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Palin’s 20 House Democrats Targets Use Her As A Fundraising Ploy

Sarah Palin Targets House Democrats

Sarah Palin Targets House Democrats

With a critical fundraising deadline approaching on Wednesday evening, a host of congressional candidates in tight races are trying to draw Sarah Palin into the race. And not just Republicans.

At least four different House Democrats, who have been specifically targeted by Palin for their health care reform votes, sent out fundraising appeals on Wednesday using the former Alaska governor to solicit donations.

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL.), in a tough race in Florida, emailed supporters the following under the title, “Help Send Sarah Palin a Message”:

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Palin Resignation Costs Alaska At Least $40,000

Sean Parnell was sworn in as Alaska's 10th governor at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on Sunday, July 26, 2009, after Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation from office before finishing her first term.

Sean Parnell was sworn in as Alaska's 10th governor at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on Sunday, July 26, 2009, after Governor Sarah Palin's resignation from office before finishing her first term.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Early estimates put the cost of Sarah Palin’s midterm resignation as Alaska governor at a minimum of $40,000, not including a special legislative session partly linked to her departure.

The preliminary figures obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show it cost the state almost $14,100 for the July 26 swearing-in ceremony of new Gov. Sean Parnell.

The price tag for moving Palin — the former GOP vice presidential candidate — and her family from the governor’s mansion in Juneau amounted to more than $3,328.

Not included in the tally is the estimated cost of more than $100,000 for a one-day special session held last month in which state lawmakers approved Palin’s surprise pick to replace Parnell as lieutenant governor.

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Troopergate Figure Files For Alaska Governor Run

French says he is filing paperwork Wednesday to run for governor.

Alaska State Senator Hollis French says he is filing paperwork Wednesday to run for governor.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State Sen. Hollis French, a major figure in last fall’s Troopergate investigation, has filed paperwork to run for governor of Alaska.

The Democrat oversaw the investigation that looked into former Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner.

Palin fired Walt Monegan in July 2008. State lawmakers launched a $100,000 investigation to determine if Palin dismissed Monegan because he would not fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper who was involved in a messy custody battle with Palin’s sister.

The investigation concluded Palin did abuse her power of office but the firing was legal because Monegan was an at-will employee.

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Sarah Palin: Bad Mother and Wife?

If former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin thought John McCain’s staffers stabbed her in the back when they tried to blame her for his loss last November, one can only imagine what she thinks these days about Levi Johnston, the father of her grandchild.

Johnston, who is weighing the many “celebrity” career options now coming his way thanks to the meteoric rise of his former mother-out-of-law, is in sharper-than-a serpent’s-tooth mode in the October issue of Vanity Fair, where he — how to put this delicately? — rips Palin a new one for what he perceives as her personal failings. The magazine said it paid him an author fee, since the story is in his own words.

Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston: Me and Mrs. Palin

Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston: Me and Mrs. Palin

In “Me and Mrs. Palin,” Johnston’s first-person account accuses Palin of being a bad mother, of being a bad wife, of not knowing how to shoot a gun, and even — get this! — of not even being a real hockey mom! (She only attended 15% of her son’s games, says Johnston, who was his teammate.)

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Levi Johnston: Lot of Divorce Talk in Palin Home

Johnston says Palin neglected parenting and governorship duties in favor of money

Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, greets Levi Johnston

Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, greets Levi Johnston

He almost became a member of the Palin family, but Levi Johnston — who fathered former Gov. Sarah Palin’s grandchild with her daughter Bristol — isn’t holding back when it comes to spilling the Alaska clan’s secrets.

“There was a lot of talk of divorce in that house … times when Sarah and Todd would mention it and sound pretty serious,” says Johnston, who turns 19 this year. (Last month, the couple denied Internet rumors of a pending divorce.)

But that wasn’t all. In a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair in its October issue, out nationally Sept. 8, the teen says that the onetime vice-presidential nominee’s frequent self-description as a “hockey mom” who put family above career was far from the truth.

“Even before she was nominated, there wasn’t much parenting in that house,” he says. “Sarah doesn’t cook, Todd doesn’t cook — the kids would do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry, and get ready for school. Most of the time Bristol would help her youngest sister with her homework, and I’d barbecue chicken or steak on the grill.”

But it was the people of Alaska who might’ve suffered worse, according to Johnston. Palin often complained that her job as governor was “too hard,” and after spending a couple weeks of being gloomy about losing the vice presidency, she focused on making money instead of the needs of Alaskans, he said.

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What Is Sarah Palin Doing Next? Addressing Deal Makers in Hong Kong, of Course

CLSA Investor Forums 'Opening Doors' will be closed to the media for Sarah Palin's speech.

CLSA, the company with the 'Opening Doors' policy, will close media access during Sarah Palin's CLSA Investor Forum keynote speech on September 23, 2009.

Quick: what do Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have in common?

Quite possibly nothing right now. But come Sept. 23, if all goes according to plan, all three will have been keynote speakers at the annual CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong.

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, a Hong Kong brokerage house, announced Monday that the former Republican candidate for the U.S. vice presidency and, until she resigned last month, governor of Alaska, will address the Sept. 21-25 event in what a news release called “her first international speaking engagement outside North America.”

Palin, who has never been to East Asia and isn’t exactly famous for her mastery of finance and international affairs, might seem an unusual choice for an event that, according to CLSA, is “Asia’s premier investment conference providing unrivaled corporate access to 1,300 global fund managers from 32 countries, representing more than $10 trillion in funds under management.” CLSA spokeswoman Simone Wheeler says orators at the forum often come from outside the securities industry. “Our keynote speakers are always notable luminaries, and they usually address subjects that go beyond finance, such as geopolitics,” she says. “Our goal is to provide investors a diversity of views.”

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Levi’s Mom Sherry Johnston Pleads Guilty – Receives 5 Years

Levi Johnston and his mother, Sherry Johnston.

Levi Johnston and his mother, Sherry Johnston.

PALMER, Alaska — The mother of the man former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has reached a plea deal in her drug case.

Sherry Johnston pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin. Five other felony counts were dropped.

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