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“PARKING FOR REPUBLICANS ONLY. All other will be taxed.”

- Red, white and blue driveway sign — with elephant — from the Republican National Committee ($15 at


Heidi Fleiss, Kurt Cobain, Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur — and Sarah Palin? They have one thing in common: Nick Broomfield, an independent British filmmaker who has made unorthodox documentaries on each.

Mr. Broomfield is almost finished with his Palin production that will likely prove the antithesis of “The Undefeated,” the well-received feature film chronicling Mrs. Palin’s political career that gets its first public screening at Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s RightOnline conference in Minneapolis this weekend.

The British filmmaker’s take on Mrs. Palin will “stir the pot,” says Los Angeles Times film writer Steven Zeitchik, who frames the work as a “scathing” look at Mrs. Palin, portraying her as ruthless politician rather than straightforward patriot.

“The film could then play fall film festivals such as Toronto, with a distributor getting the opportunity to release it into the teeth of the 2012 election cycle, in which Palin is expected to be a key player,” Mr. Zeitchik says. “It remains to be seen whether Broomfield’s Palin film will play to a larger audience, or to a crowd predisposed against her.”


• 77 percent of likely Republican voters say limiting federal government and reducing the national debt play a critical role in swaying their vote in 2012.

• 50 percent say the right to life and “protecting immoral influences on children” also play a critical role in their vote.

• 49 percent of voters overall would vote for President Obama if the election “were held today.”

• 43 percent would vote for Mitt Romney, 37 percent for Tim Pawlenty.

• 45 percent will “probably vote” for Mr. Obama in 2012, 40 percent for “the Republican candidate.”

• 45 percent of Republican voters are satisfied with the field of Republican presidential candidates.

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