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$4.7M bid aired at kickback trial of former Arkansas legislator

Emails: Woods sought loans, grants for Missouri company

By Doug Thompson

This article was published April 25, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Former state Sen. Jon Woods (left) walks April 4 alongside his attorneys outside the John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building in Fayetteville.

Randell Shelton Jr.

A $400,000 grant awarded with kickbacks was only the start of a Missouri company's plan to get another $4.7 million from the state, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Randell Shelton Jr.

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RBear says... April 25, 2018 at 6:08 a.m.

It just keeps getting better (or worse, depending on your POV) in this case. I have no clue what type of defense Woods' attorneys can have for him. But I think a few others should take the heat, namely Ballinger who has some activity with Woods on these financial dealings. Let's hope voters are paying attention when it come election time, but I doubt they will. Their good pastors (aka campaign workers) will tell them Ballinger is a good man doing the Lord's work in Little Rock.

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JMort69 says... April 25, 2018 at 7:04 a.m.

Not all of Ballinger's coveted Senate District 5 lies in the area where he lives. Some of us live in Crawford and Sebastian Counties where these cults don't exist. And, not all of us are the leming-like creatures who sit gaped mouthed in their churches and believe anything their supposed "pastors" say. Some of us actually think for ourselves and we see this very clearly. Ballinger, among others, helped promote this scam by contributing their GIF funds to this ridiculous "college". They are just as culpable as the people on trial to us voters. Oren Paris, III was a "pastor", as were most of the people on the board of Ecclesia. None of them said anything about what was going on and it should have been apparent. Paris and his family were skimming over 1.3 million from the school in a 4 year period, per the federal indictment. No one noticed? Having been raised in a fundamental, evangelical religion, I was exposed to many of this type preacher. On the whole, I found their intelligence to be limited and many were nothing but con men. You see the type on television frequently. It is up to those of us who are not under the influence of these charlatans in righteous clothing to see to it that Ballinger and his ilk are not elected. Voting in the Republican Primary, no matter whether you are one or not, is the only way to prevent Ballinger from being elected. I urge good people of conscience to do that. Its time to rid our legislature of anyone associated with this alleged criminal activity and start anew.

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RBear says... April 25, 2018 at 7:44 a.m.

JMort great comments and thank you for sharing them.

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TimberTopper says... April 25, 2018 at 8:25 a.m.

Why not just vote out all preachers as well? Are we really so dumb as to think one can preach and also be a politician, without the preacher trying to use his position to give us his Bible laws put on the books, and at the same time think that the politician part of him will have clean hands, when it comes to money. The two occupations just are not compatible, on one human being.

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hurricane46 says... April 25, 2018 at 11 a.m.

I agree with Timber, when a preacher is elected to the legislature he isn't representing his district, he's representing his church.

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