Mainstream Media Covers Grizzly Fest

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yesterday's Grizzly Fest online summit did not go unnoticed by the mainstream media. ABC's Shushannah Walshe, in her article, "Sarah Palin Supporters Meet Online to Discuss Life After Her Decision," writes:

Sarah Palin’s most passionate supporters held an online forum today to assess what they should do going forward, now that the former Alaska governor has announced she won’t enter the GOP 2012 field.

Participants of the forum, called Grizzlyfest, came together for three hours to praise Palin, plot how they will continue their grassroots political organizing in 2012, and how they will choose 2012 candidates after Palin stunned the group last month [It was this month] when she announced she would not seek the GOP nomination. The running theme of the event was that despite their chosen candidate’s decision, they will stay active in conservative politics.

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Palin did not participate in the event, but her brother, Chuck Heath Jr., called into the forum.

Panelist Nicole Coulter, an editor at the pro-Palin site Conservatives4Palin, asked the question that kept popping up on the event’s chat page where listeners could ask questions of the panelists: Can you convince Palin to change her mind?

“I can’t convince Sarah of anything,” Heath said. “But I will definitely work on her. I understand the reason that she had for not running, but I look at the other choices and it was painful for me, too. Honestly not because she’s my sister, but I honestly thought she was the best candidate out there. I’ll keep working on her.”

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Grizzly Fest Recap and Audio

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Grizzly Fest '11 was a huge success, and those who worked to put it together should feel quite proud. This was an historic event that took detailed planning, coordination, and vision. My hat goes off to all involved.

Governor Palin tried very hard to call in to Grizzly Fest but was not able to get through. (Details about this are here.) As much of a delight as it would have been to hear from her, we appreciate that her heart was with this event, and that she wanted to show her support for the effort. Her brother, Chuck Jr, did participate and agreed to continue trying to convince his sister to reconsider her decision not to run for President. C4P co-founder and SarahPAC employee, Rebecca Mansour, also called in. Many others took part in this event.

Not only were the panelists and guests engaging, but the chat room was also alive and kicking. I spent some time chatting with Palin supporters.

If there had ever been a doubt, today made it clear that those who have supported Governor Palin these last few years are not slowing down one bit. We are determined to carry on with the agenda of restoring America and fighting for the principles that have made this the greatest country on the face of the earth. Governor Palin has been an incredible example of what engaged people can do, and we are mobilized to follow her example.

Below, find the Grizzly Fest audio, retrieved from the Grizzly Fest Show Page. It has been separated into 3 segments. Enjoy.





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Tune in to Grizzly Fest

It's almost time for Grizzly Fest '11 to kick off! Yesterday, I introduced you to the motivation behind this event and a list of the panelists, which you can check out here. Grizzly Fest begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern and continues until 5 p.m. Eastern today.

You can listen to this online summit by clicking on the player below. However, if you go to the Grizzly Fest site to listen, you will also be able to participate in event chat rooms and view special videos. Click here to go to Grizzly Fest.

Listen to internet radio with Grizzly Fest on Blog Talk Radio

If you have trouble listening here, you may listen at Grizzly Fest Blog Talk Radio or, again, go right to the Grizzly Fest website.

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Grizzly Fest Game Plan

Friday, October 28, 2011

Nicole Coulter, my Conservatives4Palin colleague, and many other Palin supporters, have been working tirelessly to plan and execute Grizzly Fest '11. In just a matter of a couple weeks, they have rallied the troops, designed a website, started a Facebook page, created a Twitter account, and organized a huge online event, with show-down set for tomorrow from 2-5 p.m. Eastern. To see the schedule of events, go here.

Prominent conservative voices and activists are fired up and involved in this project, which is designed to continue to advance the principles Governor Palin espouses and has committed herself to--with or without a title. Participating in this event are radio talk show host Tammy Bruce; columnist and Fox News contributor, Jedediah Bila; Texans for Sarah Palin creator, Josh Painter; Tami Nantz, blogger outreach coordinator for Smart Girl Politics Action; Stephen Bannon, producer of The Undefeated, the documentary about Governor Palin's career; Jackie Siciliano, senior community guide of Team Sarah; and many others. Go here to see a complete list and to learn about each.

