Utah transgender candidate to run for Congress

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Democrat Misty Snow announced April 13 she will take aim again at becoming the first openly transgender woman elected in Utah.

Snow said she will challenge U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart in the state’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018.

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Gay DNC chair candidate Ray Buckley drops out, endorses Ellison

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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One week before the Democratic National Committee will vote on its next chair, one of two openly gay candidates in the race — New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley — has dropped out and endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

In a statement Saturday, Buckley announced he’d remove his name from contention in the crowded field of candidates and endorse Ellison, maintaining he’d strengthen state parties and reform the DNC.

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Utah independent presidential candidate targeted by white supremacist for Trump, calls him a “closet homosexual”

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – An independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin criticized Republican Donald Trump on Oct. 31 over an automated call in Utah from a white nationalist supporter who calls McMullin a “closet homosexual” and “open-borders amnesty supporter.”

McMullin responded with a series of strongly worded tweets – calling it another “desperate attack” spreading “baseless lies” by Trump and his “racist supporters as he continues to lose ground in Utah.” He said the attack is consistent with Trump’s “bigoted, deceitful campaign and vision for America. Utahns won’t be fooled.”

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Gay candidate calls vandalism of Iowa home a hate crime

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An openly gay candidate for Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors is calling vandalism to his house a hate crime.

Candidate Christopher Schwartz told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that anti-gay messages were painted on campaign signs in his yard and the door of his house. The message on his door reads “Lev 20:13,” which likely is a reference to a Bible verse that condemns homosexuality.

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Transgender Dem candidate Misty Snow faces off against incumbent Mike Lee in Utah Senate debate

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee underlined his differences with presidential nominee Donald Trump and defended his position on the balance between religious and LGBT rights during a debate against Democratic newcomer Misty Snow Oct. 12.

Snow, a transgender woman, challenged the incumbent on a proposal she said would allow discrimination against LBGT people.

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Marco Rubio becomes third Tea Party member to announce run for president

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MIAMI — Marco Rubio says he is running for president and feels ‘uniquely qualified’ to talk about the future.

Rubio announced his plan to run during a conference call to donors at the Freedom Tower, known as the “Ellis Island of the South”, in Miami on April 13.

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Hard-right Sen. Ted Cruz 1st to announce presidential candidacy

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Hard-right Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans announced on March 23 that he will run to become the party’s 2016 presidential candidate, making him the first White House hopeful to officially enter the race.

As first out of the starting gate, Cruz apparently hopes to get the jump on several top Republicans who are expected to enter the race in the coming weeks: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and two Senate colleagues, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio.

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Grieb unseats incumbent for county commission seat

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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During the craziness of covering Florida 2014 Midterm Elections one candidate seemed to fly under the radar in our result coverage—openly gay Democrat Cheryl Grieb who unseated Republican Frank Attkisson by only 106 votes for Osceola County Commission District 4 seat.

Grieb is a former Kissimmee city commissioner and Vice Mayor, but said this race was one of the toughest she’s ever had to face. She is currently the chairperson of Greater Osceola Partnership of Economic Prosperity and a member of the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council for the Chamber of Commerce.

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Equality Florida Action PAC endorses Crist for governor

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The Equality Florida Action PAC, an organization dedicated to electing pro-equality candidates, is endorsing Charlie Crist for Florida governor.

Stratton Pollitzer, chair of the PAC, said the early endorsement reflects the need to show to voters which candidate will help the state when it comes to issues of equality and fairness.

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Transgender ex-seal announces campaign for Young’s seat

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Clearwater, Fla. – The guest speaker for the November meeting of the Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was very subtle when she made a huge announcement at the Nov. 12 meeting at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road. Kristen Beck said she plans to run for the District 13 Congressional seat vacated by the late C.W. Bill Young.

“I want to be the first transgender person in Congress, and I want to make a difference,” she told the gathering of 30 or so people. “We’re in a point in our lifetime that we can enact change, and I know I can do that from Washington, D.C.

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Candidate for Maine governor comes out

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he’s gay, a response to what he called a “whisper campaign” by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, 58, wrote in an op-ed provided to The Associated Press, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News that “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls” attempted to get voters to question whether he’s gay.

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Galvin targets Foster’s sexuality in phone campaign

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St. Petersburg – In a rarity in St. Petersburg politics, a candidate for city council has taken the low road with recorded phone messages attacking his rival candidate’s sexuality.

The message by Steve Galvin claims that Foster has only a vague connection to the city and criticizes her for her role as vice president of St. Pete Pride.

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