San Diego Mayoral Candidates: Debate This

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As originally posted on The Flash Report. A debate’s raging in San Diego. A debate over debates. It’s a curious thing. The moment San Diego mayoral candidate Councilman Carl DeMaio turned down a Voice of San Diego hosted candidates debate, among others already accepted by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Bob Filner, suddenly he was the target of much speculation …

Young Guns Take Aim

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As cross-posted on FlashReport. Seems the young guns got it going on. In just 25 days of the first reporting period for the 2012 San Diego mayor’s race, two young Republican candidates blew doors on the established competition with more than $300,000 cash on hand. Early predictors felt sure the mayoral primary would be a $1 million race. At this …

Dumanis Steadies the Wheels

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News just weeks into San Diego mayoral race from candidate District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis really got folks talking about her race. It wasn’t big donor dollar numbers (which we’ve yet to see), but that she had already fired her campaign manager, Republican consultant Tom Mitchell. The rumor mill ran amok with folks saying she looked vulnerable. Today, her camp released …

The Strange Bedfellows of Pension Reform

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The woes of public pensions seems a universal problem. Governments around the globe grapple with these unsustainable money pits in the hopes of avoiding more trouble down the road. San Diego’s not unique. But just a year out from the 2012 June primary, we’re seeing lots of hubbub about the pension reform ballot measure out trying to beat the clock …

Obama Says Recovery “Takes Time” — Historically Not True With Conservative Tactics

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The result was that in roughly 18 months, the country was out of this economic nightmare. Unemployment fell to 6% in 1922 and to 2.3% by 1923. The country was able to trim their debt by 1/3rd. In short, it kicked off the roaring twenties where many average Americans enjoyed unprecedented quality living highlighted by buying their first car, radio, and telephones.

Mayor’s Race: Booorrring

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WARNING: This blog contains a large dose of snark. 2012 Mayor’s Race: Booorrring. Ya, I said it. And I meant it. All the hype around early races kills the enthusiasm with saturation. In this case, it’s been just sheer overload. In December, I traded calls with all the muckety mucks, reviewed all the uber early, virtually meaningless polls, gobbled up …

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 …

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 …