ALERT: Sun Prairie transgender ordinance “wrong and dangerous.” City Council meeting May 2.

Leaders in Sun Prairie are considering two ordinances that would protect people based on their gender identity or gender expression.

The city would be one of only a handful in Wisconsin to have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.

Read more HERE.

WFA president, Julaine Appling, weighs in, “This idea is wrong and dangerous. Local government has no right to force private businesses to allow men to use the women’s restrooms and changing rooms and vice versa. This is also a gross violation of the privacy rights of all citizens. Sun Prairie citizens concerned about this proposed ordinance need to show up at the May 2 city council meeting.”

Note: The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 300 E. Main St. in Downtown Sun Prairie.

Candidate Information – State Superintendent of Public Instruction

WISCONSIN SPRING GENERAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017

The only statewide competitive race on the ballot is for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Incumbent Tony Evers is being challenged by Lowell Holtz. Here are two candidate comparison charts for that race:

WISCONSIN FAMILY COUNCIL EDUCATIONAL INFO ON EVERS & HOLTZ (suitable for churches)

GENERAL INFORMATION COMPARISON ON EVERS & HOLTZ (not suitable for churches)

Wisconsin Family Action PAC-Endorsed Candidate Moves on to General Election

Holtz garners second-most votes in Primary for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Madison, WI – Dr. Lowell Holtz, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, took the second highest vote total in yesterday’s statewide primary election. Incumbent Tony Evers placed first, with John Humphries placing a distant third. Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC) endorsed Dr. Holtz earlier this month.  Evers and Holtz move on to the general election on Tuesday, April 4.

WFA PAC director Julaine Appling said, “We congratulate Dr. Holtz on yesterday’s election. Primary elections are never easy—and spring nonpartisan elections are notoriously difficult. All things considered he put in a solid performance.

“We believe Dr. Holtz is well positioned to go head to head with Tony Evers in the general election.  He provides a stark contrast with Dr. Evers on many issues, including school choice and Common Core. Wisconsin voters who are concerned about these issues as well as wanting to hold public schools accountable while ensuring they are doing an excellent job of educating children should vote for Dr. Holtz in April.

“WFA PAC believes it is time for a real change at the Department of Public Instruction and that Dr. Holtz, with his experience, expertise, and beliefs, is the change we need. We wish Dr. Holtz the very best as he campaigns over the next six weeks and urge Wisconsin voters to plan now to go to polls and vote for him on April 4.”

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Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorses Dr. Lowell Holtz for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Madison, WI – Today Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC) announced it has endorsed Dr. Lowell Holtz, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Julaine Appling, WFA PAC director, made the following statement:

“We are honored to endorse a candidate of the caliber of Dr. Lowell Holtz for this important office. Dr. Holtz’s personal educational preparation and attainment, coupled with his hands-on experience are extremely well suited for this position. But more important to us is his character and his positions on the critical issues surrounding education today.

“Dr. Holtz understands that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Public Instruction don’t need to be adversarial to school choice. He rightly believes parents, not the state, are ultimately responsible for the education of their children; and he is therefore rightly supportive of giving parents more options for fulfilling that responsibility. We’ve not had a State Superintendent of Public Instruction with that mindset for decades. This is the election where that needs to change.
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Wisconsin Family Action to President Trump: Make Religious Freedom Great Again

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) joined national ally Family Policy Alliance and our network of 40 state-based family groups, representing hundreds of thousands of families across the country, in sending a letter to President Trump asking him to make good on his campaign promise to protect religious freedom.

President Trump has an opportunity to do this by signing an Executive Order to that effect.

This Executive Order is good, lawful public policy that reinforces existing religious freedom protections in law and affirms that President Trump’s administration will respect the religious freedom rights of all Americans.

The letter, delivered to both the President and Vice President, cites the passage of Obamacare and the HHS mandate, other discriminatory practices by the previous administration, and the numerous small business owners who have been negatively affected by the push to keep people of faith out of the public square.

Read more here.

Urge Congress To Confirm Gorsuch for SCOTUS #ConfirmGorsuch

Elite media outlets are declaring a Supreme Court seat was “stolen.”

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard, Executive Producer for Creative Communications for Family Policy Alliance, shares some questions you can ask your friends who echo that narrative. Watch below.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Call Senator Ron Johnson (R) 202-224-5323 and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) 202-224-5653 and urge them to vote to confirm President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Tweet your support for Judge Neil Gorsuch using hashtag #ConfirmGorsuch.

IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT! Send an email TODAY!

gorsuch and trump.pngPresident Trump has an opportunity to protect our religious freedoms by signing an Executive Order. The document would uphold Constitutional religious freedom for all people, at all times and in all situations.

But we don’t just need another Executive Order. Autumn Leva and Paul Weber tell us Congress needs to step up and pass laws to strengthen our First Freedom – and make good on one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises.

