A Private Battle Over Ethics Goes Public

Be careful what you wish for. The closed hearings into the political activities of a conservative group in Austin are slowly coming into the open.

That obliterates the excuse for not going — the notion that a secret hearing is a horrible thing and that we would otherwise line up to watch the truly fascinating inner workings of government.

Actually, we sometimes would. A formal hearing about the alleged lobbying activities of Empower Texans could clear up some questions, like whether someone who talks to legislators and gets paid for it should have to register and pay fees as a result ...

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