Part-Time Legislature Can Create Financial Hardship

Bidness as Usual

This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

In his two decades in the Texas Legislature, Rep. Garnet Coleman has learned to hustle.

The Houston Democrat has gone bankrupt once, come close to it one time after that and managed to rebuild his finances yet again while remaining in office. During certain periods, he said, his wife has worked two jobs to support their family so he could stay in the Texas House. 

"I'm using this word not in the negative connotation, but it's when you feel ...

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