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Read any front page of a California daily today and you’ll see comments, from the State Senate Democratic Caucus news conference, about Yee’s indictment.  They even talk about Calderon and Wright and address that there is an ethics problem in the State Senate.

  • Guess what the California dailies are burying in the stories?  That Yee’s a Democrat.
  • Guess what readers of the dailies see?  Democratic leadership solving the problem.

The silence is deafening.  Today’s news that State Senator Leland Yee was arrested makes for an electoral trinity for Republicans and nobody in the Caucus is taking advantage of it.  Look at what’s happened:

  • State Senator Wright was convicted of perjury and refused to resign his seat in the State Senate.
  • State Senator Ron Calderon was charged with bribery and corruption
  • State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today for corruption and arms trafficking

DeMaio Named A Top “Contender” In NRCC ‘Young Guns’ Program
Signals DeMaio Is Top Recruit, Provides Additional Support

Washington, DC and San Diego Today, Carl DeMaio was upgraded to “contender” status in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program as DeMaio’s campaign continues its groundswell of support.

As described in this morning’s Politico Morning Score:

Faulconer’s first video message encourages innovation from city workers

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Peters Cuts Critical Care to Our Most Vulnerable

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
posted by NRCC Communications

Home Healthcare Cuts Hitting California Seniors Hard

WASHINGTON – Everyone knows President Obama’s failed healthcare law has raised premiums, cut Medicare, and canceled plans across the country. But what many are not talking about is ObamaCare’s drastic cuts to home healthcare programs in Medicare— a 14 percent cut impacting 3.5 million seniors across the country.

My Son May Lose His Job

Monday, March 24, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

. . . If the city of San Diego passes a minimum wage hike.  The San Diego City Council has taken the first step to put a separate minimum wage hike on the ballot.  This is a terrible idea beyond the usual arguments against a minimum wage increase.  But first, the issue with a hike at all.  The argument gets made that there is some right to be paid a certain amount of money just because one work’s a full time job.  It doesn’t matter if the worker’s skills can command that amount compensation.  The practical effect of increasing the minimum wage is to pick some winners and some losers.  Some employers have said that they would cut staff.  My son makes minimum wage; I don’t want him to lose his job if his employer makes that choice to keep down labor costs.  From the WSJ:

SD Young Republican Board Elections Monday!

Sunday, March 23, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Farewell Message From Chapter President Eddie Sprecco

It’s been an exciting year (plus) as President of the San Diego Young Republicans. Going into 2013, our goal as a board was to focus on building chapter infrastructure, recruiting new members and expanding our schedule of events to attract new faces and fund our outreach programs. While we had success in each of these areas, we didn’t have the “off” year we expected to fully implement these plans.

…and some of them were a tad rude.

Kevin Faulconer wearing his SDSU Aztec tie at South Clairemont Rec Center

I attended the inaugural “Meet the Mayor” session yesterday and was impressed with the Mayor’s focus.  Since I can’t find any press coverage, I am providing a summary and a little editorial comment of my own.  (I’m a blogger not a journolist.  Misspell intentional.)  I had to leave a little early, and I left a little earlier than I had to, which I will discuss later.

DA Race Watch: Survey shows Dumanis with about 30 point advantage

Thursday, March 20, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

From Tony Krvaric…

I just got my hands on a poll in the San Diego County District Attorney race commissioned by Adam Day with the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation showing Bonnie Dumanis with an insurmountable lead of more than 28 points!

Take a look at the full poll here.

For months Tom Shepard – who brought us Nathan Fletcher and then Bob Filner – has been shopping around a candidate against Bonnie. This is a pipe dream which will never happen.

Really, we can do so much better

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

At the risk of criticism from the right or laughs from the left for even posting this, I frankly don’t care.

This was part of a mass communication sent tonight in support of a candidate, from a longtime activist in state Republican circles…

Star News sponsoring Chula Vista candidate forums

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The Star-News is sponsoring two candidate forums for City of Chula Vista races, including mayor and council. The fun continues…

(click for a stand-alone document)



Assemblyman Jones Concerned with Reports of Covered California Hiring Felons

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) says concern is still warranted about Covered California hiring convicted felons. Investigative reports from January 2014 uncovered felons convicted of financial crimes were hired by California’s Healthcare Exchange, Covered California. Some of the employees were convicted of crimes such as welfare fraud, forgery, shoplifting and burglary.

Walters: Lack of independent-minded legislators like Wyland is a pity

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Dan Walters in the Sac Bee

The state Senate’s education committee held an “informational hearing” recently on the recruitment and retention of quality teachers – no small matter in a public school system with such evident achievement shortcomings.

Witnesses offered suggestions about what it takes to improve the quality of classroom instruction and members of the committee asked questions. And the most cogent questions and observations came from Sen. Mark Wyland, who will be leaving the Legislature due to term limits later this year.

