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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE REPUBLICANS MARCH TO THE LAND OF OZ

By Daniel J. Smiechowski

December 3, 2012 (San Diego)--Locally in San Diego, as well as nationally, the Republican Party is on its way to the Land of Oz. We're not in Kansas anymore, says Dorothy to Toto. Federalists and Whigs and Republicans, oh my! Yes Wizard, demographics do count and America's GOP better not hide behind the curtain.

REPUBLICANS KEEP CONTROL OF HOUSE, BUT DEMOCRATS SEE SOME GAINS

By Nadin Abbott

November 7, 2012 (San Diego)—While Democrats failed to retake control of the United States House of Representatives, right now seats by party are at Republican 232, and Democratic at 191, with 12 seats still not decided. Among those not decided is San Diego’s own 52nd District contest between Scott Peters (D) and Congressman Brian Bilbray (R), where Peters now leads by a narrow margin.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE OCT. 11 PRESENTS UNIQUE CHALLENGES FOR JOE BIDEN AND PAUL RYAN

Courtesy of the University of Missouri

October 8, 2012 (Columbia, Missouri) – With near record viewership for the first presidential debate, expectations are now unusually high for the one and only vice presidential debate on Oct. 11 between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan.

Mitchell McKinney, University of Missouri associate professor of communication and internationally recognized scholar of presidential debates, points out that vice presidential debates present unique challenges for the vice presidential candidates and these debates function very differently than their presidential counterparts. Key features that typically characterize the vice presidential debate include:

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE VIEWING PARTY IN LA MESA OCT. 3

Local Democratic candidates will also be on hand

September 27, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club will sponsor a 2012 Presidential Debate Watch Party at the La Mesa Community Center on Wednesday, October 3rd, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The Club has arranged to have a large screen TV to view the faceoff between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

LOCAL DEMOCRATS “WELCOME” MITT ROMNEY TO SAN DIEGO

By Nadin Abbott

September 23, 2012 (Del Mar)-- Democrats gathered on the off ramp of Ted Williams Parkway at Carmel Country Road, waving protest signs as Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s motorcade passed by yesterday.

Among the crowd of about 50 people were veterans, senior citizens and workers, a cross-section of the “47 percent” slammed by Romney in remarks caught on video released last week. In the video, recorded secretly at a fundraiser with wealthy donors, Romney denigrated the 47 percent of Americans who receive some form of government assistance (including Social Security retirees, the military, disabled and poor Americans) as well as those who pay no taxes.

IGNORANT COMMENTS ON RAPE BY GOP SENATE CANDIDATE SPARK NATIONAL FUROR

 

 Amid controversy, Republican Party adopts platform calling for ban on all abortions, including rape victims
 
By Nadin Abbott
 
August 22, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – A U.S. Senate candidate’s false belief that  pregnancies from rape are rare has sparked national outrage.  The incident also reveals fissures in the Republican party-drawing attention to the party’s new plank calling for all abortions to be outlawed—and revealing just how unpopular the  party’s extremist platform is with women. 

PETERS HOLDS SLIM LEAD OVER SALDANA IN CLOSE RACE TO BATTLE BILBRAY

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – He’s a winner, yet perhaps the biggest loser in San Diego’s June primary election. Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray captured just 41.30% of the vote—first place, enough to secure his spot in the fall run-off, but not exactly a decisive victory for an incumbent legislator. Worse from Bilbray’s point of view, his two strongest competitors—both Democrats—combined to take over 45% of the vote.  

 

RISING STARS TO GADFLIES IN THE 79TH ASSEMBLY CONTEST

 

 
(Analysis for East County Magazine)
 
By E.A. Barrera
 
May 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- With only days left in the 2012 primary season, no contest reflects the nature of modern California politics better then the race in the 79th Assembly District. The new California Primary system is in place this year, forcing all candidates of any party to run in what are now quasi-municipal elections. No single party may field a candidate for the fall, and the top two vote-getters of the primary-- no matter the party--will face each other in a run-off election this November.

 

STEINER BRINGS A “NEW APPROACH” TO THE RACE FOR 77TH ASSEMBLY

 
By Janis Mork
 
May 30, 2012 (San Diego)- One of four candidates will succeed Nathan Fletcher when he leaves the Assembly. Republican Dustin Steiner is one candidate who hopes to represent the newly redrawn 77th District, which includes inland communities such as Tierrasanta, Scripps Ranch, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo, as well as coastal communities in Del Mar. View a map of the district: http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/voters/Eng/maps/AssemblySDCountyMap.jpg

9 CANDIDATES VIE FOR BILBRAY’S SEAT IN CONGRESS

 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- Nine candidates are in the running for the redrawn 52nd Congressional district seat currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray. Eight of them answered a detailed questionnaire provided by the Pomerado News--all but Bilbray himself, who failed to respond to questions.

