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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


Crawford: Money leaders top the field, for now

The latest campaign disclosure reports filed by the candidates for governor don't leave any doubts about it: former Gov. Roy Barnes and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine have pulled out to big leads over their primary opponents.

January 13, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Will lawmakers still pursue the trivial?

The General Assembly is back in session as of Monday, but it's going to be very different this year when our lawmakers gather under the Gold Dome.

January 06, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia politics 2009 — A year of quitters

You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics.

December 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: GOP hopes the scandals go away

This has not been a happy holiday season for Republicans who hold the reins of power at Georgia's capitol. One after another, embarrassing scandals have thrown a harsh light on the ethical shortcomings of the state's political leaders.

December 23, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Officials shrug as Georgia banks fail

It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state Capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.

December 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Battle for speaker is not over

EDITOR'S NOTE: After Tom Crawford submitted this column, Rep. Mark Burkhalter, R-Johns Creek, said he wouldn't be a candidate for speaker.

December 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Are lawmakers ready to gamble?

Horse racing? Casino gambling? Until recently, those were two topics you didn't discuss at the state capitol.

December 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Can Richardson hang on as speaker?

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Endorsement was risky for Barnes

In the months since he announced he would try for another term as governor, Roy Barnes has been flying under the radar of Georgia politics.

November 18, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Health care debate won’t end soon

If you're sick and tired of all the shouting and bickering about health care reform, I've got some bad news for you. The issue will continue dominating the news for the next several weeks as Congress tries to decide which version of a health care reform bill it finally will adopt.

November 11, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Fox put in charge of EPD henhouse

Politicians are often accused of "putting the fox in charge of the henhouse," of giving someone with a vested interest in an issue control over how that issue is resolved.

November 04, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Lessons learned from state's primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.

July 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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