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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

Interview intervention

posted: 05/21/2015 2:55 a.m. Comments 13

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.

Trading on trade

posted: 05/12/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 7

Well, this free-trade issue is big. Among the presidency-seeking former residents of our state, it finds Hillary Clinton evading per usual, and Mike Huckabee going scatological per usual.

Key to education

posted: 05/10/2015 2:16 a.m. Comments 8

On the morning after he'd bought off Dexter Suggs as the school superintendent in Little Rock, state education commissioner Johnny Key stood at the Kroger deli in Little Rock's midtown picking up fried chicken for a staff lunch.

A Medicaid conversation

posted: 05/07/2015 2:54 a.m. Comments 29

As advertised in this space Tuesday, I interviewed that afternoon the co-chairmen of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's task force assigned to do something with--or to--our state's nationally imitated private option form of Medicaid expansion.

COMMENTARY: Fictional nonfiction

posted: 05/06/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 4

Huckabee the Clinton Slayer, a work of fiction suitable for instant home viewing through video on demand, or maybe one of the C-SPAN channels, premiered Tuesday in Hope.


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