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Time to stop gambling with our future over water

Monday, April 20, 2015
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Guest Commentary
by Steve Hunyar

As a born and raised Southern Californian, I have lived through droughts, floods, horrible wildfires, earthquakes, traffic, killer bees, Med flies, and more droughts. Did I say I lived through a few droughts?

Droughts are a way of life here, and the only difference from one to the next is their intensity and duration. There is no question our current drought is particularly dire, given the low levels of the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada range this year.

RLC recognizes Assemblyman Brian Jones

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Last week the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego recognized Assemblyman Brian Jones with its highest honor, the Thomas Paine Liberty Torchbearer award. The RLC is a conservative group that works within the Republican Party to promote the ideals of limited government, low taxes, and free markets. The group recognizes candidates and office holders that best govern according to those principles.

Felien weighs in for Kern’s Assembly campaign

Monday, April 6, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Gary Felien, former Oceanside City Council Member

As you may have heard, my good friend and former Council colleague Jerry Kern is running for the 76th Assembly District.

We served together for four years and built a strong record of fiscally conservative policies.

We ended deficit spending and passed four balanced budgets in a row with no tax increases, raised the city reserves from zero to six million, restored the city’s credit rating, froze pensionable base salaries, implemented real pension reform, and capped medical expenses. That is a record that favorably compares to any city in California.

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.

I offer voters a knowledgeable, consensus building candidate with the ability to work with others to achieve goals that are beneficial to the whole region. I look forward to representing North County’s interests in Sacramento.

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.

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.

A recent article in the Coast News does a great job with the basic facts, but doesn’t begin to tell the real story.

GOP: County Supes’ Folly UPDATE!

Monday, February 2, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Latest from the County Republican Party…

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3rd at 9 AM three Republican (!!) County Supervisors will vote to drastically curtail the free speech rights of our Party, severely limiting our ability to elect Republicans in general and those in marginal districts in particular.

It saddens me to have to call out fellow Republicans Greg Cox, Ron Roberts, and Dianne Jacob but considering this assault I have no choice.

A couple of developments…

1) I’ve heard from still more substantial leaders in our county expressing profound disappointment with this new law which will only elevate narrow special interests and unions.

The Need For Reasonable Limits On Political Party Candidate Donations

Saturday, January 31, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Supervisor Ron Roberts

Former state Republican Party chair Ron Nehring rightly states that “San Diego voters have a right to know who is trying to influence our local elections.” (Commentary, U-T San Diego, January 29, 2014).  But his prescription for accomplishing that – allowing unlimited political contributions to be funneled through political parties directly to local candidates – does not accomplish this objective.

U-T Weighs In On County Supes’ Folly and Grassroots Republicans React

Friday, January 30, 2015
posted by Guest Column

From the Republican Party of San Diego County…

A quick update on reactions to the County Supes’ decision to curtail our Party’s ability to elect Republicans…

1) Ron Nehring’s OpEd ran yesterday. It’s a must-read:

New Rules Unfairly Limit Contributions For Supervisor Races

2) Today the U-T weighed in and called the proposal “naive and doomed to fail”:

County Contribution Limits Won’t Achieve Goal

Quoting:
“…the rules are built on an assumption at odds with modern American history: that people who want to use their money to pay for political speech to advocate their interests won’t be able to find a way to do so.”

Republican Liberty Caucus Recognizes Kathleen Hedberg

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Guest Column
by Jason Jackson

The week before last the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) recognized Kathleen Hedberg of the Helix Water Disrict Board with its highest honor, the Thomas Paine Liberty Torchbearer Award. The RLC is a conservative group that works within the Republican Party to promote the ideals of limited government, low taxes, and free markets. The group recognizes candidates and office holders that best govern according to those principles.

An Open Letter to CityBeat on Gun Show article

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
posted by Guest Column

From Michael Schwartz

To San Diego CityBeat’s Ryan Bradford,

I read your recent article on the Crossroads of the West gun show, held in Del Mar on December 14.

The way your half-drunken friends treat pistols makes them representative of gun owners as much as their alcohol abuse makes them sommeliers or enologists. I do commend them for unloading the pistol’s magazine before letting you handle it, which is far more like the safety precautions I am used to seeing from gun owners. (Note: a “clip” loads a magazine. A “magazine” holds ammunition. Your friend unloaded the pistol’s magazine.)

A Response to Carl DeMaio’s “New Generation”

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

What distinguishes the Republican Party from the Democrat Party is that Republicans build our coalition around principles, while the Democrats build their coalition around identities. The Democrat strategy is to cobble together a coalition of African Americans, Hispanics, single women, gays, and union members and hope that group equals 51 percent of the electorate. That’s why identity politics are so important to Democrats. They believe that we owe our rights to government and that rights vest through our membership in collective groups favored by government. As such, their electoral prospects are hitched to dividing us up by our descriptive characteristics and making their party the benevolent benefactors of government largesse to as many identity groups as possible.

Senator Anderson is an East County Powerhouse

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Two weeks ago Senator Joel Anderson hosted his annual Holiday Gala at Toyota of El Cajon. The event drew over 3,000 people, and served as welcome reminder of the type of support our legislators can earn when they excel at constituent service and vote on behalf of the people’s interests in Sacramento.

The event came on the heels of Senator Anderson’s re-election to a second term with nearly 70 percent of the vote out of over 210,000 ballots cast. His re-election was well earned as the Senator distinguished himself during his first term as a prolific yet principled legislator.

