Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Word on the Street: Young for Fletcher?

Rumor has it that the Fletcher campaign has cut a deal with Tony Young: deliver your voters for Nathan and in return Nathan's people will make it easier for Tony's transition to Sacramento or the County Board of Supervisors.

This is not as out there as it appears. Republicans have had a wire into the 4th City Council district for some time now delivering the votes that elected Horton to the Assembly and Roberts to the Board of Supervisors.

With term limits looming Tony needs somewhere to go. He has cast himself as the "reliable middle" of the debates at City Hall ensuring that he will not propose or initiate but will discuss and mediate. This keeps him out of anything controversial and makes him approachable to Republicans.  Access to Republican donors and a D behind his name make him an attractive candidate for higher office.

SDUT: Filner: 401(k) proposal is "unfair"

Filner said his forthcoming plan to solve the city’s pension woes will include several changes that won’t place all the sacrifice on public employees and won’t lead to increased taxes for residents. 

Read the story here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

LA Times: Voting districts finalized and face immediate challenges

A referendum drive to overturn the state Senate lines is being led by state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel) and Orange County businesswoman Julie Vandermost through a committee called Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting, according to Republican consultant Dave Gilliard. They may also launch a referendum on the congressional boundaries, according to Gilliard.

Read the story here.

LGBT Weekly: Did Carl DeMaio not acknowledge his gay relationship?

All the other LGBT candidates and office holders have acknowledged and proudly listed the names of their partners in past Union-Tribune interviews. Those proudly acknowledging their partners are Toni Atkins, Chris Kehoe, Todd Gloria and Kevin Beiser.  Why didn’t Carl DeMaio?

Read the commentary here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Word on the Street: Movement afoot to get Dumanis to drop out

Rumor has it that Fletcher's people are pressuring Kvaric to do what he can to get Bonnie to drop out. With Bonnie's consultant, Jennifer Tierney, out of the country until the end of the month, now would the time for such forces to act.

Should Dumanis drop out of the Mayoral race, Nathan would have a clean shot at the moderate Republicans and easily claim the center with the electorate by painting Filner and DeMaio as darlings of the political fringes.