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TAKE ACTION
Send an email to President Trump and Vice President Pence urging them to keep their campaign promise on religious freedom. Everything is already done for you, or you can revise and personalize yourself! Click HERE!

CALL TO ACTION: Urge President Trump To Sign Religious Freedom Executive Order

President Trump can make a real and immediate difference for religious freedom. You should join with us in urging him to do it.

You’ve heard the stories. Faith-based foster-care and adoption agencies being forced to stop their ministry to children simply because they operate according to their religious beliefs about marriage. And the government forcing a religiously run home for the elderly and faith-based universities to violate their beliefs by providing abortion-inducing drugs in their insurance plans.

But now there is an opportunity to ACT and MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!

President Trump can sign a much-needed executive order that will protect the religious freedom of these organizations and their vital work. Exercise your free speech rights and encourage him to do just that.

Here’s what you can do to help.

Write an email to President Trump. Tell him to sign the religious freedom executive order and remind him that there are THREE vital reasons he should do it:

  1. President Trump has repeatedly promised to protect religious freedom. At a Faith and Freedom forum in 2015, President Trump promised that the “first priority” of his administration would be “to preserve and protect our religious liberty.” Tell President Trump that you look forward to him making good on that promise. And if President Trump’s stance on religious liberty is one of the reasons you supported him, either before or after the election, tell him so.
  2. Let President Trump know that you want the executive order because you don’t think anyone should be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs that violate their convictions.
  3. Tell President Trump that the executive order is important because shutting down religious charities that serve needy families and abandoned children helps no one.  Remind the President that freeing those organizations to love and serve their neighbors is good for all of us. In fact, a recent study concluded that “the fair market value of goods and services provided by religious organizations” and “businesses with religious roots” is over $1 trillion annually in the United States.

OR

CLICK HERE NOW and the email is already written for you; all you need to do is fill in your information and click “SEND MESSAGE.” It’s that easy!

If you have a Twitter account, we encourage you to join us in tweeting messages using the hashtag #ReligiousFreedom.

Responsible optimism demands we as citizens are engaged to ensure good things continue to happen. Take action TODAY.

Wisconsin Family Action Responds to Future of Family Commission Report

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine K. Appling today issued the following statement in response to the recently released final report of the Future of the Family Commission:

“Wisconsin Family Action commends Governor Walker, Secretary Anderson, and the members of the Future of the Family Commission for recognizing that successful families are the foundation of thriving communities and a prosperous Wisconsin. Having read the Commission’s final report, we can say that while we have a different perspective on certain points, there are particular areas on which we agree–namely, the importance of encouraging and strengthening married families and addressing the impact of social isolation.

“As noted in the Wisconsin Family Prosperity Index (FPI) report we co-authored with the American Conservative Union Foundation in June, Wisconsin’s marriage rate ranks 44th in the nation. Given all the research illustrating the strong connection between marriage and economic prosperity, it just makes sense for Wisconsin’s leaders to prioritize and encourage marriage. This has been a focus of Wisconsin Family Action’s executive budget and legislative work over the years, and I’m glad to see the Commission reinforce it.

Read more here.

Wisconsin: Your Vote Could Be In Danger – HERE’S WHAT TO DO

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YOUR Vote Could Be IN DANGER

If you thought the November Election was over, think again. Wisconsin is preparing to count your votes all over again starting as early as this Thursday, December 1, at 9 a.m.

WHY?

Because apparently those who lost simply cannot accept the final results of the election. Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a recount in three states, Wisconsin being one of them. Her reason? She does not “trust” our election system. Interestingly, if the 46 electoral votes from these 3 states go to Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump, then Trump goes from 306 electoral votes to 260–10 below the required 270–while Clinton goes from 232 to 278, and would therefore be the winner.

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Wisconsin Family Action PAC-Endorsed Candidates Dominate

Madison, WI – “We are proud of the candidates we endorsed. Some had a much easier time than others who were in tough races, but who through hard work and perseverance prevailed. We are honored to have endorsed all of these men and women,” said Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action PAC director.

WFA PAC state-level candidates won in all but one race in which WFA PAC had endorsed candidates (22 races). And the one race, Senate District 32 (Republican Dan Kapanke challenging incumbent Democrat Jennifer Shilling) is so close that there will likely be a recall.

Federal-level candidates also had a strong showing winning 2 out of 3 races where there were WFA PAC-endorsed candidates.

Appling continued, “We look forward to having these candidates take their pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty message to Madison and to Washington on behalf of those who share these core values. These strong leaders will be important as we look to advance our agenda that will strengthen and preserve marriage, family, life and religious freedom in Wisconsin and across the nation.

