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Fundraising in key local races

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

Thanks to Ryan Clumpner at the Lincoln Club of San Diego, here is a summary of 2015 fundraising and current cash position in some races deemed by the club as priority contests…

County Supervisor District 2

Dianne Jacob
Total Raised: $385,151.52
Cash on hand: $607,258.16
Debt: $0

Joel Anderson
Total Raised: $273,660.71
Cash on hand: $273,243.35
Debt: $1,237.50

County Supervisor District 3

Kristin Gaspar
Total Raised: $105,884.00
Cash on hand: $83,651.11
Debt: $16,832.79

Sam Abed
Total Raised: $252,037.00
Cash on hand: $244,290.00
Debt: $85,000.00

Dave Roberts
Total Raised: $275,470.77
Cash on hand: $179,066.96
Debt: $77,812.00


Why Mike Huckabee should not be president…

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

…in one ad. The sad thing is, he really approved it.


NR: To Attract Disillusioned Voters, the GOP Must Understand Their Concerns

Sunday, January 24, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

An excellent read on the disillusioned white, blue collar voters driving the Trump phenomenon…


from Revolvis consulting…

On December 16-17, polling firm Moore Information conducted a poll on California’s 52nd Congressional District. Linked here is a memo on the poll’s findings. A few highlights…

• Hillary Clinton has a +5 net negative rating with 49% unfavorable and 44% favorable opinion among district voters.

• Incumbent Scott Peters is below 50% approval rating with only 44% of voters approving of his performance, and 29% disapproving.

• 41% of voters think Peters should be replaced while only 35% think he should be reelected.


RIP Republican Party

Saturday, December 19, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From American Thinker…

If there was any question about the relevance of the Republican Party, this week’s budget deal removes all doubt. The Republican Party might as well close up shop and merge with the Democrats. Not as a merger of equals, but more of a capitulation, a surrender, a sellout. There is no need for two parties in Washington DC as only one party is relevant in terms of advancing an agenda. The irony is that the agenda driving party is in the minority and despite losing badly in two midterm elections, the Democrats are still running Congress.


From KUSI…

“Senator Joel Anderson confirmed Thursday live on KUSI, that he is running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors against incumbent Dianne Jacob.”

KUSI News - San Diego, CA

KUSI story is linked here.


Rocky Chavez receives support from Young Republicans of San Diego

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

KUSI News - San Diego, CA


Eye Roll Time: Councilman’s prayer prompts public outburst

Thursday, November 5, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

from the SDUT…

CARLSBAD — A Carlsbad councilman’s ardent prayer sparked a public outburst and a 10-minute recess at the start of this week’s Carlsbad City Council meeting.

Councilman Mark Packard, a lay leader in the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was asked at the last minute Tuesday to give the meeting invocation when the guest scheduled to do it didn’t appear.

Read it all here. But pray about it first.


The moderators’ duty at SD Rostra

Friday, October 30, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

We received an email saying that the moderators’ “duty” is to monitor the blog only and keep our opinions to ourselves.

We’re very glad now to be informed of the rules for OUR blog.

We provide quite a bit of latitude and seldom refuse comments. The fact that we’ve needed to weigh in on the recent Poway Unified discussion moreso than for other threads speaks to the passion of those involved in the issue. We’ll continue to use our best judgement to do as we see fit.


RNC suspends debate partnership with NBC

Friday, October 30, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Email sent from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to NBC News…

Mr. Andrew Lack
Chairman, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112

Dear Mr. Lack,

I write to inform you that pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016. The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.


Scuttlebutt that McCarthy and Ellmers will both resign from Congress by Monday

Friday, October 9, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


More on the fallout from WeaselZippers

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Breitbart: San Diego State May Expel Students for U.S. Flag

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

In the “old days,” someone from YAF or CRs would have stood up for these guys. Anyone?

San Diego State May Expel Students for U.S. Flag


Labor not so happy

Sunday, September 20, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


See prior post on Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins taking on Senator Marty Block for his current seat.


