In case you missed it, we want to make sure you know the top two things you can do to make a difference to protect life and liberty!
First, TODAY is the last day to tell HHS to STOP using YOUR taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood! The Biden-Harris Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule that would authorize abortion groups to receive Title X Family Planning funds. The proposal also mandates that grant recipients refer for abortions.
Please click the link and write a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services telling them that you do NOT want to fund Planned Parenthood!
Here are a few points you can pick and choose from in your comment:
- I do not want my taxpayer dollars funding abortion referrals and Planned Parenthood’s bottom line.
- HHS must remove the abortion referral requirement because it is prohibited by statute.*
- No federal grant recipients should be forced to violate their conscience by referring abortions.
- HHS should include adoption counseling, not abortion counseling, in the Title X program.
- HHS should include adoption referrals, not abortion referrals, in the Title X program.
Second, last week, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee heard S1, the so-called “For the People Act,” (better known as “The Corrupt Politicians Act”). Democrats are doing everything they can to get this bill on the Senate floor as soon as possible. Please take a minute today to urge your senators to vote NO on S1!
- S1 Bans State Voter ID Laws
S1 bans state voter ID laws and allows individuals to vote without an ID. You may need an ID to board any plane, drive a car, purchase a cell phone, buy alcohol, and pick up MLB tickets. But under S1, individuals can vote without an ID to verify their identity.
- S1 Encourages Voter Fraud
S1 prevents officials from verifying voter eligibility and imposes a criminal offense on officials who reject a voter registration application – even if the official believes the individual is ineligible to vote.
- S1 Promotes Double Voting
S1 promotes the sending of absentee ballots without verification and prevents election officials from removing ineligible voters from voter rolls. This allows dangerous double voting scenarios.
- S1 Creates a Partisan Federal Elections Commission
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is currently composed of six commissioners, no more than three of whom may be affiliated with the same political party. S1 reduces the number to five members to create a partisan commission – assigning significant power to the FEC Chair, who is appointed by the President.
You can help protect the foundations of our nation by stopping this dangerous legislation! Click here to urge your senators to stand for election integrity by OPPOSING S1!
Thanks for speaking up (and spreading the word) on these critical matters!
For life and liberty,
* If a program refers a client to abortion, it is in fact a program where abortion is considered a “family planning related service,” (as acknowledged on page 19818 of the proposed rule) and thus specifically is prohibited by statute.
Save Girls Sports
Unfortunately, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act fell just one vote short in the Senate and so the House did not get a second opportunity to review the bill. While it means that the bill is likely dead for this session, it does not mean we will stop fighting for opportunities for girls. To see how your legislators voted, you can find the information HERE ( NOTE: This vote link is for SB 55 which included the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act even though the bill description does not include that information.)
Kansans don’t believe the lie that this is mean spirited – they know that this is a common sense bill. Governor Kelly is under the false delusion that she reflects Kansas. Almost universally as I talk to every-day Kansans they are horrified that we can’t protect girls’ sports in Kansas. The number of times I’ve heard, “I thought this was Kansas.”
To all Kansas girls – know that we will keep fighting for you. Governor Kelly has stood in the way of your opportunities, but we will not let this continue. We will keep working with legislators and work to elect a Governor that will fight for our girls’ opportunities.
Yesterday, the legislature passed two different overrides of Governor Kelly’s vetoes of common-sense election laws. Kansans want our elections to be accurate. We want to know we can have confidence in the outcome. These bills simply allow us to close loopholes that certain representatives even admitted having used in the past. We are thankful for the 85 Representatives and 28 Senators who voted in favor of HB 2183 and 86 Representatives and 28 Senators who voted in favor of HB 2332.
In an unusual move, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee held hearings during veto session. In an even more unusual move, they amended and passed a medical marijuana bill. While this bill has more safeguards than the previously passed bill, this bill still leaves much room for abuse and is a pathway for recreational marijuana in our state. Kansans do not want to become California or Colorado. Ask your legislators to reject this move by the House. It’s easy to find their numbers on our action page!
