Sarah Palin
Governor of Alaska
Sarah Palin
Sarah Louise Palin /ˈpeɪlɪn/ is an American politician, commentator and author who served as the 9th Governor of Alaska, from 2006 to 2009. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election alongside Arizona Senator John McCain, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major party and first Republican woman nominated for the vice presidency. Her book Going Rogue has sold more than two million copies.
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Bill Maher Just Made A Very Serious Point About The Trump Administration 'Circus'
Huffington Post - 7 days
Bill Maher warned people not to get distracted by the circus surrounding President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday. The “Real Time” host admitted it was “fun to watch the wheels come off the Trump car” — using the president’s 77-minute “brain fart” of a news conference the previous day as an example. But it was only amusing “until we remember we’re riding in the back,” said Maher. “Then it’s not so fucking fun any more.” Maher described the touting of Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, as ambassador to Canada as merely one of several distraction tactics. “While you’re watching the clown screw the pony, they’re breaking into your car,” said Maher. As examples of the things people are being distracted away from, he cited the confirmation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s longtime adversary Scott Pruitt as its new chief and Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser amid a ...
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Sarah Palin's Website Features Misinformation Disguised As News
Huffington Post - 15 days
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has several websites that regularly feature misinformation labeled as news. Her website, www.sarahpalin.com, features a column called “News” filled with largely aggregated stories written with a conservative slant. Those stories often feature misinformation and falsehoods ― as was the case with a story published Thursday about President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. Mary Kate Knorr, the story’s author, reported that retailer T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are “rumored to be next on the list of stores to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing line,” despite later referencing another story featuring a spokeswoman for the stores saying otherwise. Both T.J. Maxx and Marshalls deny that they are removing Trump’s clothing. The stores sent a note to employees last week instructing them not to remove clothes from the sales floor, but to take down featured displays and remove signage related to Trump’s ...
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How Young Reporters Can Help Revitalize Political Journalism In The Trump Era
Huffington Post - about 1 month
When Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in June of 2015, the typically divergent worlds of political punditry and data journalism were united in offering an unambiguous message to their viewers and readers: Do not take this man seriously. The self-assured media set in Washington and New York fell back on longstanding trends and assumptions about how elections are supposed to go. And they were bolstered by plenty of charts and algorithms from the data nerds, who joined in the conviction that Trump was more likely to give away his fortune and retire to a monastery than he was to win the 2016 Republican nomination, let alone the White House. But while just about no one saw a path to victory back then, the journalists who took a more considered approach to Trump had one thing in common: they spent most of their time on the front lines of the campaign and outside of the elite opinion bubble. Case in point: In a prescient dispatch that she filed from Manchester after ...
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Syndication 2017: The Rich Stay Rich, But Opportunities Still Exist For Newbies
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Unlike the glut of original scripted programs in primetime - an estimated 500 titles, a new record, are expected in 2017 on the combination of broadcast, cable and the digital outlets - new shows vying for national clearances in syndication at the upcoming National Association of Television Program Executives conference (aka NATPE) are actually few and far between. This should be no surprise, of course. Given the durability of first-run strips like "Judge Judy," "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy," "Dr. Phil," "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," not to mention the weekend options, there are just so many time periods to go around. But this does not mean there are no potential opportunities for the next generation of hits in syndication, particularly a concept with proven "legs" in an established category. More Long-Term Successes in First-Run Syndication Than Any Other Platform Year after year, decade after decade, the "password" in syndication is...durable. Natur ...
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The Tea Party and the Art of the Mean Joke
NYTimes - about 2 months
What Andrew Breitbart, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have in common.
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Trump and Julian Assange, an Unlikely Pair, Unite to Sow Hacking Doubts - New York Times
Google News - about 2 months
New York Times Trump and Julian Assange, an Unlikely Pair, Unite to Sow Hacking Doubts New York Times Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, last year. “Our source is not the Russian government,” he told Fox News in an interview. Credit Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press. Just a year ago, they might have seemed the oddest of couples. But now ... How Julian Assange evolved from pariah to paragonWashington Post GOP lawmakers slam Assange after Trump praise, highlighting Russia riftThe Hill Sarah Palin apologizes to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who she says 'finally opened people's eyes'AOL News Slate Magazine (blog) -New York Daily News -TheBlaze.com -New York Post all 419 news articles »
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What's To Be Done About Donald Trump's Constant Tweeting?
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Since it would appear that President-elect Donald Trump is not going to give up using his Twitter account ― which is probably the one good thing the social media company’s share value has going for it ― it would seem that journalists have a new problem: figuring a way to keep Trump’s insomniac utterances from making a complete hash of their work. That was never more apparent than it was on Tuesday, after Trump joined a pile-on that was already in progress, tweeting out (over the course of two missives): “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it / …….may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!” The story here is that on Monday night, news broke that House Republicans were, as a part of the rules-voting with which every new Congress begins its life on this earth, eyeing significant changes to the Office of ...
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Most Notable Quote Of 2016? Trump Saying He Could 'Shoot Somebody' And Not Lose Votes
Huffington Post - 2 months
The 2016 year-end cultural review has been redolent of all the absurdity, horror, frustration, and angst that dominated a year marked by Brexit, a stranger-than-fiction presidential run by Donald Trump, and reported attempts by the Russian government to sway the result of the U.S. election. Why should the 11th annual update to the Yale Book of Quotations be any different? Accordingly, number one on the list of quotes is Trump’s notorious ― and threatening ― burst of chest-puffing about the strength of his poll numbers. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” he declared at a campaign rally in Iowa on January 23.  The list of new quotes from Fred Shapiro, an associate director of the Yale Law School library, drips with outlandish Trump quotes and Hillary Clinton moments widely circulated as gaffes. The other Trump quote on the list: “I alone can fix it.” Clinton’s most notable quotes were “You could put half of Trump’s su ...
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Sherrod Brown Agrees with Vets Groups Who Want to Keep McDonald Head of the VA
NPR - 2 months
Veterans groups are urging President-elect Trump to keep former Cincinnati businessman Robert McDonald at the helm of the Department of Veterans Affairs. And, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says that would be justified. Brown, who has been a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a decade, says McDonald has done a good job straightening out long wait times and other issues since President Obama picked the former P&G chief executive in 2014. Brown says he doesn’t know if McDonald wants to remain . “It’s not my place to ask him to stay other than to urge him to stay. I know Trump has mentioned Sarah Palin, and I would make the bold assertion that Secretary McDonald would do this job better than Sarah Palin would do it.” Trump repeatedly targeted the VA when he was running, calling it “the most corrupt agency in the United States.” Some of those suggested for his VA secretary have called for an overhaul to make it easier to privatize
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The Wizard Of Id ... Dos And Don'ts In The Age Of The Democalypse
Huffington Post - 3 months
The man behind the curtain is not Donald J. Trump. In a novel twist on the theme our very own wizard of Id is standing out in front of it waving his arms about and pointing in wildly divergent directions misdirecting both the media and the public and God knows we are easily distracted. I once had a conversation with a good girlfriend about a man whom I was dating and she offered this very sage advice. "Never listen to anything a man says, he will tell you what he thinks you want to hear. Watch how his feet move: If you are thirsty does he bring you water. if you are cold does he find a way to warm you?" Smart cookie that gal. Mr. Trump's antics are familiar to anyone who has studied the rise of a Totalitarian regime. It is not his words that we must heed. it is his actions that we must monitor and deter when they threaten our laws and institutions. His refusal to receive intelligence briefings is really all you need to know. He has no intention of, and does not care to lead this cou ...
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Sarah Palin Slams Donald Trump's Carrier Deal as 'Crony Capitalism'
Huffington Post - 3 months
Tea party standard-bearer Sarah Palin, under consideration to join Donald Trump’s cabinet, has just blasted the tax deal the president-elect negotiated with Carrier, condemning it as “crony capitalism.”  Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence helped arrange $7 million in Indiana tax breaks over 10 years for Carrier in exchange for the company’s promise to keep about 800 of 1,400 jobs in the U.S. instead of moving them to Mexico. In addition, Trump threatened to impose a stiff tariff on Carrier products if they sent all of the work across the border. “Republicans oppose this, remember?” Palin wrote in an op-ed Friday on the Young Conservatives website. “Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail. “A business must have freedom to locate where it wishes,” the piece continued. “In a free market, if a business makes a mistake (including a marketing mistake that perhaps Carrier executives ...
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WATCH: 'The View': Sarah Palin Considered for Secretary of Veterans Affairs
ABC News - 3 months
"The View" co-hosts discuss the onetime VP hopeful's possible new position within the Trump administration.
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Donald Trump's Dream Diary: A Glimpse Into The Abyss
Huffington Post - 3 months
Below are undated excerpts from a “dream diary” recently found half-buried in a sand trap at a Florida golf course. The name Donald Trump is inscribed on the flyleaf in red pen, with the letter u in the shape of an adorable little heart. While a spokesman for the former reality TV star and beauty pageant owner would neither confirm nor deny that the diary is, in fact, Mr. Trump’s, he did promise to “sue the faces off of anyone in the filthy Lügenpresse” who dared publish a single entry from the leather-bound volume. Strong words. But in light of Mr. Trump’s recent Electoral College victory, we feel it is in the public interest to share these excerpts. If the diary does, in fact, belong to the man once caught on tape bragging about grabbing women’s pussies and getting away with it because he’s famous, then surely this glimpse into the president-elect’s unguarded thoughts merits attention. If, on the other hand, the diary does not belong to the man who appears to find mocking dis ...
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In The Weeks Before Trump Takes Office, Obama's Mad Dash To Save Public Lands
Huffington Post - 3 months
With less than two months before he has to vacate the White House, handing over the keys to a successor who has vowed to open more federal lands and waters to drilling and mining, President Barack Obama is making a last-ditch effort to save swathes of public land.  This week, the Department of the Interior banned gold mining on 30,000 acres of land near the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. “There are good places to mine for gold, but the doorstep of [Yellowstone] is not one of them,” said DOI Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday. Obama’s administration also cancelled more than two dozen oil and gas leases in Western Colorado earlier this month, introduced a ban on offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for at least five years and helped negotiate a settlement that canceled 32,000 acres of mining leases on Montana land considered sacred by the Blackfeet tribe. In the coming weeks, the president could push through several eleventh-hour preservation projects, reported ...
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Trump's Space Adviser Wants To Toss NASA's Climate Research Funding
Huffington Post - 3 months
Former Rep. Bob Walker, President-elect Donald Trump’s senior adviser on space policy, hopes to end NASA’s research into climate change and instead focus on “deep space” investigation, according to an interview published Wednesday in The Guardian. Walker, a Pennsylvania Republican, told the news organization that he envisions the space agency in more of “an exploration role” under Trump’s administration and would see the end of what he referred to as “politicized science.” NASA is one of the world’s leaders in climate change research, measuring global temperatures, levels of sea ice, the amount of carbon dioxide in that atmosphere and other important climate-related indicators. “My guess is that it would be difficult to stop all ongoing NASA programs, but future programs should definitely be placed with other agencies,” Walker told the Guardian. “I believe that climate research is necessary, but it has been heavily politicized, which has undermined a lot of the work that resear ...
