Friends,

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is pleased to endorse two more candidates running for seats in our state House of Representatives: Representative Larry Klemin and newcomer Duane Sand. We wholeheartedly endorse these two gentlemen for the same reasons we’ve endorsed other candidates: their support and defense of biblically-based family values. Their commitment to our shared values was very evident during our vetting process.  Each of these men is pro-life, pro-family, supports educational choice, defines marriage as a union between one man and one women, and supports religious freedom, such as the Supreme reaffirmed in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

We strongly encourage you to vote in next Tuesday’s primary election, and if you live in District 47, please consider voting for these two gentlemen and sending them on to the general election in the fall.


Representative Larry Klemin 

Representative Larry Klemin is running for reelection to the state House in District 47.  Larry has consistently voted to support the policy objectives of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota – defending your pro-life and pro-family values.  He has been fighting for you in the House of Representatives since 1998 and is a member of the Judiciary and Political Subdivisions committees, the latter in which he serves as Chairman.

Representative Klemin is a lawyer in private practice with the Bismarck law firm of Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, and also President of Litigation Services, Inc., a publisher of legal books and materials for lawyers. He has served on the boards of West Dakota Chapter of the American Red Cross, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, and North Dakota Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.  Larry is a Vietnam Veteran and earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal during his service.  He is married to Rita, they have two children, and attend the Church of Corpus Christi.


Duane Sand

Duane Sand is another candidate running for a seat in the House representing District 47.  Duane is new to the political scene, but clearly holds the same biblical values you hold dear.  In his own words, “I respect the dignity of life and I’m opposed to abortion. North Dakota’s family values are worth fighting for. God has truly blessed our state. Our love for one another and our values has made our state great. I will do everything in my power to keep it that way.” Duane would be an excellent advocate for your values and we are pleased to endorse him.

Duane served our country in the United States Navy for 34 years, served in active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and reached the rank of Captain. He also served as North and South Dakota Director for Americans For Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group, and with American Legion Boys State. Today, Duane is the CEO of White Horse Water, a successful oilfield water services company based in Bismarck. Duane has been married to Holly for 24 years, they have two children, and their family attends Evangel Assembly of God church in Bismarck.


Both Representative Klemin and Duane Sand are the type of candidates Family Policy Alliance is proud to endorse.  Their commitment to our shared biblical values, protection of preborn children, and defense of North Dakota family values sets them apart as clear advocates who will protect our principles. Please remember these candidates when you vote in next week’s primary election. They will help ensure that North Dakota will remain a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!

Sincerely,


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota

Dear Friends,

Once in a while I see that bumper sticker that says, “If you didn’t vote, you don’t get to complain.”

There’s wisdom at work in this short statement. American citizens have the right to participate in our democratic republic, a privilege we ought not take for granted.

Voting is the most essential form of participation, but there are other important ways to engage. For example, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas regularly asks our ministry partners to write or call their elected officials and to sign petitions. And, for those citizens who are called to it, running and holding elected office is a special honor.

Romans 13:4 says, “For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.” The word used here for “servant” can also be translated “minister.” Think about that! Holding political office is an important way that God uses us to accomplish his will upon the earth.

Right now, we are looking for men and women who love the Lord and desire to use the gifts and talents God has given to them in the political sphere. While national politics soak up a lot of the attention, a lot of important lawmaking (e.g. Adoption Protection Act) is done at the state level. The filing deadline for Fall 2018 Kansas House of Representatives elections is Friday, June 1.

 Want to learn more? Reply to eric.teetsel@familypolicyalliance.com and I would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President & Executive Director

 

While a candidate, President Trump referred to D.C. corruption as a swamp. Candidate Trump was on to something and “Drain the Swamp” became a rallying cry. From coast to coast, there is a contingent of voters who have kept that cry alive.

In the past 18 months, “drain the swamp” has been used in a variety of political venues. However, the meaning behind “drain the swamp” has become more elastic, often possessing a meaning different than originally intended.

Today, many people use the phrase in an attempt to paint every elected official who has been in office longer than his or her detractors would prefer, as an inhabitant of the nebulous swamp. That assumption could prove to be as dangerous to our representative republic as is the rancid swamp in D. C.

Fortunately, we American citizens DO live in a country in which we have the right AND the responsibility to choose our governing servants.

I understand the lack of trust in government and think it is safe to assume corruption exists. But does it exist everywhere? In every incumbent politician? I don’t think so.  It is dangerous to our Republic to imply that because an elected official has been in office multiple terms, he or she should be considered a possible swamp dweller and thrown out of office.

What values do you see as important? Integrity, commitment, knowledge of the issues…are your candidate’s principles for sale?  Do they know what they are doing? What is important to him or her? How do they prioritize issues of importance?

Here is the great thing about good elected officials who have experience: When that candidate possesses integrity, commitment, knowledge, character, attributes of a statesman, AND they have experience…they are golden! Those are the type of officials Idaho needs to keep in office! These are the people America needs in office. They are standing in the gap, sometimes alone… and they need our support. It doesn’t matter how long they have been in office. They have overcome the steep learning curve and are working for you!

These are the people Values Voters need! These are the people who can and do stand up against the mentality of a swamp.

It is up to every voter to learn about the characteristics of the candidate son their ballot – specifically: their depth of conviction, willingness to learn, breadth of knowledge on multiple issues, integrity and character.

It is incumbent on all of us to become informed and to vote our values! This is our first responsibility and a right granted us as citizens of our great state and country.