It has already been an interesting week at the Statehouse. While we have had a few setbacks this week – on the whole the legislature has done some great work to fight back against Governor Kelly’s overreach which helps all Kansas families. There is still a lot of work to do! Keep praying for your legislators and letting them know how important it is to protect families in our state.
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
The legislature begins its final week of work on Monday. And boy do they have a lot of work to do! For people who care about families there are three key topics that the legislature will be discussing over the next seven days that are important.
So I need you to take time to contact your legislators on just three things today:
- Save Girls SportsAfter passing Value Them Both at the very beginning of session, protecting girls’ opportunities in sports became our number one priority. This is a national movement and now at least seven states have passed legislation to ensure a level playing field for girls. But our Governor wants to stand in the way of the majority of Kansans, and instead sided with the Biden Administration and radical LGBTQ+ activists.Now is the time for us to ensure that Kansas girls going forward that we had.Now is the time to stand up for Kansas girls!
It’s easy on our action center!
- Educational FreedomAfter falling just one vote short the last day of the regular session, educational freedom will continue to be a discussion during veto session. The legislature still has to pass a bill that contains school funding. This funding should include policies defining how the budget should be spent. We should be able to ensure that the money going to schools is used in ways that actually help kids learn and excel. Educational options for families is just one of the ways to do that.Ask your legislators to support legislation that will unleash families’ choices as they seek educate their children in a way that best prepares their children for the future! You can find your legislators names and numbers on our action page.
- Election IntegrityDo you believe that only the legislature should set election law? Do you believe ballot harvesting (allowing someone else besides the voter to turn in a ballot) should be limited? These are pretty common-sense protections, that thus far, have not been enforceable in law in Kansas. We’ve even had legislators admit on the floor that they have used some questionable election practices.Our nation relies on the integrity of elections for the legitimacy of everything the government does. HB 2183 simply closes some loopholes in our laws so that bad actors cannot exploit them. Governor Kelly, without giving much explanation, vetoed this important law.Reach out to your legislators and ask them to override the Governor’s veto and protect our elections!
These are just three of the topics that that your legislators will be discussing over the next week. Pray for them as they discuss a variety of topics. They need wisdom and insight to lead our state. Pray that God will shape their hearts and that they will choose to make decisions that protect our families and honor God.
Director of Advocacy
First it was the Heartbeat Bill, then it was opening the economy, and now it’s protecting the vote – Georgia is taking the lead for the nation again, and the media is going absolutely insane.
On Thursday, Georgia became the first state to learn lessons from the 2020 election and pass election reform – the top priority for the General Assembly this year.
We’d like to commend House and Senate leadership and Governor Kemp for their work on this, their refusal to allow this to become an 11th hour issue, and for signing the bill the same day it was passed. Georgia has taken a big step toward election integrity with SB 202, and our leaders wanted to leave no doubt that this was important to them.
But, the deranged media is in complete attack mode. They’re saying we’re racist, that we want to keep people from voting, and that we’re trying to disenfranchise minorities. Pretend-governor Stacey Abrams even compared this reform effort to Jim Crow laws.
Let me be abundantly clear: the outlandish and inflammatory rhetoric and comparisons surrounding this legislation and the insinuation that this bill targets minorities is wrong, disingenuous, a form of voter suppression, and, in fact, racist on its face.
Here’s what SB 202 does:
- Ensures accurate voter lists, removing those who have died or moved.
- Requires photo ID for an absentee ballot.
- Prevents mass mailing of absentee ballot requests forms.
- Requires ballots be printed on security paper.
- Creates a fraud hotline.
- Increases access for election observers.
- Bans private funding of election officials and government agencies.
- Provides increased oversight of local boards and officials who are not complying with the law.
- Prohibits private distribution of meals to incentivize voting.
- Requires a reporting of remaining ballots and ongoing counting once its begun.
- Secures dropboxes.
- And more…
Is anything on that list racist? Discriminatory? Keeping eligible voters from voting? Differentiating people by color or any other group? Any answer to these questions that is not an absolute and resounding NO is either deceitful or demeaning to those you’re asserting cannot comply with these security measures.
