PSA: San Diego Mayoral Election Tomorrow

From faithful commentor Hungry Joe:

Mayoral election in San Diego tomorrow — progressive Alvarez vs. conservative, same-old-same-old, developer-backed Faulconer. Walked a precinct yesterday; will do the same tomorrow, doing knock & drag from about 2pm till about 7:30 (polls close at 8:00). Going to be very, very close.

We all have to put our feet on street. Every time. I do not particularly enjoy precinct-walking; I always hate it for the first 15 minutes, then get into a groove and it’s … well, not fun, but not so bad, either, and I find it enormously gratifying once it’s done. Thing is, it’s necessary. It makes a difference. And it’s something most of us can actually do.

And if you can’t, for whatever reason, you can volunteer in the campaign offices: data entry, putting polling-place stickers on thousands of door-hangers … they’ll find something for you to do.

So if you live in Mr. TBogg’s Neighborhood, don’t forget to vote tomorrow!… and remind your friends, relatives, co-workers what’s at stake as well.

And I’ll use this post for a general bleg: Which 2014 candidates should we be supporting right now? Who could use a BJ ActBlue page, more precinct-walkers, phone-bankers, whatever?

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    Jon Gallagher says:

    Dropped the absentee ballot off Friday. The new County Operations complex is a bit tricky to get around in, so make sure you follow the signs.

    One hopeful note from former Mayor Jerry Sanders:

    “If we lose this, I think it’s really problematic for the Republican Party,” Mr. Sanders said. “The rest of the state has already been lost.”

    From your lips to FSM’s ears Mr. Mayor.

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    Emerald says:

    Oh goody. The ads will go away. So far the Rs have been hitting Alvarez with the fact that his funding comes from–gasp!–UNIONS! (run run run, flee!) and that that he’s only THIRTY-THREE!

    I dunno what’s gonna happen. Most likely it will depend on the Latino vote, as always. Maybe they’ll turn out for Alvarez. He at least has a more positive ad.

    I’d hate to see the city go back to another Doug Manchester puppet. I can’t vote though. I’m in Oceanside.


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    Hungry Joe says:

    Yeah, Bob Filner really hurt this town. On my precinct walks I’ve had several people tell me they won’t vote for Alvarez because of him. (Apparently one progressive jerk = all progressives are jerks.)

    Some people have absentee ballots they forgot to mail. If you know anyone who’s done this — and their vote is for Alvarez! — tell them that they can drop off the ballot at any polling place tomorrow from 7am to 8pm.

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    esc says:

    I dearly love being a permanent absentee ballot voter. I mailed it in with the rent at the end of the last month. My husband has to leave early tomorrow so he can vote, the sucker. I will not miss the absurd Faulconer ads either. I have been basking in the warm glow of CBC Olympic coverage in no small part to avoid them.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I’m volunteering time for Michelle Nunn, who is running for the open seat being vacated by retiring US Senator from GA, Saxby Chambliss.

    The Republican field is full of crazies (Paul Broun, Jack Kingston, and their ilk). Michelle has weak opposition in the Dem primary, but of course it would be fatal to be complacent.

    As I have said before, I think Michelle Nunn has as good a chance as any Democrat of winning this seat. It’s very far from being a gimme, but if the Repubs eat themselves alive and spend a lot of resources in the primary, I do think Michelle has a powerful opportunity to start turning Georgia purple again.

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    Baud says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    I’ve had several people tell me they won’t vote for Alvarez because of him. (Apparently one progressive jerk = all progressives are jerks.)

    I wouldn’t necessarily assume that those people are being honest.

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    Baud says:

    How about whoever is running against Kasich and Scott Walker?

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    Roger Moore says:

    The other big thing about Nunn is that even one unexpected pickup for the Democrats makes it much less likely that the Republicans will take over the Senate. Even if she loses, a strong campaign there will soak off Republican resources that the could use to go on the attack elsewhere. Make the Republicans defend every seat, even the ones they think ought to be safe.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Yes, I agree with every word.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @Baud: Yeah, good point. It’s the kind of thing you have to slough off when you’re doing the Walk — I don’t think anybody is used to people yelling nasty/mean things at them — but it gets to you (me). Encountering smart, friendly, engaged people helps a lot, though.

