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Fiorina and the Cruz Hindenburg

Monday, May 2, 2016
posted by Erica Holloway

Carly Fiorina stood on the airship platform contemplating her political future.

Standing just inside the cabin, Ted Cruz extended a clammy palm to yank her aboard for the last hurrah of his crashing presidential campaign.

“There’s enough fuel to get us both some more air time,” he wagered, his hands trembling. “We can even call it a ‘ticket’ and you can put Vice Presidential candidate on your LinkedIn.”

Cruz-Fiorina Ticket

Cruz-Fiorina ticket catches fire.

Her lips pursed.

“Can we do an announcement?” she negotiated. “I have this song I’ve been singing around the house.”


Cruz Trumps The Donald in Republican Iowa Caucus

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
posted by Erica Holloway

We’ve all heard it. The worn-out political proverb: “As Iowa goes, so goes the nation.” Were that true of the Iowa Caucus, we’d have Republican Presidential nominees Bob Dole, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum in the annals of history. So while Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas did prove he could overcome the graceless, uncouth stylings of one businessman and reality show personality Donald Trump…

Read all of my column at BlogHer.

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Dave Roberts Cannot Be Forced Out

Monday, May 18, 2015
posted by Erica Holloway

Dave Roberts cannot be forced out of office, not easily anyway. A San Diego County supervisor must vacate a seat one of three ways: willingly or due to untimely demise, for which a replacement process exists, take their chances come election time, or possibly face a recall effort.

Alarm bells sounded from District 3 as eight staffers fled his office just since January. If voters and political watchers believe the chatter, Roberts seems prime for a role in the “Horrible Bosses” movie franchise.

But is he guilty of anything more serious?

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Larry Himmel, RIP (VIDEO)

Thursday, November 6, 2014
posted by Erica Holloway

Reposted, from a 2012 Erica Holloway entry…

DSDP 2012 Installation Dinner - Larry on the Street from FortyOneTwenty on Vimeo.

What do San Diegans Really Think About the 2012 Mayoral Race?

It’s not too often that we get to hear from the average San Diegan about politics.

In our world, the high-propensity voting public tends to consume our daylight (and midnight oil) hours.


Jorgensen for Congress Raises Nearly $120K in Under a Week

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
posted by Erica Holloway

Kirk Jorgensen for Congress raised more than $119,000 in the second quarter in his bid for the California 52nd Congressional District.

The second quarter reporting period ended on June 30 – just six days after Jorgensen began raising funds.

The former U.S. Marine Corp officer considered his first financial report a success.

“Clearly, donors are backing a demand for responsible leadership, proving the strength of our campaign.” said Jorgensen, a Black Mountain Ranch resident in San Diego. “I’m humbled by this level of support.”


Former Marine Kirk Jorgensen Launches Calif. 52nd Congressional Race

Monday, July 8, 2013
posted by Erica Holloway

Republican Kirk Jorgensen, 42, recently announced his bid in the California 52nd Congressional District race set for the 2014 ballot.

The former U.S. Marine Corps officer and resident of Black Mountain Ranch in San Diego launched an aggressive national fundraising effort which entailed meetings with influential Republican, community and military leaders.

“It’s time to demand responsible leadership in Washington, D.C.,” said Jorgensen, husband to Dr. Georgine Jorgensen and father of two sons, Erik (8) and Nate (4). “Together, we can make America stronger today and for generations to come.”


Bill Horn Running for Sixth Term

Monday, March 18, 2013
posted by Erica Holloway

Bill Horn running for his sixth term as the Fifth District San Diego County supervisor is probably not a surprise. Some might even consider the news a bitter disappointment.

Yet after 19 lively years in office, the North County supervisor still seems to enjoy public life.

I recently bumped into Horn at the San Diego Albondigas lunch in Old Town. He worked the room with ease, tossing out the occasional jab or story with zesty swagger and a good-natured laugh.

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Ferret Lovers Covet Maienschein’s Backing

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
posted by Erica Holloway

As originally posted on Flash Report.

Ferret lovers coveting Assemblyman-elect Brian Maienschein’s backing might be in for disappointment.

Evidently, founder Pat Wright fell to despair when two supportive candidates lost in the general election on November 6. Yet, he wrote in his recent newsletter this fuzzy note of love:

“There was one person elected who had some ferret knowledge. Brian Maienschein was elected in the 77th Assembly district and met Alice Kaiser and her ferrets.”

Not so, said Maienschein campaign manager Lance Witmondt who told the Sacramento Bee: “Brian has not ever met a ferret and he will not be sponsoring legislation to legalize ferret ownership.”

