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Brian Kemp misses his Nixon-to-China opportunity

BY: - January 23, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp announced last week he plans to give $1.6 billion in surplus revenues back to Georgia’s taxpayers. In the process, he probably accomplished two things. First, he deprived himself of the opportunity to pursue a game-changing strategic initiative that would guarantee him a prominent, and well-deserved, place in Georgia’s history books.  Second, he […]

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Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

BY: - January 20, 2022

The furious Democrats who revile Kyrsten Sinema don’t know her very well. She may not have single-handedly derailed President Joe Biden’s presidency by ensuring that none of his ambitious legislative agenda ever reaches his desk, but Arizona’s senior senator certainly has become the face of the Democrats’ circular firing squad. And her highly choreographed speech […]

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Bookman: Crank hypocrisy alarm up as Kemp takes credit for Obamacare insurance access

BY: - January 20, 2022

Based on the first few days of the Georgia General Assembly, the Republican Party’s 2022 legislative agenda is to outlaw non-citizen voting which is already outlawed, ban “critical race theory” from schools where it already doesn’t exist, bar transgender athletes from high school sports where the rules already say they can’t compete, and combat voter […]

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‘Southern hospitality’ doesn’t always apply to Black people, as revealed in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

BY: - January 12, 2022

The idea of community and who belongs and who does not was a common theme in the Jan. 7, 2022, sentencing hearing of three white men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery. “They chose to target my son because they didn’t want him in their community,” said Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, during the hearing. “When they […]

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Bookman: A case for Mike Pence as heroic in face of pro-Trump attempted coup

BY: - January 6, 2022

I come to celebrate an American hero. I come to celebrate Mike Pence. That is not, to put it mildly, a widely held opinion. Not yet, at least. The Trumpian right reviles Pence as a traitor, as a Judas whose lack of courage and commitment a year ago cost them the prize that they see […]

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Opinion: Make your voice be heard about toxic coal ash

BY: - December 31, 2021

Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. The clock is ticking down for 2021. The ticking is also for Jan. 10, 2022, the Georgia’s General Assembly’s opening day. I have a request. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to contact your lawmakers, asking them to support stronger legislation to protect Georgia’s natural resources and environment. Specifically, I […]

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A Christmas letter to the undiscovered country

BY: - December 23, 2021

Phil, You’ve been away for a good long while so here’s a Christmas letter to catch you up on all the news you’ve missed. So much has changed. Time steals like a shadow over the living, rendering us all Henry Adams at history’s eclipse. There’s much I want to share, because you could have helped make sense […]

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Is Santa’s sleigh zero carbon? The answer lies in reindeer poo

BY: - December 22, 2021

Santa’s sleigh is famously pulled by eight reindeer, nine if you include the luminous Rudolf who pitches in when it’s foggy. The classic eight are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Vixen and Blitzen. Those last two are an easy-on-the-ear translation of Dutch, but the whole eight sound like a fun stag party. The consequences […]

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Bookman: Naming names, former Sens. Perdue and Loeffler conspired against democracy

BY: - December 20, 2021

Anyone in public life who supported, advocated, justified, participated in, financed or helped to organize the scheme to void the 2020 Electoral College vote, take away the voice of the people, and MacGyver state legislatures into keeping Donald Trump in the White House is guilty of conspiring to end American democracy. History will record that […]

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Opinion: Congress should keep fighting to support immigration reform in spending plan

BY: - December 15, 2021

It’s an important time of year, as our congressional leaders work to pass a budget that will build back our nation’s economy and workforce following the devastating effects of COVID-19. The power lies with Congress to determine funding priorities for the upcoming year through the budget reconciliation process that will ensure we remain competitive and […]

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Bookman: Perdue’s candidacy ‘a continuation of the coup attempt and insurrection that Trump launched’

BY: - December 9, 2021

Let’s say it straight:  Every Georgia Republican who votes for former Sen. David Perdue in next year’s gubernatorial primary is voting to strangle American democracy and replace it with an arrangement in which elections can be overturned on a whim, just because somebody says so. There is no other rationale for Perdue’s candidacy, no other […]

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Opinion: Four more children dead, and a nation shrugs. Is enough finally enough now?

BY: - December 6, 2021

Families in Michigan will set an empty place at the table this holiday season in the wake of the mass shooting at Oxford High School in southeast Michigan that left four children dead and seven more injured. The deaths at Oxford last week came a little more than two weeks before the ninth anniversary of the […]