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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

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.


Georgians lay down $2.4 million for Trump’s inauguration

12:04 pm Apr. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Some of Georgia’s top corporations and quite a few private citizens ponied up at least $2.39 million for President Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities in January.

More than two-dozen companies and individuals from the state helped Trump raise $107 million for 20 inaugural events, shattering the fundraising record set by President Barack Obama in 2009, according to new federal filings released this week.

Georgia contributions ranged from the small, including $200 from a Doraville accountant, to

Dems project confidence about keeping fire alive in Ga.’s 6th District

11:00 am Apr. 19, 2017

Democrats couldn’t avoid a runoff in Georgia’s 6th District special election Tuesday evening, but they came remarkably close for a congressional seat that tends to favor Republicans. Now the most important question becomes whether the party can harness the anti-Trump fervor that propelled Jon Ossoff to the top of the polls into an upset victory on June 20, when it faces a Republican political machine that’s uniting behind Karen Handel.

Democrats sought to project confidence in a

Donald Trump to Georgia Republicans: You’re welcome!

12:55 am Apr. 19, 2017

One-third of the votes in the Sixth District contest have yet to be tabulated, but Democrat Jon Ossoff is now leading the field with 48.6 percent of the vote.

Now, back in November, Trump received 48 percent of the vote in this same congressional district, to 47 percent for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Karen Handel, the Republican who will face Ossoff in a June 20 runoff, declined to mention the words “Donald