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OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Face the inconsequential

posted: 07/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 36

On Tuesday, after other Republican senators took actual public positions in behalf of their states and settled the issue they'd cowered from, U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman emerged at long last to speak on health-care reform.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Our U.S. senators, relieved on the sideline

posted: 07/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

I’d never asked in advance for permission to speak on the phone with a press secretary for an Arkansas politician, much less been turned down.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: Is it McCarthyism?

posted: 07/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 41

On Sunday, a man who became president despite getting nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent--I refer to Donald J. Trump--tweeted that the news media is "distorting democracy" by reporting on him with the same skepticism it has applied professionally to all modern presidents.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Parsing the game plan

posted: 07/16/2017 1:47 a.m. Comments 6

Little Rock is wondering if maybe it could solve three problems with one enhanced risk of head injury for young adult males.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Plenty to work with

posted: 07/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 66

The Trumps have turned up again at that most dangerous of intersections where arrogance and ignorance meet.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: The prize for Democrats

posted: 07/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 30

The biggest political plum left for an Arkansas Democrat is an office with limited authority and full responsibility in a troubled city.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Murky machinations

posted: 07/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 23

The New York Times published Saturday one of those insiders' analyses that are staples of its reporting. U.S. Sen. John Boozman, the senior and previously invisible Republican from Arkansas, got collaterally exposed.

OPINION: Trump's champion

posted: 07/09/2017 1:49 a.m. Comments 28

On the morning after Independence Day, I strolled into the grocery store to get toothpaste. I ran smack-dab into Donald Trump's most credible Arkansas champion, who was checking out an overflowing cart.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Playing close to the vest

posted: 07/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

On his Sunday news talk show, Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics on KATV, Channel 7, drew out Gov. Asa Hutchinson on his now-clear opposition to the Senate Republican health-care bill.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Oh, glorious leader …

posted: 07/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 38

It was a glorious Independence Day, celebrating freedom for all in America except journalists.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: Grade on different curve

posted: 07/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 41

Little Rock's problems are race and emphasizing image over reality. Let's take the easier first. It isn't race.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Jumping on the grenade

posted: 07/02/2017 1:47 a.m. Comments 30

It most certainly does not disgrace all of journalism if an employee of a media organization criticizes his company.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Not what they paid for

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

"Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed. You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There's no reason you can't get this done. Get it done and we'll open it back up."--Doug Deason, rich Texan and conservative donor to Republicans through assorted Koch brothers' organizations, as quoted Monday by The Associated Press.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Arkansas and no-angst Asa

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 18

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters Monday that people shouldn’t panic over the Republican health care bill in the U.S. Senate.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Transcend the national

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 27

We covered a lot of ground Saturday when the small group that is the state Democratic Party's executive committee invited me to drop by and lend a grizzled perspective.

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