Talk about shocking. Sarah Palin is resigning from her position as governor of Alaska in a few weeks. Lt. Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in on July 26. Governor Palin was the Republican Vice Presidential candidate during the 2008 election.
I’m not a Sarah Palin supporter but there is something odd about this move. Why would she leave in the middle of her term instead of completing her term? You have folks demanding that South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford resign from office and he ain’t going nowhere. Yet you have Governor Sarah Palin stepping down from office and no one really knows why. Could the recent Vanity Fair article have something to do with it? Then you have her feud with David Letterman, her issues with her grandson’s father Levi Johnston and backing out of promised commitments.
Anchorage Daily News
Gov. Sarah Palin announced today that she will resign in a few weeks. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will take over at the Governor’s Picnic in Fairbanks on July 26.
“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska,” Palin said.
“Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.”
Palin made the announcement at a news conference at her home in Wasilla.
“I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,” Palin said.
“Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional ‘Lame Duck’ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of ‘politics as usual,’ something I campaigned against and will always oppose. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.”
As for her future, Palin said: “I look forward to helping others — to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops and energy independence.”
The Vanity Fair story is really stirring up a storm amongst the GOP. Check out the story at Politico.com.
According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau the number of households with internet access has gone from 18 percent in 1997 to 62 percent in 2007. Among those with internet access, 82 percent have high speed internet while 17 percent use a dial-up connection.
When it comes to states, New Hampshire, Alaska, Washington (state) and Vermont have the highest rates of internet usage from home, work or public access while Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama and Arkansas have the lowest rates of internet use.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that 62 percent of households reported using Internet access in the home in 2007, an increase from 18 percent in 1997, the first year the bureau collected data on Internet use. (See Table 1.)
Sixty-four percent of individuals 18 and over used the Internet from any location in 2007, while only 22 percent did so in 1997. (See table 2.)
Among households using the Internet in 2007, 82 percent reported using a high-speed connection, and 17 percent used a dial-up connection. (See Table 1.)
“As access to high speed connections have become more prevalent, so too have the number of people that connect to the Internet at home,” said Thom File, a statistician with the Census Bureau Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division. “These data give us a better understanding of who is using the Internet and from where.”
Among the states, Alaska and New Hampshire residents had among the highest rates of Internet use from any location (home, work or public access) for those 3 and older in 2007. Mississippi and West Virginia had among the lowest rates of Internet use at about 52 percent. (See Table 3.)
Internet usage also varied by education. For individuals 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree, 87 percent reported going online from any location in 2007. For those with only some college, 74 percent reported using the Internet. About half (49 percent) of those with only a high school diploma reported using the Internet, compared with 19 percent for those without a high school diploma.
Internet usage also varied by race; 69 percent of whites lived in households with Internet use, while the same was true for 51 percent of blacks, 73 percent of Asians and 48 percent of Hispanics. (See Table 2.)
When looking at age groups, the percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds who accessed the Internet was more than double (73 percent) that of people 65 and older (35 percent). Among children 3 to 17, 56 percent used the Internet. (See Table 2.)
You can check out the stats located in the detailed tables page. The Excel link gives a much better reading of the stats. If you don’t have Microsoft Office Excel on your pc check out the Excel 2003 downloads page where you can download Microsoft Office Excel Viewer. The latest version of Excel Viewer can be found here.