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Larry Himmel, RIP (VIDEO)

Thursday, November 6, 2014
posted by Erica Holloway

Reposted, from a 2012 Erica Holloway entry…

DSDP 2012 Installation Dinner - Larry on the Street from FortyOneTwenty on Vimeo.

What do San Diegans Really Think About the 2012 Mayoral Race?

It’s not too often that we get to hear from the average San Diegan about politics.

In our world, the high-propensity voting public tends to consume our daylight (and midnight oil) hours.

Curious minds want to know

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

So an innocent question gave me pause today:
Unnamed person said: “If this was a record setting low voter turn-out, why do we have the same crazy 180,000 ballots to be counted and no vote count updates on a quick schedule?”
I didn’t have a good answer, but one hopes there is a valid answer and I hope some Rostrafarians can enlighten us all.

The Wrath of Khan

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

From Vince Vasquez, Senior Policy Analyst at National University System Institute for Policy Research (and Rostra contributor)…

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Just cranked out a map of ballots counted thus far by the Registrar for CA52, by precinct. Scott Peters cut decisively into Carl DeMaio territory, won battleground precincts. Peters won battleground precincts in South University City, Clairemont, North City, most of Mira Mesa, even won east of the 15. As I saw the results, the first thing that popped into my head was Wrath of Khan, the dialogue between Kirk and Spock after the Enterprise got hit by Khan’s ship:

An admonition to the winners, from Dennis Hollingsworth

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Hon. Dennis Hollingsworth, retired CA State Senator

To all those succesful, newly elected candidates out there today. Congratulations. No doubt you will field numerous calls of congratulatory wishes. Common among these sentiments will be the admonition to be sure to “Represent all the people now that you are elected.”

I will ask you to observe that these most often come from folks who were opposing you, or were supporters of the other camp.

Politics Roundup – Post Election Day

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Where to see the results…

San Diego County

Statewide

Peters-DeMaio — Thanks be, it’s finally over … well, not quite yet!!…

SDUT: DeMaio, Peters race virtually tied

Voice: DeMaio Leads Peters, But Race Is Still Uncertain

BreitbartCA: Gay Republican Has Narrow Lead in California

State Races…

BreitbartCA: Jon Fleischman: Republicans Lose in Blue CA–but Stop Supermajority & Win Upsets

Cal Watchdog: GOP blocks super-majority in State Senate

Obama’s Choice

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Last night has put President Obama into unfamiliar territory. For the first time he faces both houses of Congress in opposition to him. The president has only vetoed legislation twice. This let him easily play the GOP as “the party of No.” But if the GOP pushes reasonable legislation (and not try to impeach the first black president) Obama’s veto score will climb and he’ll be the “President of No.” How Obama will govern is a question. Two options that I don’t see available to Obama are:

That’s why they call it dope?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

It appears the pot initiative in Encinitas is going down in flames as it did in Solana Beach and Del Mar two years ago:

PROP F City of Encinitas – Regulate Med. Marijuana Dispensaries

Precincts: 48
Counted: 22
Percentage: 45.8%

NO
5244
56.20%

YES
4087
43.80%

The pro pot / anti Sheriffs Dept. Mayoral candidate “Alex Fidel” is also flaming out running dead last:

CITY OF ENCINITAS MAYOR
Precincts: 48
Counted: 23
Percentage: 47.9%

How low can they go? California’s voters set a record low of 51 percent voter turnout in 2002. Political pollster John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, made his final voter turnout prediction for Tuesday’s midterm election at the witching hour on Election Eve. Read his prediction here, then weigh in on whether he’s high, low, or right on target.

HUGE Politics Roundup for Election Day, November 4, 2014

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

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” –Samuel Adams

Last Night’s Ballot Return Update from The San Diego Group…

GOP continues to perform well above registration

The Bob Filner fiasco certainly has local media scared.  I noticed it in the special Mayoral election when they asked Faulconer and Alvarez the silliest of interview questions.  The media are worried they might not properly vet candidates, so rumor, innuendo, and accusations get reported first and investigated later.

Governor Wilson Endorses Chris Cate for City Council

Monday, November 3, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

‘We need Chris Cate on the City Council so we can be sure government reforms continue’

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 3, 2014)—Former California Governor Pete Wilson has endorsed Chris Cate for San Diego City Council.

“Chris Cate is a former small businessman and today he serves as vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. In that position, Chris works closely with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former Mayor Jerry Sanders on reforms that have saved our city from bankruptcy,” Wilson said.

Politics Roundup for Election Eve, November 3, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Last Friday’s Ballot Return Update from The San Diego Group…

GOP continues to perform well above registration

Make your selections!…

The Rostra/FlashReport San Diego General Election Contest!

Peters-DeMaio Donnybrook…

SDUT: Last-minute allegation roils campaign

KPBS: Second Campaign Staffer Accuses GOP Congressional Candidate

SDUT: Where the 52nd district will be contested

BreitbartCA: Sabato: Race Between DeMaio and Peters now ‘Leans Democrat’

SDUT: Poll: DeMaio, Peters tied at the end

Politics Roundup for the Weekend, November 1 and 2, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Friday’s Ballot Return Update from The San Diego Group…

GOP continues to perform well above registration

Make your selections!…

The Rostra/FlashReport San Diego General Election Contest!

