Why Did It Take a Public Shaming for Philip Kingston to Pay His Debt to City Hall?

The first part of the job of being a member of the Dallas City Council is just showing up.No council members, no council. It’s simple.It’s so basic, in fact, that the city will dock a council member’s pay for failing to do it.Council member Philip Kingston wasn’t able to fulfill that basic requirement in recent years, so the city fined him more than $8,000 in back pay. Kingston agreed to pay the money, although he disputed missing some of the meetings, despite plain video evidence and written records to the contrary.  Continue reading...

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