“This is an unprecedented time in our nation’s history as we consider the significance of yesterday’s election. We believe our WFA PAC-endorsed candidates recognize that their total-package conservative positions are absolutely vital to putting or keeping Wisconsin and our nation on the right track. Their core beliefs and the policies and positions they champion are good for Wisconsin’s best natural resource—her traditional families—and that means they are good for Wisconsin.”

We congratulate the following WFA PAC-endorsed candidates and look forward to working with them in the days ahead:

Federal Candidates

Jim Sensenbrenner –
Congressional District 5
Glenn Grothman –
Congressional District 6

State Senate Candidates

Tom Tiffany – Senate District 12
Dan Feyen – Senate District 18
Duey Stroebel – Senate District 20
Dave Craig – Senate District 28

State Assembly Candidates

André Jacque – Assembly District 2
Ron Tusler – Assembly District 3
Rob Hutton – Assembly District 13
Joe Sanfelippo – Assembly District 15
Janel Brandtjen – Assembly District  22
Paul Tittl – Assembly District 25
Terry Katsma – Assembly District 26
Cody Horlacher – Assembly District 33
Mary Czaja – Assembly District 35
Joel Kleefisch – Assembly District 38
Mark Born – Assembly District 39
Joan Ballweg – Assembly District 41
Jeremy Thiesfeldt – Assembly District 52
Michael Schraa – Assembly District 53
Dave Murphy – Assembly District 56
Bob Gannon – Assembly District 58
Jesse Kremer – Assembly District 59
Rob Brooks – Assembly District 60
Bob Kulp – Assembly District 69
Romaine Quinn – Assembly District 75
Chuck Wichgers – Assembly District 83
Pat Snyder – Assembly District 85

WFA PAC endorses and supports candidates whose record or intent is to strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION PAC STATEMENT ON 2016 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION

Madison, WI – In 2012 Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) formed the WFA Federal PAC to endorse and support candidates for federal office who share the vision and goals of Wisconsin Family Action:  strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty.  Our 2016 endorsements (including both state and federal candidates) can be found HERE.

Some have asked whether WFA PAC would be endorsing in the 2016 presidential race. The WFA Federal PAC will not be endorsing any candidate for president for the 2016 general election, a position consistent with the previous general presidential election in 2012.

Read more here.

Wisconsin Family Action Rolls Out Voter Guide for November 8 Election

Equipping Wisconsinites to vote wisely

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) has rolled out a brand new online voter guide for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 8. This powerful resource covers contested races for president, the U.S. Senate, U.S. House districts, and state senate and assembly.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, comments, “We know many voters don’t believe they have access to factual information on the candidates. Compounding the problem is that many also believe the information they do obtain is marred by the candidate, big money, or the media. We believe this voter guide significantly helps solve this problem, encouraging all voters to judge a candidate, as much as possible, based on what they do and not on what they say.”

Read more here.

Wisconsin Family Action Releases 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard

Twelve state legislators earn 100% for their work in most recent legislative session

MADISON, WI – Today, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) released its 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard, giving its assessment of how all thirty-three State Senators and all ninety-nine State Assembly Representatives did this past session. The session began in early January 2015 and floor activity concluded in March of this year.

“Within our mission, we work on or at least track quite a variety of bills during a legislative session. It’s important that citizens get an idea of how their elected officials did relative to those proposals,” said Julaine Appling, WFA president.

This past session, three (3) senators and nine (9) representatives earned a 100% score from WFA, meaning on all bills scored, these legislators agreed with WFA’s position.

Read more here.

URGENT! CONTACTS NEEDED TO THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA)

action-alertWhy it is Important to Contact the AMA by letter, email, phone or FAX:

For decades, the official position of the AMA has been to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide. The AMA will have an interim meeting to discuss its policy on assisted suicide in November 2016. At its July 2017 annual meeting, the AMA will consider taking a “neutral” position which essentially sends a green light to the states that legalizing is acceptable. It is imperative that the AMA retain and affirm its current position.

CLICK HERE to learn more about what YOU can do!

One Click and Your Voice will be joined with others across the nation!

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CAN YOU HEAR US NOW??

Have WE got a great IDEA for YOU!  We are trying to create ONE LOUD VOICE on FRIDAY, September 19, at NOON. Everyone that has a FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR TUMBLER account can do this, and it’s super easy. We will all be putting the same message out on our media ““The privacy and safety of our kids is more important than any social experiment.” The best part is….it only takes a minute to participate and you’ll be a part of the voice that launches out across the nation – same day, same time, all media!

What is “ASK ME FIRST?”

“We are moms, daughters, students, athletes, survivors and businesswomen who believe our voices matter.

There’s a growing trend among our nation’s politicians to allow men to enter women’s spaces — public bathrooms, showers, locker rooms. As if this weren’t absurd enough, none of these politicians seems interested in talking with us — the women who will be most impacted by these rules—to learn how we feel about it.

