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Sarah Palin's upcoming speech at Cal State Stanislaus energizes supporters -- and critics. What do you think?

TalkBackLAFormer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's upcoming speech at Cal State Stanislaus is drawing attention -- both welcome and unwelcome.

University officials say the June 25 event has been generating interest and ticket sales in the mostly conservative San Joaquin Valley community.

"It's very clear that Palin has a lot of interest in our community," said Matt Swanson, president of the Cal State Stanislaus Foundation, which is hosting the event. "We have our usual donors involved, but more than 50% of them are new donors. It's not our intent to alienate anybody, but in this day and age, new money is the most prized thing of all."

But critics say Palin should not make the speech and are criticizing the secrecy surrounding it. The Times revealed earlier this week that the 2008 vice presidential candidate would receive $75,000 for the talk.

Cal State Stanislaus officials said the $500-a-plate event, which will accommodate about 400 people, is expected to net $150,000 to $200,000 for the foundation. Sponsored tables are selling for $5,000 to $50,000. They have stressed that no public funds are being spent and that costs will be covered by money raised specifically for the gala.

State Sen. Leland Yee (D- San Francisco) has cited the dust-up in pushing legislation, SB 330, that would require university foundations like that at Stanislaus to adhere to the California Public Records Act.

In the video above, Times education writer Carla Rivera assesses the dust up. Read her coverage here.

Tell us what you think below.

-- Los Angeles Times

Photo: Sarah Palin. Credit: Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (13)

Is there a state law prohibiting conservatives from speaking at publicly owned colleges and universities?

Anyone who says she shouldn't come here to our state is a fascist.

Gov. Sarah Palin is an enchanting, exciting, evocative public speaker, and a great role model for young ladies everywhere. Isn't she speaking at Cal-State Stanislaus for a reduced fee? They are lucky to have her.

I think Failin' Palin is the perfect spokesperson for her audience. She is an idiot and they are useful idiots!

Interesting dynamic to Sara Palin's followers. They like her because everyone else thinks she's not up to the task. Almost any task.

It's an "In your face" attitude. This sort of thing does not bring out the best in us.

The more incompetent she sounds, the more her supporters love her act, the more her supporters love her act the more frightening the prospect of her being in any sort of position of importance.

"We love Sara because she don't use them big words like them liberal elites!"

A very bad reason to support someone.

Freedom of speech, right? It is a foundation so are they spending college funds? You don't have to go see her. I would think the fund raiser for Barbara Boxer, held recently, is far more an obscene waste of money in these hard times!

75,000? That's a scholarship for a struggling student. But if Sarah needs the funds, by all means....

Per the article "
They have stressed that no public funds are being spent and that costs will be covered by money raised specifically for the gala."

OK. I am not a fan of Sarah, but what about free speech? Also it appears the school is nothing more than a paid venue to hold the event. Would this be newsworthy if Lady Gaga came to town and held a concert and paid the university for the right use one of the facilities????

What is all the fuss.

The message to students... value of ...

education / intellectual curiosity

What does our society support?

Waste of my taxpayer dollars?? Not very smart for a college.

Sarah Palin at a university? That is not a good fit since she blasts the intellectual liberals, who, compared to her, are willing to learn and openminded enough for new challenges. After all it took her six years to finish a four-year degree at multiple colleges. What an insult to the intellectuals and what a terrible message for aspiring students! Palin is not intrinsically motivated. It's all money, as it is with the rest of the GOP hypocrites.

Big ado about nothing. No public money is being used and the event will fund scholarships for students. I'm not a Palin fan but this is just the left trying to shut down any dissent to their ridiculous policies and goals.

I frankly don't care who they invite, but as a matter of settled law (CSU Fresno Assn v Superior Court) the University is required to disclose the contract under the provisions of the California Public Records Act. Several University employees had negotiated it and store it in the University administration building. The Foundation claims it reimburses the University for the time spent by University employees, but that doesn't change that these employees are required to work for the University as part of their job description. The settled law I mentioned was that once a document is in the custody of a University employee for something that is related to their job, it becomes a public record.

Why pay so much money to hear a beauty-queen who dropped Alaska as Governor. So much for responsibilities typical air head. A true Republican never do anything right.


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