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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: Face the inconsequential

posted: 07/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 53

On Tuesday, after other Republican senators took actual public positions in behalf of their states and settled the issue they'd cowered from, U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman emerged at long last to speak on health-care reform.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Our U.S. senators, relieved on the sideline

posted: 07/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

I’d never asked in advance for permission to speak on the phone with a press secretary for an Arkansas politician, much less been turned down.


posted: 07/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 42

On Sunday, a man who became president despite getting nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent--I refer to Donald J. Trump--tweeted that the news media is "distorting democracy" by reporting on him with the same skepticism it has applied professionally to all modern presidents.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Parsing the game plan

posted: 07/16/2017 1:47 a.m. Comments 6

Little Rock is wondering if maybe it could solve three problems with one enhanced risk of head injury for young adult males.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Plenty to work with

posted: 07/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 66

The Trumps have turned up again at that most dangerous of intersections where arrogance and ignorance meet.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: The prize for Democrats

posted: 07/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 30

The biggest political plum left for an Arkansas Democrat is an office with limited authority and full responsibility in a troubled city.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Murky machinations

posted: 07/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 23

The New York Times published Saturday one of those insiders' analyses that are staples of its reporting. U.S. Sen. John Boozman, the senior and previously invisible Republican from Arkansas, got collaterally exposed.

OPINION: Trump's champion

posted: 07/09/2017 1:49 a.m. Comments 28

On the morning after Independence Day, I strolled into the grocery store to get toothpaste. I ran smack-dab into Donald Trump's most credible Arkansas champion, who was checking out an overflowing cart.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Playing close to the vest

posted: 07/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

On his Sunday news talk show, Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics on KATV, Channel 7, drew out Gov. Asa Hutchinson on his now-clear opposition to the Senate Republican health-care bill.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Oh, glorious leader …

posted: 07/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 38

It was a glorious Independence Day, celebrating freedom for all in America except journalists.






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