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Here’s how deceiving our unemployment figures can be:
1. The California unemployment rate in December dropped a dramatic .2% in one month — from 7.2% to 7.0%. That is an IMPRESSIVE improvement. Except . . .
2.Number of net jobs added in California that month — a state with over 38,800,000 people: 700. No, I didn’t leave out a zero or two — SEVEN HUNDRED.
Yes, a statistically insignificant 700 net jobs added, yet our state unemployment rate dropped a full two-tenths of a percent. How can this be?

You know the answer by now: Our lower unemployment rate for December is almost 100% due to people no longer looking for work, leaving the state, or retiring (a.k.a. the lower “labor force participation rate”) — even after counting the young adults entering the CA work force marketplace.

Assemblyman Jones Calls for Real Government Reforms

Thursday, January 22, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In this week’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) calls for politicians to enact “real” government reform in the area of workers’ compensation. In a November 2014 survey conducted by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, California was ranked number one for the nation’s highest workers’ compensation costs, coming in at $3.48 per $100 of payroll on average – a mind-boggling 188% of the national median. “It’s time for politicians to stop hiding behind their phony reforms and get to work,” said Assemblyman Jones. “Join me in keeping Sacramento accountable so we can actually work at reducing costs.”

An Open Letter to CityBeat on Gun Show article

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
posted by Guest Column

From Michael Schwartz

To San Diego CityBeat’s Ryan Bradford,

I read your recent article on the Crossroads of the West gun show, held in Del Mar on December 14.

The way your half-drunken friends treat pistols makes them representative of gun owners as much as their alcohol abuse makes them sommeliers or enologists. I do commend them for unloading the pistol’s magazine before letting you handle it, which is far more like the safety precautions I am used to seeing from gun owners. (Note: a “clip” loads a magazine. A “magazine” holds ammunition. Your friend unloaded the pistol’s magazine.)

An App for Socialism?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Electronic Arts is out with a new app called SimCity BuildIt. Its a free game with some in-app purchases that you can play on your iphone, ipad, and android devices (and link to friends’ cities through facebook). SimCity is an old game, often reinvented, where you are the mayor that has to build a city. No city councils or elections get in your way. The gameplay of SimCity let’s you pick your residential areas. As the game goes you can relocate them at no cost and eminent domain without restraint! You also build the factories and stores that you want. Its a central planner socialist dream!

Revelations about the surveillance state are eroding trust in government and in law enforcement in particular.  Police officer involved deaths of civilians are also responsible. Setting the Ferguson incident aside, which details are murky; Eric Garner’s death in New York and the death of Tamir Rices in Cleveland, both captured on video, cast doubt on the fairness and integrity of those police departments and the justice system.

Assembly Budget Committee Member Brian Jones Asks for Budget Priorities from Californians

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones, from Santee, is back for the fourth year of his video series, “Are You Kidding Me?” This week, as a new member of the Assembly Budget Committee and in response to Governor Brown releasing his proposal for the 2015-16 State Budget, he is asking Californians for their input. Recognizing the Governor’s plan increases spending once again, Jones said, “California’s fiscal problems are not behind us, despite the headlines you see in your morning papers. Our state still faces $340 billion in unfunded pension and healthcare costs for the State’s retirees. As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I’m making your thoughts on the budget my priority. I’m eager to hear your input.”

New local GOP leadership team selected

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

San Diego Republicans Elect Leadership Team For 2015-2016
Adopt Rule to oppose any new taxes, fees, or bonds which require 55% to pass

SAN DIEGO – Members of the Republican Party of San Diego County elected their leadership team for the 2015-2016 cycle last night, January 12, at their organizational meeting held at the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island.

Last week, President Obama unveiled a plan to pay for the first two years of community college if people worked for it. The President rolled this out, as usual, as a way to help the people. There has been no success criteria tied to this proposal like having X number of people fill critical positions. Even if it did it wouldn’t justify why taxpayers need to pay for it. Reason magazine gave a great description of how the plan is pointless in California due to both the low cost and the long wait lines. Others have pointed out that the plan would cost taxpayers somewhere between $34 and $60 Billion. As others debate the merits of his proposal, endstate asks what was Obama’s goal for this plan?

Sheriff, I Think It’s Time

Monday, January 12, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

If I could have one wish it would be that our lives were more peaceful and less politicized.

In order for peace to become a reality we must have a law system that allows persons with different beliefs about government and religion to live side by side.  I am not aware of a better blueprint for this than the ideas codified in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.  I think the wisdom of Jefferson shined most brilliantly when he penned these seven words.

Here’s a nasty tax that Californians pay every year.  It’s a tax that you are probably completely unaware of — a tax that is charged in only 6 other states.
When you pay for your California homeowners policy, life insurance, car insurance, health insurance, business insurance, annuity — ANY insurance product except “tax qualified” plans (annuity retirement plans, primarily) — hidden inside your insurance bill is a 2.35% CA premium tax — essentially a sales tax.  It’s not broken out as a tax in your bill, nor discussed by your insurance companies when you buy their products.It’s a tax in lieu of the insurance companies paying a corporate income tax on NET profits — the way the vast majority of states choose to tax insurance corporations (if they have a state corporate income tax at all, of course).

I don’t know for sure exactly how we compare with other states overall on this tax, but I DID find the figures on how we rank with our 2.35% annuity premium tax — we are 2nd highest in the nation (Nevada beats us).  I suspect our state’s ranking is similar if not identical for the other forms of insurance, but can’t find a source verifying that such is the case.

