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Archive By Author - Tom Crawford


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


Crawford: Nunn shakes up the Senate race

Most Georgia voters don't know a lot about Michelle Nunn, aside from the fact that she has a father, Sam, who was a U.S. senator for 24 years.

July 31, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Is Georgia Power losing its political spark?

For many decades, Georgia Power has been the 800-pound gorilla in state politics.

July 24, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Dalton mayor makes it a race

If you believe that a vigorous discussion of the issues is important to our political system, then you have to give a big thanks to Dalton Mayor David Pennington.

July 17, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: A break to catch up on old stories

Major league baseball players will be taking a midseason break for the All Star game, so we'll take our own midseason break and catch up on developments in some of the stories highlighted in earlier columns.

July 10, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: America’s promise this Fourth

The timing could not have been better. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the founding of this country, we were given reminders of just what it means to be an American

July 03, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Bad ideas can come from either party

Several years ago the Georgia Democratic Party enacted rules to guarantee there would be racial and gender diversity among its leaders.

June 26, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Change is coming in Georgia, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Sanders is a man for his time

The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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