The one thing needed in your Afghanistan press release

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Among the mixed emotions of sadness and outrage resulting from the last two days, also comes the inevitable. The flurry of press releases and statements hitting my email and social media feed, pumped out by elected officials at every level, as well as the candidates trying to defeat them, and by local party organizations. Every one of them with the …

Elder sues to be on recall ballot: the legal pleadings

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Conservative talk show host Larry Elder is suing Secretary of State Shirley Weber in an effort to have his name added to the list of 41 candidates qualified for the September 14 recall election. Here is just one related article resulting from Elder’s press conference this morning, in U.S. News & World Report. For the true political or legal wonk, …

Larry Elder doesn’t qualify for recall. Or does he?

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Note: The below article was written Sunday, July 18, 2021, in the morning. See Sunday night updates at the end. The entry of conservative talk show célèbre Larry Elder in the California governor’s recall election last week gave many Republicans and conservatives a rallying figure in what they otherwise saw as a moribund field. The deadline to qualify for the …

Ammar Campa-Najjar, Georgette Gómez, Akilah Weber, several Republicans all early names for 79th Assembly

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Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement yesterday of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla as VP-elect Kamala Harris’s replacement in the US Senate, many eyes were on Newsom’s next decision: Who would he nominate to replace Padilla? Some if not many thought it could be local San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, already announced as a Secretary of State candidate in 2022. …

Anderson locks up Supervisor victory

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In one of the tightest — and most exciting — races for a San Diego County Board of Supervisors seat in history, former State Senator Joel Anderson has edged out Poway Mayor Steve Vaus by 282 votes in District 2, a mere one-tenth of one percent of the nearly 290,000 ballots cast in the contest. It’s been a long four …

Updates on two close San Diego races: Supe and Santee

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A couple of updates on two East County races, the closest in the region: County Supervisor Only 716 provisional ballots were processed countywide the last five days. 105 of them, or 14.66 percent, were marked in the District 2 Supervisor race. Joel Anderson got 52, Steve Vaus got 53. Anderson still leads by 283 votes. 7,000 countywide ballots are left …

Anderson continues to increase slight lead over Vaus

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Over the weekend and into Monday, former State Senator Joel Anderson increased his lead over Poway Mayor Steve Vaus from 156 to 259 votes, as ballot counting continues in the District 2 Board of Supervisor’s race to succeed Dianne Jacob. Nearly 290,000 votes have been counted in the contest, with Anderson slightly ahead, 50.04 to Vaus’s 49.96 percent. With the …

The closest races in San Diego County

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Just a snapshot of some of the closest contests in the region, as the Registrar of Voter’s office continues the count, now slogging through the last 15,000 county-wide ballots, many of them provisionals that take more work to confirm: Only nine votes separate Nancy Orr and Rhea Stewart in the Cardiff schools race. But it’s the top two vote getters …

Anderson still leading Vaus in County Supe race

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The nailbiter continues in the contest to succeed Dianne Jacob. Receiving over 54 percent of today’s added count in the District 2 County Supervisor’s race, Joel Anderson increased his lead over Steve Vaus to 135 votes, still just a fraction of the nearly 290,000 ballots cast. Only 584 votes were added in the race, out of about 5,000 ballots counted region-wide. …

Anderson now up by 85 votes in County Supervisor race

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Joel Anderson now leads Steve Vaus by 85 votes in the District 2 San Diego County Supervisor’s race, following today’s 5 p.m. Registrar of Voters’ update. Yesterday, Anderson led for the first time, but only by a mere seven votes out of about 287,000 ballots counted. Today’s ballots added 1,064 votes to the mix, with Anderson getting 53.66 percent of …

Santee: The math in one close city council contest

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I realize the below doesn’t take into account registration, turnout, downrace dropoff, or other differences countywide or in Santee itself, but it’s one measurement to assess these things: Santee is about .017 the population of San Diego County. There are 135,000 ballots left to tally, countywide. Proportionally, based on a population calculation alone, that’s 2,295 ballots in Santee. One quarter …

Buzzkill: The future of the Republican Party in San Diego

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Some post-election thoughts for 2020 One measure of a political party’s clout in the San Diego region comes down to the makeup of the most significant offices and delegations. Here are the Big Four: City of San Diego Mayor and City Council County Board of Supervisors State Legislative Delegations (Senate and Assembly) Congressional Delegation Sure, some may argue that the …

Campaign 101: Two days out

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At 35 days out I wrote, “Get off Facebook and go do something that will actually help get you elected.” It’s now two days out: Stop moaning about your signs getting torn down and go do something that will actually help get you elected. That is all.

The irony of a political gathering during COVID

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For several office seekers and voters in East County, last Thursday night’s Politics in Paradise may have been the first and ultimately even the only in-person candidate event they’ll attend this election season. Over 20 candidates and several more attendees were able to enjoy the election year soirée (well, ok, not quite that elegant) at Rancho San Diego’s Water Conservation …

Trump not taking Hydroxychloroquine?

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Following President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, it’s being reported he is being treated with Remdesivir and an antibody cocktail produced by Regeneron. Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, said that in addition to the antibodies, “the president has been taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin.” Not Hydroxychloroquine. Despite early claims that Hydroxychloroquine would somehow be the …

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. …