Elections

Alice loves George: McGovern and the gays

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October 23, 2012
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Toklas Club on McGovern  LA journalist Karen Ocamb has posted a fascinating recounting of the little known connections between the late George McGovern and the infant gay civil rights movement. Much of it concerns the environs of the Democratic Party, circa 1972. During the presidential primaries, the Alice B. Toklas Club in San Francisco was […]

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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice facing right-wing attack

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October 10, 2012
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Two years ago, voters in Iowa tossed out three justices of the state’s supreme court, after anti-equality forces mobilized anger against that court’s unanimous decision to require equal access to marriage. This year, Chief Justice David Wiggins is facing a retention vote, and supporters of the Varnum decision are trying to prevent a repeat of […]

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What would Romney @ Justice look like?

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September 4, 2012
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Let’s hope we never find out who Mitt Romney would put in charge at the Justice Department or, worse, who he would appoint to the Supreme Court.  But if that came to pass…One sure bet is that a pledge to uphold and defend DoMA would be at the top of the litmus list. “As president, […]

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State government map – updated

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November 8, 2010

UPDATE 11/11/10 – Because of the narrow margin, the Minnesota governors race is subject to a mandatory recount, so the correct color would be yellow in the map below. The New York state senate majority is still in doubt. I will post a revised map when these races are decided. This post-election map shows which […]

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How LGB voters voted

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November 5, 2010

The following chart from Gary Gates at the Williams Institute, based on exit poll data, indicates that support for Republican candidates among LGB voters has followed roughly the same general trajectory as among all voters, although consistently remaining about 20 points lower in support for Republicans than the national average:

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The day after: How bad was it?

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November 3, 2010

Pretty bad, especially in DC where progressives will go back to playing defense in Congress. Bills that seemed like viable prospects a few months ago – ENDA, the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act – are seriously dead, perhaps for years. Will DADT repeal make it through the Senate in the lame duck session? Anybody's […]

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