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Crawford: Lawmaker fights a war he cannot win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson).

June 25, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Lawmaker fights a war he cannot win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson).

June 25, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia can learn from Kansas’ mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C. but out to the west in Kansas.

June 18, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Business leaders are rewarding failure

The executives of Southern Company, the utility holding company headquartered in Atlanta, have been involved in two of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. industrial ...

June 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Sometimes the answer is right in front of you

Have you ever had one of those moments when you don't see that the answer to your problem is sitting there right in front ...

June 04, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Gov. Deal becomes part of the ‘resistance’

Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, he has been confronted with a counter-movement called "the resistance."

May 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: The contestants for governor are lining up

The dance card is filling up quickly for next year's race for governor.

May 21, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia suffers two blows in 24 hours

Within the space of 24 hours, Georgia suffered two devastating blows from their governor and their congressional delegation. I wonder if the state will ever ...

May 14, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: The governor tries another idea for improving schools

We have seen this all before, many times.

May 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: The Sixth District race is all about Trump

The first round of voting in the 6th Congressional District special election was a giant exercise in sorting.

April 30, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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Archive By Author - Tom Crawford


Crawford: All eyes are on the 6th Congressional District election

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman Tom Price.

April 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: We no longer have a legislature

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would be a lie.

April 09, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Legislators actually consider a new idea

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering Georgia's legislature is that you find yourself writing the same stories about the same set of issues, year after year.

April 02, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Will the speaker run for governor?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 20, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Goodbye casinos, hello yachts

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 12, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Congressmen, meet your constituents

Town meetings are part of a long tradition in America. Since the 1600s, residents of some New England communities have been gathering to vote directly on what their local government will do and how much will be spent in the annual budget.

March 05, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


This election will be an indicator of Trump’s support

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia can climb out of last place on these two issues

What should be the priority for state legislators –helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent constituents?

February 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia gives Trump some problems

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Sonny Perdue will feel right at home

The new president has finished filling the vacancies in his cabinet by nominating Georgia's own Sonny Perdue as the secretary of agriculture.

January 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Keep your elected officials accountable

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling that had infected the nation's capital.

January 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Some good news for the holiday season

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states to the south and east.

December 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: It’s a very merry Christmas for the Speaker

It isn't quite Christmas Day, but Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), the speaker of the Georgia House, has already received probably the best gift he ever got in his life.

December 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Tom Price is coming after your insurance

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: I remember Roscoe

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just hate it?

December 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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