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JOHN BRUMMETT: Thank you, Sir Paul

Subscriber onlyWould we still need him, would we still feed him, when he's 73? Continue reading...

Being Baker Kurrus

Subscriber onlyTry to imagine being Baker Kurrus. Or let me take a stab at it. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Dinner with Michael Poore

Subscriber onlyAt 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. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Advice from the old guy

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: About that veto ...

Subscriber onlyPeople out in the public are saying the Legislature acted fraudulently to pass Medicaid expansion last week. Continue reading...

Asa speaks his mind

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

What just happened?

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: A version of this column was originally published online-only on Wednesday. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Is our hope eroding?

Subscriber onlySocial 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. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: No unicorn here

Subscriber onlyLet 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. Continue reading...

What an accomplishment

Subscriber onlyThe Hutchinson administration concocted a very weird way Thursday to do no less than save Medicaid expansion. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Raging against the needy

Subscriber onlyIf 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. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Odds in an odd year

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

JOHN BRUMMETT: Obstruction as principle?

Subscriber onlyA 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. Continue reading...

Death of an honest man

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

JOHN BRUMMETT: Call an end to hypocrisy

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

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