Governor Kemp was clear in his remarks: Georgia won’t put up with these lies. You can watch his remarks on this bill. He gets combative with the radical, anti-integrity left around the 4:35 mark.
Of note, Governor Kemp declared the DC-proposed HR 1 an “unconstitutional power grab” and one that he would draw a line in the sand over. “No, not in Georgia,” he said. Should that fight come, we expect our Georgia leaders to hold the line and deny the Biden-Harris-Schumer-Pelosi Axis of Radicalism access to determining our Georgia laws.
We promised you that we would support and pass election reform. That promise has been kept.
However, the work in defending it has only begun. As Governor Kemp was making his remarks, one legislator pulled a publicity stunt, and, after antagonizing Capitol police for not-the-first-time, she was arrested. The media is now absolutely unhinged in their coverage of this. Stacey Abrams is making comparisons of this bill to Jim Crow laws. And, the White House is condemning our reform efforts.
Election integrity will very much be on the ballot in 2022 – if we cannot keep a conservative majority. That’s what we’re committed to preserving.
We’re grateful for your thoughts, prayers, and support. We have much left to do, but we are grateful for this victory.
Proud of Georgia,
President and Executive Director
PS. There are now two legislative days left, and we have MUCH left to do. With election reform now passed, we are working to achieve big things for the cause of life, families, religious freedom, and educational opportunity. To help us achieve this legislative agenda, please help us reach our End of March goal of $2,325 with a contribution here at whatever level you feel God calling you to.
Legislative Day 35 is in the books, and, when the General Assembly gavels in on Monday, there will be 5 remaining days. Those five days are going to be long, arduous, and full of activity.
We’ll keep you updated along the way, but, today, I want to give everyone a brief answer to the question I get asked most: “So, what is going on with the election bills?”
First, let me stake out what, I think, is a series of consensus statements:
- There were issues in the 2020 election cycle.
- There are flaws in our system that can be exploited in 2022 and beyond.
- Every fraudulent ballot cast dilutes a valid ballot.
- The combination of the pandemic, the Democrat emphasis on mail-in ballots, and years of Stacey Abrams lawsuits that weakened our laws made this election more susceptible for fraud.
- If you truly care about democracy, you should care just as much about a secure vote as ensuring everyone can vote.
- Stacey Abrams and the radical left want to cheat. Those who care about a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, don’t want to cheat. It’s their vote we need to protect from being diluted.
Second, let me tell you where we are in reaction to this:
- Citizens in Georgia have spoken up. Through our system alone, thousands of messages have been sent to leaders.
- Republican leaders in Georgia – from the Governor to House leadership to Senate leadership – are united behind significant reform. That’s not to say they are in 100% agreement on problems/solutions. But, there is agreement that there were problems and that we need to fix them.
- More than 70 election bills have been offered this legislative session.
- More than 10 bills of significance remain “alive” after Crossover – including the “omnibus bills” – that cover sweeping reforms (more than 60 pages each) from the House (HB 531) and Senate (SB 241). In addition, there’s another 90+ page bill that has been added to SB 202, and that continues to be adjusted. It’s possible that this may be the bill that gets to the finish line.
- These bills address a wide range of issues, and our confidence is HIGH that a bill – or multiple bills – will pass to address substantial concerns. Keep in mind that multiple bills have passed the Senate, many sponsored by members of leadership. The House passed a major bill, sponsored by a highly influential chairman. The support is there to make it happen.
Third, let me tell you what we’re encouraging on these bills. We support efforts to:
- End no-excuse absentee (I’ll note that there are legal experts that believe this may be problematic, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan – whose bill was the only omnibus bill that would have taken this step – has said publicly that there is not enough support to achieve this.)
