This week the radical left of the New Mexico Senate is trying to pass Senate Bill 8, a bill that threatens to undermine our voting and election process.
Please, urge your Senator to OPPOSE SB 8 to protect the integrity of New Mexico’s election process.
If passed, SB 8 will:
- Create a permanent absentee voter system, allowing opportunity for voter fraud
- Add felons to the eligible voter rolls
- Allow for same-day voter registration, with less opportunity to verify voter eligibility
No matter what party affiliation one may be, everyone can agree that making New Mexico vulnerable to fraud in the election process is unacceptable.
In a time when trust in the election process is waning, we should be working to bring unity to our state. Sen. Gregg Schmedes, who is currently working with fellow legislators to block this bill says, “SB 8 potentially delegitimizes our election process and opens up our elections to voter fraud unnecessarily.” An undermined election process is a divisive act that will only serve as a detriment to New Mexico.
If you wish to protect the integrity of our election process, urge your Senator to OPPOSE SB 8 by clicking on our Action Center today!
In just days, the most watched election in America will be decided as voting comes to an end on November 2nd. As a proud lifelong resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I am eager to cast my vote and have my say in the Commonwealth’s future–I hope you will vote as well, if you haven’t already. And I hope you will encourage others to vote too.
To that end, I am sharing with you a helpful resource from our friends and allies at The Family Foundation. Their 2021 Virginia Voter Guide covers key races from the Governor to the Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General. The more people know about the races and the candidates, the more they are empowered and motivated to make their voice heard in this critical race with both local and national consequences.
With the Governor’s race in a dead heat, this looks like another Virginia election that could be decided by a single vote per precinct. And that turnout will affect other races on down the line, like the election for Delegate in District 68, where Statesmen Academy alum Mark Earley is seeking to win a pivotal legislative seat.
With so much at stake for Virginia and the nation, thanks for voting and for spreading the word! To that end, we also encourage you to join us in praying earnestly over this race and the future of our Virginia. May God bless you and our great Commonwealth!
Joseph Kohm III
Public Policy Director
Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to push a radical agenda that will dramatically damage election accuracy and integrity.
Their latest attempt was to hold a hearing on their latest version of an election takeover bill, HR 4. Democrats are pushing this legislation so fast that the bill had not been officially introduced before the House Judiciary Committee meeting last week. Meaning, members had not even seen the text before the markup hearing started! Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi has declared, “When the House returns on August 23rd, Democrats plan to pass H.R. 4.”
HR 4 would dramatically damage election accuracy and integrity in the following ways:
- HR 4 would give Biden’s Department of Justice the authority to veto state election reform laws.
- HR 4 would give Biden’s Department of Justice the authority to stop voter ID laws.
- HR 4 would give Biden’s Department of Justice the authority to force states to allow ballot harvesting.
- HR 4 would give Biden’s Department of Justice the authority to force states to administer mass-mailing of absentee ballots.
The House plans to vote on HR 4 TOMORROW. Please take a minute today to urge your congress member to vote NO on HR 4!
With this legislation, liberal forces in Congress are attempting to undermine the integrity of our elections – and the ability of each citizen to engage in the political process of their own government.
You can help protect the foundations of our nation by stopping this dangerous legislation! Click here to urge your Representative to stand for election integrity by OPPOSING HR 4!
The top priorities of leadership in Congress can be indicated by low bill numbers. In fact, the lower the bill number, the higher priority. So, what is the #1 priority of Democrats in Congress? Taking partisan control of America’s elections.
The Senate’s top priority is S1, the so-called “For the People Act,” (better known as “The Corrupt Politicians Act”). The House recently passed their version of this bill, HR 1, and the Senate recently had a hearing on S1. That means that a vote on the Senate floor could be imminent. Please take a minute today to urge your senators to vote NO on S1!
After all the questioning of recent election results – Democrats in 2016 and Republicans in 2020 – the importance of election accuracy and integrity should be paramount to all Americans. Unfortunately, Democrats are dramatically undermining that principle with S1.
So just how bad is this 800-page bill? Here are the Top Four Dangers of 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.
The Left is undermining the integrity of our elections – and the ability of each citizen to engage in the political process of their own government – with this legislation.
But 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!
“Vanishing Vows” was the title of a recent article in Christianity Today that underscored the decline of marriage around the world. “Family Life” articles always draw my attention because that it is where we live: we are all part of a family. For some, that has been a good experience and for others, not so good. As a pastor I came to realize early on that healthy families make for a healthy church. Staying healthy as a family is a lot of work but the bottom line is that family health is key to so many aspects of life and culture as a nation.
