Throughout the legislative session, the casino industry funded a massive lobbying push in the hopes of making Georgia a gambling haven.
We fought back because, as I pointed out in the Sen. Bruce Thompson and Cole Muzio (me) versus Sen. Brandon Beach and Gov. Haley Barbour debate, casinos never, ever work.
One of the things we’ve consistently pointed out is that, no matter what concession legislators make to the gambling lobby – which is already spending big at the Capitol and in elections – they will always come back for more.
And, we’re seeing that with the Coronavirus crisis. As the government debates how best to provide a stimulus to American businesses and citizens, the Washington Post reports that casinos already have their hand out.
Casinos want a bailout because profiteering off the poor isn’t enough. Their twisted “business model” constantly demands help from the government, and, once entrenched in Georgia, we can expect even worse from these powerful interests if our politicians abdicate their responsibility and allow them to take root.
And, that’s not the only consequence. Human trafficking, crime, increased costs of government services, and massive growth in bankruptcy and addiction are among the items on the list. Don’t let Georgia go down this path!
With extra time at home while you’re practicing “social distancing,” I’d encourage you to reach out to your state legislators (which can be found HERE) to let them know that we expect them to OPPOSE ANY EFFORT to bring casinos to our state.
Casinos don’t work, and they will always seek to profit the few wealthy executives at the expense of the poor specifically and, in crisis, every taxpayer across our country.
President and Executive Director
P.S. I continue my prayers for you and your family. Please continue to abide by the guidelines established by Governor Kemp and stay safe!
PPS. The two State Senators mentioned above are among those legislators who have tested positive for COVID 19. Please keep them and all those battling this virus in your prayers, regardless of what you think of their politics.
While our pro-family legislators fight for us at the Capitol this legislative session, we cannot afford to forget that they need us – they need us to get to work on their behalf in this critical election cycle.
That’s why I’m proud to endorse my good friend, Rep. John Carson.
Arguably the hardest working legislator under the Gold Dome, John Carson has earned the respect of his colleagues, is highly influential, and steadfastly works behind the scenes to advance our values.
John never wavered in support of the Heartbeat Bill, and he’s been a bold advocate for life. A devout Christian, John also works relentlessly to protect our faith, and he’s a leader on the issue of educational freedom. His diligence and work ethic are behind virtually every piece of school choice legislation that becomes law, and his care for the opportunities of Georgia students is genuine and sincere.
As a father who values educational opportunities for my kids, I’m profoundly grateful for John’s labors in this arena – one where he faces intense opposition on a regular basis.
You’ve been incredibly well-served by a pro-family, hard-working, and influential legislator who is able to deliver results for your community while unapologetically fighting for our values. Let’s keep the momentum going by re-electing Rep. John Carson!
President and Executive Director
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
Have you been watching the Democrat debates for President? I’ve struggled to watch more than a few clips here or there, but the radical leftward shift is startling as the candidates trample over each other to see who can be more anti-science, anti-freedom, or anti-common sense.
But, here’s the reality: each of the main candidates running is currently beating President Trump in the polls.
Now, I cannot tell you how many times that reality elicits a “but the polls are wrong…” sort of retort. Yet, here’s the question: how wrong were they in 2016?
Here are just a few examples where polling I key states was fairly close to the actual outcome in a razor thin election:
- In Ohio, Trump won by 8.1% with the final poll predicting him winning by 7%. (Despite earlier differences and with the number of polls tapering off in the final days, the consensus showed Trump ultimately winning the swing state.)
- In Florida, averages showed Trump winning by 0.4%, and he won by 1.2%.
- There were 3 polls in Pennsylvania taken entirely in November. Those showed Clinton winning by 2, Trump winning by 1, and a tie. Trump won by 0.7%
- North Carolina’s final average showed Trump winning by 0.8%, and he won by 3.6%.
- The RCP averages in Michigan showed Clinton up by 3.6% when Trump ultimately won by 0.3%. The final public poll showed Trump winning by 2.
- In Wisconsin, public polling ceased in the days leading up to the election, but they showed Clinton leading by an average of 6.5% when Trump won by 0.7%, the single greatest outlier.
- Nevada averages actually showed Trump winning by 0.8%, but Clinton won by 2.4.
- In Virginia, the average was almost dead on – indicating a 5.3% Clinton win before she exceeded that number by 0.1%.
- Clinton also slightly outperformed polls – though still losing – in Arizona where she was projected to lose by 4 but lost by 3.5%.
- She also did better in New Mexico – where final polling showed her winning by 2 before she won by 8.3%. Other polls were slightly better, but the gap appeared to be closing in the final days.
