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Crawford: Ga. Republicans see no need to change course

The Republican Party delegates who gathered in Athens for their annual state convention heard a cautionary message from Gov. Nathan Deal about the future of the GOP.

May 22, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: New Ga. ethics law is half a loaf

Until last week, Georgia had been one of only three remaining states that put absolutely no limits on how much money lobbyists could spend to influence the passage or defeat of legislation in a General Assembly session.

May 15, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia’s leaders fix a past mistake

It's no secret that politicians often make mistakes - a lot of them.

May 08, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Here's why our kids aren’t learning

The dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library last week reminded me of one of the former president's most memorable public comments.

May 01, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Big spenders ready for Senate run

If U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Tom Price all end up running for Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat next year, you can be sure of one thing: They won't have to worry about a lack of money.

April 24, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Should we even talk about guns?

Georgia's senators were caught in a political crossfire last week over their vote on a gun control bill currently being considered in the U.S. Senate.

April 17, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State helps the rich get richer

Many school systems are furloughing teachers and can't provide a 180-day school year for their students. Our elected leaders at the Capitol say they just don't have the money to spend on public education.

April 10, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Sometimes, it’s better to do nothing

This year's General Assembly session was noteworthy as much for the bills that did not pass as for the ones that did.

April 03, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: How ‘historic’ is state's ethics legislation?

One of the major questions still to be answered in this year's legislative session is whether the House and Senate will actually agree on some kind of bill to limit what lobbyists can spend on lawmakers.

March 27, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. lawmakers aren’t accomplishing much this session

The last week of the General Assembly session is fast approaching and you might think the state's lawmakers would be concentrating on major issues that are truly important to constituents back in their districts.

March 20, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Hypocrisy is addictive to politicians

One thing I have always noticed about politicians is this: For almost anyone in elective office, hypocrisy is like heroin. It's so addictive that it's nearly impossible to resist it.

March 13, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Why power bills keep going up

Should a business be rewarded for failure?

March 06, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Who will take on Deal in 2014?

Those who are working on Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign for 2014 might be feeling a little nervous right now.

February 27, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. leaders push for more guns, not fewer

We do things differently here.

February 20, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Don’t write Broun off too quickly

Paul Broun made it official last week by announcing he will run for Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat in 2014. The outspoken congressman and biblical scholar is already placing ads on political websites as he gets his campaign under way.

February 13, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Lessons learned from state's primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.

July 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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