Why I’m Writing

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By way of backgroud, I follow local, state, and national politics fairly closely. I’m a California Republican Party member, and served on the San Diego Central Committee. I’m active in various political campaigns when they interest me. I consider myself a principled conservative. I’ve been to a Tea Party rally, and I thought Palin was a valuable addition to the …

Big Stakes Poker Game at the San Diego Ethics Commission

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Not for nothing do they call him the “Mighty Thor”. The Mighty one forwards the attached letter, attributed to Marti Emerald’s legal counsel, effectively asking the City Ethics Commission to get off the Councilwoman’s political back.  (Click on the red link below to read the text). The last elected official to take that tack with the Commission was former school …

Treasury IG Agrees to Request by Issa and Collins to Conduct a Review of ACORN

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Treasury Department Inspector General, J. Russell George agreed to comply with a request submitted by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) to conduct a review of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and of the IRS’s oversight of nonprofit organizations.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Thanks San Diego Director Cameron Durckel for Dedicated Service

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From the Gov’s Office on 9/22, since some readers have been asking… Governor Announces Appointment of Charlene Zettel as San Diego Director Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today extended his sincere gratitude to Cameron Durckel for his devoted service to the people of San Diego and all Californians. Following his resignation, the Governor has appointed Charlene Zettel as director of the San …

Chula Vista Stalls

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So, it appears that the unmistakably flawed appointment process in Chula Vista has been temporarily halted. Sources say that an angry group of citizens have threatened to file a lawsuit to stop a temporary appointment to John McCann’s seat (while he serves active duty in Iraq for a year). Certainly the City should have seen this one coming – Bensoussan …

Issa Calls on Towns, Conyers to Hold ACORN Hearings

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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent letters today to Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) calling on theme to immediately convene hearings on the activities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform NOW (ACORN) that includes key ACORN officials such as ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, Wade Rathke (ACORN Founder) and Dale Rathke, Elizabeth Kingsley (Counsel to ACORN) and Steve Bachmann (CCI General Counsel) among others.

Meg-a Vu All Over Again

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Again, yesterday, Meg Whitman announced, again, she is running for Governor.  The FlashReport’s Jon Fleishman has an amusing take on the re-announcement… I don’t blame Meg for “announcing” again — But I blame the MSM for making it a story

Welcome to San Diego Rostra

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Launch of San Diego Rostra – www.sdrostra.com In an effort to provide original commentary and breaking news to the San Diego-area political community, Mighty Thor and a host of other contributors announce the launch of a new local weblog, San Diego Rostra – www.sdrostra.com. San Diego Rostra is a forum wherein news and opinion, usually from the perspective of the …

DeMaio Applauds Passage of City Business Tax Reform Package

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San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio calls the decision “a big victory for small businesses and taxpayers”… City to Refund Fees and Commits to Take Up Additional Tax Reforms SAN DIEGO – City Councilmember Carl DeMaio today announced progress on his efforts to reform the city’s notorious small business and rental tax programs.  With two 7-0 votes and a 5-2 …

Board of Supes: Investigate ACORN

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Today’s Board of Supervisors was well attended, by citizens and media alike.   The main topic was the launching of an investigation of local ACORN voter registration activities last year.   Supervisors Bill Horn and Pam Slater-Price brought the item to the agenda, and during discussion it was discovered that on top of a nearly 1-in-6 error rate in registration cards turned …

Poll finds Majority of San Diegans Oppose ACORN, Support Gov Fund Cuts

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According to the results of a SurveyUSA poll released last Thursday, 2 out of 3 San Diego residents aware of ACORN have negative impressions of the community-based organization, which is now embroiled in a national scandal exposed by conservative activists affiliated with BigGovernment.com. The poll, which surveyed 500 San Diegan adults, also found that residents are strongly in favor (67%) …

Senator Collins and I Write to 7 IG’s to Investigate ACORN Spending

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Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Susan Collins (R-Maine) and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) have sent letters to the Inspectors General (IG) for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Department of the Treasury, the Elections Assistance Commission, the Department of Labor and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) calling on them to “review grants, contracts, entitlements and other forms of assistance to ACORN and its affiliates.”

Chula Vista’s Flawed Appointment Process, Different Politicians, Same back rooms deals

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Just a few short years ago (4 to be exact) the City of Chula Vista went through an appointment process to fill a seat that was vacated by Patty Davis due to illness. The process was similar to other appointments prior for Port Commissioner, but was deemed flawed by many in Chula Vista, including liberal politicians Pamela Bensoussan and Rudy …

Sunday’s Washington Post Details ACORN in Crisis More Than A Year Ago

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Tune in tomorrow morning to Fox News Sunday w/Chris Wallace as ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis and I have what I’m sure will be a spirited discussion. In the meantime, the Washington Post has a game-changing story in Sunday’s paper that includes a depiction of an organization in crisis going back to 2008 – the Post has obtained notes from an ACORN board meeting from August of 2008 that are very revealing.

Is D1 Now Democratic?

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Is the City of San Diego’s District One now firmly in the Democratic column? I was rummaging through some of my old computer files this morning, and came across some interesting 2007 voter registration numbers from the City Clerk’s Office. Comparing them to the most recent voter reg report, which you can find online here, shows two important things: 1) …

Celebrate Constitution Day Today!

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On September 17, 1787 our Founding Fathers ratified the Constitution of our great nation. On the 222nd anniversary of this event, what have we become as a country? The Constitution and its Amendments were created by a freedom loving group of people who had fought the hard fight and won. They fully understood what it was like to live under …