Texas House Democrats in big trouble

Earlier we told you about some incumbent Democratic state representatives in Dallas County who were behind after early voting. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the trend appears to be statewide:

A Republican tidal wave appears to have hit the Texas House, with a slim GOP majority poised to grow into a massive one.

Republicans, who now have 77 seats in the House, could well reach 90 by the end of the night. Locally, Democratic Reps. Patrick Rose of San Marcos and Diana Maldonado are in serious trouble after early-vote tabulations, and so is Rep. Valinda Bolton of Austin.

A number of Democratic House members in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston areas are also in serious trouble. No Republican appears in danger of losing.

Needless to say, this doesn’t bode well for pro-equality legislation in next year’s session. It could also put the community at risk for anti-gay legislative attacks.

—  John Wright

Drawing Dallas

Long-locked Luis Infante is a cut above the ordinary

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator mark@markdrawsfunny.com

Luis InfanteDominican style

Name and age: Luis Infante, 18

Spotted at: Salon on Gaston Avenue

Occupation: Hair stylist

Hair apparent: A family affair, Luis’ interest in hair started early while watching his mother, a stylist who always owned her own salon as Luis was growing up. Luis hails from a household of women (he has two older twin sisters, Diana del Rosario and Leidy del Rosario, and a younger sister, Danilca Infante), and he has been cutting hair since he was 11, with a focus on men’s cuts. Born in La Vega, in the Dominican Republic, this sizzlin’ Gemini enjoys playing baseball (he plays third and short), studying and Facebook. His future career dream is to become an architect or a plastic surgeon.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens