Loose Lips: Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit. Campaigns gear up. Mayor Dan grabs a Tiger by the tail.

feminism About 65 people showed for the fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and lt. gov. candidate Byron Mallott on Monday night. It wasn’t the usual Dem crowd. These people were a little bit older, a little less enviro, a little bit more stable. A lot more excited. When Mallott gave a speech, he said that one thing that had changed was all the Acuras and Lexuses parked out front.  A standout: Sterling Emmal, one side of her hair ashy blond, the other side dark. Stylishly rag-tag, and, as she put it “tortured.” This will be Emmal’s first general election voting experience. She is 18 years old, and she takes her civic duty very seriously. Until a few days before, she was a committed Democrat. She changed her registration to protest the fact that Hollis French is no longer on the ticket. She is a die-hard French supporter, and can’t understand why the party didn’t choose him to top the ticket. She stood up to shake Walker’s hand and to try to figure out if she could vote for him, a Republican. He’s good at these things and he was patient with her but much of what he said didn’t sink in because he spoke in platitudes and she was so nervous. But there was something about him that she liked. Awhile later, after she calmed down, she tried again over the buffet table. They talked about his commitment to education. That worked better. She’s not there yet, but it was something that she could hold on to. “Maybe I could vote for him” she said, and she looked relieved. Among others spotted: Ira Perman, former lt. gov. candidate Bob Williams, Rep. Andy Josephson, former ANGDA guy Scott Heyworth, Bea Rose, Hal and Barbara Gazaway, pollster Jean Craciun, former Teamster boss Mike Kinney, woman-hall-of-famer Eleanor Andrews, and Oscar, the ubiquitous flower peddler.

Last week, I reported that Tom Wright was rumored to be coming aboard the Parnell-Sullivan campaign. Now, it’s official. He’ll be taking over the reigns as campaign manager replacing Jerry Gallagher.

Bill Walker’s campaign manager, Nancy Peterson, will remain in the same position with the Walker-Mallott ticket. Peterson has worked in local government in Valdez and Unalaska.

Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, AKA “Mega-Megan,” has joined the Dan Sullivan for Senate campaign staff this week as their rural outreach coordinator. Prior to this position, she worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Former Anchorage Police Department Chief and state Department of Public Safety commissioner Walt Monegan, and retired Anchorage Fire Department Chief Craig Goodrich have agreed to co-chair the repeal effort of Mayor Dan Sullivan’s controversial AO37.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post named Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan the “pol” of the week citing that he was one of the best candidates in the country.

Juneau Rep. Sam Kito III has a new campaign manager, Elizabeth Bolling. It’s the third one of this election cycle already, and he doesn’t have much of a competitive race. Rumor has it that he’s in good hands now and that Bolling is the great-great granddaughter of Edith Bolling who was married to President Woodrow Wilson.

The Alaska Support Industry Alliance has endorsed senate candidate Dan Sullivan. It is the first political endorsement that they’ve made in 20 years. The Alliance is an oil, gas and mining trade association with 500 member companies representing 30,000 employees in Alaska.

Political unknown Loren Means, a registered Republican running in the non-partisan race for mayor of Wasilla, seems to be picking up steam. He has been endorsed by the District 7 (Wasilla) Republican committee which came with a check for his campaign in the amount of $1,000.

Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit:  Just when I was about to give up on them, the Gods of gossip came visiting this week, and as they’ve done in the past, they beckoned me to look towards Wasilla, towards the fortress of Our Lady of the North, the woman who was almost a heartbeat away from the presidency, whose family had a dramatic weekend, Wasilla style! As many of us have read, Bristol Palin was visited by a Floridian stalker on Sunday who somehow ended up on the family’s balcony. The stalker currently sits in jail. That’s pretty dramatic. But that’s the least of it. The night before, Saturday, was a doozy. The details are a little sketchy, but there’s enough of them, from enough different sources, that a story emerges, a story that according to the gossip Gods, looks kind of like this: There’s some sort of unofficial birthday/Iron Dog-type/snowmachine party in Anchorage. A nice, mellow party, until the Palins show up. There’s beer, of course, and maybe other things. Which is all fine, but just about the time when some people might have had one too many, a Track Palin stumbles out of a stretch Hummer, and immediately spots an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. Track isn’t happy with this guy, the story goes. There’s words, and more. The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, “Don’t you know who I am!” And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, “This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!” No, it’s what happens when the former First Family of Alaska comes knocking. As people were leaving in a cab, Track was seen on the street, shirtless, flipping people off, with Sarah right behind him, and Todd somewhere in the foreground, tending to his bloody nose.

Tiger “burning bright in the forests of the night” Helgelien was appointed by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan to the Budget Advisory Commission. Helgelien, as some might remember, is married to the former Elizabeth Halseth, who was named one of the hottest politicians in the country by lad mag Maxim, with a bikini photo spread to prove it, when she was a state senator in Nevada, before she quit half-way through her term. Read more about her herehere and here. Helgelien, a golfing pro, has been busy setting himself up for a future in Alaska politics.

The Cook Political Report moved the ratings of the Alaska governor’s race to “likely Republican” from “solid Republican.”

Fifty years ago this week, a political TV ad aired, showing a little girl plucking flower petals, and helped elect Lyndon B. Johnson to the presidency of the United States. Watch the 60-second ad that revolutionized paid political advertising here.

Contact Amanda Coyne at amandamcoyne@yahoo.com


115 thoughts on “Loose Lips: Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit. Campaigns gear up. Mayor Dan grabs a Tiger by the tail.

  1. Ken Valley

    How much more will you left-wing Communists go on lying about others, and then called it “gossip?” Amanda Coyne, a left-wing communist, Sarah Pain hater, can’t go on a day without telling at least one lie and/or propaganda. Because this piece of trash doesn’t care about facts versus hearsay. All she cares about is demagoguery and lies, so she can keep on dishing out left-wing kool-aid to her ignorant progressives. Coyne is no different than the left-wing media of today, including NBC, MSDNC, WaPo, NYT, ABC or CBS! Maybe it’s the fact that she had applied for a job at all of these media outlets and they told her to go spit multiple times? Hey, why not? If she can spew hatred and propaganda, why not I? Losers like Coyne are dying for attention and are too lazy to go out and find the truth in stories. Because it’s easier to lie and make things up, when one is too lazy to have integrity!

  2. Kay Elle

    Gosh. Give ’em time to edit it so it fits their nastiest possible version of this story. Or to get Tina Fey to do her best “I can see Russia from my house” imitation.

  3. Harry R. Sohl

    I knew this would happen once we started letting them get married!

    Can you just imagine if this had happened in Chicago with the Obamas and Michelle had said, “where’s my motherfu@king iced-tea?” O’Reilly would have died from an analorgasm. And, no – I don’t mean aneurism.

  4. Doug

    I’m pretty sure that the person with video footage now also has an agent at CAA who is negotiating with TMZ and its competitors at this very moment.

  5. Doctor X

    First off, I commend some of the commenters for actually getting the math question right in order to respond. I have learned something about stereotypes this day.

    Second, for the love of God, someone post video footage. A party where the Palins show up, a fight breaks out, and NOBODY even has a crappy cellphone video of this? This could be Hasselhoff’s cheeseburger moment for the Palins. The thing that rightfully sends them back into obscurity where they belong. ANYONE who was at the party with a camera, PLEASE come forward!

  6. Donald


    I see your book on Amazon , Crude Awakening going for .95 cents a copy new. I must say it must have been a real barn burner to be discounted that much. It is worth nothing more then what I see here so I guess I can understand why…..

    Don Miller

  7. Anonymous


    I see you book on Amazon , Crude Awakening is going for .95 cents a copy . Wow must have been a real barn burner….

