Patricia Hart

Articles by Patricia Hart

Mismanaged Care

Jul 31, 2009 By Patricia Hart

A unique confluence of medicine, money, and politics is driving health care costs in the Rio Grande Valley. At the center of it all is a Democrat from Palmview, who is already under indictment for unreported income.

2009: The Best and Worst Legislators

Jun 30, 2009 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

It was a new era at the Capitol, with a new Speaker and a new mood of peace, love, and bipartisanship in the war-torn House. But the eighty-first legislative session turned out to be a lot like the eighty that came before it—some heroes, some villains, and enough hot air to last until 2011.

Army of One

Feb 1, 2008 By Patricia Hart

There is no more important job than reshaping the military to confront a dark and dangerous future—and Pete Geren is reporting for duty.

2007: The Best and Worst Legislators

Jun 30, 2007 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

The eightieth session began with a Speaker’s race, ended with a Speaker’s race, and was consumed in between by the usual mix of nuanced issues and nasty politics. Along the way, a handful of lawmakers put the common good ahead of all else. And a handful of lawmakers didn’t.