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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


Crawford: There is an alternative to the transportation tax

The question of imposing a one-penny sales tax for transportation projects has become an issue that does not break down along familiar lines of Republican versus Democrat, or liberal versus conservative.

May 09, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians pay top price for good news

There was big news coming out of the governor's office recently about an agreement reached with Baxter International, an Illinois health care company.

May 02, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers keep making the same mistakes

It has been said that insanity consists of "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

April 25, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. school officials now being honest with grad numbers

Shortly before he left office at the end of 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue flew around the state holding several news conferences to take credit for an alleged increase in Georgia's high school graduation rate during his two terms as governor.

April 18, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Bad legislative session could have been worse

Whenever I am asked to sum up the achievements of a General Assembly session, I usually offer the same assessment: It could have been worse.

April 11, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers have to say goodbye

We can wave goodbye to another General Assembly session as legislators head back to their home districts, most of them planning to run for another two-year term as part of the circus under the Gold Dome.

April 04, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Is new Ga. tax plan a good deal?

How long does it take for the legislature to adopt a tax revision plan? As we saw last week, it does not take long at all.

March 28, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State lawmakers need honesty on taxes rather than just raiding fees

It's difficult to be an honest person in today's General Assembly.

March 21, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Election year anger in Capitol is firing up red meat legislation

There were obviously some very irritated legislators at the Gold Dome last week.

March 14, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers make too many laws

The Georgia House of Representatives recently debated a bill that would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to obtain a commercial driver's license.

March 07, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: One Ga. legislator's fight for property rights

The majority of Georgia's legislators are a conservative group of politicians, as you would expect in a conservative state such as ours.

February 29, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: This is no way to run a government

Once in a while, you'll see an inspiring and visionary idea emerge from under the Golden Dome of our state Capitol.

February 22, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Finally a move to put limits on lobbyists

Tommy Smith has been part of the Georgia legislature for a long time.

February 15, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Should Obama be on Ga. ballot?

In other states, voters are trying to decide whether Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul will be the Republican nominee who runs against President Barack Obama in this fall's election.

February 08, 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


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