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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

Columnists: Which right is right?

posted: 03/03/2015 2:45 a.m. Comments 13

Let us explore the supposed conflict between a right to discriminate and the right to hold religious beliefs and act on them.

Crossroads ahead

posted: 03/01/2015 1:54 a.m. Comments 27

Republicans are taking one more, and perhaps last, legal shot at Obamacare.

Another crack in the wall

posted: 02/26/2015 2:42 a.m. Comments 71

They are deep into religion at the legislative session. I mean deep in a piled-up way that is heavy on judgmental fundamentalism. I do not mean deep in a thoughtful way.

COMMENTARY: A statement of abdication

posted: 02/25/2015 2:54 a.m. Comments 17

We’re getting a bit of bad law out of this Legislature. It’s happening because responsible Republicans are afraid of irresponsible ones.

Columnists: Why teach critical thinking?

posted: 02/24/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 18

It is possible to believe that the United States is exceptional in the history of the world, a beacon of hope and freedom and opportunity and nobility and might, and yet accept at the same time that the nation has imperfections.

A plan for prisons

posted: 02/22/2015 1:41 a.m. Comment 1

Educate, medicate and incarcerate. It's what governors do.

Of brave moderation

posted: 02/19/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Moderates have been heroes in the storied and troubled history of the Little Rock Public Schools.

COMMENTARY: He’s baaaaaack!

posted: 02/18/2015 4 a.m. Comments 16

State Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway, Bigelow and a more distant galaxy went on Facebook over the weekend and called for our country to wage limited nuclear war against ISIS.

The un-Reconstructionists

posted: 02/17/2015 2:35 a.m. Comments 34

It is our Southern heritage, passed from the Civil War through the civil-rights movement to the current moment in Alabama and Arkansas.

The war against logic

posted: 02/15/2015 1:45 a.m. Comments 9

Having dispatched expeditiously and not altogether irresponsibly its two important matters--the private option and tax cuts--our state Legislature was left last week to its own yahoo devices.


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