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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


Crawford: New maps outline the changing political landscape

When our legislators redraw the boundaries of their election districts, as they are doing in the special legislative session now under way, they not only reshape the state's political landscape, they close out chapters in Georgia's history.

August 24, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Majority party always benefits from the magic of redistricting

Georgia legislators have returned to Atlanta this week for a chore they must handle only once or twice every decade: redistricting and reapportionment.

August 17, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Behold your state government at work

Our lawmakers will be back in Atlanta on Monday for a special session on redistricting, but before the fun begins let's catch up on a few developments in state politics.

August 10, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Tea partyers shouldn’t complain — they won

I was sitting at my desk the other day when the latest report from Georgia's Department of Audits landed in my email inbox.

August 03, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia Power gets its way again

This has been a good summer for Georgia Power, the company that provides electricity to millions of customers around the state.

July 27, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Who goes into debt? Nearly everybody

The topics of debt and default are much on the minds of Georgia's congressmen as the country nears an important Aug. 2 deadline.

July 20, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Atlanta scandal highlights larger education problems

You could cite many reasons for the cheating scandal that has blown up the Atlanta public school system and given Georgia another black eye in the national media.

July 13, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: The real winners in state's legal battles — attorneys

In the courtroom, as on the playing field, the rules of competition are the same: You win some, you lose some.

July 06, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Relax, charter schools aren’t going away

Georgia became the center of the charter school universe recently as an estimated 4,000 people flocked to Atlanta for the National Charter Schools Conference.

June 29, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Politicians often don’t mean what they say

When President George W. Bush delivered his state of the union address in 2006, he made the bold promise that technological breakthroughs in alternative fuels would enable the U.S. to "replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025."

June 22, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Disaster looms for many of Georgia’s farmers

Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed and sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to declare 22 Georgia counties as disaster areas because of crop damage caused by the drought.

June 15, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal's port project is sinking

Gov. Nathan Deal has zoomed in on the project he believes will bring a more prosperous Georgia: dredging the Savannah River harbor.

June 08, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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Tom Crawford: Tom Price is coming for your insurance

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the Capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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


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