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Crawford: Another Georgia politician faces the music

The Irish author Oscar Wilde once wrote, "I can resist anything except temptation."

Wilde could have been writing about Georgia politicians when he penned those words. The elected officials in this state have proved time and again that when it comes to temptation, especially the temptation of dollars, some of them just can't resist it.

June 19, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Jekyll Island’s fate depends on doing the math

School is out, vacations have started, and visitors from across the country are driving to one of the state's great coastal attractions, Jekyll Island.

June 12, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: What kind of future do Georgia’s Democrats have?

If you're still a Democrat in Georgia, there are reasons to feel optimistic about the future.

June 05, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Court ruling could end Ga. runoffs

There are many factors that will have an impact on next year's U.S. Senate race: the quality of the candidates, the strategies developed by their consultants, the amount of money they raise.

May 29, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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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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