Last Major Mayoral Debate – Today

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The San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR), one of my clients, is hosting the last major mayoral debate. When: Wednesday, May 30 Time: Registration & VIP Reception at 11AM; Lunch at 11:45AM; Debate at 12:15PM Location: Town & County Conference Center in Mission Valley. Debate is in the Golden Pacific Ballroom. VIP Reception is for media, candidates and guests and is in …

The Best and Worst SD Mayor Videos

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Politics & Media Mashup Good videos are an effective way to communicate a message, especially since many of us are attached to iPhones and iPads. I believe political videos will eventually replace mail pieces and most news releases. Won’t that be nice! That’s a post for another day. Today I decided to mashup the best and worst campaign videos from …

U-T Editor Puts Paper in Awkward Position

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Politics & Media Mashup Some believe Nathan Fletcher is at war with U-T San Diego. I wouldn’t call it war, but relations certainly are chilly. Fletcher’s expectations for his morning newspaper aren’t what they used to be. That might not be a big deal if the election wasn’t less than a month away. For all its troubles, the U-T is still the …

A Q & A with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/imgres.jpg” captiontext=”Jan Goldsmith”] Goldsmith weighs in on the San Diego Mayor’s Race, the San Diego Convention Center expansion and more   As the only candidate for citywide office with no opponent in the upcoming election, Rostra thought it would be a good time to check in with San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to discuss his first term in …

Campaign Flyer Contains False Info

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A judge ordered judicial candidate Terrie Roberts to strike false and misleading information from her ballot argument. She did. But Roberts then used some of the stricken statements in her campaign literature.    Some of the campaign literature Superior Court Commissioner Terrie Roberts is distributing contains information that a court has ruled is false and misleading. Last month, a judge …

Bonnie Brings her A-game to Mayor’s Race

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Politics & Media Mashup Bonnie Dumanis brought her A-game to the San Diego Mayor’s Race this week. The District Attorney and mayoral candidate smacked Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who is campaigning hard to be San Diego’s next mayor, for what she called his “About Face on a Woman’s Right to Choose” in a post on Rostra: Until now, Nathan Fletcher has received …

Lincoln Club Releases 2012 Endorsements

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The following is for the June 5th Primary. You also can view the Club’s endorsements on its website: Candidates and Propositions Federal Elizabeth Emken, U.S. Senate Darrell Issa, 49th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives Duncan Hunter, 50th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives Brian Bilbray, 52nd Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives State George Plescia, 39th District State Senate Brian Jones, 71st District State Assembly Diane Harkey, …

Gonzalez punishes Gloria and Lightner

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/lorena.jpg” captiontext=”Lorena Gonzalez”] Politics & Media Mashup There was a short but very telling story in Friday’s U-T San Diego. On the surface, “Labor gives ‘F’ grade to five on S.D. council” does not look like much more than a few inches on B2, but the story highlights how cutthroat politics can be at City Hall. The piece, written …

BREAKING: Sources say Tom Blair out at U-T

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/tom-blair.jpg” captiontext=”Tom Blair”] Tom Blair, a veteran Metro columnist at U-T San Diego, is no longer with the paper, sources said today. Two people who wish to remain anonymous because the U-T has not announced the move confirmed Blair and the paper parted ways. They said Blair was asked to scale his column back to a day or two …

Fletcher Woos Vet and Big Changes at U-T and Voice

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Politics & Media Mashup My veterinarian asked me yesterday who I like in the mayor’s race. I turned the question around and asked her who she and her husband like. They are registered Democrats. They’re not extremists but they are among the people who feel disillusioned by President Obama and his moderate positions, compromises and move to the middle. “Filner …

Filner Flops In An Ugly Campaign Week

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Politics & Media Mashup: A look at this week’s local political coverage They say a good writer knows when to get out of the way of a good story. So rather then comment on this entertaining Investigative Newsource story — Bob Filner Misses the Boat on the Port — I will just encourage you to read it, and then watch Filner’s …

Plans to Fix Schools Rankle Some Voters

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Politics & Media Mashup: A look at this week’s local political coverage San Diego’s broken school system has been a campaign issue in the mayor’s race since Day 1, but the feedback I’ve seen lately from voters suggests some people are hardly impressed with what they’re hearing. Two letter writers, including a teacher, rip the candidates in today’s U-T San …

Team Fletcher: “Just Win, Baby!”

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Politics & Media Mashup will return next week. This week, it’s all Nathan Fletcher all the time.  Nathan Fletcher left the Republican Party because there’s nothing he wants more than to be San Diego’s next mayor. Yes, to me it’s that simple. Fletcher said this week he was leaving the party – with less than three months before the June …

New Poll, Convention Center Drama, Big Bucks and a Shift in Leadership

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Politics & Media Mashup leads off with a look at some of the more interesting stories of the week and wraps up with links to some of the best stories about politics and media at the local, state and national levels. This blog post on San Diego Rostra about a new San Diego Mayor 2012 poll garnered a lot of interest …

Dumanis: ‘I don’t get scared. I just work hard!’

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/bonnie.jpg” captiontext=”Bonnie Dumanis”] Politics & Media Mashup is on break for a few weeks so we can bring you exclusive Q & As with San Diego Mayoral candidates Bonnie Dumanis, Carl DeMaio and Nathan Fletcher. We kicked off the series two weeks ago with Fletcher and followed up last week with DeMaio. We determined the order based on when the responses to …

DeMaio: ‘My real opponents are the government employee unions and powerful downtown interests’

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/demaio.jpg” captiontext=”Carl DeMaio”] Politics & Media Mashup is on break for the next few weeks so we can bring you exclusive Q & As with San Diego Mayoral candidates Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis and Nathan Fletcher. We kicked off the series last week with Fletcher. We determined the order based on when the responses to our questions were received — …

Introducing The Lincoln Club’s Member of the Week

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I want to share a first with you — the Lincoln Club of San Diego County’s Member of the Week. Each week, the Club will release a new video showcasing one of its members. Here is the inaugural video: Also, in case you missed it, T.J. Zane, President and CEO of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, debated MEA’s …

Fletcher’s Fetcher…And More From Our First Candidate Q & A

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/web-fletcher-nathan-2012.jpg” captiontext=”Nathan Fletcher”] Politics & Media Mashup is on break for the next few weeks so we can bring you exclusive Q & As with San Diego Mayoral candidates Nathan Fletcher, Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis. We kick off this series with Fletcher. We determined the order based on when the responses to our questions were received — first …

Mayor Sanders’ Budget Announcement Grabs the Media’s Attention

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Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with big budget news from San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. Also included: Links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders dominated the news cycle late this week with his announcement that he had finally …

Shift to PR Concerns U-T’s Top Editor

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  Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a look at the reporter-to-PR shift. Also included: Links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media. Jeff Light, executive editor at U-T San Diego, is concerned about the reporter-to-PR shift. So concerned that he put together this …