WORTH NOTING: Gov. Palin Expecting No. 5 — Soon

By: - March 7, 2008 12:00 am

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), who just turned 44, wowed nearly everyone in the capital when she announced she’s expecting her fifth child in May. A runner with a trim figure, the seven-months pregnant governor even kept her staff guessing, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

For months, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) insisted that New York socialite Carol Rome was just “a friend,” writes the Tallahassee Democrat , which shot photos of the couple . But the divorced mother of school-aged girls is now the official “first girlfriend,” according to the St. Petersburg Times . At a soiree in the governor’s mansion, Crist introduced her as “my girlfriend.”

Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger disclosed that admirers gave him 90 gifts worth nearly $14,000 last year, The Sacramento Bee reports. French president Nicolas Sarkozy sent a $325 crystal eagle head, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan sent a $50 delicatessen sandwich kit, and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz gave him a Ronald Reagan magnifying glass, engraved with the words, “Trust but verify.”

If you’re in Utah’s Capitol and want to know which lawmakers are carrying a gun, just check their lapel pins. A red oval with a gold, six-pointed star in the center means the legislator is packing heat, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to the paper, wearing the pin is voluntary. More than 10 percent of the 104-member body has a concealed weapons permit and many legislators take their guns to work, the paper writes .

Rather hit a bar? Utah bars will soon be able to serve 50 percent more alcohol in your drink – or 1.5 ounces – the same amount you get in every other state. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) has said he supports the change, approved by the Legislature, so the rest of the world won’t think Utah is so strange, according to The Associated Press . But don’t get caught ordering an extra shot of tequila with your margarita. The new law allows customers to order another shot while they have a mixed drink on the table, but only if it is a different type of liquor than what is already in their cocktails, the AP writes.

In Illinois, lawmakers decided to keep God out of the class room by voting against allowing a moment of silece in public schools. But within minutes, the same body approved a new “In God We Trust” license plate, the Daily Herald reports.



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Christine Vestal

Christine Vestal covers mental health and drug addiction for Stateline. Previously, she covered health care for McGraw-Hill and the Financial Times.