Politics

Political Notebook: Peninsula, South Bay cities elect out council members

Political Notebook: Peninsula, South Bay cities elect out council members

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 4, 2020

Heading into Election Day, the only out candidate on the Peninsula and in the South Bay assured of victory was Michael Smith, as the gay Black business entrepreneur was unopposed for the newly created District 4 seat on the City Council in Redwood City.

US House: Pelosi, Takano retain seats; Gómez loses

US House: Pelosi, Takano retain seats; Gómez loses

It looks like Georgette Gómez has lost her race to become the first openly queer Latina elected to the U.S. Congress.

Vote counting goes on in presidential race

Vote counting goes on in presidential race

President Donald Trump made a shaky pitch early Wednesday morning that he should be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election and that he would be "going to the U.S. Supreme Court" to make it so.

Gloria makes history with San Diego mayoral win

Gloria makes history with San Diego mayoral win

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 4, 2020

San Diego voters have elected the first LGBTQ mayor of one of the Golden State's largest cities after the commanding finish by gay Democratic state Assemblyman Todd Gloria in Tuesday's mayoral runoff race.

2 lesbians win gavels

2 lesbians win gavels

Two LGBTQ attorneys battled for the gavel in the race for Alameda County Superior Court judge seat No. 2 and it looks like Elena Condes, a Latina lesbian, has won it.

Kaplan, Taplin lead in East Bay council races

Kaplan, Taplin lead in East Bay council races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 4, 2020

Lesbian Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan had a strong lead in her bid for a fourth term in the city's at-large council seat against her gay opponent, Derreck Johnson.

Political Notes: Election night is largely a home alone affair this year

Political Notes: Election night is largely a home alone affair this year

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 2, 2020

For politicos, election night is usually a swirl of party hopping between public campaign celebrations and more private get-togethers. But the COVID-19 pandemic has largely put the kibosh on such revelry in 2020.

PGN Exclusive: Biden pledges support to LGBTQ community

PGN Exclusive: Biden pledges support to LGBTQ community

  • POLITICS
  • by Mark Segal, Philadelphia Gay News
  • Oct 28, 2020

Philadelphia Gay News hears from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on the Equality Act, anti-trans violence, and more.

Political Notebook: Santa Cruz poised to elect 1st LGBTQ judge

Political Notebook: Santa Cruz poised to elect 1st LGBTQ judge

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 28, 2020

Voters in Santa Cruz County are poised to elect next week the first LGBTQ judge to their local superior court.

What to watch for on election night

What to watch for on election night

With one week remaining until Election Day, polls are tightening and candidates are making their closing arguments to voters in races across the country.

Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night, following her confirmation vote in the Senate, which was mostly along party lines.

Political Notes: Out candidates seek Berkeley rent board seats

Political Notes: Out candidates seek Berkeley rent board seats

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 26, 2020

Two out candidates are seeking seats on the Berkeley rent board, one of two such oversight bodies in California whose members are elected.

In final debate, Biden delivers sophisticated performance, Trump gives untruths

In final debate, Biden delivers sophisticated performance, Trump gives untruths

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Oct 23, 2020

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden squared off in the final presidential debate.

Political Notebook: Gay South Bay natives seek city council seats

Political Notebook: Gay South Bay natives seek city council seats

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 21, 2020

Two gay men who grew up in the South Bay are aiming to make LGBTQ political history in their respective cities come the November 3 election. Either would be the first out male city council person in their hometowns.