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There is an ongoing national struggle for leadership in the Republican Party: business establishment vs. populist conservatives.

Populist conservatives led the Republican House victory in 2010, infighting between the two factions produced a national loss in 2012, and an aggressive establishment victory snared the Senate just last month. In California, that struggle was highlighted by the Tim Donnelly v. Neel Kashkari gubernatorial primary last June. Republican volunteers loved Donnelly but the establishment, big-money donors backed Kashkari (then abandoned him in the race against Brown).

What happened to the celebrated “San Diego Model”?  The premise of the San Diego Model is that endorsed candidates focus on messaging and communicating with Democrats and Independents, while the Republican Party of San Diego County (RPSDC) focuses on turning out the vote for endorsed Republican candidates.

One in three San Diego County voters is a registered Republican. Approximately 36 percent are registered Democrats and almost 26 percent opt to decline from stating a partisan identity. Republican registration used to be much higher, but voters started moving away from RPSDC in 2008. Why?

…so offered my friend Michael Schwartz, in a satirical comment to my Facebook post:

Just got a greeting card in the mail offering me “Warmest Wishes for the Winter Holiday” from an escrow company in Northern California. Milquetoast. You gotta try harder than that.

Let’s start with this: Offering me the white-washed “Warmest wishes for the Winter Holidays” doesn’t make you politically correct, it makes you personally disinterested in me. Let me explain.

I don’t subscribe to the #WarOnChristmas meme. I’m sure it’s happening but it ain’t bothering me. What annoys me is that people are too scared to be wrong in what should be a nice gesture.

Who is the most important person in the Republican Party of San Diego County?

If you said “The Chairman,” you don’t understand grass roots politics. Our Chairman is a “super-volunteer” and he works his butt off, but a Committee Chairman isn’t the most important person in a Republican organization. The Chairman leads the Committee;  the Committee governs the Party organization.

San Diego is a Center-Right County

Consider this: Five of the seven Republican candidates for statewide offices earned a majority of the San Diego County vote in this past election. That’s good news for the Republican Party of San Diego County — it means that County voters are still of center-right ideology. But consider this comment, from Rostra awhile back:

“As for San Diego County 2014, its largest city still has a Democratic majority on the City Council, its second largest city now has a Democratic supermajority on the City Council, including a Democratic Mayor and the largest school district has a Board comprised entirely of Democrats as does the largest Community College District Board.

The Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego (RLCSD) was founded in 2012 to advance individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the San Diego area, the state of California and the Republican Party.  It is an officially chartered chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus, founded in 1991 as a 527 political organization.

This new organization grew in numbers during the Spring and Summer of 2014.  Its local Board of Directors boasts prominent business leaders, a West Point and an Annapolis graduate, attorneys, and entrepreneurs.  Its membership includes county co-chairs for a Republican Presidential campaign, nominated RNC delegates, and county co-chairs for a California gubernatorial campaign.

A huge victory was won for liberty in the San Diego City Council Chamber two days ago — the rent seekers lost the battle to keep competition down.  The San Diego City Council voted to lift the artificial “cap” on city licensing of taxicabs.

You might ask, “Why the hell is the City licensing driving?  Doesn’t the State do that?”– that would be a fair question.  For decades, a small number of businesses have leveraged government to restrict competition in the taxicab industry.  The City charges an excessive licensing fees and then creates an artificial market by capping the number of licenses issued.   The restricted market is so inefficient that the “medallions” trade for as much as fifty times purchase value in a secondary market.

The Bob Filner fiasco certainly has local media scared.  I noticed it in the special Mayoral election when they asked Faulconer and Alvarez the silliest of interview questions.  The media are worried they might not properly vet candidates, so rumor, innuendo, and accusations get reported first and investigated later.

Mike Slater thought differently when he refused to air an accusation by a former Carl DeMaio aide last June.  That aide told a story which was part Ben Hueso and part Bob Filner.  That story, released days prior to the June primary election, couldn’t be verified so Slater passed.  Months later, the accuser brought the story to CNN and local media jumped on it.  The San Diego Police investigated the claim and passed it on to the District Attorney — it was dismissed because, like Mike Slater decided in June, it lacked evidence.

A late decision and a large personal loan to his campaign made Encinitas Council candidate Alan “Lerch” Lerchbacker look like a long shot candidate But a divided electorate, support from the surging Mayoral favorite Kristin Gaspar, and a mid-campaign endorsement change from the Republican Party of San Diego County might propel “Lerch” to victory.

Early voting, as of October 28, 2014, in Encinitas has a slight Republican edge according to The San Diego Group.  Republicans have returned 2329 ballots, Democrats have returned 2237 ballots, and DTS and others have returned just shy of 1500.  Normally, that would seem par for the course and not signify any advantage for “Lerch” but a few extraordinary things are happening in this campaign:

The Encinitas’ City Council decision to purchase the former Pacific View Elementary School is proving to be an issue in the Encinitas Mayor’s race.  Deputy Mayor (and Democrat) Tony Kranz fully supports the decision to purchase property for close to $10 million, before the School District put it out to bid in a public auction.  Mayor (and Republican) Kristin Gaspar voted against the purchase, claiming that the price tag was too high.

The “leaders ” in the “Big G” gay political movement owe Carl DeMaio an apology.  After decades of chastising straight America for holding homophobic stereotypes about gay men, they refuse to stand up for a small g gay candidate, while similar tactics are used against him.  They were silent when DeMaio’s Mayoral campaign opponents tried to dig up dirt on him and shop it to San Diego media, they guffawed when State Senator Ben Hueso made a ridiculous accusation about a men’s room encounter, and piled on when a now debunked lie about sexual harassment was advanced by a dismissed campaign staffer.

