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Sarah Palin is 69% happy with the federal stimulus package

March 20, 2009 |  6:14 am

In a not really very shocking move, Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin says she's not going to take all of the federal stimulus money available to her state because of strings attached.

In an equally unshocking but somewhat puzzling double move, the Democratic National Committee criticized Palin for leading the state that takes the most federal money per capita and also criticized her for not taking more of it.

On Thursday, Palin, the lipstick-wearing, gun-toting, snow-machine-riding darling of the GOP's conservative wing in last fall's presidential campaign, said she would accept "only" 69%, or about $642 million, of the $930 million available to Alaska.

The total acceptable to her includes $514 million for capital projects and $128 million for an increase in Medicaid reimbursements.

It'll be up to the state Legislature to decide on the remaining money and accepting or rejecting the federal regulations that come with it.

Our blogging colleague Mark Silva has more details over here.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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