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SDUT: City Ethics Commission picks get political

Saturday, August 1, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

…But, nothing is ever political in the City of San Diego, so this is really odd.

The nominees include La Mesa Councilmember Bill Baber, Attorney and Rostra Contributor Ryan Darby, and some Democrats that have never ever done anything political.

Read it here.

Assemblyman Jones Discusses Low Voter Turnout

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In this week’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) discusses California’s low voter turnout and the importance of every vote. According to a recent Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey, 67 percent of those polled had little to no trust in the state government. “Many voters feel that their vote simply doesn’t matter anymore,” said Assemblyman Jones. “That is why many choose not to vote, not because they have a difficult time registering. Sacramento is ignoring the voice of the people.”

A 2015 U-T survey of home water bills for the 30 largest U.S. cities found that for 200 gallons a day usage, San Diego has the 3rd highest cost – 73.7% higher than the median city surveyed. At 600 gal/day, San Diego was again 3rd highest – 81.7% higher than the median city.

SATIRE: The Liberal Manifesto: More Relevant than ever!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, July 7, 2015 —All causes need to be updated. Here are some new additions to the Liberal Manifesto, alongside previous jewels. We are now proudly updated for the year 2015:

1) We believe that notions of good and evil are outdated and should never be used unless we are talking about George Bush, other Republicans or right-wing, born-again Christians who are clearly responsible historically for most of the evils of the world.

Raise Illegal Alien Minimum Wage?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

What if employers had to pay illegal aliens, but not U.S. Citizens & residents, more than minimum wage?  It would be a tariff on illegal labor. I ask this question after a KQED story on wage theft.  The story centers on activists suing companies for back pay for non-English speaking immigrants. It is interesting that immigration activists have done more than the small wage theft force to challenge companies that under pay.

Kern Raises $100,000+

Monday, July 27, 2015
posted by Jerry Kern


(Oceanside) – Oceanside Councilmember Jerry Kern has announced that he has raised more than $100,000 during the first campaign finance reporting period, providing yet another indicator that his race for the 76th Assembly District is off to a strong start.

“The show of community support for my campaign has been humbling,” said Kern. “Whether it’s the endorsements of well-respected elected officials throughout the district, or contributions from leading community voices, it’s clear that my campaign has a strong foundation for success.”

In a just-released survey by the nonprofit TRIP, among U.S. urban areas exceeding 500,000 population, my city of San Diego is tied nationally for having the seventh worst city road conditions.  Californians will be disappointed (but not surprised) to find that four of the six large population areas that are ranked even worse than San Diego are also located in the Golden State. An “Olympic” state, California sweeps the “top” three spots in road disrepair. Great.

Some weekend reads…worth reading

Saturday, July 25, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

RNC scheme to block candidates from debate should be repealed

When someone asks me to name the seven dwarves invariably I fall short. Let’s see, there’s Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Dopey….Darn it, there are a couple more.

That’s kind of how it is when I try to actually write out a list of the 16, 17 (or is it 18?) legitimate Republican candidates running for the Republican nomination for president.

Read it all, by Jon Fleischman in Breitbart

Are we conservatives being played? Again?

Friday, July 24, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Steve Hunyar

In 2012, Donald Trump actually supported Hillary Clinton in a number of different ways. In March of 2012 he said, “Hillary Clinton, I think, is a terrific woman. I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York, she lives in New York, and I’ve known her and her husband for years and I really like them both a lot.” He also said she did a “good job” as Secretary of State. WHAAAAAAT?

When I watched the last Virginia Gubernatorial election,  I thought “The Clintons were behind this.” Governor Terry McAuliffe, a huge “Friend of Bill,” defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis with just 48 percent of the vote. I’ve often warned that popular Libertarian Party candidates aren’t “taking” votes which would go to Republicans but, in this case, it may have been true.  McAuliffe earned 95 percent of the registered Democrats’ votes while Cuccinelli earned only 92 percent of the registered Republicans’ votes.

An odd field

Thursday, July 23, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Possibly far more compelling than the odds selected by the local political analyst, is the fact that there are that many wannabes in the field at this point.

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10th Amendment Mr. Hunter?

