deferential” in any upcoming interviews and compares it to how recent interviews with Obama have gone.

  8. And if they have to fund their own rape kits, well that will just make them think twice about putting themselves out there to be raped won’t it. I sincerely hope that this is not what she was thinking, but I do wonder if her mindset is that “good girls don’t get raped”.

  9. Bene: Considering the authoritarian wave that has swept the globe, I’m not sure there’s a good country to go to.

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