- Additionally, Colorado exceeded Clinton’s expectations when she won by 4.9%, despite polling averages putting it at 3.
- In Minnesota, polling was limited, but Trump significantly outperformed public polls.
- And, here in Georgia, the RCP average had Trump winning by 4.8% when he won by 5.1.
Contrary to the narrative, the polls weren’t way off in 2016. Trump clearly had momentum going into Election Day, and he really only strongly outperformed public polling (by a margin of greater than 4%) in Minnesota (where he did, ultimately, lose), Wisconsin, and Ohio (where he was projected to win).
So, why is this important? Well, when President Trump – the only pro-life candidate running for POTUS – declares polling to be invalid and his supporters follow suit, we run a real risk of shrugging off a very real threat. And, in case you aren’t following the liberal candidates closely, here’s what they are saying:
- On her website – where candidates are supposed to put their most thoughtful, less inflammatory rhetoric – Kamala Harris, the candidate endorsed by Georgia Democrat leader Rep. Bob Trammell, pledges to “nominate judges who know Roe v. Wade is the law of the land” and “protect Planned Parenthood from Republican attempts to defund essential health services.” Additionally, she touts that “when many Democrats supported civil unions, [she] was marrying same-sex couples at San Francisco City Hall.” Further, she identifies Trump’s nominees as “anti-LGBTQ+,” pledges to impose the LGBTQ+ agenda on those with “religious beliefs,” and to “fight to pass the Equality Act.”
- On his website, Bernie Sanders vows to “oppose all efforts to undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade, and appoint federal judges who will uphold women’s most fundamental rights.” Further, he wants to “fully fund Planned Parenthood” and pass the pro-abortion “Equal Rights Amendment.” He also holds a firmly anti-science position and calls laws protecting life, “draconian.” The socialist senator also has a page for LGBT+ issues where he pledges to “pass the Equality Act” and “strongly oppose any legislation that purports to ‘protect’ religious liberty.”
- Elizabeth Warren focuses her website on her central theme of, essentially, “power to the people,” but one needs to look no further than her radical statement on the abortion issue – pledging to “create federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade.” She goes further to vow to “pass federal laws to preempt state efforts that functionally limit access to reproductive healthcare” (which is how she sickeningly defines abortion), and she discusses the numerous ways she wants to open up federal funding for abortion. Her full statement can be found HERE. She also has a long record of being anti-religious freedom and pro-LGBTQ+ agenda.
- Interestingly, Joe Biden also declines to address abortion or the LGBTQ+ agenda among his main issues, but he has a long record of being against us (and, where he was once right, he’s flip-flopped since). Moreover, he’s running as Barack Obama’s heir apparent and goofily claiming to be his “BFF”. A “third Obama term” could bring even more devastation to the First Amendment, biological truth, the nature of the family, and the paramount right to life than the first two!
So, my first reason for my email is to provide a reality check. While polling could be off some, there is little reason to think it’s off enough to consider Trump’s path to re-election anything but tenuous at best. We must take the threat of one of these radical leftists, who would work relentlessly to undermine any pro-family gains, very seriously.
My second reason, however, is to provide hope. The outcome of the 2016 election was decided because of the energy and last-minute unity of the faith community. Voters like you made the difference! And, with the 2016 election roughly 15 months away, you have even more time to make the difference now!
The last 2.5 years haven’t been perfect, and we have a president that is far from perfect. Yet, the overall direction of our nation, the respect accorded to faith, and the protections given to life are markedly different – in a positive direction – than the one we were so close to seeing continue. As we move toward November 2020, let’s take the threat seriously, roll up our sleeves, and work to continue this progress.
President and Executive Director
PS. We are working together nationally to achieve victories throughout the country in 2020. To support this cause, please consider a generous gift today.
It’s been nearly 50 years since an activist Supreme Court handed down the broad Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Initially, only a few brave pro-lifers fought back – and slowly – very slowly – the movement grew and grew until the culture began to swing back in the other direction. And now the momentum of the pro-life movement is evident across the nation.
The steady beat of one successful effort after another in the pro-life movement has produced amazing victories protecting preborn babies and their mothers over the decades. Now, powerfully motivated by the human heartbeat, pro-life Americans in multiple states—including Ohio just yesterday—have called on their elected leaders to pass bills that protect preborn babies from abortion once their heartbeat is detected.
To be sure, the abortion industry and their allies are feeling the heat across the nation as the beat of the pro-life movement grows louder.
Abortion advocates are panicking, leading them to advocate for ever more extreme policies out of step with the conscience of America. Their leaders actually advocated for infanticide in New York, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C earlier this year. They continue to refuse to support laws that ensure basic medical care for women in their own facilities. And, in states like New Mexico, they were unsuccessful in their hopes to drive abortion tourism by attempting to remove any and all restrictions on abortion.