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President-Elect Trump Seeks To Rollback Progress On The Climate
Huffington Post - 3 months
Donald Trump / Wikipedia After a vitriolic campaign that exacerbated racial and class divisions, President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president in January. Under his administration, the Republicans will be the only conservative party in the world that disputes human activity is warming the climate. He has called global warming a "bullshit hoax" invented by the Chinese to make the U.S. non-competitive. Since beginning his transition, Trump has empowered a radical climate change denier and pursued his promises to roll back President Obama's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and protect the environment. If Trump is committed to uniting the country, as he has stated, he will need to steer towards a more moderate course, given the vast majority of the country supports climate action, even 48 percent of Republicans. A poll last year found that "83 percent of Americans, including 61 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of indep ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sarah Palin
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  • 2014
    Age 50
    She had previously supported a referendum to repeal the tax cuts, which was narrowly defeated in August 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Walker and Mallott made the repeal of the tax cuts a centerpiece of their campaign. Walker and Mallott won the governorship in the November 2014 election. Prior to the 2008 Republican National Convention, a Gallup poll found that most voters were unfamiliar with Sarah Palin. During her campaign to become vice president, 39% said Palin was ready to serve as president if needed, 33% said Palin was not, and 29% had no opinion. This was "the lowest vote of confidence in a running mate since the elder George Bush chose then-Indiana senator Dan Quayle to join his ticket in 1988." Following the convention, her image came under close media scrutiny, particularly with regard to her religious perspective on public life, her socially conservative views, and her perceived lack of experience. Palin's experience in foreign and domestic politics came under criticism among conservatives as well as liberals following her nomination. At the same time, Palin became more popular than John McCain among Republicans.
    In October 2014, Palin endorsed the "unity ticket" of Independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott in the 2014 Alaska gubernatorial election, which ran against her successor and former lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell.
    More Details Hide Details The endorsement was prompted by Parnell's oil-and-gas industry tax-cuts, which dismantled her administration's "Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share" (ACES) plan.
    On July 27, 2014, Palin launched an online news network, the Sarah Palin Channel.
    More Details Hide Details Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, the third of four children (three daughters, one son) of Sarah "Sally" Heath (née Sheeran), a school secretary, and Charles R. "Chuck" Heath, a science teacher and track-and-field coach. Palin's siblings are Chuck Jr., Heather, and Molly. Palin is of English, Irish, and German ancestry. When Palin was a few months old, the family moved to Skagway, Alaska, where her father received his teaching job. They relocated to Eagle River in 1969 and finally settled in Wasilla in 1972. Palin played flute in the junior high band and then attended Wasilla High School, where she was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the girls' basketball and cross-country running teams.
    On April 3, 2014, Palin premiered her latest TV show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin, on the Sportsman Channel.
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  • 2013
    Age 49
    Fox News and Palin ended this relationship in January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details But on June 13, 2013, Palin rejoined Fox News Channel as an analyst.
  • 2012
    Age 48
    Palin's influence over the primaries nonetheless further increased speculation that she would seek to be the party's nominee for President in 2012, with political pundits like David Frum and Jonathan Chait identifying Palin as the front-runner.
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    On October 5, 2011, Palin said she had decided not to seek the Republican nomination for President.
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    In 2011 Palin said the home she had recently purchased in Scottsdale, Arizona was not a full-time residence, and denied that she was planning to run for the Arizona Senate seat of the retiring Jon Kyl.
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    In March 2011, Palin and her husband toured India at the invitation of Indian newsmagazine India Today, subsequently visiting Israel.
    More Details Hide Details During the tour she was asked about her future candidacy; she said, "I don't think there needs to be a rush to get out there as a declared candidate. It's a life-changing decision." In response to another question, she said "It's time that a woman is president of the United States of America."
  • 2010
    Age 46
    On December 8, 2010, it was reported that SarahPAC and Palin's personal credit card information were compromised through cyber attacks.
    More Details Hide Details Palin's team believed the attack was executed by Anonymous during Operation Payback. The report was met with skepticism in the blogosphere. Palin's email had been hacked once before in 2008.
    In November 2010 Palin confirmed that she was considering running for the Presidency, and was "having that discussion with my family".
    More Details Hide Details She said she realised her level of experience could cause problems with winning the nomination, and criticized the "lamestream media" for focusing attention on her personal life.
    In November 2010 HarperCollins released Palin's second book, titled America by Heart.
    More Details Hide Details The book contains excerpts from Palin's favorite speeches, sermons and literature as well as portraits of people Palin admires, including some she met in rural America on her first book tour.
    In April 2010, she was selected as one of the world's 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine.
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    On February 6, 2010, when asked on Fox News whether she would run for president in 2012, she replied, "I would be willing to if I believe that it's right for the country."
    More Details Hide Details She added, "I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future."
    In the months ahead of the November 2010 elections, Palin endorsed 64 Republican candidates, and was a significant fundraising asset to those she campaigned for during the primary season.
    More Details Hide Details According to Politico, Palin's criteria for endorsing candidates was whether they had the support of the Tea Party movement and the support of the Susan B. Anthony List. In terms of success, Palin was 7–2 for Senate endorsements; 7–6 for House endorsements; and 6–3 in endorsements of gubernatorial candidates in races that were considered 'competitive'. Palin's endorsement of Joe Miller in the August 24 Alaska primary election for U.S. Senator was identified as a pivotal moment in Miller's upset of the incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski. According to The Daily Beast reporter Shushannah Walshe, Christine O'Donnell's prospects of upsetting establishment Republican candidate Mike Castle "changed overnight" due to Palin's endorsement. O'Donnell defeated Castle in the September 14 primary for Joe Biden's former Senate seat in Delaware. Her O'Donnell endorsement further increased tensions between Palin and the Republican establishment: leading conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer described the endorsement as "reckless and irresponsible"; party strategist Karl Rove argued that her endorsement may have cost the GOP the Delaware Senate seat; and commentators including Politico's Ben Smith posited that Palin's support of O'Donnell contributed to dashing Republican hopes of regaining control of the U.S. Senate.
