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“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

Today is Sonny Perdue’s big day in the Senate

8:00 am Apr. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senators will weigh in on whether to confirm Sonny Perdue as the 31st secretary of agriculture today, nearly 13 weeks after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate the businessman and former Republican governor.

Fresh off their two week spring recess, senators are slated to debate his nomination on the Senate floor for less than three hours before putting the matter to a vote at 5:30 p.m.


Sonny Perdue to get his day in the Senate after 13 week wait

8:20 pm Apr. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell made some news as we were monitoring the 6th District debate. The majority leader announced, in the Senate’s customarily byzantine way, that he has cut a deal with his Democratic counterpart setting when the chamber will vote on former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Cabinet nomination.

The confirmation vote will come on April 24, he said, the day the Senate returns from its two-week recess but before it delves into

Why Sonny Perdue may have to play more of the waiting game

6:00 am Apr. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — It’s becoming increasingly likely that former Gov. Sonny Perdue will need to wait until late April or early May to be confirmed as the 31st secretary of agriculture.

Consumed by a partisan brawl over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch that threatens to alter the soul of the Senate, the odds are decreasing by the day that party leaders will cut a deal paving the way for a confirmation vote before the

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