The subtitle to the article was, “Can the Church save what is left of marriage?” Yes, it can, but the Church must be free and unencumbered by government to do that. Many of our Founding Fathers came to America, seeking religious freedom to raise their families according to their values, free of government control. But that has changed and without realizing it we often elect lawmakers who make ungodly laws that restrict parents and even persecute Christians for abiding by biblical values. So, your vote – and who you vote for – is very important!
America still chooses leaders democratically and you can do more than you think. Make sure you and your fellow church members are registered to vote. Our country has a crisis of low voter turnout and Christian voter turnout is no exception to this. It is estimated that over 25 million Christians did not vote in the 2016 election, and an estimated 15 million Christians are not even registered to vote.
While there is no verse in the Bible which states, “thou shall vote,” God’s Word does challenge us as followers of Christ to influence our communities for our own good and, more importantly, for the good of others (Jeremiah 29:7; Galatians 6:10). We can do that in part by voting – not principally as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or Independents – but as Christians.
This November, we have the opportunity to elect leaders — from the White House in D.C., to the State House in Providence — who will determine our future on critical issues including protecting babies in the womb, preserving our First Amendment rights, strengthening the family, and extending care and compassion to those in need.
Here are the steps you need to take.
- Compare party platforms with an eye for Christian values. You can do this here.
- Look at the voting record of the individual candidate you are considering for your vote and see how they line up on the issues.
Lastly, and most importantly, PRAY that we can keep Wyoming a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. This is the mission of Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming®, and the mission that you participate in through your generous gifts.
As we approach the end of 2018, it’s amazing to look back and see the victories—all of which you made possible through your prayers and support of Family Policy Alliance and our state allies. Thank you!
1. For Life!
This past year, there have been huge steps forward in the pro-life movement on both the national and state fronts. President Trump listened to your voice and is standing up for the rights of the preborn. Whether or not you voted for this President, his stand for life is unparalleled in recent administrations.>/mark>
President Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life. Under his administration, the Department of Health and Human Services is working to finalize a new rule that prevents taxpayer’s dollars (through Title X family planning funds) from going to abortion providers. These Title X dollars are currently Planned Parenthood’s second-largest funding stream. He reinstated and expanded the “Mexico City Policy” that blocks $9 billion in foreign aid from being used for abortions. And with his first nominee to the Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch, the Court dismantled an unconstitutional law passed by California that would have forced pro-life pregnancy centers to become advertisers for the abortion industry.
Because of your support, states are continuing to creatively chip away at Roe v. Wade with new laws that protect women’s health, increase requirements on abortion providers to ensure they are taking care of women and recognize the humanity of preborn babies.
Idaho passed a law that requires health care professionals to report information about complications from abortions. Nebraska passed a law that provides birth certificates to families who have lost babies through a miscarriage. Eight states have passed laws that ban dismemberment abortions. Over 20 states ban abortion past a certain number of weeks based on the ability of the preborn baby to feel pain.
A recent initiative seeks to ban abortions based on a Down syndrome or disability diagnosis. Ohio and Louisiana passed this type of law, and several other states considered bills. This happened largely because people of faith like you have shared your stories about how people with disabilities have shaped lives for good.
“Whether a child is diagnosed with Down syndrome before or after birth, disability rights start at diagnosis. All human life should be valued and respected— especially in the womb. And the targeting of babies solely for the possible diagnosis of Down syndrome should not be permitted here in Pennsylvania,” said Michael Geer, president of Family Policy Alliance’s state ally, Pennsylvania Family Institute.
Idaho and Indiana passed bills that require information about abortion-pill reversals be available to women. Over a dozen states have cut taxpayer funding streams from Planned Parenthood.
There is still much to be done in protecting life in our country, but because of your voice—joined with the voices of other biblical citizens—leaders in our country are listening and taking action.
2. The Heart of Adoption
Most of us believe strongly in the right of Christians to live out our biblical citizenship by looking after orphans—children in need of loving parents. This is why thousands of biblical citizens like you urged state legislatures, through email and phone calls, to protect the constitutional rights of faith-based adoption agencies—so those agencies can do what they excel at: placing hard-to-place children in forever families.
