Commentary

Bookman: Rooting against David Perdue and other Trump-devoted, GOP insurrectionist candidates

BY: - May 19, 2022

In Pennsylvania, Republican primary voters have nominated a radical, full-blown insurrectionist as their candidate for governor, a man who conspired with Donald Trump to illegally switch that state’s 20 electoral votes and who has publicly committed to doing the same if given the opportunity in 2024. In another targeted state, Arizona, they’re likely to do […]

Could your children’s morning commute result in lower test scores?

BY: - May 16, 2022

Each day, parents send their little ones off to school to discover their places in the world – many of them by bus. But, the familiar yellow buses that we trust to safely transport our children could be affecting their performance in school. This is why an investment in EV infrastructure including school buses is […]

Will the Okefenokee Swamp be Governor Kemp’s conservation win or Georgia’s loss?

BY: and - May 10, 2022

Of the Seven Natural Wonders in Georgia, only one has become globally transcendent, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world: the Okefenokee Swamp. By providing sanctuary to wildlife, recreation for people and millions of dollars for local communities, the Okefenokee has provided Georgia with immeasurable value, while anchoring the state’s outdoor tourism economy. […]

‘Ain’t no right way to do wrong thing’

BY: - May 9, 2022

Entitlement: “The condition of having a right to have, do, or get something.” –The Britannica Dictionary.             If you are wondering why Georgia Power is so determined to have its way with toxic coal-ash disposal, reread the definition of “entitlement.” In a dozen words, that’s why. The state-regulated-utility monopoly doesn’t like the federal Environmental Protection […]

Bookman: Roe v. Wade’s rights guarantees not settled law after all. They lied.

BY: - May 6, 2022

For almost five decades, Roe v. Wade has been established American law, guaranteeing the constitutional right of choice to all Americans. Even those Supreme Court justices now ready to toss that precedent aside have previously testified under oath during their Senate confirmation hearings that they believed Roe is established law that ought to be respected. […]

Misinformation is deadly. What are we going to do about it?

BY: - April 25, 2022

Misinformation is deadly. It kills humans and democracy. All of us have some responsibility for this serious threat to society. All of us are affected by it, regardless of whether we use social media. And all of us need to do something about it. The examples are hard to ignore: An insurrection at the U.S. […]

Bookman: Kemp enjoys ‘special’ access to campaign cash flowing from donors coveting state favors

BY: - April 21, 2022

One of the running themes of the Stacey Abrams campaign has been her claim that Georgia Republicans are abusing their authority by undermining fair elections and tilting the playing field in their favor. It’s a claim that GOP officials dismiss as ungrounded. So let’s take a closer look at one potential example: Under Georgia law, […]

Georgians must keep ‘buttin’ that dam’

BY: - April 14, 2022

“Once there was a silly old ram Thought he’d punch a hole in a dam No one could make that ram scram He kept buttin’ that dam …” A host of folks have sung “High Hopes.” My favorite rendition is Frank Sinatra’s when he is accompanied by kids. I can hear him now, “Next time […]

Georgia Republican leads GOP revolt against U.S. House bill honoring iconic Black judge

BY: - April 13, 2022

If there’s one thing that more than two decades of covering state government have taught me, it’s that bills renaming bridges, highways, and public buildings in honor of some famous personage are one of the last preserves of bipartisanship. Not so for the U.S. House of Representatives, who went full “Hold My Beer” late last month, […]

Gold Dome’s ‘elephant in the room’ is no pachyderm

BY: - April 7, 2022

You’ve heard the reference to the invisible “elephant” that lurks in a room when decisions are being made. Georgia’s Gold Dome has a mammoth animal that is a permanent fixture when the General Assembly is in session and when it’s not. But it’s not a pachyderm. Imagine hearing “clop, clop, clop, clop.” Is it a […]

Bookman: Georgia GOP lawmakers sacrifice gun carry law at altar of the Cult of the 2nd Amendment

BY: - April 7, 2022

Correction: An earlier version of this column about the 2022 state Legislature passing Senate Bill  319 incorrectly characterized some aspects of the measure’s changes to Georgia gun restrictions. The law would not change an unlicensed gun owner’s ability to legally carry loaded weapons in their vehicles. The law would not allow possession of hunting rifles in […]