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Tom Crawford: Real election fun begins after Labor Day

It's a long-established political truism that a presidential race doesn't really start until after Labor Day.

September 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Violent extremism wears many faces, not just Muslim

When it comes to people who observe the Muslim faith, Georgia doesn't exactly put out the welcome mat. If anything, that welcome mat is yanked out from under them.

August 31, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Cobb election result offers a lesson for voters

It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

August 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Battles actually brewing in some legislative races

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Isakson may be hurt by Trump's tumble in Georgia

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia is not a battleground state yet

As the last of the two conventions finished its business of nominating a presidential candidate last week, the Clinton and Trump campaigns were quickly shifting into high gear.

August 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Here are ideas for a few new state laws

July is a special time in Georgia because it's the month when most of the laws passed during the previous legislative session go into effect.

July 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: The political parties’ big parties are worth skipping

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican national convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter the Democratic convention coming up in Philadelphia next week.

July 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Metro Atlanta town going down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, he is careful to make one distinction to his interviewer.

July 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Abortions aren't going anywhere despite legislative efforts

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find some way of reversing that.

July 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Some politicians in Georgia have outraised Trump

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia should follow Louisiana's lead, bend on Medicaid

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Is David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was just another backbencher in a Senate dominated by bitter fights between party leaders.

June 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Crawford: Georgia voters seem to like incumbents just fine

In the end, the political insurgency that supposedly would sweep incumbents out of office in last week's primaries turned out not to be much of an insurgency.

June 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State conservatives still fighting a losing battle

This is one of those times when I feel like I'm watching the movie "Groundhog Day." The same things keep happening over and over, with the same ending.

May 25, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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Articles By Author - Tom Crawford


Tom Crawford: State panel needed to hold judges accountable

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the state Supreme Court all the way down ...

September 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Be glad Georgia dodged North Carolina's fate

If you want to see how badly politicians can mess up a state, look no farther than our neighbor North Carolina.

September 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Boards resist state school takeover plan

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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