Sadler wins Democratic Senate nomination

Paul Sadler, left, and Grady Yarbrough

Former State Rep. Paul Sadler easily defeated retired educator Grady Yarbrough for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

Sadler will face Ted Cruz who won the Republican nomination this evening.

Sadler supports marriage equality.

The last Democrat elected to the Senate in Texas was Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.

In another Democratic race, Linda Mrosko won the nomination for U.S. House District 5. She faces incumbent Rep. Jeb Hensarling.

—  David Taffet

Sally Kern supporter now calling her transgender opponent a ‘he’ instead of ‘a confused it’

Brittany Novotny

The Oklahoman reports that a right-wing group backing anti-gay State Rep. Sally Kern, which previously referred to Kern’s transgender opponent Brittany Novotny as “a confused it,” is now referring to Novotny as a “he.”

Charlie Meadows is chairman of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee:

Meadows in an e-mail he sent out Tuesday, talks about an invitation he extended to Novotny, the Democratic candidate in the House District 84 race, which covers western Oklahoma City and the Bethany area, to attend his group’s weekly meeting.

“Hopefully Brittany will decide to attend,” Meadows wrote. “If he wants to talk about issues, we will do that.

“If … Brittany is a conservative, is he confused? After all, if he is a conservative, why is he a member of the liberal Democratic Party?”

Meadows, who earlier called Novotny a “confused it,” said he now refers to Novotny as a male because he believes Novotny still has the DNA makeup of a male.

“That’s a more accurate description,” he said.

Novotny said: “He’s free to call me what he wants. I’m comfortable with who I am.

Novotny has declined Meadows’ invitation to appear at an OCPAC meeting alongside a representative from the extremist John Birch Society. Instead, she has proposed a town hall where both she and Kern could appear and answer questions for voters from the district. Not surprisingly, Meadows has declined Novotny’s invitation to help put together the town hall, citing his busy schedule, according to an e-mail exchange posted on Novotny’s website:

I have significant events on October 8th, 9th, 12th and the 26th which all will require a fair amount of my time in planning and attendence,” Meadows wrote. “In addition, I will be out of state for a few days in October. I simply don’t have the time to be part of this effort.”

—  John Wright

Bill White’s big gay breakfast in Austin

Looks like the gays in Austin hosted a breakfast for Bill White, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, on Wednesday morning. Above is a screen shot of the invitation from White’s campaign website.

If you weren’t invited, don’t feel bad, because neither was Instant Tea. But we’ll post pics or video if any turn up. And just because you missed the breakfast doesn’t mean you can’t help out, according to Equality Texas on Twitter. Make a contribution to White’s campaign on the site.

It’s nice to see White reaching out to the gays, and maybe he’ll duplicate this breakfast in other cities around the state. We understand the concerns about anti-gay Republican Gov. Rick Perry using this stuff against him, but White is trailing in the race by 7 points, according to the latest poll. What does he really have to lose?

UPDATE: We found some pics and they are here.

—  John Wright

Denton Pride! hosts social tonight at Banter

Back in summer, we wrote about the Denton LGBT explosion happening. See it firsthand and support the growing community tonight with Denton Pride!’s social event. They hold it tonight in tandem with the opening of the campaign headquarters for gubernatorial Democratic candidate Bill White. Stonewall Democrats of Denton County will be present. Then stick around for Open Mike night at 9 p.m.

DEETS: Banter,219 W. Oak St., Denton. 9 p.m. MySpace.com/DentonPride

—  Rich Lopez

Gay candidate for Kansas Legislature receives death threat

Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. — An openly gay Democratic candidate for the Kansas Legislature says he received a death threat containing anti-gay slurs.

Dan Manning of Wichita says he found the threat on his front door Saturday afternoon, Aug. 21 after returning from work. He says it contained cut-out words and letters from a newspaper, including “Kill” and “Will die,” as well as homophobic comments.

Manning, a West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army, says he notified Wichita police, who are investigating. He says the note scared him, but also strengthened his resolve to run.

Manning faces Republican state Rep. Brenda Landwehr in the Nov. 2 election. Landwehr condemned the death threat, saying such actions have no place in America.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Manning says his sexual orientation hasn’t been an issue with voters he has spoken with in his campaigning.

—  John Wright

Bill White wants ideas from the arts community

Bill White wants to learn the needs and wants of Texas’ arts community. We wonder if ZZ Top gave him some ideas.

What could the Democratic nominee for governor want with local artists?

Theatre Three posted this invitation for Dallas’ creative community to meet with former Houston Mayor Bill White.

White reportedly wants to know the needs and wants of people in the arts around the state, and it sounds like he knows how to appeal to this target audience: Shiner, wine and snacks will be provided. Nice.

The event is at Stoneleigh P Restaurant, 2926 Maple Ave. at 5 p.m. For details, call, 469-855-7680.

—  Rich Lopez