When Governor Palin announced that "at this time" she would not seek the GOP nomination for President, some may have thought her supporters would pack it up, turn off the lights, and settle for whatever and whomever politics-as-usual threw our way. Not so! Her supporters have always been inspired by her tenacity and love for this country. When she decided not to run for office now, she made it clear she was not retreating. In fact, she felt she could do more good, impact more policies, and fight harder for freedom without the shackles of a title. She also made it clear that part of her battle for America would entail working hard to get common sense, freedom-loving, fiscally conservative people elected to Congress. Grizzly Fest is committed to the same principles, for they seek what Governor Palin calls a fundamental restoration of America--not the transformation President Obama desires. This is just one step toward that end.

Concerning this goal, Nicole writes:

Those of us who have followed Governor Palin’s career for these last three years (or longer) admire her in many ways … for her straight talk, for the fearless challenge she presents to the status quo, for her policy positions … and for her servant’s heart. We have drawn inspiration from Governor Palin’s words in Going Rogue, America By Heart, and from the bold message of reform in The Undefeated.

Now, our challenge is to take all that, and boil it down into a set of policies and principles that we can carry with us into the political battles ahead whether Governor Palin reconsiders her run for office or not. Our mission is to translate what we admire about Governor Palin into ideas from which to evaluate other would-be leaders at the local, state and federal level.

And then it’s my fervant [sic] belief that we’ll naturally start noticing other hidden “Palins” out there at all levels who share these convictions and we can work to get them elected, with a long-term goal in mind.

In her article, "Why Grizzly Fest?" Nicole writes:
In her Oct. 5th announcement, Governor Palin urged supporters to continue to fight to restore America’s “greatness, goodness, and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.”

That is why on Oct. 29th we will gather the Palin “tribes” for Grizzly Fest, a historic online summit to move ahead with a positive agenda of reform. We’re not going away!

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We will renew, reload and re-organize.

After the historic elections of 2010, the conservative movement is on the ascendancy.

Now more than ever we have an opportunity to unite alongside Governor Palin to actively and “aggressively” support true public servants who will stop runaway government debt and job-killing regulations. We have the unique opportunity to promote free markets and energy independence. We have the opportunity as a large grassroots movement to continue to hold our elected leaders accountable, and to dismantle the government crony system that stymies our entrepreneurial spirit and siphons away untold billions from our public treasury.

We must fight for leaner government at all levels. We must defeat the permanent political class.

Governor Palin gave us the VISION of what we wanted in a leader.

Now it’s still up to us as constitutional conservatives to make that vision a reality across the country, to advance her vision of reform, ethics, and fiscal responsibility, and to support leaders with the restoration agenda.

The battle awaits us. And we remain UNDEFEATED.

Tomorrow, I will put up the livestream of Grizzly Fest and offer more information about this historic event. Don't miss it.


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Gov. Palin to Speak to Florida GOP

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Governor Palin will reportedly speak to the Republican Party of Florida on November 3rd. Tickets are now available by calling 850-222-7920.

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Governor Palin Shares Personal Testimony at Christian Women's Conference

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Governor Palin spoke yesterday at the Extraordinary Women Conference, a gathering of Christian women in Tupelo, Mississippi. Galen Holley, writing for Nems360.com, reports:

Palin told of giving her life to Christ at a Bible camp when she was a girl. Her perspective on world affairs changed, she said, when she became a mother, a point she teased out in a speech delivered to almost all women.

She was reminded of scripture, Palin said, upon learning at age 44 that she was pregnant with her son, Trig.

"I laughed. I remember another Sarah who laughed, too," Palin said, referring Genesis 18:12, where the wife of Abraham laughs at the suggestion that she will have a child in her old age.

With clenched fists, an impassioned Palin said abortion is a great evil and that children, like Trig, who was born with Down syndrome, remind society how to be compassionate and loving.

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Palin repeatedly emphasized that the United States is a Christian nation, one based on "God-fearing, Judeo-Christian principles."

"We cannot retreat, ladies. We have to reload with truth," Palin said to thunderous applause, drawing a parallel between the Tea Party movement and the salt and light of which Jesus speaks in Matthew 5.

Lori Zustiak of Nashville sat rocking her young son near the entrance to the arena as Palin finished on stage.

"Governor Palin is just very inspiring," Zustiak said. "She reminds us of what America used to be."

