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John Brummett

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In or out of context

posted: 03/31/2015 2:50 a.m. Comments 5

Timing and context are everything, and they place Arkansas in a most unfavorable, vulnerable and all-too-familiar light.

A question of priorities

posted: 03/29/2015 1:43 a.m. Comments 15

The Arkansas General Assembly advanced a bill last week to reinstate a law removing taxation altogether from an individual capital gain exceeding $10 million.

The un-slippery slope

posted: 03/26/2015 2:55 a.m. Comments 9

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.

Columnists: A human reaction

posted: 03/10/2015 3:07 a.m. Comments 23

It captures the public's outrage like few stories in state government. That's because of the combustible mix of elements.

Columnists: So says Senator Rapert

posted: 03/08/2015 1:49 a.m. Comments 6

I do things so you won't have to.

Columnists: A false choice

posted: 03/05/2015 3:03 a.m. Comments 21

Was that real American exceptionalism, the kind that makes us truly great, countenancing as it did full freedom to engage in open dialogue at the highest level, even putting a foreign leader on stage in our own most eminent government forum to oppose vigorously the foreign policy positions and pursuits of our commander in chief?

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