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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

Acceptance optional

posted: 12/18/2014 2:57 a.m. Comment 1

Editor's note: This column originally appeared online Wednesday.

COMMENTARY: Acceptance optional

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m. Comments 3

The private option is on fire elsewhere—in the really backward states of the South, no less—even as it cools in the odd little state that created it.

Pointless grandstanding

posted: 12/16/2014 3:03 a.m. Comments 4

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Tea Partier extraordinaire from Texas, threatens to give impracticality, extremism, zealotry and grandstanding bad names.

Waiting for the right time

posted: 12/14/2014 1:49 a.m. Comments 7

It was another stop on the popular departing governor's farewell tour.

Meek to the end

posted: 12/11/2014 3:12 a.m. Comments 9

Mark Pryor experienced a public moment of seeming freedom for candor on Monday.

COMMENTARY: Say so long to the South

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m. Comments 16

So there is this liberal writer in New York City by the name of Michael Tomasky. I met and mildly befriended him during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign of 1992.

The price of a soul

posted: 12/09/2014 3:22 a.m. Comments 4

If this new Jonesboro Rule were to become generally applied, then a certain someone might find himself in serious trouble.

Our wobbly way

posted: 12/07/2014 4:07 a.m. Comments 9

Several months ago Gov. Mike Beebe got a phone call in his office from Utah's Republican governor, Gary Herbert, who was inquiring about the Arkansas private-option form of Medicaid expansion.

Senators loaded for bear

posted: 12/04/2014 3:16 a.m. Comments 3

I suspect it's the kind of thing that causes some people to despair of our political process.

COMMENTARY: Down Texarkana way

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m. Comments 11

It’s possible, as U.S. Senator-elect Tom Cotton says.


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