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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


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


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Tom Crawford: Prognosis is grim for Georgia's rural hospitals

If you operate or work for a hospital located in one of Georgia's rural communities, you should be very afraid. There's a strong possibility your hospital will be closing down soon because of financial problems.

March 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Legislators halfway done with little to show for it

Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: What have they done for you?

February 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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