I received this email from Congressional candidate Larry Wilske today.  Please note that I endorsed Wilske for Congress in January, 2014:

We Republicans face a challenge in the 53rd Congressional District which CAN be overcome if we, a unified Republican Party is willing to align with a single candidate to face Susan Davis.  I want to be that candidate..  I believe my principles, experience, and commitment make me the only Republican who can defeat Susan Davis this November.  As the only full-time candidate in this race however, I have discovered that the path to Congress, for a Republican, is to appeal to all voters in the District with a platform based on Constitutional principles; principles which the independent and Democratic voters cherish as much as Republicans do . 

Picking the pocket of the Public

Friday, March 14, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

Encinitas is a city of about 63,000 friendly people. It has a healthy balanced budget and healthy reserve funds. It also has among the best credit ratings of any municipality in California. I take pride in whatever small amount my 12 years of City Council service contributed toward its fiscal stability.

San Diego conservatives cringed when they saw Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity questioning local rocker Jason Greenslate for “gaming the food stamp system.” The idea that an able-bodied man, who drives a Cadillac Escalade and buys lobster and is subsidized by taxpayers, repulses both people of good will on the Left and on the Right.

Attacking Greenslate is a bad idea.

Cate Proposes five debates for 6th District candidates

Thursday, March 13, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Chris Cate, candidate for the open San Diego District 6 City Council seat, is challenging his opponents to a series of five debates prior to the June 3, 2014, primary election to be held throughout the district which includes the communities of Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Rancho Peñasquitos and Sorrento Valley.

Can One Judge Stop California From Being Railroaded?

Thursday, March 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Thomas Del Beccaro

Does the Rule of Law matter or is it an antiquated concept in this day and age? After all, our President regularly violates the separation of powers by unilaterally rewriting laws. So it comes with some surprise when a judge stands up to California’s executive branch and puts the brakes on California’s High Speed Rail project by, of all things, requiring government to follow the Rule of Law. Surprise or not, it could be an important test case for years to come.

Breaking: Council Member Steve Vaus Announces Candidacy for Poway Mayor

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

City Council member Steve Vaus today announced he will run for Poway Mayor in the November 2014 election.

“I’ve been on City Council since 2012 and I’d be the first to admit things in Poway are pretty good, but we can be better. We need a mayor with innovative ideas, with the time and willingness to personally connect with the community. Then Poway can go from good to great,” Vaus said in a video distributed by his campaign  (watch it at the link below).

Rev. Jesse Jackson tweets Congressman Darrell Issa is a racist

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
posted by Bob Siegel

Written by Bob Siegel and first published by Communities Digital News. Used by permission.

SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2014 — “Congressman Darrell Issa’s behavior was crude, wrong, racist and mean towards Congressman Elijah Cummings. Do you agree?”

Those were the tweeted words of long time popular civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson. Was he reacting to a racial slur? Was he protesting the introduction of a bill to bring back Jim Crow?

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly sent a letter to Neel Kashkari, and copied his supporters today:

Mr. Neel Kashkari,

You and I are both vying to represent the Republican Party in the upcoming gubernatorial election. While you and I have different visions of how to restore California to greatness, we share the same goal.

Visiting Carl DeMaio’s Campaign

Saturday, March 8, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

Mrs. Daddy and I visited Carl DeMaio’s campaign headquarters today, meeting up with family there.  I got a minute to chat with DeMaio about the campaign. I told him that I appreciated his work on Proposition D and Proposition B.  He related that the effort to reform county pensions in Ventura County had run into problems because of unions trying to block signature gatherers.  A little research on that issue revealed that the Ventura County sheriff had joined the union protestors, which any taxpayer or advocate of free speech should find disturbing.  DeMaio said that “we” had been able to get the intimidation and blocking to stop.  I was not clear as to whom he was referring to, as this was not an interview.

In a surprise to many, especially those hoping she would once again seek office in the City of Chula Vista, former Assemblywoman Shirley Horton late yesterday afternoon visited the Registrar of Voters to set in motion a bid for State Board of Equalization.

For several months the BOE race to succeed a term-limited Michelle Steel was principally shaping up to be an Assemblywoman Diane Harkey versus Senator Mark Wyland matchup, which was getting ugly before it even started, including at one point Harkey even suing Wyland.

Today may be the qualification deadline for the June primary this year, but Mike Harrison is getting the jump on a deadline still two years away. The longtime staffer to both Congressmen Duncan Hunters (father and son) tells me he is running in 2016 to succeed Brian Jones in the State Assembly. I requested Harrison provide a comment, but he did one better, sending me the following:

Achieving a Better California
by Mike Harrison

San Diego City Council Rescinds Jobs Tax

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

JOBS Coalition plans to work with the City Council and Mayor to develop a sustainable and effective affordable housing financing plan

March 4, 2014) — The San Diego City Council voted unanimously today to rescind the jobs tax.

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