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Unformatted text preview: About Palin Sarah Palin was born on February 11, 1964, she is now 44 years old. Palin was born Sarah Louise Heath in Sandpoint, Idaho, the third of four children of Sarah Heath, a school secretary, and Charles R. Heath, a science teacher and track coach. About Palin Palin's family moved to Alaska when she was an infant. As a child, she likes to run with her parents very much. She once won the beauty competition Palin, a selfdescribed Palin's Personal life "hockey mom", is a mother of five. She enjoys hunting, ice fishing and riding snowmobiles. She has also completed a marathon in just under 4 hours. highschool boyfriend, Todd Palin, on August 29, 1988, when she was 24 years old. Todd works for BP as an oil field production operator and owns a commercial fishing business. The family lives in Wasilla. Sarah Palin eloped with her Personal life The couple have five children: sons Track (b. 1989) and Trig (b. 2008), and daughters Bristol (b. 1990), Willow (b. 1995), and Piper (b. 2001). Track Palin enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 11, 2007, subsequently joining an infantry brigade. Palin's Personal life Palin announced on September 1, 2008, that her daughter Bristol was five months pregnant and intended to keep the baby and marry the father of her child, Levi Johnston. The McCainPalin campaign stated that John McCain was aware of her daughter's pregnancy, but that it did not affect his choice. Palin attended Wasilla High School in Palin's Academic Career Wasilla, Alaska, where she was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at the school, and the point guard and captain of the school's basketball team. She earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" because of her intense play, and was the leader of the team prayer before games. Palin's Academic Career In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant . Palin spent her first college semester at Hawaii Pacific College, transferring in 1983 to North Idaho College and then to the University of Idaho. She attended MatanuskaSusitna College in Alaska for one term, returning to the University of Idaho to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in communicationsjournalism, graduating in 1987. Palin's First Job In 1988, she worked as a sports reporter for KTUUTV in Anchorage, Alaska. She also helped in her husband's commercial fishing family business Palin's Political Career Palin had begun her political career in 1992, when she won a three year term on the Wasilla city council, supporting a controversial new sales tax and advocating "a safer, more progressive Wasilla." She was re elected to a second threeyear term on the city council in 1995. Palin's Political Career In 1996, Palin ran against and defeated incumbent mayor John Stein. In the campaign, she vowed to replace "stale leadership" and criticized Stein for wasteful spending and high taxes. She also introduced issues such as abortion, religion, gun rights, and term limits to the race. Palin's Political Career 2006, running on a cleangovernment platform, Palin defeated Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Her running mate was State Senator Sean Parnell. Despite spending less than her Democratic opponent, she won the gubernatorial election in November, defeating former Governor Tony Knowles 48.3% to 40.9%. Palin's Political Career Palin became Alaska's first female governor and, at 42, the youngest in Alaskan history. She is the first Alaskan governor born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood. She took office on December 4, 2006, and has maintained a high approval rating throughout her term. Palin's Political Career Palin has promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), where such development has been the subject of a national debate. She also helped pass a tax increase on oil company profits. Palin's Political Career In Palin's 2006 gubernatorial campaign, she supported the building of the proposed Gravina Island Bridge, which had been nicknamed the "Bridge to Nowhere" because the island had only 50 residents. 2008 Vicepresidential campaign On August 29, 2008, in Dayton, Ohio, Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, announced that he had chosen Palin as his running mate. Palin is the second woman to run on a major U.S. party ticket. Palin's Political Positions As governor of Alaska, Palin has been a strong supporter of reducing state government spending, including cutting $1.6 billion from the Alaskan construction budget. Nonetheless, she has been strongly in favor of increased federal funding of construction programs for her state. Palin's Political Positions She has called herself as "prolife as any candidate can be", would permit abortion only in cases where the mother's life is in danger, and supports mandatory parental consent for abortions. She opposes samesex marriage and supported a nonbinding referendum for an Alaskan constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to samesex couples. She supports capital punishment. Palin's Political Positions Palin strongly supports an individual's right to bear arms, including handguns. She also supports gun safety education for youth. Palin supports the Bush Administration's policies in Iraq. Palin's Electoral Records Palin's Electoral Records TABLE From Wikipedia The sources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin http://gov.state.ak.us/ http://www. johnmccain.com/ http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/tim estopics/people/p/sarah_palin/index.html ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course POLI 201 taught by Professor Bee-yatch during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.
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