Thursday, July 23, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

As a Republican activist I’d much rather spend my time critiquing Democrats and celebrating Republicans, as I’ve done repeatedly on these pages here, here, here, and here. But every few months it seems Congressman Hunter does something that requires a conservative critique.

One hazard of the LA TIMES now owning the SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE is that my paper now mindlessly publishes LA TIMES stories.  It’s a ballyhooed “efficiency” of one paper buying the other.  But the hazard is that the fabled LA TIMES liberal news bias now regularly appears in my previously right-of-center San Diego paper.

The Day The Music Died

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

“The Kraken” is an iconic part of Cardiff-By-The-Sea, a community of the City of Encinitas. Separated from the beach by Coast Hwy 101 on the west and the residential neighborhoods by the outlet of the San Elijo Lagoon and San Elijo Avenue to the east.

Why We Love Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

Pat Buchanan said it best — there are two Americas now. Standing at polar opposites are Americans who believe more in our First Principles and Americans who believe more in the Ten Planks. Oddly enough, those Americans live next-door to one another and are looking for someone to champion their principles rather than capitulate to the other side.

The Daily Transcript to end publication

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Sad news for a San Diego Institution…

Sadly after almost 130 years of operation, The Daily Transcript/San Diego Source will print its last newspaper on Sept. 1 and cease operations on Sept. 21, 2015.

ALEC comes to San Diego

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Ron Nehring found himself in liberal sandwich on a KPBS radio show regarding The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Francine Busby sounded off the expected leftist rant. The humorous part was SDSU professor Ron King trying to play himself as a non-ideological college professor. All of his remarks betrayed that he believed in a large, intrusive government regulating our lives and our economy. How a professor doesn’t see that as liberal only shows how far academia has gone into the ether.

KPBS: Maienschein opts out of Supe race

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From Joe Yerardi of inewsource…

Republican state Assemblyman Brian Maienschein will not challenge embattled Democratic County Supervisor Dave Roberts for his Third District supervisorial seat in next year’s election.

Read it at KPBS

An Alternative to Six Californias

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Last year, Venture Capitalist Tim Draper’s Initiative to divide California into six states failed to make it to the November 2016 ballot. I posted before how this would impact San Diego. Undoubtedly, the knowledge that this would not pass a partisan Congress contributed to its demise.  Now the website asks for ideas to fix California.  Is there something salvageable in the Six Californias idea?

Hillary Clinton fired a shot across the bows of Über and Lyft last week, putting them on notice that she’ll “crack down on bosses misclassifying workers as contractors.”

Secretary Clinton never referred to these two companies by name, but lumped them into a category of employees that she accuses of committing “wage theft” by improperly categorizing employees as independent contractors who are not entitled to a number of employment benefits.

Trump Is a Hustla, Yo?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

I used to idolize Donald Trump. As a young man in Philly, Trump loomed large because he got stuff done. New York City (and Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC) were financial train wrecks and falling apart. Trump represented the “new way.” When the City of New York couldn’t build an ice skating rink in six years for $13 million, Trump completed the project in a few months for about $2.5 million.

Malin Burnham Endorses Graham for Assembly

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

(San Diego, Calif.) – Malin and Roberta Burnham have endorsed Phil Graham for State Assembly. Burnham, one of San Diego’s most influential civic leaders, earned the nickname “Mr. San Diego” for his leadership in the city and region.

“I have known and worked with Phil Graham for many years,” said Burnham. “He is level-­headed and thoughtful, and his common-­sense is exactly what is needed in Sacramento today.”

Guest Commentary
by Brian R. Marvel
President, San Diego Police Officers Association

By now, you’ve likely heard the name of Archie Buggs, the San Diego Police Officer who was murdered in cold blood in 1978.

A Vietnam veteran who had been serving with the department for four years, Officer Buggs made a routine traffic stop on the night of November 4, 1978. As Buggs approached the rear of the car, Jesus Cecena — a gang member — exited the car and fired five shots at Officer Buggs, three of which hit him in the side.

SDCTA Joins Defend Prop 13 Coalition

Friday, July 17, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

Group aims to ward off efforts to undermine landmark property tax law

(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s board today voted to join Defend Proposition 13, a statewide coalition of business and good-government advocates in opposing the current efforts to undermine Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that limits property taxation and mandates special taxes be approved by a supermajority of voters.

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