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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: JOHN BRUMMETT: Odd way to make law

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Gov. Asa Hutchinson came out to his conference room Wednesday morning and said he had just signed the bill for guns on college campuses and Lord knows where all.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Up on the high wire

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s position on the U.S. House Republican health-care bill is that it is terrible and that it is fine.


posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

"It's like 30 people left the room."--Writer Pete Hamill, on learning Sunday that Jimmy Breslin had died.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Legislative meddlers

posted: 03/19/2017 1:44 a.m. Comments 3

This legislative assembly has meddled a bit with colleges and universities.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Legislative fear

posted: 03/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

The gun orgy at the state Capitol is based on an overwhelmingly dominant belief that persons who bother to get licenses for guns they carry are not the ones we need to worry about.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Call for you, governor

posted: 03/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 23

Ohio Gov. John Kasich should have been elected president. Voters didn’t really want either of their general election choices. Kasich was light years better than any other option.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: The post-Obamacare world

posted: 03/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 30

It is true and ironic that the House Republican replacement plan for Obamacare would seem to do harm to older working-class white people.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Is that a white flag?

posted: 03/12/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Having written last week that it appeared Gov. Asa Hutchinson and some Republican legislators were preparing to stand up to the National Rifle Association on the issue of college-campus carry of concealed weapons, I am obliged to provide an update.

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: Mean enough for ya?

posted: 03/09/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 36

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced with seeming pride and satisfaction Monday that he intends with federal permission to throw tens of thousands of people off the state's popular and successful Medicaid expansion program.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Trump and the truth

posted: 03/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 30

The preposterous second-place president, Donald Trump, put on Twitter as an absolute fact that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phone in Trump Tower. Then the White House, where Trump is the supposed boss, put out a statement that an investigation is needed to determine if there is any truth to what the president declared as truth.






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