We are standing together to share our stories with you. Together we say, Ask Me First. We’ll tell you why these efforts are anti-woman, how they directly harm each of us, and why politicians should never consider bringing them forward.”

Click HERE to learn more about “ASK ME FIRST.”

Click HERE to get in on the action TODAY! Then you’ll be able to say… I just supported ASK ME FIRST on Thunderclap!

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UPDATE: Wausau School Board Discusses Transgender Bathroom Policy

Wausau_School_District_emblemTONIGHT, Monday, September 12, the Wausau School Board will consider for the second time guidelines regarding giving special rights and protections to transgender students. These guidelines use the letter circulated to all US school districts by the federal government last May as the primary reason for this action. However, in a case involving Wisconsin, a federal judge recently put a hold on the implementation of the financial threats made in this letter—threats of withholding federal funds if schools don’t provide these special rights and protections.

HERE IS THE LINK to the draft  of the Administrative Guidelines for Compliance with the Office of Civil Rights with regard to Transgender Students Associated with Policy 5400 Equal Educational Opportunities Compliance Statement that will be read for the second time at the Wausau District School Board Meeting.

PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS NEED TO SHOW UP AND STAND UP at this meeting in an effort to preserve the privacy rights of the students they serve.

Here are some helpful resources that may be helpful in assisting to those who would take a moment during the public speaking portion of the meeting to address the Wausau School Board – CLICK HERE.

We know this is happening in Wausau. It’s undoubtedly happening in many other Wisconsin school districts and we just don’t know about it. Parents of students in the public schools need to remind school officials that with this federal judge’s decision there is no reason whatsoever to rush into these dangerous policies that trounce on the privacy rights of the majority of students.

Last week in an email and in a letter we sent through USPS, we launched a campaign to raise $100,000 as soon as possible, certainly over the next couple of months. The email theme was “Big Goal. Bigger God.” The letter’s theme was “storming the gates of hell…with a squirt gun.” We are excited to report that to date we have had 10 people give $1000 or more, and they have been joined by many others who have given as well. As of today, God has, through His people, seen fit to have just over $20,000 of the $100,000 be invested in either Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council! We have a ways to go, to be sure, but we thank all of you have invested thus far; and we invite others to prayerfully join us in this challenge.

UPDATE 9/13/2016: 

“A group of parents and community members came out in force Monday to protest the Wausau School District’s new rules that allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender — regardless of their gender at birth.” Read the rest of the article from the Wausau Daily Herald HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling states, “This meeting was a great example of what can be accomplished when people work together. Once citizens found out about these guidelines, they began to take action—letting others know about the guidelines and the board’s plan to have them on the agenda. I hope these citizens will continue to be involved. This issue is far from over in Wausau or any other district. The well-being of all students is at stake.

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State Pro-Family PAC Releases Another Round of Endorsements

Madison, WI – Today, Wisconsin Family Action PAC announces another round of candidates it has endorsed for this fall’s general election.  Additional endorsements may be forthcoming prior to November 8.

Federal Candidates                                                        

Peter Theron, Congressional District 2
Jim Sensenbrenner, Congressional District 5
Glenn Grothman, Congressional District 6

State Senate Candidates                                                               

Tom Tiffany, Senate District 12
Dave Craig, Senate District 28

State Assembly Candidates

André Jacque, Assembly District 2
Rob Hutton, Assembly District 13
Paul Tittl, Assembly District 25
Terry Katsma, Assembly District 26
Cody Horlacher, Assembly District 33
Mary Czaja, Assembly District 35
Joel Kleefisch, Assembly District, 38
Mark Born, Assembly District 39
Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Assembly District 52
Michel Schraa, Assembly District 53
Rob Brooks, Assembly District 60
Pat Snyder, Assembly District 85

WFA PAC director Julaine Appling comments, “We are proud to endorse these candidates who have shown themselves to be true conservatives. They are pro-family, pro-life and pro-liberty, as well as pro-free market and pro-limited government. We wish each of them well as they run to win on November 8.”

WFA PAC endorses and supports candidates who support strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

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FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS OBAMA’S SWEEPING TRANSGENDER POLICY

Wisconsin is part of lawsuit initiated by Texas

Madison – Today a Texas federal judge stopped the enforcement of Obama’s “bathrooms” edict, which, among other things, would have forced Wisconsin schools to allow boys into girls’ bathrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms.  Earlier this summer, at the direction of Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, Wisconsin joined this lawsuit. 

