It’s over, the votes are in, and we North Dakotans have spoken. Before going into the results, just think about the fact that you voted. You had the opportunity to directly elect federal and state candidates to office, vote on important ballot measures, and make your voice heard on local issues. It’s a privilege that billions of people around the world do not have. Let’s thank the Lord for the privilege to guide our country through this democratic process.

The Results

The following table summarizes results of North Dakota’s key federal and state races, as well as the two state-wide ballot measures on which we took a position.

As you can see, of the eight candidates Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota endorsed, seven won their races. That represents 88% — fabulous results by any measure. While all the races were important, we are thrilled that Kevin Cramer and Kelly Armstrong were elected to represent North Dakota in Washington. Your biblical values will now be represented in the highest legislative body in the land by all our state’s senators and representatives!

In addition to the two federal races, there were many other candidates who, while not explicitly endorsed by us, are God-fearing men and women and were elected into leadership positions. However, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota didn’t get these men and women elected, you did that. We simply did the research and made recommendations to help identify candidates that held biblical values consistent with yours.

The Future

As the legislative session begins, it will be all about integrating faith into public policy for these successful candidates. This is precisely why we have our Statesmen Academy – to help train legislators in how to best accomplish this task. Michelle Strinden, a graduate of our Statesmen Academy, won her race, and we hope to have many more North Dakota statesmen in the legislature over the coming years.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota will now shift our focus to the upcoming 2019 legislative session. There are going to be good and bad bills for families introduced into the legislature. We are committed to fight for your deeply held beliefs on all of these bills!

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota and our allies will also be working on bills that further protect and advance your biblical values. We will pro-actively find bill sponsors in the legislature who will introduce and shepherd these bills, and we will work with Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle to get these bills signed into law.

Your Role

As with the election, we will need your help accomplishing all this. You can help us in many ways.

Thank you again for voting on Tuesday. This election was a shining example of how Christians in North Dakota can make a difference for pro-life and pro-family biblical values!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

PS. Family Policy Alliance invests heavily in North Dakota—for the 2018 election, but also year round. This is because we believe in North Dakota, and we are committed to restoring a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. That vision starts in the states—it starts in North Dakota. We are honored to put our full support behind Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota because we know that is what it takes to achieve a big vision—it takes leaders on the ground who live and work in North Dakota, partnering with pastors and churches, Christian business leaders, pro-family elected leaders, families, and you.

While elections are important, we are committed to seeing God’s people “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32) in North Dakota every day—not just for any single election. May God bless you and your family, and know that we are a movement of states working together nationally, standing with and supporting you in North Dakota.

Standing with you,
Paul Weber's Signature
Paul Weber, President & CEO
Family Policy Alliance

Dear Ministry Partner,

Many key differences separate the two contenders for our state’s U.S. Senate seat, but one of the most important differences Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota has consistently highlighted is the life issue.

Representative Kevin Cramer has taken a public stand that he is firmly pro-life, and he has a long voting record to back it up. On the other side, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has proudly proclaimed her pro-abortion stance, taken thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood, and voted to kill innocent children in the womb. Most recently, she voted against the 20-week abortion ban, which she then celebrated with the now infamous “high five” with liberal Senator Chuck Schumer.

I’m confident that you know many family members, friends, and acquaintances who feel as strongly about preserving the lives of preborn children as you do. To help the get word out to everyone, we’ve created a very short video on Heidi’s pro-abortion stance, as shown above.

Please help us spread the truth about Senator Heitkamp’s blatant disregard for preborn babies by forwarding this email, posting on social media (here is a link to the video we posted on Facebook), and talking to your friends and neighbors. Together, we can help stop the slaughter of innocent children, but only if you and thousands of others who share your values help us in this important task.

Please continue to speak up, spread the word, and most importantly, vote. You can make a difference for truth and life here in North Dakota and in Washington!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota

 

Psychologist Lawrence Pervin defines moral character as “a disposition to express behavior in consistent patterns of functions across a range of situations”. To the extent that Senator Heidi Heitkamp is consistent, she is providing North Dakotans an excellent view into her moral character.

The most recent example was her vote against Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to the Defense-Education-Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The amendment would have stopped taxpayer funding from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and would redirect the funding toward comprehensive community health centers. The vote was close, 45 to 48, so Senator Heitkamp’s vote definitely mattered. Unfortunately, it turned out to be another vote showing that Heitkamp is more interested in funding Planned Parenthood than in representing North Dakota values and families.

Why was this amendment important? As is often the case, the numbers tell the story.