Boxer’s announcement sets up grandson for a job

Thursday, January 8, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

Politics aside, views of Sen. Barbara Boxer aside, there’s a PR firm out there that should be lashed for this video.

San Diego’s “Influentials” for 2014

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
posted by Rostra General Posts

It’s a tough task to put together an adequate, objective or even fair list of those throughout the region having the most influence in the last year. Influence on what, exactly, and in what way? Heck, it’s even difficult to get people to agree on the definition of “influence.”

Every Picture Tells a Story

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

Heritage Action has dropped Congressman Duncan D. Hunter’s (R-CA 50th District) score . . . again. Not just Heritage Action, but Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works and the American Conservative Union.

The American Conservative Union

Could it have anything to do with H.R. 1947, the Farm Bill (Roll Call 263)

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Heritage Action

Could it be his support for sugar subsidies?

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Americans for Prosperity

In my last two years as an Executive Board member of the Republican Party of San Diego County (a position from which I’ve resigned), I noticed a growing alienation between “rank-and-file” Republican volunteers and our County Central Committee (an elected position which I still hold). The most engaged Republican voters think we push candidates on them rather than listen to them. I covered this in my series about the RPSDC.

This isn’t just a San Diego problem.

Encinitas Community Park… Finally!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

Everybody loves a park, right?

Right?

I asked twice because apparently some people do not. How else can you explain why it took 14 years to turn a piece of prime Encinitas real estate, west of I-5 mind you, into the new park that finally will open on Saturday January 10th?
Fourteen years of lawsuits, name calling, motive questioning, opposition, picayune objections, moving goal posts, Coastal Commission hearings, and on and on and on.

Thanks from Senator Joel Anderson — Holiday Legislative Open House

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

In my last installment, I suggested that there was only one approach to grow our party for the 2016 election cycle — change the endorsement process. I said:

Our endorsement process is broken — it alienates a lot of people. After reading through this entire series, I’ve concluded that two things could change us for the better: getting people elected to the Central Committee with no financial stake in the party endorsements (which can’t be attempted until 2017) or changing the way we endorse candidates (which can be changed in the next month). The latter is the only option we have this election cycle.”

A step back from politics — Don’t be mad, I’m just the messenger

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
posted by Poway Roger

My son has an internship with our State Senator, Joel Anderson. One day he was given a task to call the various church leaders throughout the district to see if they would lend their names to one of  Anderson’s projects.

My son called a Catholic church and, not being Catholic, wasn’t familiar with some of the the abbreviated titles on the list he was given.

So, he called the San Diego Catholic Diocese and asked if he could speak to “Messenger so and so.”

A Response to Carl DeMaio’s “New Generation”

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

What distinguishes the Republican Party from the Democrat Party is that Republicans build our coalition around principles, while the Democrats build their coalition around identities. The Democrat strategy is to cobble together a coalition of African Americans, Hispanics, single women, gays, and union members and hope that group equals 51 percent of the electorate. That’s why identity politics are so important to Democrats. They believe that we owe our rights to government and that rights vest through our membership in collective groups favored by government. As such, their electoral prospects are hitched to dividing us up by our descriptive characteristics and making their party the benevolent benefactors of government largesse to as many identity groups as possible.

We’ve had some great discussions in this series and I spent a lot of time discussing the Volunteer Neighborhood Precinct Captains. I’ve served on two other county committees (Camden County, NJ and Maricopa County, AZ)  before serving on the San Diego Committee. In those committees, the Precinct Captain was elected and was the basic building block of party governance and operations.

Take a look at what’s happening in Arizona. John McCain is trying to purge the “tea party” precinct committee captains:

Senator Anderson is an East County Powerhouse

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Two weeks ago Senator Joel Anderson hosted his annual Holiday Gala at Toyota of El Cajon. The event drew over 3,000 people, and served as welcome reminder of the type of support our legislators can earn when they excel at constituent service and vote on behalf of the people’s interests in Sacramento.

Here’s a front page SAN DIEGO U-T “feel good” story about El Cajon police giving out $20 bills rather than citations for Christmas.  WONDERFUL publicity for the cops. Allow me to play the Grinch in this activity.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/27/tp-cops-give-cash-instead-of-citations/

Here’s the shorter AP story that went out on the national wire.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/27/police-in-san-diego-suburb-give-cash-at-traffic/

Over 3,000 at Senator Anderson East County Holiday Party

Sunday, December 28, 2014
posted by Guest Column

by Guest Party-Goer Jordan Marks

Looking all around me I was literally lost in a sea of folks. That description is usually followed by, “I was at a palooza,” “a concert,” or “a street fair,” but for political nerds it was the Senator Joel Anderson Holiday party in El Cajon.

Politics Roundup for Sunday, December 28, 2014 — Year-End Notables

Sunday, December 28, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Year-End Notables…

Voice: The 2014 Voice of the Year Is …Sea World foes, Jerry Sanders, Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez make the list.

Voice: Part Two, Voice of the Year: The Near-MissesRostra contributors Kevin Faulconer, Jason Roe and Revolvis, Carl DeMaio, Barry Jantz are mentioned.

Breitbart: Top 25 Conservative Voices in CaliforniaRostra contributors Tom Del Beccaro, Jon Fleischman, Richard Rider are making an impact.

The 2,000-year-old Blog

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz

As is my custom the past several years on this eve…

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

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