Sarah Palin emails: The Alaska archive - who's who

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Nearly 25,000 pages worth of Sarah Palin's emails from her tenure as governor are being released by the state of Alaska, spanning the start of her term in December 2006 to shortly after she was named Arizona Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate in September 2008. Below is a guide to Palin confidants, critics and family members likely to appear in the correspondence.

Nearly 25,000 pages worth of Sarah Palin's emails from her tenure as governor are being released by the state of Alaska, spanning the start of her term in December 2006 to shortly after she was named Arizona Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate in September 2008. Below is a guide to Palin confidants, critics and family members likely to appear in the correspondence.

Jump to: Political allies and former staff | 'Troopergate' figures | Adversaries | Oil and gas | Family | Read the emails

Political allies and former staff

Frank Bailey ( Mark Thiessen / Associated Press)

Frank Bailey

An ally-turned-critic. Bailey was an advisor to Palin since her 2006 gubernatorial campaign, but recently released a tell-all book that paints an unflattering portrait of the former governor.

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Debbie Bitney

Treasurer of Palin's 2006 campaign. She married and then divorced close Palin friend Scott Richter and is now married to former Palin aide John Bitney.

John Bitney (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

John Bitney

A high school classmate of the Palins who played key roles in Palin's 2006 campaign and her administration. He was fired in July 2007 when Palin learned that he was having an affair with Debbie Richter.

Craig Campbell (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

Craig Campbell

A confidant and vocal supporter during the 2006 campaign. He served as the state's commissioner of veterans affairs while Palin was governor. Campbell later became lieutenant governor, replacing Sean Parnell.

Ivy Frye (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Ivy Frye

An aide who held various posts in the administration, specializing in opposition research.

John Katz (Linda Spillers / Anchorage Daily News)

John Katz

Head of the governor's Washington lobbying operation during Palin's tenure.

Kerm Ketchum (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Kerm Ketchum

A close friend of Palin's parents, Chuck and Sally Heath. Frank Bailey described him as a "father figure" for the Palin team.

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Janice Mason

Palin's scheduler and executive secretary until early 2009.

Bill McAllister (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Bill McAllister

A former Alaska political reporter who served as Palin's communications director during her vice presidential run.

Sean Parnell (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Sean Parnell

Palin's lieutenant governor, who took the gubernatorial post when Palin suddenly resigned in July 2009.

Kris Perry (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Kris Perry

A friend dating back to Palin's days in Wasilla city government. She was the only Alaska aide to travel with the governor during her vice presidential campaign.

Larry Persily (Bill Roth / Associated Press)

Larry Persily

A former journalist and onetime aide to Palin. Persily was the associate director of Alaska's Washington office. Since 2010, he has served as the federal natural gas pipeline coordinator for Alaska, a position appointed by President Obama.

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Scott Richter

A real estate investor and longtime friend. He co-owns lakeside property with the couple north of Wasilla.

Meghan Stapleton (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Meghan Stapleton

A senior advisor and spokeswoman who worked for Palin from December 2006 to February 2010.

Mike Tibbles (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Mike Tibbles

Palin's chief of staff from November 2006 to May 2008. He now runs a political consulting firm in Anchorage.

Thomas van Flein (Mark Thiessen / Associated Press)

Thomas Van Flein

Palin's former attorney and advisor. He now works for Arizona freshman GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, who was endorsed by Palin in the 2010 election.

'Troopergate' figures

Stephen Branchflower (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Stephen Branchflower

An investigator appointed by Alaska legislators to look into "Troopergate."

Chuck Kopp (Associated Press)

Chuck Kopp

Chief of the Kenai, Alaska, police department when Palin hired him to replace Walt Monegan. He resigned days into the job after a reprimand stemming from a sexual harassment claim against him came to light.

Walt Monegan (Mark Thiessen / Associated Press)

Walt Monegan

A former state public safety commissioner who was dismissed by Palin on July 11, 2008. Monegan said he was fired because he had refused to dismiss Wooten.

Mike Wooten (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Mike Wooten

The Alaska state trooper at the heart of "Troopergate." Sarah and Todd Palin sought to have Wooten, Sarah's former brother-in-law, removed, prompting an ethics investigation.

Adversaries

Jeanne Devon (www.themudflats.net)

Jeanne Devon

A well-known anti-Palin blogger at TheMudflats.net. She worked on Frank Bailey's tell-all book.

Dan Fagan (Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News)

Dan Fagan

A conservative talk radio host who originally backed Palin, but later became a vocal critic.

Lyda Green (Chris Miller / Associated Press)

Lyda Green

A former Republican state Senate president. She repeatedly clashed with Palin while both were in office.

Andrew Halcro (Al Grillo / Associated Press)

Andrew Halcro

A former Republican state legislator who ran against Palin as an independent in the 2006 race. His blog, AndrewHalcro.com, skews negative in its Palin coverage.

Shannyn Moore (The Shannyn Moore Show)

Shannyn Moore

An Alaska-based political blogger who has publicly feuded with the Palins.

Oil and gas

Bruce Anders (Mark Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

Bruce Anders

An early advisor to Palin on a natural gas pipeline deal. He later served as state director of oil and gas leasing.

Tom Irwin (Chris Miller / Associated Press)

Tom Irwin

A key energy policy advisor who had served as commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Mary Rutherford (Bill Roth / Associated Press)

Marty Rutherford

The chief advisor on the pipeline deal.

Family

Chuck Heath (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

Chuck Heath

Father

Sally Heath (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

Sally Heath

Mother

Levi Johnston (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Levi Johnston

Father of Palin's grandson and Bristol Palin's former fiance. He has sparred publicly with Sarah Palin over numerous issues.

Bristol Palin (Eric Thayer / Reuters)

Bristol Palin

Daughter

Piper Palin (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

Piper Palin

Daughter

Todd Palin (Cheryl Senter / Associated Press)

Todd Palin

Husband

Track Palin (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Track Palin

Son

Trig Palin (Reuters)

Trig Palin

Son

Willow Palin (Reuters)

Willow Palin

Daughter

Photos: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press, Rick Bowmer / Associated Press, Al Grillo / Associated Press, Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News, Mark Lester / Anchorage Daily News, Chris Miller / Associated Press, Eric Risberg / Associated Press, Bill Roth / Associated Press, Paul Sancya / Associated Press, Steven Senne / Associated Press, Cheryl Senter / Associated Press, Linda Spillers / Anchorage Daily News, Eric Thayer / Reuters, Mark Thiessen / Associated Press, Seth Wenig / Associated Press, Associated Press, Reuters, The Shannyn Moore Show, www.themudflats.net

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