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How Scott Peters Helped Create Government Millionaires With His Pension Spiking Scheme

San Diego – The DeMaio for Congress campaign today released a new ad titled “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Government Edition” which spoofs the popular game show by highlighting how Congressman Scott Peters helped create millionaires out of government employees by voting to spike their pensions.

Yes, Scott Peters helped make millionaires out of government employees.

Breaking News / Rumor In Good Old Encinitas: The first Mayor’s race

Friday, August 8, 2014
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Encinitas politics is a really fun blood sport. And the newest piece of info/rumor to hit the spotlight is that none other than Sheila Cameron has decided to run for the Mayor’s seat and has put in the papers to make it official! This is the first election in the history of Encinitas where the voters will elect the Mayor, rather than the City Council selecting from its ranks.

U-T: Attorney General tells Anderson that Latino Caucus can keep Chavez out

Friday, August 8, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Our tax dollars at work…

SACRAMENTO — In response to a query by Sen. Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon, the state attorney general’s office has stated that it is legal for the California Legislature’s Latino Caucus to limit its membership only to Democratic members. Anderson was upset after Assemblyman Rocky Chávez of Oceanside was denied membership in the group.

Read it all here.

Ebola Ethics and Mapp Biopharmaceutical

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

The Washington Post blog post about “white” Americans getting an Ebola serum reminds me of an old joke about the Post.  The Almighty gave the editors of the Post a call to let them know that the world was ending the next day.  True to form the WaPo headline read: “World to End – Women and Minorities Impacted Most.”

Our colleges and universities don’t have enough money…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

Our colleges and universities don’t have enough money.

We’re also told that cutbacks are impacting classes, with remaining classes full to the brim.

Yet, there’s this…

UC RIVERSIDE: New position to assist undocumented students

Thoughts? Discussion?

Is this even a legitimate Rostra post?

Am I a racist for raising the discussion?

Virginia “Ginger” Marshall filed papers with the Solana Beach City Clerk today for the November City Council election. Marshall has until Friday to submit a petition with 20 signatures of registered voters in Solana Beach to qualify for the November ballot.

A comment on comments

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

We’ve tried to monitor the comments for violations of name calling and the general rule that commenters get only into politics, not personalities.

But, it’s a tough job to do, especially with a few commenters. We will do better. It’s gotten out of hand, quite frankly.

It ends now. This goes for all here.

We have no plans to have to refine or clarify the rules based on the actions of a very few. But, we’ll leave open the reality that it may be necessary.

DC press knows what San Diego voters know — Scott Peters makes the “Endangered” List.

Roll Call’s latest edition of the “Top 10 Most Vulnerable House Members” shows several more incumbents in peril. Some of them face top-notch opponents, others are running in unfavorable districts; a couple members just don’t run good campaigns.


Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif.

A key (and quite correct) court ruling now blocks the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.  This deal involved a hotel tax that — contrary to the requirements of the state constitution — was imposed without a vote of the electorate.
Now the “gadflies” who filed the lawsuit will be blamed for standing in the way of progress (been there, done that).  But whose fault is it really?

It’s the fault of politicians who, over and over, try to bypass the  voter approval of such deals — approval that IS required by the California constitution and our city charter.  Such a deal should have been brought to the voters three years ago.  It was not, and it wasn’t “the naysayers” who chose to violate the constitution.

Vaus fundraising means Poway Mayor’s race is shaping up as one to watch

Thursday, July 31, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

It’s not often the local Republican Party endorses against a sitting incumbent Republican. Yet, Steve Vaus pulled that one off a few months ago, getting the GOP nod in his effort to unseat Poway Mayor Don Higginson.

Vaus’ hard work continues to pay off, it appears…

Media Release

Poway Mayoral Candidate Steve Vaus Significantly Outraises Incumbent

Poway, CA – Poway Mayoral Candidate and current City Councilmember Steve Vaus today reports outraising the incumbent by more than five times in supporter contributions.

Guest Commentary
by Michael Schwartz

Industry leaders Smith & Wesson and Strum, Ruger & Co. Inc. (Ruger) are two of the most well-known, trusted names in the firearms business. Starting business in 1852 and 1949 respectively, these two companies now manufacture about one in every four firearms produced in the U.S., according to a survey by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

This year California will become the only state in which these two American icons cannot sell their legal products that you have the right to keep and bear.

The article below on the KNSD TV San Diego website recently was presumably presented as a major TV news story by our local NBC affiliate. It claims that CA teachers are woefully underpaid compared to educators in other states — the truth is that CA teachers are the second/third highest paid teachers of all the states. The story is based on a biased progressive source (a bias not mentioned in the story — a bias that WOULD have been mentioned if it were a CONSERVATIVE source), but — even more important — it demonstrates the remarkable inability of this reporter to even copy numbers down correctly — let alone understand what they represent — or analyze them.

Guest Commentary
by Rafid Moga 

Michael Bloomberg’s “big gulp ban” was widely ridiculed for being what it was: local government choosing to micromanage the most personal choices of New York City residents.

Well, it looks like the uncontrollable urge of local politicians to micromanage what we eat, drink and consume is making its way back to San Diego.  This time the target is “e-cigarettes” the tobacco-less cigarettes that local government is deciding to treat as…tobacco.

