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Crawford: Is Kemp already shooting himself in the foot?

When you look over the Republican field of candidates for the governor's race, two names stand out as front runners: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle ...

July 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Trumpcare's impact on Georgia would be devastating

It's not quite there yet, but it's getting closer.

July 09, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Believe it or not, the 6th District race is finally over

"Our long national nightmare is over."

July 02, 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: 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


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Archive By Author - Tom Crawford


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


Another fine mess

Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is how do they get themselves out of it?

February 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Don’t expect big changes

Gov. Sonny Perdue is nearing the end of his time as governor, but he had one more big idea to throw out for discussion.

February 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Golden Dome gloom

This is not a fun time to be a state legislator in Georgia. You can see it in all the long faces in the House and Senate chambers.

January 27, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


The boys are back in town

The General Assembly is back in session as of Jan. 11, but it's going to be very different this year when our lawmakers gather under the Gold Dome.

January 06, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Georgia politics: a year of quitters

You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics.

It was a 12-month period marked not by the accomplishments of politicians serving in elected office, but dominated instead by the news of people who decided to leave office or drop out of an upcoming election campaign.

December 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Georgia banks continue to fail

It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.

In the rush to explore every aspect of Glenn Richardson's resignation as House speaker, however, we may be overlooking a story that is much more important to the state's future: the continuing failures in our banking system.

December 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


The battle for speaker is not over

The Republican leadership in the Georgia House worked out an arrangement among themselves last week for the scandal-plagued Glenn Richardson to step down as House speaker and be replaced by Mark Burkhalter in the powerful legislative position.

The high-ranking Republicans hoped to put their problems behind them with the removal of Richardson, but they still have some long-simmering issues to resolve. The decision from on high to change speakers is not sitting well with some of the rank-and-file House Republicans, especially the younger ones who've only served in the legislature for a few terms.

December 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Are lawmakers ready to gamble?

Horse racing? Casino gambling? Until recently, those were two topics you didn't discuss at the state capitol.

Bills would occasionally be introduced by liberal lawmakers from Atlanta to legalize pari-mutuel wagering or allow casinos to operate at Underground Atlanta, but the measures typically would be assigned to committees that wouldn't bother to give them a hearing.

December 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Hangin’ in there

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Roy Barnes takes a major risk

In the months since he announced he would try for another term as governor, Roy Barnes has been flying under the radar of Georgia politics.

November 18, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Something bad is in the air

Politicians are often accused of "putting the fox in charge of the hen house" - of giving someone with a vested interest in an issue control over how that issue is resolved.

A good example is a president (such as Barack Obama) who appoints people from Wall Street to enforce federal regulations intended to crack down on illegal behavior by Wall Street's investment community. Needless to say, you're not likely to get vigorous enforcement in that situation.

November 04, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


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