Sarah Palin is Being Sued in Federal Court

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ImageGov. Sarah Palin is being sued in federal court, but the case isn’t about her expensive wardrobe, or any decision that she has made as governor. Palin is being sued for violating the law by failing to issue the 2007 Juneteenth Proclamation. While the lawsuit is frivolous, it does raise questions about Palin’s views on race, and how they may clash with RNC chairman Michael Steele’s plans to expand the GOP base.

For those of you who don’t know, which included me before I looked it up, Juneteenth, which I know as Freedom Day, is an official holiday in 29 states, that marks the freeing of the last remaining slaves on June 19, 1865. It became an official holiday in Alaska in 2001. The civil rights lawsuit was brought by Jazz musician Gregory Charles Royal who said, “The focus of this action is to hold Governor Palin accountable and to uphold the integrity of our emancipation holiday. Can you imagine the dangerous precedent of public officials deciding which legal holidays they choose to observe when carrying out their ministerial duties?”

Palin’s office called this a clerical error, and part of the relief that Royal is seeking is for Palin to apologize and retroactively issue the proclamation. Royal is also seeking $75,000 for losses to individuals and organizations because the holiday did not occur. Royal also might be looking for payback, because he claims that Palin made a racially disparaging remark about him while he was touring Alaska in 1990 with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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What I find most troubling is that Palin became the first governor to completely snub the celebration in 2008. Palin was the first governor not to participate. In fact, she didn’t even send anyone to represent her at the celebration. I believe that this is the exact attitude that Michael Steele is trying to change in the GOP. Republicans are never going to win over minority voters if their two tactics are to either infuriate them as they have done with Hispanic voters, or ignore them as they have done with African American voters.

Palin and Steele could be heading for a conflict when it comes to reaching out to minority voters, but Palin’s attitude is the dominant one in the GOP. Most Republicans aren’t that concerned about reaching out to minority voters. They still believe that their ideology sells itself. As far as this lawsuit is concerned, I suspect that Palin will issue an apology, and a retroactive proclamation. Royal is not going to get the money, but if this thing gathers any serious attention, Palin may have to put in an appearance at this year’s celebration.

Read Royal’s Complaint Against Sarah Palin

28 Replies to “Sarah Palin is Being Sued in Federal Court”

  1. yet you will vote and relie on a party yhat keeps you down on welfare buy telling you to let them take care of you.there for telling you that you are not smart enough to make it on your own.at the same time making you think they care for you all they see you as is votes.question has any thing changed?yes more crime drug sells and baby born out of marriage absent fathers your party sure has helped you alot open you eyes to what they are doing .

  2. What garbage will people make up about Sarah Palin next? This very capable woman scares the heck out of people. She MUST be prez material! I look forward to the next election.

  3. Hundreds of thousands of people are out of work and this is what this a@@hats think should be a national focus?

    Can people just for a moment think of somebody besides their own wittlehurt feewings???

  4. This is another of many lawsuits that have been filed against this woman. The only reason they are after her is because she is a threat to the Democraps and their Socialist Agenda. She is an elequant speaker, very smart, Christian, working Mom that has a lot of supporters. The only thing they can think of is to smear her good name and empty her pocketbook paying for attorneys to defend her on such frivolous lawsuits. Talk about dirty pool, they sure know how to play it. Just like when Obozo said his family was off limits during the campaign then he went on to smear Sarah’s family. What is good for the goose should have been good for the gander but not in Obozos dirty, evil politics. I am sick of watching Obozo on tv and listening to his lies already. I dread to think we have 4 years of this crap of him ruining this country with his overspending, overtaxing and taking away our freedom, Socialist Agenda. I hope the people wake up and see him for what he is. I am a widow on a fixed income and I am going to send Sarah some money to help her combat all the stupid unfounded lawsuits that are against her and I hope many others do the same.

  5. The democrates are so afraid of this lady they will do anything to try and tarnish her image. She tells the truth and they can’t handle the truth!! I really hope that she runs in 2012. She will return this country to “we the people.” Hopefully obama and his merry men will leave something for her to fix.

  6. This is a sorry excuse for a news article.
    G.C. Royal is ignorant. I certainly can imagine public officials deciding which holidays to observe. Arizona for example chose not to celebrate MLK for years.States have the right to self govern on many issues outside the federal government. A few states don’t even observe daylight saving time.
    AS for the line:
    “Royal also might be looking for payback, because he claims that Palin made a racially disparaging remark about him while he was touring Alaska in 1990 with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.”
    What is this a gossip rag? These aren’t facts! Where’s the quote? This nothing more than a rumor!
    As for:
    “Most Republicans aren’t that concerned about reaching out to minority voters. They still believe that their ideology sells”
    In the first place, why would people who are interested in ideas single out groups based on physical characteristics to “reach”? What does skin color or ethnicity have to do with whether or not you want to keep prayer in schools or keep taxes low??
    There are plenty of “minorities” in the republican party. The difference is that in the republican party minorities are not tokens; they are people.

