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Ryan Trabuco, Sharing Some Final Thoughts

Thursday, January 3, 2013
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

I’m sure it’s no secret that people know I’ve used this handle on SD Rostra, but yesterday I announced my re-registration to “No Party Preference.” I had my reasons, and could care less about the criticism of those reasons.

Last week, I e-mailed the good administrators here to let them know that  my contributions to Rostra had been few and far between lately, and that it likely wasn’t going to change.

Personally, the holidays gave me ample time to reflect on a lot of things, and the conclusion was just needing a break from politics. I was asked to contribute a final post (this one) to share some departing thoughts.

I want to thank everyone at SD Rostra for the opportunity to blog here. I check this site every morning. It’s been a privilege to work with so many of you to help uncover much of the South Bay corruption over the last few years. The fruits of those labors continue to play out in the press and in the courtroom even today. Hopefully, justice will be done on that front.

Team Fletcher: “Just Win, Baby!”

Saturday, March 31, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup will return next week. This week, it’s all Nathan Fletcher all the time. 

Nathan Fletcher left the Republican Party because there’s nothing he wants more than to be San Diego’s next mayor.

Yes, to me it’s that simple.

Fletcher said this week he was leaving the party – with less than three months before the June primary – because Republicans and Democrats left him disillusioned.

I believe he would still be a Republican if the party had not endorsed Carl DeMaio, one of Fletcher’s opponents, a few weeks ago.


John Stahl for Congress: A Ballot Designation No-No

Monday, March 5, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Perusing the Candidate List over at the Registrar of Voters website, I found a little diddy that amused me. Aside from the fact that there are 10 candidates running in the 52nd Congressional District, candidate John Stahl’s ballot designation lists him as Veteran/Conservative/Businessman.

What’s the “No-No” you may ask? The use of the word “conservative” as a ballot designation. Let me explain to you why this is wrong…

California Republicans and Demography

Thursday, April 14, 2011
posted by B-Daddy

California’s Republicans have gotten the negative notice of The Economist, no small feat, considering that the magazine covers the world and only runs eight or so articles on the whole of the United States in a week. Titled Dead, or just resting? the main thrust is that California Republicans are so deeply unpopular with Hispanics and Asians who are an increasing percentage of the state’s population, that they are in danger of becoming extinct. The meat:


From the AP…

Conservatives’ clout flummoxes House GOP leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) – The clout of tea party advocates and other hard-line conservatives in Congress has caught top Republicans by surprise, raising questions about whether GOP leaders can impose enough discipline in their House majority to pass tough measures, such as raising the debt ceiling.

Within 24 hours this week, House Speaker John Boehner’s team had to pull a trade bill from the chamber floor, suffered an embarrassing setback on a USA Patriot Act vote, and failed to recoup money paid to the United Nations.


HELP WANTED: Media Coach for GOP

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

The GOP doesn’t get the media and really, the feeling seems mutual. So listen up, there’s an elephant in the room and he doesn’t know how to look good on TV.

During the State of the Union Address last night, I watched the speeches as if I were critiquing and assessing candidates of my own. Overall, the Democrats and Republicans are not just divided by political differences, but also in appearances.

Regardless of whether the Conservative powers that be in D.C. care to admit it – appearances matter.

Watch the State of the Union Address 2011


Solidifying the GOP’s Stance with Gun Owners

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

A recent article indicates that pro-gun Democrats may get a boost in November.

This is both good news…and bad.  The good news is that people have been fighting to make gun rights a part of everyone’s agenda and it is working.  The Second Amendment is important whether you are gay or straight, black or white, old or young, male or female, left or right, urban or rural.  Recent U.S. Supreme Court victories as well as political victories dating as far back as the 1994 national election have given the Second Amendment a foothold on the sheer, slippery cliffs of politics.


Naomi Bar-Lev on the Race for the 76th Assembly District

Monday, June 7, 2010
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column

by Naomi Bar-Lev

Recently, the San Diego Union Tribune posed four questions to the 76th assembly district Republican candidates (view them here).

One of the questions that was asked, Should Proposition 8 be overturned to again allow gays and lesbians in California to marry? My answer: I am for civil unions. The rights of adults to choose with whom they want to live happily ever after is very important to me.