    She spoke at a May 2010 fundraiser for the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life political advocacy group and political action committee that supports pro-life women in politics, in which she coined the term "mama grizzly".
    More Details Hide Details Palin endorsed Nikki Haley for the Republican nomination for Governor of South Carolina three weeks before the election. At the time of the endorsement, Haley was polling last among Republicans; she ended up winning the nomination and general election.
    In the middle of 2010, Palin flagged the launch of a new "Pink Elephant Movement".
    More Details Hide Details She set about endorsing a number of female GOP candidates. Her endorsement helped Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel to take the lead in the campaign for the Republican nomination, although Handel lost the primary. Palin endorsed several female candidates nationally. Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the House Democratic campaign operation called her involvement in various U.S. House campaigns a "great thing across the board".
    On February 6, 2010, Palin was the keynote speaker at the first Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details Palin said the Tea Party movement is "the future of politics in America." She criticized Obama for rising deficits, and for "apologizing for America" in speeches in other countries. Palin said Obama was weak on the War on Terror for allowing the so-called Christmas bomber to board a plane headed for the United States. On April 16, 2011, Palin was the keynote speaker at an annual tax day tea party rally at the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. On Labor Day, September 5, 2011, Palin was the featured speaker at a Tea Party Express rally in Manchester, New Hampshire's Victory Park. She addressed a large enthusiastic crowd. Palin told the attendees that it was time to grow the Tea Party movement and it was important for them to avoid internal bickering with Establishment Republicans. She told the crowd, "The Tea Party movement is bigger than any one person and is not about any one candidate."
  • 2009
    Age 45
    In August 2009, she coined the phrase "death panel", to describe rationing of care as part of the proposed health care reform.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that it would require Americans such as her parents or her child with Down syndrome, "to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." The phrase was criticized by many Democrats and Politifact named it the "Lie of the Year of 2009" However, conservatives disputed this and defended her use of the term. In March 2010, Palin started a show to be aired on TLC called Sarah Palin's Alaska. The show was produced by Mark Burnett. Five million viewers tuned in for the premiere episode, a record for TLC. Palin also secured a segment on Fox News. Two guests that she was shown to have interviewed claimed to have never met her. Guests LL Cool J and Toby Keith stated that footage shown on the segment was actually taken from another interview with someone else, but was used in Palin's segment.
    On July 3, 2009, Palin announced that she would not run for reelection in the 2010 Alaska gubernatorial election and would resign before the end of the month.
    More Details Hide Details In her announcement, Palin stated that since August 2008, both she and the state had been spending an "insane" amount of time and money ($2.5 million) responding to "opposition research," 150 FOIA requests and 15 "frivolous" legal ethics complaints filed by "political operatives" against her. Her decision not to seek reelection and to resign from office would enable her to avoid being a lame duck politician who is ineffective and "milk" the taxpayers by drawing a paycheck and funding useless travels. She said, "I'm not putting Alaska through that ". Contrary to most reports, it has been reported that her decision had been in the works for months, accelerating as it became clear that controversies and endless ethics investigations were threatening to overshadow her legislative agenda. A source close to Palin said, "Attacks inside Alaska and largely invisible to the national media had paralyzed her administration and she was no longer able to do the job she had been elected to do. Essentially, the taxpayers were paying for Sarah to go to work every day and defend herself." Palin and her husband Todd had personally incurred more than $500,000 in legal fees defending against ethics charges brought against her as governor even though all the complaints were dismissed. Lt. Governor Sean Parnell said it "really had to do with the weight on her, the concern she had for the cost of all the ethics investigations and the like – the way that weighed on her with respect to her inability to just move forward Alaska's agenda on behalf of Alaskans in the current context of the environment."
    She made a number of media appearances as well, including a widely publicized interview on November 16, 2009, with Oprah Winfrey.
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    In November 2009, Palin released her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, in which she details her private and political career, including her resignation as Governor of Alaska. Palin said she took the title from the phrase 'gone rogue' used by McCain staffers to describe her behavior when she spoke her mind on the issues during the campaign. The subtitle, "An American Life," mirrors the title of President Ronald Reagan's 1990 autobiography.
    More Details Hide Details Less than two weeks after its release, sales of the book exceeded the one million mark, with 300,000 copies sold the first day. Its bestseller rankings were comparable to memoirs by Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Palin traveled to 11 states in a bus, with her family accompanying her, to promote the book.
    A legal defense fund was set up to help Palin challenge ethics complaints, and it had collected approximately $250,000 by mid-July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2010, Palin's defense fund was ruled illegal and will have to pay back $386,856 it collected in donations because it used Palin's position as governor to raise money for her personal gain. Palin subsequently set up a new defense fund. In the wake of the January 8, 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Palin faced criticism for her SarahPAC website's inclusion of a political graphic that included a crosshair over Giffords's district. Palin responded on her Facebook page to the criticism, saying that "Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them", equating the accusations of her role in the shooting to a "blood libel". Her response sparked a fiery debate attracting support and criticism. An ABC News-Washington Post poll found that 46% of respondents viewed Palin's response unfavorably, 30% approved and 24% had no opinion.
    On January 27, 2009, Palin formed the political action committee, SarahPAC.
    More Details Hide Details The organization, which describes itself as an advocate of energy independence, supports candidates for federal and state office. Following her resignation as governor, Palin announced her intention to campaign "on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation." It was reported that SarahPAC had raised nearly $1,000,000.
    Palin was the first guest on commentator Glenn Beck's Fox News television show on January 19, 2009, commenting on Barack Obama that he would be her president and that she would assist in any way to bring progress to the nation without abandoning her conservative views.
