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Dennis Bonnen

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The 64 minute recording begins with cordial greetings, family talk and other pleasantries. It's June 12 and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Dustin Burrows, then the head of the Texas House Republican caucus, met with Michael Quinn Sullivan at the capitol.  Bonnen and Burrows didn’t know that Sullivan — CEO of the conservative political advocacy group Empower Texans — was recording the meeting.


Marjorie Kamys Cotera | The Texas Tribune

During a June conversation at the Texas Capitol, Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen urged hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan to target members of their own party in the 2020 primaries and suggested he could get Sullivan’s group media access to the House floor, according to a secret recording of the conversation released Tuesday.

Whatever Happened To The Dennis Bonnen Scandal?

Oct 8, 2019

From Texas Standard:

Not long after the end of this year's "Kumbaya" legislative session, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen was accused of trading press access to the House floor for the targeting of potential political adversaries. But some two months later, Bonnen is still in power, and little has come of the scandal. 

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has handed out committee assignments, and South Texas lawmakers now lead 10 of those committees.


Ryan Poppe / Year

Dennis Bonnen, a Republican representing an area just south of Houston, was unanimously elected to serve as Texas House Speaker.


Failed Attempt to Rebuke Lawmakers Riles Texas GOP

Jun 14, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

The Texas GOP has abandoned an effort to issue an official statement on the 84th legislative session, divided over a proposed resolution that initially would have accused individual lawmakers of standing in the way of gun rights legislation.  

The resolution that named legislators never made it out of a committee of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), and the full body never voted on a version of it with softer language.

But the very prospect of it riled some party leaders, sparking heated debate about the committee’s role in the Capitol and seriously complicating party fundraising in at least one instance.  

On Tuesday, tax negotiators in the Texas House announced a tentative agreement with the Senate over how to go about cutting taxes this session. But an effort to postpone when those cuts take effect may send both legislative bodies back to the negotiation table.

It’s been months of back and forth between members of the Texas Senate and House charged with negotiating a deal on which tax plan would make it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk by the end of the session. 

Originally, the House had been asking that the plan include a cut to the state’s sales tax and a reduction in the tax on businesses. But eventually, the House agreed with the Senate’s plan to cut property taxes this session. 

House Ways and Means Committee chair, Angleton Republican Dennis Bonnen, said House members agreed to drop their plan to cut sales taxes if the Senate was willing to delay when the property tax cuts would go into effect. The reasoning, he said, was because it would require cities to hold a separate election close to the 2016 presidential election, which isn’t funded by the state.

Ryan E. Poppe

A standoff between the Texas House and Senate could be nearing the end, as both sides seemed to agree to some leeway on their plans to cut taxes in 2015. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed that he was working with the two sides to help reach some kind of compromise.

It’s been quite a bit of back and forth for the competing House and Senate plans over the past two months. Part of the Senate’s original plan called for cutting a portion of the state’s property taxes, something the House didn’t initially agree with. In the House, the Senate had taken issue with their plan to cut a portion of the state’s sales tax.  
 
And when those talks hit a stalemate, Gov. Abbott stepped in to help facilitate an agreement.
 

Ryan E. Poppe

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott met with the Honduran president last week in his first visit with a Central American leader since he took office and promised to stanch the flow of immigrants coming across the border.

It was a break from friction Abbott is confronting closer to home in the Capitol.

With six weeks left in a legislative session that began with Abbott giving largely non-contentious marching orders like ethics reforms and tax cuts — and leaving hot-button issues like gay rights and abortion aside — a standoff between the GOP in the House and Senate has put some of his agenda in gridlock.

Bonnen: Patrick ‘Playing Games’ With Border Security

Apr 22, 2015
Courtesy: Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A key member of the Texas House’s Republican leadership blasted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as a Washington-style politician a day after the Texas Senate passed its version of a sweeping border security bill.