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The Governor wishes everyone a Happy Hanukkah.

The Governor’s PAC will end up raising more money in 2012 than it did in 2011.

Rumor: "Signs from SC strong that Gov. Haley will name ex-AG Henry McMaster caretaker senator & run herself in ’14."

Shaftan on Palin.

Biden was booed at the Army-Navy game.

So what’s going to be the next technology-related innovation for the 2014 and 2016 campaigns? What’s going to be the "twitter" of 2014 and 2016.


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  • wodiej

    "Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God."  Job 37:14

  • AngelaTX

    Nikki Haley running herself? I hope Palin and DeMint get behind a 2014 challenger to whip her in the primary.

  • qtdb7

    Questions for the so called POOR Americans (free-loaders or Obama’s democrat USEFUL IDIOTS):
    Do you have a TV?
    Do you have some types of cable/satellite TV?
    Do you have a cell phone?
    Do you have a computer (desktop/laptop)?
    Do you have internet connection or access to the internet?
    Do you have a refrigerator?
    Do you have a microwave oven?
    Do you live in a house or an apartment?
    Do you have A/C and/or heater in your house or apartment?
    Do you have a car?

    • golfmom3

      They got an Obamaphone — all da poor people in Cleveland got they Obamaphone. . . you didn’t hear that yelling from where you live?

  • wodiej

    ?"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.

    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor.  Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.  


    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures

    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.


    Energy issues are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.


    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.

    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

  • ZH100

    About Carney’s hit piece.

    Gov.Palin will be attacked by both the so-called conservatives media and the lib media. Expect many hit-pieces in the so-called conservative media about Gov.Palin.

    The article is of course a hit piece in connection with 2016; Gov.Palin political opponents want to undermine Gov.Palin’s credibility as soon as possible and are using the , usual , anti-Palin talking points.

    • Pete Petretich

      If they did not feel threatened then they wouldn’t bother attacking Sarah Palin.

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false (!) meme that Gov.Palin has lack of knowledge on issues "outside of anti-corruption and energy policy."

    Gov.Palin has spoken out on almost all the issues, both foreign and domestic and has been proven right on many of her statements.

    For example:

    Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea  (another successful unscripted Q&A)

    Long Island Association was an unequivocal success ; an hourlong, unscripted Q&A session where Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues in front of a group of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong.

    Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong

    Governor Palin’s  successful (unscripted) Q&A at the India Today Conclave
    The (unscripted) Q&A portion covered a lot of territory and included tough questions that ranged from foreign policy to American economics.

    Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions

    Palin v. Bernanke
    Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    ‘Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions’   ( by Byron York)

    From the article:

    "One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.

    ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’

    From the article:

    "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide."

    • ZH100

      Setting the Palin Record Straight’  (by Jedediah Bila; 3/17/2011)

      "It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin.  Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified?  What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

      What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty.

      They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute.
      The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

      And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite.  The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

      Since September 2010 alone, Sarah Palin has penned commentary on such topics as the unrest in Libya, the protests in Wisconsin, Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and State of the Union address, getting tough with Iran and standing with Iranians who seek democracy, challenging the specifics of President Obama’s energy policy, the omnibus spending bill, defeating the New START, opposition to state bailouts, tax policy, a message to Republican freshmen in Congress, opposition to quantitative easing, and more.  She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy.

      Let’s take a look at a few samples of Palin’s written commentary:

      On Obama’s 2012 budget proposal:  “The fine print reveals a White House proposal to increase taxes by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade.  If you want to know how minuscule their proposed $775 million-a-year budget ‘cuts’ really are, please look at this chart.  The proposed cuts are so insignificant—less than 1/10 of 1% of this year’s $1.65 trillion budget deficit—that they are essentially invisible on the pie chart.  That speaks volumes about today’s budget.”

      On Iran:  “Much more can be done, such as banning insurance for shipments to Iran, banning all military sales to Iran, ending all trade credits, banning all financial dealings with Iranian banks, limiting Iran’s access to international capital markets and banking services, closing airspace and waters to Iran’s national air and shipping lines, and, especially, ending Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum.  These would be truly ‘crippling’ sanctions.”

      On energy:  “Right now Beltway politicos are quibbling over cutting $61 billion from our dangerously bloated $3.7 trillion budget.  Allowing drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas will enrich federal coffers by $167 billion without raising our taxes.  If we let Harry Reid keep his ‘cowboy poetry,’ would the White House consider letting us drill?”