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  • 2008
    Age 44
    One month after McCain announced Palin as his running mate, she was viewed both more favorably and unfavorably among voters than her opponent, Delaware Senator Joe Biden. A plurality of the television audience rated Biden's performance higher at the 2008 vice-presidential debate.
    More Details Hide Details Media outlets repeated Palin's statement that she "stood up to Big Oil" when she resigned after 11 months as the head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, due to abuses she witnessed involving other Republican commissioners and their ties to energy companies and energy lobbyists, and again when she raised taxes on oil companies as governor. In turn, others have said that Palin is a "friend of Big Oil" due to her advocacy of oil exploration and development including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the de-listing of the polar bear as an endangered species. Palin was named one of America's "10 Most Fascinating People of 2008" by Barbara Walters for an ABC special on December 4, 2008.
    Beginning in November 2008, following Palin's high profile in the presidential campaign, an active "Draft Palin" movement started.
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    On August 24, 2008, during a general strategy meeting, Steve Schmidt, and a few other senior advisers to the McCain campaign, discussed potential vice presidential picks with the consensus settling around Palin.
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    On November 3, 2008, the State of Alaska Personnel Board reported that there was no probable cause to believe that Palin or any other state official had violated state ethical standards.
    More Details Hide Details The report further stated that the Branchflower Report used the wrong statute in reaching its conclusions, misconstrued the available evidence and did not consider or obtain all of the material evidence required to properly reach findings in the matter. As governor of Alaska, Palin's job approval rating ranged from a high of 93% in May 2007 to 54% in May 2009.
    The Personnel Board's three members were first appointed by Palin's predecessor, and Palin reappointed one member in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On September 19, Todd Palin and several state employees refused to honor subpoenas, the validity of which were disputed by Talis Colberg, Palin's appointee as Alaska's attorney general. On October 2, a court rejected Colberg's challenge to the subpoenas, and seven of the witnesses, not including Todd Palin, eventually testified. On October 10, 2008, the Alaska Legislative Council unanimously voted to release, without endorsing, the Branchflower Report, in which investigator Stephen Branchflower found that firing Monegan "was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority," but that Palin abused her power as governor and violated the state's Executive Branch Ethics Act when her office pressured Monegan to fire Wooten. The report stated that "Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired." The report also said that Palin "permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor's office to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired."
    In August 2008, Palin signed a bill authorizing the State of Alaska to award TransCanada Pipelines - the sole bidder to meet the state's requirements - a license to build and operate a pipeline to transport natural gas from the Alaska North Slope to the continental United States through Canada.
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    In 2008, as a vice-presidential candidate, Palin characterized her position as having told Congress "thanks, but no thanks, on that bridge to nowhere."
    More Details Hide Details A number of Ketchikan residents said that the claim was false and a betrayal of Palin's previous support for their community. Some critics said that her statement was misleading, as she had expressed support for the spending project and kept the federal money after the project was canceled. Palin was criticized for allowing construction of a 3-mile access road, built with $25 million in federal transportation funds set aside as part of the original bridge project, to continue. A spokesman for Alaska's Department of Transportation said that it was within Palin's power to cancel the road project, but noted the state was considering cheaper designs to complete the bridge project, and that in any case, the road would open up the surrounding lands for development.
    Palin dismissed Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan on July 11, 2008, citing performance-related issues, such as not being "a team player on budgeting issues" and "egregious rogue behavior."
    More Details Hide Details Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein said that the "last straw" was Monegan's planned trip to Washington, D.C., to seek funding for a new, multimillion-dollar sexual assault initiative the governor hadn't yet approved. Monegan said that he had resisted persistent pressure from Palin, her husband, and her staff, including state Attorney General Talis J. Colberg, to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law, Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten; Wooten was involved in a child custody battle with Palin's sister after a bitter divorce that included an alleged death threat against Palin's father. At one point Sarah and Todd Palin hired a private investigator to gather information, seeking to have Wooten officially disciplined. Monegan stated that he learned an internal investigation had found all but two of the allegations to be unsubstantiated, and Wooten had been disciplined for the others – an illegal moose killing and the tasering of his 11-year-old stepson, who had reportedly asked to be tasered. He told the Palins that there was nothing he could do because the matter was closed. When contacted by the press for comment, Monegan first acknowledged pressure to fire Wooten but said that he could not be certain that his own firing was connected to that issue; he later asserted that the dispute over Wooten was a major reason for his firing. Palin stated on July 17 that Monegan was not pressured to fire Wooten, nor dismissed for not doing so.
    Controversy arose after it was reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC) spent $150,000 of campaign contributions on clothing, hair styling, and makeup for Palin and her family in September 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Campaign spokespersons stated the clothing would be going to charity after the election. Palin and some media outlets blamed gender bias for the controversy. At the end of the campaign, Palin returned the clothes to the RNC. The election took place on November 4, and Obama was projected as the winner at 11:00 PM EST. In his concession speech McCain thanked Palin, calling her "one of the best campaigners I've ever seen, and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength." While aides were preparing the teleprompter for McCain's speech, they found a concession speech written for Palin by George W. Bush speechwriter Matthew Scully. Two members of McCain's staff, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, told Palin that there was no tradition of Election Night speeches by running mates, and that she would not be speaking. Palin appealed to McCain, who agreed with his staff.
    On September 3, 2008, Palin delivered a 40-minute acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention that was well received and watched by more than 40 million people.
