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JOHN BRUMMETT: An anatomy of a killing

Subscriber onlyIt's a calm Thursday morning with a peaceful breeze. The state of Arkansas waits to find out whether it will get to scratch its itch and kill a man or two this evening. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Of itch and irony

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: This is a revised version of a column first appearing online-only Tuesday. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: The itch to kill

I’ve never beheld such a powerful official hankering to kill and kill now as was evident Monday night in the political leadership of Arkansas. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Under the big top

Subscriber onlyAsa Hutchinson created the circus, but Wendell Griffen and Bart Hester emerged as the zanier acts. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The hook of the story

Subscriber onlyAt the least, Gov. Asa Hutchinson made a public-relations mistake. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Lessons from Peggy

Subscriber onlyPeggy Noonan? The Pulitzer Prize-winner for commentary for 2017? Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: More popular than Don

Subscriber onlyTalk Business and Politics and Hendrix College have been conducting automated political polls since 2010 that have chronicled and quantified with solid precision the rapid and deep reddening of Arkansas. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Sometimes they're right

Subscriber onlyEven a preposterous second-place president afflicted with megalomania and narcissism can get a policy or action right. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: State-sanctioned crime

Subscriber onlyWith Gov. Asa Hutchinson's killing season on death row inmates scheduled to open in Arkansas in eight days, a few anecdotes might lend themselves to worthy and somber contemplation. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The session that was

Subscriber onlyThe just-completed legislative session was not as bad as it looked, which is a low but significant bar. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Pick your battles

There is no reason for Senate Democrats to filibuster against Neil Gorsuch’s perfectly legitimate nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court except for the kind of nonsense U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham uttered Monday. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Confronting the facts

Subscriber onlyIf you like films that educate without preaching and keep you thinking for days, and ideally longer, tune to your local Arkansas Educational Television Network station at 7 p.m. Thursday. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The state at death's door

Subscriber onlyArkansas has lately conveyed an image to the nation and world of a barbaric place that carries out executions on a speeding assembly line and insists on arming drunken fans with guns at college football games. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Our meaner nannies

Subscriber onlyThe Legislature may be in the process of referring to you at the general election ballot of 2018 a proposed constitutional amendment to make it harder thereafter to amend the state Constitution. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Playground antics

Subscriber onlyThere was a time unlike now — 1987-88, for example — when a political fight in the U.S. Senate over a U.S. Supreme Court nomination could produce seismic results and matter for a generation. Continue reading...

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