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A new battle of the sexes

Subscriber onlyWomen prefer Mark Pryor and men prefer Tom Cotton. Continue reading...

All have ups and downs

Subscriber onlyWith new polls and new stunts and new gimmicks, and with an election year for the ages proceeding in volatile fashion in Arkansas, we need to keep the arrows fresh. Continue reading...

A momentary lapse

Subscriber onlySo on this day after the deadline for paying your income taxes, let us ruminate on all these judges and judge candidates who didn’t always pay for their law-license renewals by the annual deadline. Continue reading...

One risky gambit

Subscriber onlyI applaud the grand concept, but recognize the hollow tactic. Continue reading...

The real winner

Subscriber onlyI’m at the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock listening to a debate among the three Republican candidates for the vacating office of attorney general. Continue reading...

Score one for the kids

Subscriber onlyLet me tell you what Asa Hutchinson, presumptive Republican candidate for governor, says state government cannot afford because of the $37 million cost. Continue reading...

Don’t make victory lap yet

Subscriber onlyNew polling suggests that Arkansas voters, while still generally trending Republican or conservatively independent, find themselves specifically cool to the two uninspiring Republicans atop the general election ballot. Continue reading...

Those outgrown trousers

Subscriber onlyAsmug political insider asked me the other day: “So are you proud of that puff piece you wrote on him a couple of weeks ago?” That was the column saying that former state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway was a natural leader and can-do guy who had gotten too big for his britches. Continue reading...

Coordinated chaos

Subscriber onlyThere is this law. It says big-time political campaigns like those of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Tom Cotton may not coordinate with these largely unregulated “super-PACs” and independent groups that lavishly support them. Continue reading...

Now entering snark zone

Subscriber onlyLike the occasional fickle arrows of conventional wisdom, the apparently unintended comedy of the governor’s race may command recurring feature status this election year. Continue reading...

Brummett Online: Not down for the count yet

Subscriber onlyIt might work. It just might work. Obamacare, I mean. Continue reading...

Imprecise exploitation

Subscriber onlyThe television advertising you’re seeing in the U.S. Senate race amounts to cynical efforts by wealthy and distantly unaccountable groups to play you for chumps. Continue reading...

A simple solution

Subscriber onlyThere were several confounding issues argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court. They came in the case of Hobby Lobby and another company, Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet-maker from Pennsylvania. Continue reading...

The politics of blame

Subscriber onlyI was listening to David Brock at the Clinton School of Public Service. Suddenly I was reminded of a story from childhood. Continue reading...

It’s all in the game

Subscriber onlyOf all the cynical misrepresentations Republicans have heaped on Obamacare, which has problems enough with accurate representations, one is surely the most egregious. Continue reading...

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