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Mike Slater: The Bathroom Wars

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

Trump Fights like ISIS

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
posted by Elliot Schroeder

If you’re looking for an article calling Trump a terrorist, look elsewhere. This is a quick analysis of how Trump’s political campaign echoes a lot of the “guerrilla” asymmetric tactics ISIS has had in its own conflict. Their ideologies are vastly different, but in the information age there appears to be successful strategies people can employ. Here are just two:

I might vote for Donald Trump for President because I am an optimist.  I have long considered the real problem in this country to be the imperial Presidency.  Congress has abdicated its constitutional authority over the past 20-25 years and given the Executive Branch opportunities to seize that power.

Trump’s support comes from Republican voters’ discontent with a flaccid Congress. 

A Republican-controlled Congress, pledged to confront an overreaching President Trump, would give me exactly what I needed to vote for the television reality star:

Coronado Criminalizes Free Speech

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

Things you can legally do, in Coronado, with a credit card:

1- Vote for “Canine Mayor” to support PAWS of Coronado

2- Pay the parking meters on Orange Ave.

3- Buy a Navy SEAL a drink at McP’s

4- Pay the Transit Occupancy Tax with your hotel bill at the Del

5- Pay your greens fees at the municipal golf course.

6- Enroll your kids in the Jr. Lifeguard program

2016 San Diego County Taxpayers Association #Goldens – Save the Date

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

Doug Manchester among selected Trump delegates from San Diego

Monday, May 9, 2016
posted by Thor's Assistant

Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa, State Senator Joel Anderson, and former San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and real estate developer Doug Manchester are included on the list of Donald Trump delegates to this Summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Here’s the link to the entire list of California delegates for both the Trump and Ted Cruz campaigns, as provided to the Secretary of State. Cruz has since ended his bid for the White House.


With early voting beginning today in the June 7th presidential primary election, the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) took a closer look at the local races and voter dynamics to watch for this election cycle in San Diego County. Using data from the San Diego Registrar of Voters and Political Data Inc., NUSIPR made a number of key findings:

Key Findings

Dear family member of candidate,

I appreciate your email to me. I have no doubt your family member is a fantastic mom.

Yet, on Mother’s Day I’m going to spend the time thinking about my mom in heaven, and giving thanks to my wife and the great mother she is to our daughter. I’ll also give thanks for all the moms who do so much to bless their families.

San Diego Rostra Editorial

Yesterday, Voice of San Diego Editor in Chief Scott Lewis wrote of “conservative” plans to kill the San Diego Chargers’ proposal for a downtown stadium…

If you were wondering whether the city’s coalition of conservative business groups was open to supporting the Chargers’ plan for a new convadium in East Village, wonder no longer: It looks like a decision has been made to crush it.

Officially Endorsed Democrat Candidate is a Cyber Creep

Friday, May 6, 2016
posted by Scaramanga

One wonders what San Diego County Democratic Party Chairman Francine Busby thinks about her officially endorsed candidate for San Diego City Council District 5 posting this gem about teachers having sexual relationships with their students? #stayclassy

cyber creep

#NeverTrump Took On a Whole New Meaning

Thursday, May 5, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

Things Trump was never going to do:

1- Self fund his campaign
2- Avoid the influence of Goldman Sachs
3- Oppose higher taxes
4- Oppose a minimum wage hike

Things Trump will probably never do:

1- Build a wall
2- Oppose gun control
3- Protect lives of unborn children

Things Trump may never do: oppose single-payer healthcare.

It’s time to stop asking me if I am still #NeverTrump and start asking Trump what he is never going to do.

Yesterday I fielded one of those automated voter polls concerning the San Diego downtown stadium. The recorded voice read the glowing summary of how many things the stadium would do for the city, and said that the cost would be borne (entirely) by a higher hotel tax. None of the many arguments against this boondoggle were presented. Then it asked how I would vote (oddly enough, their pitch did not sway me from my “hell no” position).

Businessman John Renison Picks Up Key Senate Endorsements

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Senate Republican Leader Fuller, Eight Senators Support 39th Senate District Candidate

SACRAMENTO (May 4, 2016) — Businessman John Renison of Coronado today announced several key endorsements for his 39th Senate District run, including Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller. The Republican will square off against Democrat Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in the 39th Senate District. The incumbent, Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), has dropped out of the race.


