So a Socialist, a Fascist and a Reporter Walk Into a Bar… Part II

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Honestly, I was there last time and I can’t say I remember the punch line to that joke. But I can report this, Rostrafarians, it was fun. Big fun! If you know what’s good for you, and I think you do, you’ll join us this week for the second tweet-up with our good frienemies over at that “other” local political …

School reform initiative supporters turn in signatures

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SAN DIEGO — Petitions containing more than 133,000 signatures were turned-in to the San Diego City Clerk for verification Friday during a news conference in support of the San Diego Unified School District Accountability and Student Performance Initiative. The measure requires at least 93,085 valid signatures to qualify for the next citywide election. The City Clerk contracts with the San …

New Ballot Measure Promises School Reform

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As published in The Presidio Sentinel on April 1, 2011. By Paul M Bowers A new ballot measure aims to make San Diego schools better for kids by increasing accountability and focusing the school board’s attention away from politics and onto student performance. The initiative was created by San Diegans 4 Great Schools, a broad-based coalition of parents, taxpayers and …

Fletcher Speaking to Log Cabin GOP

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The Log Cabin Republicans San Diego welcomes former Marine and California state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher Thursday for a celebration for the defeat of” Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The group asks attendants to bring travel-size toiletries for donation to homeless veterans. Bamboo Lounge 1475 University Avenue San Diego, CA 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7 $25 at the door Hors d’oeuvres and …

Environmental Land Grab? Constituent Accuses Michael Beck of Conflict of Interest

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While it’s a bit old, I still found this video testimony about a possible conflict of interest by Director of the Endangered Habitats League (EHL), president of the Endangered Habitats Conservancy (EHC), and San Diego County Planning Commissioner Michael Beck worth noting. A North County resident, Ginger Perkins, provided the San Diego County Board of Supervisors testimony in this video …

The GOP’s Big Gay Secret

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Just what exactly went down at the GOP Convention last weekend? I’m glad to see the media taking an interest in the GOP. Just imagine the coverage if they stuck around for the acid-dropping, naked chandelier swinging parties. Look folks, it’s not hard to believe Republicans know how to party. The way most of them dress tells you right away …

They Shoot Deserters, Don’t They?

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Not satisfied with holding the Legislature hostage, union leaders in Wisconsin now seem bent on calling for a general strike. I’d point out the history of striking against the public, which is illegal, and how it never bodes well for the union. But this article from The New American does the heavy lifting for me. Writing in Liberation, the official …

CraigsList and Infighting and Failed Votes, Oh My

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Just a little over a month into Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the wheels are already wobbling. This week marked some public failures on the part of the conservatives to stay united and focused on their jobs. Somehow, even noncontroversial floor votes could not manage to cross the vote threshold, leading some to speculate about the …

Reagan Day? More than 60% of Americans Just Say No

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Feb. 4, 2011 – SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Happy Dutch Day? Nope, most Americans say they’d rather work. More than 60 percent of Americans reject the idea of denoting 40th President Ronald Reagan’s birthday, February 6, as a federal public holiday. The survey of 504 American adults was conducted between February 1-3, 2011 by Competitive Edge Research & Communication. SEE …

HELP WANTED: Media Coach for GOP

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The GOP doesn’t get the media and really, the feeling seems mutual. So listen up, there’s an elephant in the room and he doesn’t know how to look good on TV. During the State of the Union Address last night, I watched the speeches as if I were critiquing and assessing candidates of my own. Overall, the Democrats and Republicans …

Gettin’ Hot in the 2012 Kitchen

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So, it’s only January 2011 and already, we’re seeing some folks filing papers to run for office. Good thing, ’cause some of us just can’t stand a breather. [See full list of candidates who have filed so far at the County Registrar of Voters for 2012] Of course, tongues were wagging last week when Republican San Diego City Councilman Carl …

Issa the “New Sheriff” in D.C.?

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The Daily Beast brings us this little nugget in the sea of top lists of this or that: The Top 11 Politicians to Watch in 2011 (guess spotlighting 11 rather than 10 is a play on the year). And sliding into the No. 1 spot of this distinguished list: San Diego’s own Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). Reason: He’s expected to …

San Diego Welcomes Newest – and Youngest – Conservative Radio Talk Show Host

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Welcoming Mike Slater to San Diego by way of Jackson, Tenn. in a downpour on his second day seemed a bit of let down – mostly for me. “Welcome to sunny San Diego?” he asked grinning as he put out his hand. I laughed while sitting down my soaked raincoat and umbrella. He was wearing a tie-less button-up blue dress …

Education: A Money Pit?

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“A cohesive education bureaucracy isn’t necessarily a good thing – not if that cohesion serves to preserve an unsatisfactory status quo at a time when school districts and states across the nation are climbing on the reform bandwagon.” – A Chance for Education Cohesion @sdut Frankly, that statement doesn’t go far enough when you look at once-failing school districts in …

TONIGHT: Post-Election Analysis with Consultant Hoy, Pollster Nienstedt

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I’m not exactly the most devoted GOP meeting attendee. But I’ll be there tonight to hear the recap of the wildly dead-on pollster John Nienstedt and Nov. 2 success-story consultant John Hoy. I had the honor of working with both men on Proposition A – which crossed the finish line easily with more than 70 percent of the vote. Conversely …

Vote! It Feels Good

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With Election Day two weeks away, I was intrigued by a North County Times article yesterday by Mark Walker on the changing campaign strategies used due to early and mail-in voting. The article reads: “Fully one-half of voters in San Diego County vote by mail while the number is near 40 percent in Riverside County. The shift is reshaping how …

Yes on A Gets Local, National Attention

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Not too often that you see a local proposition garner national media attention, but that’s just what the Yes on A camp snagged last week following a feisty debate on KPBS’s “These Days.”

Fairness Demands Yes Vote on County’s Prop A

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Originally posted on La Mesa Patch. By Bill Baber Fairness is a core American value–it is part of the DNA of the USA. We highly value each person as important—and we complain strongly when someone else is taking advantage of us. “That’s not fair!” is a common cry from the schoolyard to the state capital. Each of learned a simple …

End Run, Touchdown!

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The quarterback gives the play in the huddle. Just after the snap, the defenders push to the center and the quarterback gets plowed from the side. The reason: the line decided to go with another play. In case you’re wondering, the public is the quarterback in this end run on the tax cap increase for the Centre City Development Corp. …