Ever wonder what Sarah Palin thinks about “Dancing With the Stars” audience members and what fashion advice she’d give her admirers?
Tina Fey brought back her impression of the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee — or, as Fey’s Palin prefers, “half-governor or … maverick-at-large” — to talk on those topics with “Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton, who Mediaite notes often asks questions of actors and their characters:
If you’re jonesing for the real Sarah Palin instead, here’s a clip from her recent appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington:
Barack Obama takes the oath of office Jan. 20, 2009, as his wife, Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha, right and Malia, watch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Tickets for Obama's second, smaller inauguration are available through Rep. Raul Ruiz's office. (Chuck Kennedy, pool via AP)
Want to join them for the festivities Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.? Rep. Raul Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat who represents the Coachella Valley, has announced how his constituents can request inauguration tickets.
Ruiz’s office asked anyone wanting tickets — limited to two per person — to email CA36.Inauguration@mail.house.gov by Thursday with this information:
• Phone number
• Number of tickets requested
Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the congressman’s office.
Sen. Barbara Boxer speaks at an October news conference in Palm Springs. (Michael Snyder, The Desert Sun)
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, put out this statement on Friday morning’s NRA press conference:
“The head of the NRA blamed everyone in sight – except his own organization – for gun violence in America, and showed himself to be completely out of touch by ignoring the proliferation of weapons of war on our streets.
“The NRA is now calling for stronger security at our schools. They should endorse my legislation, which would fund security upgrades for schools and trained law enforcement personnel to protect our kids.
“In the days ahead, I will work for a comprehensive strategy, which includes sensible gun laws, a focus on mental health and school safety.”
Sociology graduate students at the University of North Carolina analyzed those petitions to find out who was signing them and where the signers were from, and the county-level data shows relatively little support for secession petitions coming from Riverside County residents.
The researchers found that, to sign a secession petition on the White House website, you don’t have to live in the state that you’d like separated from the union, and it seems a number of people are signing multiple petitions. The UNC students analyzed 916,474 signatures and identified 320,900 unique signers, most of whom gave valid locations.
The New Secessionists map shows darker colors for counties with higher levels of support for White House secession petitions on whitehouse.gov. (Screenshot from unc.edu)
Compare that to the 268 signers from Campbell County, Wyoming (population: 563,626) or the 125 from Blanco County, Texas (population: 10,497). It’s worth noting that even in that central Texas hot spot, only about 1 percent of the population signed on to a secession petition.
“Approximately, 105,000 vote-by-mail, 60,000 provisional, and 18,000 damaged ballots that require duplication still must be processed. Work on those ballots begins today. The next updated results will be posted at 6pm on Thursday.”
That adds up to roughly 183,000 ballots that have yet to be counted.
Pair that with the 499,027 already tallied Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and we’re looking at a total of about 682,000 ballots cast in the county by Tuesday.
The uncounted share is about a quarter of that approximate total — 26.8 percent, but we’re dealing with rough numbers.
Compare that to the 106,000 outstanding ballots that marked about 44 percent of ballots cast outstanding after Election Night in June 2010, a contest that marked the beginning of the end for former Registrar Barbara Dunmore.
Verjil has told my colleagues in the past that trends usually hold firm as these left-to-be-processed ballots are counted.