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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: Stories of the night

posted: 05/24/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

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

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Voters are getting it

posted: 05/23/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 29

The story of the night was Courtney Goodson, personally disapproved of by so many, rudely rebuffed by voters two years ago, yet now the embattled champion slayer of dark money and our best choice for the Arkansas Supreme Court in November.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Primary curiosities

posted: 05/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 42

Today is primary day, meaning curiosities ought to be answered by bedtime.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: As the state turns

posted: 05/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Alison Frankel, national legal columnist for Reuters News Service, put on Twitter mid-evening Tuesday that "this is just not a good look for the Arkansas judiciary."

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Incremental progress

posted: 05/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 46

Last week in this space I touted an article likely coming on the weekend in the New York Times focusing on our 2nd District Democratic congressional race.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: A way out of the darkness

posted: 05/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 24

They call it “dark money” because it certainly is, in more than one meaning of the word.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: The slime of 'dark money'

posted: 05/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 20

I feel a backlash coming in Arkansas against "dark money." I sense Courtney Goodson is an imperfect vehicle.


posted: 05/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Baker Kurrus says he'll decide by June 1 whether to enter the race for mayor of Little Rock.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Not cookie-cutter

posted: 05/10/2018 2:40 a.m. Comments 6

The New York Times sent a reporter to central Arkansas earlier this week to look at the 2nd District Democratic congressional race.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: The Supreme slugfest

posted: 05/09/2018 2:28 a.m. Comments 11

For a few shining hours two years ago, it appeared we might stand a chance to begin seating our Arkansas Supreme Court justices with some measure of decorum and professionalism.






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