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Douglas County Democrats To Vote On LGBT Inclusive Measure!


OMAHA, NE – This Thursday, Nov 15th, the Douglas County Democrats will be considering an amendment to their Constitution and Bylaws, hopefully ensuring an inclusive County Level Democratic Party. The measure will include the LGBT community when it comes to electing officers in the Douglas County Democrats’ Executive Committee. The measure, if approved, will begin the creation of several County Level Caucus Organizations for 8 different identified groups, including African-American, Latino and LGBT.

I am very excited for this! I  have helped push for this since the County Convention back in June 2012. We have been hashing this out in the Inclusive Task Force Committee since July.  We have now finished a proposal that will introduced to the Central Committee for the first time. I am a member of of the Central Committee from LD9, and all 4 original committee members from LD9 have been in involved in some manner.  I’m very proud of my LD district for that involvement!  A total of 15 people were involved in the Inclusion Task Force Committee.  As fellow activist and friend, Mika Covington, says, “Great things happen when Queers step up!!”  The meeting is this Thursday, Nov 15th at 7pm at the IBEW at 8946 L Street Omaha, NE 68127 near 90th and L.

I hope this will help people understand that political parties, especially the Democratic party, will listen to us as a people.  We just have to put ourselves in a position to talk where we will be heard. Many Democrats won election because they support the LGBT community, and because they had the support of great organizations like the National Stonewall Democrats.  The creation of a county level LGBT Caucus would give us a nice stepping stone in creating a Stonewall Democrat chapter here in Omaha.

You can view the proposal here, Inclusion_Task_Force_Proposal_Presentation_Packet

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Elections 2012: Landslide For Equality, Part One.


OMAHA, NE – Members of the LGBT Community running Congress made great showings in their races. LGBT incumbents and challengers who were elected to Congress this cycle! One Gay GOP candidate lost his election: Jared Polis (CO-2), David Cicilline (RI-1), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Mark Takano (CA-41 Asian-American), Mark Pocan (WI-2 Tammy’s old seat), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9 Bisexual woman), and Tammy Baldwin (WI-Senate). It doesn’t stop there, the LGBT community helped re-elect Barack Obama and four ballot measures concerning LGBT issues passed in four states.

Mark  Takano’s election to California’s 41st Congressional District makes him the first openly gay person of color elected to the US Congress. Takano won easily with 56.4% of the vote.

Tammy Baldwin’s election to the Senate makes her the first openly LGBT person ever elected to the Senate. Baldwin won her election despite constant smears by her opponent, calling her radical liberal.  Her GOP opponent, former WI governor Tommy Thompson once said, “Tammy Baldwin is so liberal that even Nancy Pelosi has to turn left to talk to her.”  I can see why he lost.  LOL.   “I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, but I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference,”  Baldwin told supporters after her victory.

Mark Pocan won election to Tammy Baldwin’s former House seat, marking the first time members of the LGBT Community held a Congressional seat consecutively. It is also the first time a state has sent two representatives to Washington, DC.

The elections of 2012 are a huge victory for the LGBT Community.  The number of representatives in the US Congress almost doubled with the number reaching a record 7.  Keep your chin up for movement on issues like Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Bi-National LGBT couples, and bullying.  The year 2012: a landmark year, a landslide for equality.

Douglas County Democrats To Support On Election Day!


OMAHA, NE – Here is a list of Democrats running for office in Douglas County, Nebraska.   They will be on your specific ballots when you vote.  These Democrats run on a wide range of issues. Let’s keep Omaha and Douglas County Blue!!!

President – Barack Obama and Joe Biden

US Senate – Bob Kerrey

2nd Congressional District – John Ewing

Board of Regents – Larry Bradley

County Clerk – Tom Cavanaugh

County Commissioner #1 – Mike Boyle

County Commissioner #3 – Christopher Rodgers

County Commissioner #5 – Marc Kraft

Learning Community #4 – Amy Friedman

MCC – Board of Directors #1 – Linda McDermitt

MCC – Board of Directors #2 – Fred Conley

MCC – Board of Directors #4 – Stephen Brock

MUD – Jim Begley

NRD #3 – Brandon Clark

NRD #7 – James Powers

OPPD – Thomas Barrett

OPPD – NP Sandy Dodge

OPS #2 – Freddie Gray

OPS #6 – Mary Morissey

OPS #8 – Danyelle Baratta-Krause

OPS #10 – Nicole Nash

OPS #12 – Patrick Bourne

OPS #12 – Jennifer Tompkins-Kirshenbaum

Register of Deeds – Diane Battiato

State Board of Education – Rebecca Valdez

State Senate #5 – Heath Mello

State Senate #7 – Jeremy Nordquist

State Senate #9 – Sara Howard

State Senate #11 – Brenda Council

State Senate #13 – Tanya Cook

State Senate #31 – Rick Kolowski

State Senate #39 – Judy Domina

Bennington Board of Education – Douglas Laaker and Brad Renter

Bennington City Council – Mary Johnson and Gary Sather

Ralston City Council – Maureen Konwinski and Ben Preis

Valley Mayor – Carroll Smith

Valley City Council – Rodney Marshall and Bryon Ueckert

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