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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

Senators expected to advance Sonny Perdue nomination tomorrow

1:03 pm Mar. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to move one step closer to becoming the 31st secretary of agriculture on Wednesday.

That’s when the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to advance the Republican’s nomination to the Senate floor.

The meeting is a key moment for Perdue more than two months after President Donald Trump first tapped him for the Cabinet-level post. If his friendly confirmation hearing last week is any

Sonny Perdue, David Scott and a slightly adjusted history of the Georgia state flag

3:31 pm Mar. 23, 2017

The history lesson may have been a little off, but one of the more amazing moments in Georgia politics occurred this morning in a U.S. Senate hearing room in which former Gov. Sonny Perdue was vetted as President Donald Trump’s secretary of agriculture.

U.S. Rep. David Scott, a Democrat, gave a passionate defense of his former state Senate colleague and told Senate Agriculture Committee members that he wanted to make sure

Smooth sailing for Sonny Perdue at Senate confirmation hearing

1:42 pm Mar. 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — Things could not have gone better for former Gov. Sonny Perdue at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday even if he had tried.

The Trump administration’s nominee to lead the Department of Agriculture won praise from senators of both parties during his two-and-a-half hour turn before the Agriculture Committee, including an endorsement from the panel’s influential top Democrat, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

His confirmation appeared all but assured — the real question was when

Saxby Chambliss to return to Senate to vouch for Sonny Perdue

6:00 am Mar. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Saxby Chambliss is plotting his return to the U.S. Senate — for a day, at least.

The Georgia Republican, who retired after 20 years on Capitol Hill in 2015, will be making a cameo Thursday on behalf of Sonny Perdue during the former governor’s confirmation hearing.

Perdue boosters believe Chambliss’ appearance before his former colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee will provide some extra gravitas as Perdue makes the case that he should run the