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Crawford: Long march to 2010 governor’s race begins

While looking through some articles I wrote during a past campaign for governor, I found an account of the news conference where a legislator named Sonny Perdue officially announced he would run against incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

That article was dated Nov. 8, 2001, almost one year, to the day, before voters selected Perdue to be Georgia's 81st governor in the 2002 general election.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Perdue finally catches a break over budget

The past few months cannot have been much fun for Gov. Sonny Perdue.

He's had to watch his good friend, President Bush, sink to record low levels in polls that show Bush is the most unpopular president of the modern American era.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Nichols: Nomination process offers a unique show

Perhaps the most confusing part of the presidential nomination and election process is the way the actual conventions are run.

The process starts in Iowa and New Hampshire. In Iowa, party members meet in homes or offices to cast their vote for their choice by moving to join like-minded members in one corner of the room. This vote is not secret, and other people in the room might try to argue that a member should change and join them to support their candidate.

September 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Change may come to Georgia as minority residents swell voter rolls

Why do you look so worried, Bubba? Barack Obama is not going to win Georgia. He might come close, but he can't win. Maverick McCain and his little moose-hunting buddy should keep Georgia safe for Republicans for at least two more years.

September 28, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Guest column: A family’s sudden loss is felt hard

My name is Ken Yarbrough. I'm writing this week because my father, the wordsmith whom you've come to expect in this space, is taking a sabbatical.

You see, his oldest grandson died recently, and as you might expect, he's taking it hard. Please forgive me for presuming that I can capably fill in for him, which I can't. What I can do, though, is attempt to offer a eulogy to Zack, which my father may never be able to do.

September 27, 2008 | By Ken Yarbrough For The Times | Community columnists


Guest commentary: Celebrate Constitution by taking time to vote

Wednesday, Sept. 17 marked the 221st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States, the world's oldest written constitution.

September 27, 2008 | By Melinda J. Wade For The Times | Community columnists


Yarbrough: So Cox can pass 5th grade; big deal

Even though she won $1 million for charity, I was not pleased with state School Superintendent Kathy Cox's decision to appear on Fox Network's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: McCain’s brilliant choice reflects our values

See, I told you that John McCain could be trusted to make good decisions for the country. If Sarah Palin is any kind of indication as to the kind of people with whom he would surround himself as president, I can't wait to see his first Supreme Court nominee.

September 26, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Crawford: Winning Georgia is a tall order for Obama

David Letterman has often joked that this presidential campaign has been going on for so long it feels like it started back in 1997.

September 24, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Are you smarter than a Georgia voter?

Let's hear it for Kathy Cox. The Georgia schools superintendent won $1 million in Hollywood on the TV quiz show, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 24, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: State airplanes fueled by red ink

Our governor should consider taking a page from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's playbook: sell a state airplane or two and try to hold down flying. With aviation fuel selling at nearly $6 a gallon, state officials might be surprised at the savings a grounding order would bring.

Instead, in Georgia officialdom, it's fly, fly, fly. And nothing's too good for the upkeep of the state's fleet of planes and helicopters. The state is spending $600,000 on a state-of-the-art hangar at Charlie Brown Airport.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: McCain chose a woman for the wrong reason

The United States may get its first female president after all.

September 23, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Listen in as pro pols ponder Palin

Want to know how Democratic strategists reacted to John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate? Let's listen in and hear for ourselves:

September 20, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Who sacrifices when state budget is cut?

There's no question that state government is facing a real financial crisis, primarily because our legislators and governor adopted a budget that commits Georgia to spending about $2 billion more than the state will collect in tax revenues this year because of the economic slowdown.

September 19, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: McCain’s Palin pick is GOP slick

You will never see me write again that the Republican Party is the dumb party. Corrupt maybe, or hypocritical or tobacco roadish, but never dumb.

September 17, 2008 | Bill Shipp | 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


King: When the lights come on, what will our earth look like?

When the lights went out, I was in the bathroom sorting through the various medications I take each day - little round pills that can roll under the claw-footed bathtub if they spill, small ovals that bounce goodness-knows-where if they're dropped. One false move and I would knock the whole kit-and-boodle all over the floor and spend the next hour trying to finding them ... when the power came back on.

April 22, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Give me ketchup or give me death

It is a little known fact that Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" edict was not a spontaneous outburst verbalizing his desire for independence but rather his demanding calling card.

April 21, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Remembering the true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Is it better to confront hatred or ignore it?

It was around 1989 when some permutation of the Ku Klux Klan and a motley group of affiliated miscreants applied for and was - as is their right - given permission to demonstrate in Gainesville. At the time my business was located in the Jackson Building on downtown's Washington Street.

April 18, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | 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


Robbins: Hope is eternal for this Braves fan

Baseball was my first love.

April 14, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Child abuse, neglect need to be Georgia's priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | 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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