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It’s always puzzled me how these financial figures (see KPBS story below) are arrived at — inferring that we’d SAVE that amount if only people didn’t smoke. If these people had not died from smoking-related illnesses, would they have lived forever? Or perhaps simply one night died in their sleep without prior illness or treatment?

Chula Vista: Our first Rostra cartoon?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

We don’t have a resident cartoonist at SD Rostra. We don’t have a syndicated one. Heck, we don’t even know what a syndicate is.

But, when a reader sends a cartoon for our exclusive use, well, yeahhhh.  The reader/cartoonist wants to remain anonymous, but it’s safe to say the person has an interest in Chula Vista politics.

click for a larger image

Alpine: Local Political Races Are No Longer Immune from Corruption

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Steve Hunyar

Our sleepy little town of Alpine is a great place to live. But as of late, political corruption has begun creeping into our bedroom community.

A large (8.5″ x 14″) 2-sided, 4-color hit piece was mailed to presumably all the registered voters in our school district precincts. The pamphlet lambasted a candidate who is running for the Alpine Union School District School Board. To the best of my recollection of living here for over 20 years, this very professionally produced negative ad is the first to target an individual.

San Diego County Ballot Returns – 10/21/2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

thesandiegogroup.com

As of October 21, 2014 at 5:00pm, 843,115 ballots have been mailed to registered voters throughout the county, and 114,176 have been returned to the Registrar of Voters.

This equates to an overall return rate of 13.54% among all ballots mailed.

Comparatively, in 2010, with 14 days until the Election, 97,265 votes had been cast.

Breaking down the ballots by party, total returns are comprised of 42.34% Republicans (9.56% above registration), 35.02% Democrats (0.32% above registration), and 22.63% independent (9.88% below registration).

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Special District Board elections may not be sexy and certainly don’t get the press of federal races or even that of some of our municipal elections, but they are nonetheless extremely important for setting policy in the San Diego region. If anything the lack of attention paid to these districts adds to the importance of these elections. If the “sunlight” of media attention is the best disinfectant for a democracy, than it is easy to see why special districts can be breeding grounds for nepotism and corruption. The lack of public attention increases the importance of electing to these boards people of high integrity who will act as independent advocates for rate payers.

Politics Roundup — Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Peters-DeMaio…

SDUT: New poll: Peters, DeMaio still deadlocked

SDUT: DeMaio email about staffer questioned

Voice: The Definitive Timeline of All the Weird Things Said in the DeMaio Scandal

Miscellaneous…

TimesofSD: Pollster Expects Record Low Turnout on Election Day

KPBS: Several North County Mayors Facing Challengers In November

SDUT: 3 fined by state political panel

SDUT: Campaign cash crackdown OK’d

TimesofSD: City Council Approves Housing ‘Linkage Fee’ Compromise

New Law Requires BB Guns to be Painted in Bright Colors

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

But Criminals are Painting Real Firearms to Look “Fake”,
“Are You Kidding Me?”

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Brown recently signed legislation requiring all BB and airsoft guns to be painted in bright colors. Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee), in his latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment this week, says he could see the unintended consequences from a mile away. This past September, before the bill even became law, San Leandro police found firearms made to resemble toy guns. Assemblyman Jones says, “When is Sacramento going to learn that criminals always work one step ahead and that the cure to our violence problems is not more laws?”

78th Assembly District: You need to win a battle or two to win a war

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

We turn to you, the readers. What are your thoughts on the AD 78 race discussed below?

The question is posed following a very insightful conversation today on our public Facebook page between a Rostra administrator and Elisa Brent, the campaign manager for Barbara Decker, Republican candidate for 78th Assembly District against Assemblywoman Toni Atkins.

Politics Roundup — Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Peters-DeMaio…
Are there other races?

HuffPo: GOP Candidate Carl DeMaio Cleared Of Sexual Harassment Claims

SDUT: DA: No charges for DeMaio, accuser

Politico: Prosecutor: Carl DeMaio won’t face charges

LATimes: No charges against Carl DeMaio in sex accusations, San Diego D.A. says

NBC7: FBI Investigating DeMaio Accusations

SDUT: DeMaio vs. Peters: Back to the issues, please

Miscellaneous…

Rostra: Chula Vista: McCann lawsuit details

Voice: The City Puts Its Showdown With the State on Pause

The “leaders ” in the “Big G” gay political movement owe Carl DeMaio an apology.  After decades of chastising straight America for holding homophobic stereotypes about gay men, they refuse to stand up for a small g gay candidate, while similar tactics are used against him.  They were silent when DeMaio’s Mayoral campaign opponents tried to dig up dirt on him and shop it to San Diego media, they guffawed when State Senator Ben Hueso made a ridiculous accusation about a men’s room encounter, and piled on when a now debunked lie about sexual harassment was advanced by a dismissed campaign staffer.

HuffPo: GOP Candidate Carl DeMaio Cleared Of Sexual Harassment Claims

Monday, October 20, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

“DeMaio spokesman Dave McCullough said in an email that the campaign was glad Dumanis found Bosnich’s ‘politically-motivated smears are without merit.’ He did not comment on her decision not to prosecute the burglary.”

Read it all here.

Chula Vista: McCann lawsuit details

Monday, October 20, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

The U-T San Diego reported late last week that Chula Vista City Council candidate John McCann filed a defamation lawsuit against the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO for a campaign mailer falsely stating he was sentenced for a felony.

