What’s Brewing: Early voting begins today in runoffs for mayor in Dallas and Fort Worth

Mike Rawlings, left, and David Kunkle, are in runoff for Dallas mayor.

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Early voting begins today in runoffs for mayor in Dallas and Fort Worth. For a complete list of voting locations and times in Dallas, go here, and for Fort Worth, go here.

2. Lisa Stone’s friends held a vigil Sunday in Mesquite to mark one year since the gay Dallas woman vanished. Watch a report on the vigil from NBC 5 below.

3. Check out our photo slideshow from Razzle Dazzle Dallas.

View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com.

—  John Wright

Is FW rodeo manager advocating violence against gays who kiss in public?

Queer LiberAction, the Dallas-based direct action group, plans another one of its Queer Kiss-In’s on Saturday — this time in the Fort Worth Stockyards, which QL called “a very socially conservative area of the city” in a press release sent out yesterday. NBC 5, which posted a story about the event on its Web site this morning, interviewed Hub Baker, the longtime manager of the Cowtown Coliseum rodeo in the Stockyards, who “doesn’t exactly welcome the demonstration,” according to the TV station.

“My first thought is, in the Fort Worth Stockyards, we like to welcome anyone and everyone, and we don’t discriminate,” he said.

But he added that he has a problem with anyone kissing in public — gay or straight.

“Manners are manners,” he said. “If they don’t act right among cowboys, maybe they need to get a good whipping.”

I’m sure Baker will claim this remark was taken out of context, but I’m also pretty sure he will live to regret it. Stay tuned.

—  John Wright