Kick or Punt, Ms. Dumanis.

Friday, October 17, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

Citizens need closure on the recent allegations against Carl DeMaio.  Last week, Todd Bosnich accused the former San Diego City Council Member and U.S. House candidate of sexual harassment.  If true, DeMaio has no business holding public office.

The timing of this claim is suspect.  The accuser’s decision to lodge the complaint in the media, rather than through law enforcement, suggests that he is more interested in influencing an election result rather than seeking justice.  DeMaio categorically denies the accusations.

The politics of envy is on full display in Illinois, Connecticut, and Kansas elections this cycle.  Their genesis was the attacks the Obama team levied at Mitt Romney.  This quote, from this Politico article, boils the strategy down to a few sentences:

“What private equity companies do and their business makes for a very easy target for people to twist and bend and simplistically attack,” said Bill Daley, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff who briefly ran for Illinois governor against Quinn last year. “It’s tailor-made for a political consultant to attack — all you need is a few facts — you don’t need a lot of them. You sure don’t need truth.

The San Diego State Purple Penguins

Friday, October 10, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

Let’s start with this current bid of madness, about doing away with gender identification in Nebraska grade schools:

Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

Let’s start with this; there is no “tea party”.  There is a “tea party movement,” there are “tea party groups,” there are “tea party activists” and there are “people who agree with tea party principles.” In that tea party movement, there are libertarians, social conservatives, immigration activists, fiscal conservatives, Second Amendment defenders, and other conservative-leaning Americans.

Observations from #ConstitutionDaySD

Thursday, September 18, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

I spoke today, to a classroom of young people at a private high school in San Diego.  This is my second year as a speaker for the ACLU-sponsored “Constitution Day”.  Last year, I presented to 60 middle school students in Chula Vista so I was looking forward to changing my presentation for a high school class.  Here were some of my observations:

The U-T reports that the Vista City Council granted Dollar General a permit to build a store in its kingdom but decided what it can or can’t sell.  Let’s look at quotes from both sides of the alcohol permitting process.

“Combine those two factors and there is no way that additional (alcohol) sales would add anything to the city of Vista,”

“I am not willing to limit somebody’s ability to sell their retail wares because they weren’t first in line in the neighborhood,”

As fire fights with foreign soldiers, on the southern land border increase,  the Border Patrol reports that foreign nationals are attempting high-speed amphibious landings in San Diego County:

In the early morning of Aug. 26, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) stopped a panga off the coast of San Diego County loaded with 20 people attempting an illegal entry into the country.

At around 1 a.m., CBP Air Interdiction Agents in an OAM Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) King Air 350ER spotted the 30-foot panga around 30 miles from the coastal city of Del Mar.  The MEA crew directed two OAM Interceptor boats to the panga’s location.

Katy Grimes wrote a great piece about the attack on free market transportation over on Flash Report today:

This free market response to the heavily regulated, unionized and expensive taxi and shuttle industry, is brilliant. Uber, Sidecar and Lyft work beautifully, and usually flawlessly, unlike unreliable shuttle services, and sometimes hostile and unscrupulous taxi drivers. And it is significantly less expensive.

Some in the media have said consumers only care about the immediacy and convenience of the quick, easy-to-order rideshare car services, and not about who is driving, or if they have insurance.

The City of Solana Beach had two open Council seats in the November election: Tom Campbell was retiring and incumbent Democrat Mike Nichols filed to run for re-election. Three other candidates pulled papers to run against Nichols and for Campbell’s seat:

1- Ginger Marshall, the endorsed Republican candidate.
2- Patrick Germon, an independent businessman
3- Shannon Lerach, a newcomer to Solana Beach with long time ties to the Democratic establishment

Nichols, Marshall and Lerach qualified for the ballot and Germon decided to run in 2016. Lerach pulled out of the race on the last filing day, leaving only Democrat Nichols and Republican Marshall qualified for the two empty seats.

Virginia “Ginger” Marshall filed papers with the Solana Beach City Clerk today for the November City Council election. Marshall has until Friday to submit a petition with 20 signatures of registered voters in Solana Beach to qualify for the November ballot.

Marshall has lived in Solana Beach for over 12 years and has resided on both the West side of 101 as well as the East side of I-5. She is a licensed REALTOR with Allison James Estates & Homes and has been selling California real estate since 2007. Prior to that, Ginger worked as a mortgage lending professional in La Jolla and Vail, CO.  While living in Colorado, Ginger served as Chairman of the Eagle County (CO) Down Payment Assistance Fund and was given an “Award for Housing Excellence” by The Eagle County, CO Commissioners in 2000.

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?

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.

This was (and still is) a radical document.  One has to fully appreciate the politics of the day to understand its context.  One on three colonists were loyal to the King, one in three were for the cause of secession from Great Britain, and one on three didn’t care at all.  Of the 33% sympathetic to the cause, only one in eleven of those people were actually doing something about it– hence the name “Three Percenters“.

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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.

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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.

The protest looked really bad — indifferent at best and xenophobic at worst.  Doug Porter at San Diego Free Press suggests that it’s bigotry (it’s not) and Logan Jenkins thinks it’s a form of tea party, anti-DC, NIMBY-ism (closer to the mark).  It’s frustration, but it’s frustration with the wrong failed federal policy.  Make no mistake about it, these kids are war refugees, refugees from the failed war on drugs.

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