An Evening of Pleasure… and PAIN

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As readers know, a night with The Barkeep is always pleasurable (he’s insightful from decades in local politics) and painful (the next morning). I got up at 10am this morning. I usually get up at 6am. Enough said. The Barkeep on redistricting: “Everyone’s seen the Empower San Diego map now. It was b******t. If the commission approves something as obviously …

The Barkeep Goes to the Republican Convention

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I had a few with The Barkeep tonight. Downtown. The normal place. If I ramble you can figure out why. I took notes though. He went to the Republican Convention this week at the Capitol. Here’s my version of what he said: The big fight was about whether or not the GOP would endorse. That’s all anyone flapped their gums …

My Head Hurts

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Another night with The Barkeep. Only now can I put pen to ink, or the computer equivalent. Getting to it, The Barkeep: So you’ve got how many Republicans in the Mayor’s race? Faulconer, DeMaio, Fletcher, and Francis? Maybe Dumanis, but I’m guessing that deals been made. That’s the word anyway. OK I’d love to see four Republicans as the only …

An Evening with the Barkeep

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Last night… downtown… the Barkeep speaks (as interpreted by me from notes): Wayne in 2nd place in District 6 I believe must have surprised some people. Wasn’t even close, more than ten damn points if I remember. Give old Wayne the votes of Hadley and Tran’s votes to Zapf and we are looking at almost 50% for Zapf. Not a …

I’ll Admit

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Well I’ll be the first to admit you should not (repeat not) drink during the workday. But my old friend “The Barkeep” called from Dobsons and I felt the obligation to join him. Several stiff ones later I felt the obligation to take a cab home. So now that I’ve taken a nap, what did I learn? To paraphrase, and …

Just Home And Must Post…

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Just home from a trip, a tipsy trip at that, with my good friend. The new, or semi-new, Grant Hotel this time for too many delicious glasses of scotch. That aside, I need to reprint his paraphrased comments or I fear I will forget: On Donna Frye Endorsing Roberts: Does this woman not realize the heights she could attain as …

It’s Got To Be the Morning After…

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Went out to dinner with my political friend last night, and managed to lock myself out of the house for the past few hours. Broken glass and a hangover. What luck. Here’s the lowdown on what I found most interesting that he said, in his words as much as possible (different parts of a conversation that lasted several hours): “(Assemblyman) …

A Groggy Morning

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I’ll admit it… to write these posts I have to get my older friend a little snookered. Worse, his tolerance for scotch is stronger than mine. I’m dragging today, but I want to publish before I lose my breakfast. Of note from this conversation with ‘The Barkeep’: “Look at this (he produced a letter from his pocket from the Tierrasanta …

Mr. Murphy Gets Up Too Early For Me… More On Emerald

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At drinks with my older, wiser politico last night I brought up the ongoing ‘Advisory Council’ issue that Councilmember Emerald is embroiled in and he laughed. His thoughts, paraphrased: “Emerald really stepped in it this time, in her district and in the public eye generally. She’s stuck – if she doesn’t come clean with the names, she’s going to take …

The Barkeep

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I’ve got a friend, well not really a friend, but an acquaintance , who always seems to know what is going on in local politics, at least by my lax standards. He is old, he is surly, and he drinks too much. I like to call him ‘The Barkeep’, but not to his face. My posts on this blog are …