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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


Crawford: It’s showtime for Ga. politicians

It is far too early to predict who will replace Saxby Chambliss as Georgia's next senator, but it's going to be the most entertaining Senate race voters have seen in a long time.

January 08, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It’s better to be lucky than good

In the world of politics, it's often better to be lucky than good.

January 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Christmas can be a sad season for some

I try to remain cheerful and optimistic during the holiday season, but it isn't easy when you're reminded how tough things are for so many Georgians.

December 25, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Thurmond takes on his biggest job yet

As Michael Thurmond tells the story, he got a phone call one day from an attorney for the DeKalb County school board asking if he would be interested in the job of school superintendent.

December 18, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Gov. Deal looks nervous — should he be?

Gov. Nathan Deal was the picture of confidence last week as he presided over the traditional lighting of the state Christmas tree.

December 11, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Public money goes to the rich

There's an old joke that goes, "a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."

December 04, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Pilgrims showed how we should work together

When it comes to holidays, I've always preferred Thanksgiving to Christmas.

November 27, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Another set of suckers fall for stadium scheme

David Hannum, a competitor of the showman P. T. Barnum, is generally credited with being the one who coined the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute."

November 20, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians face a generational choice in 2014

Whether he wins or whether he loses - and he's a huge underdog at this point - state Sen. Jason Carter brings something worthwhile to next year's race for governor: He will give voters a real choice in which direction they want the state to take.

November 13, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Vanity candidates crowd 2014 Senate ballots

You will see them in every election cycle: People who have never been elected to political office before, who have little money and who are unknown to most voters, get the idea in their heads that they can run for governor or the U.S. Senate.

November 06, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Populists often change their tunes

The 12-foot-high statue of Tom Watson that has dominated the western front of Georgia's capitol for more than eight decades will be gone in just a few weeks.

October 30, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. senators are the grown-ups in the room

The great shutdown of 2013 finally ended last week, with Congress voting to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the federal government from defaulting on obligations to pay bills it had already incurred.

October 23, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Some interesting numbers might shake up the races

The names Nunn and Carter were familiar ones to Georgia voters a while back and they are making a comeback today, thanks to a new generation of political offspring.

October 16, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Obamacare could be its own death panel

If you are looking for ground zero in the fight against the Affordable Care Act, it is right here in Georgia.

October 09, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Articles By Author - Tom Crawford


Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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