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Scott Peters is a waste of space. One of the reasons I never got too worked up about him is because he has occupied the back bench of Congress for four years and has done nothing. I like legislators who do nothing because it generally means my life, liberty, or property isn’t in peril. But Scott Peters, like his henchwoman Maryann Pintar, is a bigot and now he’s starting to act upon it.

I gave Peters a pass when his homophobic campaign hack Pintar maligned Carl DeMaio in 2014. I was wrong to distinguish between the two.  When Pintar cooked up the gay sex scandal, just days before the November 2014 election, Scott Peters should have spoken out against her actions; he didn’t.

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Clarity

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

Which head of which state said this (today)?

In Orlando, a terrorist walks into a nightclub and murders nearly 50 human beings. Sons and daughters, brothers and sisters cut down in cold blood.

They did nothing wrong. They were dancing with friends, they were enjoying music with loved ones.

Why did the terrorist murder them?
Because he was driven by a fanatical hatred.

He targeted the LGBT community because he believed they were evil.

Now, the murderer wasn’t alone.

Regimes and terrorist organizations around the world ruthlessly persecute the LGBT community.

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I woke up, early this morning, and read about a massacre in an Orlando night club.  As information became more readily available, my wildest speculation proved true–an Islamofascist staged the mass murder in a gay night club.  His motive seems to be anger at two men kissing in Miami.  Let that sink in.

This didn’t surprise me and it doesn’t surprise Carl DeMaio.  Carl posted this on his KOGO website:

The media is already reporting this attack as “shocking” – it is actually not a surprise. Quite the opposite.  The terrorists will score this one as a “double hit” because it serves a dual purpose of attacking two groups that Islamic radicals hate.

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Kristin Gaspar Is Going To Win Supervisor

Friday, June 10, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

Shady Dave Roberts is on the ropes.

He shouldn’t be. Increased Democratic registration almost handed the District One race to Barbara Bry (we’re holding our breath while provisional ballots are counted this week), delivered the Republican candidates in the 52nd Congressional District a crushing blow, and nearly embarrassed a popular, long-serving, high-ranking Republican Congressman in a safe district. Yet, with all of those new Democratic voters in the neighborhoods of Supervisorial District Three, Shady Dave couldn’t break 40%.

Dave Roberts is an incumbent but an incumbent with a high-profile ethics violation on his record. The kind of ethics violation which reminds San Diegans of Bob Filner and ain’t nobody got votes for THAT.

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Watch Donald Trump campaign and it will tell you a lot about how he intends to govern; as a narcissistic authoritarian.

Mayor Faulconer won’t endorse Trump for President while Trump is calling for unity.  What did Trump do when he came to San Diego?

Nothing.

Trump had an opportunity to lead the “unification” effort by ignoring Faulconer’s snub and talking about how important it was for San Diegans to re-elect the Mayor in June.  He had the platform last Friday at the Convention Center but didn’t do it.  He is either too stupid or too proud to understand that the “leader” of the Republican Party should rise above petty squabbles and sell unification by example.

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We have been pretty quiet since the San Diego Tax & Spend Republicans joined with the Democrats to pass the SANDAG Sky Gondola Tax. The Donald Trump Reality Show has pulled eyeballs away from local issues so the San Diego Tax & Spend Republicans received little criticism since they voted to put it on the ballot. We wanted to send them one last life line before the “no new taxes” coalition fights the Sky Gondola Tax ballot proposition and targets the San Diego Tax and Spend Republicans in November.

As a recap, here is the time line for this ridiculous tax proposal:

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The Donald Snubs The Duncan

Thursday, May 12, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

East County Congressman Duncan Hunter was one of the first to back reality TV star turned presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump went to DC and snubbed Hunter and Hunter is pissed about it:

His most ardent congressional backers, however, asked his campaign several times for a few minutes with the candidate, too. They thought it would energize the team running traps to whip support for him in Washington. They also wanted Trump to meet with a core group of committee chairs they thought would make for powerful future allies.

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I might vote for Donald Trump for President because I am an optimist.  I have long considered the real problem in this country to be the imperial Presidency.  Congress has abdicated its constitutional authority over the past 20-25 years and given the Executive Branch opportunities to seize that power.

Trump’s support comes from Republican voters’ discontent with a flaccid Congress. 