Peters-DeMaio Battle…

SDUT: Poll: DeMaio, Peters tied at the end

SDUT: Eyes of nation on Peters-DeMaio

SDUT: Biden leads rally for Peters

SDUT: DeMaio, supporters make final push

SDUT: Peters and DeMaio trade barbs in final debate

KPBS: Contentious Final Debate Between Peters, DeMaio

A unique comparison

Friday, October 31, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz

No, this didn’t go to every high propensity household in Council District 6 with Tony’s name on it…

…but it may have Pollie Award written all over it.

Will Nehring’s Paternalism Appeal to California Women?

Friday, October 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Followers of Ron Nehring’s campaign for Lt. Governor were treated to a sneak peak of his first (and apparently only) advertisement of his campaign two weeks ago. The ad features a diverse group of women stating that under Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome’s illegal drug reform plan “more women will be addicted to drugs… You can’t be pro-woman and be pro more women addicted to drugs.”

Politics Roundup for All Hallows’ Evening

Friday, October 31, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

San Diego Republicans Launch Halloween Radio Ad To Welcome Vice President Joe Biden…

Audio: President Obama’s “Scary” Policies Are On The Ballot In The Form of Scott Peters

Last Night’s Ballot Return Update from The San Diego Group…

GOP continues to perform well above registration

Make your selections!…

The Rostra/FlashReport San Diego General Election Contest!

Peters-DeMaio Battle…

SDUT: Peters and DeMaio trade barbs in final debate

SDUT: Biden to stump for Peters in SD

A late decision and a large personal loan to his campaign made Encinitas Council candidate Alan “Lerch” Lerchbacker look like a long shot candidate But a divided electorate, support from the surging Mayoral favorite Kristin Gaspar, and a mid-campaign endorsement change from the Republican Party of San Diego County might propel “Lerch” to victory.

You just won the World Series and were named MVP. It’s likely your contract includes significant bonus incentives for each feat, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars on top of the millions you’re already paid even if your team hadn’t made the playoffs. You’ll be listed in the record books. You have a ring and a trophy. You’ve achieved everything you dreamed about as child.

Chris Cate: A better situation

Thursday, October 30, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Politics Roundup for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Last Night’s Ballot Return Update from The San Diego Group…

GOP continues to perform close to 10 percent above registration

Make your selections!…

The Rostra/FlashReport San Diego General Election Contest!

Peters-DeMaio Battle…

Rostra: Pins and Nothing

SDUT: Frye to DeMaio: Stop invoking my name

Times of San Diego: Howard Jarvis Group Endorses DeMaio’s ‘Fix Congress’ Plan

SanDiego6 Video: Heather Myers talks to Carl DeMaio about the close house race between him and Scott Peters

The Encinitas’ City Council decision to purchase the former Pacific View Elementary School is proving to be an issue in the Encinitas Mayor’s race.  Deputy Mayor (and Democrat) Tony Kranz fully supports the decision to purchase property for close to $10 million, before the School District put it out to bid in a public auction.  Mayor (and Republican) Kristin Gaspar voted against the purchase, claiming that the price tag was too high.

Pins and Nothing

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

Scott Peters just pulled Donna Frye out for a press conference.

Supposed blockbuster news.

Nothing, other than she is saying she “thinks” there are other victims.

In other words, nothing, but the press will have a field day with it.

Need A Sure Sign Democrats Are In Trouble? Bill Clinton Is In California

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Tom Del Beccaro

The signs of a wave election abound for Republicans. Recent polling even shows that Millennials and women voters favor Republicans in 2014. Obama’s disappearance from the campaign trail is another sign. So too is Bill Clinton’s appearance in California just one week before the election.

Ideally, far ahead of an election, a political party shores up its political base. Months before, a party seeks votes among the undeclared or the independent – and as the election cycle closes, it seeks to expand the playing field and win elections in places the other party thought secure.

Politics Roundup for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Last Night’s Ballot Return Update from The San Diego Group…

GOP continues to perform close to 10 percent above registration

Make your selections!…

The Rostra/FlashReport San Diego General Election Contest!

Peters-DeMaio Battle…

SDUT’s Logan Jenkins: Taking temperature of Peters vs. DeMaio

Politico: Homestretch — The 5 most suspenseful House races

Roll Call Video: 6 House Debate Moments That Reminded Us of High School

KPBS/inewssource: Outside groups pump millions into DeMaio-Peters contest

Assemblyman Jones Decries California’s Move to Regulate Groundwater

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In Assemblyman Jones’ latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, he reviews the Legislature’s latest attempt to control private property, by regulating groundwater. Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats passed a package of bills at the end of August to grant local governments broad authority to restrict groundwater pumping, shut down wells that have been paid for and drilled by private citizens and impose fines and penalties on private landowners. Assemblyman Jones says, “The unfortunate reality is the leadership in Sacramento used the drought as a political tool to control all of California’s water and the taxpayers front the billions it could cost.”

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