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Crawford: Here are some facts about state's charter schools

Between now and Nov. 6, you will hear a lot about the charter school constitutional amendment that's on the general election ballot.

August 22, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: T-SPLOST alters state's political debate

It didn't receive much attention in the state's media outlets, but it's worth noting that the T-SPLOST sales tax campaign saw a major change in the framing of the most basic political question of all: Should taxes ever be increased?

August 15, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. voters to leaders — we don’t trust you

Georgia voters sent a very clear message in last week's primaries: They don't trust the state's political leadership.

August 08, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Financial hardships have busted up legislature

The crash of 2007-08 that torpedoed the American economy has given us many hard-luck stories to tell.

August 01, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It's the voters' turn to speak; will anyone listen?

Do you have strong feelings about gambling, abortions or the influence of lobbyists?

July 25, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: As Ga. banks fail, does anybody care?

When it comes to small towns, Ailey is about as small as they come.

July 18, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Our elected officials contradict themselves

Georgia legislators have been wandering off in some strange and contradictory directions over the past few years.

July 11, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: The numbers show a changing America

The language of a recent Supreme Court decision provides a useful reminder of how America has changed over the past 250 years and what has been the driving force behind those changes.

July 04, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. politics is greased by dollars

George Washington Plunkitt was born too soon.

June 27, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Regional roads tax could face an uphill ride

We are little more than a month from the July 31 election when voters decide whether to impose a 1 percent transportation sales tax for highway improvements and related transportation needs.

June 20, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Drug court is a government program that works

In the hushed chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia last week, a group of six people who once faced the possibility of going to jail, along with a life damaged by drug addiction, found themselves being honored by some of the state's highest ranking officials.

June 13, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ethics reform is a battle that's been fought before

This is one of those times in Georgia politics when people realize that the legislative process has gotten a little off track and needs to be straightened out.

June 06, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Are voters happy or not paying attention?

The General Assembly will have a familiar look when lawmakers convene for the 2013 session, judging from the results of candidate qualifying last week.

May 30, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Issues are primary focus this July

When Georgians look over their ballots on election day, they usually make decisions based upon personality: Do I like this person better for this particular office, or am I more comfortable voting for this other person?

May 23, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: What should our priorities be?

There are times when I look at how our elected officials spend our tax dollars and I shake my head in amazement, asking: "What are these people thinking?"

May 16, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Obamacare repeal would hit Georgia hard

To get an understanding of the major problem facing state legislators this year, you have to have been watching a town hall meeting televised on ...

January 18, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Pick up the phone; we must hold elected officials accountable

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal made some smart moves; voters rejected his school plan

The year 2016 is over, but I want to start 2017 by looking back at some of the positive things from last year.

January 04, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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