Dear Friends,

You may be aware of some of the things that Family Policy Alliance of Idaho does specifically in Idaho. But you may not be aware that we are partnered with a national alliance that helps make all we do happen. This alliance works in over 40 states to ensure that pro-family legislation gets passed in state legislatures across the nation.

It takes a lot of sharing of ideas, resources, and strategies to make the work that we do happen, so each summer we gather with the directors of the forty other states in our alliance to spend time learning from each other’s experience. This year the executive directors of our state allies gathered in Rome, Georgia, to discuss the progress the family policy movement has made this last year and where we want the movement to go in the future.  We invited members of our national alliance, as well, to provide expert analysis on the issues of life, religious freedom, and family from across the nation. All of us working together spent time talking about some hard issues and exploring ideas that will help us as we go into next year’s session.

As Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Getting in a room with other leaders who work on the same issues we do utilizes this Scriptural principle and makes us stronger as we face an ever increasingly difficult culture. The leaders at this conference are from red, blue, and purple states so they understand some of the unique challenges we face in Idaho but can also prepare us for some of the challenges that have not yet come to Idaho.

This is how we prepare our battle strategy for next year’s legislative session so that we can do our utmost to advance the cause of Christ in our state legislature. These new ideas and policies help you because in the end many of these ideas become policies that will make Idaho a place where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, life is cherished, and families thrive!

Preparing in faith,

Brittany Jones
Policy Director

 

Congratulations, Hawaii Family Forum, on 20 years of protecting family values in your state!

January 15th marked the 20-year anniversary for Family Policy Alliance’s state ally, Hawaii Family Forum.

In a state that tends to lean Left politically, Hawaii Family Forum, led by executive director Eva Andrade, has helped protect families in some incredible ways over the years.

Most recently, Family Policy Alliance worked with Hawaii Family Forum to help defeat assisted suicide in the state in 2017—despite a spend of over $1 Million by the leading advocates for doctor-assisted death. Hawaii Family Forum’s message that every life is worth fighting for—and that no one should be abandoned to hopelessness and death—resonated with Hawaii’s family-centered culture. And Hawaii Family Forum has defeated every effort to legalize assisted suicide since their founding in 1998.

Since 1998, Hawaii Family Forum has stood strong despite pressure to legalize gambling, which can prey on already hurting families. Hawaii remains one of only two states with no legalized commercial gambling!

And Hawaii Family Forum’s original executive director, Kelly Rosati (who later went on to serve as Focus on the Family’s Vice President, Advocacy for Children), drove the efforts to secure the first-ever legislative override of a governor’s veto in the state in 2001.

Kelly worked tirelessly with legislators to help pass a law to raise the state’s age of sexual consent from 14 to 16-years-old in order to provide greater protection for children. Hawaii’s then-governor vetoed the bill, and Kelly said at the time that the veto was “an affront to all the parents and concerned citizens of Hawaii who demanded action this legislative session to protect Hawaii’s minors from adult sexual predators.”

Kelly didn’t let the veto stop Hawaii Family Forum. She rallied Hawaii families to persuade legislators to ultimately override the governor’s veto for the first time ever!

Hawaii Family Forum has worked tirelessly to protect families—especially children and the elderly—for 20 years, and our Family Policy Alliance team is so proud to ally with this amazing ministry!

We asked Eva Andrade, Hawaii Family Forum’s executive director, about her ministry serving families in Hawaii:   “There is something invigorating and humbling about standing for the values that make this country (and our state) great.  In Hawaii, we have been able to promote righteousness because it is in our state motto, “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono” (The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.)  For 2o years, we have stood firm for faith, family and religious freedom.  The excitement never ends because now we can look toward the next 20 years with hope and anticipation for what the Lord has yet to accomplish through all the men and women that continue to pray and stand with us.”

Congratulations again to Eva and Hawaii Family Forum!

Want to know if you have a Family Policy Alliance state ally in your state? Check here.

Neil Gorsuch isn’t the only conservative legal thinker who has been appointed to a judicial bench during the new administration.  So far this year, 19 federal judges have been nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate. Many of these vacancies have been filled in the last several months. This acceleration in confirmations is due largely to Senate Republican leaders working around roadblocks put in place by Senate Democrats to stop the appointment of judges who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and law, not attempt to “write law” from the bench.

Two of the most recent appointments to circuit courts have strong ties to the Family Policy Alliance network. Don Willett was recently confirmed to sit on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and is closely connected to Texas Values, Family Policy Alliance’s allied organization in Texas.

Also, Steve Grasz, who was confirmed to sit on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, was formerly on the board of the Nebraska Family Alliance and his son, Nate Grasz, now serves as the organization’s Policy Director.

