Being a Democrat, a Latino, a woman, Sara Saldaña believed she had chosen the right election cycle to run for civil district judge in Dallas County. With George W. Bush off the ballot, there was no better time--or so said the Democratic Party regulars when they convinced her and 23 other attorneys to take on the Republican monopoly that has ruled the courthouse for more than a decade. A partner in the "conservative Republican" law firm of Baker Botts, Saldaña had a good deal of bipartisan support from the downtown legal establishment. Fund raising was going well. Dallas County had been trending Democratic. And with an attractive Democratic ticket topped by a former Dallas mayor running for U.S. Senate and a big-spending Hispanic businessman running for governor, the down-ballot races... More >>>