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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: Something, somehow

posted: 02/26/2017 1:47 a.m. Comments 21

I had never seen my phone flash like that, as if it was its own rock-concert light show.

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: Friends and enemies

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 53

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

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Friends and enemies

posted: 02/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 52

With the preposterous second-place president calling the New York Times fake news and the enemy of the American people, I opened Monday’s edition of that publication to behold the fraud and treason.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Don't count for much

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

That column two weeks ago seems insufficient in decrying the proposed constitutional amendment the state Senate intends to refer to the general election ballot in 2018.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Bad-enough bills

posted: 02/19/2017 4:46 a.m. Comments 14

Might there be a bill of the extreme right-wing persuasion so destructive that this wholly Oklahoma-ized Arkansas Legislature would decline to make it law?

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: The Russian affair

posted: 02/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 117

Let's begin today with seven questions and answers to dive into an unfolding and complex story.

Commentary: BRUMMETT ONLINE: The adults in the room

posted: 02/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 35

A man said the other morning at the coffee house that he went to bed every night wondering if he might be incinerated by dawn over a presidential tweet.

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: Beyond even Trump

posted: 02/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 38

Your Boy Tom Cotton, increasingly Trumpified and plainly ambitious and opportunistic, has squeezed himself Houdini-like to The Donald's microscopic right on immigration.

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: Filling in the blank

updated: 02/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam filed curiously last week what's called a "shell bill," or, in this case, a "shell resolution."

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: Not all parents are good

posted: 02/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 21

Minutes after he helped provide a bare majority to install an opponent of traditional public education as federal education secretary, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton issued a statement that the appointee, billionaire Betsy DeVos, would "return power to Arkansas parents."






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