Speaker Vos Says He Is “Open” To Legalizing Medical Marijuana

From Fox6Now:

Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea. Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is against medical marijuana. And Gov. Scott Walker also says he opposes it.

WI House Speaker Robin Vos

WI House Speaker Robin Vos

Read more HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “I’m not sure why Republican Speaker Robin Vos is open to the idea. Most Republicans oppose this idea and the slippery slope it creates. While some claim this is an important medical treatment, many others point out the legal issues for doctors, remind us of the addictive nature of marijuana and point out other treatments exist that don’t involve this addictive narcotic.”

WFA Appling on NPR “A Nation Engaged” LISTEN HERE

Headshot_JulaineApplingWisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling was a guest panelist Wednesday evening, January 11, participating in “A Nation Engaged,” a live pre-inauguration community conversation, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The forum was put on by National Public Radio (NPR) and Wisconsin Public Radio. Similar panels were also held in Sacramento, Houston and Raleigh-Durham this same evening.

During the forum, community leaders were invited to speak to the questions: What are your hopes for the Trump Administration? What should the country know about your community? The moderator also took questions and comments from the audience during the one-hour panel.

The program aired nationwide on NPR on Monday, January 16. Click HERE to listen.

UW Madison Strives To Define Masculinity & Its “Problems”

uwm“Another offering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this one on masculinity, is drawing fire from conservatives as an example of ideological excesses at the school.

The target is the Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.

Continue reading HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This situation reminds us there are many eager to tell your son what masculinity is. How much better coming from a loving father who purposefully in both word and example instructs his son on what it means to be a man. And Dads have the best instruction manual available–the Word of God. Be assured, our Creator isn’t silent or confused about masculinity.”

 

Wisconsin Doesn’t Need Another Casino

Gambling NeighborFrom the Beloit Daily News: “Parties involved with the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Beloit casino project are testing the waters to see if there’s support to move the plan ahead at the federal level after President-elect Donald Trump takes office January 20.

The move follows the tribe’s request to Beloit city staff asking for local state legislators to reaffirm support for the project and to help line up Wisconsin’s congressional delegation behind the plan. If approved at the federal level, the plan would head for Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for approval or denial.

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WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This would be the first off-reservation casino in WI—opening a huge door for many more. The Ho-Chunk are proposing a 145,000 square foot gaming facility, with a 300-room hotel and 35,000 square foot convention center right off I-90/39 in Beloit.”

She adds, “Wisconsin does not need another casino—anywhere. We already have over 20. Right now no one in Wisconsin is more than a 2-hour drive from a casino. Gambling is not an innocent, victimless activity. Studies show the nearer people live to a casino the more likely they are to become problem gamblers—which destroys individuals, families and communities. That makes it bad for Wisconsin.”

“Choose Life” License Plates Coming to Wisconsin!

NEW PRO-LIFE LICENSE PLATE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2017

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A Choose Life Wisconsin license plate is becoming a reality. The red, white and black plate features an ink print of a baby’s foot and the words Choose Life. The effort began years ago as a cooperative project of Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin. $25 from the sale of each plate will go to Choose Life Wisconsin, an independent not-for-profit corporation. Choose Life Wisconsin will then distribute those funds to various Wisconsin Pregnancy Resource Centers. Over $23 million has been raised nationally from the sale of Choose Life plates in various states.

>>>>>Read the full PRESS RELEASE HERE.

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.

#Christian Message/Nativity Scene in #Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda

ffrf-displayToday, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council kicked off the Christmas season by putting a traditional nativity display and a Merry Christmas sign in the State Capitol. This year marks the 20th year Wisconsin Family Council has had a sign in the capitol and the fifth year of the nativity display. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has also had its Winter Solstice sign up for all 20 years (photo, right) and has added a blasphemous nativity display in recent years. The displays join the State Christmas tree in the rotunda and will be up all month.

“We are honored to exercise our freedom of speech and religion with these displays each year, ” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “The thousands who come to the capitol this month will see our sign and our beautiful nativity declaring the Truth that Jesus Christ really is the reason for the season. Unlike Freedom From Religion’s dark and hopeless message, our display brings light and offers hope.”

We had help with setting up from Erica and Gennavive Meisel of Baraboo.

Photo credit: Erica Meisel

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Christian Legislators Told to “Get Off Their Knees” at WI State Capitol

wi-capitol-bible-study“Our message to pious politicians is: Get off your knees and get to work. The answers will not come from above. Nothing fails like prayer.” -Annie Lord Gaylor, Freedom From Religion Foundation

“A Republican legislator has been holding weekly Bible study sessions for lawmakers in his state Capitol office for the past three years, raising questions again about where the line between church and state lies in the building.

Administrative rules require state employees to use state buildings only for official work. Critics say the meetings are inappropriate, even though praying before legislative session days and religious displays in the Capitol rotunda have been upheld as legal.”

READ MORE HERE

WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again doing what it does best—being the neighborhood bully. We have nothing but the highest praise and regard for Representative Tittl and the Bible Study. He’s totally within his legal rights to do this, as are those who attend. Frankly, I can’t think of anything better for our state legislature than prayer & Bible study!”

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.

A Single Phrase Saved This Marriage

After years of fighting and unhappiness in his marriage, author Richard Paul Evans in desperation tried doing something seemingly simple but really quite profound. He began each day asking his wife, “What can I do to make your day better?” At first his wife angrily rebuffed even the question but then would give him a task—which he did. Eventually, this form of love in action broke down walls between them and resulted not in a perfect marriage but in a much stronger, happier marriage that now weathers differences and sets a good example for their children.