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    @Howard Beale IV:

    Oop, sorry. I’ve been out all day, and didn’t see that.

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    Josie says:

    @Hungry Joe: Yep, it’s correct.

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    max says:

    Which 2014 candidates should we be supporting right now?

    Well, there’s always my man Rob Zerban, running again against Paul Ryan, but there’s that other Dem who might be in the race. (Zerban ran very well against Ryan, so I’d like him to give it another shot. Although he would be most likely to win in 2016.)

    [‘You go election in the year you’re in, not the one you want to be in.’]

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @Josie: HA! I took it out at the last second. I’m gutless, and thus glory-less.

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    Emerald says:

    And on the local news tonight, top story: Settlement reached in Filner case.

    Oh yeah, they know what they’re doing.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Well, shit happens, and this place gets busy.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    The worst I had was a guy who set his dog on me back in ’04. The ‘funny’ part was he had been identified as a Kerry voter so it was a friendly visit. The most frustrating was in ’68, I ran into so may Dems that were refusing to vote for HHH either because he was ‘tied to LBJ and the war’ or because he was ‘tied to the hippies’. Ir was maddening listening to the pure ignorance.

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    jibeaux says:

    Well, there’s Sen. Kay Hagan (D-ish, NC) defending her seat, she’s the #1 Koch target this year. She picked up the seat in the ’08 awesomeness from Liddy Dole when the Dems didn’t really expect to win it. She’s about as milquetoast a Dem as you can find, but as always light years better than the alternatives. It’s mostly a matter of whether she can hold it in a lower turnout year.
    I really wish Dems could master populism at anywhere approaching the level of Sherrod Brown, but she’s what we’ve got and she’s a fuckton better than Thom Tillis.
    Or, if you’re feeling edgy, there’s Clay Aiken running for the House.

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    janeform says:

    Pam Byrnes in MI-07 and Paul Clements in MI-06, both running against noxious incumbents — Tim Walberg and Fred Upton. These are winnable districts.

    edited for grammar

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    raven says:

    @Schlemizel: Come on, Hube the Cube was going to continue asshole LBJ’s policy in the Nam. Fuck em all,Trickster included.

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    SectionH says:

    I just missed the deadline to register to vote in San Diego in this election. We found the condo we’re buying the last day to register, and though we made an offer and it was accepted same day, there was no way we could legally register until the usual mountain of paperwork got done. At least my son and many of his friends are working hard to help elect Alvarez.

    Mr S won’t be changing his voter reg to California until after he can vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes against (spits) Mitch McConnell (spits). We’ve voted against Mitch 5 or 6 times already. This time, just maybe…

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Conservative group files civil rights suit against Wisconsin investigators….

    I see they’re getting worried. The investigators must be about to hit skeletons.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Roger Moore: That was my thinking as well.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Gotta fight hard for the Senate in 2014. To me, this means gunning hard for the 2 races (Georgia and Kentucky) where we have a not-impossible shot of stealing a seat from the Republicans. In terms of defense, I would write off SD and very nearly AR and WV (I don’t think Pryor has a shot, especially compared to someone who is reasonably young and charismatic like Cotton. As for WV, Capito Moore has all the name recognition, and while Tennant is as good a recruit as we can get, I don’t think it will be close) but fight like hell in the rest of our red states. Landrieu has made a name for herself winning tough, close races her entire career, and I think Begich is well-positioned to hold on no matter who he faces (and he has name rec). Hagan really needs to step up her game, though (this should be like shooting barrel in a fish – just point to what is going on at the state leg level and say that is what will happen federally), and Walsh needs to get up and running quickly. Democrats know how to win in Montana, so even though Daines is a nominally strong opponent (wasn’t Rehberg, too?), this is winnable.

    It will help us immensely if we can hold the Senate for the last 2 years of Obama’s presidency, because we should be able to pick off very winnable seats in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Hampshire in a presidential year.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @SectionH: After Mr. S votes against (spits) Mitch McConnell (spits) one more time, he (and you) will have plenty of chances to vote against (spits) the San Diego GOP machine (spits). San Diego turned just barely blue a few years ago, and the county is now (even more just barely) blue, so you’ve arrived at a good time.

