Campaign 101: Forty-five days out

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So you’re a candidate running for local office. You have no campaign website. You don’t even have a campaign Facebook page. Okay fine, your personal Facebook page mentions your election efforts, but you list no contact information, nor do you check your messages sent through it. A search of your name and the office you seek comes up with nothing …

Beware the Facebook fight against you!

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It was comical yesterday, watching those on both sides of the political spectrum alleging Facebook was actively taking down their posts for “violating community standards.” Many Facebook users were at least implying the warning messages they received as proof of Facebook’s bias against their particular philosophy. Indeed, it does appear thousands of posts were incorrectly tagged by Facebook as inappropriate. …

If Sara Jacobs isn’t promoting Chris Stoddard, what’s this?

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At least this has the disclaimer on it. In case you missed the flap of the last few days in the 53rd Congressional District, the Georgette Gomez campaign filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against her Democrat opponent, Sara Jacobs, alleging that Jacobs or her supporters are promoting the campaign of another rival, Republican Chris Stoddard, without the proper disclosure …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for nearly 15 years… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto …

Voice Politics Report: What Davis Hath Wrought

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Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis at Voice of SD do superb work assessing the potential candidate field in the wake of Congresswoman Susan Davis’ announcement that she’s done. Everyone from power names like Toni Atkins and Lorena Gonzalez (both say no) to ambitious lesser knowns such as Colin Parent and Akilah Weber, both Dem councilmembers from La Mesa. It’s worth …

Reactions to DeMaio jumping in Congressional race

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The Republican field may be growing in the 50th Congressional District, but Carl DeMaio’s announcement yesterday that he would enter the Duncan Hunter fray resulted in somewhat of a larger splash, especially after he teased the decision a few days in advance on social media and his radio show. Here’s some of the local reaction… John Dadian, Political Analyst: “Carl …

Breaking: Former Escondido Mayor Sam Abed files to run for Congress in Hunter seat

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Sam Abed, the former Mayor of  Escondido, yesterday filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for the 50th Congressional District, currently held by Duncan Hunter. SD Rostra reached out to Abed for a statement. He responded later in the day (this post was updated). “I am busy talking with grass-roots, civic and community leaders and my supporters, …

Opening Day 2019: An Ode to Baseball

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For many years Rich Galen has produced his twice-per-week bullet-style column, Mullings, his take on the politics of the day. Today he … well … knocks it out of the park, so to speak, with an ode to Baseball Opening Day. Opening Day 2019 by Rich Galen Thursday March 28, 2019 NOTE: Let’s take a day off from kvetching and …

Breaking: Kalasho resigns from El Cajon City Council

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Ben Kalasho, the highly controversial El Cajon City Councilmember, resigned his seat tonight in a letter to City Manager Graham Mitchell. The resignation is said to be “effective immediately.” Elected to a four-year city council term in 2016, Kalasho was forced to face off against another incumbent, Gary Kendrick, last year after the city transitioned to district elections. Kendrick won …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for more than a decade… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, …

Vacation thoughts on Cox and Allen

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Some thoughts while spending a few days away… Neither Travis Allen nor John Cox can beat Gavin Newsom in the general election, nor can either beat any Dem for that matter. Only Cox has a chance to make it past the primary. It now increasingly looks like he’ll be number two next Tuesday. Having him on the ballot in November, …

Surprised that DeMaio didn’t run? Just follow the moves.

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When Carl DeMaio pulled papers for the 50th Congressional District on Monday of last week, while also paying the $1,740 non-refundable filing fee, many thought that was a final decision. He was indeed running against Duncan Hunter. When he then announced last Friday he wasn’t running, it surprised the same “many.” Why the heck would he cough up over 1,700 …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for more than a decade now, on this eve… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city …

A tale of two sentiments about two Chargers’ cities

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There’s nothing that better exemplifies the Chargers’ fall from grace — and respect — in San Diego than two comments, made about six years apart by John Lynch, once a huge advocate for the team. In November 2011 to Voice of SD, just after it was announced Doug Manchester and Lynch were partnering to purchase and operate The San Diego Union-Tribune: …

Shooting aftermath: Do we need to reconsider our relationship with politics?

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Yesterday, following the shooting in the DC area, a “friend” posted on Facebook, “I guess that’s one way to open Republican seats…” I assume he thought his comment was both humorous and somehow appropriate. Therein lies at least some of the tragedy. Can you imagine following the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, anyone making a “joke” about that being …

In Honor of MLK

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“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three …

Chargers gone?

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From Adam Schefter on Twitter ‏@AdamSchefter (Thanks Hylton Lonstein, for the heads up) “A stunner: Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday they are moving to LA, ending 55-year stint with SD, league sources tell ESPN.” 6:52 PM – 11 Jan 2017

Mike Fredenburg in National Review: Mr. President, Cancel the F-35

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Many area conservatives remember Mike Fredenburg as the founder of the Adam Smith Institute several years ago. The local author has made quite a name for himself the last couple of years writing about military affairs for National Review. In Fredenburg’s latest, he urges Donald Trump to continue boldly challenging the status quo and a crony-capitalist procurement system by cancelling …