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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: Split the difference

posted: 11/26/2015 2:38 a.m. Comment 1

Conner Eldridge, 38 and a Davidson College graduate who is maybe a smidgen on the preppy side, visited with me for more than an hour Monday afternoon.


posted: 11/25/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 15

The pasta and salad and fruit of the vine were good and the political conversation better.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Arkansas disconnect

posted: 11/24/2015 4:21 a.m. Comments 5

Very little remains of an Arkansas Democratic Party that, in its long but dormant dominance, was a vague association of disconnected parts.

Logic versus fear

posted: 11/22/2015 2:11 a.m. Comments 16

Editor's note: This is an updated, revised and expanded version of a column first published online-only Wednesday.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Little Rock microcosm

posted: 11/19/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 4

It's 7:40 a.m. on a rainy Tuesday.


posted: 11/18/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 54

A culture war rages anew in the United States between the liberal and the scared.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Not up to standard

posted: 11/17/2015 4:21 a.m. Comments 21

Hillary Clinton probably doesn't care that you spent prime-time Saturday night watching the Hogs on ESPN rather than her performance in a strangely scheduled debate on CBS.

Reverse the trend

posted: 11/15/2015 1:49 a.m. Comments 3

Baker Kurrus tells the truth. The question is whether we can handle it.

JOHN BRUMMETT: On judicial integrity

posted: 11/12/2015 3:13 a.m. Comments 3

Word filtered out a few weeks ago that longtime Circuit Judge Dan Kemp of Mountain View might offer himself as a candidate for chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.


posted: 11/11/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 18

The comedic value of contemporary Arkansas politics was manifest in the filing period that ended Monday for candidacies in next year’s primaries and general election.



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