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Crawford: Georgia is trailing Alabama in this race

There was a time when it seemed that no state could be more generous than Georgia when it came to giving tax assistance to corporations and their CEOs.

May 04, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Time for a peace treaty with University System

For the past few years, there has been a war between the University System and the members of the Georgia General Assembly. It is time to end the hostilities and negotiate a peace settlement.

April 27, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State tax breaks go to the privileged

William Henry Harrison, who had the bad fortune to serve only one month as president because of his untimely death from pneumonia, could have been talking about the Georgia General Assembly when he remarked: "All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer."

April 20, 2011 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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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


Tom Crawford: Even amid changes, Georgia remains a red state

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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