Legislative Opponents Find Common Ground On Ethics

Conversation focused on ethics at a legislative forum Thursday at Rogers City Hall, as candidates for four races considered fallout from the General Improvement Funds scandal that involved Springdale’s Ecclesia College, and ultimately sent three men to prison.

Seats in the city’s council chambers and lobby were full to hear the positions of four Democratic challengers and three Republican incumbents.

With rare bipartisan solidarity, the candidates decried the hidden nature of GIF and agreed the state should be able to recover lost funds. On Wednesday, the day before the forum, the former president of Ecclesia was the last to report to prison — he was convicted of funneling cash bribes to lawmakers in exchange for $715,000 in general improvement fund grants.    MORE

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