Your efforts resulted in a spectacular victory in Kansas this past session. LGBT lobbyists poured money into Topeka, and the leading national LGBT advocacy organization even sent its president to convince legislators to vote against religious freedom for private, faith-based adoption agencies—even if that meant those agencies would have to shut their doors rather than violate their beliefs. Family Policy Alliance of Kansas rallied pro-family Kansans to speak up—resulting in not only a win for children who need homes, but also a win for religious freedom. Similar laws also passed in Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota, again thanks to biblical citizenship!
3. Keeping the Gospel Free in California
California’s wildly controversial legislation, AB 2943, targeted religious beliefs in a truly unprecedented manner. It would have prohibited millions of people from purchasing services and resources that declare the power of Christ can overcome unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity struggles. This bill was passed by the California Assembly and Senate, and was one formality away from being signed by the Governor. In an astonishing twist that no one anticipated, Assemblyman Evan Low pulled his own bill after tens of thousands of biblical citizens from California and across the nation reached out to him to share stories of hope and change.
Jonathan Keller, the executive director of our state ally California Family Council, which worked tirelessly to keep the Gospel free in California, declared, “We are inexpressibly grateful to Assemblyman Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns.” Praise God!
4. Protecting Male and Female
The Gender Identity issue continues to sweep across the nation in unprecedented ways. States have sought to give individuals special protections in the law based upon their “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” status. Schools have been opening their bathrooms and locker rooms to the opposite sex if a student claims they feel like the opposite sex. State administrative agencies have been caught attempting to expose our most vulnerable children to “gender transition” services. And therapists have been targeted for trying to help our children overcome unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity struggles.
Yet, the voices of biblical citizens like you, speaking compassionate truth that our sex is innate and cannot change at will, have had a significant impact everywhere—from school officials all the way to the Trump Administration. Here are some of the ways your prayers, financial support and taking action have led to big victories:
- Our alliance of state-based policy organizations has stopped bills targeting therapists in over 20 states, including Idaho, Kansas, Maine and Colorado.
- You helped stop over 95% of sexual orientation and gender identity bills—one of the biggest tools the Left uses to attack religious freedom and free speech.
- Under the Trump Administration, multiple executive agencies—including the Departments of Defense and Education, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons— have reversed Obama-era policies that required the placement of transgender individuals with those of the opposite sex,>/mark> finding these policies to be a violation of privacy, safety and dignity.
We have made major strides this year and with your support, we will continue to stand firm in the biblical truth that God has created men and women in His image, male and female, and that our biological sex is no accident. 5. The Story You Helped Write in the 2018 Election
With your help – and with our theme verse on our lips (“The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32) – Family Policy Alliance stood firm and took strategic action on key races where voter data and on-the-ground reports indicated that we could have an impact. You helped make possible more than a million communications with voters in those targeted races!
And the results were encouraging. On a night that brought lots of sobering news, Family Policy Alliance won nearly two-thirds of targeted races. Since most of those were state-level races that don’t get as much attention, let me share a few highlights of how your support for Family Policy Alliance paid dividends.
As you may know, our sister organization, Family Policy Foundation®, trains on-the-rise Christian legislators and candidates at the annual Statesmen Academy®. Some of those Statesmen alumni need help winning difficult elections, so we provided assistance in 17 key Statesmen races.
Thankfully, our supported Statesmen won 14 of those races. That’s an 82 percent win rate! Now, a total of 52 Statesmen, equipped Christian men and women, will be serving you in elected office starting in January 2019!
You also helped us engage in several U.S. Senate races – most notably in North Dakota, where Family Policy Alliance’s on-the-ground presence made our work especially strategic.
Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® identified 35,000 pro-life North Dakotans who are inconsistent about getting to the polls, especially in non-presidential years. They reached those voters with live phone calls from volunteers, with mailers, and with targeted digital ads that featured a strong video exposing the radical pro-abortion record of the incumbent senator, Heidi Heitkamp.
The result was a resounding win for Kevin Cramer. Pro-lifers around the nation will benefit from having a new pro-life champion in the U.S. Senate!
As you can see, it’s been a big year for believers who care about restoring a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!
We look back on 2018 with hearts full of gratitude for all God has done—and for all He has done through you.
And His calling doesn’t stop with the end of the year! Next week, we plan to share with you what to expect as we ring in the new year!
We can’t thank you enough for your prayers and support of Family Policy Alliance.
May God bless you and your family,
President & CEO
Election Day is finally here! That calls for a celebration in two ways.
First, no more ads! We all appreciate that.