This past May, President Obama’s administration sent a non-binding letter to schools across the nation with only a thinly veiled threat to take away Title IX funding if schools do not adopt the administration’s rule to allow boys into girls’ showers, locker rooms, bathrooms and vice versa. Included in the directive is allowing boys to play on girls’ sports teams and girls’ on the boys’ teams, as well as urging faculty and staff to use “appropriate” pronouns when addressing transgendered students.

A total of 23 states are suing the Obama administration because of the dangerous guidelines and the gross overreach of the federal government into the right of states and individual school districts to self-govern, especially in the area of education.  Today’s ruling can be found here: http://wifamilyaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Harrold-ISD-PI-Order-8.21.16.pdf

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue by implementing a temporary hold on a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that would have forced a Virginia school district to implement a school bathroom policy that forces schools to allow boys into girls’ restrooms.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “We are thankful Governor Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel had Wisconsin join this lawsuit and are pushing back against this gross federal overreach. Our state and our schools should have every right to implement policies that protect the privacy rights of all students. ”

This past legislative session, Wisconsin Family Action worked with legislators to introduce legislation that would protect the privacy rights of all students, not give a select few special rights and privileges.  Unfortunately, that bill did not pass. However, lead authors Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) have said they will return with a similar effort in the new session.

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State Pro-Family PAC-Endorsed Candidates Have Good Showing in Primary Election

Madison, WI – “We are proud of the candidates we endorsed,” said Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action PAC director. “And we congratulate those who prevailed in their primary contests yesterday.  We look forward to having these candidates take their pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty message to an even bigger audience in their respective general-election races.”

WFA PAC candidates won in 4 out of 6 races in which WFA PAC had endorsed candidates.

Appling continued, “In November, we anticipate that these individuals will prevail because voting citizens will recognize that their total-package conservative positions will truly keep Wisconsin on the right track. The policies and positions they champion and will implement are good for Wisconsin’s best natural resource—her traditional families—and that means they are good for Wisconsin. We wish these candidates all the best as they gear up for the final stretch in this election cycle.”

Senate District 18

Dan Feyen

Senate District 32

Dan Kapanke

Assembly District 3

Ron Tusler

Assembly District 83

Chuck Wichgers

WFA PAC endorses and supports candidates who strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

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Pro-Family PAC Rescinds Endorsement of State Assembly Candidate

Wisconsin Family Action PAC responds to insinuation of “religious extremist”

Madison –  Today, the Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC) rescinded its endorsement of Steve Whittow, candidate for the 83rd Assembly District.  WFA PAC director Julaine Appling issued the following statement:

“Wisconsin Family Action PAC vets as thoroughly as possible the candidates we endorse. In this instance, new information has very recently come to light. Steve Whittow used the term ‘religious extremists’ on his official campaign Facebook page (posted August 2; recently deleted).  In context he was referring to various people who have come into the district to help one of his primary opponents, Chuck Wichgers. Steve wrote, ‘I’ll be loyal TO YOU, NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS and religious extremists.’ (Emphasis in original)

“We have learned that those coming into the district or giving money to help Chuck Wichgers, another WFA PAC-endorsed candidate, are State Representatives Joe Sanfellipo, Janel Brandtjen, André Jacque and Pro-Life Wisconsin. In an email to Steve, WFA PAC sought to clarify just who he was referring to but received only a statement that he was saying anything about WFA PAC. However, all 3 of the state representatives are WFA PAC-endorsed candidates; and Pro-Life Wisconsin is a front-line partner for us on pro-life issues. We would by association be included in that term—a term we categorically reject in reference to these staunchly pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty elected officials and our friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin.

“Steve also seems to be disparaging of our core issues of marriage, family, life and religious liberty. In another Facebook post (dated July 29), he touts the endorsement of Wisconsin Realtors and says, ‘A candidate supported by them [WRA] must understand the plethora of issues facing state government not just the emotional ones.’  We asked Steve to clarify what issues he was referring to as “’emotional ones.’ We assume, based on context, he must be referring to the issues of life, marriage, family and even religious freedom. Steve did not respond to our request for clarification. As we categorically reject and condemn the term ‘religious extremists’ as applied to those supporting the pro-life, pro-family position, we also categorically reject the idea that the foundational issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom are ‘emotional.’ In the context in which Steve used this term, it is disparaging.

“We do not endorse lightly and we definitely do not take the drastic action of rescinding an endorsement lightly. But in this instance we believe reconsidering and ultimately rescinding our endorsement of this candidate is the right thing to do. We will never knowingly endorse a candidate who holds and publicly states these opinions about pro-life champions and about the critical issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom.

“WFA PAC urges voters in the 83rd Assembly District to vote for Chuck Wichgers in the primary election this coming Tuesday, August 9.  If a candidate is known by the company he keeps and those who support him, then we are doubly proud to have endorsed Chuck in this race.”

