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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

December 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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Archive By Author - Tom Crawford


Is Ox in the ditch?

In the early polling among Georgia Republicans, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has consistently been leading in the race for governor.

October 21, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


You've got a friend at the PCS

Starting now and for years to come, many Georgians are going to see increases every month in their electricity and natural gas bills.

A few dollars here, a few dollars there, these little increases will add up to very impressive totals for the state's two largest utility firms: $175 million for Atlanta Gas Light and $1.6 billion for the Georgia Power Co.

October 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


White pages go the way of the buggy whip

The telephone book was once a familiar part of everyone's household. Some of the directories were big enough and heavy enough to be used as doorstoppers, but everybody would use them at some point to look up a neighbor's number or just check to make sure the phone company had listed their own name and address correctly.

But the white pages directory of residential telephone numbers is another cultural artifact that will soon become obsolete, just as the buggy whip became unnecessary when Americans shifted from horses to automobiles as their favored form of transportation.

October 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Government is bad — unless you need it

One of the themes underlying this year's waves of political protests - whether anti-tax, anti-Obama, anti-healthcare reform, whatever - is that government in all its forms should be abolished.

September 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Curry is the essential ingredient

Georgia State University seems to have everything going for it: the second-largest enrollment of any state college, a campus that is revitalizing downtown Atlanta with all the new buildings going up, and a sterling reputation as one of the University System's four research institutions (a status it shares with UGA, Georgia Tech and the Medical College of Georgia).

Even with all the academic acclaim, one thing Georgia State never had was that staple of southern college life: a football team.

September 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Observations on the political landscape

Now that we are turning the corner on summer and moving into the fall season, let's try to answer some of the questions hanging over Georgia's political landscape.

September 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Chambliss, Isakson show priorities

If you are trying to figure out what your congressmen really believe in, don't focus on what they say -- look closely at what they do when it comes time to vote.

A good example of that involves Georgia's two senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, and their approach to spending about $2 billion of your money.

August 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Where are the jobs?

Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.

August 05, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Water ruling will affect all of Georgia

The federal court ruling that set a three-year clock ticking on water withdrawals from Lake Lanier won't just affect Metro Atlanta and North Georgia - its impact will be felt in every corner of the state.

Even with the most optimistic outcome where a settlement is worked out between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida over the use of Lanier, the amount of water available to Metro Atlanta governments will likely be reduced to a level that cannot support the current trends of development and growth. What then?

July 31, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Early numbers show trends in governor’s race

 The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.

July 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Charter schools not the magic formula

Everybody loves charter schools. Republicans and Democrats alike say that charter schools are a great idea that can solve all the problems of our public education system.

"We're looking for innovation, we're looking for creativity," said Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue as he signed a bill that lets school systems apply for charter status. "This legislation will allow innovative local systems to apply the same techniques that charter schools have used to generate academic success."

July 08, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


State pinches pennies, local government suffers

Georgia's recession has put state government in the same position as a penny-pinching old geezer, the kind who searches under the sofa cushions for lost dimes and quarters or cashes in that jar of pennies he's been hoarding.

The state's search for loose change has intensified in recent weeks because the end of the fiscal year is approaching and Gov. Sonny Perdue is constitutionally required to make sure that the books balance on June 30.

July 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


DOT looks for the right turn

The State Transportation Board has elected yet another commissioner for that troubled agency: state Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain), a person who has some expertise in highway construction because his family-owned business did a lot of road grading back in Harris County.

Smith will be the fourth person in two years to serve as DOT commissioner, which typically budgets more than $2 billion a year to build our highways. If you think the continuing turnover in the top job is an indication of turmoil at DOT, you're right.

June 24, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


The drought ends, but will return

The rains finally came this year, even if not on a biblical scale, and environmental officials in state government now proclaim that Georgia's historic drought has officially "ended."

"Our water supplies are flush," observed Carol Couch, director of the state's Environmental Protection Division, as she discussed the factors that justified her decision that the devastating dry period was over.

June 17, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Saxby, Johnny must walk a fine line

The nomination of the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor, has spawned an ugly political brawl among some Republicans.

Georgia's own Newt Gingrich was one of the more notable mud-flingers, although he was not alone among his colleagues. In a Twitter message he transmitted last week, Gingrich called Sotomayor a "Latina woman racist" who should withdraw her name from nomination.

June 03, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


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