Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen vows to punish Republicans who oppose Democrats during the 2020 elections.
According to Brandon Waltens of Texas Scorecard, Dennis Bonnen is making it clear to elected officials: “Campaign against incumbents, and you will be punished.”
During a media interview earlier in the week, Bonnen stated that he was implementing a new policy of banning members from participating in other electoral campaigns, which effectively prevents “legislators from endorsing, financially contributing, or otherwise assisting in races against incumbent members.”
Bonnen used the following reasoning to justify this move:
If members of the Legislature are out campaigning against each other, you then don’t accomplish things like that because you bring the elections into the legislative process, and you don’t get over the wounds and the battles. And then people turn into Washington, and you’re simply here to legislate on politics, not on policy and not on accomplishment of success.
Waltens noted that Bonnen’s decision stands in stark contrast to what Governor Greg Abbott has done in the past.
This is a notable departure from precedent in the last few legislative sessions, where even Gov. Greg Abbott took the extraordinary step of endorsing in primary elections against liberal Republicans in the legislature, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick supported then-State Rep. Pat Fallon (R–Prosper) in his successful primary challenge against State Sen. Craig Estes (R–Wichita Falls).
However, Bonnen takes it to another level by saying these rules don’t just apply to primary elections, but he also wants to extend them to the general election as well. The Houston Chronicle reported that Bonnen’s warning “applies to members of both parties and those who serve as party chairs.”
Waltens argues that following Bonnen’s new rules is a dangerous strategy for Republicans.
With Republicans losing 12 seats in the last election, and holding a narrow 83-67 majority in the Texas House this session, members following Bonnen’s demand would be banned from contributing to Republican candidates in swing districts or otherwise endorsing efforts to grow their majority.
If any member does not comply with Bonnen’s demands, the House Speaker says he would “publicly come out against members who take part and penalize them in the next legislative session.”
This announcement came around the same time that Bonnen praised anti-gun Democratic State Representative Joe Moody, stating to a reporter that he thinks “Texas would be very blessed if there was a Democrat majority and Joe Moody wanted to lead the House.”
For some grassroots activists, Bonnen’s dedication to keeping Texas red is now being questioned.
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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