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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

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.

Koch who? Classic ...

posted: 09/14/2014 1:53 a.m. Comments 51

A national political analyst put on Twitter in midweek that she knew of a focus group of 10 Arkansas women who were swing voters. She said none of the women knew anything about the Koch brothers.

In the pocket

posted: 09/11/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Bean-counters in the federal government have come along to contend that federal Medicaid people let Arkansas get into the federal government's pocket a little bit.

COMMENTARY: Home of the whopper

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m. Comments 56

Arkansas television viewers get played for fools with great regularity and verve these days.

At ease, soldier

posted: 09/09/2014 3:09 a.m. Comments 70

A man with a background in Democratic campaigns walked up the other day and shared five words.

Rocker still on a roll

posted: 09/07/2014 1:50 a.m. Comment 1

It's not every day you get to chat with a rock 'n' roll pioneer and legend who played with Elvis Presley in 1955 and Bruce Springsteen in 2001.

Positively challenging

posted: 09/04/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Conventional wisdom holds that the static political condition in Arkansas accrues to the advantage of Republicans.

COMMENTARY: A remarkable resistance

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m. Comments 8

At the Northwest Arkansas Political Animals Club, a man told me that he had found my just-presented analysis interesting, which is not to say correct.


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