Showing posts with label Elections. Show all posts
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February 19, 2019

Ireland With a Successful Brown Skinned Gay MP Elected When Irish Trump-like Taught Them Their Error


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The openly gay son of a Hindu immigrant father from India and younges elected PM of Ireland
                                                      

 The Irish Times


When Canadian MP Dr. Hedy Fry first came to Dublin in the 1960s, there was “one Chinese restaurant, one Indian restaurant. It was very insular.”

Fifty years after her graduation from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, the longest-serving woman in the history of Canada’s House of Commons says the country has “changed enormously”.
“When women won the right to choose, when that referendum [on the Eighth Amendment] passed, when gay marriage passed, I kept saying to people, ‘this is not the Ireland I knew’.”

Born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1941, Fry turned down a place at Oxford University, England to study medicine in RCSI, graduating in 1968 before emigrating to Canada in 1970.

Speaking to The Irish Times during a visit to Dublin for the annual RCSI charter day recently, Fry said the fact that Ireland has a “brown-skinned, gay prime minister” shows how much the country has changed since then.

Like Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Fry practiced medicine before entering what she calls the “scuzzy business” of politics, working as a doctor at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver for two decades.
There, she earned a reputation as a tough negotiator on medical matters at local, provincial and national levels, serving as president of the British Colombia Medical Association in 1990-1991.
“I was one of these people who poked my nose into doors, opened them, walked into the room, looked at everybody and went ‘Yo! I’m here!’”

Fry says her “big mouth” gained the attention of the then Liberal Party leader Jean Chrétien, who encouraged her to stand in the 1993 federal elections in the constituency of Vancouver Centre.

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The Tel A Friend Gay Switchboard was an LGBT lifeline in Ireland in the 1980's
The Tel A Friend Gay Switchboard was an LGBT lifeline in Ireland in the 1980's
       

Healthcare and rights

To her surprise she won, unseating the prime minister of the day, Kim Campbell, in the process.
“I thought I was sure to lose. I thought I’d write about it one day when I got back to being an ‘author’ and I thought I’d write about what it was like to run against a sitting prime minister. But I won and I was shocked when I beat her.”

At 77, Fry is also Canada’s oldest MP, winning elections on eight consecutive occasions focusing on healthcare, human rights, and LGBTQ2+ issues.

In the cabinet, she has held the post of secretary of state for multiculturalism and status of women and has been the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s special representative on gender issues since 2010.
Prime minister Justin Trudeau faces his first electoral test since his Liberal Party swept to victory in 2015 when Canadians vote in federal elections later this year.

Asked whether populism could have an impact at the polls, Fry says Canada is a liberal nation that embraces multiculturalism and she believes that voters learned the value of that history after the Conservative party’s victory in the 2006 elections.

“I think the country woke up like the United States did with [President Donald] Trump and went, ‘OMG, what did we do?’ and yet they thought, ‘They can’t be so bad. This is Canada’.”
Global politics

The conservatives under prime minister Stephen Harper held on to power for nine years, during which time the party veered further to the right and, like Trump, Harper began to move away from participation in global politics.

Fry says this opened the door for the Liberal party and Trudeau.
“People were feeling uneasy with the government of the day, thinking this is not Canada, and suddenly ‘Captain Canada’ decides to run and people just felt like they could trust him.”

The Liberals are expected to retain their majority in October’s elections, but Trudeau’s popularity rating is at its lowest ever, amid ethics inquiries and criticism over his handling of the economy.
As the son of the late former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, “people always thought of him as a kid”, says Fry. She believes he is still popular with voters, but “now he can be judged on his own record”.
Fry herself will run in October’s elections, aiming for a ninth straight victory in the Vancouver Centre constituency.

What advice does she have for those coming up behind her?
“You’ve got to leave a mark behind to say because I passed through this place the world is just one millimeter better. Because I did something, the world is a better place. I think that gives us a purpose.”