  7. If you don’t even know what Juneteenth is, this would look ridiculous. The deeper problem is that she is known for having filled appointed positions with her buddies from high school and ignored capable minorities for a number of positions in her administration. The ratio of representation of minorities in her administration is lower than several past governors. The Juneteenth issue is part of a pattern, not a solitiary concern. Unfortunately, it is still possible that the person advancing the suit is grandstanding at the expense of both the governor and Alaska’s African American community.

  8. In Alaska, you don’t have to be a Democrat to be afraid of Sarah Palin, she is really making a mess of things and causing considerable problems. It has gotten worse since she has gotten national exposure. She seems to think that the support she gets out of state is going to protect her from the consequences of her own actions. For those of us living here, it seems people who support her are just too far away or not interested in our state and don’t care what havoc she is creating here. The kindest thing we could say about her is that she is not a good leader.

  9. I am black and remain fond Sarah Palin personally though I would not have voted for her as President (same requirements as those for VP). I do believe this the lawsuit is frivolous but can the far right stop with the name calling, this is what got a beautiful candidate in trouble last fall?
    Where people wanted to hear an attractive candidate lift and edify the country she instead carried McCain’s water as the bad cop and is know mostly for being negative and vile. Now even amid the GOP they are ready to move on with Mark Sanford and others as the standard bearer in 2012. Enough with the socialist name tags, subtle racist welfare comments and other derisive words. Some of this vitriol is remarkably from those who call themselves Christians. I’ll take Jesus but leave those Christians behind please.

  10. The mere fact that legal action could be brought against Sarah Palin for such a totally asinine reason is just about beyond belief. There should be no right of action against Sarah or any other person for something so silly.

    It is amazing how low Democrats will stoop to try to smear this great woman. She is a threat to their vile agenda.

  11. no juneteeth nothin here in nyc and guess what ?
    no lawsuits against paterson,bloomie,city council etc.
    if they announce IT,they must do IT very quietly.

  12. Gee…If the blacks are so grea for government why is it that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with the best white folk that he can find? Answer that one.

  13. Why are we so afraid of Sarah Palin? The media just can’t help themselves from trashing on her. It’s really kinda a weird and unexplained phenomena. Anyone here want to try to explain it, because I just don’t get it? Machu Picchu tours

  14. […] musician and America’s Hot Musician judge Gregory Charles Royal filed their original federal lawsuit against Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin in March of 2009. Their original complaint also stems from a press conference held at the National Press Club in […]

  15. She’s already been a beauty queen. Too bad she didn’t stay there. She would fit right in as a beauty pageant organizer. (And I don’t mean that as a compliment.). I also don’t think there are any black people in Alaska but there are Eskimos… Konferens

  16. Palin has issues with or against African Amercans whom are tax paying citizens of the United States of American. How does she expect the support of this group of human beings, should she even think of becoming the President of the United Staes of America? We need a President that is for all the people and sara this is not YOU!

  17. It’s like eating sardines, drinking a glass of milk, and eating a hard boiled egg. You better have something around for an upset somach because, you will not be able to keep it all down!

  18. Obama was the first president to not attend the Medal of Honor Ball during the innagural orgasmathon. Can we sue him too?

  19. Sarah Palen scares the heck out of Demacrats and liberals. She is from middle America, has good common sense, is a good person, and is far more capable than most men in an outdoor enviroment. The women on the left can’t stand her because she’s everything that they aren’t capable of being. She scares the hell out of men on the left because she’s capable of kicking their buts both indoor and out. America, if you want to get away from politics as usual , support Palen, she took on the good ol boys in both partys and won some great things for the state of Alaska. You people are to busy with your petty bickering to know something good when you see it. The politicians in Washington from both sides of the isle need to go.

  20. And ask why the Democrats don’t want any kind of tort reform. The way to deal with this stuff is beat the dog shit out a liberal make the USA the USA again

  21. And ask why the Democrats don’t want any kind of tort reform. The way to deal with this stuff is beat the dog shit out a liberal make the USA the USA again

  22. filled appointed positions with her buddies from high school and ignored capable minorities for a number of positions in her administration. The ratio of representation of minorities in her administration is lower than several past governors. The Juneteenth issue is part of a pattern, not a solitiary concern. Unfortunately, it is still possible that the person advancing the
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  23. More often than not I don’t post on blogs, but I’d like to say that this post really has forced me to do so! Thanks for your perceptive article.

  24. Articles such as these, whether you agree with it or not, are good to keep our politicians on their toes and remind them that everything they do (well most things anyway) is being watched and documented.
    Not being a Palin fan myself, I’m skeptical if this really was a “clerical error”.

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