She wasn't traveling on the state plane, but still: "The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife," Grimaldi and Vick write. "Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official 'duty station' is Juneau."
Any reason to think this sort of thing would stick to Palin (any more than it sticks to Obama)? "Gov. Palin's ability to generate crowd excitement gives the Republicans for the first time this year a semblance of star power that can be compared with Barack Obama -- though she has yet to draw the tens of thousands he has regularly attracted," Laura Meckler writes in The Wall Street Journal. "The Democratic presidential candidate's language is more fluid than Gov. Palin's, and his phrases more poetic. Gov. Palin's words are sharper and more pointed."
Find the rock star: "In just over a week, Mrs. Palin has eclipsed Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee. One woman at a Midwest rally said after her fiery speech, 'Boy, I wish she were on the top of the ticket,' " Joseph Curl writes in the Washington Times.
"At John McCain's rally in the town of Lee's Summit, Mo., today, there were more people standing outside than were able to fit inside," ABC's Bret Hovell reports. "That kind of crowd just hadn't been seen at McCain's events before last week's Republican convention. And it wasn't just today. Saturday in Colorado Springs, about 10,000 people waved American flags at McCain's rally in an airport hangar there, and Friday in the town of Cedarburg, Wis., there were more people crowding the main street and the surrounding blocks than the population of the tiny town."
"McCain's choice of the Alaska governor as running mate hasn't just fired up core Republican voters, it's also energized the 72-year-old Arizona senator as he starts the final sprint toward the Nov. 4 election," Bloomberg's Edwin Chen writes.
"Exuberant crowds greeted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the man who heads the Republican presidential ticket -- remember Sen. John McCain? -- both inside and outside The Pavilion at John Knox Village," per Steve Kraske, of the Kansas City Star.
Team McCain is already giving Palin a makeover: "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at her son's Army deployment ceremony on 9/11 and spend two days with ABC News crews later this week as part of a McCain campaign plan to increase Americans' comfort with her as a leader," Politico's Mike Allen writes. "It turns out that she is spending much of Thursday and Friday with [Charles] Gibson -- at the ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska, and at her home in Wasilla, Alaska."
"In the past week, McCain -- with new running mate Sarah Palin always close by his side -- has transformed the Republican campaign narrative into what amounts to a running biography of this new political odd couple," Jonathan Martin and Jim VandeHei write for Politico.