Author: Tom Crawford

Political Notes: April 2010

That old gang of mine: Georgia’s seven Republican congressmen were long known as “G-7,” one of the most conservative groups in the U.S. House, but the old gang is breaking up. Rep. John Linder of Gwinnett County announced he won’t…

Politics: Spending And Taxing

It is a message that my conservative friends have been sending me for years: Georgia spends too much on government services and taxes us too much to pay for all that profligate spending. It can be an effective campaign theme…

Political Notes: March 2010

Amburn in charge: House Speaker David Ralston picked Spiro Amburn, previously the legislative affairs director for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, as his chief of staff. Amburn earlier was Gov. Sonny Perdue’s deputy legislative affairs director. “Spiro is not…

Politics: Still An Optimist

Not since the days of the WPA and the CCC has the landscape been this bleak for working people in Georgia. The state’s unemployment rate inched above 10 percent in June and has been hovering around that double-digit level ever…

Political Notes: February 2010

Appointments: Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed Shawn LaGrua to another judicial branch job. Perdue named LaGrua solicitor general for the DeKalb County State Court in 2004, but when she ran for a full term as a Repub-lican in 2006 she…

The Game Changers

Abit Massey remembers how it was in the beginning. Fifty years ago, he was hired away from the state Department of Commerce to be the director of the Georgia Poultry Federation. As part of his job he would go to…

Politics: A Contact Sport

Chicago newsman Finley Peter Dunne has been dead for more than 70 years, but the phrase he coined still gives us the best analysis of the upcoming election year in Georgia: Politics ain’t beanbag. No, politics is not for the…

Political Notes: January 2010

Is Johnny safe? Sen. Johnny Isakson so far does not appear to have a credible Democratic or Republican primary challenger for his reelection campaign in 2010, a fact that prompted the online publication CQ Politics to declare the U.S. Senate…

Political Notes: December 2009

Howard award: This year’s winner of the Rock Howard Award from the state Board of Natural Resources will be Reid Harris, a retired attorney from St. Simons Island who sponsored one of the state’s most important environmental laws, the Coastal…