Northern Exposure: All About Sarah Palin

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as seen in a screenshot from a gallery about her on the Web site of the Anchorage Daily News. Palin, 44, was chosen as Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate. She is in her first term as Alaska’s governor.

From the Anchorage Daily News: Alaska stunned, political world there split; Palin’s bio; ‘Troopergate’ inquiry lurks; Residents excited; Blog: How McCain chose Palin; The Joan of Arc of Alaska; Alaskans shocked

Two Alaska papers question her qualifications

Video: Palin’s selection speech

Arkansas reaction: Arkansas GOP (via AP); Arkansas GOP (via Stephens Media Group); Doug Thompson; John Brummett; Blake Rutherford; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial; Jason Tolbert; The Arkansas Project; Max Brantley; StrangePup; Arkansas Week: Steve Barnes, Rob Moritz, LT (audio, MP4 video); Steve Harrelson: ‘This is starting to get fun.’; Red State Conservative; Arkansas Journal: ‘Babies, guns and Jesus!’

Google Trends says it all

Google Trends says it all

Google Trends for Aug. 29: She’s a hottie

Yahoo! Buzz: Scouring the Web for Sarah Palin

Huffington Post: The Sarah Palin page

Wall Street Journal: McCain’s surprise choice; a lure to women angry over Clinton

Valleywag: Someone made favorable edits to Palin’s Wikipedia page just before annoucement

MSNBC: Met with McCain only once

Bloomberg: Benefit — or bust

Time: 10 things to know about Palin; a Q&A with the candidate

Newsweek: Jonathan Alter: Why this pick will flop

Rush Limbaugh’s commentary during the McCain/Palin event

From Goldenfiddlr

From Goldenfiddlr

Washington Post: Ready to step in?

Politico: The story behind the selection; Dissing the veep job; A tough target to hit; Dems ready their attack

AP: McCain doubles-down on maverick, but undercuts his best attach on Obama

Goldenfiddlr: Bears!

Arizona Republic: A shocker

Power Line Blog: Talk about an outsider; Foreign policy experience nonexistent

Michelle Malkin: Rounds up praise, ‘very impressed’

Bill Kristol: Why the left is scared to death

Fred Barnes: Fighting for reform in Alaska

Camille Paglia: ‘I am reeling … Palin is as tough as nails.’

Salon: The epitome of tokenism; Playing the gender card from the bottom of the deck

New York Times: Palin and the women’s vote

CNBC video: Palin, before the nod

Defamer: Sarah Palin vs. Liz Lemon: Who’s the better veep?

Wonkette: The New McCain-Palin poster

A look at Wasilla, Alaska

Who Palin lost to in that 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant

Sarah Palin in Vogue

The Wikipedia page

The Alaska Governor’s Office

National Governor’s Association Bio

Palin for Governor site

Wasilla’s official site; Wikipedia page


Lu Hardin, the Economy and — Yes — Sarah Palin on ‘Arkansas Week’

I’m on Arkansas Week tonight, along with host Steve Barnes and Stephens Media Group reporter Rob Moritz. I joked earlier today that there was probably little that happened this week worth talking about. The irony of that statement was even bigger than I intended.

We got the news of Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s choice of running mate, little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, just minutes to air. Thanks to some help from the show’s staff, we quickly brushed up on the broad stokes of Palin’s biography, completely surprised — like most — by the choice.

Also on tonight’s broadcast (the last before AETN goes Hi-Def on Sept. 1): the Lu Hardin resignation, SAT scores, a report on poverty in Arkansas and a wrap-up of the Democratic National Convention.

Check us out at 8 p.m. tonight on your local AETN station.

Covering the Lu Hardin Board of Trustees Meeting

Update: UCA President Lu Hardin will resign next month.

On Thursday, Hardin said he “deeply” regretted not handling the compensation situation better and hopes his stepping down will allow the university to heal. But he said the cancer in his right eye, for which he had an operation earlier this month, played the major role in his decision to step down.

“Hopefully this will allow the University of Central Arkansas to go through a similar and simultaneously healing process,” he said. “Certainly that weighs into my decision.”

Voting publicly Thursday, the board approved a contract buyout that includes $670,000 to be paid to Hardin with public funds from the trustees’ discretionary fund, plus an additional $47,570 to be paid by the UCA Foundation.

Original post: has a reporter covering the University of Central Arkansas board of trustees meeting about the future of UCA President Lu Hardin. You can view the continually updated story here.

I’ll try to provide updates via Twitter as I can. But my noon TV schedule will make that a little tricky for the next hour or so.

Now the Morning News Changes its Business Section

Yeah Max, we missed this one, too. Stephens Media Group-owned Morning News in northwest Arkansas is making changes to its business coverage, just a few days after its competitor, the regional edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, put its weekly stand-alone business section, Business Matters, out to pasture:

Beginning Sept. 3, the daily business section will move to Section B of the paper. That section will also include national and international news and the daily weather map. The daily feature sections, formerly Section E, will become the D Section.

