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Tom Crawford: It's a bad time for state lawmaker to get DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad to get pulled in by law enforcement when the next election is less than six weeks away.

April 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia leaders aim to keep us in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don't mean what they're saying.

April 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State legislators willing to defy Deal in recent session

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State lawmakers don’t follow clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

March 30, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia's ‘religious liberty’ bill is up to Deal

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Incumbents are on the defensive this election year

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Why qualifying week should matter to Georgians

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Bill to limit board members is a Capitol contradiction

Talk to any member of the General Assembly, and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Political endorsements now fall flat

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Fight is on in Georgia over freedom of faith

Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?

February 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Kemp's SEC primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

February 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Some people keep fighting the Civil War

You may have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their homes, and the Southern states were re-admitted back into the Union.

February 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal backs off on merit pay plan for teachers

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session rolled around.

January 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Next governor’s race already heating up at Capitol

For the next few weeks you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the Capitol in Atlanta as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary.

January 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Legislators face unusually sticky issues in election year

Legislators will be returning to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session, but this one may have a slightly different feel to it.

January 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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Articles By Author - Tom Crawford


Tom Crawford: Cobb election result offers a lesson for voters

It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

August 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Battles actually brewing in some legislative races

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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