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  • Bridge Politics (Sarah Palin stood against the Bridge to Nowhere. Why didn’t Obama and Biden?)

    09/11/2008 12:13:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 220+ views
    National Review ^ | September 11, 2008 | Phil Kerpen
    Before Team Obama continues its attacks on Sarah Palin for at one point voicing some general support for the Bridge to Nowhere, the presidential hopeful has some explaining to do. Let the record show that Barack Obama himself voted for the bridge at least twice, as did his running mate Joe Biden. If Team Obama is to continue to point out that Palin was for the bridge before she was against it, they either must explain why Obama and Biden never denounced the project or, on the other hand, describe why they were in error for supporting it. At the...
  • DeMint: Palin stopped the Bridge that Obama supported, and more

    09/10/2008 9:51:46 AM PDT · by pissant · 12 replies · 295+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 9/10/08 | Jim Demint/Ed Morrissey
    Senator Jim DeMint has provided a clear voice against the corruption of pork-barrel spending, often castigating his own party while doing so. Along with John McCain, Tom Coburn, and Russ Feingold (D-WI), he has demanded that Congress act to stop the waste and influence peddling that earmarks subsidize. As such, he has a clear understanding of those who represent change, and those who offer business as usual, and he makes the distinction clear in his essay in the Wall Street Journal, emphases mine: --------------------- Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in...
  • Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge (Jim DeMint)

    09/09/2008 11:22:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 331+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 10, 2008 | JIM DEMINT
    "But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects. My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain...
  • Running Alaska

    09/10/2008 1:07:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies · 161+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 10, 2008
    One rap on Sarah Palin's qualifications to be Vice President is that she governs one of our least populated states, with a budget of "only" $12 billion and 16,000 full-time state employees. On the other hand, it turns out that the Governor's office in Alaska is one of the country's most powerful. For more than two decades Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina, has maintained an index of "institutional powers" in state offices. He rates governorships on potential length of service, budgetary and appointment authority, veto power and other factors. Mr. Beyle's findings for 2008...
  • Did Palin Try to Ban Books? Librarian Can't Recall

    09/10/2008 3:15:03 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 28 replies · 134+ views
    Did Palin Try to Ban Books? Librarian Can't Recall By BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and ANNA SCHECTER September 10, 2008— The librarian at the center of a 1996 controversy with then-Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin says she can't recall any effort by Palin to ban specific books from the town library. In her first public statement since Palin was named the GOP vice-presidential candidate, Mary Ellen Baker said today, "I simply do not recall a conversation with specific titles," Baker told
  • Palin's split with Alaska GOP opened opportunity

    09/10/2008 1:12:08 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 2 replies · 96+ views
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin thought her star had burned out early, a promising political career dead thanks to the wayward ethics of Alaska's Republican boss.
  • Setting The Record: Palin's Earmarks

    09/10/2008 1:38:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 100+ views
    CBS ^ | 9/10/2008
    Its one of those claims that gets so much applause. "I told Congress 'thanks but no thanks,' to that bridge to nowhere," Palin has said over and over on the campaign trail, CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports. Gov. Sarah Palin just won't let it go. But the truth is the governor never rebuffed Congress. Here are the facts. After a year of supporting the proposed bridge, near Ketchikan, Gov. Palin pulled state funds from the project, which killed the bridge for good, but she never said "no thanks" to the Federal funds promised by Congress -- $233 million. In...
  • Palin did not ban books in Wasilla as mayor

    09/09/2008 8:03:58 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 16 replies · 120+ views
    USA Today Palin did not ban books in Wasilla as mayor
  • A Phantom ‘Fascist Streak’ (Sarah Palin and the book ban that wasn’t)

    09/09/2008 6:47:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 172+ views
    National Review ^ | September 09, 2008 | Ben Boychuk
    Sarah Palin’s biography includes such honorifics as hockey mom, moose hunter, town mayor, governor, and now Republican vice-presidential nominee. But Palin’s detractors would like to add another title to that list: Book banner. It’s a surprisingly effective attack — but just another smear. Fact is, Sarah Palin has never advocated censorship. She never railed against “filthy” literature as mayor or as governor. And although Palin is an evangelical Christian, the only real crusade in her career has been against political corruption and self-dealing. Yet far-left bloggers and interest groups, abetted by Palin’s political rivals in Alaska and the press, say...
  • Sarah Palin’s abysmal environmental record (ROFLMAO)

    09/09/2008 2:40:52 PM PDT · by pissant · 27 replies · 215+ views
    Anderson Cooper 360 ^ | 9/9/08 | Rick Steiner
    Rick Steiner Professor, University of Alaska While I disagree with many of Senator John McCain’s policies and I was not planning to vote for him, I was willing to concede that he may at least make a wise, rational president and represent a step in the right direction for the nation – an acceptable second choice. No longer. With his pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, he has shown a spectacular, even dangerous, lack of judgment. What is not important here is the glitz and glamour, the appearance of the candidates, and the number of balloons...
  • Alaska Democrats Claim that Governor Palin Killed Bridge to Nowhere

    09/09/2008 1:45:51 PM PDT · by rface · 6 replies · 244+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 9.09.08 | Tom Blumer
    A web site paid for by the Alaska Democratic Party says unequivocally that the state of Alaska officially abandoned the Bridge to Nowhere project, and credits Governor Sarah Palin. the page mysteriously vanished, but it has since been revived at another URL ".....Gov. Sarah Palin said the $398 million bridge was $329 million short of full funding, and only $36 million in federal funds were set aside for it. She said it was clear Congress had little interest in spending any more money for it and that the state had higher priorities." We can quibble about specifics. But the fact...
  • Obama’s Wasilla Airborne (Digging dirt on Palin)

