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American values: voting with your dollar

Posted: August 9th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | 2 Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum I have been disheartened over the last week at the vitriol that has surrounded the grassroots movement to boycott Chick-fil-A franchises. I believe people on both sides of the divide have lost sight of the fundamental issue at hand. Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has the right to say and believe what he wants. There isn’t a single person arguing that. What Cathy’s now famous “guilty as charged” comments have done, […]

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Pride was a protest

Posted: July 26th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | 1 Comment

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum This past weekend, our community came together to celebrate our common identities and the achievements we have made nationally and locally. Immediately following the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, which concluded with the raising of a rainbow flag that will fly in Hillcrest year round, there was a block party and a weekend of festivities. My weekend had a slightly different, yet parallel narrative, which involved marching in the Parade to […]

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Furthering the promise of Independence Day

Posted: July 13th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum Last week our nation celebrated Independence Day, and here in San Diego the focus of the day revolved on two things: whether the sun would come out to really enjoy the festival and the shorter-than-expected fireworks show. While Independence Day is a day to celebrate, it’s important to remember what we are celebrating and to place it in context of what that celebration means to our community. On July 4, […]

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Coming out as a political act

Posted: June 28th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum A few weeks ago, coming down from the busy schedule of campaigns and elections, I promised my boyfriend David we would complete a series of personal errands we had been putting off until after the primary. One of those errands was going to the Navy Exchange on base because he needed some new uniforms. All my life, I never thought I would want to be in a serious relationship with […]

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Primary election recap, looking to November

Posted: June 15th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum The primary elections are over, and with only a handful of races waiting on the final provisional and absentee ballots to be counted, most races have produced their top two contenders for the general election, and in a handful of city council races, there is no need for a runoff. Councilmember Todd Gloria easily won re-election, being unopposed in District Three. In District Five, Mark Kersey coasted to victory in […]

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Democratic process begins in the primary election

Posted: June 2nd, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum On Tuesday, June 5 Californians will go to the ballot box to cast their first votes in the 2012 election cycle. Unfortunately, many do not even realize there is an election. I cannot stress enough the importance of voting in the primary election. Too often, I hear people complain that every candidate is the same and, come November, I hear gripes about having to vote for the lesser of two […]

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Bring the fight for marriage equality to them

Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum To surprise and shock, North Carolina voted to codify discrimination into their state constitution on May 8. The Tar Heel State becomes the 29th to enact an amendment banning the right of same-sex couples to marry. North Carolina’s amendment is especially troubling as its vague language brings into question whether the state will allow for domestic partnerships or any other legal recognition for same-sex unions. Nationally, there has been uproar […]

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Battle far from over after DADT

Posted: May 4th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum A few weekends ago, I did something I thought I would never do. I attended a military event as the date of an active duty service member. Recently returned from its nascent tour of duty, the command of the ship hosted a homecoming dinner and dance. It was like a scene out of high school, only this time you could drink in front of the chaperones. Service members dressed up […]

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County supervisor seat could turn Democrat

Posted: April 20th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum The San Diego County board of supervisors has gone largely unnoticed in San Diego political discussion for many years. Some attribute this to the fact that people who live in the county mostly live in one of its18 incorporated cities, and therefore are more closely tied to citywide issues rather than countywide ones. I think a more realistic perspective would be that few people realize what the board of supervisors […]

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Options increase in mayoral race

Posted: April 6th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum People are born into Democratic families and inherit their family’s ideologies. Others come of age in an apolitical family and discover their political leanings later in life. Still others learn from trial and error. I am a lifelong Democrat. Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher embodies the kind of moderate conservatism that has led many Republicans to statewide office. His recent decision to leave the GOP and register as an Independent may be […]

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Judicial races imperative to LGBT representation

Posted: March 23rd, 2012 | Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum

The official deadline to submit nomination papers to be a candidate in this June’s primary happened earlier this month. Now that the candidates are official, I sat down with a friend to discuss all the important races in San Diego County. As we were reviewing the ballot, we arrived at the candidates running for Superior Court Judge and my friend commented on how both uninformed and apathetic she was about judicial races and appointments in general.

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Democratic Party needs marriage equality plank

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum Last week at the San Diego Democrats for Equality meeting, an endorsement forum was held for the newly redrawn 53rd Congressional District. One thing became clear to me during the club’s debate on the endorsement: marriage equality is a singularly salient issue for me. I hope that it is for you, as well. The two major candidates at the forum were State Senator Juan Vargas and former State Senator Denise […]

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Popular vote victory may legitimize our resolute for marriage equality

Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum The year is off to a good start for marriage equality advocates, and hopefully serves as foreshadowing for victories to be won later. Just one week before Valentine’s Day, the 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Court voted, in a 2-to-1 decision, to throw out the California voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Upholding Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling issued in 2010, the panel agreed the proposition was unconstitutional. While a victory in […]

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SD Democrats for Equality’s new direction positive for potential voters

Posted: February 10th, 2012 | Political Spectrum | 1 Comment

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum January’s meeting of the San Diego Democrats for Equality (SDDE) ushered in a new direction for the organization, one many partisan organizations would be wise in following. The big news was the revealing of the organization’s new logo to coincide with their name change that was voted on near the end of 2011. Formerly the San Diego Democratic Club, the club chose to change its name to more accurately reflect […]

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Representation through action

Posted: January 27th, 2012 | Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum Over the weekend, I was sharing with a friend my excitement about Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) historic run for U.S. Senate. She may become the nation’s first openly gay member of the senate. In my excitement, I did not actually touch on any of Baldwin’s accomplishments with my friend, and cited only her sexual orientation as the reason to support her candidacy. To this, my friend asked if it was […]

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