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Politics Roundup for the Weekend — Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Chula Vista…

Rostra: Padilla ends Chula Vista recount, McCann can for now rest easily as Council member

SDUT Editorial: Lessons from the Chula Vista City Council recount

Rostra: “The Twelve Days of Recount”A new song by Derrick Roach

The Latest Headlines…

Rostra’s Brian Brady: A Case For Changing The Republican Party of San Diego County – Part 4: Rebuilding the Coalition

LATimes: San Diego region has become hub of gang-controlled prostitution rings

Word from the Registrar of Voters this morning is that Steve Padilla supporters have called off the balance of the recount in the Chula Vista City Council contest, thus cementing John McCann’s prior win. In the last few days Team Padilla shifted gears from the recount effort to contesting disallowed ballots (see below), then back to the recount, all to no avail.

Politics Roundup for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

 

Rostra’s Brian Brady:

A Case for Changing The Republican Party Of San Diego County — Part Four

Rebuilding the Coalition

 

The Latest Headlines…

Rostra: “The Twelve Days of Recount”A new song by Derrick Roach

SDUT’s Steve Greenhut: Affidavit shows cop union targeting foesThe Costa Mesa experience

Rostra: Senator Anderson Hosts 3,000 without the U.S.S. Midway

SDUT: SDPD sued over cellular tracking tech

There is an ongoing national struggle for leadership in the Republican Party: business establishment vs. populist conservatives.

Populist conservatives led the Republican House victory in 2010, infighting between the two factions produced a national loss in 2012, and an aggressive establishment victory snared the Senate just last month. In California, that struggle was highlighted by the Tim Donnelly v. Neel Kashkari gubernatorial primary last June. Republican volunteers loved Donnelly but the establishment, big-money donors backed Kashkari (then abandoned him in the race against Brown).

The Twelve Days of Recount

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Song
by Derrick W. Roach

On the first day of recount the voter gave to me, a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the second day of recount the voter gave to me, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the third day of recount the voter gave to me, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the fourth day of recount the voter gave to me, four errant marks, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

Senator Anderson Hosts 3,000 Without the U.S.S. Midway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
posted by Eric Andersen

I’m thankful this Christmas that Senator Joel Anderson is a legislator and not an insurance agent. I am an insurance agent. I don’t need nor do I want the competition. Everything he does, he does big. If he had an insurance agency it would dwarf mine, have fifty interns, and have customers driving from Imperial County and Murrieta, while waiting forty-five minutes to purchase a policy from him.

Politics Roundup for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

 

Rostra’s Brian Brady:

A Case for Changing The Republican Party Of San Diego County — Part Three

Where did our voters go?

 

The Latest Headlines…

Rostra: Padilla shifts gears in Chula Vista recount, now contesting disallowed ballotsOur own Barry Jantz broke the news.

SDUT: City Council OKs $1.5M for All-Star bidBéisbol!

SDUT Editorial: Teachers need to be honest about their unions

SDUT: Poway’s Higginson ends long public careerBest wishes to Don.

What happened to the celebrated “San Diego Model”?  The premise of the San Diego Model is that endorsed candidates focus on messaging and communicating with Democrats and Independents, while the Republican Party of San Diego County (RPSDC) focuses on turning out the vote for endorsed Republican candidates.

One in three San Diego County voters is a registered Republican. Approximately 36 percent are registered Democrats and almost 26 percent opt to decline from stating a partisan identity. Republican registration used to be much higher, but voters started moving away from RPSDC in 2008. Why?

Politics Roundup for the Weekend — December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

2016 MLB All Star for San Diego?…

SDUT: All-Star bid is $1.5M for $80M

SDUT: Dubious stats for All-Star Game?“Show me the data. Not buying it in the slightest,” tweeted Erik Bruvold.

City of San Diego machinations…

Voice: High Drama at the City Council Inauguration

SDUT: Lightner taking new approach

SDUT: Marti Emerald tapped for No. 2 job

NBC7 Video: Behind Scenes of Council President Vote: How Incumbent Todd Gloria Was Ousted

…so offered my friend Michael Schwartz, in a satirical comment to my Facebook post:

Just got a greeting card in the mail offering me “Warmest Wishes for the Winter Holiday” from an escrow company in Northern California. Milquetoast. You gotta try harder than that.

Let’s start with this: Offering me the white-washed “Warmest wishes for the Winter Holidays” doesn’t make you politically correct, it makes you personally disinterested in me. Let me explain.

Who is the most important person in the Republican Party of San Diego County?

If you said “The Chairman,” you don’t understand grass roots politics. Our Chairman is a “super-volunteer” and he works his butt off, but a Committee Chairman isn’t the most important person in a Republican organization. The Chairman leads the Committee;  the Committee governs the Party organization.

Politics Roundup for Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Sherri Lightner the new San Diego City Council president…

SDUT: Gloria out, Lightner is council president

NBC7 Video: Todd Gloria Voted Out as City Council President

KPBS: Gloria Ousted As San Diego Council President; Fellow Democrat Lightner Elected

Times of SD: Lightner 1st Woman Elected President of S.D. City Council

SDUT Editorial: Council President Lightner’s challenge

The Latest Headlines…

SDUT’s Steve Greenhut: Is AG ignoring lessons from IRS scandal?

Politics Roundup for Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

 

Rostra’s Brian Brady:

A Case for Changing The Republican Party Of San Diego County — Part One

Today’s news that hasn’t happened yet…

Todd Gloria out as San Diego City Council president; Sherri Lightner has the votes. Count on it.

