Politics

Political Notebook: Out Catholics vie for SF supervisor seat

Political Notebook: Out Catholics vie for SF supervisor seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 8, 2022

Purged from their home country of Ethiopia following a Marxist takeover of the east African country in 1974, the parents of Honey Mahogany found refuge in San Francisco.

Voters recall SF DA Boudin

Voters recall SF DA Boudin

Within 45 minutes of the polls closing, progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who spent half of his two years in office battling recall efforts, had lost his effort to keep his job.

Political Notes: In 1st ever ad, Congressmember Eshoo highlights support of LGBTQ bill

Political Notes: In 1st ever ad, Congressmember Eshoo highlights support of LGBTQ bill

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

Since being elected to her South Bay House seat in 1993, Congressmember Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) hadn't run TV ads during her bids for reelection. That is, until this year.

Out supervisor candidates detail housing plans

Out supervisor candidates detail housing plans

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 1, 2022

Three out candidates for the Board of Supervisors in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Mateo counties outlined their housing plans ahead of the June 7 primary election.

Political Notebook: Out West Coast candidates face tough House races

Political Notebook: Out West Coast candidates face tough House races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 1, 2022

Of the three gay men and one lesbian seen as the most viable non-incumbent candidates vying for U.S. House seats in the West Coast, all but one are facing tough roads to victory this year.

Political Notes: Bay Area cities celebrate Pride Month

Political Notes: Bay Area cities celebrate Pride Month

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 30, 2022

Bay Area cities are marking the start of Pride Month with flag raisings and other activities; and cities and counties across the state are observing Queer and Transgender Asian and Pacific Islanders Week.

Lesbian former Bay Area leader wins Oregon House primary

Lesbian former Bay Area leader wins Oregon House primary

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

Ten days after Oregon's primary election former Santa Clara City Councilmember Jamie McLeod-Skinner was declared the winner of the closely watched race for the Beaver State's newly drawn 5th Congressional District.

Political Notebook: CA LGBTQ bills survive house of origin votes

Political Notebook: CA LGBTQ bills survive house of origin votes

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 25, 2022

Eleven bills related to LGBTQ rights survived votes in their house of origin this month in the California Legislature. T

Political Notes: Padilla pledges to push for Equality Act if given full term

Political Notes: Padilla pledges to push for Equality Act if given full term

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 23, 2022

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-California) is pledging to continue to fight for what is known as the Equality Act if elected to a full six-year term this November.

San Jose City Council LGBTQ drought could end

San Jose City Council LGBTQ drought could end

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

A 16-year drought of LGBTQ representation on the council of the Bay Area's largest city could come to an end this year.

Oregon lesbians win gov primary, lead in House contest

Oregon lesbians win gov primary, lead in House contest

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

Oregon voters now have a chance to elect the first lesbian governor of a West Coast state and could send the first lesbian from the region to Congress following the outcome Tuesday in the state's party primaries.

Political Notes: Bay Area Assembly candidates back single-payer health care

Political Notes: Bay Area Assembly candidates back single-payer health care

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

A legislative push to establish a universal health care system in California may have stalled this year, but the calls for the state to move toward a single-payer form of medical care are expected to only grow louder in the years to come.

Political Notebook: On the occasion of his 92nd birthday, Harvey Milk continues to inspire

Political Notebook: On the occasion of his 92nd birthday, Harvey Milk continues to inspire

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

When the co-owners of the first gay bar in the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik were considering what to call their establishment, they found inspiration from California.

Gay San Diego Assemblymember Ward reveals he has COVID

Gay San Diego Assemblymember Ward reveals he has COVID

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 12, 2022

Gay San Diego Assemblymember Chris Ward has revealed he has COVID and is self-isolating at home this week to protect his family, staff, and others from also contracting the virus.