As the Democrat coalition that controls the Texas House rushed to suspend the rules and set a hearing for legislation to overhaul the school finance system, one conservative member stood up and was met with physical retaliation.

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford) tweeted that he opposed the House Speaker Joe Straus’s move to suspend the rules and was met with physical intimidation by Straus’s chief attack-dog, State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R–Angleton).

Texas Scorecard has submitted open records requests seeking the chamber’s video and audio recordings from this afternoon.

As for Stickland, he says that being attacked by Bonnen was “worth it” after he was able secure a concession from the House leadership team that additional hearings will be held on the school finance legislation.

With a senate committee hearing on the Texas Privacy Act sure to dominate tomorrow’s media coverage, school finance legislation would likely be able to fly under the radar and away from citizen testimony.

By securing additional hearings on the legislation, Stickland has protected much needed input from parents, teachers, and administrators and ensured that the process that protects citizens input is upheld.


Cary Cheshire

Cary Cheshire is the executive director of Texans for Strong Borders, a no-compromise non-profit dedicated to restoring security and sovereignty to the citizens of the Lone Star State. For more information visit