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Mayor-elect Thao vows to unite Oakland

Mayor-elect Thao vows to unite Oakland

Walking onto the steps of City Hall Wednesday to Queen's "We are the Champions," Oakland Mayor-elect Sheng Thao thanked those who voted for her and vowed to be a mayor for all residents — even if they supported another candidate during the campaign.

Political Notebook: At San Francisco Friendsgiving event, attendees give thanks

Political Notebook: At San Francisco Friendsgiving event, attendees give thanks

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 22, 2022

At a drag-themed Friendsgiving co-hosted by 21Seeds Tequila and famed San Francisco drag personality Juanita MORE!, attendees gave thanks for the past year and the outcome of the midterm elections.

Pelosi announces end of her tenure as House speaker

Pelosi announces end of her tenure as House speaker

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Kane, Washington Blade
  • Nov 17, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday, announced her decision to pass the leadership torch to a younger generation of Democratic members in the lower chamber, stepping down after years of service in that role

US Senate votes to move forward on marriage bill

US Senate votes to move forward on marriage bill

In the U.S. Senate, in a 62-37 vote Wednesday, 12 Republicans voted with all Democrats to move forward on the Respect for Marriage Act bill.

Political Notebook: Out candidates trail in marquee Bay Area races

Political Notebook: Out candidates trail in marquee Bay Area races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 16, 2022

Around the Bay Area LGBTQ candidates in a number of marquee November 8 general election races continue to fall short in their bids.

Gay, HIV-positive SF Supervisor Dorsey wins full term

Gay, HIV-positive SF Supervisor Dorsey wins full term

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 15, 2022

In winning a full term on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, gay District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey has become the city's first HIV-positive elected supervisor.

Dems launch recount fund for gay CA House candidate Rollins

Dems launch recount fund for gay CA House candidate Rollins

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 15, 2022

With the Associated Press calling the California 41st Congressional District race for Congressmember Ken Calvert (R-Corona), and the incumbent declaring victory, Democrats are now raising money for a recount fund on behalf of gay candidate Will Rollins.

Monterey voters elect gay mayor, out Latina sheriff

Monterey voters elect gay mayor, out Latina sheriff

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 15, 2022

In Monterey County voters elected as their first lesbian and first Latina sheriff Tina Nieto, in the November 8 general election. Meanwhile, in the coastal city of Monterey, City Councilmember Tyller Williamson has become his city's first gay mayor.

In gay SoCal House race, Rollins looks to 'ballot curing' in hunt for votes

In gay SoCal House race, Rollins looks to 'ballot curing' in hunt for votes

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 14, 2022

In his still too close to call race for California's 41st Congressional District seat, gay former federal prosecutor Will Rollins has turned to what is known as "ballot curing" in his hunt for votes to put him into the winner's circle.

Political Notes: Out California justices win retention races

Political Notes: Out California justices win retention races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 14, 2022

Voters retained the four out California justices on the November 8 general election ballot in races that were largely overlooked by the media.

Panel confirms Evans, 1st queer CA supreme court justice

Panel confirms Evans, 1st queer CA supreme court justice

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 10, 2022

A panel that reviews gubernatorial judicial appointments has confirmed queer Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kelli Evans to the California Supreme Court.

Mixed bag for incumbents in SF education races

Mixed bag for incumbents in SF education races

It was a mixed bag for incumbents in races for the San Francisco Board of Education and the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees. On Monday, appointed incumbent Ann Hsu slipped to fourth place in the school board race.

SF transportation tax leading in unofficial returns

SF transportation tax leading in unofficial returns

Billions of dollars in federal matching funds for transportation and infrastructure projects in San Francisco likely will be available as Proposition L, a sales tax extension, was leading in early returns Tuesday night.

Taylor, Thao leading in Oakland mayor's race

Taylor, Thao leading in Oakland mayor's race

Two Oakland city councilmembers were leading in the ranked choice balloting for mayor, while the District 4 council race assures there will be queer representation on that body.