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Crawford: DOT conflict not an easy fix

Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.

January 29, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia’s job situation bad, getting worse

One of Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond's official duties is to compile the number of claims filed each month by laid off workers who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits.

January 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Will state lawmakers act like adults this year?

One of the advantages of being more than $2 billion in the hole is that it forces you to prioritize and focus on the things that really matter.

January 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Poythress testing the waters for 2010 run

When he retired as the commander of the Georgia National Guard in 2007, David Poythress could look back on a long and honorable career in military and government service. He had been Georgia's secretary of state and labor commissioner, as well as an unsuccessful candidate for governor.

January 08, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Where is leadership in state budget crisis?

At a time when Georgia is facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and has to deal with a budget deficit of $2 billion or more, what has been the response of our political leadership?

January 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It’s high time to shut this college down

It was a moment for the history books last week as 15 Georgians gathered at the Golden Dome to play their role in finalizing the Electoral College outcome of this year's race for president.

January 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia’s winners and losers for 2008

In any election year there will be roughly equal groups of winners and losers. Here are the Georgia political figures who can feel good (or bad) about their wins and losses of the past year.

January 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Parties fight battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: In politics, the camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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