The Agenda

Week in Review: Tammy Baldwin slams Sessions’ speech, Danica Roem raises 20 times more than opponent, and more


Tyler Titus

Victory Fund endorses 10 new LGBTQ candidates for local office

The candidates are locked in local races across the country, including for city council spots in Phoenix, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. Tyler Titus running for Erie City School Board in Pennsylvania would become the first openly trans person elected in the state.



Tammy Baldwin at Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch 2017

Sen. Tammy Baldwin slams Jeff Sessions for speaking to anti-LGBTQ hate group

Baldwin: “This sends a very troubling message that our Attorney General, America’s top law enforcement official, is not committed to standing up to anti-LGBT hate.”

Baldwin introduces LGBT Data Inclusion Act

The legislation would require federal surveys to collect information about sexual orientation and gender identity in an attempt to make government more responsive to the LGBTQ community’s needs.

Sean Patrick Maloney explains why he appears on Fox News

Maloney: “In my district, when I go on Rachel Maddow, I hear about it from my liberal friends. When I go on Fox, I hear about it from everyone else.”



Maura Healey urges Education Secretary Betsy DeVos not to roll back Title IX protections

The openly gay Massachusetts attorney general is worried about the impact of the rollback on sexual assault survivors on college campuses.



Danica Roem dramatically out-raises ‘Bigot Bob’ in June

Roem raised 20 times as much money as her opponent last month, and it came from more than 1,000 donors, compared to just 27 for Bigot Bob.

Q&A with Danica Roem about her background, her district and issues that matter there

Danica Roem discusses growing up trans in Virginia and why she’s running for office this year.



Jenny Durkan highlights decades of experience at Seattle mayoral debate

Durkan shared her vision for Seattle, her devotion to civil rights, and why she’s best suited to stand up to the Trump administration.

Why Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski dislikes the term ‘women’s issues’

The only openly lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city says in an interview with Politico that there’s nothing she’s working on that’s solely a “women’s issue.”

Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks to CBS News about jobs, health care and the Democratic agenda

Buttigieg appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss important federal issues and how to lead from the city level.

Alex Wan seeks to build consensus as Atlanta City Council president

The openly gay candidate and city council member wants to bring a variety of voices to the table if elected to the top council spot.

LGBTQ mayors and candidates talk about local leadership and running for office

Find out what Jenny Durkan, Cathy Woolard, Robert Garcia and Christopher Cabaldon had to say about their experiences.



Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Spreitzer says his state is “one Trump appointment away” from marriage equality ending. Here’s what he and his LGBTQ colleagues are doing about it.

Rep. Jared Polis proposed new climate legislation to get the U.S. on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

Rep. David Cicilline, the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee for anti-trust law, would like to see a Congressional hearing focused on Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.

— Sen. Tammy Baldwin pushed President Trump on her “Buy America” legislation as he celebrated Made in America Week.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the only openly bisexual member of Congress, raised more money than any Arizona representative last quarter.

State Sen. Julian Cyr is pushing a single-payer health care system in Massachusetts.





New York City Councilman Corey Johnson, who is HIV-positive, was arrested for protesting the Senate health care bill outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office in D.C.:

Rep. Mark Takano took on President Trump over his stance on health care:

State Rep. Celia Israel marked the beginning of a special legislative session in Texas that could end with a so-called “bathroom bill” being signed into law:

And Celia’s colleague state Rep. Mary Gonzalez, the first openly pansexual person elected in the U.S., got to work on a bathroom bill voters will actually want:



Victory Fund Chicago Champagne Reception
Sunday, September 17
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chicago, IL



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