The Latest Headlines…

SDUT: Chula Vista council to appoint fifth member

SDUT: Chula Vista ballot recount set for Today

SDUT: Zapf wants new spending rule — San Diego councilwoman frustrated predecessor drained community grant fund

Politics Roundup for Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The Latest Headlines…

Rostra’s Brian Brady: A Case for Changing The Republican Party Of San Diego County — Part One

SDUT: Council president vote delayedChris Cate gets to vote

SDUT: Recount requested in Chula Vista council raceAs anticipated, Dems asking, as count leaves Padilla two votes shy of McCann

SDUT: Chula Vista council to be sworn in, discuss vacant seat

KPBS: Carl DeMaio Launches Super PAC Thanks for letting Rostra know, Carl.

San Diego is a Center-Right County

Consider this: Five of the seven Republican candidates for statewide offices earned a majority of the San Diego County vote in this past election. That’s good news for the Republican Party of San Diego County — it means that County voters are still of center-right ideology. But consider this comment, from Rostra awhile back:

The Pearl Harbor attack under Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
posted by Bob Siegel

Written by Bob Siegel and first published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, Dec 8, 2014 —  Just a few days ago, potential 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave a speech where she challenged Americans to “show respect, even for one’s enemies.” She also suggested that we “empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

Don’t be too hard on her. She had plenty of inspiration from our sitting President.

Politics Roundup for the Weekend — December 6 and 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Remember…

SDUT: Remembering Pearl Harbor: 73 years later, a new challenge

SacBee: How little we’re sacrificing

The Latest Headlines…

SDUT: Could land deal end Soledad cross case?

LA Times: Some GOP House challengers were short on funds, reports show

SDUT: The data on race and crime in San Diego

SDUT Editorial: A dangerous fight over water and the Salton Sea

SDUT: Ed Harris criticized for flurry of grants –Outgoing San Diego councilman called unethical, irresponsible

Politics Roundup for Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

What’s next in Chula Vista?…

Times of SD: Padilla Asks Recount After 2-Vote Loss in Chula Vista Council Race

Voice — Fact Check: Recounts Rarely Pay Off“Chula Vista City Councilman-Elect John McCann, who won by two votes, claimed the costly recount process validates the original winner 90 percent of the time.”

MUST Reads…

Rostra’s Vince Vasquez: California GOP: Competitive Statewide by 2020“What’s needed is a new approach to narrowing the voter gap with the Democratic Party.”

Chris Cate: A Brand New Day

Thursday, December 4, 2014
posted by Press Releases - Media Advisories

Cate announces staff selections

Press Release

San Diego, CA: During Chris Cate’s campaign, he promised that he would be an advocate and ally for families in San Diego’s 6th council district. Cate promised that his staff team would be reflective of the diverse and family-oriented district that nearly 150,000 residents call their home. 33% of District 6 residents are of Asian American descent and 1 in every 5 are military. 100% are families.

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

As I wrote a few weeks ago, recent court decisions have made it clear that San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore’s restrictive policies regarding issuance of concealed weapons permits are unconstitutional, infringing on the rights of county citizens.

Despite the Ninth Circuit Court’s November 12 decision to not take up an appeal in Peruta vs. Sheriff Bill Gore, in a recent U-T San Diego article, the Sheriff stated he will continue to delay issuing permits — and that when he finally stops delaying, it could take up to two years to work through his department’s current backlog of applications.

California GOP: Competitive Statewide by 2020

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
posted by Vince Vasquez

New research suggests that active voters in California are becoming an endangered species. A combination of demographic shifts, technology changes and electoral reforms is likely causing systemic, low voter participation in the state, which may well persist through the end of the decade. With enough planning and investment, the California Republican Party can swim against the tide, creating a competitive landscape for future statewide victories.

Elections Are Fundamentally Changing

Ferguson Turmoil: What you need to start mob violence (SATIRE)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
posted by Bob Siegel

Written by Bob Siegel and originally published by Communities Digital News.

SAN DIEGO, November 30, 2014 — Interested in advancing your cause through the wonderful world of news making violence? Would you like to also have the best of both worlds; the benefit of violence without it looking like you were personally responsible?

Well then; this is your lucky day! Following are handy, helpful tips on how to get people angry and stoke the flames of anger that already exists.

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, today announced her leadership team for the 2015-16 legislative session, selecting a group of Assembly Republican Caucus members from across California.

“I’m honored to have an exceptional group of Republican members serve on the caucus’ leadership team,” said Olsen. “We will work closely together to build a strong caucus operation and to promote reforms and policy solutions around our core priorities such as education and job growth that will move California forward.”

Update Tuesday 12/2, 4:45 pm…

It’s official from the Registrar of Voters. John McCann wins in Chula Vista by two votes. In essence, nothing changed from last Wednesday, as anticipated (see prior update below).

Here’s the “final.”

I’m not going out on a limb saying that Steve Padilla or one of his supporters — labor or the Democratic Party, for instance — will now likely start a recount process.

Politics Roundup for Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The latest…

NBC7: San Diego Council Shake-Up Attempt In the WorksIs Todd Gloria facing removal as council pres?

SDUT: Local reserve cap dampens rainy day fund“…late in the legislative session, Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators — at the behest of the powerful California Teachers Association — slipped language into a budget trailer bill that forces local school districts to adopt fiscally irresponsible policies.”

KPBS Video: San Diego’s Mandatory Water Restrictions Rely On Community Policing

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