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In my last installment, I suggested that there was only one approach to grow our party for the 2016 election cycle — change the endorsement process. I said:

Our endorsement process is broken — it alienates a lot of people. After reading through this entire series, I’ve concluded that two things could change us for the better: getting people elected to the Central Committee with no financial stake in the party endorsements (which can’t be attempted until 2017) or changing the way we endorse candidates (which can be changed in the next month). The latter is the only option we have this election cycle.”

A step back from politics — Don’t be mad, I’m just the messenger

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
posted by Poway Roger

My son has an internship with our State Senator, Joel Anderson. One day he was given a task to call the various church leaders throughout the district to see if they would lend their names to one of  Anderson’s projects.

My son called a Catholic church and, not being Catholic, wasn’t familiar with some of the the abbreviated titles on the list he was given.

So, he called the San Diego Catholic Diocese and asked if he could speak to “Messenger so and so.”

A Response to Carl DeMaio’s “New Generation”

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

What distinguishes the Republican Party from the Democrat Party is that Republicans build our coalition around principles, while the Democrats build their coalition around identities. The Democrat strategy is to cobble together a coalition of African Americans, Hispanics, single women, gays, and union members and hope that group equals 51 percent of the electorate. That’s why identity politics are so important to Democrats. They believe that we owe our rights to government and that rights vest through our membership in collective groups favored by government. As such, their electoral prospects are hitched to dividing us up by our descriptive characteristics and making their party the benevolent benefactors of government largesse to as many identity groups as possible.

We’ve had some great discussions in this series and I spent a lot of time discussing the Volunteer Neighborhood Precinct Captains. I’ve served on two other county committees (Camden County, NJ and Maricopa County, AZ)  before serving on the San Diego Committee. In those committees, the Precinct Captain was elected and was the basic building block of party governance and operations.

Take a look at what’s happening in Arizona. John McCain is trying to purge the “tea party” precinct committee captains:

Senator Anderson is an East County Powerhouse

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Two weeks ago Senator Joel Anderson hosted his annual Holiday Gala at Toyota of El Cajon. The event drew over 3,000 people, and served as welcome reminder of the type of support our legislators can earn when they excel at constituent service and vote on behalf of the people’s interests in Sacramento.

Here’s a front page SAN DIEGO U-T “feel good” story about El Cajon police giving out $20 bills rather than citations for Christmas.  WONDERFUL publicity for the cops. Allow me to play the Grinch in this activity.

Here’s the shorter AP story that went out on the national wire.

Over 3,000 at Senator Anderson East County Holiday Party

Sunday, December 28, 2014
posted by Guest Column

by Guest Party-Goer Jordan Marks

Looking all around me I was literally lost in a sea of folks. That description is usually followed by, “I was at a palooza,” “a concert,” or “a street fair,” but for political nerds it was the Senator Joel Anderson Holiday party in El Cajon.

Politics Roundup for Sunday, December 28, 2014 — Year-End Notables

Sunday, December 28, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Year-End Notables…

Voice: The 2014 Voice of the Year Is …Sea World foes, Jerry Sanders, Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez make the list.

Voice: Part Two, Voice of the Year: The Near-MissesRostra contributors Kevin Faulconer, Jason Roe and Revolvis, Carl DeMaio, Barry Jantz are mentioned.

Breitbart: Top 25 Conservative Voices in CaliforniaRostra contributors Tom Del Beccaro, Jon Fleischman, Richard Rider are making an impact.

The 2,000-year-old Blog

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz

As is my custom the past several years on this eve…

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

This is a long series so let me summarize it before we start to talk about how to reconcile irreconcilable differences.

In the first installment, I posited that the Republican Party of San Diego County’s (RPSDC) celebrated “San Diego Model” was, in fact, not being followed. The comments that followed suggested early endorsements alienated people in the primaries, causing them to “drop out” of the general elections.

Politics Roundup for Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – A focus on cops

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The Latest Headlines…

–Year-End Reviews–

Political Vanguard’s Tom Del Beccaro: Winners and losers of 2014Hillary makes both ends of the list.

Voice: A Year of Firsts and Scandals in SacramentoBrian Joseph: “This was a year of historic elections and searing scandals. Here’s the top events in state politics – from a San Diego perspective – of 2014.”

–A focus on cops–

Rostra’s Brian Brady: Tragic Assassination of NYPD Cops Begs For Law Enforcement Reform Winners and losers of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Thomas Del Beccaro

Here are the Top 10 Losers of 2014…

10. The Yankees. They have spent nearly a half of billion dollars in the last two years and missed the playoffs both years – proving throwing money at problems doesn’t work.

9. Climate Change Mongers. The drought is ending in California and the cold temperatures are setting in. The Polar ice cap didn’t melt (it actually grew) and Al Gore is nowhere to be found. Now, that is political climate change we can appreciate.

ICYMI – The New York Times ran a piece on progress within the Republican Party in backing candidates that look like America. Here’s the summary, followed by a link to the full article -

WASHINGTON — As Republicans took control of an unprecedented 69 of 99 statehouse chambers in the midterm elections, they did not rely solely on a bench of older white men. Key races hinged on the strategic recruitment of women and minorities, many of them first-time candidates who are now learning the ropes and joining the pool of prospects for higher office.

