I own the website hotgovernor.com (nothing but a holding page right now). I thought about selling it and donating the money to the McCain campaign, but I am afraid whoever bought it would use it for nefarious means.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
A certain someone who got in a certain situation, was hardly mentioned in the media today. I guess having that person's significant other on state with her wasn't such a bad idea after all.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 10:33 PM
As the Weekly Standard pointed out, there is an evil smear going about, which I was able to get retracted at Washington Monthly.
The Weekly Standard pointed to this article over at edweek by Sean Cavanagh which also disproved the notion.
But I have even more information. The original smear is based on funding documents for "Special Schools". What they failed to note, besides for the movement of the Alaska Challenge Academy funding to a separate category, is that Alaska special education funding is also covered under the Department of Education and Early Development Student and School Achievement.
Gov. Sarah Palin and state lawmakers have gone ahead with an overhaul of Alaska’s school funding system that supporters predict will provide much-needed financial help to rural schools and those serving students with disabilities.
The plan, enacted in the recently concluded session of the legislature, is based on recommendations issued by a legislative task force last year. It will phase in a greater flow of money to districts outside of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, over the next five years.
Advocates for rural and remote schools have lobbied for years for more funding, in particular noting the higher fuel, transportation, and other costs associated with providing education in communities scattered across the vast state.
A second part of the measure raises spending for students with special needs to $73,840 in fiscal 2011, from the current $26,900 per student in fiscal 2008, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
The Department of Early Development Student and School Achievement is responsible for special education for Alaska schools, gifted education, and the Special Education State Personnel Development Grant which provides money to train and recruit special education teachers. These are all state funded mandates per the budget document.
In 2007, the State contributed $5,429,000 in General Funds Receipts to the department.
In the 2009 Governors budget, this was increased to $6,253,800
This was an increase of $824,000 which is a 15% increase in state funding.
How much do you want to bet this was increased before the Governor even found out about her son Trig?
Posted by TurbineGuy at 8:20 PM
Washington Monthly makes false accusations against Governor Palin.
The Washington Monthly: Fact Checking Palin
Palin: "To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House."
Sarah Palin might have changed her mind on this one recently. However, a comment here notes that Palin actually slashed funding for schools for special needs kids by 62%. Budgets: FY 2007 (pre-Palin), 2008, 2009 (all pdfs).
Now 45 seconds of googling led me to his comment over at the Washington Post blog, "The Trail"
A commenter (Jim Syar) accused Sarah Palin of reducing the special education budget by 62%. That is false. The special education budget actually increased by nearly 12%, as explained below.Burn. I posted in the comments. Check back to find out if a retraction is printed.
As Syar correctly notes, the Alaska 2007 budget for special education was $8,265,300. But that included $5,352,000 for the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy.
In the 2009 budgetary document to which Syar links, astute observers will note that there is no mention of the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. Instead, you have to look elsewhere. And guess what: There is now a specific document providing $6,082,100 for the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy.http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/EED/comp2837.pdf So combined with the $3,156,000 that Syar notes, the total is $9,238,100. A nearly 12% INCREASE, not a 62% decrease.
Posted by: SB September 3, 2008 3:38 PM
UPDATE - Washington Monthly printed a correction. Yglesias picked up the story though, and hasn't.
Also stay tuned for a post where I prove that Governor Palin significantly increased the support for special needs children even more than I have shown here.
Michelle Malkin gives me props.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 3:13 AM
Posted by TurbineGuy at 2:41 AM
Much is being made of McCain's vetting process. Let's be real folks. He went with his gut instinct, which is what the President must do in a crisis. Weigh the options and make a decision. Well I am here to tell you that the decision that the media has been decrying all weekend is starting too look like a brilliant choice.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 12:34 AM
Quotes from the comments over at Washington Monthly.
After tonight, I was so worried that I coughed up another $100 to the Obama campaign. And $10 to ActBlue.
This will test the Obama campaign.Posted by: John O on September 4, 2008 at 12:02 AM | PERMALINK
I agree with the poster who said this will launch a comeback for McCain. This speech is going to be very well reviewed, and not just on wingnut sites. The MSM is going to cream big time, and tomorrow we'll see many, many Sarah puff pieces. At minimum, tonight will end all the distracting silliness about Palin leaving the ticket. She was everything they needed her to be.
On the positive side, Barack in his speech laid down a kind of gauntlet for the Republicans when he challenged them to run a positive campaign on the issues. Now that they've done exactly the opposite, no one can blame him for responding in kind. I only hope he's capable of actually doing so.Posted by: mib8 on September 3, 2008 at 11:54 PM | PERMALINK
The chances of her leaving the ticket just dropped to approximately zero.
Yes that's true. I was wrong. She is in.
But thats the best news imaginable.
She is all about base.
But base isn't enough to win this time around.
She is an alienator and a divider.
That's the wrong tack to take in 2008.
This chick is good. But not good enough. Obama, just like in the Primary, will find another gear. Voter turn out. Voter turn out. Please don't let them steal yet another one. Please.Posted by: getready on September 3, 2008 at 11:36 PM | PERMALINK
She is all about base. But base isn't enough to win this time around. She is an alienator and a divider. That's the wrong tack to take in 2008.
It worked before, it can work again.
Sorry, kids, Governor Palin is delivering. The RNC and the fascist machine are going to go "all in on Palin". How many low-information voters can the DNC reach before November?
What will be interesting to observe is how the trad media reacts. Brooks, Coulter, Limbaugh, Boortz, Hannity, O'Reilly, Krauthammer, Broder, Will, et al, aren't going on vacation for the next 9 weeks. How tightly they embrace this ticket, and how the rest of the crew (National Enquirer included) goes about the business of journalism is going play as big a role as in 2000, 2004.
Complacency for the Democrats puts McCain and Palin in the West Wing.Posted by: GuyFromOhio on September 3, 2008 at 11:12 PM | PERMALINK
You're all wrong. This speech, despite its bullshit, is going to launch a huge McCain comeback.
Red meat for the droolers. Pitch perfect, and Biden will get hassled if he's too mean to her.
Did I mention that McCain was a POW?
I, for one, am worried. Most of the electorate doesn't give a flying shit about reality, nor do they view politics as having any impact on their lives. Think, "sporting event," or, if I may, "beauty contest."
You'll see. McCain will keep her away from the press (that groundwork is already laid) and it will be another nail-biter, despite any objective evidence for what it should be.Posted by: john O on September 3, 2008 at 11:09 PM | PERMALINK
Posted by TurbineGuy at 12:12 AM