  8. PhilipJames

    It appears Amanda Coyne is continuing the Alaska Dispatch lying and smearing of the Palins… simple question… how could Sarah Palin be in Alaska on Sept. 6th when this supposedly happened while she was a keynote speaker in Houston the same night? Huh?
    For the purposes of Amanda Coyne’s smear, there must be a twin… I guess its kind of like that gay jerkoff claiming Trig was not her son… right?


  9. CRUDE is RUDE

    Due Dilligence – Do your homework, it could save your life…

    For those of you who think Parnell, AGDC, and half of the Legislature has good judgement in choosing which companies are best qualified in working on projects in Alaska for the best interest of Alaskans…

    Here’s a simple exercise every Alaskan should take the time to look into…
    just do a little bit of simple googling and reading to connect the dots…

    goog : saic agdc
    goog: saic fraud
    goog : saic leidos
    goog: leidos alaska
    goog: saic blackwater

    IMHO; AGDC has misappropriated $200million hidden under HB189[27th] and paid it out to a collective of corporations which is not qualified to do business in Alaska.
    This type of business climate blurs the lines of EVERYTHING

    A very big sector of corporate America has some very serious mental health issues, and Parnells crowd is clueless about defending Alaska from this pervasive problem of predatory pilfering.

    Walker&Mallott are our best hope of defending Alaska from the epidemic of fraud sweeping the nation.

  10. anonymous

    Thanks for posting the famous 1964 LBJ television ad. It’s one of the most powerful ads ever produced for a political campaign. Enjoyed showing it to my children and taking the opportukity to talk about the Cold War dynamics surrounding the campaign and about the conservative Republican hawk running against LBJ.

  11. Anne

    Any truth to the rumor that there’s video footage of the Palin Brawl? It would be so nice if there was as I’ve been telling my Lower 48 relatives for years that the Palin’s aren’t exactly the caliber of people that you’d ever want anywhere near the White House. They’ve never believed me despite the fact that you can hear Bristol cussing like a sailor from my porch.

    Maybe for a lot of people it’ll be like the Ray Rice thing…………….has to be seen on film to be believed!

  12. Shelley

    Bistol is such a B – – – – .
    The whole Palin family’s behavior is crazy. To think that Alaskans selected Sarah Palin as their governor disgusts me. Obviously, Alaskans would not make the same mistake again.
    I wonder why the APD and the prosecutor’s office isn’t filing charges? Maybe the Palin’s get special treatment.

  13. Frank M.

    If one should be judged by the company they keep as “Stockholder” has suggested, that would NOT be good for Bill Walker. On primary election night, I was a little taken back with the Walker”team” of misfits. I agree with the comments of B. Williams and TJ in their responses to Stockholder.
    Suffice to say, Walker’s candidacy if it is to be judged by the “company that he keeps” leaves a lot to be desired. I wonder who Bristol Palin is supporting. Enough said.

  14. Stockholder


    You better go look into the mirror, that’s where you’ll find the hallucinating person.

    Cripes. Valdez is very, very happy with Bill Walker. So your snide remark just makes you look silly. Valdez will overwhelmingly vote for Bill Walker. I’ll bet on that.

    Fauske is your go to guy? The one with no pipeline experience? The one who left AHFC in bad financial condition? The same Dan who is getting paid almost $500,000.00 per year?

    Riiiight. We’ll get more of that with Parnell.

    Tell us again how many hundreds of millions have been wasted on BS studies by Parnell? Didn’t Harry Noah say if is around one billion wasted.

    Parnell- ZERO credibility. Don Young nailed it…

  15. B. Williams

    TJ is right. The folks surrounding Walker are questionable. This whole Palin group that is resurrecting themselves around Walker sends negative chills down my spine. Been there, done that.

