Sanders wins NH primary, moderates Buttigieg and Klobuchar take 2nd and 3rd spots

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The big winner in the New Hampshire primary Feb. 11 was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who pulled in a plurality of the votes in the Democratic primary with Pete Buttigieg close behind with less than 2% separating them, but it was Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) pulling off a surprising third place finish that had everyone talking.

With 97% of precincts reporting, Sanders claimed 25.7%; Buttigieg was narrowly behind him with 24.4% of the vote, while Klobuchar won 19.8%.

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Buttigieg becomes 1st openly gay candidate to earn presidential delegates

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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg in Iowa. (Photo from Buttigieg’s Facebook)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | The Iowa Democratic Party released partial results of its kickoff presidential caucus after a daylong delay Feb. 4 showing former Midwestern mayor Pete Buttigieg with a slight lead over progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the opening contest of the party’s 2020 primary season.

The results followed 24 hours of chaos as technical problems marred the complicated caucus process, forcing state officials to apologize and raising questions about Iowa’s traditional place atop the presidential primary calendar.

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Biden takes swipe at Sanders for accepting Joe Rogan’s support

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Joe Biden (Photo from CNN/Des Moines Register)

In an increasingly heated Democratic primary just a week before the Iowa caucuses, Joe Biden took a not-so-veiled swipe at Bernie Sanders Jan. 25 for accepting Joe Rogan’s support despite comments from the podcast host condemned as transphobic.

Taking to Twitter, Biden draws on his comments he made as vice president when he called transgender rights “the civil rights issue of our time,” which stands in contrast to the Sanders campaign accepting Rogan’s support.

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Sanders campaign defends accepting Joe Rogan support amid LGBTQ backlash

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Photo from CNN/Des Moines Register)

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is defending amid LGBTQ backlash its acceptance of support from podcast host Joe Rogan, who in the past has made comments condemned as transphobic, used anti-gay epithets and jokingly compared a black neighborhood to “Planet of the Apes.”

Briahna Joy Gray, national press secretary for the Sanders campaign, responded to the controversy in a statement to the Washington Blade by emphasizing the need to build a coalition to defeat President Trump in the 2020 election.

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Warren pledges a Cabinet half-filled with women and non-binary people

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, photo via Warren’s Facebook page.

With weeks remaining before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren has come out with a pledge to fill half of her Cabinet as president with women and non-binary people.

Warren made the pledge within a Medium post on Tuesday titled, “Restoring Integrity & Competence to Government After Trump,” which says Trump will “leave behind a government that has been infected by corruption and incompetence” upon his presumed exit from the White House after the 2020 election and outlines her plans.

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Sanders slams Trump anti-gay adoption rule in speech to LGBTQ leaders

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at the 2019 LGBTQ International Leaders Conference. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Bernie Sanders made his case for LGBTQ support in the 2020 presidential election Nov. 14, criticizing a recent move from the Trump administration enabling taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse placement into LGBTQ homes.

The self-avowed democratic socialist made the comments at the annual 2019 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, which the LGBTQ Victory Institute hosted this year in D.C. at the JW Marriott Hotel.

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11.14.19 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Progress, not perfection: One of the many mantras for those in a 12-step program. The idea is that no one is perfect; therefore striving for or searching for perfection is futile. One should simply try to do the next right thing, work toward being better one day at a time. It sounds nice on paper, but putting it in practice is much more difficult. It takes tools and time to train your brain to think this way.

I can’t say if this is the way things have always been or if I am just opening my eyes to it in the wake of information overload, but our society seems too preoccupied with perfection — giving way to an all or nothing culture.

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Pete Buttigieg surges in new Iowa poll

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) | John McAnear, a 77-year-old Air Force veteran, stood in an audience of hundreds in suburban Des Moines with an oxygen tank at his side, wheezing as he implored Pete Buttigieg to protect the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Democratic presidential hopeful offered a respectful, if perfunctory, “thank you for serving” and skipped any attempt to bond over their mutual military service. Instead, Buttigieg offered a list of proposals to fix the VA.

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Dems put gloves back on in third debate — except for Castro

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Democratic candidates in Houston before the third debate. (Photo courtesy of ABC News)

After the last debate in which the letting of blood was all but visible on the stage floor, Democratic presidential candidates eased up on each other in their third foray Thursday — although Julian Castro didn’t seem to have gotten the memo.

With a few exceptions during the health care portion of the debate, the 2020 hopefuls — rather than attacking each other over policies and records from decades ago — generally seemed more to be willing to agree to disagree rather than put the eventual Democratic nominee in a weaker position to take on President Trump in the general election.

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2020 hopefuls highlight Medicare for All, PrEP in plans to combat HIV/AIDS

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE, L-R: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key.

The reinvigoration of the White House Office of HIV/AIDS, access to generic PrEP and the award of cash gifts for HIV/AIDS innovations as opposed to U.S. patents were just three ideas 2020 hopefuls articulated in responses to a survey conducted by HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.

The candidates expressed those ideas in a survey conducted by AIDS United, which composed its questions in conjunction with a coalition of HIV/AIDS groups and made the responses public Monday.

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A mixed bag for Buttigieg in Democratic debate

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) speaks at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate on July 30. (Photo courtesy of CNN)

Pete Buttigieg has won praise for his eloquence and debate skills over the course of his 2020 presidential run, but his performance during the second Democratic debate included missteps and proved a mixed bag at best.

The debate on July 30 in Detroit, moderated by CNN, was only the second time an openly gay person has participated in a major party debate. (The first was Buttigieg’s participation in the previous 2020 Democratic debate.)

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Senate confirms former Log Cabin chief to State Dept. post

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Senate confirmed R. Clarke Cooper to a senior State Department position. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

With little opposition, the U.S. Senate confirmed on May 30 a former head of Log Cabin Republicans instrumental in finding Republican votes to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to a high-ranking State Department position.

R. Clarke Cooper, who’s gay, was confirmed as assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs by a vote of 90-8 nearly a full year after President Trump nominated him in June 2018.

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