life after‘real world’
on plans for an actingcareer and show’sdisappointing ratings.
An interview with
,who’s fired up for‘Fiddler’ production.
A local whodunit:Who’s stealing ourdistribution boxesin Georgetown?
the lgbtq community’s news source
Pro-LGBT Senate alliesReid, Feingold, Boxer facetough re-election battles
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@dcagenda.com
Several veteran senators viewed assupportive of LGBT rights are facingtough re-election campaigns, prompt-ing some activists and lobbyists to gearup for a defensive battle this fall.Mike Mings, director of the HumanRights Campaign’s political action com-mittee, said his organization is “certain-ly aware” that Democrats face a moredifficult environment than in the previ-ous two congressional elections.“I think the Democrats were ableto play offense in the last two cyclesin a way that has created a differentfield today,” he said. “So, they’re [now]really looking at defense.”Recently published polls brings intostark relief the troubling news for sever-al incumbent U.S. senators. Rasmussenunveiled numbers last week showingSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) trailing potential Republican oppo-nents by double digits.According to the polls, Reid wouldlose in a match with former NevadaRepublican Party Chair Sue Lowden, 54-39; in a contest between Reid and formerState Assembly member Sharron Angle,he trails 51-40; and in a contest againstattorney Danny Tarkanian, Reid comesup short again, 49-42.Viewed as an LGBT ally on CapitolHill, Reid was involved last year in thedecision to attach the hate crimes bill tothe defense authorization bill and hasoften spoken in favor of ending “Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell” in the U.S. military.Also last year, Reid was the high-est-ranking elected public official toendorse the National Equality Marchin D.C. A Mormon, Reid also report-
Relive the revelry from last weekend’sCherry festivities.
Photos, page 32
Former presidential candidate
comparessame-sex marriage to incest and drug abuse.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader
is one of several pro-LGBT lawmakers facing a tough battle for re-election this fall.
Photo courtesy of Reid’s office
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Stanford University College professor
Photo by L.A. Cicero;courtesy of Stanford University
Sullivan, Karlan notconsidered leadingcandidates for job
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
The announcement that SupremeCourt Justice John Paul Stevens willretire at the end of the court’s termhas renewed speculation thatPresident Obama might consider twoconstitutional scholars who are les-bians as Stevens’ successor.Stanford University Law Schoolprofessors Kathleen Sullivan andPamela Karlan were among severalcandidates said to have been con-sidered by Obama one year agowhen the White House conducted asearch to replace former SupremeCourt Justice David Souter.Obama chose U.S. appeals courtJudge Sonia Sotomayor as Souter’sreplacement, making her the highcourt’s first Hispanic member.As speculation this week swirledover White House plans for selectingStevens’ successor, three possibleleading nominees emerged. TheAssociated Press reported that U.S.Solicitor General Elena Kagan, 49,and federal appeals court judgesMerrick Garland, 57, and Diane Wood,59, were the leading candidates.But political pundits familiar withthe Supreme Court noted thatSullivan and Karlan were among the
2 lesbians among possibleSupreme Court picks
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Democrats in danger and playing defense
dcagenda.com • vol. 2, issue 16 • april 16, 2010