But second and more importantly, we are among the few people in the annals of history who have had the privilege to elect our leaders. And as Christians, voting is both a stewardship responsibility and a ministry opportunity – a chance to serve our fellow man by electing leaders and enacting policies that will best advance the common good.
So if you haven’t already voted, please do so today – and remind other like-minded people to vote as well! With so many close races expected, that simple act could make the difference.
Then join Family Policy Alliance tonight on social media as we track key results, including the following:
12 Key Senate Races on Our Top Watch List
AZ : Martha McSally vs. Kyrsten Sinema
FL: Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson
IN: Mike Braun vs. Joe Donnelly
MI: John James vs. Debbie Stabenow
MN: Karin Housley vs. Tina Smith
MO: Josh Hawley vs. Claire McCaskill
MT: Matt Rosendale vs. Jon Tester
ND: Kevin Cramer vs. Heidi Heitkamp
NV: Dean Heller vs. Jacky Rosen
TN: Marsha Blackburn vs. Phil Bredesen
TX: Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke
WV: Patrick Morrisey vs. Joe Manchin
12 Key Governor Races on Our Top Watch List
AK: Mike Dunleavy vs. Mark Begich
CO: Walker Stapleton vs. Jared Polis
FL: Ron DeSantis vs. Andrew Gillum
GA: Brian Kemp vs. Stacey Abrams
IA: Kim Reynolds vs. Fred Hubbell
KS: Kris Kobach vs. Laura Kelly
MI: Bill Schuette vs. Gretchen Whitmer
NM: Steve Pearce vs. Michelle Lujan Grisham
OH: Mike DeWine vs. Richard Cordray
OK: Kevin Stitt vs. Drew Edmondson
SD: Kristi Noem vs. Billie Sutton
WI: Scott Walker vs. Tony Evers
12 Key Ballot Measures on Our Top Watch List
AL: Allow Ten Commandments on Public Property (Amendment 1)
AL: Pro-Life Protections (Amendment 2)
AZ: School Choice (Proposition 305)
FL: Voter Control Over Gambling Expansion (Amendment 3)
ID:Gambling Expansion (Proposition 1)
MA: Gender Identity (Question 3)
MI: Recreational Marijuana (Proposal 1)
MO: Medical Marijuana (Amendment 2 + two others)
ND: Recreational Marijuana (Measure 3)
OR: No Tax Funding of Abortion (Measure 106)
UT: Medical Marijuana (Proposition 2)
WV: Pro-Life Protections (Amendment 1)
Of course, there are many other important races as well, including U.S. House races, state legislative races and more. We’ll plow through the results and pull out the nuggets that you may want to know. Join us on Facebook or Twitter this evening, and watch for updates on email tomorrow.
Thanks for standing strong and taking action!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
New Mexico made national headlines again this week following a District Court judge’s decision to release the Taos County compound suspects pending their trial.
Less than two weeks ago, the five suspects were arrested during a raid on a remote compound near the New Mexico-Colorado border. Eleven children, between the ages of one and fifteen, were found living in filthy conditions with very little food and water. Within days, media reports surfaced about two of the suspects’ ties to radical Islam and court documents revealed that the children were being trained to commit school shootings. Further, the body of one suspect’s 3-year-old son was found buried on the property, according to authorities.
Fast forward to this week, District Court Judge Sarah Backus, on Monday, denied a motion by the state to keep the five defendants in custody until their trial, claiming that prosecutors had failed to prove the defendants were a danger to the community.
Judge Backus’ decision quickly drew the ire of people across the state and nation. Given the evidence of child abuse and neglect, the reports of terrorist training, and the discovered remains of a deceased, kidnapped child, it is difficult to fathom the judge’s logic. Some leaders, including the Governor and a few legislators, have pointed the finger at the New Mexico Supreme Court which, according to many, has placed an unreasonably onerous burden on the state to secure pre-trial detention. Others, including officials from the Administrative Office of the Courts, have rushed to the judge’s defense. But the vast majority of people expressing opinions are extremely upset with this decision, and we can only hope that the suspects return for trial.
At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico®, we often speak of the need to elect good legislators, governors, and other executive officials. Please add to that list, the need to elect good judges. Unlike federal judgeships that are lifetime appointments, our state Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges, and District Court judges (like Judge Backus) are elected by the people and must then be retained every 6-8 years by garnering at least 57% of the vote. In 2020, Judge Backus is up for retention, and if I had to guess, the voters of the 8th Judicial District in Colfax, Taos, and Union Counties just may remember this decision when casting their vote.