With stakes this high for Senator Heitkamp, she once again voted with special interest groups and not the people she claims to represent. Planned Parenthood loves her consistency.  Just check out her rating on their website and scroll down to see all the votes she’s cast with them. Be sure to also scroll far enough to see the 0% rating that Planned Parenthood gave Representative Kevin Cramer. We are proud of you, Kevin!

We North Dakotans are smart enough to know that “warm, touching” ads showing a candidate talking to state residents or joking with his/her own family are not going to make us vote for them. We are no-nonsense people. It comes down to what a candidate stands for.

Senator Heitkamp has certainly voted in the past for bills that help our state, and we thank her for that. However, votes like this recent one are literally about the life and death of North Dakota children. So, I ask you to try and ignore the slick advertisements that will bombard you until voting day. Instead, focus on electing candidates based on their records – those who have consistently voted to protect your family values. You want to be able to look in the mirror after election day and see the face of someone who voted according to a biblical moral compass and who protected the life which God has bestowed upon all, even the smallest and most vulnerable among us.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota

Earlier this week, a number of pro-life organizations held a rally in Fargo asking Senator Heitkamp to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women for America, and Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota all worked together on this event. I had the privilege to speak at the rally and defend your deeply held biblical values on this issue.  However, there was another group of special note who also attended and spoke at the rally: Students for Life of America. We had members of this group standing alongside us trying to make a difference for biblical values.

What struck me was the passion of these teens.  They held signs and articulately explained why Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed. They also wore shirts that said, “I am the pro-life generation”.

Later in the week I was privileged to speak with these young men and women. Their passion was infectious. They are on fire to make a difference and don’t suffer from the weariness or cynicism many adults feel when it comes to public policy activism. It was hard not to be energized by their enthusiasm and hopefulness.

The message from all this is that there is hope. When we become tired with public policy workings, be encouraged by the next generation. They know what is at stake and are willing to fight, but we also have to do our part to set them up for success. As my daughter said to North Dakota legislators and others some time ago.

You are here because you believe that our world can be changed.  In a political world that sometimes devolves into anger and polarization, you came here with the hope that something you do could change the world for the better. You came here to change the world not only for those who voted you into your position, but for people like me, people who do not yet have a voice. So please, speak for those of us still too young to direct the course of our world.  Speak bravely for what is right and do not be silent, for if you do not speak out, who will safeguard this world that my generation will all too soon inherit?

Let’s never forget that everything we do today influences the next generation and never forget the passion of these young men and women to shape our world through the political process.  If we have done our part raising them with pro-life and pro-family values, our future is in good hands!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

PS – Your election-related gift right now will be tripled up to $20,000 and doubled between $20,000 and $50,000.  Donate now and automatically get the appropriate match applied by going to our dedicated election fundraising website. Thank you!

If you want to know more about being a volunteer, please reach out to Janelle Steinberg, our ND Elections Field Director, at janellesteinberg@yahoo.com or 701-212-9007. We offer a number of great incentives and you can be on the front lines protecting your family values!

 

Senator Heitkamp “high-fives” NY Sen. Chuck Schumer after voting against the 20-week abortion ban.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp has certainly done some good things for North Dakota. She has supported federal legislation related to things like agriculture, funding of Medicare, and Second Amendment rights. I would certainly expect this from a senator representing our state and its values, but this is only one side of her voting record.

On the other side, there are some key issues where Senator Heitkamp has not stood with the people she purports to represent, such as voting for unwarranted preferential treatments for the LGBTQ community that would endanger our wives and daughters, and her lack of support for school choice. Most recently, she voted against the 20-week abortion ban bill in Congress, while a recently released poll showed that only 37% of North Dakotans would have voted with her against the bill.

Despite Senator Heitkamp’s obviously inconsistent representation of our state’s voters, she has also flip flopped (ridden the wind) on certain important issues. Let’s take a recent example.

In a somewhat surprising move, Senator Heitkamp changed her mind and voted to confirm recent conservative Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. She also managed to change her reasons explaining why she voted for him. Senator Heitkamp stated in a CNBC article, “Would he be the judge I’d pick? No, never…but he is the judge that the duly elected president picked.” However, on Twitter and in a press release she stated, “He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well respected jurist who understands the rule of law.” So, which is it, Heidi? Did you vote for him because President Trump nominated him or because he has the qualifications to do the job? Riding the wind can be difficult to explain.

