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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 un-slippery slope

posted: 03/26/2015 2:55 a.m. Comments 8

Because Arkansas is a farming state that relies on commercial livestock for broad livelihood, the state cannot possibly issue licenses and make inspections at dog-breeding operations, sometimes called "puppy mills."

COMMENTARY: Glorious minimalism

posted: 03/25/2015 2:57 a.m. Comments 7

As an advocate of less-intrusive government—yes, you heard me—I am heartened by one piece of news from the Arkansas General Assembly.

In cynical finesse

posted: 03/24/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 4

In the insular state legislative culture, especially in the term-limits era, members come to rely heavily on their leadership.

The subject of character

posted: 03/22/2015 1:59 a.m. Comments 3

Looking for scoops or new angles on Hillary Clinton, who has been pretty well-scooped and angled already, Mother Jones magazine sent a reporter to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to scour potentially relevant archived documents.

An education turf war

posted: 03/19/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 3

A new education battleground has been opened. Whatever will the state do now that it has taken over the Little Rock public schools?

COMMENTARY: Man behaving badly

posted: 03/18/2015 2:49 a.m. Comments 17

The specific legislative problem—which is not to imply even remotely that it rivals in significance the general tragedy of sexual abuse of a young girl—is that state Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork “went rogue,” as one of his colleagues put it.

To be more like Utah

posted: 03/17/2015 2:40 a.m. Comments 5

For decades Utah has provided the gold standard in American political, cultural and religious conservatism. There is the dominance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There is the nearly all-white population. There is the rugged cowboy independence.

A new agenda

posted: 03/15/2015 1:54 a.m. Comments 6

Asa Hutchinson so wanted to be governor. He had a plan.

Columnists: What she wanted to say

posted: 03/12/2015 2:44 a.m. Comments 17

As a longtime watcher of Hillary Clinton, I can tell you that her session Tuesday with that media gaggle on the email imbroglio ended just in the nick of time.

COMMENTARY: Tom Cotton, puppet master

posted: 03/11/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 41

We used to say politics ended at water’s edge. It was a cliché, meaning we always put aside our partisan domestic sniping for a united front on matters of our international security.


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