For Immediate Release – February 4, 2019
Contact: Lorri Pickens, ED, Citizens Against Expanded Gambling – 703-599-8275 email@example.com
Julaine Appling, Pres., Wisconsin Family Action 608-268-5074 firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Bernal, ED, Stop Predatory Gambling – 978-683-4339 email@example.com
Statewide and National Groups Call on Governor Evers To Investigate Potential Wisconsin State Lottery Fraud
Citizens Against Expanded Gambling, Wisconsin Family Action, and Stop Predatory Gambling are calling on Governor Evers to
investigate the Wisconsin Lottery for potential fraud.
An investigative report released by the Des Moines Register late last week revealed that identical winning numbers were
cropping up in hundreds of U.S. lotteries (sometimes in consecutive drawings), including several duplicates here in Wisconsin.
Moreover, Eddie Tipton, the former security director and software programmer for the multi-state lottery Megabucks, in
which Wisconsin participates, says he alerted lottery officials in 2001 about a “glitch” in the software. In 2017, Tipton
subsequently plead guilty to rigging the jackpot drawings in his favor as far back as 2005 and is now serving 25 years in prison
for lottery fraud.
Patricia Mayers, Wisconsin Lottery spokesperson, acknowledged that “‘such repeats are rare and uncommon,’” yet in the
same sentence she declares there’s no reason to suspect fraud in The Badger State.
“Wisconsinites spent $2.336 billion on lottery tickets over a 4-year period (2012 through 2016), representing nearly $1 billion
in lost wealth for a shot at changing their lives,” said Lorri Pickens, Executive Director of Citizens Against Expanded Gambling.
“I think Wisconsin citizens have earned more than a dismissive measure of reassurance from the lottery spokeswoman.”
Random number-generated lottery fraud is serious enough that several states have ended games due to problems. Math
experts who have studied the lottery indicate that the best method to determine whether there is fraud is to conduct an indepth
inspection of the lottery software.
Wisconsin lottery data shows the highest per capita tickets sales occur in our state’s poorest zip codes. “It’s bad enough that
the state preys on our poorest for lottery ticket sales, but to ignore the possibility that they are being cheated is
reprehensible,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.
There is insufficient oversight on both the state and federal levels for the lotteries. That unusually frequent occurrence of
duplicity in drawings has been occurring for more than a decade in many states didn’t trigger concern among state lottery
officials, even after they were alerted. This clearly shows that they have a track record of ignoring serious problems.
“What separates commercialized gambling like the Wisconsin Lottery from every other business is it’s a big con game, a form
of financial fraud. This lottery scam is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Les Bernal, Executive Director of Stop Predatory
“On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation’s long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith.”
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2019, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and that teach us how to secure this blessing both at home and around the world.”
Today, the Associated Press reported that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it is changing its name by removing the word “boy” and launching a new campaign called the “Scout Me In” to “promote inclusiveness.”
The decision comes after the BSA decided to admit openly gay identified boys and adults, transgendered boys and most recently girls into the historically male organization. The new name will be “Scouts BSA.” New logos now include images of both a boy and a girl.
In 2013, immediately after the BSA voted to admit boys acting out as homosexual, the Florida Family Policy Council was instrumental in leading the launch of Trail Life USA, a national Christian scouting movement.
Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger who also serves a Chairman of the Board of Trail Life USA released the following statement today:
“Today’s decision to change the name of the Boy Scouts of America by the dropping the male designation ‘boy’ in its name signals the final death of an American institution. It’s simply stunning that a leading youth organization which parents have entrusted the protection of their children with for over a century has now opted to again appease LGBT activists rather than follow clear, common-sense best practices for child protection and do what’s truly in the best interest of the boys. The stated mission of the BSA which is rarely referenced by the organization today is to ‘prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices…’ What are we teaching boys about being ‘brave’ from the Scout Law when the adults in the program don’t even have the courage to do what is right and stand for the ‘timeless values’ the program was founded on over a century ago? Having fully joined the sexual revolution, the BSA has become a merely a youth group with neckerchiefs further promoting moral and gender confusion in society.”
