I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “every vote counts.” The obvious thought behind this is that without individual votes mounting up in a particular direction, the will of the people will not be accurately represented. This applies to election of candidates in primaries and general elections, state-wide ballot initiatives, local district measures, etc. However, I’m here to tell you that sometimes your vote to advance family values may not count.

Let’s talk about electing candidates for office. When you have deeply held pro-life and pro-family values, you seek to elect candidates that hold similar beliefs. However, all is not always what it seems.

In any election, candidates typically run under a particular party’s banner and you assume that they adhere to that party’s platform. Thus, you believe you are in effect voting for the party’s platform. However, there is sometimes a disconnect between a candidate carrying the party banner, versus how closely they adhere to the platform.

I’m happy to say that most legislators in Wyoming do represent their party’s platform, but not all do. If you don’t know this and vote for them, this is sometimes when your votes may not count to advance family values.

The Wyoming Primary election is as important as the General election because many of our counties lean heavily toward one party. Knowing the difference between two candidates in the same party can be more challenging, but that’s where Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® comes in.

We have corresponded with most of the candidates in the Wyoming Primary Election and have produced a grading system to help you. We asked new candidates questions on Life, Religious Liberty, and Family Values and for incumbent candidates we looked at their voting record. We pass this information on by way of a grade from A+ to F. We are providing this to you to help in determining the best candidate in your legislative race.

Please visit the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming election page and look at the candidates in your State Senate and State Representative races.

If you need to know where to vote, visit the Secretary of State’s website to find your polling place.

There are races in this primary election that will determine the direction of our state and our nation for many years to come. My prayer is that on the other side of this election we will have moved more towards a Wyoming where life is cherished, religious freedom flourishes, God is honored, and families thrive!

Vote by August 18th!

For Wyoming,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

Dear Friends:

Early voting is underway across New Mexico and it is very important that you (1) get out and vote as soon as possible and (2) encourage your family and friends to do the same. Many people plan to vote on Election Day—Tuesday, November 6—but then it rains, or the car breaks down, or a child gets sick, and, sadly, they never vote. So don’t delay! Vote early!

I also want to encourage you to vote Christian. As I have been speaking at events and churches recently, I have described this election as the “most important election in my lifetime.” Why? Because I believe our state is at a crossroads and that the future of family, life, and religious freedom is genuinely at stake. Gone are the days when biblical values were embraced by our culture, and, quite frankly, we are now living in culture that does not even allow us to agree to disagree on these issues. More and more, Christians are being told that we must not only tolerate but accept and even celebrate the sins of contemporary culture, or risk facing the wrath of an angry mob and an increasingly hostile government.

But, we can do something about this! We can PRAY and we can VOTE! Prayer is the language that moves heaven. Voting is the language that will change New Mexico. So before you head to the polls this week, please PRAY for this election and our state, then VOTE Christian by casting your ballot for those men and women who will support and defend Biblical truths.

For information about early voting in your area, you can look up early voting locations here or you can call your county clerk. Additional election-related information is also available on our website.

Thank you for exercising your civic responsibility and for standing with us!

“Therefore…be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” -1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)

Together in Christ,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico

Politics is painful at times…

And in these times of division, scandal and seamy exploits by our leaders paraded on television in the form of journalism—it can be particularly painful for our families and for our nation. Never has there been a time where this has been more apparent than with the Trump Presidency.

Christians who voted for Donald Trump knew exactly what we were getting… a morally flawed candidate who made promises that largely aligned with our values.

Christians who didn’t vote, or voted against Donald Trump, knew exactly what we were risking… a morally flawed candidate in Hillary Clinton who made promises that absolutely violated our values.

That was our choice—neither one ideal. Yet prayerful Christians came thoughtfully to either choice with a clear conscience.

As a ministry working in the public square on behalf of the family, we often find ourselves advocating for the pro-family policies we support, advanced by a leader whose behavior we do not.

This is why we cheer when President Trump promises to end tax payer funding for abortion (we’re still waiting Mr. President), nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and advocates for more like him, appoints Cabinet members that affirm Christian values and implements fiscal policy that helps strengthen the family.

But we groan in frustration with his tweets, his school-yard bullying and reject his deplorable behavior with and toward women. Oh, how we pray—and we do pray—that He would come to faith and that the many faithful men and women around him would successfully guide him toward Christlike behavior.

The critical midterm elections—in which Family Policy Alliance and our state allies across the nation are actively engaged—will be a referendum on the President’s ability to deliver results thus far, weighed against his current & past character flaws.

At the same time, Family Policy Alliance, is actively searching for, training and working to elect the next generation of Statesmen—men and women dedicated to carrying their faith to the public square and standing for the values that will benefit us all—even for those who oppose them.

Our unique form of government is not perfect. Neither is any candidate. But we will always strive to advance the values that are. Won’t you join us?

To support our efforts to keep or bring in new elected leaders to public office who will represent your values—and be driven by principle, not politics—please consider a non-tax-deductible gift to Family Policy Alliance’s efforts in the critical midterm 2018 election.

Support Electing pro-family leaders

Standing for the family of believers,

Paul Weber
President and CEO

Yes, it’s the first Tuesday of November in an odd-numbered year.  That means, for the most part, elections that are dominated by local bond measures, county commissioner contests and other lower-profile races.  All are good reasons to get out and vote—and these races, especially for school board, can make the most difference right in your area for your family—but most are not headline grabbers beyond their local area.

Still, Election Day 2017 does offer some nationally impactful races to keep an eye on as election results roll in on Tuesday evening.

Most of the national limelight is on Virginia, where voters will choose a new governor.  With liberal Gov. Terry McAuliffe on his way out, voters will choose between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie.  Northam fashions himself as a moderate, though his record as Terry McAuliffe’s Lieutenant Governor would say otherwise.  And, in the final days of the campaign, Gillespie has closed within striking distance by pointing that out.

Virginia is also home to a high-profile Attorney General race that has attracted major outside spending.  In the final weeks, Family Policy Alliance’s allied organization in Virginia, The Family Foundation Action, has focused voters’ attention on the scandalously pro-abortion record of the Democrat incumbent, Mark Herring.

Herring stunned many observers by issuing an opinion that set aside Virginia’s statutory rape and mandatory reporting laws when it came to abortion clinics. That allowed Virginia abortion centers to avoid reporting many likely statutory rapes of 13- and 14-year-old girls.  Even worse, the abortion center that precipitated the opinion is located in an area that has major problems with sex trafficking – meaning that, in many cases, sexual predators are the ultimate beneficiary of Herring’s pro-abortion ruling.

Elsewhere, voters in New Jersey will elect a new governor to replace outgoing Gov. Chris Christie.  And voters in Utah’s Third Congressional District will choose a replacement for the retiring Jason Chaffetz.

Among the most important local races is the school board election in Douglas County, Colorado, which has become ground zero in the nationwide fight for parental choice in education.

A six-year effort to enact a modest voucher program has been stuck in the courts, but a U.S. Supreme Court directive this year gave new hope that the program will survive the legal challenge.  Yet even with a favorable legal outcome, the survival of the school choice program is likely to be determined by the results of Tuesday’s school board elections.

So what’s the point? The point is..during an election year where there’s not a big, showy presidential race driving everyone to the polls, these local elections give voters who care about the value of life, family, and religious freedom an opportunity to shape what their school, city, state and ultimately country look like for their families!

Please join our team in wearing your “I voted” sticker proudly today!

Are you noticing campaign signs along the road and in your neighborhood or getting flyers in the mail that you give a passing glance – maybe?

UNLEASHING BIBLICAL CITIZENSHIP

The signs you are seeing are for important local elections. City Council, mayoral races, ballot measures and political positions that have a bigger impact than we give them credit for. They all are up for election NOVEMBER 7TH.

