Politics

REPUBLICANS ATTACK OBAMA AND EACH OTHER AT 2ND GOP DEBATE

 

Key differences emerge in foreign policy stances

By Miriam Raftery

September 18,2015 (Simi Valley) -- Eleven Republican presidential candidates held their second debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley:  real estate tycoon Donald Trump, Senators Marco Rubio (Florida), Rand Paul (Kentucky), and Ted Cruz (Texas); ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush, current Governors Scott Walker (Wisconsin), Chris Christie (New Jersey), and John Kasich (Ohio), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and Hewlett Packard’s ex-CEO Carly Fiorina. The debate was hosted by CNN.

On some issues the candidates held similar stances.  All want to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare and seal the U.S.-Mexico border.  But some key differences emerged in their positions on foreign policy, with some calling for boots-on-the-ground troops in the Middle East and others warning of the dangers of such intervention. Candidates also had diverse stances on the Iran nuclear concern. Candidates’ views also differed on economic issues, Social Security and more.  View the transcript of the full 3-hour debate here or scroll down for highlights of the Republican debate, as well as responses from leading Democratic candidates.

FORMER AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON TO SPEAK AT CA REPUBLICAN CONVENTION AFTER SCOTT WALKER BACKS OUT

 

September 16, 2015 (Anaheim)--The California Republican Party announced that former Ambassador John Bolton would headline the CRP 2015 Fall Convention Saturday Dinner Banquet on September 19 at the Anaheim Marriott. Ambassador Bolton was chosen to replace Scott Walker at the Saturday Dinner Banquet when the Governor withdrew to focus his efforts on the early primary states.

FEINSTEIN URGES PASSAGE OF WILDFIRE DISASTER FUNDING ACT

 

September 16, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Wildfires, unlike  earthquakes or hurricanes, are not funded as natural disasters---and the money to fight devastating fires is running out.  Now as wildfires ravage our state, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, has issued a statement urging Congress to pass the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. Here is her statement in full:

MAJORITY OF SUPERVISORS VOTE TO SETTLE CLAIMS FILED BY DAVE ROBERTS’ STAFFERS

 

 

Roberts issues response to settlement decision

East County News Service

File photo by Nadin Abbott

September 15, 2015 (San Diego) – Today, the majority of County Supervisors voted to pay $310,000 to settle claims filed by three ex-staff members against Supervisor Dave Roberts. 

In a prepared statement, Supervisors indicated they determined the settlement to be “in the best interest of taxpayers” and said Roberts “at a minimum, showed poor judgment.” The statement added that “although not conclusive, the investigative material surrounding the inappropriate use of County funds, promoting a hostile work environment, an alleged bribe, campaigning on County time, improper use of a County vehicle and retaliation against District 3 staff members is significant and a matter of concern for the Board of Supervisors.”

Asked his response, Roberts, who has consistently denied the staffers' allegations, provided East County Magazine with the following statement:

POLITICAL WRANGLING: SPUNK, BLUSTER AND BACKBONE ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

By Buck Schott

September 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Who’s talking about issues people care about on the presidential campaign trail--and who's trashing whom?  Who’s showing some backbone, and who’s breaking from the herd?  Which candidate is trouncing Trump in a saucy new ad—and which climate-denying candidate got a science lesson from our own California governor?

Find these juicy details and more in this week’s column, as well as an update on who’s in, who’s out, and who will be onstage at the upcoming debates.

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS WITHOUT FIX REQUIRED BY FEDS FOR MEDI-CAL FUNDING

 

 

Senator Joel Anderson urges Governor to veto spending for preschool and protecting Monarch butterflies, calls for money to be used on services for disabled,Medi-Cal providers and in-home support services

By Miriam Raftery

September 14, 2015 (Sacramento)—The state Legislature adjourned without approving a change required by the federal government to avoid losing $1.1 billion in Medi-Cal funding.  Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers, with each blaming the other.

ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING AT ISSUE AS BUDGET DEADLINE LOOMS

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The federal government will run out of money on September 30th if a funding resolution is not passed.  Some Republicans are threatening a shutdown of the government unless Planned Parenthood is defunded completely due to controversy over use of fetal tissue from abortions--even though the law already prohibits use of federal funds for abortions.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE 2016: THE RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN

 

Part IV: Rick Perry and Scott Walker

Miriam Raftery, Devoreo Bell, and Juwan Armostrong contributed to this series.

Update Sept. 11, 2015:  Rick Perry announced he has suspended his presidential campaign.

September 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – In part IV of our series on the 2015 presidential race, we profile Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, both Republicans who are among the most controversial contenders in this race. One is indicted on criminal charges of political favoritism,  the other survived a recall election over his anti-labor actions.

A FRESH LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF LA MESA: LA MESA CONVERSATIONS

 

New public discussion series considers water, public safety, downtown redevelopment and urban issues central to city’s future ; first meeting Sept. 23

September 8, 2015 (La Mesa – La Mesa Conversations, a new civic group organized as a volunteer committee, announced a new series of public programs and social events today. The Committee’s objective is to broaden, enrich and invigorate La Mesa’s civic dialogue on issues of enduring importance to residents citywide.