Karen Bowling, Nebraska Family Alliance’s Executive Director, shared her congratulations to the Grasz family: “We congratulate Steve Grasz and his family on his confirmation to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Senate confirmed a constitutionalist with a proven public service record in Nebraska who will serve with integrity and judicial prudence for years to come.”

These men have shown a commitment to faithfully interpreting the Constitution, a record of interpreting the law rather than legislating from the bench, and an upstanding character and worldview. These two men should be an encouragement to all families to see judges in our country with this type of character restoring the proper role of the judiciary. And, these two men should be an encouragement to lawmakers working hard to pass good laws that protect families, life and religious freedom—with these two men, pro-family lawmakers do not have to fear that their good laws will be overturned by activist judges.

The Trump Administration proposed that life begins at conception. The opposition quickly declared that’s not a scientific statement, but a matter of belief.

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard asks a single question that brings it all into clarity. It’s a question you should ask yourself.

Thank you for sharing Stoplight with your friends.

Ask the President to nominate a Secretary of Health and Human Services who agrees that life begins at conception. It’s quick and easy to send a message through our Action Center

 

 

Leaders from our 40 allied state family policy councils (FPCs) gathered for the 25th Family Policy Alliance FPC Conference held July 24-28 in Colorado Springs.

It ran concurrently with the Statesmen Academy, which is a project of our sister organization called Family Policy Foundation. More than 30 men and women, who are either in office or seeking to be in office, learned what it means to govern based on principle and to join a dynamic network of like-minded lawmakers.

Each group heard from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Sen. Tom Coburn, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Daniel Webster, Matthew Spalding from Hillsdale College, and other experts who shared insights on everything from policy to technology to how to win. The theme for the week: “Ready to Win.”

Here are some photos to give you a window into these outstanding events.

Today I am writing to you from Colorado Springs where I am attending the annual Family Policy Alliance FPC conference – gathering of our allies from all across the nation. I am so excited to be here, reconnecting and exchanging ideas with my colleagues.

As you may know, Family Policy Alliance serves as a uniter of organizations around the country. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is one of more than 40 similar state organizations, most all of which are represented at this year’s conference. We share the same ideas, challenges, and victories. We also have a great time of Christian fellowship and comradery. It is truly a privilege to gather with these leaders.

One particular benefit I receive by connecting with other state directors is sharing best practices. They have often faced some of the same challenges we face in North Dakota and can provide guidance on how to best integrate faith into our respective state political processes.

We were also privileged to have one of our own legislators from North Dakota, Representative Daniel Johnston, attend the Family Policy Foundation Statesmen Academy this year. Daniel and I took time to discuss his experience at the Statesmen Academy.

However, the most important aspect of the conference has been the unity of faith. Here are state directors, legislators and staff who share the same Christian beliefs. They value families and want to ensure that pro-family and pro-life legislation is passed. Our unity of faith is what binds us together. Whether I’m talking to someone from Washington, Georgia or Nebraska, we all share the passion to make our states ones where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. What an inspirational tie that binds us!

The one thing we definitely agree on is that we can’t do our work without the help of ministry partners like you. If you want to help advance pro-family and pro-life values in North Dakota, I encourage you to become a ministry partner.

There are many ways to do this. It may mean responding to our action alerts, praying for our ministry, or helping financially support our work. For all the great ideas and help I receive from our brothers and sisters in other states, your support enables us to fight the good fight in North Dakota.

Thank you for your continued support us as we advance our Christian values in the state Capitol in Bismarck and in the halls of Congress!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
Executive Director

Big Media and the Left said a special election in Georgia for a seat in Congress would be a referendum on the president’s conservative policies. Your support of Family Policy Alliance played a part in an upset victory for the pro-life candidate.

Paul Weber, our President and CEO, explains what can happen when you unleash your citizenship.

Here’s the video that got so much attention:

Family Action Council of Tennessee is moving forward with a lawsuit seeking to get clarity on the Supreme Court ruling that redefined marriage.

The Obergefell case of two years ago  left many state marriage statutes in limbo and David Fowler, president of FACT, tells us that he’s calling out the court to, in Justice Antonin Scalia’s words, “remind the court of its impotence.”

Find an allied group in your state.

Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, recently told the Huffington Post that “every Democrat…should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health.”

Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance wonders what that means for Democrats who believe in the sanctity of human life?

 

This past election proved to be a huge success for conservatives in Kentucky.

Kent Ostrander, executive director of The Family Foundation of Kentucky, one of Family Policy Alliance’s 40 state-based allies, tells us what’s happening after a hundred-year conservative drought.

Find an allied organization in your state.