Life on the Ground in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (Yep, The Home of Pittsburgh)

I live about a mile from the vote tallying garage. The past few days have been rife with tension, heightened by the incessant whir of the helicopters from the local TV stations. I can’t figure out why they need to send helicopters when a van would be sufficient. Maybe they are afraid of violence? The […]

Western PA Among Historic Elections of Openly LGBTQ Candidates

LGBTQ Candidates Win Elections

Per the Victory Fund, 173 openly LGBTQ candidates have won their races with 76 still undecided. At least thirty-five of the winners are non-incumbents.  Pennsylvania had three electoral victories, reelecting openly gay State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta and Brian Sims. The third victory was the election of Jessica Benham to replace the retired Harry Readshaw. Jessica […]

34 Reasons to Vote on Tuesday

This year, an unprecedented 34 transgender and non-binary neighbors have lost their lives to transphobic violence.As I completed my ballot earlier this month, I whispered their names. When I write a new memorial post, I carefully read the list and say their names exhorting them to wrap their arms around the most recently lost neighbor.Joe […]

Things to do on Election Day 2020: a list by Matt Merriman-Preston

Things to Do on Election Day

So you’ve voted early, donated to campaigns, put up your yard signs, and now what? How can you help on Election Day? I know that I want to do everything I can, but what does that look like for me? We turned to political consultant and frequent contributor and strong LGBTQIA ally, Matt Merriman-Preston, for some […]

UPDATED: Log Cabin Republicans Bringing Tiffany Trump, Richard Grennell to a Pittsburgh “Pride” Event in Cranberry Township

Trump Pride Rally Pittsburgh

I mean … what? Take a look at what happened when they rolled this dynamic duo out in Florida. “I know what my father believes in,” she said during the event. “Prior to politics, he supported gays, lesbians, the LGBQIA+ community.” (She misstated the initialism — removing the “T” that stands for the transgender community.) […]

Election Q&A with Long-Time Volunteer Laura Horowitz

I’m compiling information on this most unusual of elections from a variety of sources. This is a Q&A with Laura Horowitz who has been doing GOTV and candidate work for many years. The goal of a vote plan is to encourage an individual to envision themselves voting and identify any potential barriers they might have […]

Supporting Biden

Tonight I watched Joe Biden’s Town Hall with Lester Holt of NBC. I don’t know why. I’m firmly #TeamBidenHarris. I guess the ludicrous behavior of the current President leaving Walter Reed and returning to the White House left me longing for reassurance that the ship can be righted. It worked. He wove his absurdly corny […]

Q&A Election 2020: Schuyler Sheaffer Has a Plan For Us to Turn Out Voters

Schuyler Sheaffer political consultant

This is a new limited-Q&A series focusing on Election Day. I’ve approached an array of regional folks to ask them the same seven questions about the election. This election is complicated in ways we never thought possible, but there are paths forward. Listening to what our neighbors are prioritizing and how they are framing the Biden/Harris […]

Q&A Election 2020: Jeff Miller is Voting Biden/Harris to Heal the Nation

Jeff Miller senior Citizen Pittsburgh

This is a new limited-Q&A series focusing on Election Day. I’ve approached an array of regional folks to ask them the same seven questions about the election. This election is complicated in ways we never thought possible, but there are paths forward. Listening to what our neighbors are prioritizing and how they are framing the Biden/Harris […]