- End “automatic voter registration” (I’ll note that there are legal experts that believe this may be problematic)
- Require photo ID for absentee ballots
- Make early voting hours more uniform and more manageable
- Curtail unsecure drop boxes and mobile voting
- Ensure there is no financial or tangible “gift” for voting (eg. providing meals outside the polling place)
- Address signature verification
- Prevent non-profits and outside organizations from sending unsolicited absentee ballot request or make it clear that what they are sending is NOT a state document
- Require regular and vigilant cleaning of the voter rolls
- Enforce transparency regarding number and types of ballots remaining to be counted
- Protect poll watchers and ensure viable observation
These measures and others, I believe, will take significant step toward restoring confidence and eliminating avenues for cheating.
So, what needs to happen between now and then:
- Utilize our Action Alert on Election Integrity to ask your legislators to vote for these bills.
- ENCOURAGE your legislator. There is enough agreement to pass bills of substance. But, the Democrats and media are trying to make this about “racism.” That’s insane! These legislators are not racist, and being accused of such evil tends to wear on someone. They’ve taken a lot of heat. Now is a time to encourage them.
- Let us know if you’d like to join us at the Capitol! The Left is sending angry, hostile, and dramatic activists who try to intimidate our legislators. I’m sure our legislator friends who support election integrity would enjoy seeing a friendly face.
- Consider supporting our legislative efforts with a $25, $100, $250, or greater donation to help our team reach the finish line this session.
I hope this was helpful. We’re working on a lot of issues to advance our values, and we’ll keep you updated on those. But, I wanted you to share what’s going on regarding an issue that is imperative to ensuring we have the ability to elect those who advance our values.
President and Executive Director
PS. We have more-than-doubled our investment in our policy efforts this legislative cycle. I believe the results are there. To help us with these costs, consider supporting our legislative efforts with a $25, $100, $250, or greater donation to help our team reach the finish line this session.
There’s such a difficult balance in the Christian walk, isn’t there? It’s one I’ve noticed all-the-more significantly since I left the private sector to run this ministry four years ago.
As Christians, we are commanded to be hard workers – to do what we are called to do with all our might and to be diligent in our labors (Proverbs 13:4). Such diligence is paramount, yet, if we yield to human nature, it can lead to numerous sinful attitudes: anxiety (“I have poured so much effort into this, therefore I am concerned for the outcome”), pride (“It’s been my labors, therefore, I should be due the credit”), and self-reliance (“I must count on my strategies, my talent, my labors to make this happen”).
It’s counter-intuitive to both fully embrace the level of excellence God has called us to in our labors – working hard, building the right teams, thinking things through diligently, and using the right strategies – and reject the natural attitudes that come with it.
After a milestone, like Crossover Day, I want to make sure that our attitudes reflect how He wants us to view things – grateful for the blessings He gave, confident and hopeful in His promises, committed to steadfast walking with Him, giving Him all the glory, not anxious, yet also diligent, strategic, and realistic in our preparations to meet the enormity of the challenges ahead.
With that in mind, here are some reflections on where we stand:
- First of all, I’m so thankful to have an awesome team down at the Capitol. Our staff, interns, and volunteers have made a positive impact, provided a strong sense of professionalism, and are a true reflection of Christ. Your generosity in allowing us to grow this team has yielded powerful results.
- We have endorsed numerous election integrity related bills. Most of those that we have supported, including the two large “omnibus” bills (HB 531 and SB 241) have passed their Chamber of origin. Here’s the challenge: those two bills – and the numerous others that passed – are different. Election reform will become law this year. How extensive those measures are, however, remains to be seen. We’ll be providing more information on these issues in a separate email soon.
- Our aggressive legislative agenda saw numerous victories on Crossover Day. Most notably, HB 290, the Right to Visit Bill – which protects the right of hospital patients to have physical contact with a legal representative and the right of long-term care patients to have a minimum of two essential caregivers with at least 2 hours/day of physical access – passed the House despite immense pressure from moneyed interests like the Chamber of Commerce working in opposition. This is a BIG victory for human dignity, and we’ve been honored to partner with Rep. Setzler on this.
