Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Palin leads in 2012 Kentucky Primary Poll

Kentucky Republicans
Survey of 800 likely Republican voters
Conservative (62%)/Libertarian (21%)/Moderate (17%)

Q1: If the 2012 republican primary was held today who would you vote for?

Sarah Palin 24.89%
Mike Huckabee 21.09%
Mitt Romney 18.44%
Newt Gingrich 10.01%
Ron Paul 5.24%
Tim Pawlenty 2.03%
Not Sure/Undecided: 19.09%

Q2: Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Sarah Palin?

Favorable: 79%
Unfavorable: 14%
Not sure/Undecided:7%

Among Moderate Republicans
Favorable: 27%
Unfavorable: 58%
Not sure/Undecided: 15%

Among Conservative Republicans
Favorable: 86%
Unfavorable: 8%
Not sure/Undecided: 6%

Among Libertarian Republicans
Favorable: 69%
Unfavorable: 20%
Not sure/Undecided: 11%

Q3: Who do you support in the 2010 Kentucky senate primary?

Rand Paul: 48%
Trey Grayson: 19%
Bill Johnson: 12%
Not sure/Undecided: 20%

Republican PACs gear up for 2012

The battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination quietly began last year — maybe not for the candidates, but for their political groups.

Sarah Palin’s committee paid more than $50,000 for policy advice in the second half of 2009, during which Tim Pawlenty’s and Mike Huckabee’s spent nearly $97,000 combined on fundraising lists. Newt Gingrich’s dropped $585,000 to jet him across the country. Mitt Romney’s doled out $17,500 to New Hampshire pols and causes.

The stated mission of the committees was to boost Republican candidates, rebuild the party and advance conservative policies. But an examination of recently filed finance reports covering the second half of 2009 shows that the groups also are serving to boost their leaders’ viability as White House hopefuls and build political operations that could launch their runs.

Palin’s political action committee paid $21,000 to Kim Daniels, a Maryland lawyer who is an expert on health care “rights of conscience,” for domestic policy advice, and an additional $30,000 to the lobbying and consulting firm of Randy Scheunemann for foreign policy advice. The two helped the former Alaska governor craft a paid speech in Hong Kong in September, which was interpreted as an effort to develop a more polished public policy profile.

In the final six months of last year, the PACs founded by Pawlenty and Huckabee — a governor and a former governor who have been criticized for their lack of national fundraising network — paid $52,000 and $45,000, respectively, to rent or buy fundraising lists.

Meanwhile, Gingrich’s committee spent hundreds of thousands on charter flights to get the former House speaker to speaking engagements across the country.

And the network of PACs led by Romney, the former Massachusetts governor whose presidential ambitions hinge largely on his ability to win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, in 2009 contributed $17,500 to candidates and committees in the Granite State.

Jason Torchinsky, a Republican campaign finance lawyer, said that almost anyone thinking seriously about running for president in 2012 should have already started some form of political nonprofit.

“Over the last 20 years, this has become the pattern for people thinking about running for president,” said Torchinsky. “It certainly makes things easier if they decide to become a candidate later this year or early next year, because they will have built a donor list and relationships with local officials and party activists, as well as consultants.”

Between July 1 and the beginning of this year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Romney’s PAC (Free and Strong America) brought in more than $1.6 million, Palin’s (Sarah PAC) raised nearly $1.4 million, Huckabee’s (Huck PAC) raised $519,000 and Pawlenty’s (Freedom First) raked in nearly $1.3 million, though it’s only been up and running for three months.

But according to a report filed with the Internal Revenue Service, Gingrich’s group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, lapped them all, raising $6.4 million in the second half of the year.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Palin to keynote Center for Arizona Policy event

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, now a Fox News commentator, will headline a Center for Arizona Policy event in Glendale in April

Palin will be the keynote speaker at a CAP dinner April 24 at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel & Spa, according to CAP President Cathi Herrod. The socially conservative group led the 2008 state ballot measure banning same-sex marriages.

Palin was U.S. Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race. She is very popular among conservatives, but is one of the more polarizing figures in American politics

She also is slated to be in Arizona in March to campaign with McCain as he runs for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

Daily Kos Poll

1. Sarah Palin 16%

2. Mitt Romney 11%

3. Dick Cheney 10%

4. Newt Gingrich 7%

4. Mike Huckabee 7%

6. Tim Pawlenty 3%

7. Ron Paul 2%

7. John Thune 2%

GOP12: Will Palin fans revolt against Whitman?

With Mike Murphy's sudden role in the Meg Whitman campaign becoming very public, conservative blogger John Hawkins is echoing a sentiment I've been seeing percolate on Sarah Palin message boards.

Hawkins (ea):

So when Meg Whitman, who's running for governor, chose to hire Mike Murphy, what does it say?

