Sonny Confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture

You can now refer to George Ervin Perdue as Secretary Sonny.

Our former governor was confirmed as the 39th Secretary of Agriculture today.

Then-Governor Perdue makes his acting debut in the film “We Are Marshall”

With Sonny’s confirmation, Georgia now has more power in the White House than at any time since the Carter Administration, if my memory serves me right.

In addition to his lofty governmental positions, Perdue is a noted thespian, veterinarian and small business owner.

The Albany Herald predicts how Sonny may help the greatest state in the country:

It would undoubtedly mean a friendly face in Washington’s upper echelons, as well as a more direct line to the White House for many of Perdue’s Georgia allies. And while drafting policy exclusively favoring Georgia would be met with suspicion, Perdue will be stepping into a powerful bully pulpit.

Of immediate concern, farmers in the state are looking for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make low-interest emergency loans to Georgia’s blueberry farmers after freezing temperatures killed millions of dollars worth of crops in March.

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Pres. Trump to Karen Handel: Oh–You’re Welcome.

President Trump is claiming credit for ensuring no Republican won in last night’s CD-6 race.

I suppose it’s a badge of honor that you can cause a ten-point swing in an election. But usually, only, you know, if your party benefits from said change.

Or maybe a loss is a win if you have the right alternative facts.

April 28. That’s When Trump Will MAGA.

MAGA of course meaning: Making Atlanta Greaterthanitalreadyiswhichisalreadyperfect At last.

April 28 is also the date President Trump will address the NRA Annual Meetings, taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center. The NRA tweeted the news on Friday. It will be the first time Trump qua President will visit the Peach State.

President Trump will also be the first sitting president to address an NRA Annual Meetings in 39 years when he speaks as part of the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. A whole host of other speakers are on the line up including our own David Perdue.

Pres. Trump Makes Articulate, Fact-Based Analysis of CD-6 Race

Just kidding, we all know that’s impossible.

Instead, President Trump relied on his usual bombastic and semi-conspiratorial scolding (AKA: his most presidential sounding voice) to predict Republicans will win on Tuesday. Anyone want to hazard a guess if he even knows who the Republicans are? Methinks he has no clue.

McMaster adds another Georgia Tie to Trump Administration

Yesterday, Lt. General H.R. McMaster was tapped to serve as National Security advisor by President Trump. McMaster served as Commanding General at Ft. Benning from June 2012 to July 2014. The then two star general received his third star and took his current post with Training and Doctrine Command.

And, while Trump supporters are raving over the choice, critics can rest easy as well. McMaster earned recognition after he turned his Ph.D dissertation into a book questioning leadership. While in Columbus, Lt. Gen. McMaster took time out of his crowded schedule more than once to host discussions about his book “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam” at the National Infantry Museum.

In an interview with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, McMaster was quoted saying:

“Some people have a misunderstanding about the Army.  Some people think, hey, you’re in the military and everything is super-hierarchical and you’re in an environment that is intolerable of criticism and people don’t want frank assessments. I think the opposite is the case. In the Army, because the stakes are so high — right? — you can’t just be a yes-man and say, “Great idea, boss!” if you don’t believe it — right? — because lives are at stake. And the commanders that I’ve worked for, they want frank assessments, they want criticism and feedback.”

Lt. General McMaster and his wife, Katie, made quite the impact on the Columbus community during their duty station. Both warm and welcoming, they brought a depth of knowledge and leadership to Ft. Benning and the surrounding area. The McMasters are salt of the earth people and an incredible addition to the Trump Administration. They have served our nation well for the last 30+ years and America can sleep a little better knowing sound advice is being given to the Commander in Chief by one who is anything but a “yes man”.

McMaster was in the final four candidates considered for the position to include former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, acting national security advisor and retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, and West Point superintendent Lt. Col. Robert Caslen. McMaster is the first active-duty Army officer to serve in this capacity since President Raegan appointed Gen. Colin Powell.

Tom Price Confirmed As Secretary of HHS

The Democrats continued to stall as long as they could, but thanks to Harry Reid, stalling is the only bullet left in their gun.  Congressman Tom Price was confirmed in the wee hours of the morning on a straight party line vote.  A doctor is now at the helm of the agency that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – and a $1.1 Trillion dollar budget.