A Republican-controlled Congress, pledged to confront an overreaching President Trump, would give me exactly what I needed to vote for the television reality star:

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Coronado Criminalizes Free Speech

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

Things you can legally do, in Coronado, with a credit card:

1- Vote for “Canine Mayor” to support PAWS of Coronado

2- Pay the parking meters on Orange Ave.

3- Buy a Navy SEAL a drink at McP’s

4- Pay the Transit Occupancy Tax with your hotel bill at the Del

5- Pay your greens fees at the municipal golf course.

6- Enroll your kids in the Jr. Lifeguard program

7- Pay for your daughter’s wedding at the City-owned “Nautilus Room” in the Community Center

8- pay your sales tax when you rent a boat from Seaforth Boat rentals

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#NeverTrump Took On a Whole New Meaning

Thursday, May 5, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

Things Trump was never going to do:

1- Self fund his campaign
2- Avoid the influence of Goldman Sachs
3- Oppose higher taxes
4- Oppose a minimum wage hike

Things Trump will probably never do:

1- Build a wall
2- Oppose gun control
3- Protect lives of unborn children

Things Trump may never do: oppose single-payer healthcare.

It’s time to stop asking me if I am still #NeverTrump and start asking Trump what he is never going to do.

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Happy SANDAG Tax & Spend Republican Day

Friday, April 29, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

It looks like the SANDAG Board of Directors will vote to approve the SANDAG Sky Gondola Tax for a public vote today.  The anticipated scorecard should look like this:

City of San Diego: Faulconer (R) NO, Gloria (D) YES
County of San Diego: Roberts (T&SR) YES, Jacob (R) NO – Horn voted NO, with Jacob absent.

That cancels out the big dogs in SANDAG and leaves the vote to the cities:

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Can we get some more Republicans to place a pro-SANDAG tax resolution on their City Council’s agenda?  We really need to do this to get each and every Republican Council member and Mayor on record about this SANDAG tax.

Escondido City Council placed it on the agenda and not one council member voted for the tax. Poway and La Mesa rejected it unanimously as well. It is now fair to say that every Council Member in Escondido, Poway, and La Mesa (as well as two in Vista and one on El Cajon) are NOT tax and spend Republicans –– one could even call them taxpayer champions.

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Bravo to the taxpayer champions in La Mesa for unanimously rejecting the SANDAG Sky Gondola tax.  You may have seen Councilwoman Alessio and I debating on these pages about procedural points but, when push came to shove, she (and her colleagues) stood up to this horrific tax proposal.  Here’s Alessio:

The vote in La Mesa was 5-0 against. All council members voting No. The reasons were as follows:
1. Not enough allocated to local infrastructure;
2. Length of tax (40 years) is too long;
3. La Mesa has the second highest sales tax rate in the County and if this is passed, we would be within 1/4 cent of our statutory limit on taxation, thus bind the hands of councils 25 or 30 years down the road to propose any tax increases for something necessary for La Mesa.

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Poway Mayor Steve Vaus deserves praise for raising awareness about the SANDAG tax scheme.  He acted on the suggestion to get an up or down vote from the Poway City Council.  Last night, Poway rejected the SANDAG tax scheme unanimously.

Escondido unanimously rejected the tax a couple of weeks ago.  Coronado and Vista have it on their agendas for up or down votes.  Efforts are being made in Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa, and Solana Beach to get Council members on record.  The “No New Taxes” coalition is getting stronger in San Diego County.

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I spoke with Encinitas Mayor and County Board of Supervisors candidate Kristin Gaspar today about the SANDAG tax scheme.  We are hopeful she can get its support on the Encinitas City Council for an up or down vote– We’d like to smoke out the tax hikers on the City Councils.  (FWIW, Kristin Gaspar is opposed to the SANDAG tax scheme).

While I was pitching my “Republicans oppose any and all efforts for new taxation”, Mayor Gaspar interrupted me:

GASPAR:  Have you read that proposal?

BRADY:  Yeah, it stinks.

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SANDAG Tax and Spend Republicans #FeelTheHeat

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

We warned the SANDAG tax and spend Republicans to vote against putting Proposition X on the ballot:

Thus, the Republican Party is the “no new taxes” party.  Nationally, we ask our federal candidates to sign a pledge to oppose new taxes.  Statewide, we ask our statewide and legislative candidates to sign that pledge.  Locally, our standing policy is “no new taxes”.  If you run as an endorsed Republican, especially in San Diego County, the compact with the voters is that you will OPPOSE any new taxes.