      On quantitative easing:  “If the President was serious about getting the economy moving again, he’d stop supporting the Fed’s dangerous experiments with our currency and focus instead on what actually works: reducing government spending and boosting business investment through good old-fashioned supply-side reforms (cutting taxes and reducing overly burdensome regulations).  Simply running the printing presses in order to avoid paying off your debts is no way for a great nation to behave.”

      My question to the critics: How is that commentary lacking in intellect?  How do you find her active leadership role in these important debates to be unpresidential?"

  • ZH100

    Some great links with information about Gov.Palin’s policy positions and accomplishments.   


    Governor Palin Executive Accomplishments

    Complete Lifetime of Accomplishments

    (policy positions)

    Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism

    How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment (WSJ)

    The Sarah Palin Factor Revisited

  • Pete Petretich

    Most of the idiots who say that Sarah Palin is not electable recently told us that Mitt Romney WAS electable. I love it when the Establishment eats humble pie, the Establishment in both parties…

  • ZH100

    Sarah Palin Visits Ronald Reagan’s Ranch. (great photos!)  2011

    • AyePatriot

      I’ve been privileged to be at the Reagan Library shortly after the president was buried, and at Gov. Palin’s speech in Indianola.

      In both places, I knew I was in the presence of greatness.

  • Pete Petretich

    Crony capitalism and political corruption are an insult to every hard-working American.

    • Audrey_I

      The middle class and small business are paying dearly for this crony capitalism. 

      Obama hates small businessmen and women.  Obama says, "If you got a business, you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen."

  • ZH100

    Peter Schweizer Politely KOs Condescending MSNBCers Touré and Krystal Ball (May, 2012)

    From the article:

    Touré began. “I’m really intrigued by the idea of you being the foreign policy adviser to Sarah Palin. Clearly there was a glitch in the matrix there between you and her. Either she failed to listen to you, or you failed to do your job. What made it so hard to be the foreign policy adviser to Sarah Palin?”

    Readers are once again reminded that Schweizer was brought on to discuss the need for additional banking reforms. Yet Miller’s liberal guests refused to do so instead making the discussion about him personally."

    Without skipping a beat, Schweizer again politely replied, “It was a very good and positive experience, and we espoused a foreign policy if you read it and read the positions in the speeches that she gave that I think was very Reaganesque.”

    “We abandoned some of the, what you might call neo-conservative assumptions that have been dominant in the Republican Party, and we also had serious problems, as you can imagine, with the internationalist views in the Barack Obama administration," Schweizer continued.

    "But it was a very good experience for me. I’m not working with her anymore, but I think that we helped shape the debate because frankly I do think that we are too committed overseas internationally, and I do think that we have to look for American principles and protect American values."

  • ZH100

    Paglia: Palin Represents New Style of Muscular American Feminism (September 09, 2008)

  • Pete Petretich

    Here’s a stray comment from the Shaftan post:

    "What if 2016 sees the converse of 2012? That is, a bevy of GOP establishment types against one conservative (and pretty much every GOP name, except Palin, is now arguably establishment, after sucking up to the Romney/Rove machine.) Being dis’d by the RNC may become her anointing."

    h/t Chris Downey

  • ZH100

    About the  frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints

    There were many "ethics" complaints filed against Gov Palin. All complaints ,but two ,dismissed as lacking any merit. The other two were settlements where Governor Palin was cleared of any wrongdoing.  

    Under Alaskan law these are dealt with by the Alaskan Personnel Board, which body gives a final determination.  

    The members of the Personnel Board were appointed by Palin’s predecessor, Frank Murkowski–no friend of Palin.  

    To cut a long story short Gov.Palin was exonerated from blame in all cases without exception.

    The two settlements where Gov.Palin was also cleared of any wrongdoing:

    1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

    There was no state law against the governor’s family traveling with her, and the personnel board found no wrongdoing on the part of the Sarah Palin
    Because no guidance was provided in the law, the Palin administration followed historical precedent in travel decisions for the first family.
    All of her travel expenses were originally approved by the Department of Administration!

    The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
    The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.

    2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

    Associated Press: "No Wrongdoing on Palin’s Part was Found" in Legal Defense Fund Case

    No wrongdoing on Palin’s part was found. Investigator Timothy Petumenos said Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys.

    The only thing the team of attorneys did wrong was use the word “official” while trying to help pay for all the legal costs involved with a merciless, politically motivated, litigious campaign from Democrat operatives against Sarah Palin.

    In essence, the investigator found that because of things such as the use of the word "Official" on the fund’s website, there is probable cause to believe that the fund itself could be in violation of Alaska ethics laws. However,  Sarah palin  did not do anything wrong since she acted on good faith on the advice of a team of lawyers who told her the fund was "unassailable" and in compliance with the law when it was formed.!