A thought from Adam: I can only hope the US goes the same way as Ireland. After having a PM from the strict right they went he opposite. Thinfs were not going well and Ireland was being left bejind in the past. The tumbled the other way around electing someone who whose ethnicity  and sexual orientation have received the worse reviews from the whites in Ireland and people that think they are spcial because they were lucky to be borned in a country that wears shoes and have plenty of food to eat but like to put down others different than they. I love the irish and I've learn that no mater how stubburn they might seem to be they are smart and they do look at the consequences of elections. This is part of people tthat listen to the facts and can see how they can be applied to their own lives. No matter how much you like how good it sounds to be part of a certain party or say you are conservative that alone will not get you a job, education or put foood on the table. 
Im hopping we go the same way even though I don't trust voters anymore. To have a President like Obama, not perfect but someone who was smart and paid attention to govern and do the best job he could do. He was not a lazy ass who doesn't read instead likes to atch tv and get his next act either from a cowboy movie or some crazy dudes that get pay to say the most outrageous things (they would not be employed if they other than what they are). From Obama to go the opposite to Trump a tv personlity and that a great one at that. I'm afraid this nation will pay for that sin for years to come because the damaged being done is serious and is internal and outside the borders.



For most of the 20th century, LGBT Irish citizens were forced to live in a kind of exile in their own country, with the laws, the church and public opinion all working in concert to make their lives invisible or intolerable.

                                                             



December 19, 2018

Bernie, Biden and Beto Could Spell The Past (Elections)



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Promise me something: Over the coming weeks, whenever you hear a pundit or read a poll on the subject of who the 2020 Democratic nominee might be, you’ll flash back four years. You’ll remember predictions about the Republican nominee at this same point before the 2016 election.

Republicans then were in a situation similar to the one that Democrats are in now. More than a dozen candidates were poised to run. And in December 2014, CNN/ORC published the results of a survey that sought to determine which of them had the most support and the best chance.

The answer was not Donald Trump.

“Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential front-runner, surging to the front of the potential G.O.P. pack,” read the story on CNN’s website.

Surging. Jeb!

He had the support of 23 percent of respondents. That put him fully 10 points ahead of his nearest competitor, who was … Chris Christie. Next came Ben Carson, followed by Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. 

Need I remind anyone how that fearsome five fared?

We political junkies got far ahead of ourselves then, and we’re getting ahead of ourselves now. Almost 23 months before the 2020 election, we’re handicapping contenders, edging toward prophecies and setting ourselves up to look every bit as foolish as we deserve to. We don’t learn. That would get in the way of a guessing game that we relish too much.

Polls are being done at an accelerating pace. CNN released one late last week. It surveyed Democratic voters nationwide, among whom Joe Biden ranked first; Bernie Sanders, second; and Beto O’Rourke, third. So they’re the Bush, Christie and Carson analogues. If 2014 is any guide, they should spare themselves a lot of travel and a world of heartache and pack it in now.

Of course, 2014 isn’t a guide, but it’s a caveat. A reality check. Assessments of candidates at this early stage have limited bearing on how well they’ll be doing more than a year down the road, when the Iowa caucuses kick off the primary season. Too little has happened so far. Too much will happen in fairly short order.

At this juncture back then, Trump’s candidacy wasn’t even anticipated. Pollsters didn’t present his name to Republican voters as an option. That remained true in February 2015, when someone new did challenge Bush for front-runner status and then briefly wrest it from him: Scott Walker. If you forgot about his supposedly big promise, no wonder. His campaign wouldn’t last until the end of that year.

Trump finally came onto the radar and earned inclusion in polls around May 2015 — five months further into the process than where we are now. But he didn’t take the lead even then. In a Quinnipiac poll of Republican voters released on May 28, 2015, he placed eighth, just behind Ted Cruz. Cruz would be the only one, in the end, to give him any competition for the nomination.
 
While the 2016 presidential race was messy, it wasn’t a complete anomaly. The 2008 race, for example, looked very different this far ahead of Election Day than it did in the homestretch. A CNN/ORC poll in December 2006 showed that among Democrats, Hillary Clinton had more than double the support that Barack Obama did.

She remained 14 points ahead of him three months later, in a USA Today/Gallup poll that established an even more commanding front-runner on the Republican side: Rudy Giuliani. Republicans preferred him to John McCain by a margin of 44 percent to 20 percent. McCain, obviously, went on to become the nominee. Giuliani exited the contest in January 2008.

The volatility partly reflects how little attention most voters pay to the nomination contests until much later on. But it’s also a function of how much about the candidates remains unknown or has yet to emerge.

Sure, most of them have been vetted somewhat during prior runs for office. But whatever scrutiny they received, and whatever pressure they felt, pale next to the withering spotlight of a presidential bid. Previously overlooked discrepancies between their images and their reality will emerge; so will secrets. They’ll teeter, some of them. Others will implode. Just ask such short-lived hopefuls as Giuliani, Howard Dean and John Edwards.