This, of course, means no more stand-alone business section. Also: the paper cuts two newsroom positions, reassigned some editorial staff, and combines two Sunday feature sections, Living and Our Town. The moves cut “four to six pages a day from the paper and require fewer press runs.”

Newsprint prices are at an all time high, and the change will help The Morning News control expenses, according to Tom Stallbaumer, publisher.

“These are challenging economic times for all businesses and The Morning News is no exception,” Stallbaumer said. “These changes will have some impact on our daily product, but we’re committed to using our resources to keep producing the best newspaper available in Northwest Arkansas.”

Fortunately, there’s still a business journal in northwest Arkansas to take up the slack.


OMG! Nielsen Says 2.9 Million Got Obama’s Text Message

I missed a news release earlier this week from Nielsen Mobile, the mobile monitoring arm of The Nielsen Company (and sister firm to TV ratings service Nielsen Media Research), that said the Barack Obama presidential campaign sent 2.9 million text messages last week announcing Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate.

CNet News postulates, extrapolates a bit and reckons that if Obama’s carrier charges him 10 cents per message, that means the effort cost about $290,000.

Would this type of mass-texting effort bill that way? I ask because I honestly don’t know. But that seems like a sound estimate.

But there’s also the matter of whatever the campaign paid Distributive Networks, a small Washington D.C. mobile technology firm that handled the early morning text. Federal Election Commission records show Distributive has received about $130,000 from the Obama campaign, not including August, according to the Associated Press. All that comes to about $420,000 so far.

So was it worth it? Nielsen’s director of insights, Nic Covey, doesn’t talk dollars. But he’s certain the effort was good for the medium of text messaging and the campaign:

  • While much has been said of the timing and the scoop by news outlets, Obama’s VP text message still ranks as one of the most important text messages even sent and one of the most successful brand engagements using mobile media
  • The success of this text-campaign has Madison Avenue thinking even more about how they too can interact with a universe of 116 million text-message users in the US.
  • The value of the message goes far beyond the 26 words and 2.9 million recipients. Here, Obama branded himself as cutting edge, inflated the already enormous press attention paid to his VP pick and further established a list of supporters’ most coveted form of contact: their cell phone numbers.

Covey’s news release also called the message “by many accounts, the single largest mobile marketing event in the US., to date.”

The full news release is after the jump.


Pressing ‘send’ – About the 3 a.m. text message [Newsweek]

No data on how many were awake at the time [LA Times]

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Aaron Sadler Blogs the Democratic National Convention

I’ve noted two bloggers who are covering the Democratic National Convention, but didn’t realize until today that my fellow ASU journalism department graduate Aaron Sadler, now covering national politics for the Stephens Media Group, is blogging his coverage of the big event in Denver.

You can check it out here. Among today’s posts: the Arkansas Delegation’s reaction to last night’s speech by Michelle Obama:

Arkansas delegates were still raving about Monday night’s Michelle Obama’s speech as the delegation gathered this morning.

Arkansans said Barack Obama’s wife effectively portrayed herself as a parent and wife who relates to hard-working American families.

“Michelle definitely eased my mind,” said delegate Thurman Metcalf of Rogers. “She made me feel like she was one of us, a normal person, by her showing the love of her parents and the love for her kids and her husband. It would have been like us sitting in her room talking to her like a family member. I love her.”

And speaking of Arkansans and politics, here’s a fun item I picked up from The Arkansas Project: It’s former Arkansas Young Republicans Chair Leslie Rutledge appearing on Fox News, talking about Barack Obama’s running mate choice, Joe Biden.

We roll tape after the jump.

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Business Week: The Obama Campaign and the Power of the ‘Third Ask’

We’ve been talking about the Barack Obama campaign has used technology to its advantage in this presidential campaign, particularly using text messages and the social Web. Business Week today takes a look back at other great political technological leaps, including the Bill Clinton campaign’s use of cable TV ads in 1992 and the George W. Bush campaign’s “microtargeting” in 2000.

But here’s the bottom line on the Obama campaign’s methods – it’s all about the “third ask”:

In politics, supporters traditionally get two “asks” from candidates: one for money, and one for a vote. That’s it. That means most of the campaign work is done by a few paid staffers. Not a very participatory democracy.

The Obama campaign has turned this notion on its head and built a community involvement strategy. Axelrod and his team realized that supporters of a political candidate are passionate and want to help. And while most have full-time jobs and families, and can’t spend weekends knocking on doors, they all have five minutes to spare to help out. The Obama campaign has brilliantly taken advantage of this by actually asking people for help. They’re letting a large number of people do a small amount of work each.

So if you go to an Obama rally (or just sign up on his Web site), you might be asked to call three voters in a swing state. Or if they know you are a member of Digg (the popular site that lets users vote on articles of interest), Obama’s people may ask you to Digg an article that is favorable to Obama or critical of his opponent. Or they might ask you to put a bumper sticker on your MySpace (NWS) page.

In 2012, all major candidates will be leveraging their supporters more effectively. But for now, Obama’s campaign has the technology advantage.

Much more from Business Week here.

(Thanks to angelmg for the tip!)