We’re All RINOs Now

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Cruz is out, Kasich is far behind. Trump is the presumptive nominee. Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure he’s not the Republican of the past. He’s never held office. He’s the most “outsider” of any candidate since Wendell Willkie. Either in the primary or in the past he has been all over on the GOP platform from single-payer health care, protectionism, guns, and abortion. The platform and principles of the GOP aren’t a guide for him. Of course, his supporters will point out that it wasn’t for the GOP establishment (GOPe) either. So what is a Republican now?

Republican Disenchantment

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
posted by Barry Jantz


I’m disenchanted with the GOP, not because Republicans are nominating Donald Trump; but because the country’s Republican leaders are so out of touch with the electorate that — through their own ineptitude — they unwittingly created an environment accepting of him.

Sanders, Boling and Lutar urge support for City Council candidates who will protect pension reform

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2016) – Jerry Sanders, April Boling, and Lani Lutar released the following joint-statement today:

“June’s election could determine the fate of pension reform in San Diego. Four years ago, we campaigned for Proposition B – the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative that 66 percent of San Diego voters supported.

“The measure is expected to save taxpayers $1 billion – money that would have gone to bloated pensions. San Diego can now invest those funds in road repairs, parks, libraries, more police officers and firefighters, and other critical services the City provides.

Maybe you’re stupid too.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

Regarding Donald Trump repeating a tabloid journalism article, well, it can’t be said any better than Martin Roules said it on Facebook:

Ted Cruz’ father in the Kennedy assassination? The Miami Herald notes, with almost comical understatement, “The explosive suggestion that Cruz’s father would have had any affiliation with Oswald is not corroborated in any other way.”

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.

Adjournment in Memory of Peter Kanelos

Monday, May 2, 2016
posted by Senator Joel Anderson

Peter Kanelos was more than a dedicated public servant for San Diego; he was my dear friend. Join the Senate session today online as we adjourn in memory of Pete. At the end of the session I will remember the life that so earnestly enriched our community. Visit at 2 PM to live stream the Senate session. Alternatively, I will be live streaming the video on my Facebook page. Visit to view it live or watch the recap.

Senator Anderson Introduces Donald Trump at CRP

Friday, April 29, 2016
posted by Senator Joel Anderson

San Diego Campaign Fundraising Roundup: 1/1 – 4/23

Friday, April 29, 2016
posted by Mason Herron

Please see the attached links for an overview of campaign fundraising throughout San Diego County for the period of 1/1/2016 – 4/23/2016. Included here are only competitive races for Supervisor District 3, City of San Diego races, and Chula Vista District 4. Enjoy!

PDF version

Excel version

Happy SANDAG Tax & Spend Republican Day

Friday, April 29, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

It looks like the SANDAG Board of Directors will vote to approve the SANDAG Sky Gondola Tax for a public vote today.  The anticipated scorecard should look like this:

City of San Diego: Faulconer (R) NO, Gloria (D) YES
County of San Diego: Roberts (T&SR) YES, Jacob (R) NO – Horn voted NO, with Jacob absent.

That cancels out the big dogs in SANDAG and leaves the vote to the cities:


New Statistical Model Projects Trump Wins 133 of 172 State Delegates (77%)

SAN DIEGO – Businessman Donald Trump is likely to win the California Republican primary election on June 6th. That is the findings of a new report released today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR), a regional economic think tank.

Using demographic data from the United States Census Bureau, statistical techniques, and electoral results from four recent state elections, NUSIPR developed a statistical model to project the California vote by Congressional District. Overall, they found:

Can we get some more Republicans to place a pro-SANDAG tax resolution on their City Council’s agenda?  We really need to do this to get each and every Republican Council member and Mayor on record about this SANDAG tax.

Escondido City Council placed it on the agenda and not one council member voted for the tax. Poway and La Mesa rejected it unanimously as well. It is now fair to say that every Council Member in Escondido, Poway, and La Mesa (as well as two in Vista and one on El Cajon) are NOT tax and spend Republicans –– one could even call them taxpayer champions.

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