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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: JOHN BRUMMETT: Dawn of the new era

posted: 12/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

There's a revolution in Washington, but merely a new era in Little Rock, where state government will be now be more capital-R Republican and small-d democratic.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: On the ‘no-rules’ frontier

posted: 12/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 14

It was spring when Bud Cummins provided a glimpse of the coming Trump Revolution.

Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: A game of musical chairs

posted: 12/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 26

Let's do the math and ponder a rather modest national settlement relocation program.

Punishing the Clintons

posted: 12/04/2016 1:48 a.m. Comments 10

From the beginning, Little Rock's reliance on the Clintons for its brand seemed needy, superficial and even perilous.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Why tweets matter

posted: 12/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 43

Like most Republicans who are more sane than not, state Sen. Jim Hendren of Gravette was late coming to terms with the affront that is Donald Trump. But Hendren has been busy lately rationalizing his way to acceptance and even apparent admiration.


posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 22

Gov. Asa Hutchinson made a tiny bit of news as I interviewed him Monday for a forthcoming Talk Business and Politics magazine article on the broad canvas of the new Trumpian and wholly Republicanized frontier in Arkansas.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Lessons for all

posted: 11/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 22

You'd know the name. This person is a white conservative Arkansas male. But I repeat myself.

It's Bubba time

posted: 11/27/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Editor's note: This column originally ran online only on Wednesday.

JOHN BRUMMETT: At the Thanksgiving table

posted: 11/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 28

How about a suggested topic in the interests of peace and tranquility for your loving family conversation around the blessed Thanksgiving table today?


posted: 11/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 30

Like the rest of us, Bubba McCoy is deeply misunderstood.






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