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WFA Helps WI Voters Find Information on Candidates

Hard-to-find background information becomes available at one online resource 

As part of an ongoing voter education effort, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) has announced today that it once again has partnered with iVoterGuide to provide Wisconsin citizens with unbiased, easily accessible background information on candidates running for state and federal office here in Wisconsin. WFA’s goal with this robust voter guide is to serve as an asset and tool for those voters looking for sometimes hard-to-find information on the candidates running for office, such as donations and endorsements from political action committees. In addition, the candidates are rated on a scale of very liberal to very conservative, giving users a general overview of how a panel of their peers believes these candidates would govern if elected.

“We are really excited about the new user-friendly interface of this exceptional online voter information resource. Over the years we have had countless voters from across the state come to us looking for a convenient, one-stop website that fairly presented background information on the candidates that would be appearing on their ballots, and we believe that the 2016 WFA iVoterguide will exceed their expectations,” said Julaine Appling, president of WFA.

The release of the WFA iVoterguide is well timed with in-person early voting having already begun for the Tuesday, August 9th Wisconsin Primary Election.

“With early absentee voting already starting, we believe this resource will be a valuable educational tool for those voters looking to cast a more informed ballot this fall, both in the primary and general elections.” Appling continued.

The Wisconsin iVoterguide can be accessed by visiting wifa.ivoterguide.com.

WFA HELPS WISCONSIN VOTERS FIND INFORMATION ON CANDIDATES

Hard-to-find background information becomes available at one online resource

Madison – As part of an ongoing voter education effort, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) has announced today that it once again has partnered with iVoterGuide to provide Wisconsin citizens with unbiased, easily accessible background information on candidates running for state and federal office here in Wisconsin. WFA’s goal with this robust voter guide is to serve as an asset and tool for those voters looking for sometimes hard-to-find information on the candidates running for office, such as donations and endorsements from political action committees. In addition, the candidates are rated on a scale of very liberal to very conservative, giving users a general overview of how a panel of their peers believes these candidates would govern if elected.

“We are really excited about the new user-friendly interface of this exceptional online voter information resource. Over the years we have had countless voters from across the state come to us looking for a convenient, one-stop website that fairly presented background information on the candidates that would be appearing on their ballots, and we believe that the 2016 WFA iVoterguide will exceed their expectations,” said Julaine Appling, president of WFA.

The release of the WFA iVoterguide is well timed with in-person early voting having already begun for the Tuesday, August 9th Wisconsin Primary Election.

“With early absentee voting already starting, we believe this resource will be a valuable educational tool for those voters looking to cast a more informed ballot this fall, both in the primary and general elections.” Appling continued.

The Wisconsin iVoterguide can be accessed through the WFA website at: wifamilyaction.org, or simply by visiting wifa.ivoterguide.com.

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Pro-Family PAC Endorses Candidates for US House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed the following candidates in the respective races for the August 9 primary election:

US House of Representatives

Frank Lasee – Congressional District 8

State Senate

Mark Elliott – Senate District 18

Dan Feyen – Senate District 18

Dan Kapanke – Senate District 32

State Assembly

Christopher Schaefer – Assembly District 3

Ron Tusler – Assembly District 3

Tony Zammit – Assembly District 67

Steve Whittow – Assembly District 83

Chuck Wichgers – Assembly District 83

Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented on the endorsements:

“WFA PAC is very pleased to endorse these candidates, who have met the stringent requirements necessary to receive our support.  They have each shown that they understand that to lead Wisconsin and our nation properly, to ensure our future, our best natural resource—our families—must be strengthened and preserved.  These candidates are committed to doing that by working to, among other things, reduce government regulation, improve the business climate in order to encourage job creation, ensure families can make their own health-care choices, protect human life, and strengthen the institution of marriage.  These are values WFA PAC shares with these candidates and with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in their respective districts.

We believe voters this fall will find themselves in agreement with these Wisconsin citizens who have stepped out and taken on the daunting job of running for office.  WFA PAC wishes them the very best as they take their message to their fellow citizens.”

WFA PAC will be releasing additional endorsements for the general election after the primary election has been completed.

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US SUPREME COURT BULLIES STATES, ENDANGERS WOMEN Wisconsin’s hospital admitting privileges law for abortionists in jeopardy

Madison – Today the US Supreme Court handed down 5-3 decision that epitomizes and perpetuates the liberals’ war on women.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a case filed in Texas by pro-abortion activists, alleging the state had in 2013 enacted unconstitutional restrictions on abortion. The restrictions included requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital with 30 miles of where the abortions are done. Wisconsin recently enacted a similar law.

