Thursday, October 4, 2007

Palin accused of McCarthyism

Palin accused of McCarthyism
by Bill McAllister
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- One lawmaker said Gov. Sara Palin is unfairly using the guilty verdict in the Kott case and the indictments of other former lawmakers to win public support for her plan on oil taxes.

Fairbanks Rep. Jay Ramras said he voted for Sarah Palin last year, and he notes that he was a big supporter of her Alaska Gas Line Inducement Act.

Ramras now has a harsh word for what the governor has been up to lately: McCarthyism.

Ramras was co-chair of the House Resources Committee in 2006, when the Petroleum Profits Tax was proposed by then Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Ramras supported the 20 percent tax rate Murkowski negotiated with North Slope producers.

Some of Ramras' colleagues from last year have been accused of, and in one case convicted for bribery involving that tax rate.

Ramras said that's something Palin is exploiting as she pushes for a higher tax rate in the special legislative session that starts October 18.

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Palin accused of McCarthyism