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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

JOHN BRUMMETT: Principles? Pshaw!

posted: 07/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 28

In February there was reason to believe Gov. Asa Hutchinson shared some measure of a moderate political essence with the admirably principled John Kasich.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Just a little plagiarism …

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 27

Melania Trump provided an interlude that was oddly effective even if revealed as theft by receiving.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Words to heed

posted: 07/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 29

As we struggle for words, perhaps we could cling with wounded hearts to those of Montrell Jackson.

An unenviable task

posted: 07/17/2016 1:49 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been given a daunting assignment. His slow speech pattern and rationalization skills may be up to it.

JOHN BRUMMETT: With actions and in truth

posted: 07/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 21

Last Thursday night's murderous madness in Dallas was made even worse by a helpless sense that the nation lacked credible political and moral leadership to confront such a deep and horrible fracture.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: The marijuana movement

posted: 07/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 21

It’s one of the easier political and cultural questions of a troubled political and cultural time.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Transformative generation

posted: 07/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

When the new librarian in town, Nate Coulter, asked me to moderate a panel for the Butler Center's Legacies and Lunch series based on my recent article about the dynamic and transformative 1970s in Arkansas politics, I said I'd do it only if we could secure the perfect panel.

What it is, and isn't

posted: 07/10/2016 1:44 a.m. Comments 22

I found myself at lunch Tuesday with a man who told of being instructed in law school in Fayetteville by none other than Hillary Rodham.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Into the gray areas

posted: 07/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Something about today's subject matter caused me to do a little research into black areas and gray areas.


posted: 07/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 20

Hillary Clinton’s trust problem is real, and powerful, but the opposite of what you think.




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