Pass the Final Four (originally written 4/1/07)

Saturday, April 3, 2010
posted by Jen Jacobs

I wrote this blog originally 4/1/07…

Pass The Final Four

It was this exact time of year in 1995 when as a young Republican political staffer I was in Washington, DC. The cherry blossoms were blooming and the mornings were crisp, but sunny. I thought our capitol city was so beautiful and with a newly-elected Republican majority in DC and in the California State Assembly, it might be the most exciting time of my career.

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Editor’s Note: This is a part of a collection of stories SDNN will publish throughout the month of March to celebrate Women’s History Month. Join us as we recognize Women’s History Month by checking SDNN every day for stories from other women in our region. Happy Women’s History Month!

San Diego: Margaret Chase Smith (Wikimedia Photo)

Long before Hillary Clinton, there was Margaret Chase Smith.

Though she may not immediately spring to mind, Margaret Chase Smith certainly reigns as one of the 100 most important women in history and one worth remembering during National Women’s History Month.

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A Tepid 77th?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
posted by Barry Jantz

For a primer on my lamentation, here are all the below-referenced posts and candidate guest columns on the 77th AD:

Sigh.  Maybe it was that the various commentaries by the four potential Republican candidates in the 77th Assembly District were all published late last week, as folks in general were readying for a three-day weekend.  Perhaps that’s the crux of the seeming lack of response.  The comments so far include a few in support of Richard Bailey and a question or two posed to Brian Jones, as well as a couple of resulting entries from supporters of Brian.  Fair enough.


Fair or Unfair Use of Anonymous Speech

Saturday, February 6, 2010
posted by Criticus

The internet has added another layer to politics. Anonymous political commentary, long an American tradition, has had a rebirth. I would argue that anonymity has an important place in political discussion, but that we as a community need to decide exactly what that place is.

My opinion is that anonymity is appropriate if the topic of the commentary is controversial enough to cause trouble to the writer. Thus, for me, who goes by the pseudonym “Criticus” given my penchant for discussing internal matters of the Republican Party, I have no doubt that my employer might be nervous about retaliation when I am critical. Whether or not such retaliation is probable is not the point, the point is that this is my protection from grief.


San Diego Rostra Guest Column by Jon Fleischman

If some local public employee unions were to place on the ballot a decrease in the county sales tax, first and foremost I would be stunned.  But then I would sign on board and work (apparently in a bipartisan fashion) to reduce the size of government, and increase liberty and freedom for taxpaying San Diegans.

It is with that thought in mind that I question why there are some Republicans out there who seem to be concerned or upset that some unions have coughed up some cash to place a term limits measure on the ballot for San Diego County Supervisors.  To this I say, “THANK YOU!”


Talk show host Rick Amato will broadcast a special show tonight from the San Diego County Republican Party Sheriff’s Candidate Forum & Statewide Straw Poll event at the Town & Country Hotel. The forum runs one hour beginning at 6 p.m.; the straw poll follows at 7 p.m.

Rick’s show will air from 9 to 11 p.m. with complete coverage of the event on KCBQ AM 1170 or

The straw poll is “Chicago-style” in that you “buy” your votes as a fundraiser for the local Republican Party. Your $10 ticket gets you one vote, but you can purchase more.

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Garamendi Guessing Game

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Who will the Governor pick to fill the Lieutenant Governor spot vacated by John Garamendi?

San Diego political consultant John Dadian of Dadian & Associates sent this helpful list out to his roster, and I thought it well worth sharing. John’s looking for your vote on this, and now so am I. So who’s it gonna be?

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A New Wind?

Thursday, October 29, 2009
posted by Criticus

One of my main topics writing on this blog will be the Republican Central Committee, as I pointed out on my first post. For good or for ill, the RCC is one of the major centers of power on the right in the county, and it’s important in my mind that there be some degree of open conversation about it’s actions.


Why I’m Writing

Monday, September 28, 2009
posted by Criticus

By way of backgroud, I follow local, state, and national politics fairly closely. I’m a California Republican Party member, and served on the San Diego Central Committee. I’m active in various political campaigns when they interest me. I consider myself a principled conservative. I’ve been to a Tea Party rally, and I thought Palin was a valuable addition to the ticket (I would have preferred Palin/McCain). I read the old ‘Red County San Diego’ daily, and enjoyed its combination of news and opinion.


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