Palin manages to govern Alaska from afar

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A state that is remote from the U.S. mainland is essentially being run by remote control.

Aides say Gov. Sarah Palin is still calling the shots in Alaska government even as she campaigns as Sen. John McCain's presidential running mate. Her Anchorage office director and hometown friend, Kris Perry, has been with Palin for almost a month to help facilitate communication between the governor and her staff back home.

Perry travels at the expense of Alaska residents -- probably at a cost of more than $1,000 every day.

Such a lengthy absence by the acting head of state is unprecedented in Alaska. One of the authors of the state constitution believes that Palin should have turned her duties over to the lieutenant governor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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