Politics

Judge Dismisses Pulse Survivors and Victims Lawsuit

A federal judge is dismissing two lawsuits brought by survivors and victims' families of a deadly nightclub massacre in Florida.
  
The lawsuits alleged that the city of Orlando, police officers and an off-duty police officer working security at the gay nightclub didn't do enough to stop the shooter and protect patrons.
  
The 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub left 49 people dead and 53 others injured.
  

Florida Town Elects All LGBTQ City Council

A city in South Florida will have an all-LGBTQ City Commission after Tuesday's election.

Residents of Wilton Manors voted for three gay candidates, including a mayor and two city commissioners, in the municipal election.

According to Victory Fund, an organization that works to increase the number of openly LGBTQ officials in all levels of government, Wilton Manors is the second city in the United States to have a city council with all gay members, after Palm Springs, California.

Founder of "Gays For Trump" Loses Election Bid

The founder of a Gays for Trump group has failed in his own election bid.

Peter Boykin, who founded the group for gay supporters of President Donald Trump, had been running for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday.

But the Gays for Trump activist, a gay Republican who supports Trump’s anti-transgender policies, was heavily defeated by Democrat Amos Quick in North Carolina 58th legislative district.

Boykin’s picked up just 6,425 votes (23 percent) in the district, with Quick receiving 21,233 votes (77 percent).

Georgia Voting Officials Kept Thousands of Voting Machines Locked Away In Communities With Large Minority Populations

Via WashPost: More than 1,800 machines sat idle in storage in three of the state’s largest and most heavily Democratic counties. In Fulton County, according to figures provided by elections director Rick Barron, the ratio of machines to registered voters was lower than it had been in 2014, despite predictions that turnout was likely to break records for a midterm election.

Malcolm Kenyatta Becomes First Openly Gay Person of Color to Elected To Pennsylvania Government

With a projected dominant win in the 181st District, Malcolm Kenyatta is set to make history by becoming the first openly gay person of color to join the Pennsylvania statehouse.

Kenyatta, a 28-year-old Temple University graduate, takes over a district held for decades by Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, who did not seek reelection. The majority black district includes large portions of North Philadelphia and Northern Liberties. Temple University also falls within the district, injecting young voters into his constituency.

Jeff Sessions Out As Attorney General

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, effectively firing him.

Sessions' resignation letter has been delivered to White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to remain in charge of the Russia investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump did not answer a direct question about Sessions during his news conference Wednesday, saying that on the whole he is "extremely" satisfied with his Cabinet.

Sharice Davids Becomes First Lesbian Native American Elected To Congress

Democrat Sharice Davids made history in multiple ways on Tuesday night as she delivered a stunning blow to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in Kansas’s Third Congressional District.

Davids, a former mixed martial arts fighter and attorney, is the first Native American woman and the first lesbian Native American elected to Congress. She is replacing Yoder, who served four terms in Congress and voted for both the GOP tax cuts and the GOP attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Jared Polis Becomes First Openly Gay Governor Elected

Jared Polis has won the Colorado governor’s race, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor in America.

Polis, a Democrat who has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, did not attempt to hide his sexual orientation on the campaign trail, and sometimes used it to emphasize the contrast between himself and President Donald Trump’s administration.

Man Who Claims He Had A Sexual Affair With Former President Obama Running For Office In Florida

Two Democratic African-American candidates with experience on the Cocoa City Council are running for the mayor's seat in Cocoa.

The third candidate in the race — who has not held elective office — is Larry Sinclair, who has a long rap sheet and a history of circulating a widely ridiculed story of a drug-fueled gay encounter with Barack Obama in 1999.

The interesting mix is in part the result of the Cocoa mayor contest being nonpartisan and requiring no primary. So the controversies got lost in the shuffle of the first round of voting. 

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