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Do you know how the “Reform Agenda” started in San Diego?

In 2003, we had a Republican Mayor (Dick Murphy), several Republican Councilmembers, and the “Downtown Mafia” (Chamber, etc.) that either sat silent while Democrats pushed bigger government and tax hikes – or worse, actively supported it!

They said we couldn’t balance the budget without massive tax hikes. They said we couldn’t reform pensions.

The Reform Agenda started as a project to prove them wrong – with creative ideas, facts, figures, and plans.

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UC Irvine has prohibited its College Republicans chapter from accessing event space after the CRs notified the administration they may host controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos again this fall, according to Breitbart.

It appears that UCI administrators invited College Republicans leaders to a meeting to discuss the planning of the Yiannopoulos event, which took place earlier this month. During the meeting, the College Republicans mentioned that they wanted to bring him back in the fall. Four hours later, the administration sent them an e-mail informing them that they could no longer reserve Student Center & Event Services venues until next spring for failing to provide a certificate of insurance for the private event security.

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The Obama Administration desperately wants to redact and scrub any reference to ISIS or terrorism in the Orlando shooting 911 tapes.

We got our hands on the “revised” transcript Obama wanted to release. Take a peek

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There’s been a lot of hype this month about CA now having the world’s sixth largest economy. And the state DID do well in 2015 compared to the other states, after lagging for several years.

Impressive!

Well, actually, not.

California has 39 million people — 43% larger than the 2nd largest state (Texas). Such GDP comparisons don’t tell us much in terms of the PROSPERITY of a nation. Or a state.
The proper comparison is PER CAPITA GDP. Using that more meaningful figure, CA is the 10th most prosperous state.
But an even MORE accurate comparison is to take the per capital GDP and adjust it for COL. Because of California’s high taxes, crazy utility laws, stifling regulations (paid by consumers) and sky-high housing costs, CA in 2014 ranked WAY down in 37th place. Only 13 states were worse.
BTW, using the per capita GDP, as a nation CA in 2014 ranked 19th when compared with other nations. And that fails to consider California’s super-high COL, which is 34.3% higher than the U.S. national average.
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There is a sad parallel between the Orlando massacre and San Diego’s “McDonald’s massacre” of 1984.  Lessons were learned from the McDonald’s massacre, and then ignored by police brass in Orlando.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Ysidro_McDonald%27s_massacre

To review, a white racist who hated Mexicans entered the McDonald’s in San Ysidro (very close to the Mexican border) and started shooting. And shooting. And shooting.

The first cops on the scene did nothing, even as the shooting continued.  They contacted HQ which in turn contacted the SWAT commander, who was at a social function at Mission Bay.

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A Left Turn for the Union Tribune

Friday, June 10, 2016
posted by Carl DeMaio

Have you noticed a decidedly left-leaning feel to editorials in the Union-Tribune lately?

The biggest “urban legend” in San Diego is the notion that the UT has been Conservative. Far from it, the UT has been Establishment.

But now the UT is Establishment with a tilt to the Left. I asked newly installed UT editorial director Matt Hall about this. Here is what he says in response.

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Post-Election Analysis & Precinct Maps

Thursday, June 9, 2016
posted by Vince Vasquez

By Vince Vasquez, National University

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Winners and Losers in San Diego Primary 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
posted by Carl DeMaio

Surprise winners – and surprise losers.

Why Gil Cabrera is the Nathan Fletcher of 2016, Why Democrats snatched failure from the jaws of victory, and How did Mara Elliott do it?

Read the analysis here

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Is it illegal to take a ballot selfie? The answer may surprise you.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
posted by Daniel Watts

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Is it illegal to take a picture of your own ballot? As a free speech lawyer, I get asked this question every election day.

In short, no. It’s not illegal. 

Look closely at the articles that say otherwise. They’re either completely devoid of supporting information (like this CW6 piece), or they concede that the laws they’re complaining about have never been enforced against any voter – ever. Take, for example, this L.A. Times article, which admits that courts strike down these laws whenever they’re enforced.

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 6/6/2016

Monday, June 6, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of June 6, 2016 at 5:00pm, 964,717 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 309,212 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 32.05% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 39.70% Republicans (7.41% above registration), 42.56% Democrats (5.67% above registration), and 17.74% independent (13.08% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first several days (City of San Diego).

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 6/3/2016

Friday, June 3, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

NOTE: PDI updated their registration numbers today. Relative to the registration counts available yesterday, the Countywide net increases are:

Registration as of 6/2: 1,483,260
Registration as of 6/3: 1,523,004 (Increase of 2.6%)
Increase for Democrats: 27,012 (Increase of 4.8%)
Increase for Republicans: 7,452 (Increase of 1.5%)
Increase for NPP: 5,280 (Increase of 1.1%)

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As of June 3, 2016 at 5:00pm, 964,031 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 271,248 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 28.14% among all ballots mailed.

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 6/2/2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of June 2, 2016 at 5:00pm, 938,401 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 248,858 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 26.51% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 39.48% Republicans (6.83% above registration), 42.23% Democrats (6.17% above registration), and 18.30% independent (12.99% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first several days (City of San Diego).

