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 …

Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave after SDCTA Breakfast Forum

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Five people who have a lot to do with the news you read, hear and see on a daily basis in San Diego got up early to talk about the role of news media organizations as advocates. What they had to say may surprise you… especially if you’re still living in the era of Walter Cronkite. The San Diego County …

The 10 Most Tweeted San Diego Rostra Posts in 2011

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  Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with “The 10 Most Tweeted San Diego Rostra Posts in 2011” and includes stories and editorials from across the country about the death of redevelopment in California. Also included: pieces on local, state and national politics as well as social media. You can hear Tony Manolatos talk politics and media …

Hall to Lynch: ‘Oh no you didn’t!’

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These are not easy times for the people who remain at The San Diego Union-Tribune. They know as much as we do about the newspaper’s new ownership, hotelier Doug Manchester and former local radio executive John Lynch, and their plans for a product that is a shell of what it used to be. The smart money says Manchester is interested in …

What should Rostra 2.0 to look like?

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One of the great things about San Diego Rostra is its ability to attract a variety of voices with different political views. Rostra is a center-right site, but local journalists and some well-known Democrats are regular readers and commentators. With monthly hits by unique visitors as high as 20,000, Rostra has become a must read for numerous San Diegans. Where …

Your Weekend Local and State News Links

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As blog content naturally drops off during the weekend on an all-volunteer site like SD Rostra, we bring you the following political news and blog links as a “portal” for your ease of use during those droughts.  If you’d like a link added, please let us know at info@sdrostra.com. Check out a new entry!… California Political Review Our Statewide Media Partner …

San Diego’s Mayor Race Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Erica Holloway Erica Holloway 8 Comments

Originally posted on the Flash Report. The 2012 San Diego mayor’s race began like other love affairs – lots of hope and promise for the future. Then, the sparkle and shine of courtship faded quickly into the same old dull routine. No more flowers. No more moonlight and love songs. Seems I’m not the only one who noticed our romance …

Bride of a Socialist, a Fascist and a Reporter…

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Greetings Rostrafarians! Four seasons and three events later, and our socialist (and reporter, same thing?) friends still wanna hang with us over beers, bites and political banter. The last event in the summer drew a nearly unmanageable crowd of about 100 – bringing out the likes of the Gonzalez siblings, San Diego CityBeat hipsters and our liberal blog counterparts at …

My Mayor Website’s Better Than Yours

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As I mentioned in my recent Rostra blog on the mayor’s race, the three Republican candidates gotta spring from the gates to grab support and money. They need to do that by distinguishing themselves as to who they are in the race, which they can define not only by what they do on the trail but who supports them. So, …

Do I Smell a Sheep? Nope, It’s the Golden Fleece Finalists!

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Politics is sometimes known for its pungent smell. (Rostrafarian wits, I expect great things from the Comments section with this opening line). For 16 years, April showers have brought much more than May flowers to San Diego – they bring the San Diego County Taxpayers Association Golden Fleece Awards. Yes, there are Golden Watchdogs and Media Watchdog Awards too. But …

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 …

At 18-Months-Old, Will Rostra’s 5,000th Comment be Yours?

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Since August of 2009, when SD Rostra launched, the site has been blessed with over 1,700 individual blog entries from our more than 50 contributors, covering a host of issues, opinions, rumors and breaking political news stories.  At this writing, exactly 4,976 comments have been posted as a result … and that’s just the legit ones, mind you. We don’t …

SD Rostra is Booming — New Monthly and Daily Highs in Site Traffic. 11,000 Unique Visitors in October. Thanks to Readers!

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In just 18 months, SD Rostra has steadily grown in popularity and readership.  We posted an all-time monthly high of over 11,000 unique visitors during October 2010, in the run-up to the 2010 elections.    We thank our readers for their loyalty, and for passing along our name and links to your friends and associates. Our site has a “meter’ that …

Alternate Weekend News Links

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Here are some added info sources for SD Rostra fans. Batting lead-off is Matt Potter, the best investigative reporter in San Diego… and the best this town has seen since the immortal Harold Keen in the 1960s and 1970s on Channel 8 and San Diego magazine. SAN DIEGO READER – Matt Potter http://www.sandiegoreader.com/staff/matt-potter/stories/ NATIONAL REVIEW http://www.nationalreview.com/ CHANNEL 10 NEWS http://www.10news.com/news/index.html HUMAN …

There’s Joy on Rostra – It’s Caption Contest Time!

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THIS JUST IN (Jan 25, 9:30 p.m.): Lani Lutar and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association have kicked in a ticket to its annual “Golden Fleece Awards” dinner as the prize for the winner of this contest. We thank Lani and SDCTA for this generous donation! Value of the ticket is $150. This dinner is THE not-to-be-missed event of the …

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 …

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.”

Clinton 2012: Hillary a party wrecker?

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Not that I wouldn’t get the biggest kick out of seeing some flashy pant suits – which she Hillary-iously referred to as a the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits” (haha, oh my sides). I personally just can’t see her going through it all over again. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton faced off with Meet the Press host David Gregory …