Price will quickly resign his seat in Congress, leaving a special election for the Governor to call.  The other Georgia impact is that the state may quickly resume requests for waivers to begin Medicaid pilot programs to move patients out of emergency rooms and into care centers for routine medical services.

This was a pilot sought two years ago but the state ultimately withdrew its request after being told by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid they would most likely not approve such a waiver. An executive order signed by President Trump directs CMS to approve waivers where possible.  This is a stopgap measure while Congress debates changes to the Affordable Care Act and a potential replacement.

Congratulations to Georgia’s own Congressman Price.  He’s got a lot of work ahead of him.

Trump Nominates Gorsuch For SCOTUS; GA Senators Respond

President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Georgia’s Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue released the following statements on the nomination:

Senator Isaskon:

“I have consistently said that the next Supreme Court justice should be someone who understands and values the Constitution of the United States of America, who will rule based on the law and who will not legislate through activist judicial decisions,” said Isakson. “I know that the president shares this view and based on his previous rulings, Judge Gorsuch shares the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s commitment to starting all constitutional analysis with the actual text of the Constitution. In addition, Judge Gorsuch’s distinguished service on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals provides vital, relevant experience for service on our nation’s highest court.

“As I argued following the untimely death of Justice Scalia last year, the American people deserved to have a voice in the process of selecting our next Supreme Court justice by allowing the next president to select Justice Scalia’s replacement. That day has arrived and the American people have spoken. President Trump’s nominee deserves fair and thorough consideration and an up-or-down vote by the Senate, and I look forward to Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process.”

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Statements On President Trump’s Executive Order On Immigration

In looking through the Hazmat Unit’s inbox, I see the following three statements from members of the Georgia congressional delegation. I’ll post others in the comments section as I receive them and am available to do so.

Senator David Perdue:

“We are at war with ISIS and our previous president refused to put a plan in place to deal with this threat. We know terrorist groups have identified our country’s refugee system as a weakness and have purposed to exploit this program to their advantage. The first responsibility of any American President is to protect American citizens. This temporary pause will allow DHS to ensure the vetting process is improved. America will always be a compassionate country, and President Trump is taking action to protect all of our citizens.”

This is a temporary suspension for 120-days to improve the refugee vetting process and 90-days on individuals coming from seven countries President Obama previously identified as national security concerns: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

9th District Congressman Doug Collins:

“Protecting the people of the United States remains the top priority of its leaders, and thoughtful vigilance on this front has made our nation a beacon of hope to people throughout the world. It is possible to welcome refugees to our country while maintaining robust national security measures, and it is time to restore balance to this relationship by evaluating our entry processes in light of credible threats to our citizens.

“The executive order allows re-entry to lawful permanent residents and does not represent a comprehensive ban on entry to people from certain countries. In this temporary measure, President Trump has given us the opportunity to get refugee policy right going forward.”

12th District Congressman Rick Allen:

“First and foremost we must protect our homeland— the executive order does that— and keeps Americans safe until the legislative branch can reform our visa process and the vetting of refugees. Last Congress the House passed a very similar piece of legislation, the American SAFE Act, which passed with bipartisan support and a veto-proof majority. I am hopeful that cases affecting travelers when the executive order was announced will be resolved soon.”

Senator David Perdue Previews President Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) was on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning to preview President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. You can watch the video below or read the talking points below the fold.

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Today Begins A New Chapter In Our American History

Eight years ago, I begrudgingly watched from a conference room at Dalton State College as a junior senator from Illinois take the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States.  It was my last semester of my undergraduate career as I would graduate in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems.

The economy was suffering from the housing market collapse of 2008.  Dalton, being the “Carpet Capital of the World”, was hit especially hard with unemployment rising above 10%.  We were in the throes of the Great Recession, and our fresh President was coming off an election promising “Hope and Change” to a disillusioned electorate.  A campaign mantra that had a hollow ring to it to most conservatives.

Admittedly, I rolled my eyes through most of his inauguration ceremony wondering to myself: “does he know what he’s getting himself into?”  I was concerned for myself.  I was about to enter a job market that had seemingly dried up and seriously wondered what my chances were to start my career after college.

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