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Crawford: Money flows slowly in governor’s race

The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.

July 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Charter schools are not the magic formula for success

Everybody loves charter schools. Republicans and Democrats alike say that charter schools are a great idea that can solve all the problems of our public education system.

July 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State budget crunch pinches local governments

Georgia's recession has put state government in the same position as a penny-pinching old geezer, the kind who searches under the sofa cushions for lost dimes and quarters or cashes in that jar of pennies he's been hoarding.

July 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State DOT is seeking the right turn

The State Transportation Board has elected yet another commissioner for that troubled agency: state Rep. Vance Smith, R-Pine Mountain, a person who has some expertise in highway construction because his family-owned business did a lot of road grading back in Harris County.

June 24, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State has a plan for a plan on water

The rains finally came this year, even if not on a biblical scale, and environmental officials in state government now proclaim that Georgia's historic drought has officially "ended."

June 17, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Are voters ready for action?

In Roy Barnes' announcement that he had decided to run for governor again, he tried to say all the right things he thought voters would want to hear.

June 10, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's senators must walk a fine line with Supreme Court nominee

The nomination of the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor, has spawned an ugly political brawl among some Republicans.

June 03, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Goodbye to a trio of super scribes

One of the basic rules of daily journalism is that the reporter isn't the story. What's important is the news that is being reported.

May 27, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Thank you, governor, for a wise veto

Sonny Perdue has been an easy target for the media during the years he has headed state government.

May 20, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: South gearing up to fight an old war again

As he worked his way through dozens of bill signings last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue put his signature on SB 27, a measure that designates April as Confederate Heritage/History Month and sets the stage for the upcoming observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

May 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Field is nearly set for 2010 race

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal stepped up in front of several hundred supporters Friday morning in Gainesville to declare that he too will run for governor next year, a decision that probably closes out the field of candidates in the Republican primary.

May 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's changing landscape may affect 2010 vote

Out of the many e-mails that were zinging around Georgia's political community last week, one in particular caught my eye.

April 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Cagle's exit opens door to a tidal wave of candidates

Just when you thought you had the next governor's race all figured out, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle decides to mess everything up.

April 23, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Roads bill gives Perdue more power

This was one of those legislative sessions where our elected representatives didn't accomplish much, with one exception. They did pass Senate Bill 200, that could have an enormous impact on state politics and the balance of power at the capitol for many years to come.

April 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Crawford: State lawmakers have a shot at redemption

The General Assembly is taking some heat in the media this year for having one of its least productive sessions ever, in terms of addressing issues that really affect the lives of Georgians. Legislators still have one last shot at redeeming themselves in the closing days, however.

April 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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