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San Diego Primary Election Quiz

Thursday, June 2, 2016
posted by Mason Herron
As an FYI, The BuildSD PAC is holding a primary election contest that is open to the public with prizes and recognition for the winners.
Here is the link to participate. There are around ten questions primarily focusing on the outcomes of local races around town.
The winners will receive:
1st Place – $50 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place – $25 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place – $15 Amazon Gift Card
Feel free to share with others!
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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 6/1/2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of June 1, 2016 at 5:00pm, 938,401 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 226,348 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 19.3% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 39.45% Republicans (6.80% above registration), 42.22% Democrats (6.16% above registration), and 18.33% independent (12.96% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first several days (City of San Diego).

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 5/31/2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of May 31, 2016 at 5:00pm, 937,801 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 181,010 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 19.3% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 39.41% Republicans (6.76% above registration), 42.22% Democrats (6.16% above registration), and 18.37% independent (12.92% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first several days (City of San Diego).

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It’s fascinating to Google Ed Harris, the Democrat’s main candidate for Mayor of San Diego.  He hypes his status as a career city lifeguard (a wise decision), but systematically hides the fact that he was a public employee labor union boss — a boss that was particularly belligerent about protecting overpaid and overpensioned city employees from any reforms.

Harris has been the long-time leader of the San Diego lifeguard union.  He was the driving force behind the lifeguards’ leaving the San Diego Municipal Employees “Association” (government employee unions HATE to be called “unions”) to affiliate with the more militant Teamsters Local 911.   But all you find in his bio is that he’s the “spokesperson” for the union and the lifeguards — and that role is downplayed.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BALLOT RETURNS – 5/27/2016

Friday, May 27, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

 

As of May 27, 2016 at 4:00pm, 934,852 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 157,078 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 16.8% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 39.36% Republicans (6.71% above registration), 42.23% Democrats (6.17%% above registration), and 18.41% independent (12.87% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first several days (City of San Diego).

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San Diego Campaign Fundraising Overview – Period Ending 5/21

Friday, May 27, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

 

With the filing deadline occurring last night, please click this link for a fundraising overview for all of the competitive races throughout the county (Supervisor D3, City of SD, and Chula Vista District 4).

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A new honeypot for California state government is the periodic “cap and trade” auctions of pollution rights. Actually CO2 rights, which is NOT a pollutant.  But I’m being churlish.  The lesson is that, when able, government will sell us the very air we breathe.

Here’s the fun part.  The latest quarterly “cap and trade” auction was projected to bring in over $500 million of revenue.  It fell a bit short of projections.  98% short, to put a point on it.  They raised about $10 million.  Apparently industry is not keen on buying something that is free in the other 49 states — let alone paying the high prices Sacramento sought.  Who knew?

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 5/25/2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of May 24, 2016 at 5:00pm, 933,340 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 130,572 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 13.99% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 39.07% Republicans (66.42% above registration), 42.26% Democrats (6.20%% above registration), and 18.67% independent (12.62% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first several days (City of San Diego).

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You have no doubt heard the story about the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus being snubbed on the field at Saturday’s San Diego Padres game. Instead of hearing the Gay Men’s Chorus, everyone heard a woman signing when the wrong national anthem soundtrack was played.

At first everyone suspected the worst – homophobia. Now we know the truth – it was an unintentional mistake!

Unfortunately, this simple unintentional mistake cost DJ ARTFORM (Art Romero) his job as the sound technician for the San Diego Padres games.

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 5/24/2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of May 24, 2016 at 5:00pm, 931,608 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 115,077 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 9.88% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 39.01% Republicans (6361% above registration), 42.20% Democrats (6.14%% above registration), and 18.79% independent (12.50% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first several days (City of San Diego).

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 5/23/2016

Monday, May 23, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of May 23, 2016 at 5:00pm, 928,331 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 91,739 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 9.88% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 38.86% Republicans (6.21% above registration), 42.13% Democrats (6.07%% above registration), and 19.01% independent (12.27% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first three days (City of San Diego).

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San Diego County Ballot Returns – 5/19/2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

As of May 19, 2016 at 5:00pm, 927,729 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county. 58,779 voters have voted (either by returning their ballot, or through early voting).

This equates to an overall voting rate of 6.34% among all ballots mailed.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 38.64% Republicans (5.99% above registration), 41.81% Democrats (5.75%% above registration), and 19.55% independent (11.74% below registration).

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In addition, please see the graph below for a breakdown of ballot returns by party over the first three days (City of San Diego).

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California gains another “superlative.”  We are ranked the worst state for “online access to government spending data.”  We make less spending data available than any other state.

Two things to note about this latest CA “award.”

1.  The study was done by U.S. PIRG, a decidedly left wing outfit that would LOVE to present the Golden State in a positive light.  Even they could not save California from itself.

2.  Three states earned an “F” score in the ratings.  But CA won that match-up — it wasn’t close.  Looking at the numerical scores, the 49th state (Alaska) is still 26.5% better than California.

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