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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


Crawford: Federal default could hurt Georgia

Has Washington gone crazy?

October 02, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal follows tradition by attacking the messenger

When you are governor of Georgia. you quickly learn an essential lesson: Sometimes it's necessary to go to war with the Atlanta media. It's a long-established tradition in state politics.

September 25, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia flunks at college funding

In many states, one of the top policy objectives is to provide a K-12 and college education for as many people as possible in the belief that a well-educated citizenry is good for a state's future well-being.

September 18, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. Democrats set a new course

When you find yourself stuck in a deep hole, the first thing you should do is stop digging.

September 11, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers leave job they vowed to do

When he was president, Ronald Reagan could often be heard urging his supporters to "stay the course."

September 04, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Watch out for your wallets

Our state constitution and laws are embedded with provisions that have one simple purpose: to keep politicians and their cronies from looting the public treasury and leaving taxpayers with a mountain of debt.

August 28, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: From Hillary to Honey Boo Boo, what Georgians are thinking

Public Policy Polling conducted a statewide survey in Georgia a couple of weeks ago to gauge public sentiment on the upcoming Senate and presidential races.

August 21, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. school funding is cheating kids

This is what we are doing to the children we are supposed to be educating.

August 14, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Handel goes on the attack early

The calendar tells us there are still several months remaining in 2013, but Karen Handel is acting as if 2014 were already here and we were in the middle of a full-bore Senate race.

August 07, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers, better keep those election promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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