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Stories for March 13, 2012

Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi Primaries

March 13
Associated Press
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Rick Santorum has swept the GOP's fight for the South, winning Alabama and Mississippi.

State, Federal Officials Eying Delta Water Tunnel

March 13
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The debate is heating up over whether California should build an underground tunnel or peripheral canal to transport water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. A State Senate committee held a hearing Tuesday.

Nick Popaditch (R)

March 13
www.popaditchforcongress.com

Nick Popaditch was born on July 2, 1967 in East Chicago, Indiana and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18. He would spend the next 3 years rotating between Okinawa, South Korea, mainland Japan, and Camp Pendleton California. During that time, Nick became a Tank Commander.

Susan Davis (D)

March 13
www.susandavisforcongress.com

Congresswoman Susan A. Davis has served the heart of San Diego in Congress since 2000, when she was one of only four Democratic challengers in the nation to defeat a Republican incumbent. Since then, she has consistently won re-election with over two thirds of the vote.

Top Elections Official Warns Of Problems With Postal Closures

March 13
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network
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California Secretary of State Debra Bowen says she’s asking the U.S. Postal Service for a moratorium on closing 14 mail processing facilities until after the November election.

Bernard Portley (R)

March 13
No information available.

No information available.

Xanthi Gionis (R)

March 13
www.votexanthigionis.com

Xanthi Gionis, is the daughter of immigrants who came to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream. Xanthi believes very strongly in that Dream and if elected to U.S. Congress in 2012 is determined to bring back the American Dream once again.

Michael Benoit (L)

March 13
www.michaelbenoit.org

During these tough economic times, Californians need a leader in Congress who can genuinely represent them because they’re in touch with The People. An effective Congressional leader must know what it feels like to be unemployed, or underemployed.

Michael Crimmins (R)

March 13
www.crimminsforcongress.com

Michael Crimmins retired from the active duty Marine Corps following a twenty-one year career that spanned Vietnam through the completion of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

Terri Linnell (R)

March 13
linnellforcongress.com

Terri Linnell, mother of 3 and the wife of a construction worker, has a Bachelor’s in Business from CSU San Marcos and Associates in Electronic Technology. She has researched housing, the economy, politics, and the Constitution in order to predict and prepare herself, her family, and other families.

Juan Vargas (D)

March 13
www.votevargas.com

Juan was born the third son of ten children on March 7, 1961, in National City, California. Tomas and Celina Vargas, Juan's parents, moved to the United States from Mexico in the late 1940s as part of the Bracero Program and raised their children on a chicken ranch.

Duncan Hunter (R)

March 13
www.hunterforcongress.com

Duncan D. Hunter currently represents California’s 52nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, consisting mainly of East San Diego County.

Daniel Ramirez (D)

March 13
www.ourcampaigns.com

Pro-life Democrat. Hispanic. Owner, San Diego AutoMart, Calexico, CA, 1975-2002. Owner, Mission Car Wash, Calexico, CA, 1968-1999. E-4, United States Marine Corps, 1964, 1967.

David Secor (D)

March 13
davidsecorforcongress.com

Dave was born in Washington state, and raised in his family's home area of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. His father worked in the Montreal mine, an underground iron mine that was a major source of employment for the region.

Denise Moreno Ducheny (D)

March 13
www.dmduchenyforcongress.com

Denise Moreno Ducheny has spent most of her life fighting for working men and women and standing up for her family, her constituents and her community.

John Brooks (D)

March 13
www.brooksforcongress.org/

Public and community service is a tradition in my family. I come from a family filled with veterans and union workers. I served my country proudly for 30 years in the United States Department of the Interior, retiring as a Special Agent.

In South, GOP Voters Balance Faith, Defeating Obama

March 13
Russell Lewis, NPR
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At a forum Monday night in Birmingham, Ala., Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich vied for last-minute support ahead of Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Values, religion and the legitimacy of President Obama were on voters' minds.

Connie Frankowiak (D)

March 13
No information available.

No information available.

