With most of the news coverage about how liberals think President Donald Trump is to blame for every problem facing the country, it’s hard for many Americans to actually see real news taking place in other parts of the country.
This is especially true given a high-ranking Republican was impeached and removed from office in a landslide vote — and hardly anyone has heard about it.
State Rep. Mickey Gates, a Republican lawmaker from Hot Springs, Arkansas, was expelled from the Arkansas House of Representatives in an 88-4 vote after he “pleaded no contest to failing to pay taxes for several years.”
While speaking from the floor of the Arkansas House, Gates admitted that he was “a flawed individual,” but also said, “I have not been found guilty. I stand before you an innocent man.”
Gates was arrested last summer by the Arkansas State Police and charged with not filing state tax returns for at least five years.
However, it is being reported that he worked out an agreement with Garland County prosecutors.
Under the agreement, his charges would be reduced to a single count — yet he would have to pay $75,000 in back taxes and meet other obligations, such as serving probation for six years.
As noted by U.S. World News, Gates is the first Arkansas House member to be expelled in over 100 years.
Arkansas House expels member accused of not paying taxes https://t.co/mh0jjbNpFZ
— John Hamm (@JohnHam77828916) June 12, 2020
Richard McGrew defeated Jack Wells in the primary for the House District 22 seat that had been held by Gates.
A Garland County justice of the peace won the Republican primary Tuesday for an Arkansas House seat vacated after a lawmaker was ousted for pleading no contest for failing to pay state income taxes.
Richard McGrew defeated Jack Wells in the primary for the House District 22 seat that had been held by former Rep. Mickey Gates. Gates, a Republican who was arrested last year and charged with not filing returns from 2012 through 2017, pleaded no contest in July to one count of not filing or paying income taxes and was sentenced to six months of probation.
The House voted in October to expel Gates, making him the first person to be kicked out of the chamber since the 1800s.
McGrew will face Libertarian Judy Bowers in a March 3 special election that coincides with the 2020 primary. The winner of the special primary will serve the remainder of Gates’ term through 2020.
McGrew and Wells are also running against Richard Midkiff in the regular primary for Gates’s seat on March 3. The winner of that primary will face Bowers in the November election for a full term representing the district beginning in 2021.