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Friday, February 26th, 2010

Only In New York
New York's Governor Patterson announced this afternoon that he will not run for re-election in the state's governor's race. Patterson took office after Gov. Spitzer resigned amid a sex scandal in 2008. The final nail in the coffin to Patterson’s already shaky re-election campaign was delivered on Wednesday. Reports surfaced that Paterson potentially faces possible obstruction and tampering charges for his role in a domestic violence case involving a top aide. If you think this news is shocking, your head will spin to learn that Kristin Davis, the businesswoman "who supplied call girls for Eliot Spitzer," said she will announce her candidacy for governor on Monday. “Things just don’t get any nuttier than this,” Sean sighed.

Sarah Palin: “Beer Summit More Productive Than HC Summit”
Former Governor Sarah Palin joined Sean live from Alaska to discuss yesterday’s health care summit. Palin agreed with Sean that the summit was really just political theater at its finest – which ultimately hurt the Democrats. “I think the President kind of slid from the professor at the lectern mode and slid right on into the moderator at a meeting mode. Not a whole lot of passion for meeting the challenges that are brought to light when he talks about his proposal to reform or take over health care, really.” The Democrats walked away from the summit tarnished by their unwillingness to compromise while Republicans shined. “With [the Republican’s] free market, pro-traditionally American, free market principles that they want to see applied in solutions to health care challenges, I think that they did a great job,” said Palin.

Senator Lamar Alexander vs. President Obama
At yesterday’s health care summit, Senator Lamar Alexander squared off with President Obama on a key issue that’s been a concern to congressional members on both sides of the aisle: cost containment. Sen. Alexander accused the President of wrongly projecting the cost of premium rates under his proposal. The exchange became heated, but Alexander stood by his assertion that premiums would sky rocket under ObamaCare. Joining Sean on the NewsMaker hotline, Alexander said he felt he got his message across. “I felt pretty comfortable up there…and I appreciated the opportunity to let the people know who we are and what we think.” The Senator’s biggest concern is that the Democrats will ultimately enact this bill, even without Republican support -- a concern that went unanswered during yesterday’s summit and one Alexander feels may be a likely outcome {You can listen to Lamar’s comments here}.

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Sarah Palin

Sarah Louise Palin ( ˈpeɪlɨn ( help · info ); née Heath ; born February 11, 1964) is an American politician who served as Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009 . She was the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2008. Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska , city council from 1992 to 1996 and the city's mayor from 1996 to 2002. After an unsuccessful campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 until her resignation in 2004. She was elected Governor of Alaska in November 2006. Palin became the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person ever elected governor of that state. In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose Palin as his running mate in that year's presidential election , making her the second female candidate and the first Alaskan candidate of either major party on a... More >

Lamar Alexander

Andrew Lamar Alexander (born July 3, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Tennessee and Conference Chair of the Republican Party . He was previously the 45th Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987, U.S. Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993 under President George H. W. Bush and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000 .