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RIP, Justice Scalia

Saturday, February 13, 2016
posted by Barry Jantz

A sad day for the nation.

1986 Nomination: Antonin Scalia, Ronald Reagan, William Rehnquist

Despite the rhetoric that will undoubtedly follow, it’s always good to see philosophical opponents provide praise. Scott Lay does so and provides an excellent summation of the future:

“It’s with a sad heart I report the natural-cause death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

The US Senate race from California is odd right now. Democrat Kamala Harris is leading the polls with Democrat Loretta Sanchez slightly ahead of Republican Tom Del Beccaro and then, Republican Duf Sundheim. Republican Rocky Chavez bowed out of the race on Monday to announce he’s running for his incumbent Assembly seat.

UCSD absurd claims on Voter ID Fraud

Thursday, February 11, 2016
posted by Elliot Schroeder

UCSD Researchers are making the case that voter ID laws suppress minority votes. California is one of a few states that have no voter ID laws.


Liberals maintain that requiring ID is discriminatory and disenfranchises voters. Several studies make the ludicrous claim that there is no significant voting fraud in the US due to a low turn out.  Though there is evidence that there is indeed some voter fraud,  I question the studies that haven’t found it.  Why? Simply, if you aren’t requiring voter ID how do you know someone is committing voter fraud at the ballot box?

Duncan Hunter vapes during Capitol Hill hearing

Thursday, February 11, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

From The Hill…

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Thursday took a puff from a nicotine vaporizer during a hearing, a protest of a proposed ban of e-cigarettes on airplanes.

“This is called a vaporizer. There’s no combustion. There’s no carcinogens,” Hunter said after exhaling a white cloud. “Smoking has gone down as the use of vaporizers has gone up.

Read it all here.

Voepel Financing is Fishy

Thursday, February 11, 2016
posted by Scaramanga

Santee Mayor Randy Voepel’s recent campaign finance disclosure raises some interesting questions as to how his campaign is being financed.  In his last report covering July 1-December 31, 2015, he raised $26,700 – but 43% of it came from his consulting team on the last day of the period.  John Wanio and Mason Herron, both of the San Diego Group, gave a combined $7,400, while 25-year old Asher Burke contributed $4,200.

Last week I covered the absurd “Bias Free Language” Regulations issued by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to restrict words used by City staff in verbal and written communications.

This week the Pacific Justice Institute has fired off a letter containing a legal demand that the Mayor rescind the regulations as a violation of free speech.

These two links have all the information on this controversy:

DeMaio Report Story: San Diego Mayor Restrictions on “Bias Free Language”

Natural Law and the Global War on Terrorism: A Response to Jason Jackson

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
posted by Eric Andersen

Thank you Jason for such a well thought out response and enjoyable read. I have nothing but respect for you. Not only for your Annapolis academic background but your hours spent reading classical sources.   You’re not only one of the most well-read persons I know, but a gentleman.

I will attempt to interact with you using the same format you shared in your piece. Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity to dialogue on an issue whose harms to our nation are so great and so rarely thoughtfully discussed.

Wyoming Native and San Diego Treasure Pete Kanelos Returns Home

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
posted by Ryan Purdy

The first time I met Pete Kanelos was a few years back at a political function. Within the first several seconds of meeting him I was at first startled, then cracking up, and quickly thereafter thinking to myself, “This guy is a real breath of fresh air.” Everything with Pete is vivid, so it’s fitting I remember our first encounter clearly.

Me: Hi, I am Ryan Purdy.

Pete: What? You’re a real person?

Bad news for California.   Other states are dropping their state income tax rates for the well-to-do, making those states ever more attractive for wealthy folks — compared to the money-grabbing Golden State.

In 2015, CA was “only” 21% higher than the 2nd highest state — Hawaii.  But starting in 2016 Hawaii has dramatically cut their top rate from 11% to 8.25%. A very liberal state, Hawaii’s politicians nevertheless figured out that it should welcome rich people rather than drive them away.

Natural Law and the Global War on Terrorism: A Response to Mr. Eric Andersen

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason JacksonJason Jackson

There has been a fascinating foreign policy debate in recent days on Rostra between leaders in San Diego County’s conservative movement. The flashpoint was congressional candidate Jacquie Atkinson’s recent critique of diplomacy with Iran, which sparked an acrimonious though substantive exchange on competing visions for a just foreign policy between Frank Dowse and Eric Andersen.

I had a lot of fun being the HOST of a debate rather than being a candidate in one!  During the US Senate debate last night, one of the three candidates (Rocky Chavez) drops out!

Watch it here

Rocky Chavez really pisses off Jerry Kern and Phil Graham

Monday, February 8, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

Updated 2/9/16, with a comment from Jerry Kern…

Rocky Chávez, the sitting 76th District Assemblyman, tonight threw in the towel on a U.S. Senate bid that for months everyone seemingly besides him thought was a really stupid idea, instead announcing he would seek reelection to his own seat, several months after two credible GOP candidates started campaigning to succeed him.

Fusion without Compromise

Monday, February 8, 2016
posted by Eric Andersen

Observations on the opposing political views of Frank Dowse and Hypocrisy.

