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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


posted: 11/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 31

Readers don’t clamor for the arrows quite as loudly and insistently as they demand the rural wisdom of Bubba McCoy. But they clamor nonetheless.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Truth and the Clintons

posted: 11/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 66

In Little Rock on Saturday to celebrate the 25th reunion of the 1992 presidential campaign, the Clintons told a wealth of important truth, cheered by 3,000 in a state that now overwhelmingly rejects and widely detests them as tellers of non-truth.

OPINION : What could happen

posted: 11/19/2017 1:48 a.m. Comments 3

Allow me to lay out how it is that Republicans in the U.S. Senate want you to give up your health insurance so that they can give income-tax cuts inordinately to rich people.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Democratic rebirth

posted: 11/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 34

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

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Democratic rebirth

posted: 11/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 28

Jonathan Crossley is a happening thing in Little Rock education. And now he conceivably represents a happening thing in Arkansas Democratic politics.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: A staunch society

posted: 11/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 25

They could be lies, his defenders among Alabama evangelical Christian conservatives say.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Belay that excitement

posted: 11/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 41

Democrats are ecstatic because they won state and local races Tuesday in a few blue places they were supposed to win, but did so by margins larger than expected.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: It's circumstantial

posted: 11/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 22

The problem with pointing out the circumstantial evidence that racism is a factor in the post-Obama reddening of Arkansas is that every person in the state who voted Republican for president from 2008 onward will think you just called him or her a racist.


posted: 11/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

When the venerable New Yorker publishes a left-leaner’s profile of Tom Cotton that nominates the state’s junior senator as heir to Donald Trump, it qualifies as a thing.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: With scars as trophies

posted: 11/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

It's a little church nestled among fallen leaves and fine older homes on a quiet street corner in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock.






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