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During a 2011 legislative debate over payday lenders, state Rep. Gary Elkins, R-Houston, went to the podium in the House to make the case for those businesses against a phalanx of reformers lined up to regulate them.

A lot of people who had nothing to do with the issue — lobbyists and tourists who were just watching for the sport of it — were astonished that a lawmaker would do what Elkins did.

See, he’s in the payday lending business. And he was at the front of the House making an argument on behalf of his industry — on behalf of himself ...

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