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Crawford: A needed tax, despite the dishonesty about it

Those who report on the activities of Georgia's legislators tend to concentrate on criticizing the things we think our elected officials are doing wrong.

February 06, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Saxby stirs state’s political pot

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admire how Sen. Saxby Chambliss threw the state's political community into an uproar with last week's announcement that he won't run again in 2014.

January 30, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Cagle is back in Senate saddle

You could safely say that the past two years were probably not the best years of Casey Cagle's life.

January 23, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Hospitals or stadium — what choice will legislators make?

There is not an infinite amount of money in Georgia's annual budget. At the most, legislators will have a little more than $19 billion in state revenues to spend on the programs that are funded.

January 16, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Look for a low-key legislative session

The circus returns to Atlanta next week when Georgia's legislators convene the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

January 09, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Doesn’t anybody want to serve?

Casey Stengel managed several baseball teams during his Hall of Fame career, but none of them were as bad as the team he took over in 1962: the original New York Mets.

January 02, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Better times may be ahead for Ga. banks

It has been a discouraging year for many Georgians.

December 26, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: It's time to restore trust in state government

If you're looking for examples of political corruption in our great state, you can find them at the Capitol or at many county courthouses without a lot of effort.

December 19, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Falcons stadium could be ‘game over’ for Deal

At some point during the next year, Gov. Nathan Deal may have to come up with the correct answer to a most difficult question: Is spending tax money on a new stadium for Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank so important that it justifies throwing away the job of governor?

December 12, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Federal health care law has GOP roots

On the day after the Nov. 6 elections, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner conceded that the reelection of Barack Obama as president, along with a Republican-controlled Senate, made it effectively impossible that the federal health care act known as Obamacare will ever be repealed.

December 05, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Who will take on Chambliss for re-election?

Sen. Saxby Chambliss is hearing thunder from the right - and plenty of it - as he prepares for a possible run for re-election in 2014.

November 28, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Barrow again proves he’s a political survivor

There is something about John Barrow, the U.S. House member from Georgia's 12th District, that drives normally even-tempered politicians into a frenzy.

November 21, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Tallying election’s winners, losers in Ga.

The election is over and we know who our president and members of Congress are going to be. Let's take a few minutes and look at some of the other winners and losers in Georgia politics.

November 14, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State GOP seeks supermajority

Regardless of how the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney played out overnight, Georgia Republicans hope to have something significant to celebrate on this morning after the election.

November 07, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal takes big gamble with lottery choice

In the 20 years since it began operations, the Georgia Lottery has had only two fulltime directors.

October 31, 2012 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Look for Obamacare to impact Georgia election

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is one of those political issues that divides Georgians more sharply than almost anything else.

April 23, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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