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Crawford: Tourism tax break is a hard sell

It's become the tax break for developers that no one in state government can figure out how to give away.

October 17, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Charter school battle may end in court

The campaign on the charter school constitutional amendment seems destined to end up in a courtroom rather than a classroom.

October 10, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: There's no debating the fact that debates matter

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head-to-head tonight in the first of three presidential debates, with the initial one at the University of Denver.

October 03, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: ‘Blank check’ for stadium trumps state’s real needs

There are many things in Georgia that we don't have enough money to pay for, according to our elected leadership.

September 26, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State closes the door on history to Georgians

One of the saddest bits of news I've seen in a while was an announcement last week from the office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

September 19, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. voters are tolerant, forgiving

After many years of observing the activities of Georgia's politicians, I've come to the inescapable conclusion that the state's voters surely do like scoundrels. If they didn't, they wouldn't keep on electing so many of them to public office.

September 12, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Facing a hard fall in run toward Election Day

Now that Labor Day is behind us, the political tradition is that this is when a presidential campaign really begins.

September 05, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. politicians take care of their own

The members of the Senate Ethics Committee have finally settled ethics complaints filed against one of their fellow lawmakers, state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville.

August 29, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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Tom Crawford: Lawmaker is fighting an old war he can’t win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson.

June 21, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia can learn a lesson from Kansas’ mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C., but out to the west in Kansas.

June 14, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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