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Palins to Divorce?

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The blogosphere in Alaska is on fire this morning after explosive new allegations about former governor Sarah Palin and ex-First Dude Todd. Reports say among other things, that divorce is in the air, although the Palin's continue to appear together in public.

The story, first reported by The Immoral Minority blog who claims sources close to the Palins has been picked up by many other blogs and local media including the Alaska Report, source of the infamous "Iceberg Scandal" reports that promised Palin's political demise just weeks before she stepped down as governor, 18 months before the end of her first term. Palin cited multiple ethics complaints, lame duck status, and mounting personal legal bills as the reasons she was resigning, and said she was doing so in the best interest of Alaskans.

Recent poll numbers released yesterday suggest that Alaskans may not be buying that line of reasoning, showing Palin's unfavorable ratings in the state surpassing her favorable ones for the first time since taking office back in 2006.

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In addition to the divorce allegations, which state that Palin's wedding ring, conspicuously missing from her finger recently, now resides at the bottom of an unnamed Alaskan lake, IM reports that "explosive" news in the form of a recent Levi Johnston interview with Vanity Fair, is due out in October. Also reported is that Levi Johnston's mother Sherry Johnston, who stands accused of drug charges in Wasilla, had her sentencing moved forward from yesterday's scheduled date to August 19. Although attorney Rex Butler stated the delay was requested to allow for specialized medical treatment plan to manage Johnston's chronic pain from back surgery, the blogger claims the delay will allow negotiations which were not possible under the Palin administration. IM's sources say that Palin as governor was pushing for the maximum possible sentence, and that the new Parnell administration is not.

This is but the latest chapter in a contentious relationship between Palin and local bloggers. Within hours of the first blog post, the rapidly spreading story prompted a harsh response on Facebook from Palin's spokeswoman Meg Stapleton of SarahPAC denying at least some of the allegations in the story.

Yet again, some so-called journalists have decided to make up a story. There is no truth to the recent "story" (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that the Palins are divorcing. The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family, and have not purchased land in Montana (last week it was reported to be Long Island).

Less than one week ago, Governor Palin asked the media to "quit making things up." We appreciate that the more professional journalists decided to question this story before repeating it.

A slow news day in Alaska? No such thing.