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Bad-enough bills

Subscriber onlyMight there be a bill of the extreme right-wing persuasion so destructive that this wholly Oklahoma-ized Arkansas Legislature would decline to make it law? Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The Russian affair

Subscriber onlyLet's begin today with seven questions and answers to dive into an unfolding and complex story. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: The adults in the room

Subscriber onlyA man said the other morning at the coffee house that he went to bed every night wondering if he might be incinerated by dawn over a presidential tweet. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Beyond even Trump

Subscriber onlyYour Boy Tom Cotton, increasingly Trumpified and plainly ambitious and opportunistic, has squeezed himself Houdini-like to The Donald's microscopic right on immigration. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Filling in the blank

Subscriber onlyHouse Speaker Jeremy Gillam filed curiously last week what's called a "shell bill," or, in this case, a "shell resolution." Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Not all parents are good

Subscriber onlyMinutes after he helped provide a bare majority to install an opponent of traditional public education as federal education secretary, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton issued a statement that the appointee, billionaire Betsy DeVos, would "return power to Arkansas parents." Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Flew right over their heads

“Lady Gaga plays the hits, steers clear of politics during Super Bowl halftime show.”—a tweet Sunday evening from Fox News, which doesn’t get much else right either. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Separation of powers? Meh

Subscriber onlyA proposed state constitutional amendment would put a price cap on human suffering. It also would replace lawyer-judge adjudication of legal disputes with lobbyist-legislator fraternization. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Who's the snowflake?

Subscriber onlyU.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, who nurtures a high national profile, yukked it up Tuesday morning on nationwide conservative radio with Hugh Hewitt. He referred to journalists as "special snowflakes," which is Trump-era name-calling for liberals. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Know when to hold 'em

Subscriber onlyDemocrats and the media would do well to avoid overplaying their hands and appearing too overwrought about this ripest of targets that the preposterous second-place president presents. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: How Collins sees it

Subscriber onlyI confess to being something of an unlikely fan of state Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville, surely one of the most reviled members of the Arkansas General Assembly. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Land of the scaredy-cats

Subscriber onlyIn one week the preposterous second-place president transformed the land of the free and the home of the brave into the land of the prejudiced and the home of the scaredy-cats. Continue reading...

Over in the grandstand

Subscriber onlyThe hard work to set up and regulate voter-approved medical marijuana was proceeding deliberately, responsibly and appropriately at the state Capitol. But then, on Thursday, the Church Lady started whacking people about their heads with her handbag. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Arrested momentum

Subscriber onlyWhatever momentum might have existed for switching from electing Arkansas Supreme Court justices to appointing them by merit surely was lost when the state voted overwhelmingly for the unmeritorious outsider Donald Trump for president. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: The choice to break law

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson stood on the Capitol steps Sunday and said he would break federal law, and people cheered. Continue reading...

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