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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


Crawford: Georgia’s immigration ‘fight’ is a sham

As goes Arizona, so goes Georgia.

February 02, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Here are 17,000 reasons for new ethics law

When House Speaker David Ralston drafted a bill last session to revise the state's ethics laws, he refused to include what many reformers thought was the most important provision: a limit on the amount of money lobbyists could spend on legislators.

January 26, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia’s politicians will give us more of the same

Watching Georgia's politicians operate under the Gold Dome this year will be like watching a rerun of a TV episode you've already seen two or three times before.

January 12, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: 2010 was marked by political miscalculations

Georgia politics was dominated during the past year by the race for governor, an election where the candidates made a lot of mistakes in formulating their strategies — mistakes that came back to haunt them.

January 05, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Remembering American history accurately

I was in the fifth grade when the Civil War centennial began back in 1961. For a kid growing up in Georgia, it was a lot of fun to read about the old battles and the men who fought them.

December 29, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Tax cuts or deficit? We can’t have it both ways

There is a word that describes a politician who promises you two things that are so contradictory there is no way both of them can happen in the real world. That word is "dishonest."

December 15, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican national convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter ...

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