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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

COMMENTARY: Curving in the grades

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m. Comments 3

The National Rifle Association has announced whom it believes fanatics fearing gun restrictions should favor in the imminent election in Arkansas.

The superficial campaign

posted: 09/30/2014 2:43 a.m. Comments 4

Patrick Henry Hays transformed from Andy Griffith to Hannibal Lecter in an instant.

In the interest of fairness

posted: 09/28/2014 1:45 a.m. Comments 9

So I chatted on the phone the other day with a wealthy extreme conservative.

Positively negative

posted: 09/25/2014 3:27 a.m. Comments 2

Let us begin, alas, with a clarification and correction.

COMMENTARY: Of blazing britches

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m. Comments 13

For the benefit of readers who complain that I write too much about Tom Cotton, I choose to begin today by writing about Rick Crawford.

The Era of Ennui

posted: 09/23/2014 2:41 a.m. Comments 8

While you attended the high school football game or county fair, the candidates to leave you uninspired for the next four years debated on television.

On political superiority

posted: 09/21/2014 1:44 a.m. Comments 20

Molly Ball of The Atlantic produced a lengthy online profile last week of Tom Cotton. By its new information, it warrants our careful consideration.

The snark-free everyman

posted: 09/18/2014 3:31 a.m. Comment 1

The best political ad of the season, which sounds like faint praise, reveals in Patrick Henry Hays an engaging personality and a solid public record.

COMMENTARY: Hijacking Hillary

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m. Comments 20

Can you get elected to the world’s most prestigious office if you aren’t even the leader of your own entourage?

Debate dramedy

posted: 09/16/2014 3:15 a.m. Comments 9

To begin today's comic narrative about debates in the epic battle for the U.S. Senate, we must introduce the two main characters in the context of debating.


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