Palin's too busy being a Fox News blabber mouth and spokesman for the stupid. Plus where is she going to find the time to both challenge Senator Mark Begich (D. AK) and Tweet?"Do the words 'Senator Sarah Palin' excite you?"
That's the opening line of a recent email by The Tea Party Leadership Fund, which is trying to draft the former Alaska governor and past Fox News commentator to run for the Senate in 2014. The fund argues Palin has a clear path to victory in part due to recent polling showing incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, with less than 50 percent of the vote.
But, it being a draft, the group hasn't talked with Palin about whether or not she's interested. And Palin – whose PAC didn't respond to request for comment from Whispers – is believed to be currently residing in Arizona, not Alaska. The fund's Niger Innis says the interest of Tea Party members in a Palin run, however, is clear.
"We didn't know that [the draft] was going to catch fire to the degree that it has. And what that tells us is that this is just the beginning," he says. "It's gone viral." - U.S. News, 4/30/13
Plus the tea baggers already have their guy:As the country’s media, entertainment and political elite gathered in Washington, D.C., for the annual roast that is the White House Correspondents Dinner, Palin could not resist lobbing darts from afar.
“Yuk it up media and pols,” she tweeted. “While America is buried in taxes and a fight for our rights, the permanent political class in DC dresses up and has a prom to make fun of themselves. No need for that, we get the real joke.”
She panned the event again in a second tweet: “That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns thrown themselves a #nerdprom.”
Palin can take any position she wants on the wisdom of “media and pols” yukking it up on their night off. (I thought the president was pretty funny, especially his joke about not being “the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.” Palin, who once charmed the country with her joke about hockey moms and pitbulls, now seems oblivious to the power of the self-deprecating joke.) - LA Times, 4/29/13
I doubt anything will come of this. I wouldn't be surprised if Palin was already looking to run for President in 2016. Plus PPP showed back in February that Begich could easily beat Palin:Tea-party-backed Alaska Republican Joe Miller is looking at a run for Senate in 2014, forming an exploratory committee to judge whether he can generate enough political and financial support.
“The choice before Alaskans in 2014 will be stark,” Miller wrote in a blog post on his website Sunday night announcing the move. “Voters must choose between the easy lies of an insider politician or the hard truth of a reformer.”
If he runs and secures the nomination, Miller would face Democrat Mark Begich. Miller defeated GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a 2010 primary, but lost in the general election when Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate. Miller’s general election campaign was plagued by gaffes, including the handcuffing of a local journalist. - Politico, 4/15/13
Begich's number may have taken a hit after voting agains background checks but it's not enough to make voters in Alaska choose Palin over him. Meanwhile, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is turning to Begich for help:In hypothetical head to heads Begich leads Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan 47/41, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell 47/39, former Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman 50/40, former Governor Sarah Palin 54/38, and 2010 nominee Joe Miller 58/30. Palin's numbers are a reflection of her continuing to be very unpopular on the home front- 34% of voters see her positively to 59% with a negative opinion. She looks popular by comparison to Miller though- he has only a 20% favorability rating with 63% of voters giving him poor marks. - PPP, 2/7/13
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has planned furloughs over the summer for National Weather Service employees, a union representative in Fairbanks said.
Furloughs around the country that will affect the 200 employees in Alaska, said meteorologist Jim Brader, a representative of the National Weather Service Employees Organization.
The furloughs are planned to save money, but the public could see less reliable weather information as a result, he said.
"When furloughs occur, things like aviation and marine forecasts and flood warnings will not be as good and the public could suffer harm," Brader said.
The union contends furloughs will save $6.6 million out of a $1 billion nationwide budget and are not necessary.
The union has appealed to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, for assistance and suggested that the agency shift money from grant funds to avoid furloughs. Anchorage Daily News, 4/30/13