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Crawford: No-tax pledges fall by the wayside

Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes tax increases, for years has asked legislators from across the country to make this promise: "I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

March 30, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Don’t look for quick end to water wars

With all the bad news coming out of the state Capitol in recent weeks, it's tempting to think that Georgia's legislators have accomplished nothing for this session.

March 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Football stadium is not a priority

We have a government in Georgia that quite literally is on the verge of collapse because of gaping deficits in the budgets for this year and next.

March 17, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: University chiefs should sacrifice, too

When Chancellor Erroll Davis was told by legislators to make further budget cuts at the University System, he put up several ideas for consideration.

March 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Are Porters the new Clintons or a ‘train wreck?’

It's time for Bill and Hillary Clinton to step aside. The hottest new couple in politics is one of Georgia's own, DuBose and Carol Porter.

March 03, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia can’t afford huge tax breaks

Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is: how do they get themselves out of it?

February 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers should go where the money is

Little by little, the money keeps disappearing from the state budget.

February 17, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Big changes for state government? No

Gov. Sonny Perdue is nearing the end of his time as governor, but he had one more big idea to throw out for discussion.

February 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia still on a road to nowhere

When Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stopped in Atlanta last September, he was asked about Georgia's prospects for getting some of the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds being allocated for a network of high-speed passenger rail lines.

February 03, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Gloomy times under the Gold Dome

This is not a fun time to be a state legislator in Georgia. You can see it in all the long faces in the House and Senate chambers. You can hear it in the committee rooms as lawmakers fret over the difficulty of dealing with constituents who keep complaining about services being cut.

January 27, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Perdue kicks the can down the road

Gov. Sonny Perdue was a very talented athlete back in the day, whose favorite sport was football. He was good enough to be the starting quarterback on his high school team and was a walk-on freshman player at the University of Georgia.

January 20, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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Tom Crawford: Georgia’s big political changes stir emotions

It was a joyous and emotional day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed historic legislation that legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana in Georgia.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Parties switched roles this year in state legislature

Judging from the recent session of the General Assembly, Republicans seem to have become the new Democrats in state politics.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Rushing bills through legislature hurts Georgia

There are many members of the state legislature who work hard and try to represent the best interests of their constituents back home.

April 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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