 

THE WILL POWER REPORT: HOW ELEPHANTS LOST THEIR VOICE

 

Nothing but the truth!

By Will Power

April 8, 2012 (San Diego)--Long before the time of man, all animals used to talk.  And they talked with each other, not just squirrels to squirrels and lions to lions. In fact, the animals did a lot of bitching and moaning behind each other’s back, which started all the trouble, as it usually does.

SALDAÑA REISSUES CHALLENGE TO CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES TO MAKE TAXES PUBLIC

 

March 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- As April 15 approaches and San Diegans prepare to pay their income taxes, Lori Saldaña, the Democratic frontrunner of the 52nd Congressional District, repeated her challenge to the other candidates to release their tax returns.
 
Since issuing her original challenge on February 22nd, Saldaña is the only one of ten candidates who has made her taxes public. The leading Republican contender, Brian Bilbray, has agreed to release his returns, but has not done so.

 

POLITICAL WRANGLING: BATTLEGROUND CALIFORNIA, ENDORSEMENTS IN LOCAL RACES, & A WILD CARD ENTERS A KEY CONGRESSIONAL RACE

 

By Buck Shott
 
March 18, 2012 (San Diego) – California is shaping up as a potential battleground state in the Republican Primary. That’s right, the state known for its progressive politics and many Latino voters may be choosing a nominee for the party that’s been accused of waging a war on women and minorities.  

READER’S EDITORIAL: CAN REPUBLICANS WIN THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT THE HISPANIC VOTE?

 
By Patrick Osio
 
March 16, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Surely the Republican Party knows that it will be most difficult to occupy the White House without a significant percentage of Hispanic votes. Why then are two of the leading candidates seeking the nomination taking such anti-Hispanic positions, particularly front runner Mitt Romney?  Romney must know that his flip-flops on positions affecting the Hispanic community are disconcerting and unsympathetic to the feelings of the great majority of Hispanics throughout the country.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

March 2, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:    
 
 
 
 
  
LOCAL 
  • Mayor: City’s structural deficit over (10 News)
  • San Diego has most expensive gas in nation (UT San Diego)
  • Low rainfall may mean more local conservation (10 News)
  • Get to know new District 9 candidates: Speak City Heights (Voice of San Diego)
  • Teen struck by trolley was becoming ‘man of integrity’ mentor says ; has shown improvement from brain injury (La Mesa Patch)
  • Case shows flaws at special police force (UT San Diego)
  • Boy accused of killing friend receiving ‘extraordinary care’ (10 News)
  • Heroin use jumps 229 percent amongst county’s young adults (Santee Patch)
  • Refugee moms and their American daughters bond through cooking (KPBS)
 
STATE 
  • Consumer advocates, unions back healthcare ballot measures (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Republican party endorses auto rates initiative (Sacramento Bee)
  • Fewer than 1 in 3 California registered Republican (Sacramento Bee)
  • Democrats want to extend guaranteed retirement savings to private sector (Sacramento Bee)
  • Investigation alleges abuse cover-up at California centers for the disabled (KPBS)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.  

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FORUM FEB. 4 IN ALPINE


February 1, 2012 (Alpine)—Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates running against incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter will be squaring off at a candidate forum on Saturday, February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. 

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES CHALLENGE HUNTER ON HIS RECORD

By Jeremy Los
 
Dec. 13, 2011- The “failed” leadership of Congressman Duncan Hunter was the topic of discussion Wednesday night at the Ramona Forum.  Candidates in both the Democratic and Republican party vying to unseat the incumbent Congressman in the newly created 50th district introduced themselves to the voting public—and took shots at Hunter’s record.  
  
 

SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON TO HOST HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 7

November 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Senator Joel Anderson is inviting the local community to a holiday open house, Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8 pm. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.


The holiday season is a time to reflect on the experiences of the past year and this open house will provide legislative updates. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided (Paid For With Private Funds, Not Tax Dollars). RSVPs are requested to ensure there are enough hors d’oeuvres and refreshment.

WILL POWER REPORT: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

 

Nothing but the truth! 
            By Will Power 

Ju

ly 17, 2011 (San Diego)--The Republican right wing, sitting on record profits from dividends, bonuses, and tax cuts for the rich, are screaming Obama has not provided any new jobsYet not a single Congressional bill has addresses jobs, hiring, retention, or outsourcing of jobs.  The rich "job providers", sitting on piles of cash, are not interested in sharing their new-found profits with the working poor. Why would they?

It's Congress, not the President, that must address joblessness.
 

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