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Note: This page includes short news headlines as they happen. If you scroll through the page and read earlier headlines, information pertaining to the events in those sections may have changed significantly since the section was posted.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is picked as McCain's VP
In the wake of Obama's speech officially accepting the presidential nomination, McCain announced Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin as his choice for Vice President. Palin, a former city councilwoman, Alaskan mayor, star high school basketball player and beauty queen, is a Republican political rebel of sorts; in 2005-06 she ran on a reform ticket without her party's support, and ousted Democrat Tony Knowles. Palin has had approval ratings in Alaska of 70-80%, and is known for being down-to-earth; she sold the previous incumbent's jet to fly commercially, is the mother of five, and is married to a native Alaskan, Todd Palin, a seasonal fisherman and an oil field worker offseason. She is an avid NRA and prolife supporter.
All 4 initiatives get shot down in the August 26 Primary Election
On Tuesday August 26, all 4 of the proposed amendments on the ballot failed. With 98% of precincts reporting, Amendment One, Gambling Commission, failed with 38% for and 62% against. Amendment 2, Wolf Protection, failed with 44% for and 56% against. Amendment 3, Clean Elections, failed with 35% for and 65% against. Amendment 4, Clean Water, failed with 43% for and 57% against.