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Sarah Palin has now thrown herself back into Alaska politics -- and could be dredging up some old grudges -- endorsing former federal Magistrate Judge Joe Miller in his primary challenge against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Back in December 2002, Lisa Murkowski was appointed to the Senate by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski, after the elder Murkowski had previously served in the Senate seat until his election as governor. At the time, Palin was believed to be on the list of possible appointees before Lisa Murkowski was picked. The appointment of his own daughter had horrible political repercussions for Frank Murkowski -- and in 2006, he was defeated in a landslide in the Republican primary by Sarah Palin.

Palin writes on her Facebook page: "I share Joe's belief that we are at a critical time in our nation's history and the status quo will no longer do. Unfortunately, Lisa Murkowski and much of the political establishment have recently evolved into being a bigger part of the big government problem in Washington, and they've strayed from the principles upon which they had espoused."

In August 2009, with a burgeoning spending scandal already producing damaging headlines for the Florida Republican Party, state GOP chair Jim Greer appeared before a quarterly party meeting in Orlando and made a show of taking out a pair of scissors and cutting up his party-issued American Express card.

Except, we learn today in the arrest affidavit for Greer, it was not Greer's card at all -- and party staff had to scramble to stop the media from seeing the cut card.

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We've been writing about Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for a while now, chronicling his investigation of a former state university climate scientist, and his decision to sue to have the new health care reform law overturned. And now, Cuccinelli is one of only two state attorneys general -- the other is Democrat Janet Mills of Maine -- not to join in a Supreme Court challenge to stop anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church from picketing at military funerals.

"This office has decided not to file a brief in Snyder v. Phelps, because the case could set a precedent that could severely curtail certain valid exercises of free speech," said Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein, in a news release.

The litigation involves a $5 million judgment that a Maryland jury awarded to the father of a slain Marine, in a lawsuit after the organization led by Fred Phelps picketed his son's funeral with a message that the deaths of American soldiers are a punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality. An appeals court then reversed the judgment, declaring that the Phelps demonstration was "imaginative and hyperbolic rhetoric" protected by the First Amendment. That decision is currently being appealed to the Supreme Court.

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TPMmuckraker is digging into the arrest affidavit for former Florida GOP chair Jim Greer and here's the first good nugget: Greer allegedly tried to strong-arm a professional fundraiser for the state GOP into giving him a percent of her earnings -- and when she refused, he cut off her access to his close ally Gov. Charlie Crist.

A veteran professional fundraiser who had worked for Crist's campaign, Meredith O'Rourke was on a $30,000-per-month contract with the state party. Greer approached her a few months after his election as chair in 2007 and "stated to her that he realized there was a lot of money to be made in political fundraising," the affidavit alleges. It continues:

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