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The article below on the KNSD TV San Diego website recently was presumably presented as a major TV news story by our local NBC affiliate. It claims that CA teachers are woefully underpaid compared to educators in other states — the truth is that CA teachers are the second/third highest paid teachers of all the states. The story is based on a biased progressive source (a bias not mentioned in the story — a bias that WOULD have been mentioned if it were a CONSERVATIVE source), but — even more important — it demonstrates the remarkable inability of this reporter to even copy numbers down correctly — let alone understand what they represent — or analyze them.

Guest Commentary
by Rafid Moga 

Michael Bloomberg’s “big gulp ban” was widely ridiculed for being what it was: local government choosing to micromanage the most personal choices of New York City residents.

Well, it looks like the uncontrollable urge of local politicians to micromanage what we eat, drink and consume is making its way back to San Diego.  This time the target is “e-cigarettes” the tobacco-less cigarettes that local government is deciding to treat as…tobacco.

You know things are tight in the CA-52 race when Scott Peters is trying to get my vote. I’ve been registered GOP since 18 and since I got off of active duty (too much overseas time) I know I voted in every election. Election campaigns usually focus on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts of their political base, so I know I can’t be showing up on Peters’ rolls. But the other night I get a call to be on a teleconference with Peters and got the email below. These actions may be indicators that Peters’ Democratic base can’t be relied on to carry the election. If he is going for a 100% show-up, registered GOP voter it’s easy to surmise that his campaign is unsure of the independent vote as well. So it looks like he’s reaching out to any voters he can.

Nanny state pays visit to El Cajon

Thursday, July 24, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Guest Commentary
by Eric Andersen

After a public hearing Tuesday, the El Cajon City Council, a supposedly conservative council of five Republicans, voted unanimously to crackdown on free markets again, this time prohibiting new electronic vapor inhalation businesses from entering the market place.

City Councilman Gary Kendrick said,  “This is a victory for the citizens and businesses in El Cajon,” and “This shows the public that we’re willing to protect them.”

Americans aged 13-30 are much more libertarian than liberal, says a Reason-Rupe report.  That’s important for California Republicans to know because that generation represents close to one in five voters.  In five years, that number will grow to one in four voters.

Millennials have oft been described as the enigma generation when it comes to politics.  They eschew party labels but overwhelmingly supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012.   Why would a generation, saddled with student loan debt, living with their parents, underemployed, vote for a President with such a poor record on economic freedom?

Assemblyman Jones Questions Democrats for Killing Food Stamp Fraud Protection Bill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions why Democrats in the Legislature killed a bill to stop abuses in California’s food stamp program, a taxpayer-funded benefit. Investigators have found 2600 examples abusing their benefits – some sold their EBT cards for cash. Assembly Bill 2354 authored by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) would have required EBT cards to have a photo ID, which would ensure that the card is being used by the right person. Assemblyman Jones said, “You’d think it would be in the taxpayer’s best interest to protect the [food stamp] program, which would help families that need assistance the most. I think your money is worth protecting – it’s about time we work to get rid of government waste.”

Richard Rider, is this the reason you left the Libertarian Party?

Monday, July 21, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

I have to admit, the email from the San Diego Libertarian Party intrigued me, as it included this headline:

“Mike Benoit video on the IRS stealing his home at the Daily Paul”

Benoit is a perennial candidate for office as a Libertarian against Duncan Hunter, meaning both Duncan Hunters over the years.

Wanting to understand his alleged abuse at the hands of the IRS, the apparent taking of private property by the feds, I clicked on the 20 minute video.

Breaking: ABC News profiles my efforts to reform the Republican Party. Take a look and tell me — are you a New Generation Republican?

There was one taxpayer victory in the June 2014 primary that I SHOULD have reported, but didn’t.  A tiny, unfunded but determined pro-taxpayer group in Coronado CRUSHED a Ponzi-scheme school bond measure.  It’s perhaps a textbook example of how to defeat the Establishment and the special interests that back such measures.  Representing San Diego Tax Fighters, I provided some expertise (at the request of the bond opponents), but the truth is that the locals made it happen —  not me. Note particularly the quality opposition website — one that added to the professionalism of the rag-tag band of opponents.

More Defenseless Victims in San Diego County

Sunday, July 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Rob Morse

Do you need to protect yourself?  Not according to Bill Gore.  Sheriff Gore said law enforcement will protect you if you live in San Diego County.  That is hard to believe given the thousands of crime victims in the county each month.

In the last few weeks:

  • It was afternoon when a woman was helping her elderly mother into her car.  A man in a white SUV drove up next to her and asked for directions.  The stranger then got out of the SUV, pointed a handgun at her, and demanded the woman’s purse.  He shot her in the back as she ran away.

Assemblyman Jones Stands Up for Employee Flexibility Rights

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) criticizes Legislative Democrats for killing a measure to give all Californians more flexibility in the workplace. Assembly Bill 2448 would have permitted an individual employee to request an alternative workweek schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours within a 40-hour workweek.

Assemblyman Jones said, “This law is already in place for union workers. Apparently the Democrats believe what’s good for a union worker just isn’t good for everyone else. We can’t let this inequality exist between union and non-union workers.”

