In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, we report on how politics shapes the day-to-day realities faced by members of the gay community. Read about LGBT leaders like Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin, and their work to advance the LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn about legislation related to same-sex marriage, adoption, and other issues in gay politics that will impact the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

The super PAC created to defeat lawmakers who helped kill civil unions in the state announced its first target for the November election.

September 20 2012 12:05 PM

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin surged to a nine-point lead over Republican rival Tommy Thompson, marking a reverse from polling last month.

September 20 2012 11:12 AM

Ted Olson, one of the powerhouse attorneys behind the legal challenge to California's antigay Prop. 8, will stand in for Joe Biden when Paul Ryan practices for next month's vice-presidential debate.

Olson will act as Biden, lobbing questions and responses the current vice-president is likely to aim at Ryan. The debate will take place October 11 in Kentucky.

September 17 2012 5:45 PM

Tammy Baldwin now has a three point lead over her GOP challenger in the battle to win one of Wisconsin's Senate seats, according to a poll sponsored by a Democratic political action committee.

The Democracy for America poll, which queried nearly 1,000 people last week, showed Baldwin leading Tommy Thompson, a former Republican governor of Wisconsin. The poll also showed Thompson's favoribility numbers dropping, with 53% of voters reporting a negative view of him.

Should Baldwin win in November, she would be the first LGBT person to serve in the U.S. Senate.

September 17 2012 2:16 PM