Poll: 70 percent of U.S. voters willing to vote for gay male president

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With Pete Buttigieg continuing to show strong numbers in the Democratic presidential primary, a new poll has found 70 percent of voters would be open to voting for a gay man as U.S. president.

However, that same poll reveals a majority of voters — 52 percent — believe the United States isn’t ready to elect a gay man to the White House.

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More racist graffiti found on Democratic office in Oklahoma

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) | Racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks were found spray-painted April 3 on a Democratic Party office in Oklahoma for the second time in as many weeks, and authorities said vandals left similar graffiti at a nearby school and arts center.

The vandalism was discovered on the windows and sidewalk outside the Cleveland County Democratic Party headquarters as well as the Firehouse Art Center and McKinley Elementary School in Norman, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.

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In first, trans candidate wins major party nomination for governor’s race

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a historic moment, Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination Tuesday to run to become the next Vermont governor, making her the first transgender candidate ever to obtain a major party nomination in a gubernatorial race.

The Associated Press declared Hallquist, former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, won the Democratic Party in Vermont at 9:14 pm shortly after polls closed at 7 pm. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Hallquist obtained 48 percent of the vote, compared to 22 percent for environmental activist James Ehlers, 21 percent for progressive activist Brenda Siege and 8 percent high school student Ethan Sonneborn. (Vermont has no age requirement for candidates.)

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Central Florida progressive groups, state representatives try again for an equal pay act

By : Billy Manes
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Orlando – Following an extensive history of refusal by several states, including Florida, to pass the historic federal Equal Rights Amendment insuring fair pay for women in the workplace, this year several state legislators are moving forward – as they have been for the better part of this decade – to push it through on a state level.

On March 14, outside Orlando City Hall, representatives from the LGBTA Democratic Caucus, the American Civil Liberties Union of Central Florida, the League of Women Voters of Central Florida, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and Greater Orlando Now gathered in support of Florida Senate Bill 410 and House Bill 319. Congressman Darren Soto (D-Kissimmee) was also in attendance as he was snowed out of Washington during the recent blizzard.

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Ray Buckley could be first openly gay person to chair DNC

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Democrats weren’t accustomed to success or power when Ray Buckley was first elected to the Legislature in 1986.

But by the time he was elected chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party in 2007, he had successfully led Democrats’ efforts to retake the state Senate in 2006 for just the second time in decades. His party  also won the House and the governorship. He has been party chairman since, helping turn New Hampshire from reliably Republican to a place where Democrats have withstood national GOP waves.

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Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 presidential run

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.

That’s according to people familiar with Clinton’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

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