Along with outstanding coverage of the Trump administration, popular culture and New York City politics, art, food and entertainment, New York magazine does an admirable job examining national politics, including the deep South.
I first noticed New York's ambitious reach a couple of years ago when the magazine ran an in-depth piece on former Louisiana Gov. and ex-con Edwin Edwards' unlikely run for a congressional seat. The magazine also published some of the best pieces on the nationally watched Georgia congressional campaign of Democratic wonder boy Jon Ossoff.
The magazine's interest in Southern politics is regularly shown by staff writer Ed Kilgore, whose Georgia background gives him a native knowledge unusual among national writers.
New York in its latest issue shows its impressive interest in Southern politics with a strongly reported article by writer Lisa Chase on the Georgia race between Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
While other national publications have given attention to Abrams' bid to become the first black woman elected as Georgia's governor and wrest the office from Republican control, Chase's piece is one of the few that look at Evans' career and campaign.
With deep reporting from campaign events and interviews with political observers, Chase looks at the conflict between the two Staceys, and what it portends for the Democratic Party's future in Georgia.
Unlike other national publications, which confer a progressive sainthood to Abrams, Chase reports on her weaknesses. Chase examines criticism of Abrams for compromising with Republicans when she was House minority leader in the Georgia Legislature, her debts from business ventures and education loans, and charges of inflated voter registration figures for a nonprofit she began.
The article gives a clear, detailed analysis of Evans' decision to base her campaign on restoring the Hope scholarship program. Chase looks at how Abrams' agreement with Republican legislative leaders to reduce Hope funding led Evans to enter the race. Chase's examination of the Hope controversy will be revelatory even to Georgia political insiders.
Chase's piece gives the in-depth coverage of the Georgia race that newspapers like the New York Times or Washington Post haven't provided so far. Needless to say, New York has outshone The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
New York's article is also more extensive and balanced than New Yorker writer Charles Bethea's recent piece on Abrams, a predictable look at her as a champion of liberalism.
Unlike other publications, New York offers Internet readers the best of its work without a pay wall.
As the New Yorker grows monotonous under longtime editor David Remnick, New York stands out as the city's most exciting weekly mag.