KPBS To Host 52nd Congressional District Debate

March 13
Midday Edition
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The three major candidates for the newly redrawn 52nd Congressional District will join in a debate held at KPBS Television studios on Wednesday at noon.

Albin Novinec (NPP)

March 13
www.time2takebackamerica.com

I am running for Congressman for the 49th district of California. I have children and grandchildren, as many of us do, and I want to make sure the United States doesn't end up like many other countries in the world. We as a nation are at the brink of bankruptcy, what will we leave our children if this happens?

Dick Eiden (NPP)

March 13
www.eiden4congress.net

I have been a political activist on and off — mostly on — since I was an undergraduate at Mt. San Antonio College in 1965 when I became involved in the anti-war and civil rights movements. My activism increased during my years at UC Santa Barbara, where I graduated in 1967 with a BA in Political Science. From there I studied law at UCLA, and received my JD in 1970.

Calif. GOP Lawmakers Respond To LA Teacher Arrests

March 13
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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Republican state lawmakers are introducing legislation that would speed up the process California school districts use to fire teachers. It's a response to arrests of several Los Angeles Unified School District teachers on sexual misconduct charges.

Darrell Issa (R)

March 13
www.issaforcongress.com

As the Chairman of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, Congressman Darrell Issa directs the investigative and legislative agenda of the Committee. Issa also serves on the House Judiciary Committee.

Jerry Tetalman (D)

March 13
www.jerryforcongress2012.com

Jerry first became politically active as a high school student in Cleveland, Ohio, when he participated in the protest movement to end the Vietnam War. Even after being assaulted by fellow students, he continued undeterred.

No Donations Needed This Year For City Fire Rings

March 13
City News Service
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The city of San Diego will be able to fund maintenance of its beach fire rings without private donations for the first time in more than three years, according to the mayor's office.

County Requests Documentation Of San Pasqual Acheivements

March 13
City News Service

‎The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to have county staff document the success of the county-run San Pasqual Academy for foster youth, amid rumblings of upcoming state legislation to reform residential programs.

Shirley DeCourt Park (D) and John Subka (R)

March 13

No information was available for either candidate.

High Radiation Readings At San Clemente May Be False

March 13
By Alison St John
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High Geiger counter readings were found on San Clemente beach during a recent anti-nuclear protest. The report has spread across North County communities. One expert who regularly monitors the area says the readings are wrong.

John Subka (R)

March 13

No information available.

John Stahl (R)

March 13
www.stahl4congress.com

John K Stahl has decided to run for Congress in order to reestablish the American Dream for current and future generations. He is a former Naval Aviator and Distinguished Naval Graduate who volunteered to serve his country in uniform for six years.

Ehab Shehata (NPP)

March 13
shehataforcongress.sharepoint.com

The Constitution of the United States is not merely a historical document, but rather it is the foundation for the rule of law that governs our democracy and limits the powers of government. Individual rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are protected by the Constitution against potential infringements by government. Protecting the Constitution involves protecting the liberty of all Americans. One cannot differentiate between social and economic liberties when interpreting the Constitution, since an erosion of one will eventually lead to erosion of the other.

Lori Saldana (D)

March 13
lori4congress.com

Despite the highly partisan nature of California politics, during 6 years in the Legislature, Lori repeatedly built coalitions of Democrats and Republicans to pass critical legislation and get it signed by a Republican Governor.

Scott Peters (D)

March 13
www.scottpeters.com

Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made creating jobs, protecting the environment, and improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work. When so many in Washington seem interested only in political gamesmanship and blaming others for the problems we face, Scott is a problem solver with a record of bringing people together and putting politics aside to get results.

Wayne Iverson (R)

March 13
www.wayneiversonforcongress.com

Wayne L. Iverson, M.D. is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly drawn California Congressional District 52. Dr. Iverson was born in Evanston, IL to Iver and Dorothy Iverson. He was raised in Arlington Heights, IL and graduated from Wheeling High School in Wheeling, IL. He is married and has three children.

