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Palin to announce today? – Update

The rumor mill has been churning out story after story about whether or not former Vice Presidential candidate and governor Sarah Palin will make a run for the presidency in 2012 since November 2008. Do a simple Google search for “Sarah Palin to announce run” and you will find over 4 million hits with predictions for the date she will make the jump from pundit to candidate.

So why should we take seriously today’s rumor, allegedly started at Free Republic and a radio host in Des Moines, that she will announce at 12:30pm EST?

For starters, today is Constitution Day (observed). Palin has traditionally made big announcements on dates that hold significant meaning to her. Many thought she would announce during the Labor Day holiday weekend, but it turns out a day reserved for labor unions to stay home from work wasn’t particularly close to her heart. Being that there aren’t many patriotic holidays coming up before the deadline to file in South Carolina, she’s running out of chances to commandeer a holiday.

Also worthy of note is Palin’s scheduled appearance on “The Bob & Mark Show” today. Palin made a promise to the Anchorage radio duo that she would make any announcement about her run for president live on their show. You can listen live here: Kwhl.com

Finally, the chatter is incredible. Twitter blew up with “unconfirmed rumors” about Palin making her announcement today based on FreeRepublic and other sources that believe her guest spot on the Bob and Mark Show is a clear indicator of her intentions. Facebook is full of posts from Palinistas and hopefuls that today is the day. The blogs are starting to light up with speculation too. The Victory Film Group, which created the Palin documentary “Undefeated,” a video resume of sorts for Palin, also increased its presence on Twitter last night, signaling the movie makers might know something we don’t.

Whether or not this rumor, after so many before it being soundly debunked, actually comes to fruition, the Bob and Mark show is likely to have a huge national audience today.

First to put out a credible story on the potential for a Palin announcement today was Kevin DuJan at HillBuzz.org. Check out some of his research on the Palin campaign strategy here.
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Update: Sarah Palin will be calling into the show later in the program. Check back for further updates.
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Update #2: All a hoax! The rumor started by radio host Simon Conway and FreeRepublic was apparently no more than wishful thinking and speculation or a flat out lie. According to the hosts Bob & Mark, she was NOT scheduled to be on the show, though they had hundreds of requests for information and access from local and national media. The rumor spread like wildfire across Twitter, Facebook, blogs and throughout media circles over the last 24 hours.

Palinistas and pundits will have to wait a little longer for America’s favorite political punching bag to satisfy their craving for credible newsbites regarding her future plans, though Bob & Mark are likely quite pleased with the listener totals today.

Libertarian Steve Collett Launches TV Ad Campaign in CA’s 36th Congressional District Election

VENICE, Calif., May 16, 2011 — Libertarian congressional candidate Steve Collett has been airing a series of TV commercials for the Tuesday, May 17 election. Collett says he offers “win/win solutions where we actually get more by spending less.”

In the first ad Steve says, “We have 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners and we spend 43% of total world defense dollars. It’s tough to spread democracy and freedom with a gun.” The ads are running on CNN, MSNBC, The History Channel, Bravo and The Animal Planet.

In the second ad Steve is pictured with his two Great Pyrenees dogs and says, “Our war on drugs is the most costly and failed policy in U.S. history. By treating drugs as a medical rather than criminal issue, we can stop the killings in Mexico without firing a single shot.” He continues, “I believe in the right of each person to choose who they can marry and what they can do with their own body. We need to revoke the Patriot Act.”

Steve is running in an election which includes several prominent Democrats in a usually Democratic district, including teacher Marcy Winograd, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and newcomer Dan Adler. Collett is spreading a civil libertarian message which advocates marijuana decriminalization for adults, which he says discriminates against minorities and the less affluent who are disproportionately victimized by arrests, prosecution and imprisonment. Collett says, “I can out-Democrat the Democrats on civil rights. At the same time, I’m a fiscal conservative.”

Collett adds, “We are pouring our tax dollars down the drain on a military and prison industrial complex that knows no boundaries. We spend $700 billion a year on defense, which is more than the next eleven largest defense budgets put together. Republican proposals to slash Medicare and add another $100 billion to defense are a disgrace.” Prominent Republicans in the race include Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, Hermosa Beach City Councilman Kit Bobko and social conservative Craig Huey.

Collett, 56, is a Certified Public Accountant who owns his own firm in Venice and has lived in Hermosa Beach for 24 years. He projects spending approximately $50,000 on his campaign and is the only non-major party candidate who has raised enough money to require a Federal Election Commission finance report.

“We need to stop subsidizing big oil companies and others who are making record profits while paying no taxes. We need to stop cuts to education to pay for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on drugs. We need to stop forcing the middle class to pay for intrusive government activities. We need to stop trying to pay for the mess on the backs of the sick, the elderly, the children and the poor.”

Collett says his “win/win solutions can save tens of thousands of lives, reduce income taxes for a hundred million U.S. taxpayers and make a billion lives a little bit better.”

Mr. Collett is running for U.S. Congress in California’s 36th District on May 17th, 2011.

If you would like more information, or to arrange an interview with Mr. Collett, please call (424) 672-0088 or email [email protected]

Contact:

Steve Collett for Congress
1728 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, Calif. 90291
phone: (310) 477-2226
email: [email protected]
cell: (909) 641-7675