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In rethinking Cuba policy, Donald Trump could be picking a fight with Georgia farmers

6:20 pm May. 31, 2017

Georgia’s first big argument with President Donald Trump may be lurking on the horizon.

Word dripping from a leaky White House has Trump in Miami later this month, where he intends to announce the re-imposition of U.S. restrictions on contacts with Cuba, which had been loosened by the Obama administration.

Details are scarce, but you can bet that lobbyists for Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines – the latter just opened a ticket

Sonny Perdue keeps familiar faces on staff at USDA

1:32 pm May. 12, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has wasted no time in adapting to his new-ish role as agriculture secretary under President Donald Trump.

In just a few short weeks, Perdue has moved to change school lunch policies,  issued a “religious liberty” order and tried to reassure America’s farmers about U.S. trade policy.

But Perdue has kept a pair of familiar faces around to help.

Heidi Green, Perdue’s former business partner and a

“I’ve been waiting to see y’all”: Sonny Perdue sworn in after months of delay

12:03 pm Apr. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Sonny Perdue vowed to be a transparent and productive steward of the country’s farms and food supply as he took the reins at the Department of Agriculture Tuesday morning.

The Republican got a hero’s welcome as hundreds of federal employees crowded the Department’s ornate Independence Avenue headquarters to greet their new leader just 30 mins after he was sworn in:

“I’ve been waiting to see y’all, and it looks like y’all

What does Sonny Perdue’s new Cabinet post mean for Ga. and its largest industry?

7:00 am Apr. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON —When Matt Coley left his job on Capitol Hill a few years back, he decided to return to his family’s decidedly un-Washington business of growing cotton and peanuts.

He now tends to roughly 3,400 acres about 45 minutes south of Bonaire, the Middle Georgia town called home by the soon-to-be most powerful man in agriculture.

That man is former Gov. Sonny Perdue, whom the Senate confirmed as the 31st secretary

Sonny Perdue confirmed to lead Department of Agriculture

6:07 pm Apr. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Former Gov. Sonny Perdue will become the first-ever Georgian to lead the sprawling Department of Agriculture after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to the Cabinet Monday evening.

Thirty-seven Democrats joined every Republican to vote in favor of elevating the Republican to the position, 87-11, nearly 13 weeks after he was first tapped by President Donald Trump.

The ‘no’ votes came mainly from liberals, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts