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My approach as a Congressman: Filter every decision through one lens

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jim Ash

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Anderson as part of his vetting process described in his post On Vetting and Endorsing. Because I have no public voting record to scrutinize, he wanted to determine if I am intellectually capable of handling the job of a congressman.


Update: 5:00 p.m. Friday:

  • Scott Peters’ 50.27 percent yesterday increased to 51.25 percent today.
  • Raw votes are now at Peters with 92,410 and DeMaio with 87,919.
  • Peters’ 861 vote lead yesterday increased to a lead of 4,491.
  • Total ballots counted increased from 156,813 to 180,329.
  • Thus, that’s 23,516 additional ballots counted. Peters added 13,573 votes to his total. DeMaio added 9,943 votes to his.
  • That means Peters took over 57.7 percent of the additional ballots counted.
  • It’s estimated that between 10,000 and 18,000 votes remain to be counted in the district.

The Peters-DeMaio Battleground Precincts

Friday, November 7, 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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“I’ve looked at CA52 “battleground precincts” — areas where the majority of voters supported Peters for Congress and DeMaio for Mayor in 2012. You had cross-over voters, Independent voters, a significant number of people who could be swayed when having to choose one candidate in 2014. Putting the maps side by side, you can clearly see Peters won 90%+ of the battleground precincts. You could almost completely overlap them and get a perfect fit. Real precision voter targeting by the Peters campaign, et al.”

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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:


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.


Let’s start with this; there is no “tea party”.  There is a “tea party movement,” there are “tea party groups,” there are “tea party activists” and there are “people who agree with tea party principles.” In that tea party movement, there are libertarians, social conservatives, immigration activists, fiscal conservatives, Second Amendment defenders, and other conservative-leaning Americans.


Scott Peters in my ‘hood

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Living in CA-52, I posted before how Scott Peters was calling me, a registered Republican that votes in every election. Yesterday, they took it up a notch. I saw a Scott Peters flyer at my house and my wife (also registered Republican) said a precinct walker came to our house. It wasn’t a random door-to-door, they had our names and a clipboard and asked if we are voting for Peters. My wife said no, and they logged it on their sheet. Makes me wonder if they’re planning repercussions after the election!(/sarcasm)


Poll indicates “enthusiasm gap” is favoring DeMaio over Peters

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

A survey released today by the Republican Party of San Diego County notes that likely voters in the nationally-watched race between Congressman Scott Peters and GOP challenger Carl DeMaio are more enthusiastic about supporting Republican candidates than they are Democrats.

The 16 percent margin between GOP and Dem favored candidates, often called the “enthusiasm gap,” is significant in a competitive race such as underway in San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District, due to the strong likelihood that voter turnout may very well decide the contest. If voters from one party are more inclined to vote, that party’s candidate has an important advantage in such elections.


Christian Republicans for Scott Peters?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
posted by Eric Andersen

This week a number of my friends, well respected Christian leaders, wrote a public letter encouraging Christ followers to vote for the Democrat incumbent Scott Peters in the 52nd Congressional District race instead of the endorsed Republican, Carl DeMaio. They did so on the basis of a moral issue – his position on same sex marriage.


Jorgensen for Congress Raises Nearly $120K in Under a Week

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
posted by Erica Holloway

Kirk Jorgensen for Congress raised more than $119,000 in the second quarter in his bid for the California 52nd Congressional District.

The second quarter reporting period ended on June 30 – just six days after Jorgensen began raising funds.

The former U.S. Marine Corp officer considered his first financial report a success.

“Clearly, donors are backing a demand for responsible leadership, proving the strength of our campaign.” said Jorgensen, a Black Mountain Ranch resident in San Diego. “I’m humbled by this level of support.”


Sad thoughts on the “Fiscal Cliff” deal

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
posted by Poway Roger

Happy New Year to my fellow Rostrafarians!!!

I bring my sad thoughts on this pending “Fiscal Cliff” deal.

To all of us, do we really realize this is the result of our own actions? I’m not talking about those we elected, but what we expect from government and our own personal actions.

First of all, we like consumer debt. What does that mean? We like to buy now and pay later, which might mean sacrifices in the future, but we tend to forget that, or assume we can always wipe the slate clean by bankruptcy in the worst case.