Already I’m hearing debates about O’Rourke’s true politics that weren’t a big factor in his recently concluded Senate race; if he runs for president, he’ll have to explain a tension between his relatively moderate reputation in Congress and a more progressive tilt on the campaign trail.

Already Elizabeth Warren is suffering from an intensity of second-guessing that wasn’t there before she released her DNA test about two months ago. Maybe it’s a blip. Maybe not.

We think we know a lot about these candidates, and we do: their basic biographies, their professional accomplishments, their fluency so far at the microphone and in interviews.
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But we don’t have the most consequential information of all, at least in terms of their presidential ambitions. With the exception perhaps of Warren, who has given recent speeches on foreign policy and racial justice, we haven’t heard the specific, boiled-down cases for themselves — and their prescriptions for the country’s future — that they’ll present to American voters. We don’t know how persuasively they’ll communicate that. And we haven’t been able to judge how well it complements what voters are hungriest for now.

Trump is instructive. The phenomenon of his candidacy had everything to do with what he said when he came down that escalator in Trump Tower on June 16, 2015. He delivered a racially charged, anti-immigrant message with surprising resonance, and he did so — not just then but in the months afterward — with an unapologetic bluntness that many listeners interpreted as strength. That wasn’t easily foreseeable and, for the most part, it wasn’t foreseen.

Biden’s, Sanders’s and O’Rourke’s strong showing in current polls isn’t wholly irrelevant. It will help them with fund-raising. It will direct more media attention their way. It demonstrates that they’ve crossed the all-important threshold of widespread name recognition.

I was joking when I suggested that it spelled doom. But they shouldn’t be too encouraged by it. And the rest of us shouldn’t use it to write off other candidates.

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November 13, 2018

LATEST: Kyrsten Sinema has flipped Jeff Flake’s SENATE seat to the Democrats



 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call






 Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has picked up an insurmountable lead over Republican opponent Rep. Martha McSally, handing Democrats a seat Republicans have held since 1994.

Why it matters: Sinema will replace retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and is set to becoming the first woman to represent Arizona in the Senate. Even though Republicans will maintain control of the Senate next year, Sinema’s victory has chipped away the durable majority they were hoping to cement. The bitterly fought contest comes to an end after President Trump and some national and state Republicans cast doubt on the elections legitimacy as Sinema’s lead was expanding each day as new ballots were being counted. 

