Texas Scorecard reports that House Speaker Dennis Bonnen may be losing control over Republican House members.
A group of 30 Republican House members requested a special caucus meeting to address certain changes in their leadership structure.
After an ongoing investigation by the Texas Rangers Public Integrity Unit, State Representative Dustin Burrows, who was the subject of the investigation, ended up resigning as chair of the House Republican Caucus.
This investigation was brought about after allegations of a backroom deal that Bonnen tried to make with Empower Texas CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan. BLP reported that Burrows was present at this meeting.
Following Burrows’ resignation, State Representative Stephanie Klick, the former vice chair of the caucus, took over Burrow’s spot, thus leaving a vacant post.
Previously, email meetings were used to fill this vacancy. In contrast, now lawmakers are demanding a physical meeting to hold an election for the new vice chair.
According to Capitol insiders, this move is a big setback for Speaker Bonnen and his leadership cabal, due to it giving them an opportunity for members to challenge the speaker over his backroom schemes.
These same sources indicate that Bonnen and his allies have been working to roadblock this meeting. Currently, Texas House Republican Caucus bylaws stipulates that a meeting must be held by September 15. However, the letter requests that a meeting be held in Austin on the week of September 8 “in order to ensure the maximum participation by our Caucus members.”
By adding their signatures to this letter, lawmakers are standing in opposition to the House Speaker. And they’re no longer alone.
According to the state capitol source, the letter’s author stopped collecting signatures at 30 members, but more members continued to sign on.
The following elected officials signed on to this letter:
Gary Van Deaver
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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