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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.


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.


DA’s Race – Can Brewer Close the Deal?

Thursday, May 1, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

Bonnie Dumanis ran unopposed in her last run for District Attorney; this year she faces opponents Bob Brewer and Terri Wyatt. I am unhappy with Dumanis, but not ready to endorse an opponent.  First my airing of grievances against Dumanis.

  • Prior to running for mayor, Dumanis had the opportunity to make her voice heard on Proposition D, the half-cent sales tax increase; she demurred.  Carl DeMaio’s strong support stood in stark contrast and was a key element in my support for his mayoral bid.
Thor is very happy with all of us tonight at San Diego Rostra. Our humble political blog won first place in the Best News and Opinion Blog category at the San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards. The Libertarian Lass and Barry Jantz graciously accepted on behalf of everyone in the Rostra blogpen. Visual aid shown here.
San Diego Rostra, Barry Jantz and Gayle Falkenthal

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal; Barry Jantz


Duo to Collaborate on Education Reform, School Safety, and After-School Programs

Standing side by side with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio unveiled his “Clean and Safe School” Initiative — which dedicates more resources to school safety and after-school programs.  As Mayor, DeMaio pledges to take an active role in education reform and forge partnerships with school boards, principals, teachers and parents to improve student achievement at every school.

DeMaio and Dumanis pledged to work together to implement key elements of the plan — which includes a Clean and Safe Schools Task Force and the creation of an City Education Foundation to fund after-school programs.

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The race to become mayor of the City of San Diego has narrowed down to two finalists. In this policy brief the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) analyzed newly released electoral data from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters’ office using GIS software.



The Oracle Speaks

Saturday, June 9, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

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I worked on a campaign with local pollster John Nienstedt a couple years ago and after he explained in a group email – a few days before the election – that we were going to win someone sent a reply all message that said: “The Oracle has spoken.”

I thought of that Friday at a luncheon as I listened to Nienstedt break down Tuesday’s election.


Texts From Mayoral Candidates – Part V

Monday, June 4, 2012
posted by Thor's Assistant

We texted the San Diego mayoral candidates and asked them, “What movie and song best describes your campaign?”

Here are their replies:

That’s easy. Movie: The Empire Strikes Back. Song: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re a laser focused take-no-prisoners team of crusaders armed with a Roadmap that returns Republican control to San Diego.


We see Purple at Team Fletcher, so we end every day by huddling up and watching Barney’s Great Adventure. Everyone is welcome! We start every morning with “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. It reminds our former partners we’re doing just fine, and that pumps us up.


Fletcher Wins Race For Most Klout

Saturday, June 2, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup

I wrote a post six months ago comparing the Klout scores of San Diego mayoral candidates, council members and a few others who know their way around Facebook and Twitter. It generated a little buzz.

Tony Krvaric, Todd Gloria and others compared their scores on Twitter. Former U-T San Diego columnist Tom Blair mentioned the post in one of his columns and it was the subject of a short 10News story.

Klout is not without problems, so I took a little ribbing.


The San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR), San Diego County Taxpayers Association and The Lincoln Club of San Diego County hosted today’s debate at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center.

SDAR wants to thank all of the candidates for a spirited debate, the 500 or so people who filled the ballroom and those of you who watched and tweeted from home and work.

10News will broadcast the debate Saturday at 7PM. So tune in, and don’t forget to vote Tuesday!

What follows is a mashup of news coverage, tweets, photos, which will be updated.


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We’re 10 days out from Election Day and here is what we know about the San Diego mayoral race:

  • Carl DeMaio is in.
  • The second spot looks like it’s going to go down to the wire. Bob Filner is carrying a slight edge over Nathan Fletcher.
  • Trailing behind is Bonnie Dumanis, but she’s not going down without a fight.

Two separate sources I trust told me this week some of the latest polling numbers show DeMaio in the high 20s/low 30s; Filner in the low 20s and Fletcher in the high teens.


Last Major Mayoral Debate – Today

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

The San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR), one of my clients, is hosting the last major mayoral debate.

  • When: Wednesday, May 30
  • Time: Registration & VIP Reception at 11AM; Lunch at 11:45AM; Debate at 12:15PM
  • Location: Town & County Conference Center in Mission Valley.
  • Debate is in the Golden Pacific Ballroom. VIP Reception is for media, candidates and guests and is in Royal Palm Salon 5.

This should be an exceptional debate since it’s so close to Election Day, June 5.


The Best and Worst SD Mayor Videos

Saturday, May 19, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup

Good videos are an effective way to communicate a message, especially since many of us are attached to iPhones and iPads.

I believe political videos will eventually replace mail pieces and most news releases. Won’t that be nice! That’s a post for another day.

Today I decided to mashup the best and worst campaign videos from San Diego mayoral candidates Bonnie Dumanis, Carl DeMaio and Nathan Fletcher. I didn’t include Bob Filner, who also is running for mayor, because he hasn’t produced any videos. How apropo.


Smart governing decisions saving taxpayer dollars and collaborative initiatives took top honors, while cavalier attitudes and lost opportunities were called out and shamed at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA)’s 17th annual Goldens Awards Dinner, held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley.

Remote controls were nowhere in sight as the evening’s theme “Taxpayer TV: We Can’t Make This $#!% Up!” entertained the appreciative audience who shared the details of the exclusive video parodies highlighting the program via social media. As in past programs, elected officials, members of the news media and other public figures willingly humiliated themselves in a good-natured send-up of the year in government news and achievements in San Diego.