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Governor Palin: American Crony Capitalism Brings Jobs to Finland

Friday, October 21, 2011

Governor Palin is still fighting the crony capitalism she railed against in Iowa last month. Via Facebook:

Yesterday, another shoe dropped in the chronicles of the Obama administration’s crony capitalism. A start-up electric car company with ties to Al Gore got a $529 million loan guarantee from Obama’s Department of Energy to build luxury electric cars...in Finland! Leaving aside the fact that to date only two of these $97,000 cars have been sold (one of them to a movie star), we might at least hope that this ridiculous exercise in the government picking winners minus any competitive, transparent process (Al Gore’s venture cap firm) and losers (the taxpayers subsidizing a car no one wants) would produce manufacturing jobs in the United States. Isn’t that the alleged purpose of Obama’s stimulus giveaways?

It’s bad enough that we borrow money from foreign countries to give to foreign countries. Now we borrow from foreign countries to finance jobs in foreign countries. (This kind of reminds me of the $2 billion assistance President Obama provided Brazil for their off-shore energy developments, while shutting down or blocking much of our own off-shore domestic drilling. He’s in favor of energy jobs in Brazil. But in America? Not so much.)

Do you think, as the President tours the country campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime, he understands that voters in Finland won’t get to decide whether or not he keeps his job in 2012, but voters in Michigan and Ohio sure will? In fact, I’m sure the millions of unemployed workers in every state will want to learn why the Obama administration gave half a billion dollars to finance “green” cars built in Finland.

While they’re at it, the geniuses in the White House could also explain the $1.2 billion they gave to SunPower, a company that makes Solyndra look like a blue chip stock. SunPower’s market capitalization is $800 million, but the company is in debt $820 million. What a great investment, huh? Your tax dollars at work, America! If President Obama wants answers about this, he better act fast because his Department of Energy was already caught revising history by scrubbing SunPower’s name out of old DOE press releases. The President should start by asking Democrat Congressman George Miller about the company. Rep. Miller was the leading advocate for giving money to SunPower, which hired his son as a lobbyist.

When President Obama signed his nearly trillion dollar stimulus boondoggle into law, he mortgaged our children’s future. And for what? Financing jobs in Finland? Propping up near bankrupt companies with connections to congressmen? For this we are burying ourselves in a mountain of debt?

This crony capitalism has to end. We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we must not tolerate it anymore. Wake up, America, before it’s too late.

- Sarah Palin

As Governor Palin would say, unflippinbelievable!

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Governor Palin Talks Gaddafi and GOP Debate with Hannity

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tonight, Governor Palin appeared on Sean Hannity to discuss Gaddafi's capture and death, as well as the latest GOP Presidential Debate:



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Inspired to Move Forward

Seeing Governor Palin on Greta Tuesday night was bittersweet. It's always enlightening to hear her weigh in on what's going on. That's the sweet part. Not only does she possess a keen awareness of the world's happenings, but she's the only person I can think of who expresses her views with naked honesty and boldness. That is, without a doubt, a quality that is most refreshing these days--and very much needed.

When I consider that quality, I can understand why the Governor would choose to keep her freedom to be that honest and bold by remaining outside the established political battle. No shackles, no PC police, no anything that would get in the way of her doing what she is wont to do: calling it like she sees it. I almost feel the liberation right along with her.

Having said that, what I feel just as much--if not more--is an incredible sense of loss at this liberation. I cannot help but think about what could have been. That, of course, is the bitter aspect of this whole thing. This sense of loss intensified as I watched the Nevada GOP Debate. I've heard many people speak ill of presidential debates, some calling them a complete waste of time. I don't share that sentiment, but I'm admittedly a bit of a junkie when it comes to these things. I actually look forward to the debates. Prior to October 5th, I watched them with anticipation of the day Governor Palin would also stand behind one of those podiums or sit around a table and shine as she provided real solutions to real problems facing Americans. I longed for her unique ability to rise above the incredibly childish, shoulder-touching, eye-rolling, and neck-popping bickering we saw Tuesday night, behavior Romney and Perry displayed for all the country to see. Yep, just what we look for in potential leaders of the free world. They attempted to convince us they can preside over weighty domestic and foreign affairs, but they couldn't even manage a debate without speaking over each other, pointing fingers, and insulting one another. I would have loved to see Governor Palin put these two in Time Out with a gentle chastisement, much like she issued during her 2006 Alaska gubernatorial debate when she told the bickering boys, "We owe Alaskans a better discourse than this." Substitute "Alaskans" for "Americans" and the chastisement would have still applied Tuesday.

