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JOHN BRUMMETT: The GIF under the tree

Subscriber onlyThis will be a short modern history of the General Improvement Fund. That's an element of the state government budget that has amounted to an outrage in recent years and now is criminally corrupt in at least one instance. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: No soup for you!

Subscriber onlyOn Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the joint legislative assembly loftily that the time had come to put partisanship aside and do what was best for the state. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Meek, maybe ... but spunky

Subscriber onlyA meek little guy with a mustache announced himself the new sheriff in town at the Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Missing the point, again

Subscriber onlyActress Meryl Streep accepted a lifetime achievement award Sunday evening from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Golden Globe Awards. She used the occasion to lament the mean-spiritedness of the nation’s looming dark cloud of a president whom she never named. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Farewell, old friend

Subscriber onlyIn the early evening of Jan. 16, 1975, nearly 42 years ago, Stanley Russ of Conway was worried that a Democratic runoff that was tantamount to election was about to be stolen from him. Continue reading...

All about the show

Subscriber onlyRepublicans apparently will kill Obamacare mostly for show, then put much of it back incrementally over time with what will more closely resemble Hillary Clinton's proposed "fix" than Donald Trump's bellowed "repeal." Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: An ignominious start

Subscriber onlyAnd they were off. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: A hillbilly’s elegy

Subscriber onlyJ.D. Vance, the up-from-ruins author of the book "Hillbilly Elegy" that has come to define the neglected and resentful working-class white people who elected Donald Trump, has written a farewell tribute to Barack Obama. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: What do we want?

Subscriber onlyPresident-elect Donald Trump put on Twitter last week that new economic indicators are uncommonly good. Then he wrote, "Thanks, Donald." Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Not so predictable

Subscriber onlyNow is the time for the annual column on resolutions and predictions for the new year. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Fact? What's that?

Subscriber onlyThe year 2016 belonged to death. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Doesn't mean a darn thing

Subscriber onlyLet's focus today on something that doesn't matter. Continue reading...

A most magnificent tree

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: This is a revised and updated version of a column first appearing Christmas Eve 2015. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Trophies all around!

Subscriber onlyThe current and convenient conservative affection for the elitist electoral college--which surely would be different if Donald Trump had received nearly 3 million more votes and yet been declared the loser--amounts to the right-wing version of the liberals' participation trophy. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Not the boss of them

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Bar Association had asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to add a simple provision to the state code of judicial conduct. It would have prohibited appellate justices such as themselves from stalling tactics and needless delays. Continue reading...

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