- Another big win includes SB 226, the Anti-Obscenity Bill, which passed the Senate despite intense opposition from the political left and the education institutions. This is the first major step in addressing the crisis of obscene materials in schools. Sponsored by Sen. Jason Anavitarte, this bill provides parents a right to be heard if they have concerns over material and requires the schools to respond in a timely manner – by either pulling the material or explaining why it doesn’t meet their definition of obscene. The process would then allow for parental appeal. We see this as a big win that we’ll continue to shape as it goes through the process.
- Other wins leading up to and on Crossover include (but are not limited to): SB 116 by Sen. Randy Robertson (Maternal Home Bill), HB 212 by Rep. Kasey Carpenter (Simon’s Law), HB 128 by Rep. Rick Williams (Gracie’s Law), SB 78 by Sen. Harold Jones (increasing penalties for “revenge porn”), HB 194 by Rep. Steven Sainz (protecting children from predators), SB 200 by Sen. Jason Anavitarte (protecting religious freedom and small businesses during a pandemic), HB 114 and HB 154 by Rep. Bert Reeves (adoption reform), SB 51 by Sen. Bruce Thompson (Tebow/Mosely Bill), and SB 47 by Sen. Steve Gooch (Special Needs Scholarship).
- None of the bills mentioned above are “done” as they still have to pass the other chamber and be signed into law. However, these are strong wins to be grateful for!
- That said, there’s a lot that still needs to happen. Georgia still must do more to protect religious freedom (as the Supreme Court recently affirmed), Save Girls Sports did not get a vote in either Chamber, school choice measures were set to the side, free speech on college campuses did not get a vote, and so on. While we are thankful to the Lord for the things that did happen, we must be realistic in fighting for some major legislation that needs to rise to the forefront. I must confess to being frustrated, but I will commit that we will not stop fighting!
Please remain prayerful. There’s a long way to go. Just as the bills that passed one Chamber still need to pass the other, even the bills that did not pass are not “completely dead.” The Lord can still do miraculous things, and we are working behind the scenes – using the right strategies – to keep our priorities alive.
So, keep praying. If you feel led, join us at the Capitol. And, if you’re both excited about this work AND wanting to see more, please consider a $50, $100, $250, or greater donation today.
Pressing onward with a biblical perspective – working diligently and trusting Him.
President and Executive Director
It has been an odd week with the bitter cold and with the passing of two men (one local and one national) who have been vital to the conservative movement, State Senator Bud Estes (R-Dodge City), and conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh. We are in prayer for both the Estes and Limbaugh families.
Even with the bitter cold outside, there has still been a decent amount of activity inside the Capitol that affects family values. Here are some of the bills that are winding their way through the legislature that may be of interest to you and your family:
- H.B. 2119 will create the Student Empowerment Act for at-risk students.
- S.B. 61 will expand the existing low-income Student Tax Credit Scholarship that has already successfully helped hundreds of Kansas students have access to educational opportunities. It was passed by the Senate last week 24-14.
- HB 2054 will limit who may deliver advanced ballots and work to better enforce our current ballot harvesting prohibitions.
- HB 2183 will work to ensure the balance of power between the branches of government is respected in order to protect the election process.
- HB 2319 would shorten the time frame in which advanced ballots can be returned.
- HB 2339 was heard in committee this week and will expand the crime of election tampering.
- HB 2066 expands expedited licensing laws to other residential (or those intending to reside) applicants in Kansas. These types of laws free families to make the best work and family decisions for their particular circumstances. It also encourages families to move to our state by removing onerous and unnecessary regulations.
- HB 2184 would legalize the use of marijuana for certain medical purposes. We are watching this bill closely because bills like this often are used as a gateway to legalize recreational marijuana which is known to impact families in a multitude of ways.
Be on the lookout for more information about how we are working to protect mothers and babies through Value Them Both. And there is still time to contact your Senators about the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.
There is a lot of activity in Kansas and we are so thankful to partner with you in protecting faith, family, and freedom!
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
On Friday, Statesman Academy℠ alumnus and Indiana congressman Jim Banks introduced an important election reform bill called the Save Democracy Act. Would you take a moment to ask your member of Congress to support it?