In fixing our immigration challenges, our number one priority must be to improve our border security — ensuring the United States remains secure from the threat of drugs, guns, and criminals coming through our borders.

The federal government has failed in its basic obligation to secure our border. It’s time to demand accountability and results – no more excuses. A secure border must be the prerequisite and foundation for any additional reform of immigration laws.

Celebrate Independence, Not Government

Friday, July 4, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

We read the Declaration of Independence aloud last night at the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego meeting.  This tradition started last year when a few of us read it at the Del Mar Fair.  I won’t print all the words on this site but I invite you to read it before I continue.

The Supreme Court held in Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations may be exempted from paying certain employee contraceptive costs if the owners are morally opposed.

Some critics have argued that employers should not have control over employees’ contraceptive choices. For example, White House press secretary Josh Earnest argued that “women should make personal health care decisions for themselves, rather than their bosses deciding for them.”

“Congress should be held accountable to the people they serve – not to special interests”

San Diego– After the House of Representatives quietly ended the practice of requiring Members to disclose free travel that they receive from outside groups – often to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars or more per trip – Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio blasted the behavior.

Nehring statement concerning Central American children, immigration and a safe border

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

SAN DIEGO — Republican Lt. Governor nominee Ron Nehring today issued the following statement in response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the large number of Central American children crossing into the United States, some of whom will now be processed in California:

Everywhere I look, I see the command /control economy failing.   I knew this instinctively, some thirty years ago when I attended “bottomless cup” fraternity parties. What started out as a “too good to be true” deal ended with an early dismissal for the guys and an invitation to the girls to stick around for the “after party”.  Naturally, I joined a fraternity.

What happened in Escondido the other night was very unfortunate.  The populist revolt against the conditional use permit, to house Central American refugee children at a temporary facility in Escondido, is an understandable reaction to failed federal immigration policy.  The federal government has failed to enforce our borders (almost willingly) for at least two Presidential administrations now.  Naturally, people are frustrated.

An “Intriguing Twist”

Friday, June 27, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

According to Logan Jenkins of the UT San Diego, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz of Encinitas thinks turning the closed, dilapidated, but recently city purchased Pacific View school site in Encinitas into a federal detention center is an idea worth considering. It’s purpose would be to supposedly house a portion of the mass of homeless illegal/undocumented immigrants currently rushing the U.S. southern border. The same ones Escondido recently said “go away” to.

There can’t be many San Diegans who haven’t given thought about the late Tony Gwynn in the past week. Everyone’s got a story, including San Diego’s foremost political numbers guy, John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research & Communication.

You might assume Nienstedt would be impressed by Gwynn’s many impressive numbers. Not exactly. In his latest blog post, Nienstedt is impressed like many of us in something much more important.

Gwynn

Three years ago, California lost its #1 status as the state with the most new private business funding — Texas took over the top spot. Since then the disparity between the two states has grown dramatically.  In 2013, $87.4 billion was invested in Texas by private equity funds.  California businesses received $54 billion.

This spread is more important when one considers the population of these two mega-states:

California 38,333,000
Texas 26,448,000

Real Clear Politics: KF, Forging a Vital Brand for the GOP?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

from Real Clear Politics…

SAN DIEGO — As Air Force One touched down at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego early last month, the usual throng of local media and political-types waited on the tarmac.

Kevin Faulconer — who had been recently sworn in as San Diego’s 36th mayor — stood among them. Soon, he would greet the man who had endorsed his opponent during the final stages of what had been a heated election.

Unaccompanied Youth Detention Center Denied

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
posted by Assemblymember Marie Waldron

Tonight the Escondido Planning Commission unanimously denied a Conditional Use Permit for a controversial youth detention center that the Federal Government was intending to site in a residential neighborhood in southwest Escondido.   As one of many such facilities planned nationwide, the feds have contracted with Southwest Key, a management type non-profit to run these youth camps.

Bees and disease in Encinitas???

Monday, June 23, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

“Looking at an aerial map of Encinitas in the 1970s and 1980s compared to today, it’s sad,” Tony Kranz said. “The city had agriculture everywhere; we have to fight for small farms today.”

BUT, a new study from UC Davis says the exposure of pregnant women to agriculture may increase the incidence of babies being born with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yet Encinitas Deputy Mayor Kranz wants to increase small agriculture in suburban neighborhoods, including bee hives. Bees? Our family-friendly suburban neighborhoods are to be living with swarms of bees if this guy gets his way? Really?

Taxpayers Association announces Leslie as new President/CEO

Friday, June 20, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

SDCTA Selects W. Mark Leslie as New President & CEO
Longtime San Diego Executive has Proven Record of Success in Telecommunications Industry and Local Philanthropy

SAN DIEGO (June 20, 2014)—The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors announced it selected W. Mark Leslie today as the organization’s new President & CEO.

Leslie, 61, is a longtime telecommunications executive who has been active in numerous civic and philanthropic efforts in San Diego, having most recently served as board chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (in 2012) and United Way of San Diego (in 2010-11).

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