Read more HERE

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “What Evans did was to begin truly loving his wife. True love is an act of our will. We purposefully commit to meet the legitimate needs of the cherished person, even sacrificially, without thought of ourselves or reciprocation. If your marriage is struggling, may God give you grace to do something as simple as asking how you can make your spouse’s day better.”

Wausau School Board Makes “Huge Mistake”

wausau-sdThis past Monday, the Wausau school board decided to let administratively proposed guidelines for dealing with transgender students continue to be implemented. Among other provisions, the guidelines permit boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms and even on school-sponsored trips stay overnight in the girls’ rooms and vice versa, and call on staff to use the pronouns the students request and warn school officials not to inform parents their child is transgendering unless the student agrees to letting them make that contact.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “The Wausau school board made a huge mistake here. They are pandering to a vocal minority. Many concerned citizens have contacted board members and showed up at 4 different meetings letting them know these special protections compromise the privacy rights and well-being of the vast majority of the students. The board has chosen to ignore the citizens and the safety and protection of the students.”

Clearing the Air on Absentee Voting in Wisconsin

Alert1Last month due to a lawsuit filed by one of Wisconsin’s most liberal organizations, One Wisconsin Now, the state’s rules for early in-person voting changed. The lawsuit alleges the law providing for a 10 day early-in person voting window is discriminatory against minorities, especially those in Milwaukee. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, ordering that all 1,855 Wisconsin municipal clerks could decide for themselves when early voting would begin as well as the days and hours the office would be open for such voting. Some municipalities will begin yet this month.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling has this to say, “This has made it more difficult for Wisconsin voters to take advantage of early in-person voting. Now instead of knowing that opportunity is 10 business days before any election, citizens must find out that information directly from their municipal clerk. The State Elections Commission will not be compiling that information. We urge all Wisconsin voters to be aware of this change.”

IMPORTANT! According to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality.  To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live,  contact your municipal clerk.

If you need more information, visit Your Election Central on our website by clicking HERE.

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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.”

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FREE *NEW* Guide for Pastors/Churches from Alliance Defending Freedom

adfAlliance Defending Freedom has announced the release of the newest edition of its free legal guide for churches and ministries regarding political engagement. Alliance Defending Freedom is a not-for-profit legal advocacy group that for 22 years has focused on protecting the right of individuals and churches to freely live out their faith and their mission. The guide is available online HERE or by calling 888-378-7395.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, says the timing of this new edition is perfect, “With this fall’s major election now less than 60 days away, more and more people are getting informed and involved. Churches and pastors need to know what the law says about what they can and cannot do regarding elections, issues, and candidates. The truth is, as is clear in this guide, pastors and churches have much more freedom than most think they do in this area. They just need to use it.”

Transgender policies trounce on privacy rights of majority of students

Wausau_School_District_emblemOn 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.

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. 

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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Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer.  Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.

Copy available online here.

WFA – A Unique Organization with a Unique Mission

Here’s an example of how unique and singular we are in this state.

In the fall of 2015, seeing everything that was happening with the transgender/gender identity issue, with our backing Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) introduced a bill transgenderismthat would have required all WI public school districts to designate restrooms and changing rooms, including locker rooms, as being exclusively for either boys or girls. The bill further required that students use the facilities that correspond with their biological sex, as recorded on their birth certificate.  Students and/or parents could request special permission to use a single-user facility for any reason, and the school would have been required to accommodate that request.

When the bill had a hearing in the State Assembly Education Committee, no other group whatsoever showed up to testify in favor of the bill other than WFA and our attorney. We arranged for a couple of other individuals to join us—citizens who had fought the battle in their local schools and a family therapist who has some professional background in this issue. That was it. Of course those opposing the bill had group after group testify against the proposal.

Check out the groups that registered with the Government Accountabilibity Board on this bill. You’ll see what we mean. Start at the top and scroll all the way down, noting the red down arrows and the green up arrows.

It didn’t (and doesn’t) matter to us, really. Right is right. Good is good. Protecting all children in our public schools is vitally important. That’s why we worked with the legislators, spoke to the media, showed up and spoke at the hearing and continue to this very minute working doggedly on this issue. Though no one join us, we will keep standing for what is good and right.

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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preserving & promoting marriage, family, life & liberty in Wisconsin.

 

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WFA President Speaks Out On Milwaukee Violence

 

“What does epidemic fatherlessness look like?,” queried WFA president Julaine Appling, “It looks like what happened in Milwaukee this past weekend. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has numerous times talked about how devastating the breakdown of the family unit is, particularly in communities like Milwaukee,” she answers. “When fathers are absent, especially in the lives of boys growing up in an inner city environment, crime—including violent crime—typically escalates. Boys in a unique way need their fathers to show them how real men act, how they resolve differences, how they treat women and how they provide for those they love.

“Today in Milwaukee, 80% of the babies are born to single moms. In many cases, these children will grow up never knowing who their father is, let alone having any relationship with him. This will pretty well doom them to poverty and will negatively impact virtually every aspect of their lives. We must begin restoring a culture of marriage and family everywhere, but especially in our inner cities.”

 

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 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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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening, preserving & promoting marriage, family, life & liberty in Wisconsin.

 

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