Like many libertarians, I am appalled at what’s happening to our police forces in this country. Like many conservatives, I am saddened that people have lost trust in law enforcement.

I was furious that Kelly Thomas’ killers were set free. While I agree with the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting, I wonder why that cop had to chase a cigar thief. When I watched the Eric Garner video, I was stunned that a stupid cigarette tax escalated the way it did. Finally. watching a Cleveland cop shoot a 12-year old boy with a toy gun disgusted me.

Politics Roundup for Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The Latest Headlines…

Voice: The 2014 Voice of the Year Is …Jerry Sanders tossed in as a token, but he apparently only speaks for “big business”

LATimes: San Diego region has become hub of gang-controlled prostitution rings

KPBS: No Deal Yet To Raise San Diego Cop Pay

KPBS: California Plastic Bag Ban May Soon Qualify For Ballot

SDUT Editorial: State government still faces tsunami of red ink

SDUT: Oceanside sued over hotel subsidy

Politics Roundup for the Weekend — Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Chula Vista…

Rostra: Padilla ends Chula Vista recount, McCann can for now rest easily as Council member

SDUT Editorial: Lessons from the Chula Vista City Council recount

Rostra: “The Twelve Days of Recount”A new song by Derrick Roach

The Latest Headlines…

Rostra’s Brian Brady: A Case For Changing The Republican Party of San Diego County – Part 4: Rebuilding the Coalition

LATimes: San Diego region has become hub of gang-controlled prostitution rings

Word from the Registrar of Voters this morning is that Steve Padilla supporters have called off the balance of the recount in the Chula Vista City Council contest, thus cementing John McCann’s prior win. In the last few days Team Padilla shifted gears from the recount effort to contesting disallowed ballots (see below), then back to the recount, all to no avail.

Politics Roundup for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant


Rostra’s Brian Brady:

A Case for Changing The Republican Party Of San Diego County — Part Four

Rebuilding the Coalition


The Latest Headlines…

Rostra: “The Twelve Days of Recount”A new song by Derrick Roach

SDUT’s Steve Greenhut: Affidavit shows cop union targeting foesThe Costa Mesa experience

Rostra: Senator Anderson Hosts 3,000 without the U.S.S. Midway

SDUT: SDPD sued over cellular tracking tech

There is an ongoing national struggle for leadership in the Republican Party: business establishment vs. populist conservatives.

Populist conservatives led the Republican House victory in 2010, infighting between the two factions produced a national loss in 2012, and an aggressive establishment victory snared the Senate just last month. In California, that struggle was highlighted by the Tim Donnelly v. Neel Kashkari gubernatorial primary last June. Republican volunteers loved Donnelly but the establishment, big-money donors backed Kashkari (then abandoned him in the race against Brown).

The Twelve Days of Recount

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Song
by Derrick W. Roach

On the first day of recount the voter gave to me, a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the second day of recount the voter gave to me, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the third day of recount the voter gave to me, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

On the fourth day of recount the voter gave to me, four errant marks, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.

Senator Anderson Hosts 3,000 Without the U.S.S. Midway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
posted by Eric Andersen

I’m thankful this Christmas that Senator Joel Anderson is a legislator and not an insurance agent. I am an insurance agent. I don’t need nor do I want the competition. Everything he does, he does big. If he had an insurance agency it would dwarf mine, have fifty interns, and have customers driving from Imperial County and Murrieta, while waiting forty-five minutes to purchase a policy from him.

Politics Roundup for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant


Rostra’s Brian Brady:

A Case for Changing The Republican Party Of San Diego County — Part Three

Where did our voters go?


The Latest Headlines…

Rostra: Padilla shifts gears in Chula Vista recount, now contesting disallowed ballotsOur own Barry Jantz broke the news.

SDUT: City Council OKs $1.5M for All-Star bidBéisbol!

SDUT Editorial: Teachers need to be honest about their unions

SDUT: Poway’s Higginson ends long public careerBest wishes to Don.

What happened to the celebrated “San Diego Model”?  The premise of the San Diego Model is that endorsed candidates focus on messaging and communicating with Democrats and Independents, while the Republican Party of San Diego County (RPSDC) focuses on turning out the vote for endorsed Republican candidates.

One in three San Diego County voters is a registered Republican. Approximately 36 percent are registered Democrats and almost 26 percent opt to decline from stating a partisan identity. Republican registration used to be much higher, but voters started moving away from RPSDC in 2008. Why?

Politics Roundup for the Weekend — December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

2016 MLB All Star for San Diego?…

SDUT: All-Star bid is $1.5M for $80M

SDUT: Dubious stats for All-Star Game?“Show me the data. Not buying it in the slightest,” tweeted Erik Bruvold.

City of San Diego machinations…

Voice: High Drama at the City Council Inauguration

SDUT: Lightner taking new approach

SDUT: Marti Emerald tapped for No. 2 job

NBC7 Video: Behind Scenes of Council President Vote: How Incumbent Todd Gloria Was Ousted

…so offered my friend Michael Schwartz, in a satirical comment to my Facebook post:

Just got a greeting card in the mail offering me “Warmest Wishes for the Winter Holiday” from an escrow company in Northern California. Milquetoast. You gotta try harder than that.

Let’s start with this: Offering me the white-washed “Warmest wishes for the Winter Holidays” doesn’t make you politically correct, it makes you personally disinterested in me. Let me explain.

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