The year 2019 can be viewed through its dichotomy, stark opposites of success and trouble. None epitomizes ultimate highs and lows better than state Rep. Dennis Bonnen.

When Bonnen earned unanimous election Jan. 8 as speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, the longtime legislator said, “I never dreamed of or planned to be in this position.” He likely could say the same in late October when his fall from the top tier of Texas politics was complete following a political waterboarding by far-right forces exposing the speaker’s ugly attempt at gamesmanship.

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