Tagged: jake files

Fort Smith Picks GOP Senate Nominee; Ozarks House Race Close

by Associated Press 6/20/2018 5:25 am

A state representative has won the Republican nomination for a Fort Smith Senate seat, but a House race in the Ozarks is very close.

Only 2 State Races on Arkansas Primary Runoff Ballot Tuesday

by Associated Press 6/19/2018 6:52 am

Only two state races are on the ballot in Tuesday's Arkansas primary runoff, but some counties have local races.

Former State Sen. Jake Files Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/18/2018 1:36 pm

Former State. Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Monday for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with money routed to him from the state General Improvement Fund and an unrelated charge of bank fraud.

Governor, Ex-Prosecutor, Uncle: What Does Asa Hutchinson Do? (Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 6/18/2018 6:43 am

Every minute of every day, Asa Hutchinson is a governor, a former federal prosecutor and an uncle. With a nephew implicated in a bribery and corruption case, holding all three roles cannot be easy for him.

A Fish Rots From The Head (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/7/2018 12:00 am

Leadership, like expectations, matters. It matters greatly.

What Would Jesus Rationalize? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/26/2018 12:00 am

I hope I never get accustomed to public officials being on the take, but it’s especially disheartening when they use religion as part of their rationalization. And I’m detecting a pattern.

From Skeptic To Cynic (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Has government corruption become the rule rather than the exception?

GOP Votes in 3 Arkansas Races; Primary Set for Files' Seat

by Associated Press 2/13/2018 3:09 pm

Republican voters were selecting nominees for two state Senate seats Tuesday, along with a representative from the Marshall area.

Where Cooper Meets Neal, Woods (Analysis)

by Gwen Moritz 2/13/2018 10:49 am

Like a Russian novel, overlapping federal criminal investigations in Missouri and Arkansas may need a cast of characters, and it's getting hard to identify either hero or victim.

Jake Files' Fall Could Imperil Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2018 7:32 am

An Arkansas lawmaker's guilty plea for pocketing thousands of state dollars intended for a sports complex created a black eye for the Capitol, but it may have caused an even bigger obstacle for supporters of a hybrid Medicaid expansion that already faced an uncertain future.

On Passing, And Failing, Civics (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas students are required to pass a civics test, the same test immigrants must pass to become naturalized American citizens, to be eligible for high school diplomas or General Educational Development certificates. If only legislators had to take it too.

State Sen. Jake Files Pleads Guilty to Federal Crimes in GIF Scandal

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2018 3:41 pm

The Fort Smith Republican waived indictment and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and bank fraud in connection with money routed to him from the state General Improvement Fund.

No Easy Path For Arkansas-backed Local Projects (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/9/2017 9:18 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling striking down a grant system used to fund local projects didn't necessarily kill outright lawmakers' efforts to divert surplus money to pet needs in their districts.

Indictment Thoughts, Probes Grip Arkansas Capitol (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/11/2017 7:16 am

The worst-kept secret at Arkansas' Capitol over the past several months is the waiting game lawmakers, lobbyists and others play as they eye federal probes into local project money that have already targeted two former legislators.

Arkansas Court Takes New Look at Local Projects (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/5/2017 7:27 am

The state Supreme Court on Thursday will hear oral arguments in a case challenging $2.9 million in state surplus money that went toward the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District in 2015.

'In His Pocket' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/28/2017 12:00 am

In a sworn affidavit in support of a search warrant, the FBI offered probable cause that state Sen. Jake Files had committed both wire fraud and money laundering. And a big part of that evidence was an interview with the subcontractor/employee, Dianna Gonzalez.

Fort Smith Sues State Lawmaker, County Official Over Unfinished Park

by Associated Press 5/2/2017 11:50 am

Fort Smith is suing state Sen. Jake Files and Sebastian County Election Commissioner Lee Webb for nearly $27,000 in state grant money to finish a project.

Back Local Business (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/3/2017 12:00 am

The struggle over requiring out-of-state companies to collect sales taxes on online purchases by Arkansans is a prime example of making the perfect the enemy of the good.

Online Tax Effort Revived at Last Minute in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/30/2017 3:30 pm

A House committee endorsed a proposal forcing online retailers to collect Arkansas sales taxes, reviving the effort days after a lawmaker behind the bill declared it dead for this year's session.

The Trouble With Transparency (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/27/2017 12:00 am

Would it be OK if every taxpayer-funded construction bid was let based on fake bids? I’m pretty sure that even Jake Files knows the answer to that.