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Log Cabins Change Tone Dramatically on Hagel, Now Likely Defense Pick

Log Cabins Change Tone Dramatically on Hagel, Now Likely Defense Pick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Six days after former Senator Chuck Hagel’s apology for 1998 comments in which he decried a Clinton administration ambassadorial nominee as “openly, aggressively gay” was met with conciliatory responses from two leading national LGBT organizations, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) came out swinging against the possibility the Nebraska Republican will be President […]

Task Force Concerned about Hagel at Defense Department, Citing LGBT, Women’s, People of Color Record

Task Force Concerned about Hagel at Defense Department, Citing LGBT, Women’s, People of Color Record

BY ANDY HUMM | President Barack Obama is widely reported to be leaning toward former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, a two-term Republican, to be his next secretary of defense, succeeding Leon Panetta, despite Hagel’s record of voting against LGBT rights, women’s reproductive rights, and issues of concern to people of color. During his Senate career, Hagel […]

It’s Official: Corey versus Yetta in Race to Succeed Quinn

It’s Official: Corey versus Yetta in Race to Succeed Quinn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Seven months after Corey Johnson, the chair of Community Board 4 in Chelsea, officially announced his aim to succeed Speaker Christine Quinn in the City Council’s District 3 seat, Yetta Kurland stepped up to say she too would contest the seat in 2013. The December 10 City Hall press conference at […]

With Record LGBTs, R Stands For Roadblock

With Record LGBTs, R Stands For Roadblock

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a record six out LGBT members of the US House of Representatives and the first openly lesbian or gay member of the Senate — Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin — the 113th Congress, which begins its term in January, should, by all rights, provide a striking impetus for progress on issues of concern […]

They’re Not Members of an Organized Political Party, They’re Democrats

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Giving new life to the famous Will Rogers dictum about the lack of discipline among Democrats, that party, which had a surprisingly good day in State Senate contests on November 6, may be on the verge of throwing away a 33-30 majority they never expected to win. As Andy Humm reports on […]

NYS Senate Democratic Defections Could Imperil GENDA

NYS Senate Democratic Defections Could Imperil GENDA

BY ANDY HUMM | Democrats in the New York State Senate looked to have won a surprise majority on Election Day, overcoming a huge financial disadvantage, Republican gerrymandering, and no help from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. But that prospective majority has been put in jeopardy –– and, along with it, the fate of much progressive legislation, […]

Arizona Elects First Out Bisexual US House Member

Arizona Elects First Out Bisexual US House Member

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In one of less than a dozen US House races that had not yet been called, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, on November 12, was declared the winner in a new Arizona district created as a result of the 2010 Census. Sinema, a former state senator, will be the first openly bisexual member […]

Not Exactly Kissing Cousins

Not Exactly Kissing Cousins

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In 2010, Josh Mandel, then a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, rode the Republican wave to win election as state treasurer by 14 percentage points. In last week’s election, however, he fell short in his US Senate challenge to incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown by more than five points. Mandel not […]

Keep Reaching, Keep Fighting

Keep Reaching, Keep Fighting

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Four years ago, Barack Obama, a first-term US senator from Illinois, was the candidate of “hope and change.” In his young administration, handed an economy that was bleeding hundreds of thousands of jobs each month, change came haltingly and on some issues not at all. The word hope became a cudgel […]

Four-State Sweep on Marriage Equality!

Four-State Sweep on Marriage Equality!

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On 32 consecutive occasions since the 1990s, voters in states across the country have approved ballot measures — either statutes or constitutional amendments — barring gay and lesbian couples from the right to marry. That streak was broken — decisively — on Election Night 2012. Voters in Maine acted affirmatively to […]

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