Political Notes – Trump’s Georgia chair on the Muslim remarks

[private]How are Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about banning Muslim refugees and immigrants playing with his Georgia supporters? They seem to be OK with them.

Here’s a statement released by state Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), who is co-chair of Trump’s Georgia campaign:

“Donald Trump’s call for a temporary moratorium of Muslim immigration into the U.S. has caused an international stir within the media. Many of the reports paint a false narrative and ignore the problem this proposal attempts to remedy.

“Trump’s call for a temporary ban is due to serious security concerns. The recent acts of radical Islamic terrorism in Paris and now San Bernardino California make it obvious something must be done to protect our homeland from growing threats.

“Until a solution is found, a temporary ban would diminish the chance that radicalized Muslims who wish us harm enter our country. . . .

“Those who claim this unconstitutional overlook an important factor. Who does the U.S. Constitution protect? Last I checked, these rights were reserved for citizens of the United States, not foreign nations.”

State Rep. B. J. Pak (R-Lilburn), who’s an attorney, provided this Facebook clarification on Williams’ last assertion: “Just an FYI re constitution — while it does not protect foreigners who are not on US soil, those non-citizens on US soil get protection under the constitution. So the sacred docs protects more than just citizens.”

Duvall is running

Is Zippy Duvall, the head of the Georgia Farm Bureau, headed out of state soon? Terry Dickson reports on the speculation in the Florida Times-Union:

Although it’s not an election year, five-term Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall gave an address at the annual convention Monday that sounded like a farewell.

Some delegates at the Jekyll Island gathering speculated that it may be because Duvall is running to replace Bob Stallman as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Stallman said he would not seek re-election in January, and Duvall announced in July he would seek the position.

As he gave his annual address at the Georgia Farm Bureau’s 78th annual meeting, an emotional Duvall called his wife, Bonnie, to his side on stage and thanked the membership for the privilege of having served them.

As is typical with Duvall, he quoted Scripture several times and even former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole who once said that freedom means having enough food.

Georgia Film Academy opens its doors

The Georgia Film Academy, one of the newest additions to the state’s educational system, will be offering its first classes in January in conjunction with the University System and the Technical College System of Georgia.

The academy was established to train the workers needed for video and film productions within the state.

“On-set film workers are needed, but even entry-level jobs require a very specific set of skills,” said Jeffrey Stepakoff, the academy’s executive director. “The Georgia Film Academy certification puts students on the fast track to gainful employment.”

The initial GFA courses will be offered at Clayton State University, Columbus State University, and Gwinnett Technical College. These courses may be expanded later to additional campuses, as well as to Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville.

Public schools honors

Six public school districts have been named to the College Board’s 2015 AP District Honor Roll because they have increased access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

The Department of Education said the Cherokee County, Douglas County, Fayette County, Floyd County, Forsyth County, and Oconee County districts all made the College Board list.

“These six districts deserve our congratulations as they continue to provide access to high-quality, college-level coursework for their students, while expanding access to those opportunities for all student populations,” state school Supt. Richard Woods said.

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