You know things are tight in the CA-52 race when Scott Peters is trying to get my vote. I’ve been registered GOP since 18 and since I got off of active duty (too much overseas time) I know I voted in every election. Election campaigns usually focus on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts of their political base, so I know I can’t be showing up on Peters’ rolls. But the other night I get a call to be on a teleconference with Peters and got the email below. These actions may be indicators that Peters’ Democratic base can’t be relied on to carry the election. If he is going for a 100% show-up, registered GOP voter it’s easy to surmise that his campaign is unsure of the independent vote as well. So it looks like he’s reaching out to any voters he can.

Nanny state pays visit to El Cajon

Thursday, July 24, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Guest Commentary
by Eric Andersen

After a public hearing Tuesday, the El Cajon City Council, a supposedly conservative council of five Republicans, voted unanimously to crackdown on free markets again, this time prohibiting new electronic vapor inhalation businesses from entering the market place.

City Councilman Gary Kendrick said,  “This is a victory for the citizens and businesses in El Cajon,” and “This shows the public that we’re willing to protect them.”

Americans aged 13-30 are much more libertarian than liberal, says a Reason-Rupe report.  That’s important for California Republicans to know because that generation represents close to one in five voters.  In five years, that number will grow to one in four voters.

Millennials have oft been described as the enigma generation when it comes to politics.  They eschew party labels but overwhelmingly supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012.   Why would a generation, saddled with student loan debt, living with their parents, underemployed, vote for a President with such a poor record on economic freedom?

Assemblyman Jones Questions Democrats for Killing Food Stamp Fraud Protection Bill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions why Democrats in the Legislature killed a bill to stop abuses in California’s food stamp program, a taxpayer-funded benefit. Investigators have found 2600 examples abusing their benefits – some sold their EBT cards for cash. Assembly Bill 2354 authored by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) would have required EBT cards to have a photo ID, which would ensure that the card is being used by the right person. Assemblyman Jones said, “You’d think it would be in the taxpayer’s best interest to protect the [food stamp] program, which would help families that need assistance the most. I think your money is worth protecting – it’s about time we work to get rid of government waste.”

Richard Rider, is this the reason you left the Libertarian Party?

Monday, July 21, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

I have to admit, the email from the San Diego Libertarian Party intrigued me, as it included this headline:

“Mike Benoit video on the IRS stealing his home at the Daily Paul”

Benoit is a perennial candidate for office as a Libertarian against Duncan Hunter, meaning both Duncan Hunters over the years.

Wanting to understand his alleged abuse at the hands of the IRS, the apparent taking of private property by the feds, I clicked on the 20 minute video.

Breaking: ABC News profiles my efforts to reform the Republican Party. Take a look and tell me — are you a New Generation Republican?

There was one taxpayer victory in the June 2014 primary that I SHOULD have reported, but didn’t.  A tiny, unfunded but determined pro-taxpayer group in Coronado CRUSHED a Ponzi-scheme school bond measure.  It’s perhaps a textbook example of how to defeat the Establishment and the special interests that back such measures.  Representing San Diego Tax Fighters, I provided some expertise (at the request of the bond opponents), but the truth is that the locals made it happen —  not me. Note particularly the quality opposition website — one that added to the professionalism of the rag-tag band of opponents.

More Defenseless Victims in San Diego County

Sunday, July 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Rob Morse

Do you need to protect yourself?  Not according to Bill Gore.  Sheriff Gore said law enforcement will protect you if you live in San Diego County.  That is hard to believe given the thousands of crime victims in the county each month.

In the last few weeks:

  • It was afternoon when a woman was helping her elderly mother into her car.  A man in a white SUV drove up next to her and asked for directions.  The stranger then got out of the SUV, pointed a handgun at her, and demanded the woman’s purse.  He shot her in the back as she ran away.

Assemblyman Jones Stands Up for Employee Flexibility Rights

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) criticizes Legislative Democrats for killing a measure to give all Californians more flexibility in the workplace. Assembly Bill 2448 would have permitted an individual employee to request an alternative workweek schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours within a 40-hour workweek.

Assemblyman Jones said, “This law is already in place for union workers. Apparently the Democrats believe what’s good for a union worker just isn’t good for everyone else. We can’t let this inequality exist between union and non-union workers.”

In fixing our immigration challenges, our number one priority must be to improve our border security — ensuring the United States remains secure from the threat of drugs, guns, and criminals coming through our borders.

The federal government has failed in its basic obligation to secure our border. It’s time to demand accountability and results – no more excuses. A secure border must be the prerequisite and foundation for any additional reform of immigration laws.

Celebrate Independence, Not Government

Friday, July 4, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

We read the Declaration of Independence aloud last night at the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego meeting.  This tradition started last year when a few of us read it at the Del Mar Fair.  I won’t print all the words on this site but I invite you to read it before I continue.

The Supreme Court held in Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations may be exempted from paying certain employee contraceptive costs if the owners are morally opposed.

Some critics have argued that employers should not have control over employees’ contraceptive choices. For example, White House press secretary Josh Earnest argued that “women should make personal health care decisions for themselves, rather than their bosses deciding for them.”

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