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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

JOHN BRUMMETT: Domo arigato, Marco Roboto

posted: 02/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Rubio-otic: A self-humiliating speaking style marked by the droning repetition of an overly rehearsed line, no matter the context, as if mechanically programmed or even the result of mechanical malfunction.

Humility and ego

posted: 02/07/2016 2:07 a.m. Comments 29

We're all creatures of good sides and bad sides. Most of us, anyway.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Dissecting Iowa

posted: 02/04/2016 2:54 a.m. Comments 19

Editor's note: This is an updated version of a column first appearing online-only on Wednesday.


posted: 02/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 29

A social media pal crystallized caucus night in Iowa precisely, calling it better for Republicans than Democrats.

JOHN BRUMMETT: A revelatory moment

posted: 02/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 19

The access of regular people to presidential campaigners--as in the case of Joe the Plumber and President Barack Obama in 2008, and as in Iowa in recent days--can produce moments that are poignant, profound, revealing and defining.

On judicial accountability

posted: 01/31/2016 1:52 a.m. Comments 3

And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is our distinct pleasure to announce the Quotation of the Week from an Arkansas newsmaker.

JOHN BRUMMETT: To spite his face

posted: 01/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 21

Asa Hutchinson, working hard to be the governor who spends more money without raising more money--a fine Reagan-esque tradition--announced last week that he'd found the solution to the state's immediate highway-funding shortage.


posted: 01/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Only a few probably dramatic hours remain before four survivors and maybe a fifth emerge from the Iowa caucuses.

JOHN BRUMMETT: The case for merit selection

posted: 01/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 11

Three distinct and essential issues arise from this newspaper's admirably reported front-page series the last few days.

Fright night

posted: 01/24/2016 1:46 a.m. Comments 39

The second-best question I got all week was whether Sean Penn is a journalist.



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