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Crawford: Gold Dome deals raise some eyebrows

Last summer, Delta Air Lines decided to do more for Georgia's legislators than just give them campaign contributions or have lobbyists buy them meals and drinks during the General Assembly session.

May 25, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A tale of two Georgians at GOP gathering

Even though they couldn't be considered native sons, two men with Georgia connections are running for the Republican nomination for president.

May 18, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers ignore collapse of our banks

Just before Labor Day weekend in 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation sent out a news release announcing that Integrity Bank in Alpharetta was being shut down by regulators.

May 11, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia is trailing Alabama in this race

There was a time when it seemed that no state could be more generous than Georgia when it came to giving tax assistance to corporations and their CEOs.

May 04, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Time for a peace treaty with University System

For the past few years, there has been a war between the University System and the members of the Georgia General Assembly. It is time to end the hostilities and negotiate a peace settlement.

April 27, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State tax breaks go to the privileged

William Henry Harrison, who had the bad fortune to serve only one month as president because of his untimely death from pneumonia, could have been talking about the Georgia General Assembly when he remarked: "All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer."

April 20, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Diogenes would feel lost at state Capitol

The Greek philosopher Diogenes, as the story goes, was known to walk around Athens during the day with a lamp and tell people that he was "looking for an honest man."

April 13, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It’s all a big party for Georgia lawmakers

It's not an original observation to compare the Georgia General Assembly to a fraternity house, but it's still an accurate one.

April 06, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Census shows Georgia's changing face

By any standards, it was an impressive turnout last week for a rally staged by Latino activists near the front steps of the state Capitol.

March 30, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Why give tax breaks to a profitable company?

When your elected legislators start giving gifts to our neediest corporations, you eventually reach a point where the question is asked: When does the giving stop?

March 23, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Don’t let them keep us in the dark

For one brief shining moment, it looked like Georgia's political leadership really might be in favor of strengthening the state laws that require governments to conduct their business openly and make their official records available to the public.

March 09, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia lawmakers surrender to utilities

If you read through the bills introduced each year by our legislators, you will find some measures that are intended to accomplish one thing and one thing only: They transfer money or power to someone who already has plenty of both.

March 02, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Red ink covers Miller’s legacies

When Zell Miller stepped down as governor in 1999, he had accomplished two things that would stand as his legacy: the HOPE scholarship program that financed a college education for high-achieving students and criminal sentencing laws, notably the "two-strikes" legislation, that would keep people in prison for many years.

February 23, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislature is slowing down this year

In all the years I've reported on the activities of the General Assembly, a criticism I have heard many times is that Georgia's legislators introduce too many bills and pass too many laws.

February 16, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Sunday drinks soon will flow in Georgia

Visitors to room 450 of the state Capitol could see history being made last week.

February 09, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: ‘Trump effect’ hitting incumbents in House races

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 18, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal still has ways to tame conservatives angered by vetoes

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Gov. Nathan Deal become ...

May 11, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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