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Crawford: Lawmakers make too many laws

The Georgia House of Representatives recently debated a bill that would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to obtain a commercial driver's license.

March 07, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: One Ga. legislator's fight for property rights

The majority of Georgia's legislators are a conservative group of politicians, as you would expect in a conservative state such as ours.

February 29, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: This is no way to run a government

Once in a while, you'll see an inspiring and visionary idea emerge from under the Golden Dome of our state Capitol.

February 22, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Finally a move to put limits on lobbyists

Tommy Smith has been part of the Georgia legislature for a long time.

February 15, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Should Obama be on Ga. ballot?

In other states, voters are trying to decide whether Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul will be the Republican nominee who runs against President Barack Obama in this fall's election.

February 08, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Tax breaks are no magic formula for job creation

Back in March 2005, I sat in the press gallery of the Georgia Senate reporting on the debate over a bill to give tax breaks to major corporations that amounted to nearly $1 billion over a 10-year period.

January 25, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Strange start for state legislature

In a normal year, the first week of the General Assembly session is a time when very little is happening.

January 18, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: In Ga. legislature, look for big talk, little action

Georgia's legislators will do plenty of talking about the major issues that confront them during the General Assembly session that kicked off this week.

January 11, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: The big winners made the big money last year

It's a tradition for political columnists to close out the year by picking their list of winners and losers for the 12-month period that just ended.

January 04, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It was a pretty good year for the governor

He had to fight his way through a massive winter storm just to be sworn into office and he was immediately confronted with an economy that just refused to get better. Somehow, Nathan Deal survived and made it through his first year as Georgia's governor.

December 28, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. farmers deserve better from leaders

For all the emphasis that our political leaders put on bringing business giants like Kia and Porsche to Georgia, it's easy to lose sight of this fact: The state's largest industry is still agriculture.

December 21, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Major tax changes are not likely next year

This time a year ago, Georgia's political leadership was on fire to push through a sweeping revision of the state's creaky tax code.

December 14, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Our lawmakers provide comic relief

When Bobby Franklin passed away last summer from a heart attack, I thought we had seen the end of a legislative tradition.

December 07, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. makes progress in state jobs, prisons, not so much with banks

While we're in a post-holiday lull, let's take a few minutes and look back on some of the news developments we've been tracking this year.

November 30, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Politicians take gifts while voters yawn

There was a lot of outrage and indignation last week among the good government types over media reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle had received a $5,000 weekend golf outing from lobbyists for a health care outfit called Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

November 23, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Here are ideas for a few new state laws

July is a special time in Georgia because it's the month when most of the laws passed during the previous legislative session go into ...

July 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: The political parties’ big parties are worth skipping

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican national convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter ...

July 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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