While this off-year election season doesn’t get much hype, it is extremely important that you make your voice heard. City government has a lot of power and, here in Idaho, seems to be grabbing more power. Threats to your First Amendment freedoms are ongoing in cities all over the state.

Pollster George Barna found 71 percent of Americans believe there is a culture war taking place in the United States, today. However, liberals, overall, are more likely than conservatives to believe there is a need for significant cultural change, they are more likely to describe the need for such change as “urgent;” and they are more likely to participate in a variety of forms of social action.

The political Left knows how important these local seats are. Local governing bodies often function like a farm team for a professional sport franchise. The politicians learn the ropes and begin to network as they increase their name recognition and climb the political ladder.

City and county government is a target point in Idaho for the ACLU and allies to enshrine “Add the Words” and “Gender Neutral Intimate Spaces” policies. They are training members to run for local government. The goal is to populate those seats with ACLU, Planned Parenthood & Soros group devotees. If they can overwhelm local governing bodies with their worldview and control local policy, their agenda gains more power at the state level.

It is not difficult to “pull the wool” over the voters’ eyes, if the voters are apathetic.

So, what can we do?

Commit to be informed 

·       Your local newspaper will have election information. If you live in Ada or Canyon County, the Idaho Statesman has information here:   http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/statesman17/build.do

·       The Idaho Secretary of State has information here: http://www.idahovotes.gov/ballot_information.shtml

·       You can also contact your County Clerk for specific information, polling location, etc.

·       If you want more in-depth answers, go to a candidate’s website or call them with your questions.

Commit to vote on or before November 7th

Unleashing Biblical Citizenship means that we need to take responsibility and be good stewards of the society in which we live and will leave to our children.

Your Values. Your Voice. Your Vote.

Julie Lynde
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho

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The 2016 election was full of surprises. Your support of Family Policy Alliance’s efforts made for some great results.

Here’s a graphic that outlines how your partnership made a difference!

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As we prepare to spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving, Family Policy Alliance wanted to thank you for your support and partnership during this election cycle.

With conservative majorities in the House, Senate and a conservative in the White House, we’re looking forward to making gains toward a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Because of you, Family Policy Alliance was able to work shoulder to shoulder with some amazing, godly public servants and help them retain or gain an elected office. We were instrumental in 24 out of 30 races in which we were involved – that’s an 80% win rate!

Graduates of our Statesmen Academy were successful in 14 out of 16 races – an 88% win rate!

We were able to use mailers, television, digital ads, newspaper submissions, radio and email to inform voters and help them unleash their citizenship.

But without your prayer and partnership, we couldn’t have done this amazing work. Thank you for walking with us and allowing us to impact our world.

May this Thanksgiving be one of the best for you and your family.

Paul Weber
President and CEO
Family Policy Alliance

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Now that the election is over and conservatives hold the senate, house and White House, what’s the first thing they should tackle?

Stuart Shepard shares some of the ways the conservative majority could advance family policy in an interview with Bob Crittenden of The Meeting House on Faith Radio.

It was a big night for conservative values. Family Policy Alliance was involved in many of the races and ballot measures with great success!

Paul Weber, our president and CEO, talks about what we accomplished together and what we can expect moving forward.

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Legalizing medical marijuana in North Dakota is dangerous for families and children.

Measure 5 is harmful because the marijuana plant itself cannot be regulated. Plants vary in potency. Many medical groups oppose legalization of marijuana in part because further research is needed.
Measure 5 would also legalize marijuana edibles. This creates an increased likelihood that children will ingest marijuana because they can’t tell the difference.
In Colorado, where marijuana is already legal, the increase in drug use is staggering. Watch this 60 Minutes expose to see what’s really happening in the pot industry.

Measure 5 simply isn’t worth the risk to North Dakota’s children and families.

Vote “no” on medical marijuana!

 

 

Mark Jorritsma
Executive Director