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Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman covered Georgia and national politics for nearly 30 years for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, earning numerous national, regional and state journalism awards. He has been awarded the National Headliner Award and the Walker Stone Award for outstanding editorial writing, and is the only two-time winner of the Pulliam Fellowship granted by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also the author of "Caught in the Current," published by St. Martin's Press.

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Bookman: Carr chooses truth-telling over Republican’s Trump tribalism

By: - April 29, 2021

Last week, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr resigned as chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association, explaining that he had fundamental and irresolvable differences with the group’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Carr’s actions should be applauded, even by – especially by – Democrats. Across the country, only a relative […]

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Bookman: GOP uses government power to cancel First Amendment

By: - April 15, 2021

Last month, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian took the bold step of daring to criticize the actions of the Georgia General Assembly. As Bastian put it in a memo to Delta employees, Georgia had just enacted legislation “that could make it harder for many Georgians, particularly those in our Black and brown communities, to […]

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Bookman: Trump’s arm-twisting might have worked under new election rules

By: - April 1, 2021

Almost five months later, Donald Trump’s dictatorial refusal to accept defeat still looms large over the country, particularly here in Georgia. It continues to alter election law, election outcomes, the arc of political careers and even the course of American history. Admittedly, some of those consequences have been positive. In January, after witnessing Trump’s attempt […]

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Bookman: Recalling Zell while Geoff Duncan risks ‘doing the right thing’

By: - March 18, 2021

“Republicans don’t need election reform to win. We need leadership,” Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend. “I think there’s millions of Republicans waking up around the country that are realizing that Donald Trump’s divisive tone and strategy is unwinnable in forward-looking elections. We need real leadership, […]

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Bookman: Voter fraud lie forces frenzy of voter suppression bills

By: - March 4, 2021

A lie is a fickle creature. Once told, a lie marches free into the world, with its own agenda, out of control of those who created it. And as Georgia Republicans are discovering, a lie that is big enough and powerful enough can even turn on its masters, forcing those who created it to now […]

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Bookman: Georgia GOP ensnared by hostility to health care safety net

By: - February 18, 2021

Georgia Republicans are caught in a trap, trying to adjust to a rapidly changing state while also trying to placate a party base that has no interest in change, and that is often aggressively opposed to it. Put another way, they have to change, yet they can’t change, and nowhere is that dilemma more daunting […]

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Bookman: Extremism the new norm as GOP aims to purge moderates

By: - February 16, 2021

It is extremist to claim, in the complete absence of evidence, that the election was stolen. It is extremist to demand that millions of legal, valid ballots be tossed out by the courts, by state legislators, by Congress or the vice president. It is extremist to claim that those who upheld the election, who abided […]

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Bookman: Georgia GOP lawmakers are aligned with ‘Stop the Steal’ mob

By: - February 4, 2021

Unlike the thugs who attacked the U.S. Capitol in frustration at losing an election, Georgia’s Republican legislators are not resorting to violence. However, if their methods differ, their motivations and their goals are all too familiar. Instead of violence, our state legislators are using the mechanisms of our democracy to try to undermine that democracy, […]

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Bookman: Too few GOP leaders put the lie to voter fraud until D.C. riot

By: - January 21, 2021

“Tell the truth.” From the moment that we become capable of uttering and comprehending a simple sentence, we are taught to tell the truth. Our parents taught us to tell the truth; our teachers taught us to tell the truth; our religious leaders taught us to tell the truth. Tell the truth, because it’s the […]

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Bookman: It was always going to end this way

By: - January 7, 2021

“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump,” Donald Trump bragged back in March of 2019. “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be […]

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Bookman: How inept can Georgia’s election riggers be?

By: - December 22, 2020

How can you claim to have evidence of voter fraud that is so extensive and convincing that it justifies the unthinkable, the overturning of an American presidential election, and yet have no evidence of voter fraud sufficient to justify a single arrest, a single prosecution or even the issuing of a single subpoena for documents […]

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Bookman: Georgia senators in runoff sow distrust of state election system

By: - December 10, 2020

The state of Texas has filed a disrespectful, insulting and legally ludicrous lawsuit against the state of Georgia, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that we’re too corrupt and incompetent to be trusted to run our own elections. So … that’s crazy, right? It’s even more insane that our two U.S. senators, Kelly Loeffler and David […]