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Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman is a columnist at the Georgia Recorder, a media outlet of the States Newsroom. He covered Georgia and national politics for nearly 30 years for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, earning numerous national, regional and state journalism awards. He was awarded the National Headliner Award and the Walker Stone Award for outstanding editorial writing. He is also the author of "Caught in the Current," published by St. Martin's Press. The Florida Phoenix is part of the nonprofit States Newsroom.

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Bookman: Trump’s moment of truth for Georgia GOP at Perry rally was a warning shot

By: - October 11, 2021

In a strange way, Donald Trump is the most honest politician I have ever witnessed. He’s also the most dishonest, of course.  He’ll lie about almost anything, shamelessly, without regard to truth or even plausibility. But it’s funny: He does not lie, almost cannot lie, about his emotions, about his deepest wants and needs. Even […]

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Bookman: Threats against nurses, school boards rage on as mainstream GOP stands by

By: - September 2, 2021

In a press conference at the state Capitol this week, Georgia’s public health commissioner condemned a campaign of bullying, intimidation and threats directed at health care workers attempting to improve the state’s abysmal vaccination record against COVID- 19. “Many of our line workers are receiving threats, are receiving hostile emails, harassing emails,” Dr. Kathleen Toomey […]

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Bookman: Top Trump DOJ official’s letter staked out Georgia as path to a coup

By: - August 9, 2021

On Dec. 28, a top official in the Trump Department of Justice circulated an extraordinary, potentially history-altering letter to his colleagues, writing that “I see no valid downsides” to issuing the letter and proposing that they “get it out as soon as possible.” In that letter, reported last week by ABC News, Jeffrey Clark falsely […]

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Bookman: Trump quits court battle but recklessly urges followers to fight

By: - June 24, 2021

This week, Donald Trump was finally forced to admit the truth: He lost Georgia fair and square, the multiple lawsuits that he and the Georgia GOP filed to try to throw out the state’s 5 million presidential votes had been based on lies and fantasies, and the entire argument they tried to make had zero […]

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Who are the true radical extremists in the Georgia U.S. Senate race?

By: - November 27, 2020

The Republican argument against Georgia U.S. Senate Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock is that they are “radical extremists.” And if true, that would be a problem. Our system of government is built upon compromise and moderation, and putting radical extremists in charge of such a government would be self-destructive. Georgia voters understand that […]

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Bookman: We could be witnessing the deciding battle of the culture wars

By: - July 4, 2020

We are living through history, through a tumultuous time in which change accelerates, the once-solid becomes fluid and no one has any real idea of where this thing is headed. Living in chaos, trying to make daily sense of it, has been frightening, exhilarating, and confusing.  Someday our grandchildren, reading about this era in their […]

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Bookman: Ahmaud Arbery case’s true horror is safe harbor given for modern lynching

By: - May 12, 2020

Only in recent years has white American culture become willing to stare the horror of lynching in the face, or at least glance at it sideways. It has done so only because time’s passage has made it feel safe to do so, allowing us to pretend that it was perpetrated by people utterly unlike ourselves. […]