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Posts Tagged ‘Tony Manolatos’

You wanna win? Be present

Sunday, April 21, 2013
posted by Tony Manolatos
Dwayne Crenshaw and me

Most people know nothing about local politicians and just about everyone else knows one or two things about them. So if the one thing a politician is known for is charm, he or she is probably winning on Election Day.

I haven’t seen any research that tells me this but it’s a theory that makes sense to me. To find out what I’m talking about, chat up San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria. He packs a lot of charm into a 60-second conversation. Gloria, and successful politicians like him, have a genuine interest in people.

There is a segment that ran yesterday on KOGO (95.7FM/600AM) we think is worth sharing because it touches on an important political storyline that has yet to gain a lot of traction. Tony Manolatos, a communications consultant and Rostra contributor, and KOGO’s LaDona Harvey discussed the race between Ray Ellis and Sherri Lightner for the San Diego City Council District 1 seat. You can listen to the segment here (fast-forward to the 21:11 mark), or read the transcript:

Lincoln Club Endorses DeMaio for Mayor

Thursday, June 28, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Lincoln Club Endorses DeMaio for Mayor

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Tony Manolatos is a communications strategist and the Lincoln Club is one of his clients. You can follow Tony on Twitter or LinkedInYou can hear him talk politics and media with KOGO’s LaDona Harvey every Monday at 2:35 p.m. on AM 600 and FM 95.7.


San Diego Association of REALTORS® endorsement arrives on the heels of DeMaio’s first-place finish in the June Primary Election and five months before the November General Election

MEDIA ADVISORY

Tuesday, June 19 2012               Contact: Tony Manolatos, 619.549.0137

  • What: San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR) to endorse Councilmember Carl DeMaio for San Diego Mayor
  • When: Wednesday, June 20 at 11AM
  • Where: SDAR Kearny Mesa Service Center, 4845 Ronson Court, San Diego CA 92111

The Oracle Speaks

Saturday, June 9, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos
John Nienstedt, President of Competitive Edge, and T.J. Zane, President & CEO of The Lincoln Club of San Diego County, at the Lincoln Club's Election Night Reception. Photo by: Melissa Jacobs

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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.

Politics & Media Mashup

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.

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.

Politics & Media Mashup

Some believe Nathan Fletcher is at war with U-T San Diego. I wouldn’t call it war, but relations certainly are chilly.

Fletcher’s expectations for his morning newspaper aren’t what they used to be. That might not be a big deal if the election wasn’t less than a month away.

For all its troubles, the U-T is still the biggest game in town, meaning it could play a significant role in the San Diego mayoral race. Some insiders believe the race is down to Fletcher, Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner. Only the top two vote getters move on after the June 5 primary election. So a rough few weeks of coverage in the U-T could finish Fletcher, who has been surging since leaving the Republican Party in March.

Politics & Media Mashup

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.

KUSI Mayoral Debate Preview with Tony Manolatos

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
posted by Thor's Assistant

Tony Manolatos weighed in on the San Diego Mayoral Race a couple days ago on KUSI. He worked in a plug for Rostra, which we greatly appreciate. As many of you know, Tony writes a weekly post — THE “Politics & Media Mashup” — for Rostra and serves as our communication consultant. Here is his KUSI segment:

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Gonzalez punishes Gloria and Lightner

Saturday, April 28, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos
Lorena Gonzalez

Politics & Media Mashup

There was a short but very telling story in Friday’s U-T San Diego. On the surface, “Labor gives ‘F’ grade to five on S.D. council” does not look like much more than a few inches on B2, but the story highlights how cutthroat politics can be at City Hall.

The piece, written by Jen Lebron Kuhney, says only two council members, Democrats Marti Emerald and David Alvarez, received passing grades. Each received a B.

Politics & Media Mashup

My veterinarian asked me yesterday who I like in the mayor’s race. I turned the question around and asked her who she and her husband like.

They are registered Democrats. They’re not extremists but they are among the people who feel disillusioned by President Obama and his moderate positions, compromises and move to the middle.

“Filner can’t excite anyone,” she told me. “He doesn’t have any energy, any new ideas.”

I nodded in agreement and used a similar line yesterday afternoon on the radio with KOGO’s LaDona Harvey.

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:

It’s Going to be an Ugly Eight Weeks!

Monday, April 9, 2012
posted by Thor's Assistant

Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric has taken a keen interest in who is communicating for Nathan Fletcher.

On Thursday, Krvaric tweeted to Rachel Laing: “Just to be transparent, you’re now advocating for Nathan Fletcher in a paid capacity, right?”

Laing recently left Mayor Jerry Sanders to take a job as communications director at Public Policy Strategies. Tom Shepard, who is running Fletcher’s campaign, is listed as a strategic advisor at Public Policy Strategies. He works in the same office, running Tom Shepard & Associates.

The Republican Party recently endorsed Carl DeMaio, one of Fletcher’s opponents for San Diego Mayor. Shortly after the endorsement, Krvaric switched his Twitter avatar to a DeMaio campaign flyer.

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:

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.

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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Bonnie Dumanis

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.”

Carl DeMaio

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

We kicked off the series last week with Fletcher. 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.”

Nathan Fletcher

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

We kick off this series with Fletcher. 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.”

Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with big budget news from San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. Also included: Links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.

Mayor Jerry Sanders at Thursday's news conference. Photo courtesy of FOX 5 San Diego

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders dominated the news cycle late this week with his announcement that he had finally solved the City’s budget problems.

Shift to PR Concerns U-T’s Top Editor

Saturday, February 18, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

U-T San Diego's Jeff Light and Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association breakfast forum on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of SDCTA.

 

Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a look at the reporter-to-PR shift. Also included: Links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.

Jeff Light, executive editor at U-T San Diego, is concerned about the reporter-to-PR shift. So concerned that he put together this chart showing how much things have changed.

Gene Cubbison

Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a Q & A with NBC’s Gene Cubbison, the patriarch among local journalists. Also included: Gobs of links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.

Gene Cubbison has few peers in the news business. Locally, he is the professor: affable, humble, someone with the smarts and experience of a Mike Wallace without the arrogance. Gene has been a journalist for four decades, and he always seems to leave the best of impressions. He covers politics and civic issues for NBC San Diego.

Emily Alpert

Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a Q & A with Emily Alpert, the former education reporter at voiceofsandiego.org. Also included: Gobs of links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.

Emily Alpert covered education for voiceofsandiego.org until she was laid off in December. She quickly bounced back, landing a job as a blogger and web editor for The Los Angeles Times‘ global news blog, World Now. Alpert’s departure from Voice surprised many who considered her education reporting unmatched. CityBeat editor Dave Rolland said recently that Alpert was “easily the best education reporter in San Diego, if not beyond.”

Keegan Kyle

Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a Q & A with Keegan Kyle, the Fact Check King at voiceofsandiego.org. Also included: Gobs of links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.

If you read voiceofsandiego.org you read Keegan Kyle, who is Voice’s Fact Check King. The site’s Fact Check blog, which Kyle manages, is one of its most popular offerings. Most politicos and their staffers fear the Fact Check because there is a good chance a call from Kyle will lead to tags like “Misleading,” “False” or the dreaded “Huckster Propaganda.” A Wisconsin native, Kyle arrived at Voice in 2009 after covering police and politics at several newspapers. Here is Rostra’s Q & A with San Diego’s preeminent fact checker:

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