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Another GOP peer presses senator from Little Rock to quit

At Capitol, Hendren touts ethics plan, says it’s time to ‘change the culture’

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published June 13, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock

Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas

Sen. Terry Rice, R-Waldron

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs

Rep. David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville

Rep. Marcus Richmond, R-Gravelly

State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, a Republican from Pocahontas, on Tuesday called on state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to resign immediately, saying that his staying in the Senate is a disservice to his constituents and the people of Arkansas.

Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas

Sen. Terry Rice, R-Waldron

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs

Rep. David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville

Rep. Marcus Richmond, R-Gravelly

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LR1955 says... June 13, 2018 at 6:27 a.m.

All in favor of Hutchinson quitting, say AYE!

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Testingonetwothree says... June 13, 2018 at 6:36 a.m.

Those that throw stones should be very careful as their world may get rocked...he has friends and $$ to research each of these 6 and blow up anything THEY my have done and have kept hidden....

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Nodmcm says... June 13, 2018 at 8:42 a.m.

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson will be the next governor of Arkansas. The Hutchinsons and related Hendrens are the most powerful bloc of Republicans in Arkansas. If folks don't like the Hutchinson/Hendren clan, their only hope is to vote Democrat. Thankfully, the Hutchinson/Hendren clan are level-headed, unlike many others in Arkansas politics.

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JMort69 says... June 13, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.

So, now that the cows are out of the barn, these hypocrites decide to do something. Why didn't they do something, or even say anything, while all this was going on? Are we supposed to believe that the governor, his nephew Jim Hendren and all the others in that small body of 135 in our legislature knew nothing? Sorry, ain't gonna fly. And, we are going to let Hendren, who has had his own public issues in the past and is Jeremy's cousin be in charge of ethics. OK, fox, here are the keys to the henhouse. The last time our crooked legislature gave us an ethics issue, it was drawn by Jon Woods, now convicted felon who stole thousands from us. Let's face it, ethics and the AR legislature is an oxymoron. Of course, we the people deserve better than this, but we are the ones who control who represents us. So, we the people have to step up and clean our state house. If you think that they are going to do it themselves, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for you. As for the Hutchinson/Hendren clan being level-headed, then why have so many of them gotten into trouble? Tim Hutchinson, the Baptist preacher fornicator who had to resign; Jim Hendren, Mr. Ethics, who, reportedly followed Uncle Tim's evil ways; Jeremy, who the feds say stole $500,000.00 of our money. How can one possibly say this is level-headed behavior? To me, its as crooked as it gets. This body can pass all the ethics rules they want, but crooks are crooks and they will find a way around the rules. And, as long as the lobbyists hold sway, like the 11 groups that Bob Ballinger took money from, the pig sty in our state house will flourish. A leopard doesn't change its spots. If they are dirty now, they will go on being dirty. The only solution is to VOTE THEM OUT, VOTE THEM OUT!!

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Packman says... June 13, 2018 at 9:53 a.m.

AYE!

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Nodmcm says... June 13, 2018 at 10:23 a.m.

JMort: First, the Hutchinson/Hendren divorces and remarriages don't matter anymore, since President Trump changes wives frequently and is not disrespected for it. As regards Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, the $500,000 was paid as legal fees, so its not a bribe, technically. Perhaps improper influence, or severe conflict of interest, but with part-time legislators, are we going to tell them to sell their businesses/law practices before entering the legislature? President Trump has changed that rule, also, by continuing to conduct private big business and creating conflicts of interest while sitting as president. Governor Asa Hutchinson's reputation is spotless. Admittedly, his son needs to quit drinking and partying, and soon, if he ever wants to be governor. Let's face it, if you don't admire and respect the Hutchinsons and Hendrens, understanding that their foibles pale in comparison to our president's, you're just not a loyal Arkansas Republican.

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AnonymousiinAR says... June 13, 2018 at 10:32 a.m.

Collins-Smith has no dog in this hunt. She was “resigned” by the voters. Good bye and good riddance.

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hah406 says... June 13, 2018 at 10:46 a.m.

Who was the government official a few years ago that got caught accepting bribes in pie boxes underneath the pie? If anyone wants to give me cash, that is how I want to receive it...underneath a nice fresh pie, preferably peach.

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Packman says... June 13, 2018 at 11:26 a.m.

Hey hah - That was Martha Shoffner, and I believe it was apple pie. And peach works for me, too. Must say, hah, you have good taste in pie.

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LR1955 says... June 13, 2018 at 11:29 a.m.

It was the pie lady/state treasurer I believe.

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