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    Number of LGBTQ Candidates in Texas Reportedly Growing

    Outsmart Magazine in Texas reports there are 49 openly gay candidates running for office. Several are from North Texas. (Published Monday, Jan. 29, 2018)

    The number of LGBTQ in Texas is growing, according to Outsmart magazine. According to the publication, there are 49 candidates running for office in the state. The Texas Tribune also reported on the growing number, and the bathroom bill last session, may have contributed to the trend.

    Mark Phariss, is one of the candidates on the ballot. He is running for State Senate District 8. Phariss challenged the gay marriage ban in Texas, but he never expected to make this decision.

    “I’d never thought I’d ever run for public office ever,” Phariss said.

    He tells NBC 5 that the last legislative session played a role in his decision.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    “They were spending too much time on all the wrong issues like a bathroom bill that I thought targeted some of the most vulnerable in our community,” he added.

    Phariss is one of several openly gay candidates in North Texas. Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne are running for governor. Most of the candidates running are democrats.

    The Secretary of the board of Log Cabin republicans, which represents gay conservatives and their allies, tells us there are two openly gay republicans on the ballot. Steve Rudner, the Chair of the board of Equality Texas, believes members of the LGBTQ community found their voice during the last legislative session, during the fight over a bathroom bill.

    “I think it involved a lot of people in the political process that had not otherwise not been involved,” said Rudner.

    He believes that some of the LGBTQ democrats running have a good shot in a state that votes Republican.

    “Because most of the candidates that are running are running in local areas that are blue, I think a lot of them have a very good chance, yes," he added.

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

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