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Crawford: Relax, charter schools aren’t going away

Georgia became the center of the charter school universe recently as an estimated 4,000 people flocked to Atlanta for the National Charter Schools Conference.

June 29, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Politicians often don’t mean what they say

When President George W. Bush delivered his state of the union address in 2006, he made the bold promise that technological breakthroughs in alternative fuels would enable the U.S. to "replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025."

June 22, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Disaster looms for many of Georgia’s farmers

Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed and sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to declare 22 Georgia counties as disaster areas because of crop damage caused by the drought.

June 15, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal's port project is sinking

Gov. Nathan Deal has zoomed in on the project he believes will bring a more prosperous Georgia: dredging the Savannah River harbor.

June 08, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Gold Dome deals raise some eyebrows

Last summer, Delta Air Lines decided to do more for Georgia's legislators than just give them campaign contributions or have lobbyists buy them meals and drinks during the General Assembly session.

May 25, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A tale of two Georgians at GOP gathering

Even though they couldn't be considered native sons, two men with Georgia connections are running for the Republican nomination for president.

May 18, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers ignore collapse of our banks

Just before Labor Day weekend in 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation sent out a news release announcing that Integrity Bank in Alpharetta was being shut down by regulators.

May 11, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia is trailing Alabama in this race

There was a time when it seemed that no state could be more generous than Georgia when it came to giving tax assistance to corporations and their CEOs.

May 04, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Time for a peace treaty with University System

For the past few years, there has been a war between the University System and the members of the Georgia General Assembly. It is time to end the hostilities and negotiate a peace settlement.

April 27, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State tax breaks go to the privileged

William Henry Harrison, who had the bad fortune to serve only one month as president because of his untimely death from pneumonia, could have been talking about the Georgia General Assembly when he remarked: "All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer."

April 20, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Diogenes would feel lost at state Capitol

The Greek philosopher Diogenes, as the story goes, was known to walk around Athens during the day with a lamp and tell people that he was "looking for an honest man."

April 13, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It’s all a big party for Georgia lawmakers

It's not an original observation to compare the Georgia General Assembly to a fraternity house, but it's still an accurate one.

April 06, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Census shows Georgia's changing face

By any standards, it was an impressive turnout last week for a rally staged by Latino activists near the front steps of the state Capitol.

March 30, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Why give tax breaks to a profitable company?

When your elected legislators start giving gifts to our neediest corporations, you eventually reach a point where the question is asked: When does the giving stop?

March 23, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Don’t let them keep us in the dark

For one brief shining moment, it looked like Georgia's political leadership really might be in favor of strengthening the state laws that require governments to conduct their business openly and make their official records available to the public.

March 09, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Georgia takes good care of its billionaires

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us.

July 29, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers have to defuse an explosive issue

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend - literally.

July 22, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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