CNN's Ashley Killough took note of Governor Palin's comment about the debate

"We don't want to hear the engagement of the nitpicking and the bickering because that just plays right on into the left handbook as they get ready for the general election debates," Palin said.

Yes, I had wanted to see the Governor allow her record and knowledge to win the day. In fact, less than two weeks prior to her announcement, I wrote:
I look forward to what she'll add to these debates. Not only is she solid on the issues, but she can articulate her stand on these issues based on intelligence, experience, and common sense.

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I look forward to someone who will cut through the bull, call a spade a spade, challenge candidates on their records, spotlight her own, and revitalize the American people.

Well, it doesn't appear to be as I had hoped, at least not as of today, but it's far from over. The beat goes on, as they say. I had this same sense the night of November 4, 2008, as I stood in my living room staring at the television. As tears streamed down my face at the realization that the McCain-Palin team was not going to pull it off, I opened my mouth and said, "It's not over for Sarah Palin." I had not thought about the words before I uttered them; they just came out. After hearing them, I knew deep down that what I had said was the truth, though I had not spent time considering the possibilities that existed, and I had heard no talk of a possible 2012 presidential run until the following day. Yet somewhere within, I knew the plan was larger, greater, and incomplete.

Time proved those words correct, of course. What she has accomplished since her VP run has shown that, while a title is indeed needed to usher in certain types of change, it absolutely is not needed to make a difference. We know this to be true because we know she has made a difference. 2010 remains a testimony of what a difference she has made, and that's just a portion of her impact as a private citizen. Her refusal to sit down and shut up has caused her detractors to fear her while inspiring her supporters to fight alongside her. Nonetheless, the title of President of the United States would be ideal, and many are still holding on to hope.

I know there are movements to encourage Governor Palin to reconsider, there are those who want to be the 10.3 earthquake she said it would take to get her to change her mind, and speculations exist that she might take a very unconventional path. I've theorized as much myself. Nonetheless, if we know anything about Governor Palin, we know she seeks God for direction, moves only as she feels led, and always considers the impact on her family. I have no doubt that if she felt those three things directed her to jump in, she would, and I also have no doubt that if they never do, she never will. That, of course, is not news to those who know how she's wired. Time will tell how all this unfolds.

So what now? One thing that God put on my heart in 2008 after Senator McCain tapped her to be his running mate was how her story was a simple one. By simple I mean she and her family were just regular, everyday, Walmart shopping, hardworking Americans. She was busy raising her family, serving her state, and loving her God. As she just did what she did--not beating down doors to force something to happen--the door of opportunity presented itself and stood before her. It was a classic example of what the Governor calls preparation meeting opportunity. It reminds me of the biblical account of Ruth meeting Boaz. Ruth's first encounter with him was not the result of her looking for a husband. She was there only to glean in the field. As she simply did what she had to do, as she took care of her business, her destiny presented itself before her; Boaz took note of her. She then took it from there.

Governor Palin, too, was faithful in what we call the little things, though her roles as wife, mom, and governor were anything but little, and she had accomplished great things throughout the entirety of her career in public service. As she committed herself to being faithful in what was before her, a new opportunity stood before her the summer of 2008--one that would change not only her life, but the lives of those who have been inspired by her.

This brings me to my point. What was impressed upon my heart three years ago was that what God did for her is what He wants to do for us. We all have a destiny, a place prepared for us just waiting for us to arrive--not out of a lust for power but out of a determination to make a difference and fulfill our own purpose. Governor Palin's purpose has still not been fully accomplished; it's still being lived out daily and is still unfolding. We must be sure not to stargaze, as they say, but to move forward in that same spirit. God has used her to influence and motivate a multitude. How many people would have never become engaged in what's going on in this country had she not stepped on the scene? How many would have never entered the fight for the future of America, whether through local organization involvement, writing, speaking, or advocating, if we didn't see ourselves in her and realize that we, too, have a part to play?

