Wednesday, October 16, 2019

#TXLEGE: Bonnen's "Cities and Counties" Remark Illustrates Degree to which he's LIAR

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."
Ephesians 5:11

The media seems to be fixating on an odd little remark Dennis Bonnen made in the Empower Texans recording:
The recording of a conversation between two top Republican state lawmakers and a conservative activist released Tuesday exposed legislators’ intentional political targeting of cities and counties — and their plans to make the 2021 legislative session even more painful for local governments.

“Any mayor, county judge that was dumb ass enough to come meet with me, I told them with great clarity, my goal is for this to be the worst session in the history of the legislature for cities and counties,” Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, said in the recording.

“I hope the next session is even worse,” Republican state Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock replied.

Bonnen then said he was “all in for that.”
The trib piece explores some political ramifications and is worth reading in full.  Over at Texas Monthly, Chris Hooks has a silly overreaction.  If you're looking for a good laugh, check out the Texas Municipal League's full statement.

There's just one problem: Bonnen was lying.

If Bonnen's goal were really to make the 86th "the worst session in the history of the legislature for cities and counties"...don't you think the sick leave bill would have passed?!?

Instead, we got this:
AUSTIN — As the House heatedly debated a contentious bill late Friday that would prohibit municipalities from contracting with organizations that provide abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, Democrats in the chamber were preparing for more acrimonious battles in the last week of a legislative session that’s been characterized by its mild-tempered and collaborative tone.

Earlier that day, House committees voted out controversial bills that would make it harder to remove Confederate monuments from public places, prohibit cities from requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave, and stiffen penalties for providing false information on a voter registration application.

All of those bills were still eligible to be placed on the chamber’s agenda before an important procedural deadline Tuesday, as long as they made it through the House Calendars Committee over the weekend. But by Sunday night, when the committee met to set the agenda for Tuesday’s calendar, none of those Republican-authored bills made the list, leaving them all but dead very late in the session.


A group of Democrats began talking to House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, offering to withdraw amendments on the abortion-providers bill if he would consider leaving other divisive bills off the House calendar in the final week of the session.
But Bonnen totally hates cities.

Ignore results.

Bottom Line: Honestly, were not sure if Bonnen lying or the media being oblivious to Bonnen's lying is worse.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.