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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, meets with Agriculture nominee  Sonny Perdue on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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,

Atlanta mayoral candidates at the Buckhead Coalition. File.

Delta, Braves, and Home Depot execs place their bets in Atlanta race for mayor

9:32 am Feb. 10, 2017

The Atlanta mayor’s race may seem like a free-for-all, but campaign finance disclosures from the candidates show who some of the big fish are betting on.

Peter Aman raked in big checks from some of Atlanta’s corporate heavyweights. Delta chief executive Ed Bastian gave $4,000, and developers Ken Ashley, Jim Borders, Matt Bronfman all chipped in. So did Doug Hertz, a giant of the liquor distributing industry, and Equifax chief Richard

Anti-Trump protesters pack Perdue, Isakson event

6:00 am Feb. 10, 2017

 Greensboro, Ga. – The protests that have rocked Republican events across the nation arrived in Georgia on Friday when Donald Trump opponents turned a mundane “mobile office hours” with aides to three GOP lawmakers into

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., gives a speech about overhauling the budget process on Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate confirms Tom Price as health chief

2:16 am Feb. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senators voted early Friday to confirm Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price as the 23rd secretary of health and human services, elevating the former orthopedic surgeon to a Cabinet-level position that will be at the crux of efforts to remake health care policy in America.

The 52-47 party-line vote was cast shortly after 2 a.m. Every Republican supported the seven-term congressman, while all Democrats and both left-leaning Independents voted to reject

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass./AJC file

Senate flap sends Coretta Scott King’s 31-year-old letter viral

12:21 pm Feb. 8, 2017

The rule is as old as the printing press. If you want to make someone read something, tell them they can’t. From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators fighting to derail Jeff Sessions’ nomination as attorney general repeatedly challenged Republicans Wednesday by reading aloud from a critical letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, a day after the Republicans silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren for doing the same.

Warren was ordered to

U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2014. John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

New David Perdue bill would end 22-year-old immigration lottery

7:00 am Feb. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.,  would abolish a federal green card program originally created to bolster diversity under an immigration plan he plans to unveil later this morning.

The freshman Republican would like to do away with a special lottery system started more than two decades ago that annually selects 50,000 people from countries with traditionally lower immigration rates to permanently live in the United States.

Eliminating the State Department’s Diversity

Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Isakson, Perdue plan to back Betsy DeVos at tomorrow’s nail-biter vote

2:08 pm Feb. 6, 2017

Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators plan to vote tomorrow to confirm Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s divisive nominee to lead the Department of Education. One, GOP U.S. Sen. David Perdue, has received campaign money from the charter schools advocate and Michigan mega-donor.

Our Cox Washington colleague Patrick Terpstra did the math and found that Perdue was on the receiving end of a total of $18,200 from several DeVos family members during the final stretch of