    09/09/2008 3:47:18 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 287+ views ^ | September 9, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    John Fund reports that the town of Wasilla, Alaska finds itself under siege this week. Have the Russians invaded? Have the Canadians surrounded them? No, a far more malevolent force is at work in Alaska’s fifth-largest city — Democrats looking for dirt: Democrats understand Sarah Palin is a formidable political force who has upset the Obama victory plan. The latest Washington Post/ABC Poll shows John McCain taking a 12-point lead over Barack Obama among white women, a reversal of Mr. Obama’s eight-point lead last month. It’s no surprise, then, that Democrats have airdropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and...
  • Putting the 'Lie' in 'Library' (Wall St Journal Debunks Palin book banning smear)

    09/09/2008 3:35:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 286+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/09/08 | By JAMES TARANTO
    Sarah Palin seems like a perfectly normal person, but partisans both in and out of the media have been busily trying to depict her as some sort of religious nut. Among other things, Palin's opponents claim that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she was a "book banner"--which is to say, that she sought to have books removed from the local public library. This claim has been debunked--but not before it has spread all over the Internet with the help of some in the mainstream media. The book-banner tale seems to have originated in a widely circulated Aug. 31 email from...
  • McCain Campaign Stands Up Palin Truth-Squadding Team

    09/09/2008 12:58:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 109+ views ^ | September 9, 2008 | Marc Ambinder
    The McCain campaign is standing up a truth-squadding operation designed to push what they deem as "smears" about Gov. Sarah Palin out of circulation. The team, headquartered in Arlington, includes Mark Paoletta, a former chief counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Edward O'Callaghan, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District, and Brian Jones, a GOP strategist and former RNC research director. Jones, who stepped down as the campaign's communications director last June, and Paoletta, who became a senior adviser to the campaign in August, are volunteers; O'Callaghan is on staff. The campaign plans to announce the team's...
  • McCain-Palin 2008 Launches Truth Squad to Counter Attacks on Governor Sarah Palin

    09/09/2008 3:03:50 PM PDT · by flyfree · 25 replies · 328+ views
    ARLINGTON, VA -- With today's Wall Street Journal report that pro-Obama Democrats have "airdropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers into Anchorage" to dig for dirt on our vice presidential nominee, the McCain-Palin campaign today launched the Palin Truth Squad to counter recent attacks on Governor Sarah Palin, her family, her friends and her record of accomplishment. The Palin Truth Squad will set the record straight against Internet and liberal smears of Governor Palin. "We're proud of Governor Palin's leadership in Alaska and record of taking on entrenched special interests and the good old boys network,"...
  • Alaska: End Sought For 'bridge To Nowhere'

    09/08/2008 5:54:53 PM PDT · by bahblahbah · 15 replies · 110+ views
    NYTImes - AP ^ | September 22, 2007
    Gov. Sarah Palin ordered state transportation officials to abandon the ''bridge to nowhere'' project that became a nationwide symbol of federal pork-barrel spending. The $398 million bridge would have connected Ketchikan, on one island in southeastern Alaska, to its airport on another nearby island. ''Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport,'' Ms. Palin, a Republican, said in a news release, ''but the $398 million bridge is not the answer.'' She directed the State Transportation Department to find the most ''fiscally responsible'' alternative for access to the airport. Ketchikan is Alaska's entry port for northbound cruise ships that bring...
  • Sliming Palin ( debunks Palin smears)

    09/08/2008 5:32:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 168+ views
    Summary We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading. * Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years. * She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has...
  • Palin in Debate

    09/08/2008 7:13:27 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 20 replies · 220+ views
    NRO - Corner ^ | 09/08/08 | Byron York
    ...Alaska does not have a death penalty — I did not know that — and Palin was asked for her opinion. Her answer was that if the state legislature decided to pass a narrowly focused death penalty, she would support it. If our lawmakers were to consider such a thing, I think that support should be given for heinous crimes. A murder of a child? I say, my goodness, hang 'em up. Yeah. A murder of a child, anything to such a degree, I don't think that there can be anything worse. And if lawmakers were to consider it, that...
  • The Old Guard Blown Away By Hurricane Sarah Palin... (Fascinating Biography Alert)

    09/06/2008 9:00:57 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 34 replies · 305+ views
    London Times ^ | 9/07/2008 | Kaylene Johnson
    This was something that others would learn during her rapid rise in state politics – and which America’s most powerful politicians are now discovering as they feel the unstoppable force of Hurricane Palin. She has a gift for connecting with people, but she also possesses a steely resolve and competes with fierce tenacity. The biggest mistake her adversaries make is underestimating her.
  • Separating Palin Fact from Palin Fiction

    09/08/2008 2:56:12 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 4 replies · 121+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 8, 2008 | Charlie Martin
    So this is the complete list of Palin rumors, at least as it stands about midnight Mountain Time on September 7, 2008. (The link will take you back to the complete and current list on my blog Explorations.) I make a point of the time because the list has been growing by around seven rumors a day; there’s at least one in my queue that I haven’t been able to completely track down yet. Warning: some parts of this are jokes. On purpose. Sarah Palin Rumors * Yes, she is governor of Alaska. No, she’s not the lieutenant governor. No,...