Author Archives: John Nienstedt, Sr.

The Edgy Interview: Karolyn Dorsee

Everybody loves Karolyn, because when you’re a great fundraiser, you’re a people person and you have fun along the way, people love you. I call Karolyn my political Godmother for the start she gave me. She’s had a hand in starting hundreds of political careers here in San Diego. And, 33 years after meeting Karolyn, through all the ups and downs politics can throw at her, she’s still enjoying her work and working for people she believes in. Here’s how she began the interview… ~JN Read more

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The Edgy Interview: John Kern

The year was 1987. Reagan was president, Ron Roberts was just elected to the San Diego City Council and Competitive Edge was a newborn baby. Having no idea what to do to keep our clients happy and build a business, we went to lunch with news reporter and political consultant John Kern. He was fresh off helping some guy named Clint Eastwood win his race for Mayor of Carmel, California. Honestly, I can’t recall the pearls of wisdom that dropped from John’s lips, but Competitive Edge has been successful for 30 years, so I’m sure pushed us in the right direction. John went on to bigger and better things, like helping Dick Murphy win his race for San Diego Mayor … Read more

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Public Opinion Research Insights: Yep, Phone Surveys Still Work

The increase in cell phone ownership during the last decade has led some to conclude that the traditional phone survey must be a defunct public opinion research tool incapable of yielding accurate data on issues that matter. As the reasoning goes, doesn’t everybody just have cell phones now (with which they screen calls)? Who answers a landline to talk to a stranger around dinner time? Although the answer to the first question is “mostly” – meaning, yes, a lot of people are cell phone-only now — the trend’s impact on data quality has been minimal. Furthermore, the people answering telephone surveys, sometimes on landlines and other times on cell phones, are more or less just like you and me, with … Read more

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The Edgy Interview: Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte is a hero. He’s responsible for California Public Utilities Code Section 2874 which makes robocalls illegal in the state of California. You heard that right. While a State Senator, Jim authored a law that requires before you get a recorded message on your phone a live human being would have to get your permission to play the recording. Revolutionary and awesome as the law is, it has never been enforced. But Brulte is a hero for at least trying to curtail the robocall scourge. Jim participates in this edition of The Edgy Interview while in his third term as Chairman of the California Republican Party. You’ll see in his answers hints of how difficult that job has become. … Read more

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The Edgy Interview: Kevin Faulconer

I’m ultra-proud of my friend Kevin Faulconer who became the 38th Mayor of San Diego after winning hard-fought special elections in 2013 and 2014 and then winning re-election in June, 2016. Prior to that he served as City Councilman and before that worked for Porter Novelli, a San Diego public relations firm. “Shortly” after I earned my BA at SDSU, Kevin was elected student body President, so we’re both proud Aztecs. Leading the state’s 2nd largest city (and the nation’s 8th largest) is not an easy job, but Kevin’s experience is a big advantage. He is termed out of office (boo) in 2020. I didn’t ask Kevin about his future plans, but I’m sure he’ll make the right decision for … Read more

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