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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.

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…

Rostra caption contest with David Alvarez

Monday, June 8, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez tweeted this over the weekend. Please come up with your chosen caption…

From the SDUT…

Campaign consultant drops Dave Roberts
Tom Shepard bows out of 2016 bid by supervisor, who faces accusations from former aides

SAN DIEGO — Tom Shepard, the political consultant who has worked with some of the biggest names in local politics, has dumped Supervisor Dave Roberts as a client.

Read it all at the Union-Tribune.

inewsource: Briggs-associated nonprofits flout state, federal laws

Thursday, May 28, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

An excerpt…

Briggs and his law firm have sued on behalf of more than 30 charitable nonprofits, almost all of which he and his family helped create.  An inewsource review of public records found state and federal governments have suspended more than half of the groups, including the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition (which was later reinstated), for failing to file legally required documents showing finances, mission statements and board structures.

Poll: Lots of Americans support repealing the right to be really, really mean

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

from a National Review article…

It’s important to note here that “stir up hatred against” does not mean “instruct a crowd to kill” or “explicitly incite violence against.” Both of those things are already illegal under the Supreme Court’s 1969 Brandenburg standard. Rather, it is a fancy way of saying “be really mean to.”

Read more.

U-T: Abed eying Roberts’ seat?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

by the SDUT’s Logan Jenkins

Sam Abed, Escondido’s mayor, has not announced his candidacy for Dave Roberts’ supervisor seat.

Abed’s just making calls, prospecting for endorsements among fellow electeds. But last week, the texts were flying. You heard about Sam?

Read it here.

A few good bike paths

Friday, May 22, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From last night’s San Diego County Taxpayers Association dinner…

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate celebrates Red Nose Day

Thursday, May 21, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

U-T: Dave Roberts hires political crisis expert

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

SAN DIEGO — County Supervisor Dave Roberts has hired a crisis communication specialist to help his political career weather accusations from former staff members.

Roberts has brought on board political consultant Gary Gartner, a personal friend and strategist for his supervisorial campaign.

Read it here.

Head of Filner recall calls on Roberts to resign

Friday, May 15, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

The head of the 2013 effort to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is calling on County Supervisor Dave Roberts to resign from office, in the wake of several allegations of impropriety against him by former staff members.

Michael Pallamary, who started the effort to remove Filner from office prior to the then-Mayor ultimately resigning in August 2013, today sent the following letter to Supervisor Roberts:

Michael J. Pallamary,
Former Chairman
Recall Filner Committee

May 15, 2015

Supervisor Dave Roberts
County  Board  of  Supervisors
1600  Pacific  Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Trade you two Roberts for a Filner?

Thursday, May 14, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


Mark Robak sent this along, saying “I have now completed my San Diego Dave Roberts baseball card collection!”

NBC7: A Look Inside Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Office Amid Turmoil

A former employee in San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ office says the supervisor refused to act on complaints from staffers as documents confirm there has been almost a complete turnover of staff at the District 3 office since January.

At least two of those former staffers claim Roberts created a “hostile workplace.” NBC 7 Investigates has also confirmed those former employees have both hired attorneys and are considering lawsuits against the county.

Read it all here.


U-T’s Logan Jenkins: Slap of Roberts stuns insiders

“At the Rostra in Rome and thought of you”

Monday, April 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

That’s the message Rostra blogger Eric Andersen received with the photos below.

Eric posted to his Facebook page, “Received these two photos from a friend traveling in Rome today and it made me think of a few of mine.”

click for larger images

For more on The Rostra, click here.

Reid to retire

Friday, March 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Save The Date: 2015 Lincoln Reagan Dinner — June 13 with Senator Rand Paul

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Save the date: 2015 Goldens!

Monday, March 9, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

California GOP Convention News: Log Cabin Club Chartered

Monday, March 2, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Some articles and reactions…

Katy Grimes in FlashReport: LGBT Republican Group Wins Charter in California Republican Party

BreitbartCA: Gay Activist Group Formally Recognized by California GOP

LA Times: State GOP formally welcomes gays to the party

SF Chronicle: After decade of struggle, Log Cabin Republicans win GOP recognition

from Capitol Resource Institute…

Log Cabin Inside the Tent

By a lopsided vote the California Republican Party (CRP) granted a charter to Log Cabin California, a gay Republican organization. Meeting in Sacramento Sunday, Republican delegates voted 861 to 293 to grant official recognition to the California chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans.

T.J. Zane selected as local GOP’s new Executive Director

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

T. J. Zane, who over the last several years has been instrumental in building the Lincoln Club of San Diego into one of the most prominent political forces in the area, was announced today as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of San Diego County.

“I’m honored that Tony Krvaric has asked me to serve as the new Executive Director,” Zane told Rostra. “Chairman Krvaric has grown the Republican Party into one of the most effective political party organizations in California. Building upon the strong foundation left by his predecessor, Ron Nehring, Tony leads a committee that is indispensible to Republican candidates in San Diego. By marshaling the volunteer base of the party and skillful fundraising, the Republican Party has made the crucial difference in every recent election.”

Politics Roundup for Sunday, December 28, 2014 — Year-End Notables

Sunday, December 28, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Year-End Notables…

Voice: The 2014 Voice of the Year Is …Sea World foes, Jerry Sanders, Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez make the list.

Voice: Part Two, Voice of the Year: The Near-MissesRostra contributors Kevin Faulconer, Jason Roe and Revolvis, Carl DeMaio, Barry Jantz are mentioned.

Breitbart: Top 25 Conservative Voices in CaliforniaRostra contributors Tom Del Beccaro, Jon Fleischman, Richard Rider are making an impact.

Voice: Saturday’s Morning Report — Including “2014, We Knew Ye Pretty Well” — Heroes and Goats of the year, Memorable quotes from 2014, Notable Fact Checks

Politics Roundup for Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – A focus on cops

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The Latest Headlines…

–Year-End Reviews–

Political Vanguard’s Tom Del Beccaro: Winners and losers of 2014Hillary makes both ends of the list.

Voice: A Year of Firsts and Scandals in SacramentoBrian Joseph: “This was a year of historic elections and searing scandals. Here’s the top events in state politics – from a San Diego perspective – of 2014.”

–A focus on cops–

Rostra’s Brian Brady: Tragic Assassination of NYPD Cops Begs For Law Enforcement Reform

SDUT: Why cellular tracking device is so secret

Times of SD: Secrecy Explained for SDPD Use of Cell-Phone Tracker

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