Politics

Online Extra: Election 2020: Rivals pounce on Bloomberg at Dem debate

Online Extra: Election 2020: Rivals pounce on Bloomberg at Dem debate

"Horse-faced lesbians." That was one of the first barbs tossed at the Democratic presidential field's newcomer, billionaire former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Wednesday night, in the party's most combative debate yet.

Political Notebook: Gay Sacto Councilman Hansen seeks third term

Political Notebook: Gay Sacto Councilman Hansen seeks third term

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 19, 2020

Over the last year gay Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen has found himself responding to several controversies that sparked ire within the state capital's LGBT community.

Political Notebook: Newsom reappoints gay CA veterans affairs secretary to his cabinet

Political Notebook: Newsom reappoints gay CA veterans affairs secretary to his cabinet

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

California's gay veterans affairs secretary is remaining on the job, as Governor Gavin Newsom has reappointed him to the position responsible for overseeing the state's care of its roughly 1.6 million military veterans.

Online Extra: Political Notes: EQCA dual endorses in Palm Springs Senate race, snubs gay Orange County Assembly candidate

Online Extra: Political Notes: EQCA dual endorses in Palm Springs Senate race, snubs gay Orange County Assembly candidate

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

Equality California has dual endorsed a lesbian candidate seeking an open Palm Springs state Senate seat and another female Democrat in the race, while it has snubbed a gay candidate in a crowded Orange County Assembly race.

Election 2020: Lawyers battle for the gavel in SF, Alameda County judicial races

Election 2020: Lawyers battle for the gavel in SF, Alameda County judicial races

Six female attorneys — all straight allies — are competing for the three open judicial seats on the San Francisco Superior Court that are on the March 3 primary ballot. Retiring judges are vacating the seats up for election.

Political Notebook: Gay SF D7 supe candidate posts strong fundraising report

Political Notebook: Gay SF D7 supe candidate posts strong fundraising report

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

As he seeks to double LGBT representation on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, gay former journalist Joel Engardio has already raised more money for his campaign for the open District 7 seat than during his 2016 bid.

Pelosi rips up Trump's State of the Union speech

Pelosi rips up Trump's State of the Union speech

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco gave a Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address unlike any other — she ripped up her copy of the speech at the end.

Updated: Election 2020: Buttigieg, Sanders tops in early Iowa results

Updated: Election 2020: Buttigieg, Sanders tops in early Iowa results

Gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders appear to be leading in the Iowa caucuses, after state Democratic Party officials released 62% of the results across all 99 counties Tuesday, following a snafu Monday.

California's statewide LGBT advocacy group endorses Buttigieg for prez

California's statewide LGBT advocacy group endorses Buttigieg for prez

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 30, 2020

Ending months of speculation, California's statewide LGBT advocacy group announced Thursday it is endorsing gay former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg in the 2020 presidential race.

Out E. Bay judge candidates split endorsements

Out E. Bay judge candidates split endorsements

The race for an Alameda County Superior Court seat is heating up, with the two out candidates each securing major endorsements in recent weeks.

Analysis: Candidates sprint toward Iowa caucuses

Analysis: Candidates sprint toward Iowa caucuses

No one predicted a year ago that gay former mayor Pete Buttigieg would be a serious contender in the Iowa caucuses this year, but February 3 is Monday, and there he is: polling second and third in two out of three of the latest Iowa polls.

Political Notebook: In Maine, gay former SF resident seeks U.S. Senate seat

Political Notebook: In Maine, gay former SF resident seeks U.S. Senate seat

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

For 12 years Ross LaJeunesse called San Francisco home, moving first to Noe Valley in 1998 shortly after earning his law degree at Harvard. He then lived in a cottage in Eureka Valley and lastly in an apartment South of Market.

Online Extra: Political Notes: In ads and videos, CA LGBT candidates highlight housing concerns

Online Extra: Political Notes: In ads and videos, CA LGBT candidates highlight housing concerns

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 27, 2020

In television ads and campaign videos, LGBT candidates for state legislative seats are highlighting California's twinned homelessness and housing crises.

Political Notebook: South Bay candidate aims to be CA's 1st bisexual legislator

Political Notebook: South Bay candidate aims to be CA's 1st bisexual legislator

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 22, 2020

Voters in an Assembly district that straddles Alameda and Santa Clara counties could elect the first bisexual member of the Legislature this year.