Local Briefs • U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña keynotes Rainbow LULAC summit

U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña keynotes Rainbow LULAC summit U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña will be the keynote speaker at the first LULAC 4871 social justice summit. The conference takes place in the School of Management Building at the University of Texas at Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 15. “Since we’re the first Rainbow Council, we get a [...]

Who’s the lesser evil in GOP Senate runoff?

Cruz, Dewhurst both spew anti-gay venom, but some say it’s become less potent — even among Texas Republican Primary voters JOHN WRIGHT  |  Senior Editor Ted Cruz repeatedly attacked former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert during the GOP Senate primary for marching in the city’s gay Pride Parade. On his website, Cruz boasts that as Texas’ [...]

ELECTIONS: Texas to get 1st gay legislator since ’03

FROM STAFF REPORTS It appears as though Texas will get its first openly LGBT legislator in 11 years and only its second in history. Gay candidate Mary Gonzalez, 28, was well on her way to capturing the Democratic Primary in El Paso’s House District 75 on Tuesday night. With 20 of 27 precincts reporting, Gonzalez [...]

Stay tuned to Instant Tea for election results

Staff writers David Taffet and Anna Waugh are headed out to election night watch parties, and I’m here at the Instant Tea Brewery. Together we’ll be bringing you coverage of tonight’s primary election results, beginning with early voting results shortly after polls close at 7 p.m. Here are just a few of the races we’ll be watching closely:

Tom Leppert attacks Ted Cruz for accepting $250K from gay Republican donor Peter Thiel

As you may recall, tea-bagging former solicitor general Ted Cruz has repeatedly attacked former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert for twice appearing in the city’s gay Pride parade. Cruz and Leppert are battling for second place and a spot in a runoff alongside Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay [...]

Amid anti-gay rhetoric of GOP Senate race, 2 Dems back marriage equality

Hubbard or Sadler will face long odds in November as nominee vies to become 1st member of party to win statewide race since 1994 DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer While four names will appear on the Democratic ballot for U.S. Senate, only two candidates are actively mounting a statewide campaign. Paul Sadler, 56, is a [...]

Gays get abused in VAWA debate

Hutchison’s effort to exclude LGBT victims from domestic violence bill shows there’s a lot of work still to be done on this critically important issue   The threat of LGBT domestic violence evidently remains a mysterious and inconsequential issue to many American lawmakers and their constituents, even after decades of discussion in the alternative media [...]

Sen. Hutchison’s alternative anti-gay VAWA fails as U.S. Senate passes LGBT-inclusive bill

The Violence Against Women Act passed the U.S. Senate Thursday in a 68-31 vote. The bill included LGBT victims of domestic abuse.

Public Policy Polling: Perry particularly unpopular

If a Public Policy Polling poll is correct, Rick Perry may be in his last term in office. According to PPP, only 29 percent of Texas voters think Perry should run for governor again in 2014 and fewer still — just 19 percent — think he should run for president again. The ever-resilient governor could [...]

The law west of the Pecos

How Fort Worth’s Robert Pitman went from student body president at Abilene Christian to openly gay U.S. attorney for Texas’ Western District ANNA WAUGH  |  Staff Writer AUSTIN — Although Robert Pitman found the freedom to be himself while attending law school and eventually came out publicly while a federal prosecutor, he never thought his [...]