Trail Life USA has over 739 local troops chartered with various churches and school organizations in 48 states. For more information on joining a troop or starting a troop with this Christ-centered, boy focused, high adventure program see www.TrailLifeUSA.org. More on the history of the launch of Trail Life USA can be found at https://flfamily.org/traillifeusa.
April 13, 2017 – Madison, WI – Governor Walker has officially proclaimed Thursday, May 4, as Wisconsin’s Annual Day of Prayer (ADP). Within the proclamation Walker also confirms the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast which will be held in conjunction with the Day of Prayer at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
The proclamation notes the theme for the ADP is “For Your Great Names’ Sake! Hear Us, Forgive Us, Heal Us!” based on the Bible verse Daniel 9:19, “O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your Sake, O my God!”
The American Library Association (ALA) has the bible on its list of the top 10 most challenged book for the first time in 10 years. Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) said the bible was challenged for religious viewpoints, primarily because of the mistaken perception that separation of church and state means publicly funded institutions are not allowed to spend funds on religious information.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “For most of our nearly 240 years, the Bible has been a book revered, not reviled, by a majority of Americans. To think today people in any kind of significant numbers are requesting that the Bible be removed from public libraries is almost mind-blowing. Christians all over Wisconsin should be checking their local libraries to be sure the Bible is still part of the collection.”
Today the WI State Senate voted on two bills (AB 310 and SB 238) that together will redirect millions of taxpayer dollars away from Wisconsin’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The bills will stop over $7 million a year from going to the abortion giant. One bill redirects federal Title X money to health centers that don’t provide abortions, and the other stops organizations that provide abortions from overbilling the state for drugs they purchase and dispense. Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, was present for the votes.
SB 238 PASSED in WI Senate 18 AYE, 14 NO; SB 238 prohibits family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from overbilling the state for drugs they purchase and dispense through a Medicaid program.
AB 310 PASSED in WI Senate 19 Aye, 14 NO; AB 310 redirects money from the federal Title X grant program away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
Julaine stated, “We are especially thankful for Sen. Chris Kapenga the author of the bills and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald for getting these bills to the floor. All the Senate republicans voted for both bills and all the Senate democrats voted against them. The assembly passed the Title X bill last fall; so now it is headed to the governor for signing. The overbilling bill still needs a vote in the Assembly.”
Read full WFA press release commending the Wisconsin Senate on their votes to defund Planned ParenthoodHERE.
Madison – Starting yesterday on WTMJ in Milwaukee and also airing this week in the greater Green Bay area, Wisconsin Family Action is sponsoring television commercials urging Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) to put Assembly Bill 305 (AB 305) on the floor for a vote. The bill bans the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies.
The television ad shows a preborn baby alive and active in his mother’s womb but who is very much at risk for being aborted and then having his body parts harvested and sold. The ad directs viewers to call Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and tell him to schedule a floor vote on AB 305.
Madison – Yesterday, Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), testified before the Assembly Committee on Education in support of Assembly Bill 469, the Student Privacy Protection bill. Appling released the following statement after testifying: read more here.
A new ad campaign launched last week in Houston by Family Freedom Fund, a super PAC affiliated with the Family Research Center, warns voters in Houston, Texas, that they could be fined thousands of dollars just for objecting to men using women’s bathrooms. The ad urges voters to vote “no” on Proposition 1, Houston’s controversial LGBT “Equal Rights” bathroom ordinance.
“This transgender issue is becoming another means of trying to bully Christians into silence,” says Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, “I hope we don’t capitulate. I’m especially concerned about Wisconsin public schools that are passing policies with special protections for gender-confused students. Concerned parents need to speak up telling school officials that’s not what we need. We need to protect the privacy rights of all students.”
On Friday, October 16, at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, RightWisconsin held the 2015 Right Women Awards which honors conservative women who have made an impact in The Badger State.
Wisconsin Family Action/Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling was a finalist for the “Iron Lady” award. The award was presented to Deborah Jordahl, principal of Johnson Jordahl, a strategic communications and issue advocacy firm.
