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Crawford: Perdue does the right thing with veto

Gov. Sonny Perdue reached a significant milestone last week as he finished the process of signing or vetoing the bills and resolutions passed by legislators this year.

June 16, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Can Barnes or Oxendine be stopped?

John Oxendine and Roy Barnes have been consistent leaders in their respective primaries in the race for governor. With the July 20 primary only six weeks away, can they keep their leads and secure the nominations?

June 09, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia schools face a class struggle

One by one, the members of the state Board of Education voted last week to decide one of the most important issues they will ever face as they make policy for Georgia's public education system.

June 02, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia doesn’t need term limits

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard someone propose term limits as the solution for every political problem that faces us, I could have retired long ago to that cabin in the North Georgia mountains.

May 26, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Blame state for school budget woes

Dozens of parents and students showed up at Cobb County's Allatoona High School last week to protest the dismissals of their favorite teachers and coaches.

May 19, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia congressmen say ‘keep drilling’

Georgia has never been an oil-producing state, but its congressmen have always been the most enthusiastic supporters anywhere of exploring every conceivable location where black gold might be located.

May 12, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Some good people are leaving office

Before we get caught up in the drama of the primary election campaigns, we should stop and take note that some good people will be leaving their current elected offices after this year.

May 05, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters get a real Senate race

Just when it looked like Sen. Johnny Isakson could take a casual stroll to another six-year term in office, along came Michael Thurmond to ruin it.

April 28, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators abandon seats en masse

It is a phrase that UGA football Coach Mark Richt uses often with his players: Finish the drill. In other words, get the job done, do it right, and do it all.

April 21, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Candidates try do-it-yourself fundraising

When Eric Johnson, a Republican candidate for governor, filed his latest disclosure report last week, he was proud of the fact that his campaign had brought in more than $685,000 during the months of January, February and March.

April 14, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Election starting line is close

April 26 is what I call "put up or shut up time" in state politics, because it's the date when candidate qualifying begins for the July 20 primary elections. As the official start of the 2010 election season gets closer, let's look at some of the questions hanging over Georgia politics.

April 07, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: No-tax pledges fall by the wayside

Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes tax increases, for years has asked legislators from across the country to make this promise: "I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

March 30, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Don’t look for quick end to water wars

With all the bad news coming out of the state Capitol in recent weeks, it's tempting to think that Georgia's legislators have accomplished nothing for this session.

March 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Football stadium is not a priority

We have a government in Georgia that quite literally is on the verge of collapse because of gaping deficits in the budgets for this year and next.

March 17, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: University chiefs should sacrifice, too

When Chancellor Erroll Davis was told by legislators to make further budget cuts at the University System, he put up several ideas for consideration.

March 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Articles By Author - Tom Crawford


Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: If we want it, we have to pay for it

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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