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

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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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Cynthia Nixon grants Wendy Williams first TV interview as gubernatorial candidate

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cynthia Nixon will appear on “The Wendy Williams Show” for her first national TV interview as a gubernatorial candidate.

Nixon, who is gearing up for a New York election race against two-term Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, will make her appearance on the show on Wednesday.

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Texas’ first Hispanic, openly gay sheriff enters governor’s race

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas’ first Hispanic female sheriff announced Wednesday she is running for governor in 2018, making her the biggest Democrat in the race to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who says she is stepping down as sheriff after 12 years to launch her campaign, starts out as an underdog. Texas hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1990 and Abbott coasted to a 20-point win just three years ago against Wendy Davis, whose defense of abortion rights catapulted her to national political stardom.

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Human Rights Campaign endorses Oregon governor’s re-election bid

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization has endorsed the re-election bid of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.

The Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington DC, announced its endorsement of the Democratic incumbent Oct. 4. Group President Chad Griffin called Brown a champion of equality.

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LGBTQ rights is personal for Florida gubernatorial candidates

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The leading Democrats running for Florida governor met with gay and lesbian party members on Aug. 19 in an event that at times was touching and personal, and served as a reminder that Florida is a place where people can still be discriminated against because of who they love.

Perhaps the most chilling moment was when Orlando-area businessman Chris King described his brother as a brilliant, handsome man who would light up a room as soon as he walked in. But his brother was gay, and Florida wasn’t a tolerant place when they were growing up in the 1970s and 1980s. He struggled with depression.

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Cynthia Nixon considering run for New York governor

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cynthia Nixon is considering running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) in the primary race in 2018, according to reports.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the “Sex and the City” star “is being encouraged to run by liberal groups. Her candidacy has been floated before, but she shot it down in the past. Associates of hers said she is now considering it.”

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North Carolina governor takes office minutes into new year

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took his oath of office minutes after midnight Sunday morning, getting an early start on his duties amid bitter partisan politics in the state but saying he believed there is a way forward.

Joined by a small group of family, friends and colleagues, the Democrat was sworn inside the old House chamber of the 1840 Capitol building nearly a week before his public inauguration.

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As Obama accomplished policy goals, his party floundered

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WASHINGTON (AP) – In boasting about his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama often cites numbers like these: 15 million new jobs, a 4.9 percent unemployment rate and 74 months of consecutive job growth.

There’s one number you will almost never hear: More than 1,030 seats.

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Incoming North Carolina governor doesn’t support national boycott of state

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper is opposing the state NAACP leader’s call for a national economic boycott to pressure state lawmakers into overturning a law limiting LGBTQ rights and other actions by Republicans.

Cooper said in a release Dec. 23 he shares others’ frustrations about Republican policies such as House Bill 2, but he said the better way is to bring companies and people to North Carolina to “join us in the fight for fairness.”

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Louisiana governor hit with court, election and budget losses

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. John Bel Edwards has taken a round of political blows recently, watching favored candidates lose their elections, a judge reject his LGBT-rights executive order and House leaders thwart his budget cut plans.

The recent, repeated hits are not the most uplifting way for the Democratic governor to end his first year in office, reminding him that Republicans remain firmly entrenched as the dominant force in his home state.

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Anti-LGBTQ Pat McCrory finally concedes, Roy Cooper becomes North Carolina’s new governor

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor’s race Dec. 5, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after Election Day.

The win by Cooper, the state’s outgoing attorney general, gives Democrats an important consolation prize after a disappointing election across the country. However, Republicans retain super majorities in both legislative chambers.

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Florida Gov. may serve as a model, and warning, for Trump

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – He was opposed by the Republican establishment. During a contentious campaign he spoke forcefully about the need to crack down on immigration. And he used millions of his own money to bolster his political career.

President-elect Donald Trump? No, Rick Scott, the current governor of Florida.

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