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Bristol Palin: feminist hero?

The eldest daughter of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin broke her silence on Wednesday with a blog post about the role she played in a booze-fueled brawl last month at a house party in Alaska.

Bristol Palin had been accused by multiple eyewitnesses of repeatedly punching the homeowner, Korey Klingenmeyer, in the face. In the blog post, she said he had it coming, and that almost anyone else in her situation would be deemed a "feminist hero."

Published two days after police released photos and audio recordings from the incident, her blog post explained that she hit Klingenmeyer only after being attacked by a man who she said towered over her.

The Palin family had largely remained silent as eyewitnesses came forward, with Sarah Palin making only one oblique reference to the allegations. Even after the Anchorage Police Department released its official report, there was no word from the family.

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Former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler, now running as an independent in South Dakota, has come under attack from Democrats and Republicans as his strong showing has made the race a little unpredictable. But now some of his former aides from his time in Washington are coming to his defense with a new PAC to boost his candidacy.

The Argus Leader reported Wednesday that the group, "Former Staffers of Larry Pressler," would spend $200,000 or more to support Pressler. The effort is being spearheaded by a former Pressler chief of staff Kevin Schieffer, who went on to become a millionaire.

"I was living in my car when I met Larry Pressler," Schieffer told the newspaper, "and he gave me my first professional start in life."

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According to some reports Thursday morning, the Oregon's governor race was suddenly up for grabs. A new poll, as it was reported anyway, showed voters making a huge swing from the incumbent Democrat to his Republican opponent as scandals engulfed the governor's fiancee. But there was a big problem: The poll didn't ask a straight-up head-to-head question. But it was treated as such, anyway, sparking a momentary freakout among political watchers.

"A dramatic shift in poll numbers has taken place since Governor John Kitzhaber’s campaign became riddled with scandal," declared Portland radio station KXL. "A poll commissioned by KATU has Dennis Richardson with a surprising double-digit lead,"

The radio station's report was tweeted out by Political Wire:

But this wasn't a straight-up horse race poll. It was delving into a subset of the respondents to find out how much of an impact the recent scandal was having.
Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, has been the center of controversy in recent weeks, with revelations that she had married an Ethiopian migrant in the 1990s for money and worked at a pot farm around the same time.

So the new Survey USA poll asked about it and the results didn't look good for Kitzhaber, who has held a consistent and sizable lead over GOP challenger Dennis Richardson. But the pollster had not asked a traditional "Would you vote for..." question.

But that didn't stop some of the coverage from comparing this poll to other recent horse race polls.

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