    More Details Hide Details A Rasmussen poll taken immediately after the Convention found that 51% of Americans believed that the media was "trying to hurt" Palin with negative coverage, and 40% believed Palin to be ready for the Presidency. During the campaign, controversy erupted over alleged differences between Palin's positions as a gubernatorial candidate and her position as a vice-presidential candidate. After McCain announced Palin as his running mate, Newsweek and Time put Palin on their magazine covers, as some of the media alleged that McCain's campaign was restricting press access to Palin by allowing only three one-on-one interviews and no press conferences with her. Palin's first major interview, with Charles Gibson of ABC News, met with mixed reviews. Her interview five days later with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity went more smoothly and focused on many of the same questions from Gibson's interview. Palin's performance in her third interview with Katie Couric, of CBS News, was widely criticized; her poll numbers declined, Republicans expressed concern that she was becoming a political liability, and some conservative commentators called for Palin to resign from the Presidential ticket. Other conservatives remained ardent in their support for Palin, accusing the columnists of elitism. Following this interview, some Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Bill Kristol, questioned the McCain campaign's strategy of sheltering Palin from unscripted encounters with the press.
    As Palin was largely unknown outside Alaska before her selection by McCain, her personal life, policy positions, and political record drew intense media scrutiny. On September 1, 2008, Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was pregnant and that she would marry the father, Levi Johnston.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, some Republicans felt that Palin was being unfairly attacked by the media. Timothy Noah of Slate magazine predicted that Palin's acceptance speech would be "wildly overpraised" and might end speculation that she was unqualified for the job of vice president because the press had been beating her up for "various trivial shortcomings" and had lowered the expectations for her speech.
    According to Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for McCain, he had previously met Palin at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington in February 2008 and had come away "extraordinarily impressed."
    More Details Hide Details Palin was the only prospective running mate who had a face-to-face interview with McCain to discuss joining the ticket that week. Nonetheless, Palin's selection was a surprise to many because a main criticism he had of Obama was his lack of experience, and speculation had centered on other candidates, such as Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. On August 29, in Dayton, Ohio, McCain announced he had chosen Palin as his running mate, making her the first Alaskan and the second woman to run on a major U.S. party ticket.
    Alaska's federal congressional representatives cut back on pork-barrel project requests during Palin's time as governor; despite this, in 2008 Alaska was still the largest per-capita recipient of federal earmarks, requesting nearly $750 million in special federal spending over a period of two years.
    More Details Hide Details While there is no state sales tax or income tax in Alaska, royalty revenues from the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field (consisting mostly of state-owned lands) have funded large state budgets since 1980, with the exact amounts largely dependent upon the prevailing price of petroleum. As a result, state revenues doubled to $10 billion in 2008. For the 2009 budget, Palin gave a list of 31 proposed federal earmarks or requests for funding, totaling $197 million, to Alaska's senior U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. Palin has stated that her decreasing support for federal funding was a source of friction between her and the state's congressional delegation; Palin requested less in federal funding each year than her predecessor Frank Murkowski requested in his last year.
    In her State of the State address on January 17, 2008, Palin declared that the people of Alaska "can and must continue to develop our economy, because we cannot and must not rely so heavily on federal government funding."
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    In 2008, Palin vetoed $286 million, cutting or reducing funding for 350 projects from the FY09 capital budget.
    More Details Hide Details Palin followed through on a campaign promise to sell the Westwind II jet, a purchase made by the Murkowski administration for $2.7 million in 2005 against the wishes of the legislature. In August 2007, the jet was listed on eBay, but the sale fell through, and the plane later sold for $2.1 million through a private brokerage firm. Palin lived in Juneau during the legislative session and lived in Wasilla and worked out of offices in Anchorage the rest of the year. Since the office in Anchorage is 565 miles from Juneau, while she worked there, state officials said she was permitted to claim a $58 per diem travel allowance, which she took (a total of $16,951), and to reimbursement for hotels, which she did not, choosing instead to drive about 50 miles to her home in Wasilla. She elected not to use the former governor's private chef. Republicans and Democrats criticized Palin for taking the per diem and $43,490 in travel expenses on occasions when her family accompanied her on state business. Palin's staffers responded that these practices were in line with state policy, that her gubernatorial expenses were 80% below those of Murkowski, her predecessor, and that "many of the hundreds of invitations Palin receives include requests for her to bring her family, placing the definition of 'state business' with the party extending the invitation." In February 2009, the State of Alaska, reversing a policy that had treated the payments as legitimate business expenses under the Internal Revenue Code, decided that per diems paid to state employees for stays in their own homes will be treated as taxable income and will be included in employees' gross income on their W-2 forms.
    In 2008, Wasilla's current mayor credited Palin's 75 percent property tax cuts and infrastructure improvements with bringing "big-box stores" and 50,000 shoppers per day to Wasilla.
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    As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 election running with the Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major political party and the first Republican woman nominated for the vice presidency.
    More Details Hide Details Her book Going Rogue has sold more than two million copies.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    In June 2007, Palin signed a record $6.6 billion operating budget into law.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time, she used her veto power to make the second-largest cuts of the capital budget in state history. The $237 million in cuts represented over 300 local projects and reduced the capital budget to $1.6 billion.
    She signed the resulting legislation in July 2007, calling it a "first step" and declaring that she remained determined to clean up Alaska politics.
    More Details Hide Details Palin frequently broke with the Alaskan Republican establishment. For example, she endorsed Parnell's bid to unseat the state's longtime at-large U.S. Representative, Don Young, and she publicly challenged then-U.S. Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the federal investigation into his financial dealings. Shortly before his July 2008 indictment, she held a joint news conference with Stevens, described by The Washington Post as intended to "make clear she had not abandoned him politically." She promoted the development of oil and natural-gas resources in Alaska, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Proposals to drill for oil in ANWR have occasioned national debate. In 2006, Palin obtained a passport and in 2007 traveled for the first time outside of North America on a trip to Kuwait. There she visited the Khabari Alawazem Crossing at the Kuwait–Iraq border and met with members of the Alaska National Guard at several bases. On her return journey she visited injured soldiers in Germany.