Assemblyman Steiner? Good News from the Third Floor

Monday, June 20, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

When a good friend calls you on his first Father’s Day, you think of one two things: it was an accident or he’s about to tell you something big (and you hope it’s good).

So, imagine my surprise when Supervisor Bill Horn’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dustin Steiner, declared he’s considering a run for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s seat.

NOTE: If this was a secret at the County Administration Center’s Third Floor (which isn’t very likely), then there was just a collective gasp. Yes board floor staffers, we Rostrafarians know you read us. We see you…


Bilbray to Run in Newly Formed District that Unites Past and Present

Friday, June 10, 2011
posted by Kurt Bardella

Press Release Just Issued from Congressman Bilbray’s camp:

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Congressman Brian Bilbray released the following statement on the new congressional district boundaries proposed by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission:

“The preliminary maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission have ensured that communities of interest are not divided and that political partisanship is not a factor in the districts created to represent San Diegans.


Issa Plants Flag in OC-North County District

Friday, June 10, 2011
posted by Kurt Bardella

From Issa Camp:

VISTA, CA – U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today released the following statement on the first draft of Congressional district boundaries made public today by the Citizens Redistricting Commission:

“Taking the redistricting process away from state legislators and backroom deals is something I have long supported. While I recognize these maps are not final and there may yet be legitimate questions or revisions, I thank the members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission for their hard work in this process.


Issa the “New Sheriff” in D.C.?

Monday, January 3, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

The Daily Beast brings us this little nugget in the sea of top lists of this or that: The Top 11 Politicians to Watch in 2011 (guess spotlighting 11 rather than 10 is a play on the year).

And sliding into the No. 1 spot of this distinguished list: San Diego’s own Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). Reason: He’s expected to head up the House Oversight Committee.

From the Beast story:

1. Rep Darrell Issa, California Republican


In a hearing, Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson expresses his sincere concern that too many people on tiny Guam might cause the island to capsize. Trust me — this video is worth three minutes out of your life.

This is such a literally unbelievable video that initially I suspected it was an April Fools hoax. I Googled the guy and checked his photo on his official website. Same dude. And CBS News did report the incident (“report” with the usual liberal bias — see below).

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Editor’s Note:  This post has been updated by Mr. Rider here…

In a hearing, Congressman Hank Johnson expresses his sincere concern that too many people on tiny Guam might cause the island to capsize. It’s worth three minutes out of your life.

Some apologists will try to excuse the Congressman because they think he is on drugs. But I consider that conjecture a scurrilous insult — to druggies everywhere.

This demonstration should give pause to those who look to Congress to run our lives. But it won’t.

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Wow! A reply from Senator Feinstein!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010
posted by Poway Roger

Wow! A reply from Senator Feinstein!!

“I personally have found that as I gain experience in the Senate, my ability to effectively represent Californians grows as well. “

IMHO, of course, then why is her “experience” screwing up the state, nation and world? Apparently it’s a bad experience. I prefer the Jimi Hendrix Experience over her experience.

By the way, when I replied back to her email, while I knew that these replies come from a not active account, I thought it was funny with the reply-
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Dear Mr. Covalt:


Voices on Healthcare

Sunday, November 8, 2009
posted by Barry Jantz

My Sunday San Diego column at FlashReport…

I attended the annual Grossmont Hospital Foundation gala last night while Congressional voting was taking place on healthcare.  Some say it wasn’t a good night for hospitals to celebrate, but the Grossmont event was scheduled long ago and Nancy Pelosi didn’t ask about any scheduling conflicts.

Any night that the community comes together and significant funds are raised for a local hospital from hundreds of generous donors — the Feds not included — it’s a good time to celebrate.

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Let the Facts Speak: The First Economic Stimulus Isn’t Working

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
posted by Brian Bilbray

In February of this year, the President signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1), also known as the stimulus bill, allocating $787 billion to create jobs and to stimulate the economy. Today, according to the State of California’s Employment Development Department, San Diego County is facing the highest unemployment rate in recent history: 10.2 percent. Statewide unemployment in the Golden State has risen to 12.2 percent, and this number is projected to increase.


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