Ironically, Judge Gorsuch fundamentally disagrees with her on almost all key issues. However, it just so happens that her support for Judge Gorsuch was preceding an election year when she is going to have a battle retaining her seat in the Senate against challenger Representative Kevin Cramer. The term political expediency comes to mind. She is riding the wind.

What happens now? Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy just announced his retirement and President Trump is expected to declare his chosen replacement nominee by next Monday. It’s very likely that it will once again be someone who agrees with your and my constitutional rights and will support traditional values President Trump has championed in the past. Will Heidi vote to confirm his nomination? Time will tell.

The key question is this. Senator Heitkamp, will you vote your own personal beliefs, some of which are in direct conflict with your North Dakota constituents, or will you ride the wind and vote for someone you don’t believe in for the purpose of political expediency?

There really is no good solution for Senator Heitkamp and the whole nation understands the significance of this race. It’s going to be a tough election and you can count on Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota to be in the thick of it, representing you and your pro-life and pro-family values.

Ending failing relationships in our personal lives can be very difficult. However, it appears to be even harder for us to end failing relationships with Members of Congress.

The Center for Responsive Politics notes that 93 percent of U.S. Senators were re-elected in 2016. Meanwhile, when Americans were asked whether they approve of the way Congress is handling its job, only 18 percent said they approved. So where is the disconnect?

There are many theories on why this contradiction exists. Political experts have studied it for decades and even have a name for it: Fenno’s paradox. One article suggests that, “Voters tend to know more about their representative than about Congress itself, and their views of the former are based on what they feel their member has done for the district and individual constituents. The typical constituent’s view is, ‘Our member is a smart, hard-working and caring person. It’s the rest of them who are a bunch of lazy bums.’” So, do we North Dakotans believe that each of our senators “is a smart, hard-working and caring person”? Let’s see.

What do North Dakotans think of Senator John Hoeven? A 2017 poll showed that he had a 66 percent approval rating – among the top ten highest senator ratings in the nation.

Now let’s compare. In a poll just released by Morning Consult, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp received an approval rating of 44 percent, which plummeted from 60 percent in July of 2017, less than a year ago. This most recent poll shows the number of people who believe she should get another term is at 35% and dropping. Remember, she won her Senate seat by less than 3,000 votes over Representative Rick Berg in 2012. That’s less than one percent of the roughly 323,000 North Dakotans who voted in that election!

Do you see the problem here? Not only do we in North Dakota most likely not approve of the job Congress is doing, like most of the nation, we also aren’t happy about one of the senators we sent there. Whose fault is that? We can’t control which senators are elected to Congress from other states and which of these may contribute to our overall dissatisfaction with Congress, but we can control who we send from North Dakota.

I think the solution is pretty clear. If you don’t like Senator Heitkamp’s performance and her stance on issues that are important to you, such as pro-family and pro-life values (e.g., she is on record as being very pro-abortion), you need someone else representing you in Washington. It’s all up to you now.
Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President & Executive Director

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. I’m sure you’ve probably heard about this bill by now through various media outlets. This national bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with a few limitations. Similar measures have already passed in many states (including here in North Dakota) and in virtually every country that currently allows abortions.

This bill was recently introduced into Congress, passed the House, and was voted on by the Senate this past Monday. Senate Democrats effectively killed the bill by preventing additional debate on the subject. Our Democratic Senator, Heidi Heitkamp, voted against the bill and was obviously very enthusiastic about the results, given her post-vote “high five” with the extremely liberal Senator Chuck Schumer from New York. This sickens me when people celebrate the killing of preborn children. Further, when one of our North Dakota senators votes with one of the most liberal east-coast states, I become very worried. We are North Dakota and have very different values than New York, and I for one am proud of that!

Clearly, North Dakota legislators representing you knew that this 20-week abortion limitation was common sense protection to defend preborn children, which is why it is law in North Dakota. However, Senator Heitkamp, who is supposed to be representing our state in Congress, didn’t see fit to represent your values on this critical issue.

So, who did she represent? Planned Parenthood. Senator Heitkamp has a 100% rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. We don’t even have a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in our state, but that’s who she represented; a past campaign contributor located outside of North Dakota.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota has made the protection of life, including preborn children, one of the pillars on which we stand. To quote our vision statement, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota’s vision is a state “where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished”. We will stand firm in protecting your pro-life values at the state and national level. The stakes are too high to do otherwise.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139: 13-14a (ESV)

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

P.S. Check out my Letter to the Editor in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead responding to Planned Parenthood’s negative article about Governor Burgum signing our state’s Sanctity of Human Life Month proclamation.