As her tenure as Assembly speaker winds to a close, Toni Atkins is preparing for her next major political battle: intra-party combat.

Atkins is taking on state Sen. Marty Block for his San Diego seat, a highly unusual challenge in a political culture that privileges — and fiercely protects — incumbents.

Read it at The Times


Some political news and discussion you may have missed…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

…over the holiday weekend:

Pete Wilson campaigns for stepson

Phil Graham says he has never traded on the well-known name of his stepdad, two-time California Gov. Pete Wilson. In fact, many with whom he has interacted have had no idea they are related.

Now, however, Graham is grateful for the strong support of the former San Diego mayor and U.S. senator. He recently launched his campaign for state Assembly in the 76th District, which covers north coastal San Diego County.

Read all of the Diane Bell column at the SDUT.


Quiet supervisor’s race may be deceiving

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Labor Day meme: True or not? Please discuss.

Friday, September 4, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

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Fabiani: Getting sports radio to make things up

Monday, August 3, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From Tony Manolatos, who learned a couple of things while the spokesman for the Citizens Stadium Advisory Group…

The Mighty 1090’s Dan Sileo read a critical letter on air about a week ago. Dan said the letter was written by the NFL and was going to be delivered to the Mayor that morning. I remember hearing him on air saying something like, “The NFL has brought the hammer down on San Diego.”


SDUT: City Ethics Commission picks get political

Saturday, August 1, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

…But, nothing is ever political in the City of San Diego, so this is really odd.

The nominees include La Mesa Councilmember Bill Baber, Attorney and Rostra Contributor Ryan Darby, and some Democrats that have never ever done anything political.

Read it here.


An odd field

Thursday, July 23, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Possibly far more compelling than the odds selected by the local political analyst, is the fact that there are that many wannabes in the field at this point.

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The Daily Transcript to end publication

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Sad news for a San Diego Institution…

Sadly after almost 130 years of operation, The Daily Transcript/San Diego Source will print its last newspaper on Sept. 1 and cease operations on Sept. 21, 2015.

The changing publishing paradigm has made the maintenance of a news organization of the size and scope represented by The Daily Transcript/San Diego Source in a market of San Diego’s size problematic. While many cost savings measures have been initiated in the past, including the enthusiastic embrace of rapidly changing technology, producing the daily news, data and information for which the company is known requires a relatively large number of employees with related support systems. Increasing overhead, health care costs and the uncertain future of the news industry dictate that the company is no longer a viable business.


John Oliver on Stadiums

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Long, but so worth the laughs…


Financial support for Faulconer making for a quiet Summer? The media take…

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Voice: Democrats Struggling to Muster Mayoral Candidates – By Scott Lewis

“The next election for mayor of the city of San Diego is 11 months away and nobody has stood up to challenge Mayor Kevin Faulconer – a fact that seems to be frustrating Democrats who not that long ago thought they had ushered in a new progressive majority in city politics.”


Times of San Diego: Faulconer, Sherman Report Significant Campaign Fundraising — by Chris Jennewein

“San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilman Scott Sherman on Wednesday reported significant fundraising for their 2016 re-election campaigns.”


Happy Independence — from something

Thursday, July 2, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

San Diegans tell us…


LATimes: Labor fears setback as Supreme Court hears case on union dues, fees

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a California challenge to the financing of public-sector unions sent fear through organized labor Tuesday, with the threat that the justices could blunt one of the state’s most powerful political forces.

“If Orange County teacher Rebecca Friedrichs wins her case against the California Teachers Assn., it could prompt an exodus of members and lead thousands of the state’s public workers to stop paying union dues or fees.”

“The public employee unions make the robber barons and the railroad barons of 100 years ago look like small potatoes,” said Republican campaign consultant Kevin Spillane.

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What? You haven’t seen Star Wars?!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

In response to the weekend admission by San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez that he’s never seen Star Wars, we ran a little caption contest for his tweeted photo, resulting in some creative selections.

Yet, the best response wasn’t a caption, it was a reaction, from an anonymous sender…


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