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Small Business of the Year — WTF?

Monday, June 10, 2013
posted by Jon Fleischman

My Twitter feed is full of photos and statements by legislators announcing their “small business owner” of the year. At another time of year we get the same for their woman of the year and so on.

I don’t mean to throw a turd in the punchbowl — but WTF? I don’t elect my representatives to use their office to bestow government accolades or recognition on anyone.

At some basic level it’s really not about anything other than generating press for the elected officials themselves.

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Also posted earlier to FlashReport

Last night I was pleased to be on hand as, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 300 GOP leaders and activists at the monthly meeting of the San Diego County Republican Party Central Committee, former State Senator Jim Brulte officially kicked off his campaign for Chairman of the California Republican Party.  Popular San Diego County Party Chairman Tony Krvaric presided over the crowded house.

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November 6, 2012 will long be remembered by Republicans nationally as, well, a really bad election day. Governor Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama, when the President was forced to run for re-election on the economy, in a bad economy, smarts. Losing a significant number of U.S. Senate races where polls and pundits had put the GOP in the hunt just added to the misery. Republicans did hold on to the House of Representatives, which is very significant, of course. But because this was expected, it did little to ease the disappointment of this Republican.

This year San Diego voters are being treated to a very lively contest to see who will succeed Republican Jerry Sanders as mayor of California’s second largest city.  I have and will continue to write about this and other races taking place in the City of San Diego – but I think it is important to share with you that I have not endorsed any candidates for mayor or city council, nor have I made any financial contributions.  The only bias I bring to any analysis of the mayor’s race is my conservative perspective, and a disclosure that one candidate, Nathan Fletcher, has been a personal friend of mine for many years.  In fact, it has been my friendship with Nathan that has made it a bit awkward for me as I have contemplated for many days what to write about his sudden decision to leave the Republican Party and become a decline- to-state voter.

Cross posted at FlashReport…

Over the past week I have gotten a couple of phone calls and a few e-mails from elected members of the San Diego Republican Party Central Committee.  While none have been identical, the subject matter of the calls has been the same – the candidacy of former San Diego City Councilman Brian Maienschein for the State Assembly.

By Jon Fleischman

The California Republican Party’s Spring Convention is almost upon us – and it is shaping up to be a great weekend.  There will be a great line-up of speakers to include Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, former Governor Tim Pawlenty, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus and RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day, Congressman Darrell Issa to name just a few.   There will be candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress and the State Legislature looking to meet party leaders such as yourself.  There will be townhalls, workshops, training seminars, and many great opportunities for networking and preparing to elect Republicans (and defeat Democrats) in 2012!

Nathan Fletcher and “Duke” Cunningham

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
posted by Jon Fleischman

Posted at the FlashReport today…

Ex-Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham is slowly winding down a lengthy sentence in a federal prison — the crime committed by this war-hero-turned-politician?  He sold America.  Literally.  As a Member of Congress, he personally profited, and not in a small way, by selling his votes.  One of the most stunning pieces of evidence introduced in the trial against Cunningham was a cocktail napkin on which he hand wrote how much money he would have to be paid to deliver specific earmarked spending for the person bribing him.

From today’s FlashReport

As all following California politics know, Governor Jerry Brown, unsuccessful at getting Republican votes to either raise taxes by a vote of the legislature or get GOP votes to place tax increases on the ballot, is now spearheading an effort to place a massive tax increase measure on ballot for this November — seeking to get voters to increase state income taxes on the wealthy, and hike the sales tax for everyone.  This is a terrible idea.  Newly elected Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff says it well, and succinctly, in a column today in the FlashReport: “Higher taxes are not the answer. There is a better way. New taxes will only cripple the economic recovery now underway in California.”

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