The Chargers and hurt feelings

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San Diego County Taxpayers Association to San Diego Chargers: “Please attend our meeting. Help us understand how you arrived at your assumptions. Share your data. Make your report public.” Chargers response: “You guys are really mean. Tony is really, really mean. Leave us alone!” Kinda reminds me of this:

Cruz lives up to his commitment

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Let’s face facts. Ted Cruz screwed up big time. When Cruz committed to support the eventual Republican nominee, that’s the only thing he said. He apparently left some things out. A big mistake. Cruz did NOT say, “I will endorse the nominee, just as long as the nominee doesn’t make disparaging comments about my wife and suggest my dad was …

An Ode to Mother’s Day Political Fundraising

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Dear family member of candidate, I appreciate your email to me. I have no doubt your family member is a fantastic mom. Yet, on Mother’s Day I’m going to spend the time thinking about my mom in heaven, and giving thanks to my wife and the great mother she is to our daughter. I’ll also give thanks for all the …

Republican Disenchantment

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  I’m disenchanted with the GOP, not because Republicans are nominating Donald Trump; but because the country’s Republican leaders are so out of touch with the electorate that — through their own ineptitude — they unwittingly created an environment accepting of him.

Pete Kanelos, RIP

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The worst, or maybe the best thing about being Pete Kanelos’ friend was his dedication to the Raiders. Sure, I’ve had other friends who like that team, but in Pete’s case it was a personal badge of pride and honor. Almost as if being able to shove it in his friends’ faces was the real motivation, not so much a …

The copy desk is officially gone

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The last bastion of credible journalism no longer exists. The famed copy desk, the last defense before going to print — once known at major metropolitan and many smaller newsrooms as having “the greatest knowledge in the world” sitting around it in the form of intelligent, questioning, incredulous editors — has long been dwindling with the decline of print media. …

San Diegans announce effort to establish a new Trump Party

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Named for presidential candidate, new political party said to ‘trump’ the failures of Republicans and Democrats Claiming they are sick and tired of politics as usual, a group of disenchanted local Republicans and Independents, as well as a few Democrats, released plans today to establish a new political party named after Donald Trump. Under the banner, “Make America Great Again,” …

RIP, Justice Scalia

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A sad day for the nation. 1986 Nomination: Antonin Scalia, Ronald Reagan, William Rehnquist Despite the rhetoric that will undoubtedly follow, it’s always good to see philosophical opponents provide praise. Scott Lay does so and provides an excellent summation of the future: “It’s with a sad heart I report the natural-cause death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. “Honestly, I …

Nine Chargers stadium sites rejected? Nonsense.

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The Chargers announced today the team officially filed for relocation to Carson. The Dean Spanos video announcement is here. No surprise, Twitter lit up as a result. Leading the reaction was a series of tweets from SDUT Opinion Editor Matthew Hall, which Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Lee Jenkins touted as “the best use of Twitter” he’d ever seen. Hall tweeted: …

Any politicians willing to say “pound sand” to Chargers?

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A year ago I understood the hesitancy on the part of elected officials in San Diego to do anything other than at least appear to pursue efforts to keep the Chargers here. The tide has turned. The team led by Mark Fabiani has either purposely or thru complete PR incompetence forced the average citizen into saying “whatever.” A politician with …

Two mics in the hand…

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If you missed the fun a couple of months back, Assemblyman Matthew Harper had his microphone removed by Assemblyman and Labor Committee Chair Roger Hernández during a heated exchange on some now forgotten bill (yes, we remember the incidents, we don’t always remember the legislation). Although Hernández subsequently expressed regret over his heavy-handedness, that isn’t keeping Harper from having some …

Saturday’s Lincoln-Reagan dinner with Rand Paul a huge success

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Photo by Gage Skidmore. Some voices from Saturday night’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, at which U.S. Senator Rand Paul addressed a crowd of well over 700 attendees… Rostra writer Brian Brady, a leader in the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) of San Diego (pictured with wife Debra)… Rand Paul has an appeal which will broaden the reach of the Republican Party. Saturday night …

Phil Graham announces for Rocky Chavez’ Assembly seat

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North County businessman Phil Graham today jumped in the race to replace Rocky Chavez in the 76th Assembly District, while announcing the support of Congressman Darrell Issa. Jon Fleischman of FlashReport this morning has an interview with Graham, in which he stakes his claim as a free-market conservative. The candidate also reached out to Rostra: “As a political junkie who …