Over 3,000 at Senator Anderson East County Holiday Party

Sunday, December 28, 2014
posted by Guest Column

by Guest Party-Goer Jordan Marks

Looking all around me I was literally lost in a sea of folks. That description is usually followed by, “I was at a palooza,” “a concert,” or “a street fair,” but for political nerds it was the Senator Joel Anderson Holiday party in El Cajon.

PoliticalVanguard.com: Winners and losers of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Thomas Del Beccaro

Here are the Top 10 Losers of 2014…

10. The Yankees. They have spent nearly a half of billion dollars in the last two years and missed the playoffs both years – proving throwing money at problems doesn’t work.

9. Climate Change Mongers. The drought is ending in California and the cold temperatures are setting in. The Polar ice cap didn’t melt (it actually grew) and Al Gore is nowhere to be found. Now, that is political climate change we can appreciate.

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The Twelve Days of Recount

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Song
by Derrick W. Roach

On the first day of recount the voter gave to me, a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the second day of recount the voter gave to me, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the third day of recount the voter gave to me, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the fourth day of recount the voter gave to me, four errant marks, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

As I wrote a few weeks ago, recent court decisions have made it clear that San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore’s restrictive policies regarding issuance of concealed weapons permits are unconstitutional, infringing on the rights of county citizens.

Despite the Ninth Circuit Court’s November 12 decision to not take up an appeal in Peruta vs. Sheriff Bill Gore, in a recent U-T San Diego article, the Sheriff stated he will continue to delay issuing permits — and that when he finally stops delaying, it could take up to two years to work through his department’s current backlog of applications.

Court to force Gore’s hand

Thursday, November 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael Schwartz

A development yesterday in a local federal court case will have far reaching implications when it comes to your gun rights.

Peruta v. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is a federal Ninth Circuit court case that was brought against the Sheriff for his policies regarding issuing a concealed weapon permit.

The law requires that in addition to passing a background check, taking a two day class (including a range proficiency test), paying a fee, and completing a thorough application, applicants for a concealed weapon permit must show “good cause”.

An admonition to the winners, from Dennis Hollingsworth

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Hon. Dennis Hollingsworth, retired CA State Senator

To all those succesful, newly elected candidates out there today. Congratulations. No doubt you will field numerous calls of congratulatory wishes. Common among these sentiments will be the admonition to be sure to “Represent all the people now that you are elected.”

I will ask you to observe that these most often come from folks who were opposing you, or were supporters of the other camp.

Allow me to translate this commonly misunderstood admonition: They don’t really mean, “Do your best, listen to all points of view, and serve all whom you represent.”

Will Nehring’s Paternalism Appeal to California Women?

Friday, October 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Followers of Ron Nehring’s campaign for Lt. Governor were treated to a sneak peak of his first (and apparently only) advertisement of his campaign two weeks ago. The ad features a diverse group of women stating that under Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome’s illegal drug reform plan “more women will be addicted to drugs… You can’t be pro-woman and be pro more women addicted to drugs.”

Need A Sure Sign Democrats Are In Trouble? Bill Clinton Is In California

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Tom Del Beccaro

The signs of a wave election abound for Republicans. Recent polling even shows that Millennials and women voters favor Republicans in 2014. Obama’s disappearance from the campaign trail is another sign. So too is Bill Clinton’s appearance in California just one week before the election.

Ideally, far ahead of an election, a political party shores up its political base. Months before, a party seeks votes among the undeclared or the independent – and as the election cycle closes, it seeks to expand the playing field and win elections in places the other party thought secure.

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Voting Has Consequences

Monday, October 27, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Barbara Decker

As the general election draws close, I am surprised at voter apathy. People are not voting! I think back on voting throughout my lifetime and I consider it an important right. Potentially my one vote could decide who gets elected on any particular race. I read the ballot when I receive it, making sure that I am voting for the best candidate for each office. I take special note on each and every state or local proposition making certain that it does not strain the taxpayer. Voting has consequences.

Scott Peters owes us candor on the Ebola crisis

Friday, October 24, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson (pictured)

The debate about the nation’s Ebola response is yet another example of our elected officials and their media allies attempting to use ambiguous language to obfuscate their positions and motivations. In San Diego, Congressman Scott Peters has repeatedly refused to take a position on restricting air travel from countries suffering from the Ebola outbreak. His non-position that we “should consider” travel restrictions is consistent with the evasion we see from the Obama administration and its allies on the left over the issue.

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Alpine: Local Political Races Are No Longer Immune from Corruption

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Steve Hunyar

Our sleepy little town of Alpine is a great place to live. But as of late, political corruption has begun creeping into our bedroom community.

A large (8.5″ x 14″) 2-sided, 4-color hit piece was mailed to presumably all the registered voters in our school district precincts. The pamphlet lambasted a candidate who is running for the Alpine Union School District School Board. To the best of my recollection of living here for over 20 years, this very professionally produced negative ad is the first to target an individual.

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Special District Board elections may not be sexy and certainly don’t get the press of federal races or even that of some of our municipal elections, but they are nonetheless extremely important for setting policy in the San Diego region. If anything the lack of attention paid to these districts adds to the importance of these elections. If the “sunlight” of media attention is the best disinfectant for a democracy, than it is easy to see why special districts can be breeding grounds for nepotism and corruption. The lack of public attention increases the importance of electing to these boards people of high integrity who will act as independent advocates for rate payers.

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