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Sarah Palin e-mails: first impressions

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(Read caption) A worker rolls a cart with boxes containing thousands of pages of Sarah Palin's emails from her time as Alaska's governor on Friday, June 10, in Juneau, Alaska. The emails released Friday were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organizations.

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We’ve been poring over Sarah Palin’s just-released e-mails this afternoon, and our first impression is that they’re full of mundane stuff about travel schedules and family business – with little nuggets of news mixed in.

On family stuff, for instance, the big e-mail dump reveals the startling news that on Feb. 28, 2007, Todd Palin’s state-supplied assistant asked him to send Piper’s skates and helmet down to Juneau because she had ice skating lessons the following week in school.

A Juneau snowmobile club sent along an e-mail lobbying for Todd to join its ranks. Friends sent then-Governor Palin notes pushing their favorite candidates for Fish Board. Ice Alaska asked if Governor Palin would be interested in taking part in an on-ice awards ceremony.

Then on June 27, 2007, came this big news, in an e-mail from "First Dude" Todd: “Sarah says it is OK for Willow’s friends to jump on the trampoline but if they get out of control or one of them gets hurt on state grounds this could be a problem.”

On state business, a quick read of the first batch of e-mails scanned and put online at the nonprofit journalistic site ProPublica.org does show that Ms. Palin was quite worked up over the plight of a state-owned dairy that was losing money and in deep trouble when she took office.

The Matanuska Maid Dairy was an icon to many longtime Alaskans, but as of 2007 it was afloat due only to state subsidies. E-mails released Friday make clear that Palin and her supporters thought it had expanded too rapidly, that its inventory contained only about 30 percent Alaskan-made products, and that it might survive if it cut back and narrowed its focus to high-end cheese, milk, and ice cream that could be marketed as pure Alaskan.

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