“Among other things, this is yet another example of the federal government bullying states.  But more importantly this ruling endangers women. Instead of protecting women, this court has put them at greater risk during abortions,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

“Pro-abortion advocates want us to believe abortion is pretty much a risk-free procedure. That’s just not true. Thousands of women suffer complications from abortions, some requiring hospitalization. A compassionate society does all it can to protect women in this situation. That’s why we passed this law in Wisconsin. We weren’t trying to inhibit a woman’s access. We were, as always, seeking the woman’s well-being and safety. This court has put its liberal political agenda ahead of what is best for women,” Appling continued.

Court experts say the impact of the high court’s ruling on Wisconsin’s law is unclear.

Under the leadership of Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, in cooperation with Governor Walker, Wisconsin filed a friend of the court brief in this case, supporting the right of the state to pass reasonable laws to protect women seeking an abortion.

Appling commented, “We are proud of and thankful for Governor Walker and Attorney General Schimel for defending our law and the women in our state. It’s beyond unfortunate that five unelected and unaccountable lawyers in black robes put our law and our women in danger.”

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We Can’t Tell You What You Need to Know in 144 Characters – MUST READ

NOTE: WE KNOW THIS IS LONG! BUT PLEASE READ IT. IT’S TRULY IMPORTANT. 

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, with a clear mission of fighting Nazi Germany. By day’s end, the Allied Forces hadD-day_-_British_Forces_during_the_Invasion_of_Normandy_6_Jun prevailed–but at a high cost. More than 9000 Allied troops were killed or wounded. BUT, the foothold they gained that day at Normandy allowed more than 100,000 troops to begin moving slowly but surely across Europe to eventually defeat Adolf Hitler and his forces.

On that June day 72 years ago, a few stood up for the many. Some of those comparative few gave the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. Their duty was to face evil head on and destroy it. They did–and we today still enjoy the benefits of their standing up for us, our way of life and our values.

Some say the culture wars are over in America. They are wrong. I know they are wrong because I know evil doesn’t rest, doesn’t sleep, doesn’t take a vacation. Evil is always with us because Satan is real and very active. He especially focuses on children–and I believe the so-called cultural war is really spiritual warfare and right now the focus is children.

Consider the following from Washington State. And please know I know it’s not fun to read this stuff. I’m sorry we have to report it, but we would be derelict in our duty if we didn’t alert you. We want you forewarned and forearmed for the sake of the children in your life.

Our sister family policy council organization in Washington State, Family Policy Institute of Washington, recently reported that the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will be implementing a new curriculum next year that requires students to learn the following :

  • Beginning in Kindergarten, students will be taught about the many ways to express gender.  Gender expression education will include information about the manifestations of traits that are typically associated with one gender. Cross-dressing is one form of gender expression.
  • Third graders will be introduced to the concept of gender identity.  These children will be taught that they can choose their own gender.
  • Fourth graders will be expected to “define sexual orientation,” which refers to whether a person identifies as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual; they’ll also be taught about HIV prevention.  Children in fourth grade will be told that they can choose their sexual orientation.
  • Fourth and fifth graders will learn about the relativity of gender roles and why such roles are social constructs that are not inherent to who we are as male or female human beings.
  • Seventh graders will be expected to “distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”
  • High school students will critically “evaluate how culture, media, society, and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, relationships, and sexual orientation.”

Next year, Washington State public school children as young as 5 years old will be taught about “gender fluidity” and the difference between gender and sexual identity. This is outrageous. It is wrong. It is dangerous. Is Wisconsin next? I’d say it’s only a matter of time unless and until Wisconsin citizens stand up and say enough is enough. Remember–these are children! What a vicious attack on them. 

Wondering how this ties into the opening of this email? Well, here’s how. Right now there is absolutely no organization in this state other than Wisconsin Family Action and our sister organization Wisconsin Family Council that is standing up for you on this issue. Of course, that assumes you agree with us that this uber-aggressive sexualized agenda is wrong and dangerous. No other organization is speaking up in the media, contacting members of the state legislature, the Attorney General’s office, and the Governor’s office telling them they need to push back–and push back hard–against President Obama’s unconstitutional mandate that forces every public school in the country to let biologial boys use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms and vice versa. Wisconsin Family Action is the only organization that has organized a statewide petition, created a petition citizens can use for their own school district, hosted a statewide teleconference call, written letters to the editor and more.

If you know me at all, you know I don’t brag about our work. So please know I’m not bragging now. I am simply telling the truth. Friends, we are it on this issue (and also on anything to do with marriage, family and religious freedom). If you know of others who are actually doing something and not just talking, we’d love to know so we can work with them. We are storming the beaches of Normandy with everything we have–and I am telling you our resources are meager.  This has been an amazingly tough year for us financially–and that’s not meant to alarm. It’s just true. However, we are honored more than I can tell you to stand up for you and your values right now. Your partnership with us financially, in prayer, and in doing some of what is listed below is incredibly important. Please don’t underestimate that. We believe our children are worth doing everything we can to stop this current evil insanity. 

