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John Brummett

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This is effective?

posted: 04/16/2015 2:55 a.m. Comments 5

Asa Hutchinson gathered the media last week to announce that he had performed very effectively as governor during the legislative session.

COMMENTARY: Stuff and nonsense

posted: 04/15/2015 2:37 a.m. Comments 12

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said something nonsensical and alarming the other day.

The Bill doesn't fit

posted: 04/14/2015 2:42 a.m. Comments 26

So the new Hillary brand has been unveiled. She is a regular modern woman sensitive to our regular modern concerns. She wants only to be of service, to champion our shared causes. She drives around Iowa and New Hampshire to chat with us about today's challenges. She may or may not be married. It's hard to tell. Husbands are so incidental anymore.

Justice perverted

posted: 04/12/2015 1:46 a.m. Comment 1

The raging spectacle that the Arkansas Supreme Court currently makes of itself is mostly a matter of petty personality conflict, raw political calculation and then an important thing.

Awash in color

posted: 04/09/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 2

I'll just tell you: I'm a real sissy for the tulips. I tiptoe through them like a regular falsetto.

COMMENTARY: The choice: Talk or fight

posted: 04/08/2015 2:44 a.m. Comments 13

The Barack Obama-Tom Cotton debate—one in which the neophyte Cotton is a winner already by the assumption of symmetry—is a classic one.

Confused by the court?

posted: 04/07/2015 2:24 a.m. Comments 10

This column is adapted from an item first published Thursday on the columnist's blog.

Perception and reality

posted: 04/05/2015 1:31 a.m. Comments 2

Because he was the mildly heroic lead item on the national network news Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been much on my mind.

Capitol in crisis mode

posted: 04/02/2015 3:16 a.m. Comments 17

It's the highest drama at the state Capitol since Jim Guy Tucker un-resigned as governor for a few hours.

COMMENTARY: A proposed monument pairing

posted: 04/01/2015 2:53 a.m. Comments 3

On this April Fool’s Day I find myself thinking of state Sen. Jason Rapert of Bigelow, God’s own legislator.

In or out of context

posted: 03/31/2015 2:50 a.m. Comments 18

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.

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