About John Brummett

John Brummett is a native of Little Rock who has been working for Arkansas newspapers for 42 years, ever since getting a part-time sports desk job with the former Arkansas Democrat a few days past his 16th birthday. He has been a columnist since February 1986 and won several state awards and two nationalones for commentary from the Association of State Capitol Reporters and Editors. He authored a book on Bill Clinton’s first year as president, titled High Wire, published in 1994.

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  1. Mr. Brummett: I cannot find on your blog an article written about traffic on Cantrell Road. I was interested to hear what Lou Schickel said that he doesn;t like about it because he CAUSED it with his myriad of traffic lights tailored personally to his project and destined to hold up traffic even the opposite way from rush hour traffic. He by the way thumbed his nose at pollution laws and turned our subdivison lake into a mud hole during his construction and we had to sue. He needs to pay for adding lanes to Cantrell and solving the traffic mess caused by this ill-located shopping center which did little for Little Rock except hijack small business from other shopping areas.

    jim pfeifer

    17 Nov 11 at 10:00 am

  2. jim: let me respond to one thing you said, because it’s come up before. i did not do that schickel piece on the blog, but as the once-a-week online-only column i produce to supplement the three columns a week in the paper, and it turns out that the dem-gaz digital archives do not at the moment save these on-line only columns. so it’s like — gone. i am advised by the online experts they are working on this. for the time being, i’ve got a copy and i’ll send it to you in a little while.


    17 Nov 11 at 10:10 am

  3. John,

    There is an additional mashup regarding the hasty renaming of Adams Field.

    The directive linked below, Order JO 7400.2J, was found by searching the site. It directs and discusses avoidance of conflicting names for aeronautical and navigational aids that lie within 300 NAM (nautical air miles) of each other, such as the Clinton Municipal Airport and Adams Field, the proposed Clinton National Airport.

    See the full text at
    This is a new directive, not some old outdated rule. I’m sure there are other applicable rules and regulations prohibiting confusing names that could be found by someone at the FAA who better understands the regulatory jargon.

    As best I can tell, the Little Rock FAA Field office is the primary point of contact for matters regarding this directive as it pertains to Adams Field: . I’ve asked my Congressman, Tim Griffin, to insure that air safety is maintained by the FAA. Ashley Golleher of his office is contacting the FAA to clarify the matter.

    Note: This is not a joke or personal or political vendetta. I’m a registered Democrat who moved to Arkansas in 1999. As a frequent flier with over 1,000,000 miles of documented air travel and more than one midair scare from a lost aircraft on a collision course, I consider confusing names to be a serious safety issue.

    Robert Slaymaker

    Robert Slaymaker

    4 Apr 12 at 11:09 am

  4. John, I’ve been a financial advisor, for a major national firm, for 36 years. At least two or three times every month, a client of referral will ask for advice about how to “protect” mom or dad’s assets from the state, when they need medicaid assistance. I always ask them if they understand that they are asking ME to pay for the care, so THEY will have an inheritance. Usually a very short meeting. The point is, I know that there are people who specialize in helping families avoid spending money they have, for care a relative needs. We should begin by making this very difficult, and costly, when discovered. I’m for recovering all gifts and transfers, for ten years prior to the need, and penalizing anyone in a professional capacity, who aids in the fraudulent transfer of assets.

    Russ Beck

    6 May 12 at 6:14 pm

  5. Sir, I just noticed something (I am admittedly a little slow). On the D-G page ” Opinion and Letters” (that has the 4 mugshots), you, Masterson, and Deering all lean left, and Greenberg leans right.


    13 May 12 at 5:38 pm

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  7. So good to finally talk to you John, how about them Hogs!
    Regarding your column about the photo ID requirement to vote. I cannot think of any reason not to require the photo ID.
    Photo ID is required for too many reasons so that the person who say they are is that person. John, A photo ID was required to get into the Democratic convention, where is the outrage.

    This is not a ploy to keep the so called poor from voting, do just the poor vote for Democrats, I don’t think so. It is mainly so illegal immigrants can vote. Mosts immigrants will vote democratic beacause of the courting & promises etc by the Dems.

    Do want a country like Chicago (where I have lived) where people are told vote early & often.

    I just want legal Americans voting, I do not think that is too much to ask.

    Hey, I voted for Clinton twice, so I vote for the person.

    Have a great day.

    Paul Page

    16 Sep 12 at 5:57 pm

  8. John, tell us about the Tax Foundation research placing Arkansas as 15th highest state for total of state and local taxes paid. Re; Masterson’s column.

    Jim Conner

    30 Oct 12 at 3:26 pm

  9. Jim: I’ve addressed this many times. The Tax Foundation is a Koch brothers-supported right-leaning, Republican-board-dominated outfit that dislikes income taxes and weights its rankings for income taxes. I do not deny that Arkansas is mid-range in state taxes. But the relevant data for assessing the relative tax burden in states is to consider all state AND LOCAL taxes AND FEES. Thats’s when Arkansas plummets to near-bottom since our property taxes are the very lowest in country.


    30 Oct 12 at 3:34 pm

  10. It might also be worth mentioning that Arkansas is in better fiscal shape than most other states (yes, I know we have to have a balanced budget).


    30 Oct 12 at 4:59 pm

  11. I find it interesting that the San Francisco Chronicle carrys this story about Bishop Benfield’s letter to the Governor and state legislators, but our local paper and news stations only report on the NRA and a few misguided legislators comments about how our churches need the ability to arm themselves for protection. If a person only read the Arkansas Dem Gazette one would think that the clergy and churches in Arkansas are clamoring to have this change to the current law banning guns in places of worship, which is far from the truth. This is clearly an initiative, along with the proposed nonbinding resolution, lead by the NRA to influence the larger discussion on gun violence in the U.S. It’s disappointing that the Arkansas Dem Gazette is not reporting both sides of this important issue.

    David Maddox

    28 Jan 13 at 1:14 pm

  12. I wrote this in January 2014 for Voices, which is my preferred soapbox, but shelved it in favor of another letter. It was and is pure sarcasm, but I now really believe it may be prophetic. It was shortly after the Duck Dynasty star who had made racist and homophobic statements in a GQ interview had been lambasted by decent people and then enthusiastically defended by right-wingers.

    If you are planning to attend the 2016 GOP convention, you had better stock up on camos and accessories, such as holsters and ammo belts, but without the guns or ammo, of course. Although you will be able to buy, sell and swap in the parking lot.

    This prediction is based on the seemingly insignificant Duck Dynasty drama that unfolded in December. I believe it may turn out to be a game-changer for the GOP because of the incredible popularity of that TV show among right-wingers. It may have signaled that the bottom base of the Republican Party is taking over from the top base of rich people and wannabes in the middle.

    By itself, the event would be just another stain on the purple robe of Republicanism. But the GOP has gone all-in with its campaign against the Affordable Care Act, and it will lose. It might sustain enough negativity to help in the 2014 elections, but the river card will drop before November 2016, and its chips will be gone.

    As the party regroups, it will still have most rich people and some wannabes, but its only other significant demographic will be the Duck Dynasty folks, who will be in charge of the color scheme for the convention, among other things.

    Howell Medders

    21 Jan 15 at 11:05 am

  13. John,
    I’m the guy at LifeQuest who reminds you to check out Al Jazeera (Ch.107 on Comcast) for some of the most objective, balanced, in-depth news available anywhere.
    If that’s not convenient, check this article on their website at
    You’re really missing something if you haven’t checked this out, John.

    Dick Colestock

    21 Mar 15 at 7:24 am

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