Now the abortion industry and their allies want to make Georgia, and all who dare to believe that a baby in the womb deserves protection, feel their outrage. Leftwing political activists in Hollywood are calling for a boycott on the state, trying to make Georgia an example of how to stop the pro-life beat.
But the pro-life voices in America have been steadily building—calling for our country to end the scar on our history that is abortion—and we need to Keep The Beat going in Georgia!
If you support Georgia’s effort to protect preborn babies with beating hearts and want to see the beat of the pro-life movement grow even louder, join Family Policy Alliance and millions of other pro-life Americans to encourage Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and the state’s other pro-life leaders to Keep The Beat going—they need your support!
Add your name to the Keep The Beat Pledge today – By joining our voices together, we can continue to restore a nation where life is cherished!
Keeping the Beat,
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Family Policy Alliance is proud to work alongside Cole Muzio and Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, one of our 40 state-based allies. Cole has a great message about the importance of increasing education freedom in Georgia—and every state!
You can smell it in the air, can’t you? Can you feel it? The wonder, excitement, pure joy, and exhilaration that comes with the “most wonderful time of the year” … the beginning of football season!
This time of year is a much-treasured time in my family. NFL teams are suiting up for training camp, college teams have launched practice, and high school football will begin playing games in just a few short weeks. It’s a time that brings back many great memories, ushers in boundless joy, and makes me think of the day when my sons will update the record books (Hey, a dad can dream).
But, for many Georgia families, it’s a time of year best embodied by a closed door.
For those parents and children who have decided their best course of action is to homeschool, the road to athletic participation is closed. Regardless of the talent or passion of the student, Georgia is one of the few states committed to keeping those kids from participating in public school sports – which, by the way, are paid for by the tax dollars of their parents.
A system that penalizes those who exercise the right to be educated as best suits their family is broken. Denial of access and opportunity undermines choice, denies parental rights and harms Georgia’s students.
My friends, Georgia is lagging behind. Many states have already passed a version of a “Tebow Bill,” legislation that allows homeschoolers to participate in public school sports. Instead of encouraging participation and genuine school choice, our state is one of the most restrictive in the nation!
However, we are preparing to push back. Strong, pro-family leaders like Sen. Michael Williams – a candidate for governor – and others are partnering with us on this issue in the upcoming legislative session.
The freedom of families to choose the educational options that best meet their child’s needs is critical in Georgia, and every state. Making sure homeschoolers in every state can access athletics is one piece of Family Policy Alliance’s effort in increasing families’ freedom in education. We’ve made a quick-reference map so that you can see if your state is a state like Georgia that needs more freedom in education with a “Tebow bill” or if your state already secures this freedom for homeschooling families. We’re working to make sure every state on this map turns blue instead of gray!
States with Tebow Laws or Similar Provisions for Homeschoolers
Believe it or not, there are strong, well-funded opponents to equal access for homeschoolers. We need your partnership and financial support in order to build a nation where families, not the government, drive education needs and funding. Children’s dreams and successes shouldn’t be shackled by government interference and powerful teachers’ unions. Will you partner with us on education freedom today?
In His Service,
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
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:
by Cole Muzio, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
You have to admit, the Left takes on some difficult arguments. They argue a baby isn’t a baby, a boy isn’t necessarily a boy, and what has been marriage throughout the history of the world isn’t the only definition of marriage. Sadly, they have gotten quite good at making utterly nonsensical arguments.
That’s why, in my state of Georgia, it’s no surprise that the Left uses the same tactics when selling the idea of bringing casino gambling here. And, we want you to be aware of this deceptive salesmanship when it comes to your state.
Only rarely will you hear casino proponents arguing that their construction in and of itself is a positive thing. Instead, they will argue for supposed peripheral benefits – increased tax dollars flowing into our community, into our education system and scholarship programs, and new jobs for our workers.
Those arguments sound good on the surface – but they are dead wrong.
That’s why Family Policy Alliance of Georgia has released a new educational video telling the truth about the dangers of bringing casinos to our state.
Granted, your state may not have something like a Hope Scholarship- which helps in-state kids pay for college. However, there is no doubt that casino advocates will find a similar “heart-string” argument. But, do not be fooled! While the specifics to your state may be different, the devastating results of bringing casinos to our communities are universal.
No, casinos don’t bring economic prosperity to a community – they destroy hope for progress. No, casinos don’t bring tourism – they cannibalize local spending. No, casinos don’t improve educational opportunity – they drain school and scholarship funding. No, casinos don’t make lives better – they obliterate families, open pathways for the destruction of innocence with more human trafficking, and lead to a radical jump in crime.
