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#Sarah Palin

ON A RECENT trip to a fishing village in Alaska, former governor Sarah Palin came in for some heavy criticism from a local teacher.

The woman, who had erected a 30-foot banner marked “Worst governor ever” in honour of Palin’s visit, accused her of sacrificing her political promises. She said Palin was building her celebrity status instead of focusing on the promises she had made when sworn into office.

One of Palin’s group, not identified, tries to block the camera at several points during the confrontation:

Local resident Shannyn Moore has posted a transcript of the encounter here.

ALASKA’S FORMER GOVERNOR is reportedly so angry over her daughter’s decision to marry the man she broke up with a year ago, that she won’t attend their wedding. Bristol Palin, 19, and Levi Johnston, 20, are due to marry later this summer.

US celebrity news site PopEater writes that Bristol has even asked her mother to forego a gift and just attend the wedding.

The former US vice-presidential candidate was very public with her criticism of Johnston after he fell out with her daughter last year. She referred to his magazine photoshoots as an “aspiring porn career” in an interview with Oprah.

The couple reunited after meeting to discuss custody of their 18-month-old son, Tripp. The pair then decided to make their reunion and pending nuptials public in an Us magazine exclusive – before telling Sarah.

She wasn’t the only one left in the dark. Apparently, Johnston’s mother didn’t know either, and is no more impressed with the arrangement than Bristol’s mother. She said was heartbroken by the way she found out about the engagement.

Instead of hearing the news fro her son, her daughter had shown her the cover of the magazine which announced their engagement.

SARAH PALIN’S already having trouble with Twitter, just imagine how things will be if the former Alaskan Govenor becomes US President.

Palin ran into a few difficulties yesterday as she attempted to tweet. Despite only having to type 140 characters, she made three attempts to tweet before posting an error-free entry to her 193,000 followers.

In her first effort, she asked “peaceful Muslims to “pls refudiate” the mosque. Refudiate? It seems Sarah Palin has been inventing words – George Bush style.

In her second attempt she used “refute” incorrectly, calling on “peaceful New Yorkers to “refute the Ground Zero mosque plan”. Palin then removed both messages before settling on a third tweet “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real”

But Palin hasn’t shied away from the controversy later tweeting “Refudiate,” “misunderestimate,” “wee-wee’d up.” English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!

We look forward to further refudiations!

BRISTOL PALIN has reunited with her former beau, Levi Johnston, after a huge public bust-up and the pair are heading up the aisle. News of their second engagement came via an interview with Us Weekly, which may also have been where Sarah Palin first heard the news.

The couple broke up last year, but reunited when meeting to discuss custody of their son, Tripp. The couples don’t plan to hang around on the wedding plans. They have planned a short six-week engagement before their nuptials, and had not yet broken the news to Bristol’s mother.

So, what will Sarah Palin make of the wedding plans? The former vice-presidential candidate has made no secret of her dislike of Johnston. In an interview with Oprah last year she referred to him as “Ricky Hollywood” and said he had an “aspiring porn” career.

Johnston, 20, hasn’t held back himself in the past either, criticising Sarah for pushing Bristol into the limelight. He even said that Sarah Palin tried to get him arrested:

Recently, though he recanted all of the negative comments he made about Sarah Palin and her family in a recent People magazine interview. He said he apologised for lies he told about them after splitting up with Bristol last year. He boiled his untrue statements down to “youthful indiscretion”.

SARAH PALIN has raised almost a million dollars in the past three months, as she prepares to take a bid at the White House in 2012.

The former Alaskan governor and vice-presidential nominee raised $865,815 in the second quarter of 2010, according to a financial disclosure from her political committee.

In a sign that Palin has learned from the successful campaigning tactics of Barack Obama, most of the donations came in small piecemeal donations – with $659,000 being listed as ‘unitemised’, or relatively minor, payments.

It is understood that Palin (46), who previously only employed a modest political team, has begun to hire more advisers and has begun to splash out on highly thought-of speechwriters as she grooms her public image.

Palin is also thought to be helping to bankroll the campaigns of some Republican candidates running for Congress in this November’s midterm elections, who in turn would help support her bid for the presidency.

The disclosures show she gave $87,500 to a variety of candidates, with most receiving between $2,500 and $5,000 each.

Palin is spearheading what she calls a stampede of “pink elephants” (female Republican candidates) through Washington in November.

Palin is not to the forefront in the fundraising stakes, however – 2008 candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has almost double Palin’s cash on hand and in contributions to other Republican campaigns.