November 9, 2018

Colorado the Anti Gay State 10 yrs Ago Elects A Gay Governor


                                                                           
 Gov elect Rep. Jared Polis 

The midterm election results pouring in on Tuesday night included a number of significant demographic milestones.
Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women to serve in Congress. Capitol Hill will have its first Muslim congresswomen with Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. And Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) will be the first openly gay person elected to serve as a state’s governor.
Polis, an entrepreneur and five-term member of Congress from Boulder, beat Republican Walker Stapleton by six points in Colorado’s gubernatorial contest. But Polis’s splash into the history books is all the more significant considering the ugly track record of the state he has been elected to run.
Since the early 1990s, Colorado has played a key role in the battle for LGBT rights. The state was dubbed the “hate state” because of a 1992 law that sparked international backlash and boycotts. But the same legislation teed up a landmark 1996 U.S. Supreme Court decision that helped lay the groundwork for marriage equality. 
“It’s a historic win — not just for the LGBT community but for the state of Colorado,” Annise Parker, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, a nonprofit group supporting LGBT politicians, told the Denver Post on Tuesday. “The fact that the state of Colorado, in 25 years, has gone from being dubbed the ‘hate state’ to a place that can elect someone who is not just openly gay, but publicly gay, that’s historic.”
Polis has been open about his sexuality since arriving in Congress in January 2009. His mother and father founded a greeting card company that later sold for hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the Denver Post. One of the wealthiest members of the House, with a reported estimated wealth of $387 million, Polis earned a reputation in Washington as a tech-savvy public education advocate.
Polis has two children with his longtime partner, and he has never downplayed his orientation on the campaign trail — a sign of the shifting public perception in a state that has tossed off its Old West past in favor of a progressive identity. 
“Colorado is a state that values diversity,” he explained to the Denver Post before the midterm elections. “We’re willing to elect people that are going to do a good job for our state regardless of their background. . . . I think it’s exciting to show how far the LGBT community has come that it doesn’t stand in the way of being elected to the highest office in the state.”
Colorado’s ignominious “hate state” nickname starts with a fiery Colorado Springs car salesman named Will Perkins. Reacting to city ordinances banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, Perkins and a group of evangelical Christians formed Colorado for Family Values in 1991.
“Too many people have bought into the idea that homosexuality, as they call it, is genetic, that there isn’t anything they can do about it,” Perkins once told a group of followers, according to Denver’s Westword. “I’m here to tell you that there are only two flavors of mankind: male and female. There is no such thing as a homosexual.” 
To combat the legal protections, Perkins and his group launched a ballot initiative called Amendment 2. The referendum claimed anti-discrimination laws granted “special rights” to gays and lesbians, and aimed to ban such legal protections.
“They were talking about not wanting to give gay people special rights, but they were doing it by basically taking away rights,” University of Denver professor Kris McDaniel-Miccio recalled to Westword in 2017. “Everybody held their breath wondering if this was going to catch fire in other states, as well as Colorado.”
On Nov. 3, 1992, Colorado passed Amendment 2 by 53 percent. An immediate outcry followed from civil rights groups and activists. Celebrities such as Barbra Streisand spoke out against the amendment, according to Westword. In Colorado, business owners outraged over the law called for a boycott of their own state. 
“We have called for a global boycott,” one Denver businesswoman told the Christian Science Monitor in 1992. “Don’t come here for recreation. Don’t come here for business. The governor and the people need to realize that basic civil rights are fundamental. Creating change through a boycott is only one means of demonstrating the power of the people.”
According to the Monitor, a month after Amendment 2 was passed, the number of canceled conventions in Denver alone because of the boycott totaled more than $6 million.
Eventually a lawsuit was filed against the amendment on behalf of a gay man named Richard G. Evans who worked for the Denver mayor. As the case — Romer v. Evans — crawled up the federal court system to the Supreme Court, observers from across the country tuned in because similar proposals were on deck in other states. 
“It was a political issue, in that Amendment 2 was being cloned, so all eyes were on the results of the Supreme Court,” Mary Celeste, a lawyer who worked on the case, explained to KUNC radio in 2016. “If we lost there, then these initiatives would come forward across the country.”
In May 1996, the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado’s law was unconstitutional by a 6-to-3 majority. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy touched on themes that would turn up decades later in his famous Obergefell v. Hodges opinion, the case legalizing same-sex marriage.
Regarding Amendment 2, Kennedy wrote that the law “is at once too narrow and too broad. It identifies persons by a single trait and then denies them protection across the board. The resulting disqualification of a class of persons from the right to seek specific protection from the law is unprecedented in our jurisprudence.” 
Despite the eventual implosion of the 1992 amendment, Colorado has also played a more recent part in the struggle for equality.
In 2012, a cake shop owner in Lakewood, Colo., refused to serve a gay couple on religious grounds. The resulting Supreme Court decision — Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — sided with the business.
Many legal observes watching the 2017 case picked up echoes of the state’s earlier gay rights court battle.
“What I find really fascinating about Amendment 2,” McDaniel-Miccio told Westword, “is that we’re reliving it again in 2017.”

November 6, 2018

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2018 Midterms and Nine LGBTQ Congressional Candidates You Should Know👀





Representation by people from the LGBTQ community is still sparse within the U.S. government, especially for some of the most powerful positions.
Congress, in particular, has remained largely white, male, cisgender, and straight for the majority of the country’s history. And in the Senate, there’s been a slow change, with politicians like Illinois’s Carol Moseley Braun, who became the first woman of color elected to the Senate, in 1992, and Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, who became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, in 2012.
Fortunately, the range of candidates running for and being elected to government positions has become more diverse, with a historic number of LGBTQ candidates who've won primaries this year. Now, ahead of the November 6 midterms, there are more LGBTQ candidates running than ever before. Below, we introduce some of these candidates and explain what you should know about them.

Katie Hill, 31 — 25th Congressional District, California


  Katie Hill for Congress
Katie Hill is a bisexual woman who is vying to unseat anti-LGBTQ Rep. Steve Knight in California. Hill’s platform prioritizes advancing LGBTQ equality, finding solutions to homelessness, and advancing the expansion of Medicaid and other health care programs in California. She is a Democrat and also comes from a background of service, having run a homeless services agency. 

