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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


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 ...

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 ...

December 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: The election numbers show Georgia is still very red

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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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


Goodbye to some friends

 One of the basic rules of daily journalism is that the reporter isn't the story - what's important is the news that is being reported.

May 27, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Thank you, governor

 Sonny Perdue has been an easy target for the media during the years he has headed state government.

May 20, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts


Fighting an old war again

As he worked his way through dozens of bill signings last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue put his signature on SB 27, a measure that designates April as Confederate Heritage/History Month and sets the stage for the upcoming observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

May 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


The field is nearly complete

Congressman Nathan Deal stepped up in front of several hundred supporters Friday morning in Gainesville to declare that he too will run for governor next year, a decision that probably closes out the field of candidates in the Republican primary.

There don't appear to be any other major GOP prospects on the horizon, which raises this interesting point of discussion: it seems as if the strongest two candidates in the Republican Party stable will not be running in this campaign.

May 06, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


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