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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


Tom Crawford: ‘Trump effect’ hitting incumbents in House races

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 18, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal still has ways to tame conservatives angered by vetoes

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Gov. Nathan Deal become a liberal Democrat?

May 11, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: This is one strange election year in Georgia

When friends ask me if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having so much fun?"

May 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: It's time the PSC finally said 'no' to Georgia Power

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: It's a bad time for state lawmaker to get DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad to get pulled in by law enforcement when the next election is less than six weeks away.

April 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia leaders aim to keep us in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don't mean what they're saying.

April 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State legislators willing to defy Deal in recent session

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State lawmakers don’t follow clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

March 30, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia's ‘religious liberty’ bill is up to Deal

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Incumbents are on the defensive this election year

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Why qualifying week should matter to Georgians

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Bill to limit board members is a Capitol contradiction

Talk to any member of the General Assembly, and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Political endorsements now fall flat

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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Articles By Author - Tom Crawford


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 ...

June 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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