    In March 2007, Palin's office announced that a bounty of $150 per wolf would be paid to the 180 volunteer pilots and gunners in five areas of Alaska to offset fuel costs. In the prior four years, 607 wolves had been killed. State biologists wanted 382 to 664 wolves to be killed by the end of the predator-control season in April 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Wildlife activists sued the state, and a state judge declared the bounty illegal on the basis that a bounty would have to be offered by the Board of Game and not by the Department of Fish and Game. On August 26, 2008, Alaskans voted against ending the state's predator control program.
    Monegan said the subject of Wooten came up when he invited Palin to a birthday party for his cousin, state senator Lyman Hoffman, in February 2007 during the legislative session in Juneau. "As we were walking down the stairs in the capitol building she wanted to talk to me about her former brother-in-law," Monegan said. "I said, 'Ma'am, I need to keep you at arm's length with this.
    More Details Hide Details I can't deal about him with you. She said, 'OK, that's a good idea.'"
    Polls taken in 2007 showed her with 93% and 89% popularity among all voters, which led some media outlets to call her "the most popular governor in America."
    More Details Hide Details A poll taken in late September 2008 after Palin was named to the national Republican ticket showed her popularity in Alaska at 68%. A poll taken in May 2009 showed Palin's popularity among Alaskans was at 54% positive and 41.6% negative. Palin declared that top priorities of her administration would be resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development. She had championed ethics reform throughout her election campaign. Her first legislative action after taking office was to push for a bipartisan ethics reform bill.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    She took office on December 4, 2006, and for most of her term was very popular with Alaska voters.
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    In 2006, running on a clean-government platform, Palin defeated incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
    More Details Hide Details Her running mate was Sean Parnell. In the November election Palin was outspent but victorious, defeating former Democratic governor Tony Knowles by a margin of 48.3% to 40.9%. She became Alaska's first female governor and, at the age of 42, the youngest governor in Alaskan history, the state's first governor to have been born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood, and the first not to be inaugurated in Juneau (she chose to have the ceremony held in Fairbanks instead).
    The youngest person and first woman to be elected Governor of Alaska, Palin held the office from December 2006 until her resignation in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Since leaving office, she has endorsed and campaigned for the Tea Party movement as well as several candidates in multiple election cycles. From 2010 to 2015, she provided political commentary for Fox News.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    Kopp, the former Kenai chief of police, resigned July 25 following disclosure of a 2005 sexual harassment complaint and letter of reprimand against him.
    More Details Hide Details Monegan said that he did not receive a severance package from the state. On August 1, 2008, the Alaska Legislature hired an investigator, Stephen Branchflower, to review the Monegan dismissal. Legislators stated that Palin had the legal authority to fire Monegan, but they wanted to know whether her action had been motivated by anger at Monegan for not firing Wooten. The atmosphere was bipartisan and Palin pledged to cooperate. Wooten remained employed as a state trooper. She placed an aide on paid leave due to a tape-recorded phone conversation that she deemed improper, in which the aide, appearing to act on her behalf, complained to a trooper that Wooten had not been fired. Several weeks after the start of what the media referred to as "troopergate", Palin was chosen as John McCain's running mate. On September 1, Palin asked the legislature to drop its investigation, saying that the state Personnel Board had jurisdiction over ethics issues.
    In 2005, before Palin was elected governor, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that contained a $442-million earmark for constructing two Alaska bridges.
    More Details Hide Details The Gravina Island Bridge, intended to provide a link between the Ketchikan airport on Gravina Island and the city of Ketchikan at a cost of $233 million in federal grant money, received nationwide attention as a symbol of pork-barrel spending. As the island only has a population of 50, the bridge became known as the "Bridge to Nowhere." The public furor led to Congress removing the earmarks, but retaining the allotted funds to Alaska as part of its general transportation fund. In 2006, Palin ran for governor with a "build-the-bridge" plank in her platform, saying she would "not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project... into something that's so negative." Palin criticized the use of the word "nowhere" as insulting to local residents and urged speedy work on building the infrastructure "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 40
    In 2004, Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that she had decided not to run for the U.S. Senate that year against the Republican incumbent, Lisa Murkowski, because her teenage son opposed it.
    More Details Hide Details Palin said, "How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. Senator?"
    Palin resigned in January 2004 and put her protests against Ruedrich's "lack of ethics" into the public arena by filing a public complaint against Ruedrich, who was then fined $12,000.
    More Details Hide Details She joined with Democratic legislator Eric Croft in complaining that Gregg Renkes, then the attorney general of Alaska, had a financial conflict of interest in negotiating a coal exporting trade agreement. Renkes also resigned his post.
  • 2003
    Age 39
    From 2003 to June 2005, Palin served as one of three directors of "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group designed to provide political training for Republican women in Alaska.
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    By November 2003 she was filing nonpublic ethics complaints with the state attorney general and the governor against a fellow commission member, Randy Ruedrich, a former petroleum engineer and at the time the chair of the state Republican Party. He was forced to resign in November 2003.
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    Governor Murkowski offered other jobs to Palin, and in February 2003 she accepted an appointment to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which oversees Alaska's oil and gas fields for safety and efficiency.
    More Details Hide Details While she had little background in the area, she said she wanted to learn more about the oil industry and was named chair of the commission and ethics supervisor.
  • 2002
    Age 38
    In 2002, Palin ran for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a five-way Republican primary. Following her defeat, she campaigned throughout the state for the nominated Republican governor-lieutenant governor ticket of Frank Murkowski and Leman. Murkowski and Leman won and Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in December 2002 to assume the governorship.
