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Kern announces for Assembly

Sunday, March 29, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern
I am honored to have been asked to run as a candidate in 76th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Encinitas. As a 40-year resident of North County and third term council member in the district’s largest city, I am thoroughly familiar with all of the communities within the 76th district.

Reid to retire

Friday, March 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

The U-T San Diego Editorial Board stirred the pot of the Chargers’ stadium/relocation controversy by arguing that the team actually wants to move to L.A. They make a compelling argument, and many San Diegans lament that the Chargers are as good as gone. However, all of this assumes that the NFL owners would allow the Chargers to relocate to L.A., and I’m not sure that they will.

The Hunter Doctrine – Leave Europe to the Soviets

Thursday, March 26, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

This week Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office announced a foreign policy vision that should be of deep concern to conservatives. In his own words, Mr. Hunter believes that America’s foreign policy should be “you go in, you kick a–, you leave.” Mr. Hunter goes so far as to refer to this as the “Hunter Doctrine.” Fortunate for us we had the Marshall Plan after WWII – If Mr. Hunter had been in charge we would have kicked Germany’s a– and then left Europe to the Soviets.

Ted Cruz announced that he is running for President in 2016. To date, he is the only Republican or Democrat who has announced his campaign. Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton have sent a lot of messages but Cruz is running for President.

This is a great thing for a Republican in the November 2016 Presidential campaign. Here are five reasons why:

If it wasn’t official before that Randy Voepel is seeking the 71st AD seat currently held by Brian Jones…

From the Voepel Campaign

While it has been the pleasure of my lifetime to serve as Mayor of Santee, I’ve determined it’s time for a new opportunity to serve. That’s why I’ve decided to run for the 71st Assembly District.

As Mayor of Santee since 2000, I’ve worked hard to build a strong record. Specifically, my tenure as Mayor has been a demonstration of how conservative policies can work at a local level.

by John Nienstedt, President, Competitive Edge Research & Communication

My firm, Competitive Edge, uses Perception Analyzer™ dials to test TV ads, speeches, debate performance and even movies. Remember the movie “2016: Obama’s America”? We dial-tested it to uncover some fascinating findings about what aspects of the film – down to the second — influenced voters’ thinking.

BIA vs. Encinitas Lawsuit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

On October 10, 2014, the San Diego County Building Industry Association (BIA), a CA not for profit Trade Association, sued the City of Encinitas in Superior court (case# 37-2014-0034550-CU-WM-NC) because of changes the City Council adopted in how the city should interpret Government Code section 65915, also known as the “Density Bonus Law.”

According to BIA Vice-President Matt Adams, the BIA simply wants the City of Encinitas to “uphold and administer the laws of the State of California.” Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar would only say that “it would be inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal matters.”

Kicking butt with Duncan Hunter

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

From Congressman Hunter’s office…

“Look for Politico’s story on the Hunter Doctrine in tomorrow’s print edition.”

The Hunter Doctrine: ‘You kick a–, and you leave’


Step aside, James Monroe. Duncan Hunter is developing his own “Hunter Doctrine.”

“You go in, you kick a–, and you leave,” the Republican congressman from California explained.

Stadium Advisory Group on possible announcement from Chargers

Sunday, March 22, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

In response to what many have heard as the Chargers’ plans to announce to NFL owners that the team has determined the financing plan being developed by the Citizens Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG), the group’s spokesman Tony Manolatos released the following statement…

That plan won’t be released until the end of May, so anyone suggesting they know what it is going to include is mistaken. That said, CSAG has been clear that the financing plan it forwards to Mayor Kevin Faulconer for his consideration will include a number of different revenue streams from multiple sources. See below for more info.

DeMaio on KUSI – Pension Reform and Chargers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
posted by Carl DeMaio

I appeared on KUSI yesterday to talk about my partnership with former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (D) on a possible state-wide pension reform initiative.

Here’s that clip:

On the way out, Steve Bosh asked me about how to protect taxpayers in any possible stadium deal with the Chargers.

Here’s that clip:

Stakeholder Memo from The Republican Party of San Diego: Major contribution to Joel Anderson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

FROM: Tony Krvaric, Chairman
RE: Victory Campaign Update, Dated March 16, 2015

Joel Anderson For Supervisor 2016: MAJOR Contribution Made
I wanted you to be the first to know that on March 4 our Party made a MAJOR contribution to Senator Joel Anderson’s campaign for County Supervisor. We are absolutely committed to electing Joel the next Supervisor from East County and when we endorse someone it means something. See this PDF.

