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John Brummett

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Brummett’s career in news began when he was in high school as a part-time reporter for the Arkansas Democrat. He moved to the Arkansas Gazette in 1977. He wrote a political column for the Gazette from 1986 to 1990. He was an editor for Arkansas Times from 1990 to 1992. In 1994, his book, High Wire: From the Back Roads to the Beltway, the Education of Bill Clinton, was published by Hyperion of New York City. He became a columnist with the Democrat-Gazette in 1994. In 2000, he signed a deal with Donrey Media Group, now known as Stephens Media, and wrote for them for 11 years. He rejoined Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a columnist on Oct. 24, 2011.
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Recent Stories by John Brummett

Petty politics

posted: 08/28/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Should we move toward full funding for universal pre-kindergarten enrollment for the state's 4-year-olds? It's an important question.

COMMENTARY: Arkansas breaks the code

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m. Comments 7

Gov. Mike Beebe got wound up Saturday night at the state Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner.

Democrats' hot topics

posted: 08/26/2014 3:10 a.m. Comments 35

Arkansas Democrats, who don't have much to party about, tried anyway Saturday night at their Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner.

An emotional appeal

posted: 08/24/2014 1:56 a.m. Comments 9

It contends to be the most cleverly effective political commercial of the year.

All about the narrative

posted: 08/21/2014 3:42 a.m. Comments 31

Jay Barth, the political science professor at Hendrix College, wrote an insightful column in the Arkansas Times last week.

COMMENTARY: Thrust and Perry

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m. Comments 47

Austin is a liberal oasis in a state spawning such ultra-conservative menaces as Tom DeLay and Ted Cruz.

Off to the races

posted: 08/19/2014 2:53 a.m. Comments 6

Let's take this opportunity to get a little behind the headlines of the two big Arkansas political races.

The principled man

posted: 08/17/2014 1:51 a.m. Comments 35

Editor's note: A version of this column was first published online Wednesday at

A question of timing

posted: 08/14/2014 3:26 a.m. Comments 3

"There's a town in Texas called El Paso. And I'm gonna el passo."--James Carville, Democratic consultant, when asked by Politico what he had to say about the sudden fight that Hillary Clinton picked with Barack Obama.

COMMENTARY: The principled man

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m. Comments 37

Until now, one always had to concede that at least Tom Cotton was admirably principled. He voted his economically libertarian and anti-government principles, like them or not. And he owned up to voting for those principles.


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