“The Iron Lady Award symbolizes the courage and self-sacrifice of a leader willing to risk comfort for the advancement a meritorious cause. The nominee should display leadership, inner strength, self-sacrifice, good communications skills, dedication and courage.”
Wisconsin Family Action/Wisconsin Family Council congratulate Deborah for her hard work and courage under fire. All of the awards presented at the RightWisconsin event were well-deserved, and we are proud to stand alongside each finalist as we represent Wisconsin’s voice for marriage, family, life and liberty in The Badger State.
Madison, WI – Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, known to millions of Packers fans as KGB, has something he wants Wisconsin citizens to hear: “When it comes to football, I’ve been known to put pressure on the quarterback. Pressure didn’t always get sacks, but it made opponents move. It messed up their plays. It caused havoc for their game plan. Pressure changes the game! So Wisconsin citizens—it’s time to put pressure on our elected officials and get some critical pro-life bills passed. We need our legislators to move now and put the bills on the floor and take the votes.”
KGB is referring to two bills that have been bogged down in the State Assembly. Assembly Bill 305 would ban the sale, use and/or experimentation using the body parts or tissue of aborted babies. Assembly Bill 311 would prohibit family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from overbilling the state for drugs purchased through a Medicaid drug program. Read more here.
The Wisconsin Department of Health released their latest report this week “Induced Abortions in Wisconsin” that reflects 662 babies were saved from abortions in the latest year for which abortion data is available compared with the year before. Specifically, 6,462 abortions were performed in 2013 and 5,800 in 2014.
“While we grieve the thousands of babies aborted last year, this drop is truly significant,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president,”Pro-life efforts in our state are working. Laws such as requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound are making a difference. We need to keep the pressure on by passing Rep. Andre Jacques bills that will significantly defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.”
Julaine explains what YOU can do to preserve and defend LIFE in Wisconsin HERE in a short video message!
The Little Sisters of the Poor has been through more than any faith-based charity should have to go through all to continue the noble work they’re doing without violating their faith.
But, for the time being at least, some good news has come their way. After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the group must comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate, The Little Sisters of the Poor found reprieve Friday morning after the Tenth Circuit issued an order temporarily safeguarding the group and other ministries from being forced to violate their faith. That is, until the Supreme Court rules on their case.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin family Action, is pleased with this action, “I am more and more impressed with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. Signing on to this friend of the court brief for this case is important. It sends a powerful message that the state of Wisconsin understands the First Amendment and believes religious freedom should be strongly protected. It’s good to have an AG who stands rock solid on protecting this fundamental right.”
A coalition of liberal Democrats unveiled a proposal Thursday to rewrite the 1964 Civil Rights Act to outlaw discrimination against gays in the workplace, in financial and housing markets, and in other areas of private and public life.
Proponents describe the effort as the next gay-rights movement.
The legislation, dubbed the Equality Act, was announced less than a month after a Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, a 5-4 decision that prompted lawmakers who support gay rights and their political allies to set aside legislation that was more modest a more comprehensive bill.
Within the past couple weeks, three separate national polls have been conducted on the issue of same-sex marriage. Interestingly, each of these three polls shows a decline in support for it. Both Ipsos/Reuters and Gallup conducted polls in early July — just days after the Supreme Court handed its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Both polls found a slight decline in the percentage of Americans who support same-sex marriage as compared to previous polls that each firm conducted earlier this spring. Additionally, a third poll by the AP found that only 42 percent of Americans support same sex marriage. This is a decline of 6 points from the organization’s last poll on the issue in April. It also found a significant increase in percentage of people — 59 percent in June vs. only 52 percent in April — who said wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples.
WFA president Julaine Appling weighs in, “While the mainstream media has largely ignored this news these polls tell us the battle for marriage is far from over. Our message is more important than ever. We will continue to remind people that children need both a mother and a father and that the foundational institution of one-man/one-woman marriage brings unique contributions to all of society.”
MADISON – This morning the US Supreme Court, on a 5-4 vote, decided that every state must be party to the dismantling of society’s foundational institution. Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, which has been involved with this issue and this legal process from their inception, issues the following statement regarding the Court’s opinion.
