Politics

SF Assembly candidates sound off on Tenderloin emergency

SF Assembly candidates sound off on Tenderloin emergency

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 13, 2022

District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney defended his record representing the Tenderloin on the Board of Supervisors during a forum for state Assembly candidates January 12.

Political Notebook: Out candidates Kumagai, Franco-Clausen enter East Bay Assembly race

Political Notebook: Out candidates Kumagai, Franco-Clausen enter East Bay Assembly race

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

Two more out candidates are officially entering the 2022 race for the East Bay's open 20th Assembly District seat.

Political Notes: Wiener remaining neutral in special SF Assembly race

Political Notes: Wiener remaining neutral in special SF Assembly race

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

One LGBTQ political leader is noticeably absent from the endorsement lists for the four candidates running in the special election for San Francisco's open state Assembly seat.

Assemblymember Lee reflects on 1st year

Assemblymember Lee reflects on 1st year

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

Until this fall the farthest east Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose) had traveled was South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore with a friend.

Political Notebook: In House, gay attorney Rollins could represent Palm Springs area

Political Notebook: In House, gay attorney Rollins could represent Palm Springs area

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

Due to the oddly-shaped congressional district that Palm Springs has been drawn into, the LGBTQ retirement and tourist mecca could see it be represented by a gay former federal prosecutor come 2023.

Political Notebook: Op-art trots out a trying 2021

Political Notebook: Op-art trots out a trying 2021

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 29, 2021

Whimsy and weariness take center stage in the Political Notebook's op-art offering for 2021.

New LGBTQ CA laws take effect

New LGBTQ CA laws take effect

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 29, 2021

A slew of new LGBTQ laws in California will go into effect in 2022, from ending gender-based toy aisles and protecting transgender students and LGBTQ households to enhancing services for older adults living with HIV.

Political Notebook: Endorsements pour in for Garcia's House bid

Political Notebook: Endorsements pour in for Garcia's House bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 22, 2021

With various other potential candidates backing him, and two influential LGBTQ rights groups endorsing him hours after he made his candidacy official, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is the clear frontrunner to succeed Congressmember Alan Lowenthal.

Transgender Palm Springs Mayor Middleton suspends CA Senate bid

Transgender Palm Springs Mayor Middleton suspends CA Senate bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 22, 2021

Due to the state Senate seat she had planned to run for next year now not up for election until 2024, Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton is suspending her campaign.

Political Notes: San Diego-based website aims to educate voters

Political Notes: San Diego-based website aims to educate voters

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 20, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, a San Diego-based website is aiming to educate voters about their congressional representatives.

Gay Long Beach mayor Garcia seeks open House seat

Gay Long Beach mayor Garcia seeks open House seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 17, 2021

Robert Garcia, who has led the Southern California city of Long Beach as its first openly gay and first Latino mayor since 2014, is running for an open House seat.

Political Notebook: Oregon House candidates with Bay Area ties seek to make history

Political Notebook: Oregon House candidates with Bay Area ties seek to make history

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 15, 2021

A pair of congressional candidates in Oregon with Bay Area ties is seeking to make history in 2022. Either would be the first LGBTQ House member from the Beaver State should they win their races.

Political Notes: CA LGBTQ group asks candidates to reject tobacco cash

Political Notes: CA LGBTQ group asks candidates to reject tobacco cash

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 13, 2021

As the 2022 electoral season begins to kick into high gear, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group has joined the effort to convince candidates and elected officials in California to reject tobacco cash.

East Bay Assembly seat opens up as Quirk announces retirement

East Bay Assembly seat opens up as Quirk announces retirement

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 10, 2021

An East Bay Assembly seat has now opened up due to Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) opting not to seek reelection in 2022 and instead retire when his term ends next December.