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Crawford: Our lawmakers provide comic relief

When Bobby Franklin passed away last summer from a heart attack, I thought we had seen the end of a legislative tradition.

December 07, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. makes progress in state jobs, prisons, not so much with banks

While we're in a post-holiday lull, let's take a few minutes and look back on some of the news developments we've been tracking this year.

November 30, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Politicians take gifts while voters yawn

There was a lot of outrage and indignation last week among the good government types over media reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle had received a $5,000 weekend golf outing from lobbyists for a health care outfit called Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

November 23, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Are casinos next for Georgia?

The ballots have been tabulated and Georgia's voters have largely supported the idea of ending the prohibition on Sunday sales of beer, wine, and liquor in package and grocery stores. More than 80 percent of the cities and counties that held referendums on the issue Nov. 8 voted to legalize Sunday package sales. Just 21 communities voted against ending the prohibition.

November 16, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Teachers, watch out for pension funds

Every few years the idea circulates at the Capitol that it sure would be a good idea to start using the state's pension money to invest in exotic business ventures.

November 09, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Sunday sales now up to voters

On the night of Nov. 8, as ballots are being tallied in local elections around the state, one of the long-standing political walls in Georgia should finally come tumbling down.

November 02, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Cain is shaking up GOP race

Nothing illustrates the unconventional nature of this election cycle better than the presidential campaign of Georgia's own favorite son, Herman Cain.

October 26, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Will Georgia’s voters go for the transportation tax?

You would not think that politicians from 159 counties would be able to set aside their personal differences and local biases long enough to agree on a list of expensive road projects, but it seems to have happened.

October 19, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A few races to watch in 2012

We won't be choosing a governor and neither of the incumbent U.S. senators will be on the ballot, so there aren't any compelling statewide races to get excited about.

October 12, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Nuclear plants in Ga. should make you nervous

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission began its hearings last week on a request from Southern Co. for a license to build and operate two more nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle.

October 05, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. SAT scores stay near bottom

It is a news story that has become very familiar over the past decade.

September 28, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Huckaby takes on the challenge of culling colleges

Hank Huckaby is soon going to find out who his real friends are.

September 21, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Cloudy reasoning behind firing state climatologist

David Stooksbury, the state climatologist for the past 12 years, was eminently qualified to do the work that he does. I don't know of anyone who was more qualified.

September 14, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Redistricting is a time to settle scores

Legislators will tell you that they have to redraw the boundaries of Georgia's election districts every 10 years to account for shifts in population.

September 07, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: The tea party brings out the anti-tea party

The battle over the T-SPLOST election date during this special legislative session has been described as a showdown between the anti-tax tea party and the various chambers of commerce who supported the transportation tax.

August 31, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Farewell to a zany Capitol character

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state Capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

November 30, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Even amid changes, Georgia remains a red state

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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