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Doug Thompson: Presuming innocence is not naive

Cynicism should not be mistaken for wisdom

Subscriber onlyI have spent a lot of time in federal courthouses lately. I read more than my share of court documents, too. The experience has taught me something. Continue reading...

Arkansas lobbyist plea deal describes give, take; ‘Santa is coming,’ one email says

Subscriber onlyA $1 million state grant went to lobbyist Milton "Rusty" Cranford's biggest client in 2013. The same year the legislator behind the grant, then-state Sen. Jon Woods, got to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play in the World Series compliments of that client. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Begging one's own pardon

The president’s lawyers and their advice are terrible

Subscriber only"As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!" Continue reading...

Lobbyist pleads guilty in bribery scheme; governor's nephew implicated

Little Rock senator implicated as “Senator A”

Subscriber onlyState 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. Continue reading...

Drug fund tapped by bribed lawmakers, records show

Three who took kickbacks supported grants, records reveal

Subscriber onlyGrants from the General Improvement Fund obtained through bribes to Arkansas lawmakers by a former lobbyist followed two distinctly different paths through state government, court records show. Continue reading...

Lawmakers: Grant letters went to those who asked

Subscriber onlyOnly 15 members of the Arkansas Legislature wrote letters to state administrators of a drug abuse prevention fund from 2007 to 2017 suggesting where they should send some of the $6.3 million the Legislature gave the fund, state records show. Continue reading...

Change of plea hearing set for Arkansas lobbyist

Subscriber only Indicted lobbyist Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford of Bentonville, who pleaded innocent to bribery-related charges in Missouri, has a change of plea hearing set for Thursday in federal court. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Growth vs. decline

The state’s biggest change goes on

Subscriber onlyThe biggest shift in Arkansas politics is not the relatively sudden lurch from majority Democrat to majority Republican between 2010 and 2014. The bigger, more gradual and ongoing shift is from a largely rural state to a more suburban one. Continue reading...

Indicted lobbyist to change plea in bribery case

Subscriber onlyIndicted lobbyist Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford of Bentonville, who pleaded not guilty to bribery-related charges in Missouri after his arrest in February, has a change of plea hearing set in federal court at 10 a.m. Thursday. Continue reading...

Rogers' Della Rosa wins in final recount

Subscriber only State Rep. Jana Della Rosa won by three votes in Tuesday's recount in the GOP primary for House District 90, the Benton County Election Commission announced. Continue reading...

2 incumbents in Arkansas House races prevail after recounts

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- A recount Thursday in two tight state House races in Benton County left the winners -- and incumbents -- in place. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Party not ripe for revolt

GOP ‘establishment’ not established yet

Subscriber onlyApparently, a successful anti-establishment Republican rebellion requires a Republican establishment to rebel against. An establishment, by definition, is something that has been around a while. Continue reading...

Incumbents keep wins in Benton County recount

Underwood asks for another tally

Subscriber onlyA recount Thursday in two tight state House races in Benton County left the winners -- and incumbents -- in place. Continue reading...

UPDATE: 2nd recount called in Dist. 90 race

ROGERS — A recount in two tight state House races in Benton County left the winners — and incumbents — in place while adding one vote to the slimmest margin. Continue reading...

Recount ordered in Benton County

Della Rosa, Douglas hold slim leads

Subscriber onlyBenton County's Election Commission decided late Wednesday to recount ballots today from Tuesday's Republican primary. One race for the state House was won Tuesday by three votes and another by 12 out of 4,013 votes in those races. Continue reading...