State of the 2010 Sacramento City Council Races

State of the 2010 Sacramento City Council Races

By Dan Roth,  Founding President of the Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club and District Director, Office of Councilmember Raymond L. Tretheway

American campaigns, whether it is for city council or President of the United States, are the product of four ingredients: candidate, message, money, and organization.

Since the election of Kevin Johnson as Mayor of Sacramento, there has been a lot of attention focused on the upcoming city council races and the outcomes of these elections.

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Congressmembers call on BSA to end discrimination against gays and lesbians

Twenty-six Members of Congress have urged the Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory policy of not accepting gays and lesbians in a letter sent to the Chief Scout Executive of the organization.

The correspondence, initiated by U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), was sent in response to the Boy Scouts’ rejection of Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, a couple in Vermont who were told they could not volunteer for their 10 year old son’s Cub Scout pack after it was revealed that the women are lesbians.

Read more: BSA Urged to End G&L Discrimination


Hawai'i Legislators Kill Civil Unions Bill

(Honolulu, February 1, 2010) —

The Hawai'i Legislature has failed to enact a law providing broad legal rights and duties to the state's lesbian and gay couples, tabling a Bill through an anonymous voice vote that had previously been approved by both houses of the Legislature.

The Hawai'i Senate had approved H.B. 444 — a bill to create "civil unions"— by a veto-proof 18 to 7 majority the week before, sending the bill back to the House for a conforming vote. Although the House had passed H.B. 444 by an emphatic 33 to 17 margin last year, House members used an anonymous voice vote to kill the bill on Friday, January, 29, a tactic that elicited calls of “cowards” from backers of the bill.

Read more: Hawai'i Legislators Kill Civil Unions Bill


FPPC Complaint Filed Against Andy PugnoRick Jacobs

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign, has filed complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Attorney General's office against Andy Pugno, General Counsel to the organization Protect Marriage and Republican candidate for State Assembly.

"The new and troubling disclosures appear to demonstrate willful disrespect for the laws and rules governing the conduct of public servants," Jacobs said in a released statement. "If he broke California law, how can he expect to be elected to office to make California law?"

Read more: FPPC Complaint Filed Against Andy Pugno


Expected Executive Action Could Change 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ImplementationRobert Gates

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, executive changes to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy are expected to be announced that could significantly impact the lives of gay troops. The expected statements from Defense Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen would protect some service members from investigations based on third-party allegations and set a new standard for what constitutes reliable sources and credible information that trigger a "don't ask, don't tell" investigation.

It is also expected that the military brass will announce changes to the adjudication of potential discharges, whose effect could be to require a flag officer to sign off on any discharge for it to move forward.

Read more: DADT Policy Changes Expected


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