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Crawford: 2010 was marked by political miscalculations

Georgia politics was dominated during the past year by the race for governor, an election where the candidates made a lot of mistakes in formulating their strategies — mistakes that came back to haunt them.

January 05, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Remembering American history accurately

I was in the fifth grade when the Civil War centennial began back in 1961. For a kid growing up in Georgia, it was a lot of fun to read about the old battles and the men who fought them.

December 29, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Tax cuts or deficit? We can’t have it both ways

There is a word that describes a politician who promises you two things that are so contradictory there is no way both of them can happen in the real world. That word is "dishonest."

December 15, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Metro Atlanta becomes state's new center of power

When legislators sit down next year to redraw the state's political boundary lines so that they align with the new census figures, they will complete a process that has taken half a century: the transfer of political power from rural Georgia to metro Atlanta.

December 08, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Running it like a business can cost money

You will often hear this said when a newcomer is elected to public office - a new governor, a new legislator, a new commissioner, whatever. The newly elected official will tell his constituents: "I want to run government like we run a business."

December 01, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters are very forgiving

The people we elect to Congress and the General Assembly will make important decisions each year that affect the taxing and spending of billions or even trillions of dollars.

November 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State shouldn’t pay for a new football stadium

The Baltimore Ravens were not the only football visitors to Georgia last week.

November 17, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Republicans complete takeover of Georgia government

I was doing a radio broadcast with some other journalists on election night as the returns came in, each set of numbers reinforcing the trend of a Republican sweep of elected offices in Georgia.

November 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lessons we should have learned from this campaign year

This has been one of the dreariest election years ever.

November 03, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Will voters have to do it all over again?

Will the election year end when the votes are tallied on Nov. 2?

October 27, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It’s a wild, wacky year in politics

In a weird election year, you might think the weirdest place of all is Delaware, where the Republican nominee for the Senate has aired TV commercials to reassure voters, "I am not a witch."

October 20, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A campaign of old candidates, tired ideas

When I look at the race for governor in the closing weeks of the campaign, the things that I don't see include energy, enthusiasm or bold new ideas for revitalizing our great state of Georgia.

October 13, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Pay attention to the constitutional amendments

We've been concentrating so closely on the governor's race that it's easy to forget several amendments to the state constitution will also be decided by the voters on Nov. 2.

October 06, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Should Deal’s personal finances matter?

During a telephone call with reporters last week, Nathan Deal explained why he and his wife had made bad investment decisions that were threatening them with financial insolvency.

September 22, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Don’t raise taxes, yet power rate hikes are OK

Imagine what would happen if one of the candidates for governor, either Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes, proposed raising state taxes by $1 billion.

September 15, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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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


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