Political Notes — Trump can count on a loyal Georgia delegation

[private]Whatever Donald Trump may propose as president, he can count on the solid support of the Republicans who make up the majority of Georgia’s congressional delegation.

A compilation of congressional votes by the Fivethirtyeight website shows that seven of the 10 Republicans in Georgia’s House delegation have supported Trump’s position 100 percent of the time in their votes — and the others aren’t far behind.

The House members with a perfect record of Trump support are Rob Woodall, Doug Collins, Tom Graves, Earl “Buddy” Carter, Karen Handel, Austin Scott, and Rick Allen. Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, and Drew Ferguson aren’t perfect but still have voted the Trump position 97.3 percent of the time.

Sen. David Perdue has voted with Trump 97.6 percent of the time and Sen. Johnny Isakson is right behind him at 96.3 percent. Those numbers illustrate why both of Georgia’s senators are considered solid bets to vote for whatever version of Trumpcare eventually makes it to the Senate floor.

Among Georgia’s Democratic congressmen, the numbers drop dramatically: Sanford Bishop only voted with Trump 27.8 percent of the time, David Scott 17.1 percent, Hank Johnson 11.1 percent, and John Lewis 5.6 percent.

7th District race gets more crowded

The number of Democrats who want to take on Rep. Rob Woodall in the 7th Congressional District continues to grow.

Georgia State University professor Carolyn Bourdeaux is the latest to announce she will run in the Democratic primary, joining a field of candidates that includes Steve Reilly, Kathleen Allen, and David Kim.

Boudreaux was formerly the budget director for the Georgia Senate, where ironically she was hired by the Senate’s Republican leadership in 2007.

“We conducted a nationwide search and found that the best candidate for the position was right here in our own backyard,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) at the time Boudreaux was hired. “Her expertise in program budgets is second-to-none, and we are fortunate to have her on our staff.”

Starbucks expands in Augusta

The national coffee shop chain Starbucks Corp. said it will spend $120 million to expand its coffee roasting facility in Augusta. The company said it will add 140,000 square feet to the existing facility in the Augusta Corporate Park in Richmond County.

“The expansion will allow the plant to expand our production beyond soluble coffee, adding six new roasters for whole bean coffee,” said Tim Filipowski, director of the Starbucks Augusta Soluble Plant.

Adkison will lead LWVGA

The League of Women Voters of Georgia has elected Tracy Adkison of DeKalb County to chair the League’s board of directors. Adkison has been a member of the League for more than 17 years and succeeds Elizabeth Poythress.

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