Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen is being accused of conspiring against Republican colleagues in 2020.
Michael Quinn Sullivan, the Executive Director of Empower Texans, claims Bonnen is trying to derail the campaigns of 10 members of the Texas GOP.
If true, this rumor could potentially hurt Bonnen’s reputation during the 2020 elections and into the 2021 legislative session.
The Texas Tribune reports that Sullivan and Bonnen met up after the 2019 legislative session.
At this meeting, Bonnen offered to extend an olive branch to Sullivan but with several conditions, all which the Tribune reported:
“He [Sullivan] said Bonnen offered to give long-denied House media credentials to Sullivan’s Texas Scorecard writers “if we would lay off our criticism of the legislative session, not spend money from our affiliated PACs against certain Republicans, and — most shockingly — go after a list of other Republicans in the 2020 primary elections.”
State Representative Dustin Burrows, the head of the House Republican Caucus, was present at this meeting as well. As Bonnen left the room, Burrows read off a list of the Republicans that needed to be targeted:
Steve Allison of San Antonio, Trent Ashby of Lufkin, Ernest Bailes of Shepherd, Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches, Drew Darby of San Angelo, Kyle Kacal and John Raney of College Station, Stan Lambert of Abilene, Tan Parker of Flower Mound and Phil Stephenson of Wharton.
Sullivan claims that he sent Bonnen and Burrows a letter “unequivocally rejecting” the deal and he published Bonnen’s reply which refuted Sullivan’s claims about Bonnen: “No offer was made to you of any kind, and thus, there is nothing for you or anyone associated with you to ‘reject,’” Bonnen wrote.
Like most conservative activists in Texas, Sullivan has been an outspoken critic of Bonnen throughout the 2019 legislative session. And for good reason.
One of the most important pieces of conservative legislation—constitutional carry—was killed during the 2019 session. This left many gun rights activists and their grassroots conservative allies angry.
With Texas becoming more competitive after the 2018 Senate elections, Republicans must start actually delivering results to their constituents.
If they don’t, they could see Democrats continue to gain ground.
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Baltimore’s Population Plummets as the City Becomes Dysfunctional
ZeroHedge recently reported on the dire state of Baltimore.
The city’s population fell below 600,000, as it is rocked by “record homicides, an opioid crisis, and now an economic depression risks sending the city deeper into chaos.”
The Baltimore Sun, cited new U.S. Census data released on March 26, 2020, which estimated that Baltimore’s population was 593,490 as of July 2019.
ZeroHedge provided some context to Baltimore’s imploding demographics:
To give you some perspective on the collapsing population trend in Baltimore. In 1950, the city had 950,000 residents. Now it has 593,490, which is a loss of 356,510 people, or about 37.5% of the entire population in seven decades.
“White flight”, the crack epidemic of the 1980s/1990s, and a complete mismanagement of the city, have led to its notable decline. As a result, many have fled the city altogether or have gone to Baltimore County and other surrounding counties.
Michael Rendall, the director of the Maryland Population Research Center and a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, said in the aftermath 2015 Baltimore Riots, no other counties surrounding the city witnessed a decline in the population.
The city’s plunging population, Rendall stated, “is not a phenomenon reflective of the overall metropolitan area.”
During the last year, Baltimore City saw 8,953 people leave the city, which is 1.5 percent of its population.
Putting this in perspective, when Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was in office in 2014, the city had over 623,000 residents. In other words, the city has lost about 5% of its population in five years.
Ever since the riots, Baltimore’s economic growth has stagnated, homicides have been on the rise, and opioids have wreaked havoc on low-income neighborhoods. In 2019, Baltimore’s homicide rate
Given the shocking realities of its high crime, it’s shocking the city hasn’t even bothered to pass legislation that would help citizens arm themselves against the very real threat of criminals.
It also doesn’t help that the city has embraced many of the wacky criminal justice reforms which empower criminals, while law-abiding citizens are at the mercy of society’s most depraved.
Baltimore is Exhibit A of a failed city.
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