Politics

Political Notebook: Due to redistricting, CA LGBTQ caucus chair Low bunks with dad

Political Notebook: Due to redistricting, CA LGBTQ caucus chair Low bunks with dad

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

Late last year South Bay gay Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) found himself a political nomad.

Political Notes: Queer Washington state senator with SF ties seeks 2nd term

Political Notes: Queer Washington state senator with SF ties seeks 2nd term

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

A queer Washington state senator with San Francisco ties was recently back in the Bay Area to connect with family and friends, tour an airport renewable energy facility, and raise campaign funds as she seeks a second term on the November 8 ballot.

Newsom nominates 1st lesbian presiding CA appellate court justice

Newsom nominates 1st lesbian presiding CA appellate court justice

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 7, 2022

Governor Gavin Newsom has nominated Justice Therese Stewart to be the first lesbian presiding justice on a California appellate court.

Political Notebook: Despite vetoing 2 LGBTQ bills, Newsom garners praise

Political Notebook: Despite vetoing 2 LGBTQ bills, Newsom garners praise

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

Despite vetoing two LGBTQ bills this legislative session, California Governor Gavin Newsom is garnering praise from LGBTQ groups for signing into law 17 other pieces of legislation expanding rights for LGBTQ individuals.

US Supreme Court begins term with new justice; likely LGBTQ cases

US Supreme Court begins term with new justice; likely LGBTQ cases

The U.S. Supreme Court began its 2022-23 session Monday with a new justice and likely LGBTQ cases being heard.

Political Notes: CA LGBTQ candidates among Victory Fund's record endorsees

Political Notes: CA LGBTQ candidates among Victory Fund's record endorsees

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 3, 2022

A national group that helps to elect LGBTQ people to public office across the country has now endorsed a record number of out candidates running in the 2022 midterms.

Newsom signs LGBTQ family, education bills

Newsom signs LGBTQ family, education bills

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

On the last day for him to either sign or veto bills from the 2022 legislative session, California Governor Gavin Newsom added his signature September 30 to a quartet of LGBTQ-related bills.

Newsom signs trans refuge law, other LGBTQ bills

Newsom signs trans refuge law, other LGBTQ bills

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

As of January 1, California will become a refuge for parents and their transgender children seeking gender-affirming health care banned in their home states.

Political Notebook: SF supervisor candidates eye downtown offices for housing

Political Notebook: SF supervisor candidates eye downtown offices for housing

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

With San Francisco required by the state to produce 82,000 units of housing over the next eight years, it remains to be seen how city leaders will be able to meet that obligation.

Supervisors confirm gay SF planning commissioner Braun

Supervisors confirm gay SF planning commissioner Braun

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

Ending a two and half year absence of having LGBTQ representation on the San Francisco Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors has confirmed gay strategic economist Derek Braun to serve on the powerful oversight body.

LGBTQ Agenda: Trans voters risk disenfranchisement in midterm elections, report says

LGBTQ Agenda: Trans voters risk disenfranchisement in midterm elections, report says

The battle over voting rights in the United States has been a long and contentious one, with proponents of tighter regulations — typically Republicans — arguing that increasing identification requirements helps to ensure more secure, fraud-free elections.

Newsom vetoes LGBTQ health bill due to its price tag

Newsom vetoes LGBTQ health bill due to its price tag

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

California Governor Gavin Newsom has spiked another bill that LGBTQ advocates had supported this legislative session due to its price tag.

Political Notes: Long Island House race pits gay Dem vs. gay Trumper

Political Notes: Long Island House race pits gay Dem vs. gay Trumper

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

A gay Democrat is running against a gay Trump-supporting Republican for a Long Island congressional seat.

San Jose to elect new mayor

San Jose to elect new mayor

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

Voters in San Jose will be electing a new mayor in November, as Mayor Sam Liccardo is termed out of office.