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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: U.S. House’s Collins about to make his reputation, for better or worse.

By: - September 26, 2019

“The times have found us,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week, explaining that in light of new revelations she felt she had no choice but to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. In much the same way, the times have also found U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. They’re about to make the north […]

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Bookman: Child welfare, public safety not big Georgia priorities

By: - September 19, 2019

This is a story about priorities. Fearing a slowdown in tax revenue, Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered many state agencies to cut their budgets by 4% in the current budget year, and another 6% in the following year, for a total savings of roughly $530 million. Most of those savings would come from social-service, law-enforcement […]

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Bookman: Ga. Chamber signs on to GOP’s new love of tariffs, free money

By: - September 12, 2019

When Democrat Jon Ossoff announced this week that he will run against incumbent David Perdue for the U.S. Senate next year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Chamber of Commerce were ready to pounce. Citing a poll they commissioned earlier this year in Georgia, the two groups pointed out that Ossoff’s name recognition remains […]

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Bookman: Get ready for GOP calls to cut Medicare, other “socialism”

By: - September 5, 2019

With two seats up for grabs next year, control of the U.S. Senate may be decided right here in Georgia. That condemns us to hearing the word “socialism” hurled at us repeatedly over the next 14 months in Republican campaign speeches and TV ads. In a speech earlier this summer in Washington, U.S. Sen. David […]

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Bookman: Isakson an honest man, too much of a legislator for modern D.C.

By: - August 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is an honest man, and he deserves honesty in return. So as he announces his reluctant retirement from public life, I offer honest admiration, an honest hope that he enjoys many years still to come in private life, and an honest and significant degree of disappointment. At 74, with a 40-year […]

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Bookman: Courts forced to clean up Georgia’s elections mess

By: - August 23, 2019

Back in 2017, when Gov. Brian Kemp was still Georgia’s secretary of state and responsible for running fair elections and protecting our right to vote, he haughtily dismissed criticism that the state’s elections systems were vulnerable to hacking and might bar legal residents from voting. Such questions, he wrote in USA Today, are “baseless and […]

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Bookman: Insane approach to gun laws ripe for change

By: - August 15, 2019

A black-clad man in full body armor, using an assault weapon equipped with a 100-round magazine, opened fire in a Dayton nightclub district and killed nine people, wounding another 17, in the 30 seconds before being gunned down himself by police. Another shooter, this one in El Paso, walked into a Walmart armed with an […]

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Bookman: Georgia’s junior senator misplaces his outrage

By: - August 8, 2019

That’s outrageous,” U.S. Sen. David Perdue said last month, responding to a controversy over tweets in which President Trump attacked four female members of Congress. To Perdue, it wasn’t outrageous that Trump told those four women of color to “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came,” as if they didn’t belong here, […]