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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

Ga.’s congressional Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel

8:31 am Apr. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s House Republicans are looking to project a united front in order to keep the 6th District seat of their onetime colleague, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in GOP hands.

All nine Georgia GOP congressmen say they’re supporting former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the lead-up to the June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

In a joint statement, the group said Handel has a “track record of serving

Consumer protection rule targeted by Perdue would benefit campaign donor

7:00 am Apr. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON —Special legislation being fast-tracked by U.S. Sen. David Perdue would take a swipe at a federal agency championed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren while also aiding a Georgia company that has donated to his campaign.

The first-term Republican senator recently used a procedural maneuver to try to speed up passage of a bill that would nullify an Obama-era prepaid credit card regulation before it goes into effect.

The Consumer

Demonstrators keep the heat on Perdue to hold town halls

1:00 pm Apr. 12, 2017

For 12 straight weeks, dozens of protesters have gathered outside U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s downtown Atlanta office to demand that he hold an in-person town hall meeting. This week, however, they decamped to a grassy strip outside a Brookhaven hotel where he was speaking to make a more personal appeal.

The crowd of more than 50, frustrated by Donald Trump’s young presidency and attempts to overhaul health policy, was part

David Perdue open to changing Senate’s rules for faster action

2:09 pm Apr. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — In case you were tuning out the news coming out of Capitol Hill this week, senators voted yesterday to change the chamber’s rules in order to allow for easier confirmations of Supreme Court nominees. It now takes 51 votes to greenlight a high court pick instead of 60 — matching a rules change Democrats made in 2013 for Cabinet and other judicial nominees.

Yesterday’s vote was a historic, if not grim,

Georgia Republicans rally around Syria strikes

9:15 am Apr. 7, 2017

Many of Georgia’s Republicans in Congress are backing President Donald Trump’s move yesterday to launch missile strikes against an air base in Syria, a response to the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue said

Isakson, Perdue and the Senate’s ‘nuclear’ spring

7:00 am Apr. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – It’s been getting awfully ugly up here on Capitol Hill as the Senate hurtles toward a procedural showdown over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch that stands to reverse decades of precedent.

Democrats plan to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination later this morning. They’ve cited the GOP’s treatment of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, last year and argued that Gorsuch is too radical to be