Politics

Political Notes: LGBTQ California candidates secure LGBTQ groups' support

Political Notes: LGBTQ California candidates secure LGBTQ groups' support

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 26, 2022

A number of LGBTQ candidates seeking congressional and state legislative seats in California have picked up backing from two high-profile LGBTQ advocacy organizations.

Political Notebook: Gay SF Supervisor Mandelman seeks 2nd term

Political Notebook: Gay SF Supervisor Mandelman seeks 2nd term

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 26, 2022

For much of the COVID-19 pandemic gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman had avoided contracting the virus. Living with diabetes, he was at heightened risk if he had caught it.

Political Notes: CA panel supports designations for three LGBTQ historic properties

Political Notes: CA panel supports designations for three LGBTQ historic properties

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 21, 2022

A trio of California sites important to the history of the LGBTQ community has received support for being designated as such from a state panel.

Political Notebook: Gay Senate candidate Hertzberg dismisses nepotism charge

Political Notebook: Gay Senate candidate Hertzberg dismisses nepotism charge

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

In the California Legislature there have long been lawmakers succeeded by their spouses or their siblings.

Political Notes: Campos, Haney spar over universal health care

Political Notes: Campos, Haney spar over universal health care

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 17, 2022

The two leading candidates for San Francisco's open Assembly seat are sparring over who would be the stronger advocate for a universal health care bill being considered in Sacramento.

SF Assembly candidates sound off on Tenderloin emergency

SF Assembly candidates sound off on Tenderloin emergency

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 13, 2022

District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney defended his record representing the Tenderloin on the Board of Supervisors during a forum for state Assembly candidates January 12.

Political Notebook: Out candidates Kumagai, Franco-Clausen enter East Bay Assembly race

Political Notebook: Out candidates Kumagai, Franco-Clausen enter East Bay Assembly race

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

Two more out candidates are officially entering the 2022 race for the East Bay's open 20th Assembly District seat.

Political Notes: Wiener remaining neutral in special SF Assembly race

Political Notes: Wiener remaining neutral in special SF Assembly race

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

One LGBTQ political leader is noticeably absent from the endorsement lists for the four candidates running in the special election for San Francisco's open state Assembly seat.

Assemblymember Lee reflects on 1st year

Assemblymember Lee reflects on 1st year

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 5, 2022

Until this fall the farthest east Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose) had traveled was South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore with a friend.

Political Notebook: In House, gay attorney Rollins could represent Palm Springs area

Political Notebook: In House, gay attorney Rollins could represent Palm Springs area

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 5, 2022

Due to the oddly-shaped congressional district that Palm Springs has been drawn into, the LGBTQ retirement and tourist mecca could see it be represented by a gay former federal prosecutor come 2023.

New LGBTQ CA laws take effect

New LGBTQ CA laws take effect

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 29, 2021

A slew of new LGBTQ laws in California will go into effect in 2022, from ending gender-based toy aisles and protecting transgender students and LGBTQ households to enhancing services for older adults living with HIV.

Political Notebook: Op-art trots out a trying 2021

Political Notebook: Op-art trots out a trying 2021

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 29, 2021

Whimsy and weariness take center stage in the Political Notebook's op-art offering for 2021.

Political Notebook: Endorsements pour in for Garcia's House bid

Political Notebook: Endorsements pour in for Garcia's House bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 22, 2021

With various other potential candidates backing him, and two influential LGBTQ rights groups endorsing him hours after he made his candidacy official, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is the clear frontrunner to succeed Congressmember Alan Lowenthal.

Transgender Palm Springs Mayor Middleton suspends CA Senate bid

Transgender Palm Springs Mayor Middleton suspends CA Senate bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 22, 2021

Due to the state Senate seat she had planned to run for next year now not up for election until 2024, Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton is suspending her campaign.