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Low Energy Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen Gets a Primary Challenger

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House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has a new challenger.

On June 10, 2019, lifelong Brazoria County resident Rhonda Seth announced her candidacy for House District 25, which encompasses Brazoria and Matagorda Counties.

In a statement, Seth cited several comments from Bonnen as motivation for her candidacy.

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He’s also made several other statements lately, including praise for the possibility of an El Paso Democrat who might be Speaker of the Texas House, should Texas turn blue. Statements like that are exactly how you turn Texas blue, and don’t represent the sentiments of this Republican district.

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For Seth, these troubling comments and Bonnen’s longtime career in politics were enough for her to step up to challenge him.

This could present an interesting opportunity for grassroots conservatives in Texas. 2019 was a very disappointing year for diehard conservatives in the Lone Star State. Constitutional Carry was killed, while other conservative issues such as abortion and property tax reform were never tackled head on.

In a Facebook post, Lone Star Gun Rights pointed out that Seth originally did not take a clear stance on Constitutional Carry. However, she clarified in a comment below that she would have supported Constitutional Carry bill HB 357 if she were in Austin during the 2019 legislative session.

 

On her platform page Seth also signals her pro-gun views. She states that the “federal government has no business telling Texans how to manage our guns. As a law-abiding citizen, I should be allowed to own any weapon I choose without government permission or registration.”

In this case, Seth is referring to the unconstitutional power grabs the federal government has engaged in over the past few decades to undermine Second Amendment rights. With how polarized the gun issue has become, the Democratic Party is fully onboard with having the federal government crack-down on guns.

Rhonda Seth winning in the primaries would send a strong message to the Texas political establishment that ignoring the grassroots comes with a price to pay.

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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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