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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: 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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Georgia voters will conduct the final poll

The race for governor has been a very stable one so far, at least if you believe in the validity of the polls.

For more than a year now, every credible poll has indicated that Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine is at the top of the list of Republican candidates while former governor Roy Barnes has been the choice of Democratic voters.

July 14, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Packing heat in public

It's been a very difficult year for politicians trying to raise money for their campaigns, but state Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs) seems to have come up with an idea that's right on target.

Jerguson is a stocky, amiable person who operates a combination gun shop and shooting range in Cherokee County called "Hi-Caliber."

July 07, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Saxby and Johnny could wreck the state budget

In normal times, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson would not have anything to do with drafting the state budget.

June 30, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Perdue did the right thing

Gov. Sonny Perdue reached a significant milestone last week as he finished the process of signing or vetoing the bills and resolutions passed by legislators this year.

Barring an emergency that requires him to call a special session of the General Assembly, those will probably be the last pieces of legislation Perdue signs during his two terms as Georgia's chief executive.

June 16, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Can Barnes or Oxendine be stopped?

John Oxendine and Roy Barnes have been consistent leaders in their respective primaries in the race for governor. With the July 20 primary only six weeks away, can they keep their leads and secure the nominations?

Barnes is the easy call right now in the Democratic primary. The former governor has maintained a strong lead in all the early polls, even if not so far ahead that he might win it on July 20. He also has been able to raise more money than any other candidate, Democratic or Republican.

June 09, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Religion


Georgia schools face a class struggle

One by one, the members of the state Board of Education voted last week to decide one of the most important issues they will ever face as they make policy for Georgia's public education system.

June 02, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Georgia doesn’t need term limits

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard someone propose term limits as the solution for every political problem that faces us, I could have retired long ago to that cabin in the North Georgia mountains.

May 26, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Ga. Congressmen say ‘keep drilling’

Georgia has never been an oil-producing state, but its congressmen have always been the most enthusiastic supporters anywhere of exploring every conceivable location where black gold might be located.

May 12, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Some good people are leaving office

Before we get caught up in the drama of the primary election campaigns, we should stop and take note that some good people will be leaving their current elected offices after this year.

May 05, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Politicians don't finish the drill

It is a phrase that UGA football Coach Mark Richt uses often with his players: Finish the drill. In other words, get the job done, do it right, and do it all.

That message seems to have been lost on some of the people serving in political office. The trend now is to get elected to something and then resign. A good example is Sarah Palin, who quit before finishing her term as Alaska's governor. Palin seems to have been an inspiration to a lot of Georgia politicians.

April 21, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Tax pledges not what they used to be

Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes tax increases, for years has asked legislators from across the country to make this promise: "I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

March 31, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


We’ll be fighting waters wars for a while

With all the bad news coming out of the state capitol in recent weeks, it's tempting to think that Georgia's legislators have accomplished nothing for this session.

March 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


More urgent needs than stadiums

We have a government in Georgia that quite literally is on the verge of collapse because of gaping deficits in the budgets for this year and next.

March 17, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


All state workers need to sacrifice

When Chancellor Erroll Davis was told by legislators to make further budget cuts at the University System, he put up several ideas for consideration.

You could raise tuition 35 percent or so, Davis said, as well as charge students an "emergency fee," shorten semesters, lay off some employees, or discontinue popular programs such as 4-H and county extension offices.

March 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Pillow talk in the governor's race

It's time for Bill and Hillary Clinton to step aside. The hottest new couple in politics is one of Georgia's own, DuBose and Carol Porter.

DuBose Porter, the state legislator from Dublin, has already been campaigning for several months in the Democratic primary for governor. His wife, Carol, announced last week that she will run in the same primary for lieutenant governor.

March 03, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


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