Politics

Longtime lesbian activist Jean-Pierre named Harris' chief of staff

Longtime lesbian activist Jean-Pierre named Harris' chief of staff

Longtime organizer Karine Jean-Pierre has been named chief of staff for Democratic presumptive vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-California).

Out East Bay incumbents, Pinole candidate go unchallenged

Out East Bay incumbents, Pinole candidate go unchallenged

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 12, 2020

A quartet of out East Bay elected officials will automatically be sworn into new terms as no one filed to challenge them on the fall ballot.

Political Notes: SF D7 supervisor debate highlights candidates' differences

Political Notes: SF D7 supervisor debate highlights candidates' differences

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 7, 2020

A debate with five candidates seeking to be San Francisco's next District 7 supervisor highlighted the various policy differences — and a few agreements — between the quintet of contenders for the open seat.

Bisexual candidate Kiick seeks Livermore City Council seat

Bisexual candidate Kiick seeks Livermore City Council seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 6, 2020

Professional photographer and branding consultant Brittni Kiick is aiming to become the first LGBTQ person to serve on the Livermore City Council in the East Bay's Tri-Valley area.

Biden says he can beat HIV by 2025 — but activists are skeptical

Biden says he can beat HIV by 2025 — but activists are skeptical

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Aug 6, 2020

Joe Biden is seeking to one-up President Trump on the fight against HIV by pledging to end the epidemic by 2025 — an ambitious goal that would beat the current administration's goal by five years, although some HIV advocates are skeptical the presidential

Gay councilman Arriola seeks to be Tracy mayor

Gay councilman Arriola seeks to be Tracy mayor

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 5, 2020

Last summer, gay Tracy City Councilman Dan Tavares Arriola was recuperating from being hit by a car in downtown Stockton after attending an LGBTQ event where he was an invited speaker.

Political Notebook: Former Buttar campaign manager breaks her silence

Political Notebook: Former Buttar campaign manager breaks her silence

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

The former campaign manager for Shahid Buttar, the democratic socialist running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), is breaking her silence about what she describes as a "toxic workplace environment."

Political Notes: Out California candidates pick up endorsements

Political Notes: Out California candidates pick up endorsements

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 31, 2020

An abortion rights group and a statewide LGBTQ rights organization in late July endorsed a number of LGBTQ candidates running for either state or local office this fall across California.

Political Notebook: Green Party, with bi VP candidate, fights to get on state ballots

Political Notebook: Green Party, with bi VP candidate, fights to get on state ballots

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 29, 2020

Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins and his running mate Angela Walker, who is bisexual and was the Socialist Party's vice presidential candidate in 2016, are fighting to get onto the fall ballot in all 50 states.

Political Notes: SF Dems endorse progressives as top choices in fall supervisor races

Political Notes: SF Dems endorse progressives as top choices in fall supervisor races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 23, 2020

The San Francisco Democratic Party is backing a slate of progressive supervisor candidates as its top choices in the six races for the odd-numbered districts that are on the November ballot.

Political Notebook: Pelosi challenger Buttar accused of sexual harassment, misogyny

Political Notebook: Pelosi challenger Buttar accused of sexual harassment, misogyny

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

Progressive Shahid Buttar, an attorney and deejay who is challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) for her seat on the November ballot, is facing charges of sexual harassment by a woman he knew in Washington, D.C.

Out women announce bids for Santa Cruz City Council seats

Out women announce bids for Santa Cruz City Council seats

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 17, 2020

Two out female nonprofit leaders are running for seats on the Santa Cruz City Council this November, two years after current Vice Mayor Donna Meyers became the first lesbian elected to the liberal coastal city's governing body.

Political Notes: Legal groups call on Newsom to appoint LGBTQ CA Supreme Court justice

Political Notes: Legal groups call on Newsom to appoint LGBTQ CA Supreme Court justice

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 16, 2020

LGBTQ bar associations from across California are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to name an out person to the pending vacancy on the state's highest court. Were he to do so, Newsom would make judicial history.

Political Notebook: Castro benefit district secures renewal

Political Notebook: Castro benefit district secures renewal

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 15, 2020

The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, which provides cleaning services and other support to San Francisco's LGBTQ neighborhood, has secured its renewal through June 30, 2035.