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Texts From Mayoral Candidates: Part IV

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
posted by Thor's Assistant

We texted the following image to each of the San Diego mayoral candidates and asked them, “What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see this photo?”


Here are their replies:

 I’m so fortunate…Papa Doug has no idea I’m gay.


 I used to read that rag but I’ve switched to Voice of San Diego.


 There’s no port there either!!


 I’m giving the paper an exclusive on my move to the middle. Read all about it on June 6th.

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Bonnie Dumanis brought her A-game to the San Diego Mayor’s Race this week.

The District Attorney and mayoral candidate smacked Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who is campaigning hard to be San Diego’s next mayor, for what she called his “About Face on a Woman’s Right to Choose” in a post on Rostra:

Until now, Nathan Fletcher has received a failing grade from Planned Parenthood which gave him a “zero” rating based directly on his voting record. In a seismic shift, Fletcher has apparently had yet another ‘change of heart’ and conveniently claims to be pro-choice. Fletcher’s new position on these issues has now changed Planned Parenthood’s rating of him from 0 percent to 100 percent.


Filner Flops In An Ugly Campaign Week

Saturday, April 14, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup: A look at this week’s local political coverage

They say a good writer knows when to get out of the way of a good story. So rather then comment on this entertaining Investigative Newsource story — Bob Filner Misses the Boat on the Port — I will just encourage you to read it, and then watch Filner’s attempt at damage control:

Now read this response from Investigative Newsource. And just in case you still think Bob was just having a bad day, here is what he says in today’s U-T San Diego about his phantom pension plan:


Texts From Mayoral Candidates

Thursday, April 12, 2012
posted by Thor's Assistant

To Nathan: I’m still in the lead. #iwillbreakyou

To voters: I’m independent. Really! #pickme

To his campaign manager: !! Who the hell wrote these talking points?  #epic #fail

To reporters: I’ve been in office since Nathan and Carl were in diapers. #punks


Plans to Fix Schools Rankle Some Voters

Saturday, April 7, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup: A look at this week’s local political coverage

San Diego’s broken school system has been a campaign issue in the mayor’s race since Day 1, but the feedback I’ve seen lately from voters suggests some people are hardly impressed with what they’re hearing.

Two letter writers, including a teacher, rip the candidates in today’s U-T San Diego. Earlier in the week, the paper led with a letter that said:


Fletcher’s Early TV Burn

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
posted by Owen Kellogg

I’m told by someone close to the Fletcher campaign that his campaign will be up on broadcast TV tomorrow. Given that it is still a month before absentee voting begins, and he does not have Steve Francis funding, this begs a question: Why start burning money this early? Don’t you risk running out weeks before the election?

The answer is yes, if it were a standard media buy (which costs roughly a quarter million dollars). But that’s not the strategy.


EDUCATION: What’s the mayor got to do with it?

Monday, April 2, 2012
posted by Erica Holloway

Little doubt that education is one of today’s hottest political topics.

Candidates for mayor of America’s Finest City even managed to weave the buzz-worthy issue into their platforms.

Tomorrow, a forum promises to delve head-first into the matter and answer the one question which seems to come up time and again:

What’s the mayor got to do with education?

For more details, be sure to check out the news release below.


Mayoral Forum on Education Will Explore Role of Mayor in San Diego’s Public Schools
Melissa Wagoner
mwagoner, at
(619) 260-4659


Politics & Media Mashup leads off with a look at some of the more interesting stories of the week and wraps up with links to some of the best stories about politics and media at the local, state and national levels.

This blog post on San Diego Rostra about a new San Diego Mayor 2012 poll garnered a lot of interest this week. The U-T’s Tom Blair picked it up and so did the Nathan Fletcher campaign.

The poll shows Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio in a virtual tie for the lead in the race to become San Diego’s next mayor followed by Nathan Fletcher, who linked to the note in Blair’s column on his Facebook page:

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BREAKING: Poll shows DeMaio and Filner in a virtual tie with Fletcher in third

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
posted by Thor's Assistant

San Diego Rostra has obtained new poll results that place Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio in a virtual tie for the lead in the race to become San Diego’s next mayor followed by Nathan Fletcher.

“With an aggressive, well-funded campaign Filner is poised to advance in the San Diego Mayoral Race,” a two-page Feb. 29 memo highlighting the poll results says.

Filner’s campaign, which commissioned the poll from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, is anything but aggressive and well-funded. He recently admitted he needs more money.


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Politics & Media Mashup is on break for a few weeks so we can bring you exclusive Q & As with San Diego Mayoral candidates Bonnie Dumanis, Carl DeMaio and Nathan Fletcher.

We kicked off the series two weeks ago with Fletcher and followed up last week with DeMaio. We determined the order based on when the responses to our questions were received — first in, first up. Despite repeated attempts, no one from Bob Filner’s campaign would answer our questions, even though a staffer there said, “We read Rostra all the time.”


Word for Word

Thursday, March 15, 2012
posted by David Ogul

Courtesy of the San Diego Reader…

“Mayoral candidate and district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who yesterday (March 14) released a plan to improve City operations, seems to have plagiarized much of it from the County’s General Management System Manual, says Erik Bruvold, president of National University System Institute for Policy Research.”

Here’s the link



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