She’s also talked at length about her experiences with being pregnant at 18 years old and the importance of a woman’s right to choose. Hill is running in a traditionally Republican district, where Republican representatives have been the majority for years. 
[[Sharice Davids, 38 — 3rd Congressional District, Kansas]] If elected to represent the 3rd district in Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids could become one of two first Native American women in Congress (the other being Deb Haaland of New Mexico). With a victory following November 6, Davids would also be making history as Kansas's first openly LGBTQ representative.
Davids participated in the White House Fellowship program in 2016 during Obama’s presidency. She’s also a former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter — so she’s no stranger to tough fights.

Lauren Baer, 37 — 18th Congressional District, Florida
Barrier-breaking Lauren Baer, who’s running in Florida’s 18th district as a Democrat, could become Florida’s first-ever openly LGBTQ congressperson if elected. Baer is running to make Florida better for the most marginalized communities and has focused on championing quality, affordable health care, improving public schools, and combating environmental issues.
She also served as an official in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2017, acting as a senior adviser to secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, as well as to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


 The second time could be the charm for Angie Craig, who first ran against Republican Representative Jason Lewis in 2016 and lost by only two points. If elected, Craig would become Minnesota's first openly LGBTQ representative. She is running as a Democrat.
Craig has spent more than 20 years working in the health care field. Now, she says she wants to use her experience to fix health care systems that currently don’t prioritize or help the most marginalized people, and to provide more opportunities for health care expansion so that all families in Minnesota have access to services. 
Jamie McLeod-Skinner, 51 — 2nd Congressional District, Oregon
Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a Democrat, was the first openly lesbian person elected to the Santa Clara City Council in California, in 2004. If elected in Oregon on November 6, she will become the state’s first openly LGBTQ congressperson. She believes it’s way past time to provide health care for all people and is striving to rebuild the middle class, as well as to focus on the needs of rural communities.
Ultimately, she’s hoping to unseat a lifelong politician, Republican Representative Greg Walden, who has been re-elected every time since first winning Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, in 1998.


 Chris Pappas, 38 — 1st Congressional District, New Hampshire

Chris Pappas, the Democratic candidate from New Hampshire, is openly gay and already heavily involved in local politics, having represented his district on the New Hampshire Executive Council for the past five years. Pappas supports universal health care, reproductive health, and family planning, and has championed strong public school systems as the foundation of society. Pappas’s district is traditionally a swing district, so his win would be a big deal both for New Hampshire and for the country as a whole. The district, which has toggled between Democratic and Republican representatives every election for the past decade, could have its politics transformed by whichever candidate wins.
 Kyrsten Sinema, 42 — 9th Congressional District, Arizona
A Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema is the current congressional representative in Arizona, serving for the past five years. She’s also the first openly bisexual Senate nominee ever. Sinema has prioritized expanding access to quality, affordable health care, creating educational opportunities, helping veterans receive benefits and creating good-paying jobs for people in Arizona.
Now, according to her platform, she has plans to fix a “dysfunctional Washington,” as well as to continue to make good on the promises and issues she’s prioritized since taking office.


 
My Approved PortraitsIncumbent candidate Tammy Baldwin was the first openly gay person elected to the Senate, in 2012 (as well as the state’s first woman to be elected to serve in the Senate). Before that, she served in the House of Representatives for 14 years. During her career, Baldwin has important health care reform initiatives, like the rule that allows young people to stay on their parents’ insurance up to age 26. She has also pushed for action to be taken to address the opioid epidemic.
During this race, Baldwin has upheld these same values in her current platform, and is also prioritizing issues like fighting for debt-free higher-education opportunities for students.


Mark Pocan, 54 — 2nd Congressional District, Wisconsin
Also an incumbent in Wisconsin, Mark Pocan is currently one of only seven LGBTQ members in Congress. Pocan serves as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, in addition to the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.
Among other issues, Pocan is pushing to increase social-safety-net programs that help families, including unemployment compensation, aid to increase access to higher-education assistance, health care reform, and bolstering Social Security for seniors. Pocan has most recently introduced legislation that would terminate the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and instead “implement a humane immigration enforcement system that upholds the dignity of all individuals,” according to a press release from his office.


 










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