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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

Grab a blanket

posted: 07/24/2014 3:02 a.m. Comments 4

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote a guest column Tuesday for the New York Times arguing the glorious notion that we should do away with party primaries.

COMMENTARY: A race with potential

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m. Comments 4

A panel of journalist-pundits was professing analytical command of Arkansas politics at the state press convention a couple of weeks ago.

Cotton vs. Pryor: A quick recap

posted: 07/22/2014 3:16 a.m. Comments 3

Allow me to catch you up on the big U.S. Senate race.

Bubba breaks it down

posted: 07/20/2014 1:56 a.m. Comment 1

Bubba McCoy says Barack Obama's economic recovery had nothing to do with bringing him out of retirement to reopen Bubba's Auto Emporium east of here, where he still totes some notes.

Saving private option

posted: 07/17/2014 3:20 a.m. Comments 13

Asa Hutchinson's campaign took exception to an assertion in the column of arrows Sunday.

COMMENTARY: Politics and strategy

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m. Comments 4

Tom Cotton’s campaign has portrayed Mark Pryor as ducking a debate on statewide television.

Beware the angry man

posted: 07/15/2014 3:22 a.m. Comments 5

Beware of Democratic candidates for governor who trail in polls when they come to the Arkansas Press Association convention in July for the traditional debate.

What goes up ...

posted: 07/13/2014 1:52 a.m. Comments 4

Activity is frenzied and the occasion is ripe for the ever-fickle arrows of conventional wisdom.

Much debate over nothing

posted: 07/10/2014 3:14 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Press Association will convene tomorrow in Hot Springs. That should mean nothing to you other than for the political event that might have been.

COMMENTARY: Rousing rabble in 3, 2, 1 …

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m. Comments 16

But Obama’s detractors ought to ask themselves whether they’d excuse him the blame for bad economic news in the way they deny him the credit for good economic news.


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