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SonnyWatch: Why Perdue’s confirmation hearing is still TBD

8:00 am Mar. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sonny Perdue wasn’t mentioned by name when President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to lambaste Senate Democrats for slow-walking consideration of his two remaining Cabinet picks, but Georgia’s former two-term governor was clearly high on the chief executive’s mind.

It’s been more than six weeks since Trump tapped the Republican to be his secretary of agriculture, and the Senate has yet to schedule a confirmation hearing

Sonny Perdue, Tom Price adjust to life in the D.C. bubble

7:00 am Feb. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — The mood in the great hall of the National Museum of Women in the Arts was a festive one even before former Gov. Sonny Perdue swept through with his cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, and a phalanx of aides on a cloudy January evening.

Hundreds of black tie-clad Georgians were assembled there to toast Donald Trump on the eve of his inauguration. But the undisputed star was the state’s former

SonnyWatch: Perdue notches early compliments from Democrats

4:03 pm Feb. 16, 2017

WASHINGTON – Early feedback from Democrats suggests the Senate confirmation process for former Gov. Sonny Perdue may not be marked by the same partisan conflicts that characterized consideration of former Georgia Rep. Tom Price’s health nomination.

Many Senate Democrats expressed cautious optimism about Perdue in recent days, a positive sign for the Republican as he waits for his federal paperwork and background check to be completed.

“He seems knowledgeable and pleasant,” said

SonnyWatch: Cabinet nominee backlog leaves Perdue at the end of the line

1:40 pm Feb. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Sonny Perdue was the last Cabinet pick announced by the Trump White House. The late timing may mean the Republican’s nomination to lead the Department of Agriculture may be among the last of the senior positions considered by the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., the leader of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has been anxious to get Perdue’s one and only confirmation hearing on the calendar. But a backlog of FBI background checks,

Sonny Perdue’s Capitol Hill tour begins in earnest on Monday

2:02 pm Jan. 27, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will begin meeting with key U.S. senators on Monday ahead of a possible confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. agriculture secretary in February.

President Donald Trump nominated the former two-time governor to lead the Department of Agriculture earlier this month. Perdue the same day met with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, but has not spent time wooing other members of

The aide who helped Sonny Perdue land a Cabinet spot

6:00 am Jan. 24, 2017

Washington – The stir quickly spread through the ballroom at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where hundreds of Georgians were schmoozing and dancing for a bipartisan pre-inauguration gala.

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue, who