Senator Perdue receives 2019 Inspirational Leader Award for work for veterans

Senator Perdue receives 2019 Inspirational Leader Award for work for veterans

Each year, one member of Congress is presented with the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Inspirational Leader Award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and legislative achievement. This year, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) received the award for his work to protect the Purple Heart medal and enhance medical care for veterans through the No Hero Left Untreated Act. The Act enhances medical care for America’s heroes by establishing a pilot program at two VA medical centers and enrolling up to 50 veterans in Magnetic EEG/ECG-Guided Resonance Therapy (MeRT) for a one-year period. This is an individualized non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive procedure that applies magnetic stimulation to help facilitate restoration of proper brain function in those who have suffered neurological injuries. The bill became law on December 21, 2018. “The women and men who have worn the uniform represent the very best of our nation. As Americans, we have a responsibility to uphold the commitments we made to our veterans, and it’s a job I take very seriously,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The Military Order of the Purple Heart has been a strong partner in our efforts to stop second-hand parties from selling our veterans’ treasured medals, and I appreciate their support for our bipartisan bill to increase access to innovative therapy options for veterans,” Perdue added. “I will continue to do all I can to honor the many sacrifices our service members have made and ensure veterans receive the care they deserve.” In 2017, Senator Perdue led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act,...
‘He’s the real deal’: Beto’s jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics

‘He’s the real deal’: Beto’s jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics

By David Siders (Politico) – CENTER LINE, Mich. — One great question surrounding Beto O’Rourke has been whether he could replicate the massive fundraising totals he mustered in the Texas Senate race last year. On Monday, O’Rourke put any doubt to rest, announcing that in the first 24 hours of his campaign, he had raised a staggering $6.1 million. In so doing, the Texas Democrat signaled that he’s in for a sustained campaign— with the fundraising capacity to last deep into the primary and compete with anyone in the race. Read...
Dixie’s U.S. Senate Races Next Year: Part Two

Dixie’s U.S. Senate Races Next Year: Part Two

  In this second installment of an SPR focus on next year’s US Senate races in the South, the spotlights are on North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. These and other contests in the South could be crucial to either party’s control of the Senate: The Democrats need just four more Senate seats to have a majority. North Carolina: US Sen. Thom Tillis (R) has been a regular supporter of President Trump’s agenda but sensing this usually too-close-to-call state may want a shift of focus, Tillis “is trying to ease toward the center,” says Ferrel Guillory, founder of the University of North Carolina’s Program on Public Life. Tillis recently published an op-ed opposing the President’s assertion of emergency powers in the border controversy. Tillis’s announced opponents include state Sen. Erica Smith (D), who hails from a black-majority rural district, and Mecklenburg County commissioner Trevor Fuller (D). Tax Attorney Eva Lee of Raleigh announced in 2017 but has made no moves toward an active campaign. “The Democratic race is still formless,” says Guillory. Tillis, a former state House Speaker, should have solid Republican support. Depending on the national mood, Tillis should be reelected. Oklahoma: US Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) entered the Senate in 1994 and chairs the influential Senate Armed Services Committee. “He will be virtually unbeatable if he decides to seek reelection,” says political consultant Chad Alexander, a former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party. Inhofe has solid support among the state’s Republican voters, who are in sync with President Trump. “They’re not going to vote Democratic, especially in this national environment,” says Alexander. South Carolina:...
The South’s 2020 US Senate races

The South’s 2020 US Senate races

    The 2020 election will be dominated by the presidential contest. But much more is at stake, including control of the US Senate, which will be vital to either party, no matter who is president. Democrats need to pick up four seats in the Senate to win control. In the South, where President Trump is a political force to be reckoned with, the quick picture is that Republicans should defeat one Democratic incumbent, US Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama. Perhaps the other vulnerable incumbent is Republican US Sen, David Perdue in Georgia, especially if he is challenged by former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. This analysis of the outlook for the 12 US Senate contests on next year’s ballots in the South. In this article, the current status of upcoming Senate elections in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi are examined. In a later article, this story concludes with snapshots of 2020 US Senate elections in North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Alabama: Freshman Democratic US Sen. Doug Jones is arguably the most vulnerable incumbent in the Senate. Jones won a narrow 1.6% victory in a 2017 special election, defeating Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who faced allegations of past inappropriate relations with teenage girls as an adult. Only one Republican has announced, US Rep. Bradley Byrne, who criticized Jones for his vote against confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. State Senate President Del Marsh (R) says he’s considering running. Others (R) getting mentioned include US Reps. Gary Palmer, Robert Aderholt and Mo Brooks. The Republican nominee will be helped immensely by...
Trump in trouble in Florida poll

Trump in trouble in Florida poll

By  Marc Caputo (Politico) – Donald Trump is in trouble in Florida, a state that’s crucial to his reelection hopes. Just 40 percent of Florida voters said they believed the president should be reelected, while 53 percent were opposed to a second term, according to a new Bendixen & Amandi International poll. Trump’s approval ratings were also poor, with 43 percent having a favorable impression of Trump, and 52 percent viewing him unfavorably — and 46 percent very unfavorably. Trump’s approval ratings look even worse when compared with the man he helped make Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, who has a 50 percent approval rating while only 23 percent disapprove. Read...
Kemp Announces $150 Million Solar Investment in Southwest Georgia

Kemp Announces $150 Million Solar Investment in Southwest Georgia

Last Thursday Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced an investment of approximately $150 million by the Silicon Ranch Corporation, Shell’s solar subsidiary and one of the country’s largest independent solar producers. The project is in Early County and will provide power that will be sold to Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for thirty-eight of Georgia’s EMCs – thirty of those will receive power from the Early County solar farm. Kemp connected the investment to his campaign pledge of making sure every part of Georgia is experiencing the growing economy. “While metro-Atlanta and other urban areas continue to grow and thrive, we have work to do in rural Georgia. We must create a bright and promising future for all Georgians – regardless of zip code,” said Kemp. “Through strategic partnerships with private-sector leaders like Silicon Ranch, our electric cooperatives have made great strides as economic development engines for local communities across Georgia. This is a promising first step toward ‘A New Day in Rural Georgia’ powered by the sun.” The installation will be conducted in three phases. The first phase, a 102.5 megawatt solar farm built in partnership with Walton EMC, is already under construction in Blakely – the county seat of Early County. The power derived from this phase will help support Facebook’s data center in Newton County. The power from the other two phases will go to Green Power EMC. More than 400 craft workers are being hired for the ten-month construction project, most of the workers will live in the local community and surrounding region. Additionally, in a further boost to Georgia business, the facility will be...