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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


Crawford: Are casinos next for Georgia?

The ballots have been tabulated and Georgia's voters have largely supported the idea of ending the prohibition on Sunday sales of beer, wine, and liquor in package and grocery stores. More than 80 percent of the cities and counties that held referendums on the issue Nov. 8 voted to legalize Sunday package sales. Just 21 communities voted against ending the prohibition.

November 16, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Teachers, watch out for pension funds

Every few years the idea circulates at the Capitol that it sure would be a good idea to start using the state's pension money to invest in exotic business ventures.

November 09, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Sunday sales now up to voters

On the night of Nov. 8, as ballots are being tallied in local elections around the state, one of the long-standing political walls in Georgia should finally come tumbling down.

November 02, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Cain is shaking up GOP race

Nothing illustrates the unconventional nature of this election cycle better than the presidential campaign of Georgia's own favorite son, Herman Cain.

October 26, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Will Georgia’s voters go for the transportation tax?

You would not think that politicians from 159 counties would be able to set aside their personal differences and local biases long enough to agree on a list of expensive road projects, but it seems to have happened.

October 19, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A few races to watch in 2012

We won't be choosing a governor and neither of the incumbent U.S. senators will be on the ballot, so there aren't any compelling statewide races to get excited about.

October 12, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Nuclear plants in Ga. should make you nervous

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission began its hearings last week on a request from Southern Co. for a license to build and operate two more nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle.

October 05, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. SAT scores stay near bottom

It is a news story that has become very familiar over the past decade.

September 28, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: State conservatives still fighting a losing battle

This is one of those times when I feel like I'm watching the movie "Groundhog Day." The same things keep happening over and over ...

May 25, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: ‘Trump effect’ hitting incumbents in House races

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 18, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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