Jack Doyle (NPP)

March 13
jackdoyleforcongress.com

Jack Doyle is a former directly elected two-term Mayor of Santee who is returning to public life because we’re all frustrated with partisan gridlock where special interest money drives shortsighted public policy decisions. He is the only “totally independent” candidate with both elected experience and a consistent record of building budget reserves.

Shirley DeCourt Park (D)

March 13

No information available.

Gene Hamilton Carswell (R)

March 13
www.carswell4congress.com

Born: January 12, 1947 Work Experience: 4/2004 – 2011 – President - GHC Land Development/ACC Construction/SEC Materials Holding Company. Developed infrastructure and coordinated enviornmental impact study with NC Dept of Natural Resources. Also built majority of homes in subdivision

Gene Hamilton Carswell (R)

March 13
www.carswell4congress.com

Born: January 12, 1947 Work Experience: 4/2004 – 2011 – President - GHC Land Development/ACC Construction/SEC Materials Holding Company. Developed infrastructure and coordinated enviornmental impact study with NC Dept of Natural Resources. Also built majority of homes in subdivision

Brian Bilbray (R)

March 13
bilbrayforcongress.com

Congressman Brian Bilbray is running to represent California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of San Diego, Poway, and Coronado. Brian was born at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado. As a native San Diegan, Brian has always been an independent voice for doing what’s right. Brian and his wife Karen live in San Diego, California and are the proud parents of five children and seven grandchildren.

UCSD To Use Botox To Treat Bladder Issues

March 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

UC San Diego Health Systems announced today it is recruiting participants for a clinical trial of how effective Botox can be for treating severe urinary incontinence.

Graduate Programs At San Diego's Universities Earn Top Ratings

March 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Graduate school programs at the three major San Diego universities fared well in the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today.

San Diegans Sound Off On The Future Of Our Region

March 13
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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What's important to San Diegans for our future, transportation, water conservation, affordable housing? We find out with an update on Our Greater San Diego Vision.

Are SDPD's Curfew Sweeps Doing The Job?

March 13
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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In 2008, the San Diego Police Department began a series of curfew sweeps in urban neighborhoods in an effort to curb violent crime and protect juveniles. Four years later, voiceofsandiego.org has taken a look at the numbers to find out if the sweeps are doing the job.

Sandra Bernhard: Still Stirring Things Up After All These Years

March 13
Midday Edition
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Comedienne/actress Sandra Bernhard is bringing her new one-woman show, "I Love Being Me, Don't You?" to the La Jolla Playhouse for a four-night engagement.

Oscar Hammerstein II - Out Of My Dreams

March 13
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Hosted by Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), "Oscar Hammerstein II - Out Of My Dreams" is a celebration of the most acclaimed lyricist and librettist of the 20th century. His legendary works include "Show Boat" (1927), "Oklahoma!" (1943), "Carousel" (1945), "South Pacific" (1949), "The King and I" (1951) and "The Sound of Music" (1959). Brimming with movie clips from his greatest musicals, this new PBS special features interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Shirley Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Hammerstein family members and others.

Camp Pendleton Marine Leader To Serve As Panetta's Assistant

March 13
City News Service
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The commanding general of Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Expeditionary Force has been tapped to serve as senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Killings A Blow To U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan

March 13
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It raises questions about whether the troop surge worked, whether the U.S. has won over Afghans.

Health Care Industry Top Lobbyists In California

March 13
By Kenny Goldberg

Health care firms spent more than $35 million on lobbying in California in 2011.

Man Works To Eradicate Pesky Weed In Ocean Beach

March 13
By Dwane Brown
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An aggressive weed has been plaguing Ocean Beach and Mission Bay bicyclists for years. One man has made it his mission for almost a decade to get rid of it.

Chula Vista Waterfront Plan Awaits OK From Coastal Commission

March 13
By Tom Fudge
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Chula Vista hosted the March meeting of the California Coastal Commission last week. Now the city is looking forward to seeing its waterfront development plan on the agenda.

Sharp HealthCare Provides A House For The Dying

March 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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A recent survey reveals the vast majority of Californians would prefer to die at home. But year after year, most people die in hospitals. A program at Sharp HealthCare is trying to change that. It's the only one of its kind in the county.