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Crawford: Look for Obamacare to impact Georgia election

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is one of those political issues that divides Georgians more sharply than almost anything else.

April 23, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Look for Senate race to settle

For the past few months, the Senate Republican primary has looked like a cage match between five politicians biting and gouging to see who can move most sharply to the far right edge of the ring.

April 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State lawmakers more focused on re-election

The week before Georgia legislators finished their session, Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta, made a floor speech that put it all in perspective.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. legislators are acting like liberals

The Georgia General Assembly has rightly earned a reputation for being one of America's most conservative legislative bodies.

March 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Table is now set for Georgia elections

Georgia's political scorecard for 2014 was filled out last week as hundreds of hopeful candidates dropped by the Capitol to fill out the paperwork that places their names on the May 20 primary election ballot.

March 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Freedom of religion already is protected

It is getting more and more difficult to exclude people who may look or believe a little differently than you.

March 05, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: House leaders attack 1 of their own

It was a spectacle you seldom see during a legislative session.

February 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Medicaid bill reveals GOP's election year worries

When you're writing about people in politics, you should pay closer attention to what they do than to what they say.

February 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Fast legislature session still can get silly

When legislators launched this year's episode of the General Assembly, they were determined to get the session completed quickly so they could start campaigning for those early primary elections on May 20.

February 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: The real cause of Atlanta's ice storm fiasco

Georgia has become the country's laughingstock after the national media watched the metro Atlanta region grind completely to a halt over a 2-inch snowfall.

February 05, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A sudden focus on medical marijuana

Nobody at the Capitol was talking about the legalization of marijuana this time last year, but suddenly it's become a leading topic of discussion in the General Assembly.

January 29, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Governor's race puts school funding in focus

State school Superintendent John Barge is on a political suicide mission.

January 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State legislators are back, but not for long

When House Speaker David Ralston sat down with reporters last week to discuss the new legislative session, he addressed the question that's been on the mind of every Capitol denizen.

January 15, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Change is coming in Georgia, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Sanders is a man for his time

The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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