Tuesday morning brief 11.19.19

Chick-Fil-A head fake?

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State Representatives are debating the Speaker’s ability to remove a representative from a chairmanship during the legislative interim.

Yesterday on Twitter, Rep. James Frank suggested a Speaker shouldn’t be able to remove a committee chair during the interim because that would be too much power.

Meanwhile, Rep. Phil King insists the speaker has the power to reshuffle chairs. King and two other lawmakers have called on Speaker Bonnen to remove Rep. Poncho Nevarez from his chairmanship after he admitted to dropping an envelope of cocaine in September.

Yesterday’s debate was in response to an Empower Texans article refuting claims by Bonnen that he is powerless to rearrange committees after setting them at the begining of the legislative session.

Chick-Fil-A appears to have caved to liberal activists who’ve long decried the organization’s charitable giving to conservative nonprofits opposed to the normalization of a homosexual lifestyle.

This could be a head fake. In 2012 the chicken chain made a similar announcement only to continue giving to conservative causes. With that history and a Christian culture permeating the company, yesterday’s report is not likely to appease detractors. 

During the 2019 legislative session, conservative lawmakers and Governor Abbott passed what’s been called a watered-down religious protection bill titled the Chick-Fil-A Act. In hindsight, maybe hackishly naming legislation after a company that responds to the whims the market was a bad idea.

The arch of wokeness is on the decline. Intellectuals, including liberals, are grappling with the effects that the culture of rage is having on the left. Many of its thought leaders are calling for moderating the approach.

Most notably, Barack Obama called for his disciples to tone down the cancel culture stating:

“This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're always politically woke, and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” Obama said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.”

Luke Macias, on his latest podcast, highlights a bizarre case in which the sins of a former white supremacist appear to be forgiven now that he’s gender dysmorphic and the Texas penal system is faced with the issue of where to keep him incarcerated.

People need to be held accountable for actions, there needs to be repentance, and there needs to be forgiveness.

Runoff elections for HD 28, 100, and 148 are set for January 28, 2020. As was noted in the morning brief immediately following the midterm election, Democrats have hitched their hopes for 2020 success in Texas on a race that won’t be decided until January 2020. Smart.

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