The Agenda

Week in Review: LGBTQ mayoral hopefuls pick up steam, Tammy Baldwin leads on health care, and more


Jenny Durkan receives Seattle Times endorsement as voting nears

The endorsement highlighted Durkan’s experience in public service, devotion to civil rights and progressive yet pragmatic leadership in recommending her for mayor.



Editorial: Democrats should take Tammy Baldwin’s lead on health care

The Capital Times praises Sen. Baldwin for standing up for rural Americans in the ongoing Senate debate over health care.

Rep. David Cicilline and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg push major equality measures

“When you tell people that you can be fired from your job, be denied an apartment, or denied service in a restaurant because you’re gay or lesbian, they often say, ‘That can’t be legal,‘” Cicilline said. The congressman has introduced a bill to make that sort of discrimination illegal nationwide.



Massachusetts Attorney General sues Betsy DeVos over federal loan debt

Maura Healey, the first openly lesbian attorney general elected in the U.S., announced the lawsuit Thursday, alleging Secretary DeVos broke federal law when freezing debt forgiveness programs.

Gov. Kate Brown says governors need to “step up” to fill federal leadership vacuum

“A lack of leadership at the national level is a call to action for our nation’s governors,” Brown said. “A governor may be all that stands between the president and Congress, and her state’s way of life.”



What campaigning is like for Danica Roem

In this Q&A with Refinery29, Danica talks about what it’s like being trans and facing an anti-LGBTQ opponent in a high-stakes race.

California Sen. Toni Atkins’ bills moving forward

Nine bills authored by California Sen. Toni Atkins are making their way through the state assembly, including one that would add a third gender marker to driver’s licenses.



Jenny Durkan hailed as environmental leader in Seattle mayor’s race

Sixteen environmental leaders endorsed her in an open letter. Former EPA Director Lisa Jackson called her “an environmental champion.”

Cathy Woolard picks up momentum in Atlanta mayor’s race

Woolard has a big new endorsement and a reputation as a “squeaky clean” leader. Here’s how she’s going to pull off a big victory in the Deep South.

Current Seattle mayor endorses Jenny Durkan

Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan received the endorsement of the man she hopes will be her predecessor this week. Mayor Ed Murray said Durkan stands “head and shoulders above” the other candidates.



— A political analyst called Danica Roem‘s Virginia House race “arguably the state legislative race of the year in America.”

— Sen. Tammy Baldwin has teamed up with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to push a bill to decrease prescription drug prices.

— Rep. Mark Pocan introduced a voting rights bill to prevent major purges in voting rolls.

— New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace spoke out against Gov. Chris Christie for cutting funding from environmental restoration.





Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia got engaged:

The LGBTQ Equality Caucus criticized a halt on transgender people serving in the military:

Rep. David Cicilline is standing up to the Justice Department:

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney celebrated an important anniversary:

And Mayor Pete Buttigieg showed off South Bend’s inclusivity:



Victory Fund San Diego Women’s Pride Brunch
Saturday, July 15
9 to 11 a.m.
San Diego, CA

Victory Fund Pacific Northwest Reception
Sunday, July 23
12 to 2 p.m.
Seattle, WA



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