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Pete Kanelos, RIP

Friday, April 22, 2016
posted by Barry Jantz

The worst, or maybe the best thing about being Pete Kanelos’ friend was his dedication to the Raiders. Sure, I’ve had other friends who like Kanelosthat team, but in Pete’s case it was a personal badge of pride and honor. Almost as if being able to shove it in his friends’ faces was the real motivation, not so much a love for the team itself.

Pete was relentless about it. If the Chargers lost, the text would arrive about how lousy they were. If a San Diego player was arrested for assault, or drugs, or a shooting or something — not unlike any other team in the NFL, including the Raiders — he’d make sure to point it out.

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The copy desk is officially gone

Thursday, April 21, 2016
posted by Barry Jantz

The last bastion of credible journalism no longer exists.

The famed copy desk, the last defense before going to print — once known at major metropolitan and many smaller newsrooms as having “the greatest knowledge in the world” sitting around it in the form of intelligent, questioning, incredulous editors — has long been dwindling with the decline of print media. The number of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors making it to print has been on the rise for years.

As well, in the 15 minute news cycle, facts are far too often lost in the increasing need to be first, especially when hardly anyone is around to proof a reporter’s copy.

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Named for presidential candidate, new political party said to ‘trump’ the failures of Republicans and Democrats

Claiming they are sick and tired of politics as usual, a group of disenchanted local Republicans and Independents, as well as a few Democrats, released plans today to establish a new political party named after Donald Trump.

Under the banner, “Make America Great Again,” organizers say they are filing initial paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to become an official party in California by the 2018 election cycle, with longer-term plans to expand into several other states.

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RIP, Justice Scalia

Saturday, February 13, 2016
posted by Barry Jantz

A sad day for the nation.

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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.

“Honestly, I rarely agreed with him, but as a student of the law, I never saw him as a political judicial figure. He was consistent in his jurisprudence and was of great service to this country.

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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.

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The Chargers announced today the team officially filed for relocation to Carson. The Dean Spanos video announcement is here.

No surprise, Twitter lit up as a result.

Leading the reaction was a series of tweets from SDUT Opinion Editor Matthew Hall, which Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Lee Jenkins touted as “the best use of Twitter” he’d ever seen.

Hall tweeted:

Dean Spanos: “We’ve had nine different proposals that we’ve made, all of them were basically rejected by the city.” OK, let’s list the nine.

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The 2,000-year-old blog

Thursday, December 24, 2015
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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Breaking: Chargers to stay here!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

Steve Harvey

Thanks to John Dadian

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A year ago I understood the hesitancy on the part of elected officials in San Diego to do anything other than at least appear to pursue efforts to keep the Chargers here.

The tide has turned. The team led by Mark Fabiani has either purposely or thru complete PR incompetence forced the average citizen into saying “whatever.”

A politician with clout and the fortitude to simply proclaim, “Enough — leave if you want, but no more time and money spent trying to keep you,” would be a gutsy, refreshing sensation in the eyes of the public.

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Apply as it fits.

But, with apologies to a great band:

Now I’ll relate, this little bit
That happens more than I’d like to admit
Late at night, he knocks on my door
He’s smiling big and he’s offering pork
Now I know, I should vote nay
But, that’s kind of hard when he’s ready to pay
I may be an R, but I’m not a dweeb
I’m just a Member with no real beliefs

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Two mics in the hand…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

If you missed the fun a couple of months back, Assemblyman Matthew Harper had his microphone removed by Assemblyman and Labor Committee Chair Roger Hernández during a heated exchange on some now forgotten bill (yes, we remember the incidents, we don’t always remember the legislation).

Although Hernández subsequently expressed regret over his heavy-handedness, that isn’t keeping Harper from having some fun over the matter.

Today, the OC Assemblyman posted the following photo to his Facebook page, showing two mics alongside his trademark hat, as well as a clear cut message:

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Local political watchers generally fall into two camps when it comes to the tenure of the immediate past ownership of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Some believe Doug Manchester and John Lynch at the reins (or reign) was a refreshing return to the paper’s conservative roots, a philosophy that had been lost since the Helen Copley days. They also now fear what the SDUT’s political leanings are to become under new, liberal-leaning ownership.

