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Archive By Author - Tom Crawford


Crawford: Speaker must make a choice

As the speaker of the Georgia House, David Ralston is one of the most powerful men at the state Capitol. Gov. Nathan Deal is the only person at the Gold Dome who has more political clout.

July 02, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A voice in the great circle of politics

Norm Woodel is one of those people in the world of politics whose face may not be that well known, but whose voice is right in the thick of it.

June 25, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Kingston gives Perdue an opening

It all seemed to be breaking the right way for Rep. Jack Kingston after the Senate Republican primary.

June 18, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Some lawmakers never learn

The people we send to the state Capitol to pass our laws have always reminded me of a goofy, flop-eared puppy that keeps making mistakes as it romps inside the house. No matter how many times you rub their noses in it, they never seem to learn from their mistakes.

June 11, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Do endorsements matter?

In the days after the May 20 primary elections, candidates who advanced to the runoffs made the usual scramble to secure endorsements from opponents who didn't make it out of the primary.

June 04, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Geography was destiny in some state races

When the U.S. Senate race kicked off last year, the conventional wisdom was that Jack Kingston would be hindered by the fact he was not well-known to Georgia's voters outside the coastal counties he represented in the 1st Congressional District.

May 28, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State cuts off its nose to spite its face

I was taught at a young age that you shouldn't cut off your nose to spite your face.

May 21, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: GOP Senate primary could yield surprises

In just one more week, Georgia will hold its earliest primary election ever and finally give a definitive answer on the race everybody is watching, the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

May 14, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A well-aimed veto from Deal deserves applause

It is easy to become disgusted with the activities of the politicians who inhabit the Gold Dome.

May 07, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Beware gun law’s dangerous effects

It's official: Gov. Nathan Deal last week signed the "Guns everywhere" bill that expands the public areas where persons with a carry license can legally take firearms. The governor's action, which had been long expected, prompted differing reactions from different groups.

April 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Look for Obamacare to impact Georgia election

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is one of those political issues that divides Georgians more sharply than almost anything else.

April 23, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


Crawford: Look for Senate race to settle

For the past few months, the Senate Republican primary has looked like a cage match between five politicians biting and gouging to see who can move most sharply to the far right edge of the ring.

April 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State lawmakers more focused on re-election

The week before Georgia legislators finished their session, Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta, made a floor speech that put it all in perspective.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Articles By Author - Tom Crawford


Crawford: Mystery of state election plays out in a week

For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go.

October 29, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Some good news for Georgia students

With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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