Remember friends, from the White House, to the Roundhouse, to the Court House, elections have consequences and your vote is your voice! This November, please do not forget to speak up by voting for good candidates up and down the ballot.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
President and Executive Director
The battle for freedom in America was officially launched 242 years ago tomorrow. We rightfully celebrate the landmark in human history that the signing of the Declaration represents – and the practical freedoms that we still enjoy to this moment.
But the battle has never ended.
That’s evident from just a glance at the headlines of the last week. Thankfully, we won some of those skirmishes, including these two:
- On a 5-4 opinion last week, the Supreme Court struck down California’s “authoritarian regime” (in the words of Justice Kennedy) that forced pregnancy resource centers to promote abortion.
- The Court last week also scored another victory for free speech – also in a 5-4 ruling – when it declared that public employees cannot be forced to pay union dues that fund political causes with which they disagree.
In so doing, they even quoted the author of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, who said, “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
Indeed, the battle that Jefferson launched 242 years ago lives on.
There are three lessons from those victories:
- They may be legal victories, but they wouldn’t have happened without tireless work and sacrificial investment in the political arena. Those decisions don’t happen if Hillary Clinton had made a Supreme Court nomination last year.And they don’t happen if not for the dramatic transformation of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 elections, when your support helped Family Policy Alliance send 23 million election messages, boosting the turnout of inconsistent pro-life voters by several percentage points in key states.
- These victories are 5-4 decisions. Yes, freedom won – but it’s hanging by a thread.
- The same “authoritarian regimes” that are behind the compulsion struck down by the Court are at work in a hundred other nefarious schemes all over the nation. Most notoriously, as we’ve told you about, is the California bill that would shut down a portion of the Gospel itself – the message that God can transform the lives of sinners like you and me, including those struggling with same-sex attraction and gender confusion.
So tomorrow, let’s celebrate with vigor and joyfully thank God for the blessings of freedom that we enjoy in this nation!
But then let’s get back to the battle. There’s so much to be done.
In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Thank you for engaging on the front lines of that battle through your prayerful involvement and support of Family Policy Alliance.®
Standing with you for freedom,
P.S. If you would like to join in the 2018 election efforts to see godly men and women serving in public office—especially as we see the need for men and women elected to the U.S. Senate who will support placing the President’s conservative, prolife justice on the Supreme Court—please consider stewarding some of your resources to support our efforts to mobilize Christian, prolife voters in 2018!
“Why are Christians giving the President a pass?”
“Why do evangelicals excuse the Presidents questionable actions?”
“Why aren’t people of faith speaking out against the President’s moral flaws?”
If you watch the mainstream media or if you have recently participated in a political discussion about faith and politics, perhaps you have heard questions like this. In light of this matter, our Family Policy Alliance President and CEO, Paul Weber recently penned a great article titled, “Perfect Values & Imperfect Leaders,” and, this week, I would like to share some of the highlights with you.
In the article, Paul notes that the 2016 Presidential Election largely came down to this – “a morally flawed candidate [in Donald Trump] who made promises that largely aligned with our values” versus “a morally flawed candidate [in Hillary Clinton] who made promises that absolutely violated our values.” We all know the outcome – given these choices, the majority of evangelical Christians went with Trump.
Fast-forward to the present, and as a Christian ministry working in the public square, Family Policy Alliance now finds itself often “advocating for the pro-family policies we support, advanced by a leader whose behavior we do not.”
As Paul states: “…we cheer when President Trump promises to end tax payer funding for abortion (we’re still waiting Mr. President), nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and advocates for more like him, appoints Cabinet members that affirm Christian values, and implements fiscal policy that helps strengthen the family. But we groan in frustration with his tweets, his schoolyard bullying, and reject his deplorable behavior with and toward women.”
So, are Christians giving the President a pass? I don’t believe so. In fact, I believe most Christians lament and reject his immoral words and actions. At the same time, we should celebrate his accomplishments, particularly when they relate to issues of faith, family, life, and religious freedom.
But most important, we should be praying for our President. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
So, if President Trump is not on your prayer list, please add him and join me in praying for him this week, in accordance with this passage – that he would (1) lead a peaceful and quiet life, (2) be godly and dignified in every way, and (3) that he would come to the knowledge of the truth.
God bless you and have a wonderful week!
President and Executive Director
To read Paul Weber’s article, “Perfect Values & Imperfect Leaders,” in its entirety, please click here.