Look, we know there may be good, well-meaning, otherwise conservative men and women who support bringing casinos to your state. However, they are not only wrong on this issue, but their stance has profound implications for job loss, dwindling educational opportunity, crime and human trafficking, and the destruction of the family. Their intentions may be solid, but they have bought into a lie.
As we consider this issue, we more and more see this as one that has dramatic and adverse cultural effects on entire communities, not just those who waste their family’s resources on vain fantasies and hopeless addictions. We firmly believe that we cannot treat this as a side issue that can be boxed off and separated from the rest of conservative, pro-family policy. We must challenge those who seek to advance the growth of the casino industry, articulate the truth, and, when dealing with conservative brothers and sisters, lovingly engage in a frank dialogue that shares the consequences of their position.
Moreover, given the incredible amount of resources that casino advocates possess, we must be proactive in pushing back their arguments. They will spend tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and in elections to ensure their profits, and we cannot be caught off guard!
Family Policy Alliance is committed to defeating efforts to grow the casino industry in my state of Georgia and in yours as well. While that doesn’t mean we can’t find common ground with those who disagree with us on this issue, it does mean that we cannot look the other way. Join with us today by sharing this video, engaging in serious dialogue with those who say “I agree with you on everything but this.” In our vision for a nation where “… families thrive,” this is an issue where we are proud to carry the banner, educate the public, and lead the fight against this well-funded industry.
P.S. In my state of Georgia, we are engaging in the fight against the casino industry by speaking truth, electing bold, pro-family officials, and engaging at the Capitol. In your state, we are making similar efforts to equip our leadership to engage on this issue and a host of others. If you want to make certain that our movement is “armed” to halt the devastating agenda of the casino industry – or any that would do harm to our families – please contribute to our efforts today.
Why are so many people investing so much attention in a congressional special election in Georgia?
Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance, explains what’s happening and who the organization is recommending in the race.
Here’s the election-related ad from Family Policy Alliance of Georgia.
You have to admit, the Left takes on some difficult arguments: They argue a baby isn’t a baby, a boy isn’t necessarily a boy, and what has been marriage throughout the history of the world isn’t the only definition of marriage. Sadly, they have gotten quite good at making utterly nonsensical arguments.
When it comes to casinos, however, even the Left often doesn’t have the stomach to make an argument on the merits. Only rarely will you hear casino proponents arguing that their construction in and of itself is a positive thing. Instead, they will argue for its peripheral benefits- increased tax dollars flowing into our community, into our education system and scholarship programs, and new jobs for our workers.
Those arguments sound good on the surface, but they are dead wrong.
That’s why Family Policy Alliance of Georgia has released this educational video telling the truth about the dangers of bringing casinos to our state.
No, casinos don’t bring economic prosperity to the community – they destroy hope for progress. No, casinos don’t bring tourism – they cannibalize local spending. No, casinos don’t improve educational opportunity – they drain Hope Scholarship funding. No, casinos don’t make lives better – they obliterate families, open pathways for the destruction of innocence with more human trafficking, and lead to a radical jump in crime.
Look, we know there are good, well-meaning, otherwise conservative men and women who support bringing casinos to Georgia. However, they are not only wrong on this issue, but their stance has profound implications for job loss, dwindling educational opportunity, crime and human trafficking, and the destruction of the family.
We cannot treat this as a side issue that can be boxed off and separated from the rest of conservative, pro-family policy. We must challenge those who seek to advance the growth of the casino industry, articulate the truth, and, when dealing with conservative brothers and sisters, lovingly engage in a frank dialogue that shares the consequences of their position.
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia is committed to defeating efforts to grow the casino industry in our state. While that doesn’t mean we can’t find common ground with those who disagree with us on this issue, it does mean that we cannot look the other way. Join with us today by sharing this video, engaging in serious dialogue with those who say “I agree with you on everything but this,” and strengthening our movement so that we can be thoroughly pro-family, pro-jobs, and pro-education here in Georgia.
Contact your legislator and ask them to oppose casino legislation in the next session. You can find contact information for your lawmakers quickly by entering your ZIP code in our Action Center.
In His Service,
President and Executive Director
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
Video by Harbin Designs
A congressional district special election in Georgia is gaining national attention. Activists on the Left are pouring money into the state to support the pro-abortion candidate in an effort to gain perceived momentum for the 2018 mid-terms.
Cole Muzio, president of Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, says it’s time for Georgians – and the rest of us – to take a stand against policies and candidates that take aim at family values.
Watch the video ad that Cole mentions.
Learn more about Family Policy Alliance of Georgia.