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JOHN BRUMMETT: The ritual begins anew

Subscriber onlyIt surely would be possible to file for public office remotely and electronically these days. The filing fees--much too high in Arkansas--could be dispatched through PayPal. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: A new dynamic

Subscriber onlyThere were signs last week of a looming national Democratic wave in November. Meantime, the filing period for political candidacies opened in Arkansas. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: He's either/or ... or both

Subscriber onlyMany of the progressive persuasion are praising a column by Pulitzer Prize-winning Tom Friedman published Sunday in the New York Times. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Just stick to the script

Subscriber onlyOklahoma has a Tom Cotton-y senator by the name of James Lankford who appeared only mildly deer-eyed on "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Russian dressing on side

Subscriber onlyMany readers have been irritated by my recurring reference to Donald Trump as the preposterous second-place president. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: In the age of polarization

Subscriber onlyA local man for whom I have considerable regard barked at me last week. He said, "Quit giving Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt." Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The deficit debate

Subscriber onlyDo deficits matter? It's a legitimate question, fully debatable, now more than ever. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Heated historians

Subscriber onlyPersonnel flaps keep arising at the state Heritage Department under the leadership of Stacy Hurst. The relevant question is where personality conflict ends and harm to the public interest begins, if it begins at all. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Elizabeth endures

Subscriber onlyElizabeth Eckford spoke softly, tersely, and with understated power. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The seeds are planted

Subscriber onlyGood writing can cut to the quick, and she is a good writer, which I knew already from her days as a newspaper colleague. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Nope, still no Sharia law

Subscriber onlyA constitutional showdown looms over whether a scaredy-cat president may legally hide from a prosecutor because neither the truth nor perjury works for him. Meanwhile, as that develops, let's change the subject to equally low-brow Arkansas politics. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: A reason to hope

Subscriber onlyThere is only one ray of hope for applying a check and balance on Donald Trump in the last two years of his term. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Health-care hope

Subscriber onlyAt the risk of sounding doctrinaire conservative, please indulge me as I write hopefully about what might have been the nation's biggest news last week. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Old soul, new message

Subscriber onlyMichael John Gray is a smart young man and something of an old soul. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: The ‘Goddess’ grumbles

Subscriber onlyThe “Gun Goddess,” as she’s called, is upset because Doyle Webb, the state Republican Party chairman, hasn’t disguised very well his obvious favoritism for Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Continue reading...