Gov. Palin's address to be live streamed tonight

Governor Sarah Palin will deliver her State of the State address at 7 p.m. Alaska time (10 p.m. CST) tonight. The ADN Political Blog says there were rumors around Juneau that the governor hired a professional speechwriter to draft what will be her third State of the State presentation.

Palin communications director Bill McAllister says that is not the case, but some friends did volunteer some of their own time to help with the first draft.

McAllister said he doesn’t know who they are:

“It’s her speech.”

The spokesman also revealed that Gov. Palin has made significant revisions in the last few days and may even be doing some fine tuning of it while she rehearses the speech. McAllister added:

“It’s her first conversation with the entire Legislature since last year, so it certainly can set a tone, a vision of where she wants to go.”

Many Alaskans will be watching to hear what the governor has to say about the state’s budget, according to the Juneau Empire:

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said she expects Palin to address the budget in the speech.

Declining prices paid for the state’s oil has left Alaska facing a shortfall in next year’s budget, based on current spending levels.

Unlike her previous two State of the State addresses, this one is drawing national attention now that Gov. Palin has become something of a rock star. It may be first State of the State address delivered by an Alaska governor to be covered by the Washington Post, which has reportedly sent a reporter and a photographer to the 49th state to cover the story.

The speech will be broadcast across Alaska, and interested web surfers can view a live stream of the speech via the Gavel to Gavel Alaska network courtesy of public television station KTOO.

– JP