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Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only

If you want to meet the person who's the real state school superintendent, it's easy to find his office.

April 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: One Georgia lawmaker fights the power of GOP majority

Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State is stepping all over local control

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Thanks to Georgia Democrats, highway bill is rolling forward

Democrats don't have a lot of influence in the General Assembly these days. They hold roughly one-third of the seats in both the House and Senate, which means the Republican majority can safely ignore them 99 percent of the time.

March 11, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Prognosis is grim for Georgia's rural hospitals

If you operate or work for a hospital located in one of Georgia's rural communities, you should be very afraid. There's a strong possibility your hospital will be closing down soon because of financial problems.

March 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Legislators halfway done with little to show for it

Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: What have they done for you?

February 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia has yet to find a magic formula for schools

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools.

February 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Schoolworkers shouldn't be denied health coverage

When it comes to handing out taxpayers' money, the governor and the General Assembly sometimes seem more willing to direct those funds to people who don't really need them instead of those who really do.

February 11, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia legislators go for a ‘tax grab’ with transportation plan

The stage has been set for the issue that will draw most of the attention in this legislative session: revising Georgia's transportation taxes.

February 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Don’t expect a fix soon for Georgia's traffic gridlock

Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers, better keep those election promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Hospitals, roads are top challenges for Georgia leaders

In a few days, Georgia legislators will convene a new session for 2015 and Gov. Nathan Deal will follow shortly after by taking the oath of office for his second term as the state's chief executive.

January 07, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: There are some leaders still do it right

It's clear that politicians and political institutions are not very popular with the general public.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State Capitol has a new face

Visitors who come to Atlanta next month to see Gov. Nathan Deal take the oath of office for his second term will encounter a Capitol complex that looks different from four years ago when Deal was first sworn in as the state's chief executive.

December 24, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Georgia’s big political changes stir emotions

It was a joyous and emotional day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed historic legislation that legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana in Georgia.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Parties switched roles this year in state legislature

Judging from the recent session of the General Assembly, Republicans seem to have become the new Democrats in state politics.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Rushing bills through legislature hurts Georgia

There are many members of the state legislature who work hard and try to represent the best interests of their constituents back home.

April 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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