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John Brummett

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All have ups and downs

posted: 04/17/2014 4:18 a.m. Comments 4

With new polls and new stunts and new gimmicks, and with an election year for the ages proceeding in volatile fashion in Arkansas, we need to keep the arrows fresh.

COMMENTARY: A momentary lapse

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m. Comments 3

So on this day after the deadline for paying your income taxes, let us ruminate on all these judges and judge candidates who didn’t always pay for their law-license renewals by the annual deadline.

One risky gambit

posted: 04/15/2014 3:35 a.m. Comments 7

I applaud the grand concept, but recognize the hollow tactic.

The real winner

posted: 04/13/2014 2:50 a.m. Comments 3

I’m at the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock listening to a debate among the three Republican candidates for the vacating office of attorney general.

Score one for the kids

posted: 04/10/2014 4:15 a.m. Comments 14

Let me tell you what Asa Hutchinson, presumptive Republican candidate for governor, says state government cannot afford because of the $37 million cost.

COMMENTARY: Don’t make victory lap yet

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m. Comments 11

New polling suggests that Arkansas voters, while still generally trending Republican or conservatively independent, find themselves specifically cool to the two uninspiring Republicans atop the general election ballot.

Those outgrown trousers

posted: 04/08/2014 4:45 a.m. Comments 4

Asmug political insider asked me the other day: “So are you proud of that puff piece you wrote on him a couple of weeks ago?” That was the column saying that former state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway was a natural leader and can-do guy who had gotten too big for his britches.

Coordinated chaos

posted: 04/06/2014 2:47 a.m. Comments 2

There is this law. It says big-time political campaigns like those of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Tom Cotton may not coordinate with these largely unregulated “super-PACs” and independent groups that lavishly support them.

Now entering snark zone

posted: 04/03/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Like the occasional fickle arrows of conventional wisdom, the apparently unintended comedy of the governor’s race may command recurring feature status this election year.

COMMENTARY: Brummett Online: Not down for the count yet

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m. Comments 14

It might work. It just might work. Obamacare, I mean.

Imprecise exploitation

posted: 04/01/2014 3:45 a.m. Comments 18

The television advertising you’re seeing in the U.S. Senate race amounts to cynical efforts by wealthy and distantly unaccountable groups to play you for chumps.

A simple solution

posted: 03/30/2014 2:46 a.m. Comments 3

There were several confounding issues argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court. They came in the case of Hobby Lobby and another company, Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet-maker from Pennsylvania.

The politics of blame

posted: 03/27/2014 4:26 a.m. Comments 10

I was listening to David Brock at the Clinton School of Public Service. Suddenly I was reminded of a story from childhood.

COMMENTARY: It’s all in the game

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m. Comments 14

Of all the cynical misrepresentations Republicans have heaped on Obamacare, which has problems enough with accurate representations, one is surely the most egregious.

Where they differ

posted: 03/25/2014 3:42 a.m. Comments 9

We confronted a typically weird and comical moment in Arkansas politics the other day. But that’s redundant.

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