DISABILITIES ACTIVITIES RALLY IN SAN DIEGO, SACRAMENTO URGING RESTORATION OF FUNDING CUTS

 

East County News Service

Photo: People with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers rally outside Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ office in San Diego on September 1st.

September 6, 2015 (San Diego)—Over 24,000 people with developmental disabilities in San Diego and Imperial Counties rely on state services to survive.  Yet California’s funding levels have fallen to the lowest in the nation, according to the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA).

PUBLIC HEARING RECORDS AND VIDEOS IN CALIFORNIA CAN’T BE COPYRIGHTED, JUDGE RULES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2015 (San Diego) – A federal judge has ruled that citizens in California have the right to post video clips of  public hearings, dismissing the city of Inglewood’s claims of copyright violation as without merit.

The case involved YouTube videos posted by Joseph Teixeira, an Inglewood resident, who included short clips of official videos from city council hearings along with critical commentary.

DRONE ZONES: BILLS ADVANCE IN CA TO CRACKDOWN ON UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2015 (Sacramento) - An estimated 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the U.S. this year to hobbyists –a 63% increase over last year, the Consumer Electronics Association reports.   Now the California Legislature is scrambling to enact laws to restrict some uses of those drones after numerous complaints of safety and privacy concerns.

“GOLDEN STATE STANDARDS” BILL ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE; SENATOR ANDERSON SPEAKS OUT TO OPPOSE MEASURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2015 (Sacramento)—Senate Bill 350 aspires to set new standards for renewable energy in California that the authors day will grow the state’s economy and improve public health by cutting petroleum use, increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings. But opponents contend that raising taxes on gas and vehicle users’ fees would create economic hardship for some Californians.

CA DEMOCRATS PASS RESOLUTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BLACK LIVES MATTER AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

 

East County News Service

August 24, 2015 (San Diego) – At the California Democratic Party’s e-board meeting last weekend in Burlingame, Chairman John Burton welcomed Tom Steyer, co-founder of NextGen Climate, who gave a riveting speech on the work of the California environmental movement driving change nationwide.  “The world looks to California to see what the future will bring,” Steyer said at the Saturday luncheon. View  video of speech.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FIORINA, GOVERNOR BROWN, TRADE BARBS OVER WILDFIRES, DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE ON "MEET THE PRESS"

 

East County News Service, courtesy of NBC News “Meet the Press”

August 24, 2015 (San Diego)--Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina spoke with “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on a variety of issues, including the California drought.  Below is an excerpt of her remarks, including her response to criticisms of her stance raised by Governor Jerry Brown.

WHITE HOUSE RACE 2016: THE RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN

 

Part III:  Latino contenders Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

A series by Miriam Raftery, Devoreo Bell and Juwan Armstrong

 

August 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –Winning the general election would be a daunting task for Republicans without support from the growing number of Latino voters across the U.S.  Two of the Republican contenders have Hispanic roots that could be a draw among Latinos, though their stances on immigration and deportation issues are largely at odds with the views of the major immigrant rights groups.  But there are key differences in their positions on core Latino issues, as well as a wide range of other topics. 

ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHIRLEY WEBER PARTICIPATES IN DINE AND DIALOGUE

 

By Janis Russell

August 17, 2015 (El Cajon)- On Friday August 14, the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd Dine and Dialogue with Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who spoke on issues including education, social justice, health care,  business opportunities , the minimum wage, and the state budget.

POLITICAL WRANGLING: HYPOCRITES AND EXTREMISTS ABOUND ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

By Buck Shott

August 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—As the presidential candidates court voters in America’s heartland in Iowa this week, it almost seems as if the current crop of presidential wannabes are competing to see who can be the most outrageous, extreme, or scandal-prone.

STATE SUED OVER FAILURE TO DISCLOSE RECORDS ON ENGLISH LEARNER STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2015 (Sacramento)--California’s Department of Education is being sued for denying access to records on the number of students who are English language learners.  The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and Public Counsel has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court to obtain the records pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

VOTER'S WATCHDOG: HUESO BILL TO BOOST VOTER TURNOUT GOES TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2015 (San Diego)--State Senator Ben Hueso, a Democrat from the San Diego region, announced this week that Senate Bill 415, a measure that will dramatically increase voter turnout in local elections, passed the State Senate on a 26-12 vote and is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.   Local governments with voter turnout 25% less than the average turnout in that city will be required to consolidate their elections with state elections.

LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES BRIAN JONES AND RANDY VOEPEL SPEAK OUT AT 2ND CHALDEAN CHAMBER'S "MEET YOUR CANDIDATE" EVENT

 

By Janis Russell

August 17, 2015 (La Mesa)- The San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce hosted its second Meet Your Candidates event at Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza in La Mesa on August 5. The speakers were Assemblyman Brian Jones, who is running for Senator Joel Anderson’s seat, and 71st state Assembly district candidate Randy Voepel, who has been Mayor  and served on Santee’s city council since 2000. Voepel is running against Mike Harrison, who currently serves on Duncan D. Hunter, and Tony Teora, an engineer. (Harrison spoke at a prior Chamber event and Teora is invited for the future.)

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS PARTICIPATES IN DINE AND DIALOGUE

 

 

By Janis Russell

August 9, 2015 (El Cajon)- Last Friday, July 31, the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce hosted the first of its Dine and Dialogue series with Congresswoman Susan Davis.

WHITE HOUSE RACE 2016: THE RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN

 

Part II: The Mavericks: Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul, and Lincoln Chafee

A series by Miriam Raftery, Devoreo Bell and Juwan Armstrong

August 8, 2015 – the 2016 run for the White House includes some maverick candidates outside the traditional political track.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was an independent and avowed democratic socialist before declaring his run for the presidency as a Democrat. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a Libertarian-leaning Republican on some issues, though not all, following in the footsteps of his Libertarian-turned-Republican father, former presidential candidate Ron Paul.  Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee was a liberal Republican before changing parties to run as a Democrat for the presidency.

GOP EFFORT TO STRIP FUNDS FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD BLOCKED BY SENATE; REPUBLICANS THREATEN TO SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT

 

East County News Service

August 4, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – A Republican-backed bill to stop all funding for Planned Parenthood nationwide has been blocked by Senate Democrats, falling seven votes short of the 50 needed or passage. Next up, the Republican leadership is threatening to shut down the government if funding the budget includes funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides birth control, mammograms, Pap smears and other women’s health services in addition to abortions.

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TONY ATKINS SPEAKS AUG. 5 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

August 4, 2015 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will host the Speaker of the California State Assembly Toni Atkins at a special August 5 meeting. The Speaker will cover a wide range of topics including a legislative update and how San Diegans can and will be affected by the new state budget. Speaker Atkins will also discuss a new state law that she sponsored,  mandating that Residential Care Facilities carry liability insurance. 

 The Wednesday night meeting will start with social time at 6:30 p.m.and program at 7 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive (just north of University Avenue).

WHITE HOUSE RACE 2016: THE RUN FOR THE ROSE GARDEN

 

East County News Service

 

Devoreo Bell, Juwan Armstrong and Miriam Raftery contributed to this series.

Part 1:  Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton (most prominent political pedigrees) and Donald Trump (the show horse)

August 3, 2015 (Washington D.C.) -- The 2016 presidential candidates are off and running. It’s a crowded race, with over two dozen contenders vying for the ultimate winner’s circle.  Over the next couple of weeks, East County Magazine will run a “Race for the White House” series profiling the candidates.

Our series opens with frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, two seasoned entries with long political pedigrees, and “show horse” Donald Trump who’s been grabbing media headlines and moving up in the polls. Later we’ll highlight mavericks such as Rand Paul and  Bernie Sanders,  each drawing populist followings for talking about issues like civil liberties and the wealth gap largely ignored by party power-brokers.  Finally, we’ll have coverage of the pack of other prominent contenders, plus some dark horses hoping to pull off an upset win.  For each candidate, we’ll give you  biographical highlights, stances on key issues, controversies, and fascinating facts as these contenders bolt out of the starting gate and run for the roses—the White House rose garden, that is.  Plus, we’ll check with pollsters and odds makers to see how they’re handicapping this important race—so keep an eye out for each installment in our “Race for the Whitehouse” 2016 coverage.

Click "read more" and scroll down to learn more about Bush, Clinton and Trump.

SAN DIEGANS “FEEL THE BERN”

By Leon Thompson

Photos by Nadin Abbott,  Reporting San Diego

August 3, 2015 (San Diego) – Insurgent presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign is setting records for huge crowds even in places thought to be conservative strongholds.    Sanders, a Vermont Senator, drew more than 100,000 people at rallies nationwide including 29 rallies in San Diego County that drew thousands of local people, with 500 at the largest San Diego rally at the North Park Observatory Theater.

His unapologetically liberal message repeated at every stop is “This great nation deserves to be run by the people, not a handful of billionaires.”  Sander wants to increase Social Security and raise the minimum wage. 

TEORA ANNOUNCES ASSEMBLY RUN: SEEKS “RESTORE LOCAL CONTROL BILL” TO HELP RURAL RESIDENTS, ALSO BACKS INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESESS TO BRING JOBS TO OUR REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview: http://kiwi6.com/file/kt18gznf91

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July 31, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –Julian resident Tony Teora announced on East County Magazine’s radio show on KNSJ that he will be running for the 71st Assembly seat, which is open due to Brian Jones stepping down due to term limits.

Teora, a Republican, considers himself a “maverick” and a moderate candidate. “We have politicans today who are controlled by special interests,” he says adding that too often, elected officials vote against the interests of constituents,he says.

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