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Election Hangover? A Polling Postmortem Cures What Ails Ya’

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
posted by Erica Holloway


Well, depending on your horse(s), you were either drinking victory punch (Go Walker!) or suicide smoothies well into the night.

I joined in the Golden Hall festivities via the scrappy San Diego CityBeat live election night blog hosted by our very own San Diego Rostra and our lefty friends at OBRag. If you didn’t follow along with our 100 or so friends last night, including some elected officials and candidates, it’s worth a peek.

As results crawled in at a frustrating glacial pace, CityBeat editor David Rolland said the polling basically called the elections.


EDUCATION: What’s the mayor got to do with it?

Monday, April 2, 2012
posted by Erica Holloway

Little doubt that education is one of today’s hottest political topics.

Candidates for mayor of America’s Finest City even managed to weave the buzz-worthy issue into their platforms.

Tomorrow, a forum promises to delve head-first into the matter and answer the one question which seems to come up time and again:

What’s the mayor got to do with education?

For more details, be sure to check out the news release below.


Mayoral Forum on Education Will Explore Role of Mayor in San Diego’s Public Schools
Melissa Wagoner
mwagoner, at
(619) 260-4659


San Diego Republican Primary Voters Could Overcome Registration Gap

Thursday, March 8, 2012
posted by Erica Holloway

Is it the solar flare?

Nope, but could be the makings of the perfect storm for San Diego Republicans come June.

Recent polling from Competitive Edge Research & Communication** shows registered Republicans more enthusiastic to vote in June than Democrats.

Well, big whoop. We all expected that, right?

But according to the survey, the enthusiasm factor might be enough to overcome the Democratic voter registration advantage.

The latest voter registration numbers from a report run on March 1 by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters shows Democrats have a registration advantage of 76,521 over Republicans.


Tipping Point: DeMaio Signs Top Pollster Nienstedt

Monday, March 5, 2012
posted by Erica Holloway

As originally posted on Flash Report.

Camp Carl DeMaio must be doing a jig.

Earlier this week, the councilman signed highly-respected pollster John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research & Communication.

So far, the polling for the San Diego mayoral race ain’t been what most of us race watchers would consider legit.

This move signifies a tipping point in the race that will no doubt lead to some substantive research providing supporters, donors and voters alike a clearer view of the field.


Naked? There’s An App for That

Monday, February 6, 2012
posted by Erica Holloway

Just four days remain before Mayor Jerry Sanders and team closes the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge.

So far, a total of 43 app ideas posted propose everything from wanting a nuts-and-bolts explainer on the enrollment process in “good public schools” to a full list of all the contact information for local elected officials, from email addresses to Twitter handles.

Interestingly, there’s a number of apps that ask for social information on meeting people of similar interests and the latest goings on.

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Papa Publisher Mixes Jesus and Journalism

Monday, December 26, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

Today’s Twittersphere got a tad wound up about the Christmas Day publisher’s note from the San Diego Union-Tribune’s new fearless (and Jesus-loving) leader Doug Manchester.

The open letter, “A day to count blessings and share happiness,” began as such:

Dear fellow San Diegans,

Christmas is ever spiritual because it celebrates the birth of a child more than 2,000 years ago whose arrival on Earth defines all the dates of history. No other individual, before or since, has so influenced mankind as Jesus Christ. As the dawn breaks on this Christmas morning, we rise to celebrate the day marking the birth of the Christ child, a day dedicated to “good tidings of great joy.”


Here are the Rostra Victory Bear’s special presents for Rostrafarians, as expressed to the Bear’s three assistants (Erica Holloway, Barry Jantz and Jim Sills).  Feel free to add YOUR gifts under the Tree, but please remember this is the Season of Goodwill, so be nice and tasteful, to fit this special time.

For Capitol-bound Marie Waldron: An unabridged copy of  “Fun Things to do  in Sacramento” (complete in 2 pages!) …… for Richard Rider: A  Beer Summit  with  Alger …… for Erica Holloway:  A  baby   blogger …… for Bradley  Fikes:  An employer that doesn’t care if its reporters have personal opinions — just like the rest of the MSM …… and for Jerome Stocks: A  Surfing  Madonna  t-shirt.


Merry Christmas, George Bailey! The Richest Man in Town

Friday, December 16, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

WATCH | Its a Wonderful Life Final Scenes

Nothing, I mean nothing, brings a tear faster to my eye than the hapless, deeply conflicted and vastly complicated George Bailey played by the affable James Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Each year, hubs holds my Christmas movie obsession at bay as long as possible. It’s not that he doesn’t love Christmas or all the classic films, from the beloved Bing Crosby “White Christmas” to the overplayed but still necessary “A Christmas Story.”

I love them all and to his dismay, I would watch them endlessly from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day.

