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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

SonnyWatch: Perdue to get backup from old Dem pal at Senate hearing

12:00 pm Mar. 21, 2017

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is hoping an old Democratic friend from his days in the General Assembly can help boost his bipartisan credentials during his confirmation hearing later this week.

Perdue and his team have tapped current U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, to introduce him ahead of his testimony to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday morning. It’s akin to an in-person reference at a job interview — one with C-SPAN

SonnyWatch: Perdue’s confirmation hearing date set

9:15 pm Mar. 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Senate confirmation hearing will come nine weeks after President Donald Trump first tapped the Republican to lead the Department of Agriculture.

The Senate Agriculture Committee will consider Perdue’s nomination on March 23, the committee announced Thursday evening.

The hearing is not expected to be a particularly contentious one. The Ag committee is fairly bipartisan and many Democrats have already said nice things about Perdue, although more stories

SonnyWatch: Perdue plans to divest assets after confirmation

12:30 am Mar. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest should the Senate confirm him to be secretary of agriculture, according to new federal ethics documents.

As part of an agreement struck with the Office of Government Ethics, Perdue would resign from positions as manager of Perdue Management Holdings LLC and as