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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


Crawford: Are Porters the new Clintons or a ‘train wreck?’

It's time for Bill and Hillary Clinton to step aside. The hottest new couple in politics is one of Georgia's own, DuBose and Carol Porter.

March 03, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia can’t afford huge tax breaks

Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is: how do they get themselves out of it?

February 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers should go where the money is

Little by little, the money keeps disappearing from the state budget.

February 17, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Big changes for state government? No

Gov. Sonny Perdue is nearing the end of his time as governor, but he had one more big idea to throw out for discussion.

February 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia still on a road to nowhere

When Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stopped in Atlanta last September, he was asked about Georgia's prospects for getting some of the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds being allocated for a network of high-speed passenger rail lines.

February 03, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Gloomy times under the Gold Dome

This is not a fun time to be a state legislator in Georgia. You can see it in all the long faces in the House and Senate chambers. You can hear it in the committee rooms as lawmakers fret over the difficulty of dealing with constituents who keep complaining about services being cut.

January 27, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Perdue kicks the can down the road

Gov. Sonny Perdue was a very talented athlete back in the day, whose favorite sport was football. He was good enough to be the starting quarterback on his high school team and was a walk-on freshman player at the University of Georgia.

January 20, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Will Georgia's top races head to runoffs?

It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Other statewide races bear watching

With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November.

October 08, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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