    Under Alaskan law Gov.Palin had to cover her own legal fees.

    Answering those lawsuits took up almost 100% of her time and the time of her staff, meaning she couldn’t govern. Those lawsuits were filed  to make it impossible for her to govern and to bankrupt her .

    Since then (2010) Alaskan law has been changed which now covers the governor’s legal fees for such legal proceedings. That didn’t help Gov. Palin as she still had to pay the fees she accrued during that time.
    About troopergate.

    The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation

  • palin45potus

    Question for all of you:

    Why is the GOP constantly surprised that the Democrats play dirty, and that the press is unfair?

    In other words, the entire racket is as legitimate as pro-wrestling.

    • Audrey_I

      The stupid Republicans keep pandering to the corrupt, mainstream media.  The Republicans need to find an alternative to this corrupt media that is on par with the German media of the 1930’s.

    • SusanWo4p

      No way that the GOP "genuises" can be so oblivious to fact that the Media serves Democrat Candidates almost 100% of the time.

      And yet…have you noticed that the GOP "genuises" keep telling us that all we need is a GOP CANDIDATE THAT THE MEDIA LOVES in order to win the Presidency?

      So, the "Genuises" instruct us, we need a left-leaning, Moderate GOP Candidate in order to get the Media’s approval.  THIS IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN….but the phoney "we need a candidate the Media loves" schtick gives the GOP justification to trash Conservative Candidates and bolster the RINOs.

      It is a RACKET how the Dems and the GOP and the Media all work together to decide who are candidates are.

    • wisetrog

      To answer your question, the GOP establishment is controlled by moderates. Their agenda is well served by having the Left control most of the media. That makes their agenda very simple, they can claim repeatedly that only moderates can be elected simply because the Left is busy going after conservatives. Simple. The MSM is so left wing by choice…. of the GOP establishment.

      • narciso

         One of the main players, that you identified as part of the clique, Carl Forti, was one of the main players in the November 6th debacle, that Erickson chronicled after the fact,

        • wisetrog

          yep. we could spot their con game from four years ago.

    • Pete Petretich

      Great analogy

      GOPe = Pro Wrestling?!

  • SusanWo4p

    I was reading an article about Legalized Marijuana in Seattle, Washington.  
    In it they described all the new marijuana products that are going to be on the market.
    Besides all the adult themed items, there are going to be a wide range of marijuana sweet treats/candy for sale.
    There was a picture of the marijuana lollipops.  THE MARIJUANA LOLLIPOPS LOOK JUST LIKE THE LOLLIPOPS CHILDREN LIKE TO EAT.
    In fact, I was shocked when I saw a photo of the lollipops, because they looked just like one of the lollipops my kids brought home in their Halloween Trick or Treat bags.  I noticed always notice any Halloween candy with "unfamiliar" packaging (mostly because it comes from China and I don’t trust the ingredients.)   
    I will never know if those lollipops were marijuana lollipops…
    But PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE IS NOW LEGAL CANDY BEING SOLD IN SEATTLE WHICH CONTAINS MARIJUANA.   It’s not just lollipops and other candies either…they are are also selling Marijuana Lip Gloss.
    Of course, these items will not just stay contained in the City of Seattle…they will …be crossing state lines, so please keep an EYE OUT ON CANDY THAT YOUR CHILD/TEEN MAY BE GIVEN IN THE FUTURE.   Again, except for a label on the candy that marks it as containing marijuana (the label can easily be removed) it looks TOTALLY INNOCENT. 
    Here’s where you can read the article:–decide.html 

    • c4pfan

      That’s why this is all so stupid. 

    • blueniner

      I saw that, Geraldo had a segment on that last night.

  • wodiej

    Above All by Women of Faith

  • ZH100

    Matthew Continetti on Fox and Friends Discussing the Myths About Gov. Palin (2010)

    Myths about Sarah Palin

    1. Palin cost McCain the 2008 election.  ( true or false?)

    2. Resigning as governor was rash.  ( true or false?)

    3. Palin and the tea party are destroying the GOP.  ( true or false?)

    4. Palin is extreme.  ( true or false?)

    Watch the video for the answers.

  • Christopher H Fromme
    • $26225604

       So Tammy is still in business huh? Every now and then I think about popping in to her show, and then I remember how she acted like such an over emotional self centered child toward Sarah. We have enough of those.

    • blueniner

      I heard that live, Tammy has been filling in Laura Ingrates spot last week,David Limbaugh was on fire and on a roll, Tammy was feeding him topics and he was running with it, it was great radio.

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