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Plea cites payoffs to Arkansas 'Senator A' as lobbyist admits role in bribery of lawmakers

By Dave Perozek , Doug Thompson

This article was published June 8, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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From left, State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock. Hank Wilkins of Pine Bluff and Jon Woods of Springdale

Milton "Rusty" Cranford

Arkansas state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock accepted payoffs along with former state lawmakers Hank Wilkins of Pine Bluff and Jon Woods of Springdale from lobbyist Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford, according to Cranford's guilty plea Thursday in federal court.

Milton "Rusty" Cranford

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BoudinMan says... June 8, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.

This sounds almost as corrupt as the trump administration.

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JMort69 says... June 8, 2018 at 7:57 a.m.

So now our governor is shocked. Really. Where was he while this was going on? He took office in 2015 and this continued until 2017. He didn't notice that his nephew went to the World Series on Cranford's dime? He didn't notice that his nephew was Cranford's divorce attorney? He had nothing to do with Jeremy deciding not to run again after Cranford, his client, was charged with murder-for-hire? Funny, other folks in Little Rock had long suspected that Jeremy was dirty, but not his own uncle? Governor Hutchinson supported people in this last primary that he knew had shady dealings, like Bob Ballinger and Ecclesia. And now, he professes shock. Sorry, I ain't buyin'. The feds stated repeatedly in the 43 page Cranford indictment, that they still didn't know all the players and they intended to pursue this investigation until all those involved in public corruption are brought to justice. I certainly hope they do because I am sure these aren't the only rip off artists in our legislature. So, Governor Hutchinson, you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time. Your plastic smile and phony platitudes just won't cut it this time. Let the purge continue!

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Razrbak says... June 8, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

What at Sen. Joyce Elliot? The FBI subpoenaed her GIF expenditures and she gave ole Rusty a boat load of money as well as other questionable groups like St. Marks to but HD cameras for TV broadcasts and another for a choir concert and a huge amount to Philander Smith college.

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LRAttorneyCrime says... June 8, 2018 at 8:14 a.m.

JMort...Right on again. I knew that Asa was corrupt (or was fairly sure) years ago and that is why I did not cast a vote for him. However, when these people in Arkansas go to vote, they do it (for the most part) in two ways: 1. They look for an R or D and vote that way straight through; or 2. They look for names they recognize and choose those. Very few, actually research and determine who would be best for the State of Arkansas. This is how crooks get re-elected over and over again. "Oh, I recognize that guy! Let me vote for him/her." Or, "well, I don't really care for him/her, but he/she is a rep/dem so I will vote for him/her!"

Just completely insane how the citizens vote.

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joedog says... June 8, 2018 at 8:28 a.m.

Razorback, you are saying names. Where are your facts? Who do you work for? What’s your agenda? What’s your problem with St. Mark’s? What do St. Mark’s and Joyce Elliot have in common?

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GOHOGS19 says... June 8, 2018 at 10:17 a.m.

JMort - reread the article. the world series attended was in 2013.

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mrcharles says... June 8, 2018 at 11:50 a.m.

Does this not show and cannot we all agree, that all talking primates have the ability to, without regard to party affiliation and/or skin pigmentation can be called...... bad, bad, bad.

Of course we can also conclude that this is small potatoes from up there north with the real high rollers.

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JMort69 says... June 8, 2018 at 12:05 p.m.

Hog, the governor has known his nephew since his nephew was born. I think he knew him in 2013. What with the Hutchinson/Hendren family's past, multiple transgressions while in public office, maybe they don't discuss their latest foibles at family get togethers. But, I suspect, they know. BTW, I read the entire 43 page indictment, not just this article.

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PartneDaugherty says... June 8, 2018 at 12:29 p.m.

AS THE POLITICAL WORLD TURNS...

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TimberTopper says... June 8, 2018 at 12:42 p.m.

List for Craig's List. "Arkansas Government For Sale" low working hours, and regular church attendance.

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