“Yesterday, the US Supreme Court showed us that they were not above legislating from the bench—not above making the law up as they go along. That was on a manmade law. Today, they are tampering not with manmade law, but with an institution that predates all governments, all laws, and all constitutions. Read more here…
This year for the first time, I received something amazing: voter mail.
Having finally reached legal voting age, and inspired by the attention devoted to me as a possible voting citizen, I took the opportunity and voted in my local spring election. As the daughter of a County Board Supervisor, I thought I understood politics and the need for involvement.
However, during my incredible opportunity to be an intern at Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), I have learned so much more. Meeting representatives, hearing testimonies before a committee, and watching the state Senate debate has given me the real-life experience that will forever change my perspective as a citizen.
Some lessons from my experience:
First, Christians are involved in Wisconsin government—Christians who strive to honor God through every decision they make. Some of the most devoted ones are here at WFA. These workers are tireless in their fighting for godly and biblical principles in our laws.
Second, much work happens before we may ever hear about something political in the news. From meetings with legislators, to discussions with drafters while writing a bill, to committee meetings, much work is done behind the scenes by the elected officials and groups such as ours in order to pass any sort of legislation.
Third, I need to stay informed. Simply catching up on what my elected officials are doing around voting time is not enough. In order to be a truly informed citizen, I need to pay attention to what goes on at the Capitol on a daily basis. Instead of simply hearing after the fact that a certain law will affect me, I must find out before so that I can make a difference.
Fourth, I have learned the power of persuasion. This may seem an odd observation, but I have seen it in action. Whether in a closed door meeting or during a committee hearing that is open to the public, informed, persuasive speaking is imperative.
For these reasons and more, I will plan on being more involved in government even after I have finished my internship. I am incredibly thankful to WFA for this experience. Now I not only know how to prepare for mailing hundreds of flyers for voters by myself, but, more importantly, my involvement in and views about my government have been strengthened and changed forever.
Yesterday the Wisconsin Senate voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (SB179) after the bill’s passage was recommended by the Committee on Health and Human Services last week. The bill now must be taken up by the full State Assembly for consideration before it can be signed into law.
Parents need to be aware of the very real and dangerous situation this presents to their children and consider an alternative to the Boy Scouts, such as Trail Life USA, whose mission is “….to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
June has become the month in which homosexuality is celebrated in America. June of 1969 commemorates the Stonewall riots in Manhattan which became a tipping point for homosexual activists. Wisconsin democrats have authored a joint resolution asking the state legislature to official recognize June as LGBT Pride Month. This weekend Milwaukee will host the state’s largest LGBT PrideFest complete with a parade on Sunday.
Places you may want to steer your family clear of:
Henry Maier Festival Park (this is where all the “action” will take place) for PrideFest
PrideFest paradeAREA (Parade takes place June 7 at 2 p.m., 2nd Street from Lapham to Oregon)
Currently no participants registered for the parade; there are four sponsors (Miller, Avant-Garde (needle mfg. company), Gazette, and Quest.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “First, I’m hoping that the joint resolution goes absolutely nowhere in our state legislature. But at least as important is warning parents who might be planning a trip to Milwaukee this weekend. I’d steer clear. These PrideFests, while often targeting children, are not innocent, family-friendly events. They are way too frequently blatant displays of lewdness and immorality.”
In an article published this month by WSAU, Wisconsin’s Senator Tammy Baldwin is giving high praise to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for moving forward with a proposal that will allow homosexual men who have been “abstinent” one year to donate blood. (more…)
The House of Representatives, this week, approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20 weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth with exception for in cases of rape, incest for minors, and life of the mother. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. Should the Senate approve the bill, President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.
“We are not thrilled with the exceptions in this bill—because no matter how a baby is conceived, they feel pain—and this bill should be about the baby, not the mother or the method of conception, “says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “However, we are pleased all 5 of the Wisconsin Republican representatives voted “yes.” It’s sad that not one of the 3 Democrats from Wisconsin voted to protect unborn children from pain.”