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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

Humility and ego

posted: 02/07/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

We're all creatures of good sides and bad sides. Most of us, anyway.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Dissecting Iowa

posted: 02/04/2016 2:54 a.m. Comments 19

Editor's note: This is an updated version of a column first appearing online-only on Wednesday.


posted: 02/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 29

A social media pal crystallized caucus night in Iowa precisely, calling it better for Republicans than Democrats.

JOHN BRUMMETT: A revelatory moment

posted: 02/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 19

The access of regular people to presidential campaigners--as in the case of Joe the Plumber and President Barack Obama in 2008, and as in Iowa in recent days--can produce moments that are poignant, profound, revealing and defining.

On judicial accountability

posted: 01/31/2016 1:52 a.m. Comments 3

And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is our distinct pleasure to announce the Quotation of the Week from an Arkansas newsmaker.

JOHN BRUMMETT: To spite his face

posted: 01/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 21

Asa Hutchinson, working hard to be the governor who spends more money without raising more money--a fine Reagan-esque tradition--announced last week that he'd found the solution to the state's immediate highway-funding shortage.


posted: 01/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Only a few probably dramatic hours remain before four survivors and maybe a fifth emerge from the Iowa caucuses.

JOHN BRUMMETT: The case for merit selection

posted: 01/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 11

Three distinct and essential issues arise from this newspaper's admirably reported front-page series the last few days.

Fright night

posted: 01/24/2016 1:46 a.m. Comments 39

The second-best question I got all week was whether Sean Penn is a journalist.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Surrender to the farce

posted: 01/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 60

From the beginning it was but a cynical caricature, this so-called "Religious Right" or "Christian Conservative" movement.



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