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Crawford: Isakson not taking re-election for granted

Sen. Johnny Isakson has many things going for him as he gets his campaign under way for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

February 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Behold these victims of the free market

Shirley Almer, an elderly Minnesota woman, had managed to live through lung cancer and a brain tumor before she died on Dec. 21. Cause of death: salmonella poisoning linked to food products from a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely.

February 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Power bill due years before first spark

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

February 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Watch out for that next state tax bill

It is always a good idea to pay close attention to what Georgia's legislators do during a General Assembly session, because at some point you're going to end up paying for it.

February 05, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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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


Crawford: Will Georgia's top races head to runoffs?

It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Other statewide races bear watching

With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November.

October 08, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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