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Update: Press Release this morning from the Republican Party of Iowa:

DES MOINES – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today announced Governor Sarah Palin will be the Party’s special guest at the upcoming Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom.

“The Iowa GOP is pleased that Gov. Palin is traveling to Iowa to join the battle to return principled, conservative leadership to Iowa,” said Chairman Strawn. “Our economic and personal freedoms are under attack in Washington, DC and Des Moines. I know Iowa Republicans will be energized and motivated by Gov. Palin to stand up and fight for these principles all the way to Election Day and beyond.”

The Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom will take place the evening of Friday, September 17 in Des Moines. The exact time and location will be announced closer to the event. Tickets for the Reagan Dinner are $100 each, or $1,000 for a table of eight.

Strawn noted that while the former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential nominee is popular among Iowans, the current economy is challenging for many Iowa families who may wish to attend. That is why the Iowa GOP is offering Iowans an opportunity to volunteer through any of its ten statewide Victory Centers in exchange for a ticket to the Ronald Reagan “Salute to Freedom” Dinner. For additional details regarding volunteer opportunities, Iowans should contact their local Iowa GOP Victory Center in: Ames, Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Iowa City, Marion, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Urbandale.

Tickets can be reserved by emailing [email protected] or by calling 515-282-8105.

Original: The Iowa Republican broke the news late yesterday afternoon, but last night confirmed that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be coming to Iowa on Friday, September 17 to headline the Republican Party of Iowa’s Ronald Reagan Dinner.

I usually don’t run with “sources” especially when it deals with Governor Palin’s speaking apperances… since “sources” have had a tendency to be just a tad inaccurate which in turn causes a trumped-up controversy.  I contacted a couple of people, but haven’t heard back yet…. I obviously haven’t cultivated sources like my friend Craig Robinson at TIR has.

He said that details will be released later today and that it was confirmed so I decided to trust him and post on it.  I’ll update as I know more, and if this turns out not to be true I will harass Craig unmercifully (just kidding).  With this being her first visit to Iowa since her book signing in Sioux City in December we can count on 2012 speculation to accompany her.

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