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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

All have ups and downs

posted: 04/17/2014 4:18 a.m. Comments 4

With new polls and new stunts and new gimmicks, and with an election year for the ages proceeding in volatile fashion in Arkansas, we need to keep the arrows fresh.

COMMENTARY: A momentary lapse

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m. Comments 3

So on this day after the deadline for paying your income taxes, let us ruminate on all these judges and judge candidates who didn’t always pay for their law-license renewals by the annual deadline.

One risky gambit

posted: 04/15/2014 3:35 a.m. Comments 7

I applaud the grand concept, but recognize the hollow tactic.

The real winner

posted: 04/13/2014 2:50 a.m. Comments 3

I’m at the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock listening to a debate among the three Republican candidates for the vacating office of attorney general.

Score one for the kids

posted: 04/10/2014 4:15 a.m. Comments 14

Let me tell you what Asa Hutchinson, presumptive Republican candidate for governor, says state government cannot afford because of the $37 million cost.

COMMENTARY: Don’t make victory lap yet

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m. Comments 11

New polling suggests that Arkansas voters, while still generally trending Republican or conservatively independent, find themselves specifically cool to the two uninspiring Republicans atop the general election ballot.

Those outgrown trousers

posted: 04/08/2014 4:45 a.m. Comments 4

Asmug political insider asked me the other day: “So are you proud of that puff piece you wrote on him a couple of weeks ago?” That was the column saying that former state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway was a natural leader and can-do guy who had gotten too big for his britches.

Coordinated chaos

posted: 04/06/2014 2:47 a.m. Comments 2

There is this law. It says big-time political campaigns like those of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Tom Cotton may not coordinate with these largely unregulated “super-PACs” and independent groups that lavishly support them.

Now entering snark zone

posted: 04/03/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Like the occasional fickle arrows of conventional wisdom, the apparently unintended comedy of the governor’s race may command recurring feature status this election year.

COMMENTARY: Brummett Online: Not down for the count yet

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m. Comments 14

It might work. It just might work. Obamacare, I mean.


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