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Archive By Author - Tom Crawford


Crawford: Money leaders top the field, for now

The latest campaign disclosure reports filed by the candidates for governor don't leave any doubts about it: former Gov. Roy Barnes and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine have pulled out to big leads over their primary opponents.

January 13, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Will lawmakers still pursue the trivial?

The General Assembly is back in session as of Monday, but it's going to be very different this year when our lawmakers gather under the Gold Dome.

January 06, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia politics 2009 — A year of quitters

You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics.

December 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: GOP hopes the scandals go away

This has not been a happy holiday season for Republicans who hold the reins of power at Georgia's capitol. One after another, embarrassing scandals have thrown a harsh light on the ethical shortcomings of the state's political leaders.

December 23, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Officials shrug as Georgia banks fail

It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state Capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.

December 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Battle for speaker is not over

EDITOR'S NOTE: After Tom Crawford submitted this column, Rep. Mark Burkhalter, R-Johns Creek, said he wouldn't be a candidate for speaker.

December 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Are lawmakers ready to gamble?

Horse racing? Casino gambling? Until recently, those were two topics you didn't discuss at the state capitol.

December 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Can Richardson hang on as speaker?

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Endorsement was risky for Barnes

In the months since he announced he would try for another term as governor, Roy Barnes has been flying under the radar of Georgia politics.

November 18, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Health care debate won’t end soon

If you're sick and tired of all the shouting and bickering about health care reform, I've got some bad news for you. The issue will continue dominating the news for the next several weeks as Congress tries to decide which version of a health care reform bill it finally will adopt.

November 11, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Fox put in charge of EPD henhouse

Politicians are often accused of "putting the fox in charge of the henhouse," of giving someone with a vested interest in an issue control over how that issue is resolved.

November 04, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: 9th District race draws most interest so far

You would think people would be fired up about the congressional races on tap for next year, considering that Republicans will be trying to reverse their election losses of 2006 and 2008 while Democrats will be trying to protect their majority status.

October 28, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Is ‘The Ox’ already in the ditch?

In the early polling among Georgia Republicans, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has consistently been leading in the race for governor.

October 21, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: You’ve got a lone friend at the PSC

Starting now and for years to come, many Georgians are going to see increases every month in their electricity and natural gas bills.

October 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Phone books go way of buggy whips

The telephone book was once a familiar part of everyone's household. Some of the directories were big enough and heavy enough to be used as doorstoppers, but everybody would use them at some point to look up a neighbor's number or just check to make sure the phone company had listed their own name and address correctly.

October 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Don’t expect a fix soon for Georgia's traffic gridlock

Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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