Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

Political Podcast Comic Con Special

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This is the Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast Comic Con special This time around Ric Epps and I (Matt Bowler) spent some time chatting with Jamie Newbold at his comic book shop Southern California Comics. This place is great. If you want comics, graphic novels, collectible toys, this is the place to go.

We chatted about politics in comics and the politics of Comic Con. Jamie clearly loves comics. He’s knows comics. And can talk endlessly about them.

He also shed lots of light on how political Comic Con has become. What he thinks about the Con’s organizers and where he thinks it’s going.

I selected a few interesting moments from the chat for youtube. I’ll post them Tuesday.

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Filner’s former fiancee explains breakup

Filner’s former fiancee explains breakup


Bronwyn Ingram and Bob FilnerSAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s former fiancee said she recently broke off their engagement because he was verbally abusive toward her and blatantly sent sexually explicit text messages to other women, it was reported Monday.

Bronwyn Ingram, 48, also believes the 70-year-old mayor, who was elected in November, should resign, according to a statement Ingram provided to KPBS.

In the statement, Ingram said Filner’s ability to lead has been impaired by numerous recent controversies, most notably allegations that he sexually harassed women who work for and with him.

However, Ingram conceded that she has no direct knowledge of the sexual harassment allegations recently lobbied against Filner by three of his former political allies: former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers, Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs.

“While I had heard rumors that he was engaging in sexual relationships with other women, I was never able to determine their…

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Filner says he’ll fight harassment allegations

Filner says he’ll fight harassment allegations


Mayor Bob FilnerSAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released a statement Monday stating his intention to stay in office and fight allegations that he has sexually harassed women.

In a statement announcing the appointment of a new chief operation officer for the city, Filner wrote:

“I’m not going to resign, and here’s why.  As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions.  But as a citizen of this country, I also expect – and am entitled to – due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations.  I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment, and I believe a full presentation of the facts will vindicate me.”

Acknowledging the growing chorus of voices calling for him to step down, Filner said the some have said that city operations will…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 15, 2013


Mayor Filner’s week is starting out bad. At 11:00 AM in front of San Diego’s City Hall the group of ex-supporters accusing him of sexual harassment is going to hold another press conference today. Last week they held one demanding the Mayor step down however they didn’t give any real info about what exactly happened. Filner responded in a video message admitting some wrong doing and saying that he will change his ways, but that he will not step down. Now the accusers have to follow through with their insinuated threat and revile the details of the sexual harassment.

One notable sentencing on the calendar today. First at 9:30 AM in San Diego’s Federal Courthouse the college student that attempted to rig a student election at California State University San Marcos is being sentenced. 22-year-old Matthew Weaver stole the identities of over 700 students at CSU San Marcos so he could rig a student election. He has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, access device fraud, and unauthorized us of a computer. He’s looking at two years nine months in federal prison.

And then this afternoon at 2:00 San Diego’s City Council is meeting. They are going to talk about appointments to the City’s Arts and Culture Commission, Overtime pay, and tonight downtown’s Property and Business Improvement District.

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