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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

OPINION: Resuscitating truth

posted: 07/22/2018 1:46 a.m. Comments 9

For more than 30 years until retiring last year, Michiko Kakutani wrote book reviews for the New York Times that were smart, informed, sometimes brutal and always feared.


posted: 07/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 38

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

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: He just can't help it

posted: 07/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 48

Alas, I must defend President Trump once again. I continue to find him more suitable for diagnosis than condemnation.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: The challenges of a city

posted: 07/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 18

Baker Kurrus describes Little Rock as a fine place with serious challenges.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Taking it to court

posted: 07/15/2018 1:43 a.m. Comments 6

As a lawyer told me Thursday, speaking entirely metaphorically, you don't want to leave bullets in your gun if you're in the fight of your life.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Changing attitudes, culture

posted: 07/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 27

USA Today published a ranking the other day that called Little Rock the 19th-worst city in the country.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: A shameful display

posted: 07/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 41

No gun-use restriction of any sort is going to be approved by this Arkansas General Assembly.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Perilous president

posted: 07/10/2018 5:30 a.m. Comments 38

The small Balkan nation of Croatia did what Hillary Clinton couldn't. It beat Russia.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Those Arkansas values

posted: 07/08/2018 1:50 a.m. Comments 8

If you're between 30 and 49 and on the Arkansas Works health insurance program under Medicaid expansion, all you had to do last week was punch up a YouTube video on your iPhone 8 or iPad or laptop or desktop computer.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: The vote of your life

posted: 07/05/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 54

The biggest decision you'll make on the ballot in November--and you need to know this now--will not concern the governorship or a seat in Congress.






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