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Columnists: JOHN BRUMMETT: Dinner with Michael Poore

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

At dinner at Cafe Bossa Nova in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood on Tuesday, I handed the man from Bentonville a letter from a Little Rock public school teacher.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Advice from the old guy

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 10

The Young Democrats of Arkansas, of which there are some, have graciously invited me to come to their convention Friday afternoon and share my “unique” perspective on their party.

JOHN BRUMMETT: About that veto ...

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

People out in the public are saying the Legislature acted fraudulently to pass Medicaid expansion last week.

Asa speaks his mind

posted: 04/24/2016 1:51 a.m. Comments 21

Gov. Asa Hutchinson calls Baker Kurrus "the balm of Gilead." It's a biblical reference to a cure-all.

What just happened?

posted: 04/21/2016 2:53 a.m. Comments 7

Editor's note: A version of this column was originally published online-only on Wednesday.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Is our hope eroding?

posted: 04/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 10

Social media blew up Monday night over Little Rock in outrage at the news of Baker Kurrus’ unceremonious dumping by the Hutchinson administration as superintendent of the city’s public schools.

JOHN BRUMMETT: No unicorn here

posted: 04/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

Let me tell you what I'm hearing on whether the Hutchinson administration's scheme to pass a bill it would then veto, and thus cleverly save Medicaid expansion from Senate Republican obstruction, is legal.

What an accomplishment

posted: 04/17/2016 2:03 a.m. Comments 8

The Hutchinson administration concocted a very weird way Thursday to do no less than save Medicaid expansion.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Raging against the needy

posted: 04/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 21

If the state Legislature should fail in the fiscal session that opened Wednesday to approve a budget to spend Medicaid money in the state--a bizarrely draconian but apparently real possibility--then the issue would begin to ripen for the courts, both federal and state.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Odds in an odd year

posted: 04/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

As we enter what might qualify as the head of the stretch, let’s take stock of these still-unsettled presidential nomination races.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Obstruction as principle?

posted: 04/12/2016 2:30 a.m. Comments 23

A solid 70 percent of the state Legislature voted in special session last week to continue in mildly revised form the expansion of Medicaid that we have called the private option.

Death of an honest man

posted: 04/10/2016 1:40 a.m. Comment 1

Sing me back home before I die.--Merle Haggard, in a song about a Death Row prisoner's plea.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Call an end to hypocrisy

posted: 04/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 13

The Waltons, Stephenses, Tysons and Murphys gave tens of thousands of dollars to Dan Kemp's recent winning campaign for chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Gentlemen, cut your engines

posted: 04/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 13

The state Legislature assembles today for a special session that could begin a period of Washington-style gridlock and brinkmanship lasting weeks, even months.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Just a little dab'll do

posted: 04/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 11

The Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, which is mainly lawyers who file lawsuits, wants to continue electing the state appellate judges.

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