It says that she holds Sarah Palin's many fans in the Republican party in absolute contempt. She thinks so little of them and feels their support is so unwanted for her campaign, that she's going to hire a guy like Mike Murphy, who made more of a name for himself trashing Sarah Palin than he did working for the McCain campaign.

Well, here's what I say: Any candidate who hires Mike Murphy, Steve Schmidt, or Nicolle Wallace -- the McCain staffers who trashed Palin -- that candidate is dead to me.

Trouble for Whitman? Probably not. This is California we're talking about. In fact, if Whitman makes it past the primary, she might welcome words like these.

Already, Whitman seems to have taken steps to distance herself from Palin (e.g. avoiding mentioning her name altogether in her recent book, and adroitly pivoting from a probing question on Morning Joe), while Democrats are beginning to try to tie the two together.

Carla Marinucci, in December 2009:

California's 700,000-member progressive Courage Campaign has Palin as its marquee name in a fundraising letter that's out this week.... That's right, the organization's new fundraising push lambastes GOP candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as -- ouch! -- "California's Sarah Palin.''

Monday, February 1, 2010

Palin SLAMS Rambo Dead Fish Rahm Emanuel

The newly-released mind-boggling, record-smashing $3,400,000,000,000 federal budget invites plenty of opportunity to debate the merits of incurring more and more debt that will drown the next generation of Americans. Never has it been possible to spend your way out of debt. So... let the debate begin.

Included in the debate process will be opportunities for our president to deliberate internally the wisdom of this debt explosion, along with other economic, military and social issues facing our country. Our president will discuss these important issues with Democrat leaders and those within his inner circle. I would ask the president to show decency in this process by eliminating one member of that inner circle, Mr. Rahm Emanuel, and not allow Rahm’s continued indecent tactics to cloud efforts. Yes, Rahm is known for his caustic, crude references about those with whom he disagrees, but his recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm’s recent sick and offensive tactic.

The Obama Administration’s Chief of Staff scolded participants, calling them, “F---ing retarded,” according to several participants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.

A patriot in North Andover, Massachusetts, notified me of Rahm’s “retarded” slam. I join this gentleman, who is the father of a beautiful child born with Down Syndrome, in asking why the Special Olympics, National Down Syndrome Society and other groups condemning Rahm’s degrading scolding have been completely ignored by the White House. No comment from his boss, the president?

As my friend in North Andover says, “This isn’t about politics; it’s about decency. I am not speaking as a political figure but as a parent and as an everyday American wanting my child to grow up in a country free from mindless prejudice and discrimination, free from gratuitous insults of people who are ostensibly smart enough to know better... Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

Mr. President, you can do better, and our country deserves better.

- Sarah Palin

Why Tampa Should Host The 2012 Convention.

"Associated Press has reported that Phoenix and Salt Lake City will join Tampa as possible locations"

OK. first. Why the heck would we want to host the convention in a SOLID red state like Utah!? Does the RNC want to nominate Mitt Romney in Mormon land or something?

second. (in case your wondering)I may be a secular conservative, but I got nothing against Mormons.

third, Arizona would be ok, but not as good as Tampa.

forth, a RNC source says this about Tampa:

"I think Tampa is right there," said Joe Gruters, chairman of the Sarasota Republican Party. "And I think Florida over the last two presidential cycles has proven how important it is and Florida may once again become the swing state and that's why I think at the end of the day they'll choose Florida."

DUH! FL should be the host state every year imo :P

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Sarah Palin endorses Rand Paul!!

National political icon and conservative leader Sarah Palin has endorsed Dr. Rand Paul in his bid for United States Senate from Kentucky. The Paul campaign has received a generous donation from Governor Palin’s PAC.

Sarah Palin has clearly seen that Rand Paul supports smaller, constitutional government and is taking the fight to the career politicians and will shake up the tax and spend crowd in Washington D.C.

“Governor Palin is providing tremendous leadership as the Tea Party movement and constitutional conservatives strive to take our country back,” Rand said.

“Sarah Palin is a giant in American politics. I am proud to receive her support.”

“I’m trying to go to Washington to fight to lower taxes and spending, and for term limits and balanced budgets. I will go to protect the lives of our unborn children,” Rand said.

“I will strive to capitalize on the support of Governor Palin and so many others to go to Washington and fight for liberty and limited government and put an end to the current climate of insider politics, runaway deficits and out-of-control growth of government.”

Sarah Palin’s endorsement is another major success in a long list of achievements for the Paul campaign. Dr. Paul was recently identified as one of the five most important candidates to support by Dick Armey, Freedom Works and the National Tea Party Movement. Dr. Paul has also received endorsements from Concerned Women for America, Gun Owners of America, Steve Forbes and,

Recent independent polls show Rand holding a double digit lead in the Republican primary and large leads over either Democratic opponent. Rand Paul has raised over $1.8 million dollars, including over $650,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009.