Banks, who is now Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, put forward this bill to address structural issues in American elections that were a cause of great concern even before last fall’s elections. For all elections involving federal candidates, it would require safeguards in the areas of voter registration, casting of ballots, and vote tabulation.
These reforms are needed for two reasons. First, they provide safeguards to election integrity in areas where specific concerns and allegations have arisen. Second, they address a crisis of a lack of voter trust in our election process. In 2020, that broken trust was experienced primarily by Republican voters, but in some prior years, the concerns came mainly from Democrat voters. Restoring trust in elections is critical to our system of government and shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
Specifically, the Save Democracy Act would, in federal elections, institute reforms to make voter registration, voting, and vote tabulation less susceptible. Here are key highlights:
- Prohibits automatic voter registration
- Requires voter citizenship verification
- Prohibits states from sending out unrequested absentee ballots
- Prohibits ballot harvesting
- Requires voter ID for absentee and in-person voting
- Requires that absentee ballots be received by the close of election day
- Strengthens protections for observing both voting and vote tabulation
- Requires that ballot counting, once begun, continue until completed—no delays or pauses
Please ask your member of Congress to sponsor and vote for the Save Democracy Act. It’s quick and easy on our Action Center. And please share this email or the link with others so they can take action as well.
Thanks for upholding election integrity!
Every day, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia® is working for a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Working alongside Georgians who share that vision, I can tell you this: those who share these values don’t want to cheat in elections.
It’s those who oppose these values – essentially, those whose values run counter to the fabric of our nation, hostile to basic truths, and antithetical to Scripture – that try to use every means necessary to install their preferred radical candidates.
There are a lot of unknowns about Georgia’s election, and there’s frankly misinformation swirling from every angle. However, while I’m concerned about the character attacks I’ve seen on our officials, I believe we all can agree on this fundamental truth: election reform must come to Georgia.
And, I believe it will. Our organization is committed to it. Governor Kemp has called for it and laid out several legislative items he wants to see. This week, the Senate Republican Caucus also issued a comprehensive statement addressing their strong stance for election reform. Election reform is coming to Georgia, and we are all in!
As you know, this is not one of our “core issues.” However, issues like life, religious freedom, and school choice will never win if the vote is being diluted by radical leftists exploiting the system to cheat. Will you stand with us in the fight for reform?
I know you’re receiving a lot of “asks” for funding this time of year – as year-end giving season is in full swing. However, I’d ask that you consider a donation to our lobbying efforts to help us secure the vote for years to come. Your gift of $25, $100, $250, or more today can make a profound impact for election reform – and the broader movement that depends on a fair process.
I’m going to be real with you: Stacey Abrams is coming back. Leading up to 2018, she and her legally suspect organization did all they could to make our state ripe for fraud. When she came up short in that election – despite cheating – she waged countless legal battles against the state and pushed her agenda for more fraud. In 2020, we have now seen the gains her voter fraud apparatus has been able to make. As we look to 2022, we know she, once again, has her eyes on the Governor’s Mansion.
That’s why, this legislative session, we’ll work with Governor Kemp and the conservatives under the Gold Dome to undo the effects of the consent decree entered by the Secretary of State in March, eliminate no-excuse absentee voting, require photo ID for absentee voting for cause, and work to end any avenue for ballot harvesting.
We look forward to engaging on these issues to make certain those who stand with us on the issues can win – and win fairly.
For Better Elections,
President and Executive Director
P.S. We have a strong legislative agenda we’ll be pursuing in the coming session. It’ll include election reform, yes, but it’ll also feature our fight for life, religious freedom, school choice, family values, and more. To advance this agenda and to strengthen our culture, our team is growing here in Georgia.
One of our new hires is one of the top rising lobbyists in the state, Brittany Ellison. Brittany joins our team having been recognized for her lobbying work and as a standout communications professional with numerous campaigns, including Heartbeat Bill sponsor Rep. Ed Setzler – who Brittany helped in his re-election bid where he defeated an onslaught of out-of-state money to win in a challenging district (one that Joe Biden won by several percentage points).
You’ll be hearing from Brittany soon, but I want you to know how excited we are by her addition to our growing team!