Like so many others, I want to hear that Governor Palin has decided to jump in this thing, seek that title she believes she doesn't need, and lead this country forward. We may feel like we don't know for sure which path she'll take, but we do know what she's said. Even after working so hard for three years in hopes of a Palin 2012 presidential run, I still take heart whether she ever gets in or stays out. The thought of her staying out is indeed most bitter--still. Even so, it's not over for her. I know that with the same certainty that I knew it in November of 2008. But this time, I know something else. It's not over for we, her supporters, either.

There's something each of us can do to carry on what she has inspired within us. Some of us, for the first time, found sound upon opening our mouths when we discovered the Governor of Alaska and recognized that there was something worth speaking up for. We were meant to be more than an echo, however. We were meant to be a voice.

Whether Governor Palin makes her headquarters in Washington, D.C. or remains in Wasilla, AK as she fights for common sense conservatism, she will continue what she has begun. We must continue what we have begun, too. Each of us can make our mark on this country. The Governor may very well don the title of President of the United States some day, and there may be a title or two some of us will don, as well. On the other hand, moving forward, she and we may never be crowned with a title at all. We'll know more soon enough, but for now let us be inspired as we continue to do what we can to advance the cause of liberty, support Governor Palin's ongoing efforts to restore America, and fulfill our own destinies.

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Governor Palin to Speak at Tupelo Christian Women's Event Saturday

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WAPT reports Governor Palin's participation in a Christian women's event this coming weekend.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is speaking at a Christian women's gathering this weekend in Mississippi.

The speech by the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. It's part of the Extraordinary Women Conference at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.

Michael Stewart, the conference's vice president for event development, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Tupelo is one of only four stops on the Extraordinary Women tour at which Palin will speak.

He said organizers "looked for markets where her appearance demographically made sense." Stewart said the presence of the Tupelo-based American Family Association is among the reasons Palin chose to speak in the city.

Go here for ticket information.

(h/t C4P)

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Governor Palin & Greta Discuss GOP Debate

Governor Palin talked to Greta Van Susteren after the GOP Debate Tuesday night:

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Governor Palin in South Korea

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Last Wednesday, Governor Palin told America she will not be seeking the GOP nomination for President in 2012. On Friday, she spoke at the "Defending the Republic" event in St. Louis. On Saturday, she spoke at a Christian women's conference at Liberty University in Virginia. And today, she spoke to an international audience at The World Knowledge Forum, a business forum, in South Korea. Clearly, she is doing exactly what she said she would almost a week ago: she's continuing to fight for the principles that are so needed in this country, and to use her own words, she's doing it "unshackled."

Many media outlets have reported on her speech, and one thing that is getting headlines, of course, is her comment about America one day having a woman president, something Governor Palin says she's looking forward to.

AFP reports:

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin took aim Tuesday at the political elite in the United States, Europe and China, as she brought her criticisms of big government and "crony capitalism" to South Korea.

Days after announcing she would not run for president in 2012, Palin said there "will be a woman president of the United States of America, and I look forward to that day", but did not elaborate on why she did not enter the race.

The 2008 vice-presidential candidate told supporters last week she could help the Republican cause more by working to elect others.

In a wide-ranging speech to a forum in Seoul, the conservative commentator accused China of seeking to use its military influence in regional disputes and said she looked forward to the ousting of North Korea's regime.

Palin cited the Arab Spring as proof that new information technology was playing an "enormous role" in spreading cries for freedom.

"Technology means individuals have been empowered in ways they have never been empowered before in our entire history," she told the World Knowledge Forum hosted by Maeil Business Newspaper.

"Technology has taken power away from central authorities and provided individuals with more choices. We are no longer living in a top-down world. Now we are living in a bottom-up world, from entertainment and information to education."

But governments seemed to be going in the opposite direction, with the European Union in Brussels "dictating terms for the member states across the continent", she said.

In China, "where there have been some movements towards reform, the Communist Party still dictates to the Chinese what they can and what they can't do in so many respects", she added.

Even in the United States, the political elite "believe we just can't get along without them", Palin charged.

"Government officials like to push this idea because it gives them the opportunity to pick the economic winners and losers in our system... in other words, it gives them ultimate economic power.

"I just call it crony capitalism."

For additional reporting on the Governor's speech in Seoul, go here, here, and here.

