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Sonny Perdue’s agriculture nomination clears key Senate hurdle

10:32 am Mar. 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is approaching the end zone in his months-long bid to become the Trump administration’s top agriculture official.

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to advance the Republican’s nomination to be secretary of agriculture to the full Senate for its consideration.

In a meeting just steps off the Senate floor that lasted for less than 90 seconds, committee members registered their support for Perdue via

Former Tech QB eyes rematch over Georgia House seat

6:00 am Mar. 30, 2017

A rematch is in the works between two young rising political stars vying to represent a swing DeKalb district in the Georgia House.

Democrat Taylor Bennett, a former Georgia Tech quarterback, narrowly won a conservative-leaning Brookhaven-based

In a first, Cobb County shifts on commuter rail

5:34 pm Mar. 29, 2017

The history of metro Atlanta inched forward late Tuesday night. For the first time, the Cobb County Commission formally addressed the issue of commuter rail without use of the words “hell” and “no.”

On a 5-0 vote, commissioners offered up a definite maybe.

But tectonic plates can shake the world by moving only a few centimeters, a fact recognized within the state Capitol. The Legislature, down to its last allotted hours in

‘Political rewind’ replay: ‘Sine die’ is Latin for ‘thank God’

5:13 pm Mar. 29, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” starts with last-minute doings in the state Capitol as the Legislature finishes up on Thursday – including university-centered bills on rape prosecutions and concealed firearms on campuses.

But a larger topic was Gov. Nathan Deal’s apparent willingness to expand Medicaid in Georgia, given the collapse of the Obamacare repeal effort in Washington last week. If you couldn’t catch it live, listen to it now:


Hunter Hill kicks the tires on a GOP run for governor

12:37 pm Mar. 29, 2017

We’re told that Hunter Hill, the Republican from Atlanta, has begun informing state Senate colleagues that he will not seek re-election to his seat next year – and is instead contemplating a run for governor.

This would be a pretty bold move, given that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, president of the Senate, is considered the front-runner in a contest that could get underway as soon as the Legislature adjourns on Thursday.