Alternatively, others are glad to see the recent change, at least from a political if not geographical perspective. They strongly believe the paper under Manchester was too stridently conservative, pointing to its unabashed support for Carl DeMaio’s mayoral campaign in front page editorials as a prime example.

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Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Some voices from Saturday night’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, at which U.S. Senator Rand Paul addressed a crowd of well over 700 attendees…

Rostra writer Brian Brady, a leader in the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) of San Diego (pictured with wife Debra)…

Rand Paul has an appeal which will broaden the reach of the Republican Party. Saturday night saw over 700 people at the dinner (a new record). The number of first time attendees was astounding. Paul, at the top of the ticket, could be a boon in the 2016 election cycle for down ticket Republican candidates. Republicans could regain the lost County Supervisor seat, a San Diego City Council majority, and compete in the Assembly and Congressional districts which are Democratic strongholds.

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North County businessman Phil Graham today jumped in the race to replace Rocky Chavez in the 76th Assembly District, while announcing the support of Congressman Darrell Issa.

Jon Fleischman of FlashReport this morning has an interview with Graham, in which he stakes his claim as a free-market conservative.

The candidate also reached out to Rostra:

“As a political junkie who reads just about everything online and off, SD Rostra is one of my favorites for keeping up to date on the political scene in my home town of San Diego,” Graham said. “I look forward to updating Rostra readers on the progress of my campaign for Assembly.”

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Ready, willing and Abed

Monday, June 8, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

I’ll admit. I’ve wanted to use that headline for some time.

That is all.

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Monday morning spin

Monday, June 1, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

Here’s how a spin doctor does it, albeit very, very badly…

Headline: Carly Fiorina breaks top 10 of 2016 GOP candidates in latest national poll

Keep in mind there are 11 candidates or so in the race and she’s tied for 10th in the cited poll.

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I was at San Francisco International  yesterday late afternoon awaiting a flight and saw the news of the U-T sale, on my phone via Twitter.

One doesn’t need the Union-Trib anymore to hear about the Union-Trib. Or, maybe not at all. Real time news is at our fingertips, with the content and parameters of what we want to know easily designed by us. In a generation, print news will be found only in libraries and museums, I fear.

That’s the reality, not my preference — I still love holding a broadsheet and having to wash my fingertips afterwards.

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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.

As Mayor, I’ve been proud to accomplish the following:

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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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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.

In fact, one contested ballot that Padilla wanted included in the mix yesterday ended up being a vote for McCann. Unless the entire City is recounted, however, the final tally stays with the certified result. The closest race in Chula Vista history thus ends officially with a two vote victory by Republican McCann.

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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.

The results have to be official before a recount is requested. This is now official.

In election parlance, official and done are not always one in the same.

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Updated Thursday 4:55 pm…

With all countywide votes in the hopper, it remains tied. The “final,” same as yesterday:

CITY OF CHULA VISTA CITY COUNCIL
STEVE PADILLA  18450    50.00 %
JOHN McCANN 18450    50.00 %

I’ve asked the Registrar of Voters (ROV) for some clarity:

  • What’s the recount process, if one is pursued?
  • One or the other candidate can pay for one?
  • They can agree to share in the cost?
  • If no recount, it goes to a coin toss or other “game of chance,” administered by Chula Vista (per state elections code)?
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Some new numbers from the Registrar of Voters, with about 28,000 ballots left to tally county-wide:

52nd Congressional

Scott Peters now leads Carl DeMaio by 5,430 votes, 51.44 to 48.56 percent. Since the Friday night update when Peters was at 51.25 percent, 7,871 ballots were added to the total (188,200 counted thus far). Peters received just under 56 percent of the additional votes since Friday. DeMaio conceded the race today.

Mayor, Imperial Beach

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Update: 5:00 p.m. Friday:

  • Scott Peters’ 50.27 percent yesterday increased to 51.25 percent today.
  • Raw votes are now at Peters with 92,410 and DeMaio with 87,919.
  • Peters’ 861 vote lead yesterday increased to a lead of 4,491.
  • Total ballots counted increased from 156,813 to 180,329.
  • Thus, that’s 23,516 additional ballots counted. Peters added 13,573 votes to his total. DeMaio added 9,943 votes to his.
  • That means Peters took over 57.7 percent of the additional ballots counted.
  • It’s estimated that between 10,000 and 18,000 votes remain to be counted in the district.
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