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Video of Governor Palin "Defending the Republic"

Monday, October 10, 2011

Here's the video of Governor Palin's "Defending the Republic" speech in St. Louis Friday night:

 


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Governor Palin Discusses Faith and Family at Liberty University

Sunday, October 9, 2011

On Saturday, Governor Palin spoke at the Extraordinary Women Conference held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Governor spoke about faith and family, and she shared her personal testimony. Click here to read the WSLS account of the event. Apparently, the crowd was moved by Governor Palin's words, for they rewarded her transparency with several standing ovations.

I would have loved to be at this gathering of Christian women because I've noticed over the last three years that as much as she captivates an audience while speaking about the Constitution, limited government, American exceptionalism, fiscal responsibility, or energy development, Governor Palin is never more in her element than when speaking about faith. That's when she's both the most exciting and the most inspirational. The reason is simple. It is her faith that drives her, guides her, and strengthens her. Her faith is the lens through which she sees the world. It's why she is able to speak and act with such conviction, even when faced with intense opposition. It is who she is. Of all the reasons I respect her, and there are many, her unashamed faith in Christ is number one.

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Watch Governor Palin's St. Louis Speech

On Friday night, Governor Palin spoke in St. Louis and fired up a crowd of about 5,000 as she continued to do what she's been doing--fighting for the heart and soul of America. Watch the video of her speech, via C4P, here.

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Governor Palin's Brother Has a Message For Her Supporters

Friday, October 7, 2011

Chuck Heath, Governor Palin's brother, reached out yesterday to her supporters, via Conservatives4Palin. Chuck is a great guy who is clearly as much of a believer in the Governor as we are. He also has great appreciation for those of us who have had her back these last few years. Below are his two comments:

I would like to personally thank all of you who have worked so hard and really thrown your hearts into supporting Sarah. I, like many of you, was really disappointed in her decision but I completely understand it. I don’t think there are many people out there who could begin to understand the scrutiny her family has been under. As for you who think that Sarah strung you along; as late as last week, right after I interviewed with Steve Bannon, I talked with Sarah and she was still pushing hard and contemplating a run. After a lot of prayers, and finally, through respect for her own family’s wishes, she chose to wait this one out.

Be assured that Sarah’s not done. She will continue to be a force in the political world and I’m sure she’ll be holding whoever’s elected in any important upcoming elections accountable for their actions. In my opinion, I believe she’ll arise again even stronger than before.

Please try to respect her decision, and once again, thank you so much for the support you’ve shown her.

Sincerely,
Chuck Heath, Jr.
Sarah’s brother

Thanks again for all [your] encouraging comments. You people found a common bond in your support of Sarah and the ideals she stands for and I'm sure the last thing Sarah would want is for her decision to divide you. As I said earlier, try to respect it. She will still be there fighting the good fight. Stay united and let's get someone in there who will truly work for the people and right this sinking ship. Stay involved! We're going to be okay.

Chuck is a class act.

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Gov. Palin on Sean Hannity Radio

Below is Governor Palin's interview on Sean Hannity Radio yesterday in which she discusses how she came to make the decision not to run in 2012 and what her plan is now. One thing is certain: if people thought she was going to fade into the distance--to give up the fight--they don't know Sarah Palin. She's only just begun to fight!


(Video courtesy of US4Palin)

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Governor Palin Speaks in St. Louis Tonight

Governor Palin is in St. Louis tonight, as she is scheduled to speak at "Defending the Republic" held at the Family Arena. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. CST. Also in attendance will be Glenn Beck.


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Adam Brickley Declares Palin Movement is Not Retreating

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Conservatives4Palin colleague, Adam Brickley, penned an article for The Daily Caller about Governor Palin's 2012 decision and the power still held by those who support her. He wrote that this Palin movement is certainly not retreating:

I’ve been a Palinista for going on four years now, starting back in 2007 when I anonymously launched a little website called “Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President.” That site represented the first concrete, public expression of support for Governor Palin’s leadership outside Alaska, and whatever influence you think it did or didn’t have, it’s certainly made my life interesting in the intervening years. It got me on national TV a few times, helped me establish my new life here in D.C., and introduced me to some amazing new friends. It’s also gotten me yelled at by some of my closest friends, cost me job opportunities, and ostracized me from large portions of the Republican Party — especially considering that I live and work around Capitol Hill, where being an out-and-proud Palin supporter is roughly equivalent to walking around with a “Kick Me” sign taped to your back (and that’s just among the conservatives). So, naturally, no one wanted to see a Palin presidential campaign more than me — not only for the good of the country, but also for the chance to avenge every ad hominem insult, sneer of contempt, and dehumanizing cultural slur that I’ve endured simply for defending Gov. Palin’s humanity, let alone her politics.

