Office of Equity and Racial Justice?

Eric Andersen Eric Andersen 2 Comments

We definitely have a character problem. We’re unable to self govern across a specter of occupations, but San Diego’s Reverend Shane Harris and County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar believe our character issues/sin can be addressed by — wait for it — more government and an empowered Office of Equity and Racial Justice. I’d like to ask the Reverend how that worked …

Press Release: San Diego Gun Owners PAC releases 2-minute video critical of County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher

San Diego County Gun Owners Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Gun Owners 5 Comments

San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee (PAC) promoting Second Amendment rights, has released a scathing two-minute video titled “An Open Letter to San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.” The video appears on the PAC’s website www.sdcgo.org, and can be viewed here (https://youtu.be/OKBJV5B5KAY). The video, critical of Fletcher, features Fletcher’s own comments from previous press conferences, including his statement …

What are you afraid of, Nathan?

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Nathan Fletcher recently had a Town Hall to discuss the need for greater transparency in government. While the meeting’s focus was transparency, Nathan opted not to speak, but rather to have his team speak on his behalf. Effectively, he spoke through people, rather than be straightforward. The meeting itself was convoluted. Nathan refused to answer questions. When asked a question …

Nathan Fletcher and Losing The Air War

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal John Nienstedt 8 Comments

by John Nienstedt, President, Competitive Edge Research & Communication My firm, Competitive Edge, uses Perception Analyzer™ dials to test TV ads, speeches, debate performance and even movies. Remember the movie “2016: Obama’s America”? We dial-tested it to uncover some fascinating findings about what aspects of the film – down to the second — influenced voters’ thinking. TV ads are our …

Nathan Fletcher campaign committees not so transparent

Greg Larkin Greg Larkin 6 Comments

Nathan Fletcher and his supportive committees have some ‘splaining to do. On Sunday, center-left blog San Diego Politico alleged a potential ethics violation committed by Nathan Fletcher for Mayor and his supportive “Restoring Trust in San Diego – A Committee to Support Nathan Fletcher for Mayor 2013… with major funding by Dr. Irwin Jacobs and Joan Jacobs” over a TV …

Big Win for Rostra at the 2013 San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal Barry Jantz, The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 3 Comments

Thor is very happy with all of us tonight at San Diego Rostra. Our humble political blog won first place in the Best News and Opinion Blog category at the San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards. The Libertarian Lass and Barry Jantz graciously accepted on behalf of everyone in the Rostra blogpen. Visual aid shown here. To put this into …

Labor Council jumps in against Fletcher

Thor's Assistant Rostra Administrator (Thor's Assistant) 1 Comment

The Labor Council joins the fray with a three-panel walk piece, in support of David Alvarez and criticizing Nathan Fletcher for what is inferred as a Qualcomm pay-to-play scheme: “After serving in the Marines, Fletcher served in the State Assembly. He then got a six figure salary ‘no-show job’ with Qualcomm after using his position in the Legislature to help …

New Lincoln Club Mail on Fletcher

Thor's Assistant Rostra Administrator (Thor's Assistant)

And who said mail was dead? After the first two rather notorious Lincoln Club mail pieces on Nathan Fletcher hit mailboxes this week, the third seems to hint at a pattern of behavior. The latest piece quotes Shawn Steel as one of Fletcher’s former employers saying he “cannot be trusted to do the job.”

Fletcher’s Very Very Very Very Bad Week

Eliot Ness Eliot Ness 19 Comments

From County Republican Chairman Tony Krvaric’s email to “San Diego Leadership Team” members yesterday. Reprinted with permission. The week started out great for Republicans, as we emerged united behind Kevin Faulconer for San Diego mayor, and continued all week as impressive endorsements started rolling in for Kevin. By contrast, the campaign of Nathan Fletcher AKA “The Magic Democrat” had a …

Leaked: Nathan Fletcher Internal Campaign Poll

Eliot Ness Eliot Ness 13 Comments

Last night the Nathan Fletcher campaign was doing polling in San Diego. The entire set of questions was leaked. Another stumble out of the gate for this supposed team of professionals. The first one of course was the leak of his candidacy the morning of Mayor Filner’s resignation. Oops, cancel the planned big announcement! The poll reveals much about the …

New Laws In California and Our First Rostra Prediction Game of 2013

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 1 Comment

It’s a time-honored New Year’s tradition to review all the new laws taking effect starting on January 1. So I thought I’d get a look at new laws affected Rostrafarians in California. I nearly choked on my breakfast when I looked at the number. There are 837 new laws taking effect as of today. Seriously? Our state was so far …

Reviewing Precinct Returns from the San Diego Mayoral Election

Vince Vasquez Vince Vasquez 2 Comments

  The race to become mayor of the City of San Diego has narrowed down to two finalists. In this policy brief the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) analyzed newly released electoral data from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters’ office using GIS software. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY • The June mayoral primary was a partisan election. Interstate …

The Oracle Speaks

Tony Manolatos Tony Manolatos 26 Comments

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/john-tj.jpg” captiontext=”John Nienstedt, President of Competitive Edge, and T.J. Zane, President & CEO of The Lincoln Club of San Diego County, at the Lincoln Club’s Election Night Reception. Photo by: Melissa Jacobs”] Politics & Media Mashup I worked on a campaign with local pollster John Nienstedt a couple years ago and after he explained in a group email – a …

Texts From Mayoral Candidates – Part V

Thor's Assistant Rostra Administrator (Thor's Assistant) 1 Comment

We texted the San Diego mayoral candidates and asked them, “What movie and song best describes your campaign?” Here are their replies: That’s easy. Movie: The Empire Strikes Back. Song: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re a laser focused take-no-prisoners team of crusaders armed with a Roadmap that returns Republican control to San Diego. ___ We see Purple at …

Fletcher Wins Race For Most Klout

Tony Manolatos Tony Manolatos 8 Comments

Politics & Media Mashup I wrote a post six months ago comparing the Klout scores of San Diego mayoral candidates, council members and a few others who know their way around Facebook and Twitter. It generated a little buzz. Tony Krvaric, Todd Gloria and others compared their scores on Twitter. Former U-T San Diego columnist Tom Blair mentioned the post in …

Last Major San Diego Mayoral Debate Mashup

Tony Manolatos Tony Manolatos 1 Comment

The San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR), San Diego County Taxpayers Association and The Lincoln Club of San Diego County hosted today’s debate at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center. SDAR wants to thank all of the candidates for a spirited debate, the 500 or so people who filled the ballroom and those of you who watched and …

Mayor’s Race Takes Me Back to 7th Grade

Tony Manolatos Tony Manolatos 6 Comments

Politics & Media Mashup We’re 10 days out from Election Day and here is what we know about the San Diego mayoral race: Carl DeMaio is in. The second spot looks like it’s going to go down to the wire. Bob Filner is carrying a slight edge over Nathan Fletcher. Trailing behind is Bonnie Dumanis, but she’s not going down …

Last Major Mayoral Debate – Today

Tony Manolatos Tony Manolatos 1 Comment

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 …