As you are probably aware, our North Dakota legislature is not currently in session, unlike many others around the country.  Our state’s legislative session occurs every other year, with the last one concluding in 2017 and the next one beginning in January of 2019.  You trust us to represent your family values within the legislative process, which we certainly do, but I get asked regularly what Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is doing now, between sessions. Let me summarize some of our most important ongoing work on your behalf.

Elections: We research candidates’ qualifications and support of family values on the state and Congressional levels. Based on this research, we endorse and provide guidance on which candidates best uphold your beliefs.

Policy: We strategize on bills and other policy options to advance your biblical values on these types of key issues, and many more.

Relationships: Between sessions is a great time for us to strengthen relationships with you, our ministry partners, and state legislators, as well as develop relationships with new ministry partners. We also spend significant time forging relationships with the business and church communities, determining how we can best work together to advance biblical family values.

Banquet: We spend considerable time undertaking banquet planning. Banquets help us financially support our organization, inform ministry partners about our past wins and plans for the future. Banquets are also an opportunity to inspire attendees to exercise their biblical citizenship.

Fundraising: We are completely funded by generous donations from you, our financial supporters, so time is spent raising operating funds to keep Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota financially stable and able to carry out its mission.

As this brief summary highlights, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is involved in many activities and represents you on a wide variety of family issues – something that gives us a unique and comprehensive perspective.  Further, we have the ability to learn from the knowledge and experience of over 40 other state organizations like ours.

I want to thank you for allowing us to represent you year-round in many ways.  We will continue to be your voice on the comprehensive set of issues that affects your deeply held family values!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

P.S.  We are currently taking reservations for our Fargo Dessert Banquet to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 10.  You should have received a mailed invitation by now, but you can also register online at FPA-ND Fargo Banquet RSVP.  We hope to see you there!

 

We’ve compiled a list of elected officials who are standing against President Obama’s edict on bathrooms in public schools. You’ll find articles attached if you’re interested in reading more.

Alabama
Attorney General Opposes
Article

Arkansas
Governor Opposes
Article

Idaho
Governor, Lt. Gov., and Top Education Official Oppose
Article

Indiana
Governor Opposes
Article

Kentucky
Governor Opposes
Article

Mississippi
Governor Opposes
Article

Missouri
Lt. Gov. Opposes DOJ’s NC Lawsuit
Article

Oklahoma
Attorney General Opposes
Article

South Dakota
Attorney General Opposes
Article

Tennessee
Governor Opposes
Article

Texas
Governor, Lt. Gov. and Others Oppose
Article

Utah
Governor Opposes
Article

Wisconsin
Governor Opposes
Article

In addition, West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, and Maine signed onto a brief asking the Fourth Circuit to rehear the Gloucester case in which it sided with a transgender student.

 

U.S. Senators Oppose

Bill Cassidy – Louisiana

David Vitter – Louisiana

James Lankford – Oklahoma

John Thune – South Dakota

Lamar Alexander – Tennessee

John Cornyn – Texas

Ted Cruz – Texas

 

 

Members of Congress Oppose

Gary Palmer – Alabama

Martha Roby – Alabama

Steve King – Iowa

Ralph Abraham – Louisiana

Bill Huizenga – Michigan

Kristi Noem – South Dakota

Diane Black – Tennessee

 

Additional Notes

32 Louisiana Legislators Oppose
Article

Alabama legislator promises to bring bill in next session to block implementation in Alabama
Article

Wisconsin legislator promises to bring his bathroom privacy bill back again
Article

 

The Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor will have their case heard at the Supreme Court.

The group cares for the elderly and the poor at the end of life. But the Obama administration wants to force these kind-hearted nuns to offer contraceptives and possible abortion-causing drugs in their healthcare plan.

Weird? Yeah, we thought so too. Autumn Leva with CitizenLink explains why the case could affect many other faith-based organizations.