But at the end of the day, it was not to be — at least not this year. And in a weird way, that might be a good thing emotionally for people like me (and there are a lot of us) who have been so ill-treated by many in the GOP that we wanted raw catharsis as much as we wanted victory. However, anyone who thinks Gov. Palin or any of us “cultists” are going to go away has another thing coming — in fact, a reinvigorated Palin movement is already coalescing. The people who would have been the core supporters of a Palin campaign are now the biggest and most powerful bloc of free agents in the 2012 primary, and I’m practically salivating at the idea of watching the establishment candidates trek up to Wasilla to genuflect and beg for an endorsement. Every last one of them.

Here’s hoping that Sarah has the chutzpah to drag a few of them out on the water for uncomfortable “photo-ops” involving fishing boats and large amounts of live salmon (I’m looking at you, Governor Romney).

As for the rest of us, we are more than happy to throw our weight around. We’re not in the mood to kiss and make up with the party bosses, and no one can afford to take us for granted. If you thought we were going to make your life hell as a campaign, wait until you see what we can do as a pressure group.

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Governor Palin Talks 2012 Decision on Bob & Mark Radio

Governor Palin went on the Bob and Mark Radio Show today to discuss her decision not to run for President:


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Video: Gov. Palin Talks to Greta About Decision Not to Run

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Governor Palin talked to Greta Van Susteren tonight about her decision not to run for President in 2012. It's clear that it wasn't an easy decision to make, and it's also clear that she will continue to fight for the restoration of America.

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SarahPAC Video: Restoring America Together

SarahPAC released the following video on the heels of Governor Palin's announcement tonight that she will not be seeking the 2012 presidential nomination:

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Weighing in on Governor Palin's Decision Not to Run for President

Governor Palin announced on Mark Levin's radio show today that she is not running for President in 2012. I might say more tomorrow, but tonight I am going to keep this short and simply say that I respect her decision. I wanted her to run, expected her to run, and believe she would have won had she run.

Having said that, she never promised us any such thing. She always said she didn't need a title to effect change. She has maintained throughout that she was still praying about it. And she has said countless times that this was not about her. We the people wanted her to run and we the people encouraged her to do so. Am I happy with her decision? No. But again, I respect it.

The Governor Palin I have supported these past three years, the one I've been privileged to come to know, is indeed the real deal, and so for tonight I will leave it at this: I continue to stand with Governor Palin. As I ended a recent post:

I don't know which road Governor Palin will take in all this, but I am certain of this one thing: wherever the road leads her, she'll find me still walking beside her when she arrives.

I meant it then, and I mean it now.

Click here to listen to the interview with Mark Levin.

Here's the letter from the Governor that Mark read on his program today:
October 5, 2011
Wasilla, Alaska

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

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Politico: Gov. Palin's Lawyers Making Early-State Deadline Inquiries

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chris Christie announced today, "Now is not my time." (Thankfully, we can put that annoying rumor to rest.) Is Governor Palin saying now is her time? That very well may be. According to Politico:

Ken Vogel and I both have sources telling us that calls were made on behalf of a mystery candidate to various early states to determine presidential filing deadlines.

The calls were made by representatives of the law firm Baker Hostetler - a firm that employs lawyer Mark Braden, who represents Sarah PAC, her political action committee.

As Ken notes, while he nor representatives of Palin’s campaign would comment on the calls, Palin is the only GOP politician eying the presidential race who is represented by the firm.

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'The Undefeated' Hit Walmart Today

The Undefeated, Stephen Bannon's film about Governor Palin's stellar career in Alaska, went on sale at Walmart today. I was already given the honor of screening the documentary prior to its release and to write a review. I purchased the movie this evening, however, because I want to own this game changing film and to see it in its final form.

When I arrived at Walmart, there were only two left out on the shelf. I sure hope they have more to put out because it looks like people snatched up what was already displayed. Good...let the truth be known!

Go to Walmart and get yours.

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