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Crawford: Hospitals or stadium — what choice will legislators make?

There is not an infinite amount of money in Georgia's annual budget. At the most, legislators will have a little more than $19 billion in state revenues to spend on the programs that are funded.

January 16, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Look for a low-key legislative session

The circus returns to Atlanta next week when Georgia's legislators convene the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

January 09, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Doesn’t anybody want to serve?

Casey Stengel managed several baseball teams during his Hall of Fame career, but none of them were as bad as the team he took over in 1962: the original New York Mets.

January 02, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Better times may be ahead for Ga. banks

It has been a discouraging year for many Georgians.

December 26, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It's time to restore trust in state government

If you're looking for examples of political corruption in our great state, you can find them at the Capitol or at many county courthouses without a lot of effort.

December 19, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Falcons stadium could be ‘game over’ for Deal

At some point during the next year, Gov. Nathan Deal may have to come up with the correct answer to a most difficult question: Is spending tax money on a new stadium for Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank so important that it justifies throwing away the job of governor?

December 12, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Federal health care law has GOP roots

On the day after the Nov. 6 elections, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner conceded that the reelection of Barack Obama as president, along with a Republican-controlled Senate, made it effectively impossible that the federal health care act known as Obamacare will ever be repealed.

December 05, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Who will take on Chambliss for re-election?

Sen. Saxby Chambliss is hearing thunder from the right - and plenty of it - as he prepares for a possible run for re-election in 2014.

November 28, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Barrow again proves he’s a political survivor

There is something about John Barrow, the U.S. House member from Georgia's 12th District, that drives normally even-tempered politicians into a frenzy.

November 21, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Tallying election’s winners, losers in Ga.

The election is over and we know who our president and members of Congress are going to be. Let's take a few minutes and look at some of the other winners and losers in Georgia politics.

November 14, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State GOP seeks supermajority

Regardless of how the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney played out overnight, Georgia Republicans hope to have something significant to celebrate on this morning after the election.

November 07, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal takes big gamble with lottery choice

In the 20 years since it began operations, the Georgia Lottery has had only two fulltime directors.

October 31, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Amendment 2 a money saver? Proceed with caution

With all of the attention that has been focused on the constitutional amendment dealing with the creation of state charter schools, many voters may not be aware that there is an Amendment 2 on the ballot as well.

October 24, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Tourism tax break is a hard sell

It's become the tax break for developers that no one in state government can figure out how to give away.

October 17, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Charter school battle may end in court

The campaign on the charter school constitutional amendment seems destined to end up in a courtroom rather than a classroom.

October 10, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Metro Atlanta House race a referendum on Trump

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 22, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Tom Crawford: 2 bills that would put people first in Georgia

What should be the priority for state legislators: helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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