Politics

Bloomberg brings White House bid to Oakland

Bloomberg brings White House bid to Oakland

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought his presidential campaign to the East Bay, and while he didn't pick up an endorsement from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, he did excite a small crowd that met at Everett & Jones Barbecue.

Hundreds turn out for Wiener's reelection bid

Hundreds turn out for Wiener's reelection bid

  • POLITICS
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 15, 2020

Flore cafe in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood was filled to capacity last Saturday morning for gay state Senator Scott Wiener's campaign kickoff for a second term in office.

Political Notebook: SF Republicans endorse transgender Senate candidate

Political Notebook: SF Republicans endorse transgender Senate candidate

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

Erin Smith, a transgender woman mounting an underdog campaign for the state's 11th Senate District seat covering San Francisco and parts of northern San Mateo County, has secured the support of local Republicans for her candidacy.

Gay CA Assemblyman Low to co-chair Yang presidential campaign

Gay CA Assemblyman Low to co-chair Yang presidential campaign

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

In a cryptic tweet January 13, gay Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) teased he would announce this week his "new political adventure."

Online Extra: Warren gets high marks in debate

Online Extra: Warren gets high marks in debate

Political observers gave Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) high marks in Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate — the last one before the first voting, at the February 3 Iowa caucuses.

Online Extra: Political Notes: Field set for Palm Springs area CA Senate seat

Online Extra: Political Notes: Field set for Palm Springs area CA Senate seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 13, 2020

With the field now set in the special election for a Palm Springs area state Senate seat, speculation is growing that the lesbian candidate in the race will compete against a Republican in the May runoff.

Political Notebook: Housing and mental health top of mind for SF Supe Mandelman

Political Notebook: Housing and mental health top of mind for SF Supe Mandelman

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 8, 2020

Just as San Francisco Mayor London Breed highlighted the city's housing crisis and need for increased mental health services in her inaugural address this week, so too did District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman in discussing his 2020 priorities.

Political Notebook: 2020 sees record number of out CA legislative candidates

Political Notebook: 2020 sees record number of out CA legislative candidates

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 30, 2019

A record 20 LGBTQ community members, three of whom are Republicans, are known to be running for California legislative seats on the March 3 primary ballot.

Political Notebook: Artist's op-art highlights needs of the homeless

Political Notebook: Artist's op-art highlights needs of the homeless

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 23, 2019

The plight of those living on the streets inspired this year's op-art submission by San Francisco-based artist Kurt Schwartzmann, a gay man who was homeless for six months in 2007.

Queer opponent faces gay SF senator

Queer opponent faces gay SF senator

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 18, 2019

A queer Native American activist and educator is mounting her first campaign for elected office against San Francisco's lone out representative in the state Legislature.

Political Notebook: Lesbian CA assemblywoman gives birth to triplets

Political Notebook: Lesbian CA assemblywoman gives birth to triplets

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 16, 2019

A lesbian assemblywoman in California has made history by becoming the first legislator in the state to give birth to triplets while serving in office and the first out member of the Legislature to give birth while in office.

Online Extra: Political Notes: Five Dems seek EQCA prez endorsement

Online Extra: Political Notes: Five Dems seek EQCA prez endorsement

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 16, 2019

Gay South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of several Democratic candidates seeking the endorsement of Equality California.

Political Notebook: Gay lawyer aims to be first out Orange County legislator

Political Notebook: Gay lawyer aims to be first out Orange County legislator

In Southern California, lawyer Bijan Mohseni is running as a Democrat for the state's Assembly District 72 seat.

Online Extra: Political Notes: Bi councilwoman poised to be Palm Springs 1st female mayor

Online Extra: Political Notes: Bi councilwoman poised to be Palm Springs 1st female mayor

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 6, 2019

A year from now Palm Springs City Councilwoman Christy Holstege could once again make LGBT political history should she become her city's first female and first bisexual mayor.