Earlier this year McCann was the lone remaining member of a Sweetwater Union High School District board of directors, after the others were all ousted due to criminal convictions or other legal problems. If his labor opponents tried to suggest he was part of the ousted rabble, McCann rightfully has a serious gripe, or much worse than a gripe.

Politics Roundup — Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Peters-DeMaio…

Rostra’s Brian Brady on the 52nd Yard Line: Kick or punt, Ms. Dumanis

SDUT: DeMaio: Peters’ camp pushing smears

SDUT: Spotlight shines on voters in competitive district

KPBS: Peters, DeMaio Trade Barbs In Latests TV Ads

SDUT: Peters and DeMaio on the issues

Minimum Wage…

Times of SD: City to consider minimum wage increase, or ask voters to decide

Times of SD: Toni Atkins: San Diego Voters Will OK Minimum Wage Hike

Politics Roundup — Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Peters-DeMaio Battle…

Rostra’s Brian Brady on the 52nd Yard Line: Kick or punt, Ms. Dumanis

NBC7 VIDEO: DeMaio Campaign Book Falls Into Hands of Peters’ Staff

SDUT: Peters’ camp got DeMaio playbook

KPBS VIDEO: Peters, DeMaio Nail Down Positions On Net Neutrality

SDUT: Peters and DeMaio differ on Ebola response

WashExam: Internal emails show DeMaio campaign worried about trackers, spies

inewssource: Peters narrowly leads DeMaio in 52nd Congressional District money race

Miscellaneous…

Today, Marie Waldron, State Assemblywoman for the 75th AD, (North Inland San Diego County and Southwest Riverside) announced the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and the rating of “A” on protecting the Second Amendment.

Serving on the Assembly Public Safety committee for two years, Waldron has been a staunch supporter of the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. Voting to oppose the multitude of anti-gun bills that flooded through the committee, including the lead bullet ban, registering of firearms and licensing, restricting the amount of ammo and regulations on transfer/sale of firearms. “It has been my duty to vote to defend an individual’s God-given right to keep and bear arms”, said Waldron.

Kick or Punt, Ms. Dumanis.

Friday, October 17, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

Citizens need closure on the recent allegations against Carl DeMaio.  Last week, Todd Bosnich accused the former San Diego City Council Member and U.S. House candidate of sexual harassment.  If true, DeMaio has no business holding public office.

The timing of this claim is suspect.  The accuser’s decision to lodge the complaint in the media, rather than through law enforcement, suggests that he is more interested in influencing an election result rather than seeking justice.  DeMaio categorically denies the accusations.

Politics Roundup – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The politics of envy is on full display in Illinois, Connecticut, and Kansas elections this cycle.  Their genesis was the attacks the Obama team levied at Mitt Romney.  This quote, from this Politico article, boils the strategy down to a few sentences:

“What private equity companies do and their business makes for a very easy target for people to twist and bend and simplistically attack,” said Bill Daley, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff who briefly ran for Illinois governor against Quinn last year. “It’s tailor-made for a political consultant to attack — all you need is a few facts — you don’t need a lot of them. You sure don’t need truth.

U-T San Diego: Integrity in campaigns should mean something

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

In case you missed it a few days back…

In a political season in which campaigning by deceit has almost become the norm, two local campaigns stand out for their flimflam — the City Council campaign of Steve Padilla in Chula Vista and the City Council campaign of Carol Kim in San Diego.

Read it all in the U-T.

A conversation between two consultants

Sunday, October 12, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

Consultant Jones: “Hey, got this kid in the 56th Congressional. He worked for Clarkson before the primary — got canned at some point, I think before June. Maybe for cause. But, he’s trying to float this pretty seedy story…says Clarkson solicited him and worse…in the campaign office…exposed himself…”

Consultant Smith: “Clarkson?”

CJ: “Yeah, he says Clarkson did, hit on him several times, the whole thing, says he got canned when he complained.”

CS: “Geez, is it true?”

The San Diego State Purple Penguins

Friday, October 10, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

Let’s start with this current bid of madness, about doing away with gender identification in Nebraska grade schools:

Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

Trash is trash, even if once a governor and a VP candidate…

Friday, October 10, 2014
posted by Vito Andolini

…and that’s exactly the kind of fighter we want for president. Isn’t it?

Not San Diego related, but some fun for a Friday.

Palin family brawl police report: Read it here.

Excerpted from an “Inside Alaska Politics” piece

Former Poway Councilmember Boyack supports Vaus for Mayor

Thursday, October 9, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Hon. Merrilee Boyack

As we approach election time, you will note that I have been vocal in my support of Steve Vaus for Poway Mayor. You may ask why I care since I have moved away. Well, I gave my heart and soul to Poway for almost 25 years — and I deeply care about the people there. Also, I believe that this election is a critical step in moving Poway FORWARD.

Assemblyman Jones Denounces Latest Gas Tax Gimmick

Thursday, October 9, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee), in his latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, denounces a recent bill signed by Governor Brown, calling on the California Transportation Commission to study options for imposing a new tax on motorists per each mile traveled. According to the Department of Finance, this study could cost taxpayers up to $20 million. Assemblyman Jones says, “This will have a devastating effect if it goes any further than just a study – people will travel less, contribute to our local economy less, but the taxpayers will pay more. What’s more, people will be forced to move into urban areas, once again disenfranchising California’s rural residents.”

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