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Crawford: State lawmakers have a shot at redemption

The General Assembly is taking some heat in the media this year for having one of its least productive sessions ever, in terms of addressing issues that really affect the lives of Georgians. Legislators still have one last shot at redeeming themselves in the closing days, however.

April 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: We gave tax cuts; where are the jobs?

Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.

March 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Barnes is sounding more like a candidate

Over the past year or so, there has been one question about politics that I hear more often than any other: "Is Roy going to run?"

March 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia is rolling down a bumpy highway

There is less than a month to go before the legislative session adjourns and our lawmakers don't appear to be any closer than they were last year at this time to resolving the state's highway congestion issues.

March 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It was a bad week for Georgians

There are times when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. Last week was such a time for Georgia's citizens and the people they elect to make their political decisions.

March 05, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Is electing a school chief really necessary?

Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.

November 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: This year's election had a familiar look

This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.

November 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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