Politics

Miyamoto elected SF sheriff

Miyamoto elected SF sheriff

In being elected San Francisco's next sheriff Tuesday, Paul Miyamoto will make history in January when he takes his oath of office to become the first Asian American sheriff in California.

LGBT candidates win in off-year elections

LGBT candidates win in off-year elections

More than 75% of openly LGBT candidates running in Tuesday's off-year elections won. The total included 112, 106 Democrats, one Republican, one independent, and four with undeclared party affiliations.

Online Extra: Trans Palm Springs councilwoman eyes CA Senate race

Online Extra: Trans Palm Springs councilwoman eyes CA Senate race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 1, 2019

Transgender Palm Springs City Councilwoman Lisa Middleton could make history if she enters the special election for an open California Senate seat.

Online Extra: Political Notes: Options abound to watch SF Nov. 5 election returns

Online Extra: Political Notes: Options abound to watch SF Nov. 5 election returns

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 1, 2019

This year's largely overlooked San Francisco municipal elections will come to a close Tuesday night with Mayor London Breed all but assured of securing a full four-year term.

Online Extra: Trump judicial nominee defends himself against anti-LGBT claims

Online Extra: Trump judicial nominee defends himself against anti-LGBT claims

A confirmation hearing for two of President Donald Trump's nominees to the nation's largest federal appeals court snared considerable media attention Wednesday after one of them dissolved into tears.

Online Extra: With resignation, Palm Springs state Senate seat opens up

Online Extra: With resignation, Palm Springs state Senate seat opens up

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

Due to the sudden resignation Wednesday of state Senator Jeff Stone (R-La Quinta), who is joining the Trump administration, a special election will be called to fill his Palm Springs area seat.

Political Notebook: Queer woman given SF civic platform

Political Notebook: Queer woman given SF civic platform

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

San Francisco-based queer activist and organizer Sophia Andary has moved from the realm of street protests and social justice advocacy to having a seat at the table at City Hall.

Online Extra: Depending on pundits, Buttigieg is surging or stalling

Online Extra: Depending on pundits, Buttigieg is surging or stalling

Mainstream media outlets have spent considerable space in recent days trying to reckon whether gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is "surging" to the top tier of the Democratic field or stalling in the second tier.

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA aims to protect trans voters

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA aims to protect trans voters

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 25, 2019

California leaders are taking steps to protect transgender voters ahead of the March 3 presidential primary.

Political Notebook: In 1st year, Newsom praised on LGBT bills

Political Notebook: In 1st year, Newsom praised on LGBT bills

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

Having finished his first legislative session, Governor Gavin Newsom is winning praise from LGBT advocates for his across-the-board support for the six LGBT-related bills sent to his desk.

2 SF district attorney candidates spar over appointment

2 SF district attorney candidates spar over appointment

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 16, 2019

A debate among the four candidates for San Francisco district attorney was civil for the most part, but near the end the two leading candidates squabbled over the mayor's recent action appointing Suzy Loftus interim DA.

Political Notebook: 44 years ago, gay employment bill died in CA

Political Notebook: 44 years ago, gay employment bill died in CA

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

Having heard oral arguments last week in three federal cases seeking workplace protections based on sexual orientation and transgender status, the U.S. Supreme Court has the LGBT community on tenterhooks awaiting its decision.

Online Extra: Beckles won't seek Assembly seat

Online Extra: Beckles won't seek Assembly seat

There won't be a rematch in next year's race for an East Bay Assembly seat.

Online Extra: Political Notes: EQCA turns silver in Nevada

Online Extra: Political Notes: EQCA turns silver in Nevada

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 7, 2019

Equality California, the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, has crossed state lines into Nevada in order to help elect more LGBT people into public office in the Silver State and enact LGBT legislation at its statehouse in Carson City.