I thought this was an early April Fool’s Joke today until I read the invitation. Scott Peters is a disaster for San Diego County taxpayers so I naturally thought the Taxpayers “Association” was going to goof on him this month. Alas, this is just another crony capitalist event for which the SDCTA is becoming famous.

For decades the population of California was growing faster than Texas. It roared passed the population of Texas in 1934 and never looked back.

But by 1992 that trend had changed.  Here’s the comparative figures in millions:

STATE              1992              2014          Difference

California           30.97             38.80        7.83 million growth

Talking points that rescue Hillary from E Mail scandal

Friday, March 13, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally written for Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, March 13, 2015 — Are you a Hillary supporter? Are you frustrated to see your favorite candidate accused of yet another scandal? Are you afraid that even fellow Democrats may abandon one who just a few weeks ago looked like a sure winner? Well, be of good cheer! Below are some handy dandy talking points which will help Hillary surrogates (and Hillary herself for that matter) deflect all doubts or insinuations regarding her State Department E Mail exchanges on her own personal server.

Did you see what just happened in Oklahoma? Republican State Representative Todd Russ introduced a bill to get the Oklahoma State government out of the marriage licensing business and into the marriage recognition business. Readers here will recognize this as the “Michael Schwartz” plan: government should record marriage documents rather than issue them. From

Save The Date: 2015 Lincoln Reagan Dinner — June 13 with Senator Rand Paul

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Congressman Hunter Associates Sen. Rand Paul with Nancy Pelosi

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

For those who missed last night’s meeting of the San Diego County Republican Party at the Town & Country:

A foolish comment from Congressman Duncan Hunter as he used the podium of our party to publicly denigrate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) by associating him with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

For those inspired by the ideals of constitutionally limited government, free markets and individual rights, I offer the Congressman’s voting record for context.

Save the date: 2015 Goldens!

Monday, March 9, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

California Assemblyman and retired Marine Colonel Rocky Chavez is running for the open California US Senate seat. Chavez is running against the “best looking attorney general in America,” Kamala Harris. Chavez offers a “pragmatic platform” of strong foreign policy experience, comprehensive immigration reform, leaving Obamacare in place, supporting same sex marriage, and opposing abortion. He faces a large registration disadvantage but thinks his military experience translates to a win:

City Staff Putting the “Bad” in Carlsbad

Saturday, March 7, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

On February 18, over 250 citizens showed up at a Carlsbad Planning Commission meeting to support small business owner Lisa Gunther with her plan to open an indoor shooting range. She also owns the building that houses her existing gun store on Loker Avenue in Carlsbad. Lisa submitted all the required paperwork to the city for her recreational use project, but City Planner Don Neu denied her application. Lisa was forced to appeal to the Carlsbad Planning Commission.

SACRAMENTO, CA– Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) today stood with Southern California distillers and community leaders to support legislation to allow the direct sales of 3 bottles of distilled spirits per person at a distillery. Assembly Bill 1233 will effectively repeal the prohibition of direct sales, which dates back to the Prohibition-era in the 1930’s.

Progressives dismiss Texas as a land of minimum wage workers — that their job growth is at the expense of a “living wage.”  Of course, they ignore the dramatically lower cost of living in Texas, where a comparable home costs less than half what it does in California.

But let’s put the COL differential aside, and consider the difference between working in “Deliverance” Dallas and vibrant Los Angeles.  What’s the average wage in each city?

The Chargers Must Leave San Diego

Thursday, March 5, 2015
posted by B-Daddy
Qualcomm Stadium By Intersofia at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 2.0], from Wikimedia Commons

As long as the voters of San Diego are willing to punish politicians for subsidizing a new Chargers stadium, or as long as the law is interpreted that such subsidies require a public vote, there is no way that the Chargers can remain in San Diego for much longer. Numerous studies have shown that the value of a football stadium to a city is never more than the amount of money plowed into subsidies, so there will never be a viable economic argument for a new stadium, and I think San Diegans understand that. See Pacific-Standard for a great summary of the issue in general in America.

Assemblyman Jones Responds to Capping Local School District Budget Reserves

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

Prohibiting local districts from building a savings account,
“Are You Kidding Me?”

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today announced he has co-authored legislation repealing the cap on local school district budget reserves, which went into effect when Californians voted to create a Rainy Day Fund, requiring the state to save money each year, in November 2014. Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats passed Assembly Bill 1522 last session capping how much a local school district can save; however, with the caveat that it only go into effect should the voters approve the Rainy Day Fund.

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