Political Notes – Perdue says he’ll vote against Iran deal

[private]Sen. David Perdue confirmed Wednesday he will vote against what he called a “disastrous” nuclear agreement negotiated with Iran by the Obama administration and five other countries.

“Every single Senate Republican has come out against this agreement,” Perdue said in a statement released by his office. “Democrats who support this dangerous deal have put partisan politics and special interests ahead of national security.

“This fight is not over, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee I completely reject this dangerous deal, and I will definitely vote to stop it,” Perdue added.

All the GOP members of the House and Senate are expected to vote against the Iran deal, which means there are more than enough votes in both chambers to pass a measure shooting down the agreement.

Obama has indicated he will veto the measure if it passes, however, and there are already more than 34 Democrats in the Senate who have said they will vote to sustain a presidential veto.

Broun consultant pleads guilty

Brett O’Donnell, a well-known Republican media coach and consultant who worked with former House member Paul Broun during his unsuccessful run for the Senate, has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he lied to congressional ethics investigators about that work.

O’Donnell acknowledged making “false statements” to the Office of Congressional Ethics about $43,000 that Broun paid him for advice on Broun’s 2012 House reelection campaign and his Senate bid in 2014. The money came from Broun’s account that’s intended for congressional office expenses, not campaigns.

Suniva expands Georgia operations

Suniva, a company that makes high-efficiency silicon solar cells and high-power solar modules, announced it will spend $96 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Norcross. The expansion could result in the addition of up to 500 more jobs.

“High demand for our products continues to validate that as the U.S. solar market matures, sophisticated buyers are increasingly valuing power density and quality,” said John Baumstark, Suniva’s chief executive officer.

Suniva said it will use Georgia’s Quick Start workforce training program and Georgia Tech’s FaciliTech program in designing and operating the expanded facility.

Consumer awards

Georgia Watch, the consumer advocacy organization, has chosen the 2015 winners of its Consumer Champion awards.

Access to Civil Justice Champions: Vicki Johnson and Joanne Mathis. Financial Protection Champion: state Rep. Penny Houston (R-Nashville). Health Access Champion: Dr. Harry Heiman. Consumer Energy Champion: Harry Geisinger, a state legislator who died from cancer earlier this year.

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