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Tom Crawford: Metro Atlanta town going down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, he is careful to make one distinction to his interviewer.

July 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Abortions aren't going anywhere despite legislative efforts

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find some way of reversing that.

July 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Some politicians in Georgia have outraised Trump

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia should follow Louisiana's lead, bend on Medicaid

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Is David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was just another backbencher in a Senate dominated by bitter fights between party leaders.

June 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Crawford: Georgia voters seem to like incumbents just fine

In the end, the political insurgency that supposedly would sweep incumbents out of office in last week's primaries turned out not to be much of an insurgency.

June 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State conservatives still fighting a losing battle

This is one of those times when I feel like I'm watching the movie "Groundhog Day." The same things keep happening over and over, with the same ending.

May 25, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: ‘Trump effect’ hitting incumbents in House races

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 18, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal still has ways to tame conservatives angered by vetoes

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Gov. Nathan Deal become a liberal Democrat?

May 11, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: This is one strange election year in Georgia

When friends ask me if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having so much fun?"

May 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: It's time the PSC finally said 'no' to Georgia Power

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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


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Tom Crawford: Metro Atlanta House race a referendum on Trump

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 22, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Tom Crawford: 2 bills that would put people first in Georgia

What should be the priority for state legislators: helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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