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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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Despite a rocky start since winning the Democratic Senate nomination last month, a new poll from the DSCC shows Rep. Joe Sestak (D) comfortably ahead in the matchup with former Rep. Pat Toomey (R).

The DSCC poll, conducted by well-regarded Democratic polling firm Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group last week, shows Sestak leading Toomey by a margin of 47-40 after two weeks in which Sestak has been pounded by Republicans over his statement that the White House offered him a job to stay out of a primary fight with the man he eventually defeated, Sen. Arlen Specter.

That story has dominated national reporting of the Senate race in Pennsylvania, with the White House scrambling to answer questions about the deal, which the Obama administration has said included former President Clinton asking if Sestak would be interested in an unpaid position on a presidential board in exchange for not running. The story has caused an ongoing kerfluffle in D.C., but the new DSCC poll suggests it hasn't had the same effect on Pennsylvania voters.

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Former Florida GOP chair Jim Greer is charged with six felony counts of fraud, theft, and money laundering in connection with a company he allegedly created to take a cut of the state party's fundraising revenues, Florida authorities announced this morning.

At a news conference moments ago, Statewide Prosecutor William Shepherd charged that the money gained by the company was "used by Mr. Greer to support his own personal lifestyle."

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