Take time to learn about the candidates in your district. If you don’t know your district go to www.idahovotes.gov. Go to the candidate’s website to learn more about him or her. It is important that you are informed so that your vote goes to a candidate who will do a good job, and has the integrity and values your family needs in elected official.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

We cannot afford to “just let somebody else” handle this responsibility or stay home because we are frustrated. God has placed us all here for a time such as this.

Let’s show up! YOUR VALUES! YOUR VOICE! YOUR VOTE!

Sincerely,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

 

Eric Teetsel listens as Wink Hartman responds to a question.

By Eric Teetsel, President & Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, one of Family Policy Alliance’s state-based allies

Family Policy Alliance President & CEO Paul Weber prays with Dr. Jim Barnett before his 30-minute interview with Eric.

A common challenge voters face in an election is figuring out who a candidate is really. Politicians and their staffs are experts in communicating to different groups what they want to hear without boxing themselves in with meaningful commitments. This is most true when it comes to controversial topics, and those of us who care about the dignity of life, family, and liberty often have the most difficulty distinguishing between the champions and the chumps.

That’s why on Saturday, November 4th, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas hosted “Beyond Sound Bites and Stump Speeches,” an event featuring a series of 30-minute, one-on-one conversations with candidates for governor. More than 40 of our ministry partners listened as I asked each candidate specific policy questions. They were also given the chance to ask questions of the candidates, too!

Eric interviews Dr. Jim Barnett as the crowd listens.

Topics included the proper response to an impending state supreme court decision that might find a right to abortion in the Kansas constitution, whether to sign legislation allocating money to groups like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions, and preserving student privacy in public schools. It was refreshing to dig deep on policy, but perhaps even more illuminating was the opportunity to listen and watch as the candidates described their political philosophy and reasons for being pro-life. Our attendees could tell if the candidate meant what they said.

This was a first of its kind event for Family Policy Alliance, but with its success we hope to repeat the event in states nationwide. Be on the lookout for a similar forum in your state!

Verse: “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22

The tale of Donald Trump – who went from one of Howard Stern’s favorite guests to President of the United States receiving huge applause from many values voters is, depending on your feelings toward the president, one of the greatest testaments of God’s redeeming grace or one of the most dramatic, politically motivated transformations in history.

Either way, President Trump has certainly enraged some of culture’s greatest villains. Such was the case when Larry Flynt, owner of the pornographic Hustler magazine, issued a $10 million reward for information leading to the impeachment of Donald Trump.

This begs the question, why would Flynt have $10 million worth of hate toward President Trump?

Well, I’m a big believer in the old adage: “If they’re shooting at you, you must be doing something right.” And, to his credit, President Trump, on issues important to the Left, is doing it Right. He has worked to protect the privacy and dignity of female soldiers, rolled back mandates requiring faith-based organizations to provide abortifacients, enhanced religious freedom protections, and, even last week, defined human life as beginning at conception through the Department of Health and Human Services.

This isn’t about praising President Trump, though many of his actions on our issues are commendable. However, when radical cultural evil-doers are getting angry, it’s usually a sign for the Body of Christ to rejoice, as well as commit to prayer.

So, What to Expect Here in Georgia – The candidates we will be supporting will all quickly become targets of the radical Left. We are looking for leaders who support life beginning at conception, believe God was intentional when He designed gender, will stand firm on religious freedom, will fight for parental rights and school choice, and hold to a host of other positions the Left hates. And, given that, the Left will spend big money to oppose the pro-family leaders we champion. Can you help us defend them against coming attacks? Please consider supporting our election efforts with a contribution today.

What to Pray For- This week, I encourage you to pray for a renewed faith for the Church. It can be very easy for God’s people to look around at our culture and feel it will never be reclaimed. However, there have been numerous points in history where God has granted our world a reprieve and used His people to create a dramatic shift in culture. He can do so again, and we, as His people, need to believe in His power to do so, pray fervently, and get involved.

I’ve Been Everywhere, Man (a praise!) – To rejoice with you, I continue to be so grateful for all our great friends around the state. This week, I put over 1,500 miles on my car visiting concerned believers who long to see Christ honored in our state. There is a real hunger to see a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. I am so encouraged by that!

In His Service,

Cole Muzio
Executive Director

Now that I’m a dad, my children’s birthdays have replaced my own as the most significant markers of the passage of time.

With my oldest son, Peyton (see him above), set to turn 3 this weekend, I am reminded of how quickly the days pass by and how urgent every moment is.

That’s why, as I look around the state for candidates for office, I’m not looking for those who simply speak fluent “political-ese.” I’m looking for leaders who will be bold.

You see, there are an abundance of candidates and officials who will say that they are “pro-life,” that they “share our values,” that they are a “true conservative.” But how many of them will take bold, politically consequential stands? How many of them are willing to take arrows, challenge the status quo, walk through the fire, plant the flag in the ground, and be a leader of action?

With my sons growing up at a rate that is making their father weep, I cannot afford to help politicians who will simply slow or manage cultural decline. We need warriors!

That’s why, as I meet with candidates, I’m very clear:

My friends, we cannot afford “box checkers.” We need leaders!

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia is at the forefront in identifying, recruiting, training, equipping, and electing BOLD pro-family leaders. We are engaged in elections now and preparing for 2018 as well.

We’re also actively involved in recruiting Georgia elected officials to take part in the 2017 Statesmen Academy. The program educates politicians in the practice of effective politics to carry on the fight for godly values —  something our state and nation desperately needs.

Now is the time for urgency, for electing those who will shake up the status quo, and making sure our children and grandchildren can live in a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

In His service,

Cole Muzio
Executive Director

P.S.
When you partner with Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, you make a difference in the effort to save family values for future generations. Thank you for being part of the team!

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