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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

Joining the South

posted: 05/28/2015 2:47 a.m. Comments 33

The state Legislature meets in supposedly "special" session this week to do decidedly ordinary things simply because other largely unreconstructed Southern states do them.

COMMENTARY: Another step backward

posted: 05/27/2015 2:38 a.m. Comments 16

State Sen. Jason Rapert has outed Gov. Asa Hutchinson, pulling him from the closet of gay discrimination.

So long, Dave and Don

posted: 05/26/2015 2:15 a.m. Comments 10

Two generational icons in television programming said farewell thoughtfully last week. They provided many of us an opportunity for introspection, thus a better understanding of ourselves.

A sick feeling

posted: 05/24/2015 1:47 a.m. Comments 2

The most telling remark during the legislative panel discussion Wednesday at the state rural development conference came from under the breath of state Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, liberal lioness of Arkansas.

Interview intervention

posted: 05/21/2015 2:55 a.m. Comments 14

If you want to know what it looks like when a strong contender for president makes himself too readily available to reporters, just examine a picture of Jeb Bush.

COMMENTARY: In general, a bad idea

posted: 05/20/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 4

For as long as I’ve covered state government, since 1980, an unwritten and altogether wise and sound rule has survived against occasional heretical incursion.

The indifference difference

posted: 05/19/2015 2:53 a.m. Comments 13

The Boston Marathon bomber got the death penalty last week, which was all right with me, an opponent of the death penalty.

Hypocrisy alert!

posted: 05/17/2015 1:47 a.m. Comments 7

State government couldn't find $4.9 million in continued funding for community health centers, mainly because it cut taxes on the capital gains enjoyed by better-off people.

Just not a priority

posted: 05/14/2015 2:59 a.m. Comments 29

No one in the newly Republicanized governor's office or the recently Republicanized state Legislature conspired to cut taxes on rich people and pay for it by cutting spending for poor people's health and dental care in the Delta.

COMMENTARY: Men of principle

posted: 05/13/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 13

The U.S. Senate voted 98-to-Tom Cotton last week to approve a perfectly practical negotiated agreement.


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