Dear Friends,

A historic Republican primary for governor came to an end Tuesday evening after Governor Jeff Colyer conceded to Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Colyer’s concession came after results from the provisional ballot count showed Kobach’s narrow lead widening. In a truly dignified act of leadership, Governor Colyer declined to prolong the election through recounts and lawsuits, and instead offered his support to his opponent.

Governor Colyer will be missed. After faithfully working side-by-side with Governor Brownback for more than six years, Colyer continued the Brownback legacy of standing up for life, family, and religious freedom. During his tenure Colyer sued the federal government for attempting to prohibit Kansas from denying state funds to Planned Parenthood and signed into law the provisions of the Adoption Protection Act.

Now, attention turns to the general election, where Kris Kobach faces Democratic nominee Laura Kelly and Independent Greg Orman. For Kansans concerned about protecting the dignity of every human life, honoring and restoring the importance of marriage and family as bedrock institutions of society, and ensuring that the fundamental human right of religious freedom thrives the choice is evident. Kelly and Orman are pro-abortion extremists who will use the powers of the governor’s office to advance an anti-family, anti-freedom agenda.

Now that the primary is over, Laura Kelly will attempt to soften her image and appeal to voters like you. She hopes you won’t find out about her record – a record which speaks for itself. Kelly voted against Adoption Protection (twice). She voted against a resolution condemning pornography. Kelly voted against Simon’s Law and the Disclose Act, the two most important pieces of pro-life legislation of the last two years. She even supports the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion.

Greg Orman is no more acceptable. Going back to his failed campaign against Senator Roberts, he has tried to conceal from Kansans his true colors. But, again, the record speaks for itself. Orman previously ran for Senate as a Democrat and has contributed thousands of dollars of his personal fortune to Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. He has described himself as pro-choice and “socially tolerant.” We know what that means.

Family Policy Alliance of Kansas® is proud to stand behind Kris Kobach as the only pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom candidate for Governor.

Kris is a rock-solid champion of conservative Christian values. He has spent his career in public life unashamedly fighting for life, family, and religious freedom. I’ve been honored to get to know Kris and his wife, Heather, a bit over the last few years, and I can tell you that these aren’t merely political positions for them. The Kobachs models these values in their lives as homeschooling parents of five girls.

Despite the clear contrast between candidates, the race for governor is going to be extremely close. The liberal Kansas media will be working overtime to support their preferred candidates Laura Kelly and Greg Orman, relentless attacking and caricaturing Kris.

We need to have his back.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

 

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Dear Friends,

Just one step remains before Adoption Protection becomes law – the governor’s signature.

Immediately after the decisive vote in the Kansas Senate, Gov. Colyer’s team released this statement: “Catholic Charities and other adoption agencies are key to the fabric of our communities. I look forward to signing this bill because it increases the opportunities for needy children to find loving homes.”

Opponents haven’t given up. Left-wing activists are pressuring Gov. Colyer to veto the bill. Our coalition is confident that’s not going to happen, but we want the Governor to hear from Kansans across the state how much we appreciate his commitment to life, family, and religious freedom.

Please write or call Gov. Colyer and tell him, “Thank you for supporting the Adoption Protection Act!”

Email: Contact Governor Colyer directly through is website

Office Phone: (785) 296-3232

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President & Executive Director

 

Dear Friends,

This week was a historic one in Kansas. After seven years as governor, Sam Brownback submitted his letter of resignation and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer was sworn in as his replacement.

Brownback was confirmed by the US Senate to be the next Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. The position was created in 1998 and oversees the Office of International Religious Freedom in the State Department. The office has the goal of making the fundamental right of religious liberty a core component of U.S. foreign policy. Last year, Congress amended the Frank Wolf Act, which provided increased authority to the ambassador’s office. During his time in Washington, Sam and Congressman Wolf worked closely together advocating for persecuted people around the globe.

Each year, the office releases a report on the status of religious freedom around the globe, and the Secretary of State has the authority to designate “countries of particular concern.” You can read the most recent report here. You will find that people of many faiths, including some you know and others you probably never heard of, are subjected to cruelties around the globe. This is not a partisan issue, but one people of all political persuasions and faiths can agree warrants the substantial experience, expertise, and compassion of Sam Brownback.

The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities may seem a distant problem, but as people of faith we believe in the right of religious freedom for all. Brownback will be missed here by those of us committed to the dignity of life and strong families, but we celebrate his new opportunity to promote a fundamental human right.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director