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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


Crawford: 9th District race draws most interest so far

You would think people would be fired up about the congressional races on tap for next year, considering that Republicans will be trying to reverse their election losses of 2006 and 2008 while Democrats will be trying to protect their majority status.

October 28, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Is ‘The Ox’ already in the ditch?

In the early polling among Georgia Republicans, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has consistently been leading in the race for governor.

October 21, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: You’ve got a lone friend at the PSC

Starting now and for years to come, many Georgians are going to see increases every month in their electricity and natural gas bills.

October 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Phone books go way of buggy whips

The telephone book was once a familiar part of everyone's household. Some of the directories were big enough and heavy enough to be used as doorstoppers, but everybody would use them at some point to look up a neighbor's number or just check to make sure the phone company had listed their own name and address correctly.

October 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: At times, we need government’s aid

One of the themes underlying this year's waves of political protests - whether anti-tax, anti-Obama, anti-health care reform, whatever - is that government in all its forms should be abolished.

September 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers should mind how they vote

When Republicans gained control of the Georgia House after the 2004 elections, the party leadership saw a political issue they were sure would be a winner: sex offenders.

September 23, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: GSU's Curry supplies missing ingredient

Georgia State University seems to have everything going for it: the second-largest enrollment of any state college, a campus that is revitalizing downtown Atlanta with all the new buildings going up, and a sterling reputation as one of the University System's four research institutions (a status it shares with UGA, Georgia Tech and the Medical College of Georgia).

September 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Questions loom on political landscape

Now that we are turning the corner on summer and moving into the fall season, let's try to answer some of the questions hanging over Georgia's political landscape.

September 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State school leadership ‘needs improvement’

As the election for governor drew closer in 2002, the Republican challenger Sonny Perdue was beating up on Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes with anything he could find.

September 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians able to share health ideas

The push to revise America's health care system is one of those rare events that can dramatically change how our society works. The approval of Social Security in the 1930s was one such turning point, as was the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

August 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Is it time to start feeling optimistic?

Georgia's labor commissioner, Michael Thurmond, has seen the effects of the recession up close and personal.

August 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's senators show skewed priorities

If you are trying to figure out what your congressmen really believe in, don't focus on what they say - look closely at what they do when it comes time to vote.

August 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Low jobless rate hurts both parties

Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.

August 04, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Articles By Author - Tom Crawford


Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: If we want it, we have to pay for it

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Color Georgia red and white

The conventional wisdom about Georgia politics has been that the state's changing demographics will eventually bring about a change in its political orientation.

August 06, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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