Elections

What do the election results mean for the lgbt community?

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November 2, 2010

CORRECTION – The Williams Institute event will be the evening of Wednesday, November 10. Speakers and location are unchanged. After the dust settles for a day, two lgbt organizations will host discussions on Thursday of what the 2010 election results mean for lgbt issues. The National Lesbian and Gay Bar Association is sponsoring a Post-Election […]

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What to watch for on election night

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October 31, 2010

Polls (see chart at right) say that fewer than half the voters in this election will be motivated by a candidate's position on abortion and only a third are much concerned with gay marriage. Whether these issues are foremost in voters' minds or not, however, the outcomes Tuesday night will have a huge impact on […]

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Quiz: Which is more terrifying, the Iowa Supreme Court or this ad?

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October 26, 2010

  And what's even scarier is that the Des Moines Register reports that polls show a tie between supporters and opponents on the retention vote for the three state supreme court judges on the ballot, all of whom joined the ruling that gay couples must be allowed to marry. See other attacks on judicial independence at […]

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Mainlining money into elections

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October 18, 2010

The following two charts from the Sunlight Foundation compare this election cycle to the midterms four years ago to illustrate how dominant "independent" campaign groups (which accept unlimited donations) have become. A detailed breakdown shows that they are overwhelmingly Republican.

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Supreme Court sends battle over release of petition signers’ names back to lower courts

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June 24, 2010

The Supreme Court ruled today in Doe v Reed that individuals who sign referendum petitions generally do not have a First Amendment right to remain anonymous.  But the Court also held that courts should consider the particular facts in any given case to determine whether anonymity is constitutionally required. Blocking disclosure would be constitutional, the […]

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November elections could change the face and tone of Prop 8 litigation

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June 19, 2010

Karen Ocamb, at LGBT POV, is pointing out the importance of this year's elections to future stages in the fight over the validity of Prop 8: Barely mentioned in coverage of the closing arguments was the extremely important political context in which these arguments are being decided. This November, Attorney General Jerry Brown – who refused […]

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