Politics

Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates

Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 2, 2022

Among the non-incumbent LGBTQ Democratic candidates seeking U.S. House seats on the West Coast this year, gay Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has proved to be the most adept at raising money for his bid.

SF redistricting panel adopts map critics call gerrymandered

SF redistricting panel adopts map critics call gerrymandered

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 28, 2022

A divided San Francisco Redistricting Task Force approved Thursday a new map for the city's 11 supervisorial districts that critics charged is a gerrymander of the city.

Political Notebook: Breed could double LGBTQ supervisors with D6 pick

Political Notebook: Breed could double LGBTQ supervisors with D6 pick

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 27, 2022

Mayor London Breed could double LGBTQ representation on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with her nomination to fill the soon-to-be-vacant District 6 seat.

Trans issues top CA 2022 LGBTQ legislative push

Trans issues top CA 2022 LGBTQ legislative push

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 20, 2022

California legislators are once again pushing forward on a number of bills aimed at improving the lives of the state's transgender and nonbinary residents.

Political Notebook: Gay Green Blenner seeks to be CA elections czar

Political Notebook: Gay Green Blenner seeks to be CA elections czar

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 20, 2022

High school government and history teacher Gary Blenner may be a long shot candidate to be elected California secretary of state this year.

Lawsuit filed over SF redistricting process

Lawsuit filed over SF redistricting process

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 19, 2022

A lawsuit has been filed against the panel redrawing the local electoral map for San Francisco's 11 supervisorial districts and the city's director of elections. It is seeking to have the San Francisco Superior Court step in and take over the process.

SF supervisors panel OKs gay bathhouse zoning update

SF supervisors panel OKs gay bathhouse zoning update

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 18, 2022

A proposed zoning change to allow gay bathhouses and other adult sex venues to open in the city's historic LGBTQ neighborhoods is close to being finalized.

SF redistricting panel sets next meeting

SF redistricting panel sets next meeting

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 18, 2022

The panel redrawing the local electoral map for the city's 11 supervisorial districts will resume its work Thursday, a week after it missed its deadline to finalize the political boundaries.

Political Notes: SF Assembly race may not end with Tuesday's special runoff

Political Notes: SF Assembly race may not end with Tuesday's special runoff

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 18, 2022

A winner will be declared in Tuesday's special runoff election for San Francisco's vacant 17th Assembly District seat.

Political Notebook: Gay Dem Marshall runs for CA High Desert House seat

Political Notebook: Gay Dem Marshall runs for CA High Desert House seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 13, 2022

In the very first line of his campaign bio, Derek Marshall comes out as "an openly gay progressive Democrat and political organizer running to represent the people of the High Desert, the valley, and the mountains."

SF DA Boudin fights recall

SF DA Boudin fights recall

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin faces a June 7 recall. He and the campaign to unseat him talk to the Bay Area Reporter.

Senate confirms first Black woman to US Supreme Court

Senate confirms first Black woman to US Supreme Court

  • POLITICS
  • by Brody Levesque, Washington Blade
  • Apr 7, 2022

In a historic session April 7, the U.S. Senate voted 53-47 in favor of confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination as the first Black woman associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mother of trans son elected to CA Assembly seat

Mother of trans son elected to CA Assembly seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 6, 2022

The California Legislature now has its first parent of a transgender child. Suisun City Mayor Lori Wilson easily won election Tuesday to the open 11th Assembly District seat that straddles Solano and Contra Costa counties.

Political Notebook: Lesbian Oregon US House candidate McLeod-Skinner seeks Bay Area support

Political Notebook: Lesbian Oregon US House candidate McLeod-Skinner seeks Bay Area support

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 6, 2022

Ahead of her state's Democratic Party primary May 17, Oregon U.S. House candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner is swinging through the Bay Area this weekend to attend several fundraisers for her campaign.