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How Much Will Prop. S Cost Taxpayers in the End?

Thursday, December 8, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

A little news item crossed my desk today from the Associated General Contractors regarding a financial report on the status of Proposition S.

As you’ll recall, that $2.1 billion bond measure became a major battle between labor and merit shop interests over proposed construction projects in the San Diego Unified School District.

According to the release, the school district plans to discuss the financial findings on the Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) further tomorrow during a news conference.

Stay tuned …


News Release
December 8, 2011
Contact: Brad Barnum


Jackson’s Out! Who’s In for San Diego Unified School Board?

Monday, November 28, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

Blood hit the water.

Seems San Diego Unified School District board member Shelia Jackson will not seek re-election. So far, a handful of candidates popped up on the radar screen as potential candidates for her seat.

According to Voice of San Diego’s Emily Alpert, as many as four candidates could be in the race though I’m sure the picture will look different in the months to come.

Three of the four candidates listed themselves as Democrats or “voting” Democratic with the forth yet to go on the record. No word yet as to whether board members Richard Barrera or John Lee Evans will face opponents.


San Diego Schools Going Bust?

Friday, November 18, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

We’ve been following, some with great puzzlement, at the seeming collapse of the San Diego Unified School District.

School district officials and board members say that without a serious, life-saving infusion of state revenue or drastic cuts, such as closing schools, the state could take over the district due to fiscal insolvency, or bankruptcy.

Here’s just a couple samplings of the coverage reaching beyond our little world quoting San Diego parents, board members, district and state officials on the intrigue.


San Diego’s Mayor Race Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

Originally posted on the Flash Report.

The 2012 San Diego mayor’s race began like other love affairs – lots of hope and promise for the future. Then, the sparkle and shine of courtship faded quickly into the same old dull routine.

No more flowers. No more moonlight and love songs.

Seems I’m not the only one who noticed our romance is fading.

Even the candidates can’t muster the enthusiasm. Both Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis skipped a second, high-profile debate last week and the fall out has been notable.


Pension Signature Drive Spent $1 Million?!?

Friday, September 30, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

Pushers of the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative breathed a big, expensive sigh of relief today.

The proponents turned in 145,000 signatures today to the City Clerk’s Office, according to Craig Gustafson at the San Diego-Union Tribune, for a needed 94,346.

What’s in Gustafson’s story that made my eyes pop and in a related estimate from Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon – that the measure could have cost more than $1 million so far. That astounding figure was attributed to Councilman Carl DeMaio and Lincoln Club President T.J. Zane, a major backer of the effort.

Holy ca-ching!


Bride of a Socialist, a Fascist and a Reporter…

Monday, September 26, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

Greetings Rostrafarians! Four seasons and three events later, and our socialist (and reporter, same thing?) friends still wanna hang with us over beers, bites and political banter.

The last event in the summer drew a nearly unmanageable crowd of about 100 – bringing out the likes of the Gonzalez siblings, San Diego CityBeat hipsters and our liberal blog counterparts at Two Cathedrals.

We should be slightly more subdued and relaxed for our fall gathering this Thursday at the South Park Abbey, 1946 Fern Street. Join us there at 5:30 p.m. to review the latest and greatest – from rumored Comprehensive Pension Reform signature counts to the new kid on the city ballot – the Project Labor Agreement ban.


Presidential Hopeful Gov. Perry Making San Diego Stop

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

From the Republican Party of San Diego County


Republican Party of San Diego County provides unique opportunity
for San Diego Republicans to hear from Governor Perry in person.

(858) 699-3000

SAN DIEGO — The Republican Party of San Diego County will be hosting a “Meet & Greet” with Governor Rick Perry on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 7th, following his participation in the Republican Presidential Candidates debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.


Say What?!?

Monday, August 29, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

I once read William Carlos Williams’ The Red Wheelbarrow over and over in an English interpretation class for three hours deciphering the deeper meaning of an 8-line poem. That pales to my enchantment with this San Diego Union-Tribune editorial on the San Diego mayoral race.

First, it begins with a self-aware candidate assessment: “The early conventional wisdom about the race for mayor of San Diego goes something like this: Nathan Fletcher is the fresh young face; Carl DeMaio is the hardline fiscal reformer; Bob Filner is the unabashed liberal; and Bonnie Dumanis is the moderate favorite of ‘the establishment.’ ”


San Diego Mayoral Candidates: Debate This

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

As originally posted on The Flash Report.

A debate’s raging in San Diego. A debate over debates.

It’s a curious thing. The moment San Diego mayoral candidate Councilman Carl DeMaio turned down a Voice of San Diego hosted candidates debate, among others already accepted by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Bob Filner, suddenly he was the target of much speculation (District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is also not expected to participate).

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