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Crawford: Chambliss had history on his side

There were many explanations being floated for Saxby Chambliss' smashing success in last week's runoff election for the U.S. Senate.

December 19, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lesson for state leaders — don’t mess with teachers

If you want to accomplish anything in Georgia politics, you had better remember one thing: don't mess around with public school teachers, particularly with their pensions.

December 04, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Election law tampering backfires again

There is a longstanding tradition in Georgia that the political party controlling state government will try to give itself an advantage over the opposition by fiddling with the election laws.

November 27, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Time for lawmakers to get back to work

The elections have finally been held and it feels like the end of a party that has been going on for a long, long time.

November 21, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters buck national trend

You can say this about Georgia voters: they aren't about to be swayed by any of those newfangled ideas and trends you might see having an influence on other states.

November 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A handful of state races to watch Tuesday

I don't need to remind you what next Tuesday is, and you've probably heard all you ever want to hear about the national race for president. But what about Georgia?

November 06, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Early voting changes face of elections

I went to the local election office in DeKalb County last week to cast an early ballot for the Nov. 4 election, thinking it would be a good idea to vote ahead of time and beat the crowds on election day.

October 30, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: We’ve got a thriller brewing in Senate race

All through the spring and summer months, whenever he would discuss his upcoming Senate race with reporters, Saxby Chambliss would always remind them: "We know that this is going to be a very tough race."

October 30, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Where is Perdue when state needs him?

For many Georgians living in North Georgia and metro Atlanta, last week would qualify as a crisis if not a disaster.

Because of the damage done to Texas refineries by Hurricane Ike, the state basically ran out of gasoline. Frustrated motorists drove for hours trying to find fuel for their cars, only to discover that every service station and convenience store seemed to have run dry.

October 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters may surprise us all in election

On the morning of Sept. 15, John McCain probably felt like he was on top of the world.

The Arizona senator's position in the race for president had improved steadily in the two weeks since he selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice president. On that fateful Monday morning, McCain was leading Barack Obama by a point or two in almost every major poll. Democrats were starting to panic that the election was going down the tubes.

October 16, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Long march to 2010 governor’s race begins

While looking through some articles I wrote during a past campaign for governor, I found an account of the news conference where a legislator named Sonny Perdue officially announced he would run against incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

That article was dated Nov. 8, 2001, almost one year, to the day, before voters selected Perdue to be Georgia's 81st governor in the 2002 general election.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Perdue finally catches a break over budget

The past few months cannot have been much fun for Gov. Sonny Perdue.

He's had to watch his good friend, President Bush, sink to record low levels in polls that show Bush is the most unpopular president of the modern American era.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Winning Georgia is a tall order for Obama

David Letterman has often joked that this presidential campaign has been going on for so long it feels like it started back in 1997.

September 24, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Who sacrifices when state budget is cut?

There's no question that state government is facing a real financial crisis, primarily because our legislators and governor adopted a budget that commits Georgia to spending about $2 billion more than the state will collect in tax revenues this year because of the economic slowdown.

September 19, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Court ruling could impact state school funding

In a small courtroom tucked high inside the Fulton County courthouse, a trial will be held in October before a retired judge who will hear the arguments, sift through the evidence, and eventually issue a verdict (no jury is involved in this case).

September 05, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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