WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 2: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) during an announcement on the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on August 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The act aims to overhaul U.S. immigration by moving towards a "merit-based" system. (Photo by Zach Gibson - Pool/Getty Images)
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Your political briefing: Perdue calls for unity behind Trump; GOP governor straw poll; MLK statue

Here's what's trending in politics in Georgia and around the nation on Monday.

1. David Perdue calls for unity behind Trump

Georgia Sen. David Perdue, (R), urged fellow Republicans Sunday to unite behind President Donald Trump, comparing Trump to Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt as “men of destiny at a point of crisis in their countries.” Perdue was speaking at the annual 8th Congressional District Fish Fry. According to the Telegraph, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also attended the gathering.

2. Cagle tops straw poll vote

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle received 37 percent of the votes in a straw poll for Republican candidates for governor held at the 8th Congressional District fish fry. Secretary of State Brian Kemp came in second with 34 percent of the votes, and state Sen. Hunter Hill got 19 percent of the votes. 

3. Trump to free up military surplus for local police agencies

Trump will sign an executive order that reverses an Obama administration order restricting police agencies access to surplus military equipment, according to the Washington Post. Law enforcement agencies will have access to such gear as firearms, ammunition, grenade launchers and riot shields, the AP reports.

4. Heading to Texas

Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday, according to the White House, to view the damage from Hurricane Harvey. On Sunday, the president tweeted praise for the work of those directing storm relief efforts, the New York Times  reported.

5. MLK statue to be unveiled Monday

A statue of Martin Luther King Jr. will be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol at 10 a.m. Monday. Click here to see the AJC’s story on how to watch the unveiling. 

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