Despite the divisive rhetoric regarding the history of our country, it was a privilege to present a replica of the Martin Luther King, Sr. memorial bridge sign to Bernice King and the King Family on August 28th at the M.L. King, Jr. statute unveiling. With the assistance of the Stockbridge City Council, I introduced and passed legislation to dedicate in memory of M.L. King Sr. the bridge in front of City Hall along State Route 138 and crossing over the Martin Luther King, Sr. Heritage Trail. M.L. King, Sr. used this trail to travel to work and school, as he was raised in Stockbridge and preached his first sermon there at the age of 15. This was a way of recognizing some of the history that exists in Stockbridge that many people may not be aware of. With all that’s going on in the country, I think it’s appropriate to discuss some of the people who shaped the civil rights movement. It is a small but very public recognition of an important person who helped shape the history of our county for the better. The city of Stockbridge will be hosting a bridge dedication ceremony in the next few weeks, and I hope to see you there!Read More
ATLANTA – State Representative Andrew Welch (R-Locust Grove) was recently appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to Georgia’s Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group (SAG).
“In my time in the legislature, I have remained committed to criminal justice reform, particularly as it relates to Georgia’s juvenile offenders,” said Rep. Welch. “I am eager to serve in this capacity and to be a part of SAG’s ongoing efforts to enhance public safety by improving Georgia’s juvenile justice system and implementing best practices for juvenile offenders. I am honored that the governor appointed me to this critical advisory group.”
The federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was enacted in 1974 and reauthorized in 2015 to promote the well-being of youth in the United States. JJDPA was designed to change the way juveniles are handled in the justice system by helping state and local governments prevent and control juvenile delinquency and providing Formula Grant funding to support these reform efforts.
Under the JJDPA, participating states are required to establish a SAG to monitor and maintain the outlined four core protections at the state and local level in order to continue receiving federal funding. The JJDPA’s four core protections include: Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders; Removal of juveniles from adult jails and lock-ups; Sight and sound separation; and, Disproportionate Minority Contact.
Georgia’s SAG is appointed by the Governor and serves in an advisory capacity to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), the designated state agency for juvenile justice formula funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The CJCC serves as the supervisory role, but relies on the SAG to oversee and advise on the preparation and implementation of the state’s Juvenile Justice 3-Year Plan.
By maintaining compliance with the JJDPA, Georgia will continue to receive federal juvenile justice funds. These funds directly support Georgia’s efforts to develop and implement effective prevention and intervention programs while improving the juvenile justice system. If a state fails to demonstrate full compliance, the OJJDP will reduce the grant funding by 20 percent for each core requirement failure.
Representative Andrew Welch represents the citizens of District 110, which includes portions of Butts, Henry, and Newton Counties. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2010, and currently serves as the Chairman to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety. He also serves on the Code Revision, Judiciary, Juvenile Justice, and Regulated Industries committees.Read More
Next Wednesday, September 16, 2015, there will be two debates on CNN for the Republican Primary. The first will be at 6pm ET, and the second at 8pm ET. The candidates will continue to discuss their views on the issues and will include: Perry, Santorum, Jindal, Pataki, and Graham at 6pm, followed by: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie, Kasich, and Fiorina at 8pm.
The moderators will be: Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt.
I’m interested in getting your opinions, so be sure to tune in!Read More
According to Rick Lowry, the editor of the National Review, Donald Trump lost, and almost everyone else did well. Carly Fiorina won, he says. Michael Medved, a nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host, thought that everyone did well for the most part and there were “no disastrous losers,” although he claims Trump and Paul did not fare the best. Jonah Goldberg, a conservative syndicated columnist and author, thought Jeb Bush could have done better, but found the debate entertaining and illuminating. Tim Carney, the senior political columnist for the Washington Examiner agreed with Lowry in that Fiorina won the debate, but also commented that Cruz was “nearly invisible.” Michael Sheehan, who is one of America’s leading debate coaches and communication strategists, thought Bush and Walker were the biggest losers because they were virtually unmemorable. Rick Wilson, a Republican message and media strategist, also weighed in saying “Rank and file GOP voters . . . were horrified by the third party blackmail from Trump,” while Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics claims everyone did reasonably well except Trump, who he claims took a hit. Mark McKinnon, former media adviser to George W. Bush and John McCain, predicts that Trump will lose some of his momentum because of his performance, and that Fiorina was the winner. Mary Matalin, a Republical political strategist, fell in line saying “Trump has no depth.” The only opposing view came from the Democratic presidential strategist, Bob Shrum, who claims, ‘Trump not only survived but thrived.’
Read the full article here: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/republican-debate-2015-winners-losers-121139.html#ixzz3iVxB3JCQ
More importantly, though, I’d like to know your opinion. Click here to vote for your favorite!
Our US Constitution protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. I am a firm advocate of this birthright. I will continue to uphold this stance.
The National Rifle Association named me to their “A” rating list as a solid pro-gun/pro-hunting candidate. I am proud of such fact.Read More
A new ad from Governor Deal looks great. We need to make sure we turn out the vote for all Republicans starting October 13. You know you’ll vote but make certain your friends do as well. We’ll all need to get out the vote.Read More
Please join me for breakfast at J. Henry’s Restaurant in Griffin as we honor Governor Nathan Deal. With the general election just around the corner the Governor needs our support in this fund raising event. Please click for additional information.