    More Details Hide Details Palin was said to be on the "short list" of possible appointees to Murkowski's U.S. Senate seat, but Murkowski ultimately appointed his daughter, State Representative Lisa Murkowski, as his successor in the Senate.
  • 1999
    Age 35
    She was elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors in 1999.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    In October 1996, Palin asked library director Mary Ellen Emmons if she would object to the removal of a book from the library if people were picketing to have the book removed.
    More Details Hide Details Emmons responded that she would, and others as well. Palin stated that she had not been proposing censorship but had been discussing many issues with her staff that were "both rhetorical and realistic in nature." No attempt was made to remove books from the library during Palin's tenure as mayor. Palin said she fired Police Chief Irl Stambaugh because he did not fully support her efforts to govern the city. Stambaugh filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination and violation of his free speech rights. The judge dismissed Stambaugh's lawsuit, holding that the police chief served at the discretion of the mayor and could be terminated for nearly any reason, even a political one, and ordered Stambaugh to pay Palin's legal fees. During her second term as mayor, Palin proposed and promoted the construction of a municipal sports center to be financed by a .5% sales tax increase and $14.7 million bond issue. Voters approved the measure by a 20-vote margin, and the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex (later named the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center) was built on time and under budget. However, the city spent an additional $1.3 million because of an eminent domain lawsuit caused by the city's failure to obtain clear title to the property before beginning construction. The city's long-term debt grew from about $1 million to $25 million because of expenditures of $15 million for the sports complex, $5.5 million for street projects, and $3 million for water improvement projects.
    Soon after taking office in October 1996, Palin eliminated the position of museum director and asked for updated resumes and resignation letters from "city department heads who had been loyal to Stein", including the police chief, public works director, finance director, and librarian.
    More Details Hide Details Palin stated this request was to find out their intentions and whether they supported her. She temporarily required department heads to get her approval before talking to reporters, saying they first needed to become acquainted with her administration's policies. She created the position of city administrator and reduced her own $68,000 salary by 10%, although by mid 1998 this was reversed by the city council.
    Concerned that revenue from a new Wasilla sales tax would not be spent wisely, Palin ran for mayor of Wasilla in 1996, defeating incumbent mayor John Stein 651 to 440 votes.
    More Details Hide Details Her biographer described her campaign as targeting wasteful spending and high taxes; her opponent, Stein, said that Palin introduced abortion, gun rights, and term limits as campaign issues. The election was nonpartisan, though the state Republican Party ran advertisements for Palin. She ran for reelection against Stein in 1999 and won, 909 votes to 292. In 2002, she completed the second of the two consecutive three-year terms allowed by the city charter.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 28
    Using income generated by a 2% sales tax that had been approved by Wasilla voters in October 1992, Palin cut property taxes by 75% and eliminated personal property and business inventory taxes.
    More Details Hide Details Using municipal bonds, she made improvements to the roads and sewers and increased funding to the police department. She oversaw creation of new bike paths and procured funding for storm-water treatment to protect freshwater resources. At the same time, she shrank the local museum's budget and deterred talk of a new library and city hall.
    Palin was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992, winning 530 votes to 310.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout her tenure on the city council and the rest of her political career, Palin has been a Republican since registering in 1982.
    She was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992 and became Mayor of Wasilla in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, after an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor, she was appointed chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, responsible for overseeing the state's oil and gas fields for safety and efficiency.
  • 1989
    Age 25
    Following the birth of their first child in April 1989, she helped in her husband's commercial fishing business.
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  • 1988
    Age 24
    Sarah and Todd Palin married on August 29, 1988, and they have five children: sons Track Cj (born April 1989) and Trig Paxson Van (born April 2008), and daughters Bristol Sheeran Marie (born October 1990), Willow Bianca Faye (born 1994), and Piper Indi Grace (born 2001).
    More Details Hide Details Palin's youngest child, Trig, born April 2008, was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. Palin has three grandchildren, two by Bristol, and one by Track. Her husband Todd worked for the British oil company BP as an oil-field production operator, retiring in 2009, and owns a commercial fishing business. Palin was "baptized Catholic as a newborn" as her mother, Sally, had been raised Catholic. However, the Heath family "started going to non-denominational churches" thereafter. Later, her family joined the Wasilla Assembly of God, a Pentecostal church, which she attended until 2002. Palin then switched to the Wasilla Bible Church. When in Juneau, she attends Juneau Christian Center, an Assembly of God church. Several news reports posted immediately after McCain named her his running mate called her the first Pentecostal/charismatic believer to appear on a major-party ticket. Palin does not use the term "Pentecostal" but says she is a "Bible-believing Christian".
    In August 1988, she eloped with her high school sweetheart, Todd Palin.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Palin returned to the University of Idaho in January 1986 and received her bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism in May 1987.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2008, the Alumni Association of North Idaho College gave Palin its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. After graduation, she worked as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in Anchorage and as a sports reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, fulfilling an early ambition.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 20
    She enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow for an academic year starting in August 1984 and then attended Matanuska-Susitna College in Alaska in the fall of 1985.
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  • 1982
    Age 18
    Shortly after arriving in Hawaii, Palin transferred to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu for a semester in the fall of 1982 and then to North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d'Alene, for the spring and fall semesters of 1983.
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    After graduating from high school in 1982, Palin enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
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    During her senior year, she was co-captain and point guard of the basketball team that won the 1982 Alaska state championship, earning the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" for her competitive streak.
    More Details Hide Details In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant, then finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant. She played the flute in the talent portion of the contest. One author reports that she received the Miss Congeniality award in the Miss Wasilla contest (but this is disputed by another contestant and classmate of Palin's) and a college scholarship.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 0
    Born on February 11, 1964.
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