Buckley 2Buckley attempted to fuse different groups within conservatism (Christians, paleos, libertarians etc…) but ended up sacrificing limited government for big as a necessary evil to thwart communism. His intentions were noble but now the greatest threat to our dreams is an internal one, the area he compromised, big government, the means by which he had hoped to thwart the external threat.

Regarding the fundraising plea below:

Ok, if it were my child, I’d also continue to help him, right up until the end.

Even if the end had passed long ago.

But, I’d also hope my kid would save us all the embarrassment. For the sake of the family, maybe.

With all due respect to the former president, 28 years was long ago. As well, it’s not like remembering the bygone days of Ronald Reagan. No, it’s … well, how can I nicely put it? … it’s Bush.

This article is a reminder to all pro athletes why they don’t want to make California their home, and why they don’t want to play for a California team.  Indeed, from a tax standpoint, they’d be wise not to play in a western conference — given that many of the games will be with California teams.  Cam Newton is learning this lesson the hard way — and doubtless is thanking his lucky stars he plays in an east coast NFL conference.

You can tell fiscal reform mindset is long gone at City Hall by checking out the 82-page set of Regulations issued by the City governing the use of its new logo and imposing absurd mandates on things such as e-mail formatting and “Bias-Free Language.” Oh, and spending $48,000 in taxpayer funds on a logo design.

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Jim Desmond gets a jump on 2018 Supervisor race

Friday, February 5, 2016
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond’s announcement yesterday, for the San Diego County Board seat of current Supervisor Bill Horn…

Today I announced my candidacy for Supervisor District 5 in 2018. As Mayor of San Marcos, with balanced budgets, strong reserves, and solid infrastructure, our community has thrived. As a Board member of SANDAG and the San Diego Airport Authority I have approved billions of dollars of regional projects creating thousands of local jobs. I’ll bring fiscally conservative values to the County and build a better future for all county residents.

Turko’s follow up to the Spring Valley storm drain mess

Thursday, February 4, 2016
posted by Guest Column

KUSI News - San Diego, CA

Guest Commentary
by Hector R. Gastelum

KUSI’s crusading reporter Michael Turko ran a followup story on an earlier problem with a leaking storm drain in Spring Valley. This one is both very sad and absolutely infuriating, as Turko reports in “From Bad to Worse.”

Sen. Ben Hueso and campaign treasurer facing additional charges for violations of the Political Reform Act

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

Col. Richard Shigley USMC Ret.
Ken Moser

Foreign Policy: Christian Conservative or Progressive Humanist?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
posted by Eric Andersen

A response to Mr. Frank Dowse.

Washington TearsIn a previous post Frank Dowse took me to task for challenging Congressional candidate Jacquie Atkinson’s foreign policy views. My thoughts below summarize what I see as the distinctives that separate a Christian and a principled policy view from a humanist and progressive one.

Who is Frank Douse who goes by the pen name “Founding Father”?

Supervisor Jacob’s re-election committee releases fundraising totals

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release (1/29/16)

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s re-election committee today released fundraising totals, reporting almost 1,500 contributions totaling $431,242 during the 2016 campaign cycle, and total cash-on-hand as of December 31 of $607,258. Of the contributions received during this campaign cycle, over 95% were from residents of San Diego County.

“I’m deeply moved by the response of local residents over the past six months,” said Jacob. “Since special interest groups revealed they were promoting a challenger in my district, there has been a spontaneous outpouring of support for me unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” she said.

Cruz Trumps The Donald in Republican Iowa Caucus

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
posted by Erica Holloway

We’ve all heard it. The worn-out political proverb: “As Iowa goes, so goes the nation.” Were that true of the Iowa Caucus, we’d have Republican Presidential nominees Bob Dole, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum in the annals of history. So while Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas did prove he could overcome the graceless, uncouth stylings of one businessman and reality show personality Donald Trump…

Read all of my column at BlogHer.

Fundraising in key local races

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

Thanks to Ryan Clumpner at the Lincoln Club of San Diego, here is a summary of 2015 fundraising and current cash position in some races deemed by the club as priority contests…

County Supervisor District 2

Dianne Jacob
Total Raised: $385,151.52
Cash on hand: $607,258.16
Debt: $0

Joel Anderson
Total Raised: $273,660.71
Cash on hand: $273,243.35
Debt: $1,237.50

County Supervisor District 3

Kristin Gaspar
Total Raised: $105,884.00
Cash on hand: $83,651.11
Debt: $16,832.79

Join our studio audience for the debate – ticket information below! – Carl

Republican US Senate Candidates to Debate Feb. 8 on the DeMaio Report

Monday, February 8

Rocky Chavez
Tom Del Beccaro
Duf Sundheim

Moderated by Carl DeMaio and Cliff Albert

My friend Greg Swann and I have been alternating between hysterics and horror about the campaign of Donald Trump.  It’s less hysterics and more horror now that the Iowa Caucuses have started.  While the “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore” vote is understandable, trading one soft tyrant for another is no restoration of our First Principles.  Phrases I hear from Trump supporters include:  “take a flamethrower to the whole thing” or “burn this b**** to the ground”.  That’s not a traditionally conservative response.

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