Politics

Political Notes: San Diego-based website aims to educate voters

Political Notes: San Diego-based website aims to educate voters

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 20, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, a San Diego-based website is aiming to educate voters about their congressional representatives.

Gay Long Beach mayor Garcia seeks open House seat

Gay Long Beach mayor Garcia seeks open House seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 17, 2021

Robert Garcia, who has led the Southern California city of Long Beach as its first openly gay and first Latino mayor since 2014, is running for an open House seat.

Political Notebook: Oregon House candidates with Bay Area ties seek to make history

Political Notebook: Oregon House candidates with Bay Area ties seek to make history

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 15, 2021

A pair of congressional candidates in Oregon with Bay Area ties is seeking to make history in 2022. Either would be the first LGBTQ House member from the Beaver State should they win their races.

Political Notes: CA LGBTQ group asks candidates to reject tobacco cash

Political Notes: CA LGBTQ group asks candidates to reject tobacco cash

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 13, 2021

As the 2022 electoral season begins to kick into high gear, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group has joined the effort to convince candidates and elected officials in California to reject tobacco cash.

East Bay Assembly seat opens up as Quirk announces retirement

East Bay Assembly seat opens up as Quirk announces retirement

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 10, 2021

An East Bay Assembly seat has now opened up due to Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) opting not to seek reelection in 2022 and instead retire when his term ends next December.

Political Notebook: Bi councilman Coleman enters Assembly race

Political Notebook: Bi councilman Coleman enters Assembly race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 7, 2021

A year after winning a seat on the South San Francisco City Council, James Coleman is now setting his electoral sights on serving in the state Legislature.

Argument in US Supreme Court abortion case concerns LGBTQ advocates

Argument in US Supreme Court abortion case concerns LGBTQ advocates

The primary issue before the U.S. Supreme Court December 1 was abortion, but a swirl of other critical questions drew the justices' attention.

Political Notebook: Gay attorney to join Alameda court

Political Notebook: Gay attorney to join Alameda court

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 1, 2021

When attorney Peter E. Borkon takes his oath of office as a judge sometime in early 2022, he will bring the number of LGBTQ people serving on the Alameda County Superior Court to 10.

Political Notebook: Photo at Milk terminal encapsulates a city's rage

Political Notebook: Photo at Milk terminal encapsulates a city's rage

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 23, 2021

The denim jacket clad man seems solitary as he hoists into the night sky with his right hand a protest sign written in all caps, as if silently screaming its message. It reads, "PITY FOR THE PRIVILEGED, DEATH PENALTY FOR THE POOR."

Alice LGBTQ Dem club fails to endorse in SF Assembly race

Alice LGBTQ Dem club fails to endorse in SF Assembly race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 23, 2021

With its members' loyalties divided in the special election for San Francisco's vacant 17th District Assembly seat, the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club was unable to rally around one candidate in the contest.

CA Assembly speaker Rendon criticized for replacing gay Asian committee chair with straight white colleague

CA Assembly speaker Rendon criticized for replacing gay Asian committee chair with straight white colleague

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 18, 2021

The leader of the California Assembly is facing criticism after he bounced a gay Asian committee chair and replaced him without warning with a straight white colleague.

Political Notebook: Castro takes center stage in Assembly race

Political Notebook: Castro takes center stage in Assembly race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 17, 2021

Signaling the importance of the LGBTQ vote in the special election for San Francisco's open 17th District Assembly seat, two of the top contenders have opened their campaign headquarters in the heart of the city's Castro LGBTQ district.

Political Notes: San Francisco agencies focused on women, girls, and nonbinary people announce restructure

Political Notes: San Francisco agencies focused on women, girls, and nonbinary people announce restructure

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 15, 2021

Two San Francisco agencies focused on women, girls, and nonbinary people are restructuring their relationship after nearly 50 years of working together.

Oakland councilwoman Thao jumps into mayor's race

Oakland councilwoman Thao jumps into mayor's race

An Oakland City Councilwoman formally entered the 2022 mayor's race Wednesday, pledging to make change and bring the city together.