    A good primer is “Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See” (Nation Books), a thorough, well-researched history of the city’s economic and labor history, by Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew — local city college professors and (full disclosure) friends of mine, and Mike Davis.

    It’s a harrowing book. Emma Goldman, for example, was run out of town, and her partner was literally tarred and feathered and dumped out in the middle of nowhere; it broke his spirit and his health.

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    Eat a bag of salted dicks Poppa Doug.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Thank you, R & S. From your lips to the FSM’s noodly ears.

    (Why salted? Shouldn’t he have to eat them plain?)

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    Schlemizel says:

    @raven: Yeah, exactly that sort of misinformation about his position was the thing that got me riled up.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Roger Moore: or they’re going to go for Citizen’s United 2, in which the distinction between donors and campaigns completely disappears for the wealthy, while anyone else is gagged.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @SectionH: I’m actually quietly optimistic about Grimes’ chances here. She has run a pretty decent campaign with no serious challengers and Yertle has Bevin breathing down is neck. That race could get fun. Put that against Nunn in Georgia and it gets REALLY interesting.

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    @Hungry Joe: thanks for the walking. Hope you and yours are well

    Either way will work.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Back at you.

    We should have another SD Juicer meetup.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @PsiFighter37: I realize Pryor is a Walton lapdog, but coming out against raising the minimum wage was political malpractice.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Hill Dweller: For all the ‘great political instincts’ that I am told red-state Democrats must have, that sure was stupid of him.

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    GregB says:

    OT also.

    Apparently there’s trouble in Bitcoin Land.


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @GregB: Oh dear.

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    jibeaux says:

    @GregB: My favorite understatement from that story is

    “The market may be realizing that there are issues which are specific to these forms of currencies.”

    and my favorite overstatement is

    The bitcoin in recent months started to gain wider acceptance, with and the Sacramento Kings basketball team both saying they would begin to accept the currency.

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    divF says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Hi, Hungry –

    If you’re still listening, good luck tomorrow.

    The Mike Davis who coauthored this book is the author of two great politico-sociological studies of Southern California, “City of Quartz” and “Ecology of Fear”. I’ll have to take a look at this book on San Diego, as well.

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    JoyfulA says:

    In Pennsylvania, the state Democratic committee met over the weekend and declined to endorse, which is great. I believe in open primaries and haven’t made up my mind on which of the seven candidates I want to replace Tom Corbett as governor. The one antichoice Dem dropped out last week.

    Nothing on for the Senate here until 2016.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    This is the kind of stuff that is going drag on Scott Walker as the year goes on.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @divF: Yeah, those are amazing books. Davis is kind of a force of nature.

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    SectionH says:

    @Hungry Joe: and @divF: thanks for the book recs. I’ll look for them. My son and husband, both serious political junkies, will be interested too.

    Quick anecdote, though the thread is probably dead: we were having a moving sale this past weekend, and Lo and Behold! who should come to the door but our current mayor, Sam Abed, who is rumored to be Joe Arpaio’s BFF. Asking politely for our votes. That’s a new one on me. I was in no position to explain what I really would like to see in a mayor of Escondido, and didn’t bother to tell him we’re out of here next week, but when I come up for air, I will be interested to see how that race is shaking out.

    And yes, we should have another SD meet up.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SectionH: When I was a young Cub Scout inthe Chicago suburbs in the ’70s (let’s call it ’74-’75ish), IL Governor Dan Walker swanned into one of our events. I was the first person he greeted. He stuck out his hand at the approximately 10 y/o me and boomed, “Hi, I am Dan Walker.” While not an introvert, I can be a bit reserved – at ten, this was rather stunning ( he came, of course, came with reporters and photogs). I managed to say, “I am Omnes Omnibus” and shook his hand – then adults showed up.

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    Linda says:


    According to polls, Allison is slightly ahead. Could this really be the year we get rid of Mitch.

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