  16. TJ

    Dear Stockholder –
    Are you hallucinating? Did you read the story about the Palin family? Yep, I think Walker’s association there is more than suspect. Walker himself is a scumbag that has overcharged Valdez millions. I worry about the Palin team that seems to be surrounding Walker. That turned out really good for Alaska, huh? Regarding, Ms. Peterson I’m sure she is a nice lady but rom all observation is inexperienced and incompetent for the job. I’m afraid that if Alaskans were silly enough to pick Walker, we’d see a lot of the inept cronyism we saw during the Palin short-lived administration. Goodbye Dan Fauske, here come’s the Palin fan, now Walker fan, Scott Heyworth. Think he’ll build a gasline? Really brilliant thought you shared.

  17. Stockholder

    You can judge people by the company they keep.

    Dare to compare:

    Bill Walker hires long time Alaskan and genuinely nice person Nancy Peterson to run his campaign.

    Seanaco hires a guy who is famous for his profane attacks, and gutterball, Chicago politics style MO.

    Bill hires good and decent people. Parnell hires a thug.

    Dare to compare… then vote for the only decent candidate- Bil Walker.

  18. Lynn Willis

    Matter of fact I didn’t sleep so well because I was worried about the breakdown of the separation of powers between the Legislative and Executive branches when the chief of staff for the Speaker of the House becomes the campaign manager for the Governor. No, I wouldn’t want a social worker as another employee working, even part-time, on the AGDC/ASAP duplicate pipeline project that now has no apparent reason for existence because the AGIA restrictions that justified its existence have supposedly been removed. Hiring another social worker would be a waste of precious state dollars.

  19. KarenJ

    I think you hit on something, crystalwolflady, with your suggestion that Bristol’s bikini pic on her Facebook page was a “come on” designed to lure “fans” into becoming “stalkers”.

    I think the two oldest girls have been doing this (with the advice and suggestions of their mother) since their days attending that Juneau high school where some rumored (but never proved) “threats” to the girls occurred. I can imagine what prompted those threats, after reading about years of serial boyfriends and “stalkers”, and lies about being “in the middle of nowhere” (actually living about 500 feet from a Best Western hotel).

  20. HJL

    Lynn, you obviously woke up a little cranky. Did you not sleep well? What are you talking about? Who would you want to be involved with the As Development Corp? A social worker? Your comment about Tom Wright doesn’t even make sense. Having read so many of your comments over the past several months, I guess I just expect more.

  21. crystalwolfLady (@krystalwolfgrl)

    Was this Todd’s 50th birthday bash? How come this wasn’t reported? Everyone reported when palin got a “supposed” ticket?
    Bristol almost gets locked up and nothing? A Family Brawl and NOTHING?

    A Stalker that has Willows phone number and Bristols address and that’s all that gets reported?
    And speaking of stalkers, if she HAD a stalker that was really sweet of her to post the bikini shot a week or so back….Maybe this is all made up for film on the Palin Channel?
    Brawling with the Palins…watch mini me (Bristol) throw a mean right hook and get away scott free like her mama taught her! Watch Sarah sweep the whole thing under the run (Morlock family 30K burglary) and only one gets caught who isn’t the perp? Why don’t you guys report the news up there?
    Why isn’t this all over the news????

  22. Lynn Willis

    Is this more jobs news from Parnell, who claims he has created 16,000 of them as Governor? Unless Tom Wright quit his state job in the legislature, we now are paying state dollars for two new jobs – a former Conoco executive hired to work on the AGDC/ASAP pipeline and a new campaign manager for Parnell. We lost a National Guard General/State Commissioner due to scandal so we are up two and down one for a total of 16,001.

  23. Mae

    Oh thank you Mother Earth, for so much more to Alaska, than the Palins.

    Sterling’s hair is fab. Just as pretty as freshly caught coho on the beaches of Seward. Leave it to Sterling to set the pace in more ways than one.

    Life is good in Alaska folks. We just experienced a week of fantastic northern lights, a super moon and the primary is over!

  24. Just a Palmer Po' Folk

    Alaska has a state bird, a state rifle , a state flower and more. I vote we have an official state embarrassment – – the Palins!

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