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Tonight, Senator Ted Cruz will hold a rally for his Presidential campaign at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley.  Over 3,000 people have registered to attend, many of whom are local Republican leaders. Senator Cruz has been endorsed by the highest ranking Republican in California, Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey, Assembly Member Marie Waldron and Assembly Member Brian Jones. Over 20 city council members from cities across the County have endorsed Cruz as well.

These Republican leaders have endorsed Ted Cruz for President:

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I respect Donald J. Trump as an entrepreneur and recognize his strengths; he’s a great start up guy.  Trump has had a successful business career by mostly dreaming big, convincing investors/lenders to back up his big dreams, then litigating his long-term equity position after he has to cede control to investors/lenders.

Fortunately, business rewards those dreamers for their vision, even when they miss the mark.  Politics does not.

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I have fielded a number of calls in the last two weeks, from Republicans who were upset with my “no new taxes” stance on the SANDAG tax hike. Many elected Republicans didn’t want to have to shoulder the responsibility for this tax hike — they thought they could hide behind the “let the people decide” curtain. The SANDAG staff and many special interest groups have been telling them to do just that.

Let me offer a life line to the elected Republicans who want to vote to put the tax hike on the ballot: Delay the vote until you get an up or down signal from your City Council. Introduce a resolution in your City Council meeting with these words:

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I served for three years as a Committee member of the Republican Party of San Diego County (RPSDC), two of those years as an Executive Committee member. After those two years, I wrote a series of posts about the good things I experienced and some of the problems I detected. Three problems I identified were:

1- RPSDC endorsed in R on R races too early, alienating potential volunteers for victory in a general election. That is not the case today. In the 2016 election cycle, the Central Committee, with good leadership advice from the Chairman and Executive Committee, has practiced restraint rather than intervention in the endorsement process. I think that will serve Republicans well this November.

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Let’s start here; the Republican Party is the “no new taxes” party.  The glaring reason is well, obvious; the federal, state, and local governments collect plenty of taxes already.    The secondary reasons are:  governments are horrible stewards of money and they have too much power over our lives.

Thus, the Republican Party is the “no new taxes” party.  Nationally, we ask our federal candidates to sign a pledge to oppose new taxes.  Statewide, we ask our statewide and legislative candidates to sign that pledge.  Locally, our standing policy is “no new taxes”.  If you run as an endorsed Republican, especially in San Diego County, the compact with the voters is that you will OPPOSE any new taxes.

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Remember the tea party movement?  Way back in 2010, while conservatives were rising up to oppose the Bush bailouts, the Obama stimulus plan, and Obamacare, some people were fed up with the Republican party and re-registered to “decline to state”.  Santee Mayor Randy Voepel was one of those guys — Voepel made a very public statement about leaving the party:

In an interview, Voepel, 60, said his change of heart came after the selection of Sen. John McCain as the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, but records showed he re-registered this year. He said he hasn’t been pleased with the local GOP either.

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RLC LogoThe Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego (RLCSD), a local chapter of The Republican Liberty Caucus, endorsed Leo Hamel’s bid for California Assembly in the 71st District. The Republican Liberty Caucus is a 527 voluntary grassroots membership organization, dedicated to working within the Republican Party, to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets.

Hamel, a successful business owner in San Diego County has supported many RLCSD-endorsed candidates and has worked with members on past campaigns. Hamel announced his candidacy just two days ago and made his visit to the RLCSD a priority. Last night, Hamel stressed that as an Assembly member he would work hard to recruit other business leaders to “answer the call” and follow his lead to public service. Hamel stressed that his goals were aligned with the local group:

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Phil Graham is the latest domino to fall.  From Joshua Stewart at the Union Tribune:

“While my motivation for running for Assembly has not changed, nor my vision for a better California dimmed, 2016 is not my time,” Graham said in Thursday’s statement. “Being part of a divisive and expensive intra-party fight that takes valuable resources away from electing Republicans is not in line with who I am politically and personally, and not how I want to enter elected office.”

That’s a shame. I would have liked to see the two candidates debate. Congrats Rocky.

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Leo Hamel For California Assembly

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

We might be saying Assemblyman Leo Hamel next year — that could be a very good thing for the Republicans in San Diego.  I met Leo Hamel in 2012 at a Lincoln-Reagan dinner.  I knew his name because of his high-profile jewelry business but I had never met the man.  During our conversation, I realized that Leo was a libertarian.  He supported Rand Paul and Carl DeMaio and understood that the political fight, for libertarians, had to be through one of the two major parties (thank to Prop 14).

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