I could never make up what you read above from Washington State. And I’m not overstating it when I say it could be in Wisconsin soon. Now…here are a few options in terms of how you can respond.

  1. Be outraged. Natural inclination but not especially productive. (But I do sincerely hope you are absolutely outraged.)
  2. Share this email!
  3. Sign our Petition – join the statewide effort we’ve initiated to protect our schools and our children.
  4. Contact the school district Superintendent in your area (click here for contact info; just choose your county from the drop-down menu and then your specific school district. Click on the school district’s name on the left of the line and the contact info will come up) and ask them what kind of policy or health and education standards they have regarding gender identity and sexual orientation. Ask to see the policy or guideline and what is being recommended/required to be taught at each grade.
  5. Contact school board members in your district and ask them the same kind of questions. (School board members can be found on the individual district’s website, which also shows up when you follow the info in #3 above.)
  6. Let us know what you find out.  Send responses you receive to [email protected], and we’ll publicize the results and provide additional ways you can affect change.
  7. Pray! Frequently, urgently, earnestly. Join with others. Pray as a family, as a church. Surely we are not content to just let this war on our children go on without praying for God to intervene.
  8. Invest financially. We need you, and we need you right now. It takes resources to fight; resources to stand. Imagine if our soldiers had stormed Normandy without guns or tanks or ships or aircraft. It’s the same in this battle; we need resources to be effective. If you want a tax deduction for your investment, click HERE.

Thank you for reading this, for sharing it, for taking action, for joining us as we together storm Normandy–on behalf of the children. Together we can face and even defeat the evil that is currently out to destroy our children. We are incredibly honored to stand up for you and your values–regardless of the cost! My prayer is that 72 years from now there will be people who will look back and be grateful we stood and stood strong.

Julaine Appling, WFA President

“Me Before You” is THEM Duping US

DON’T LET HOLLYWOOD DUPE YOU

Planning to hit the local theater to see “Me Before You?” If so, you may want to read this first before you open your wallet for this emotionally manipulative film.

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WFA president Julaine Appling warns, “The movie’s goal is for all of us to accept legalized physician assisted suicide. The movie is wrong. People who commit suicide are not loving and selfless heroes. In truth suicide is probably the most selfish act a person can do. Parents—please be proactive on this issue. Talk to your children often about the sanctity and dignity of all human life.”

CLICK HERE to read the movie review from Plugged In.

WISCONSIN JOINS STATES PROTECTING PRIVACY AND SAFETY OF STUDENTS

Wisconsin Family Action Commends Attorney General Brad Schimel and DOJ

Madison – Today the Wisconsin Department of Justice joined a lawsuit filed by Texas against the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice.  The lawsuit challenges the federal government’s recent release of “guidelines” regarding Title IX , which includes an unconstitutional redefinition of the term “sex,” to include “gender identity.”

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “We commend and thank Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel for taking the leadership on this on behalf of all Wisconsin citizens.  Governor Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have repeatedly pushed back against the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government.  This time, the overreach threatens the well-being of our children—Wisconsin’s most valuable resource, to be sure.

With its recent release of the Title IX “guidelines” affecting every public school in the country, and extending to universities and colleges that receive federal funding, the Administration has proven it will stop at nothing to push its agenda — even if it means sacrificing the privacy and safety of the nation’s children.

“There’s much more at stake in this than the blatant federal government power grab.  Real students at every grade level will be affected by the policies this mandate forces on our schools.  I am sure our state leaders are as concerned as I am for the well-being, privacy rights and safety of our students.  I am especially grateful for state legislators such as Rep. Jesse Kremer, who truly understands this issue and repeatedly has provided leadership to protect the privacy rights of all students. After this attempt by the federal government to usurp Wisconsin’s authority in its own schools, I am sure many other state legislators will join him,” said Appling.

While some try to make it appear that these sweeping changes are completely innocuous, more and more women who have been victims of transgender policies in restrooms, locker rooms and showers—the very places included in Obama’s decree—are speaking up. Wisconsin Family Action and the Family Policy Alliance, a national group working with 40 state-based family policy groups, have been working to tell some of the stories of these women.  Kate is one of those women.

“Nobody asked me first,” Kate said. “I felt completely violated. I left there shaking because I felt, ‘No one is looking out for me.’ There are no safeguards in place whatsoever. There’s no reassurance that somebody can’t come in with harmful intentions.”  Watch Ask Me First: Kate.

In addition to its ongoing statewide leadership on this issue, yesterday, Wisconsin Family Action joined over 30 state level groups, as well as Family Policy Alliance and Family Research Council in sending a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leaders in Congress, urging them to take legislative action against the Obama Administration’s mandate that puts an agenda over the best interest of children.

Read the letter here.

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