OB Rag Live-Blogging Today
by Frank Gormlie
Today the OB Rag will have a “live blog” on the elections. We will be covering local races as well as prominent national ones, trends, results, victories, defeats – most of the day. And at 5:00 pm, we will be receiving results form the East Coast and will report anything of significance here on this website. Polls do not close on the West Coast until 8:00 pm so that is when the live blogging will intensify. We’ll go till we fall asleep.
You will be able to participate. Make comments at the live blog post (NOT THIS ONE) and I will copy them and insert them into the blog post itself. So, come on down, the water’s fine.
Plus Doug Porter of the OB Rag will be joining San Diego CityBeat panel tonight as well. Here is his pre-blogging report:
CityBeat Live Blog Coverage of Elections
Starting Tonight at 6pm
By Doug Porter
Alright you deadbeats! It’s time to get your potatoes off the couch and go vote. Yup, it’s today. If you don’t vote, Meg Whitman and the oil companies sponsoring the assorted ballot propositions in favor of air pollution and asthma will continue to run their TV ads until Christmas. If you don’t vote, that crazy cousin of yours will continue to ride his bicycle in circles out in front of the Apple Tree while yelling “Prop 19, hell yeah!”. And if you don’t vote there will be no surf until after Thanksgiving. Just. Do. It.
Meanwhile, down at San Diego CityBeat’s election headquarters (which is actually a broken down RV parked at a secret location in Normal Heights), they’re gonna be hosting a “live blog” starting at 6pm. You can dial in on the internets and watch exciting witticisms scroll down the screen in real time. Their staff will be reporting results live from Election Central at Golden Hall, with guests (including yours truly, representing the OBRag) and panelists from a variety of locations–including their couches at home. They’ll have representatives from the left, the right, the in-between and, once the Prop 19 results start coming in, the far out. Through the magic of elfin ™ technology, readers will also be able to comment and pose questions.
It all kicks off at 6 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. (or later). Log on to sdelection.com
Live blog participants
Moderator: Dave Maass, Staff writer, San Diego CityBeat
David Rolland, Editor, SDCB
Kelly Davis, Associate Editor, SDCB
Seth Hall, Sean Campbell
Bradley Fikes, SDRostra.com
Doug Porter, OBRag.org—(Note: Not related to the other Porter on the panel, but he seems like a nice guy.)
Chris Crotty, Democratic consultant
Diana Palacios, Republican consultant
Jay Porter, restaurateur, El Take It Easy and The Linkery
Lucas O’Connor, Democratic operative
Lori Saldana, Assembly member
Erik Bruvold, President, National University System Institute for Policy Research
Gil Cabrera, attorney and former San Diego Ethics Commission chairman
Beau Lynott, liberal-leaning independent voter
Interview Guests (subject to change)
6:00 p.m. Shaun Dakin, CEO of Citizens for Civil Discourse
Dakin, an anti-robocall activist, will talk about how the campaigns at the top of the ticket are using automated phone banks and controversial text message technology.
6:30 p.m. Liam Dillon, VoiceofSanDiego.org
VOSD’s city reporter extraordinaire will share insight on the Proposition D campaigns as well as his observations on the two open City Council seats
7:00 p.m. Eugene Davidovich, Americans for Safe Access, San Diego Chapter
One of the central figures in San Diego’s medical-marijuana community, Davidovich will talk about Proposition 19 and give a cannabis activist’s view of the Attorney General race.
8:00 p.m. Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation
As the polls close, Alexander will tell us what her watchdog organization what kind of reports she’s heard from polling stations around the state and what difficulties may have arisen as voters cast their ballots.
8:30 p.m. Derrick Roach, Assembly candidate, private detective and Republican operative. Roach will pick up his special “Turds & Blossoms” award and then join us for a brief chat about playing dirty in politics.
9:00 p.m. Erica Holloway, Speaker Education Project
Formerly the press officer for County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, Holloway will discuss what will happen when Republicans (probably) take back the US House of Representatives. She may also talk about Proposition A, since she is a media strategist for the campaign to pass the measure to ban project labor agreements.