“The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) recently released its 2015 ratings of Wisconsin and was pleased to find that the Legislature passed a number of bills that work toward conservative solutions….
“Legislators who scored above 80% in ACU’s 2015 Ratings of the Wisconsin Legislature will receive awards for their hard work toward passage of legislation that reflects conservative principles.”
Click HERE to read more and learn which Wisconsin legislators received the ACU Ratings Award.
On Monday, April 4, the Eau Claire Area School Board on a 6-1 vote passed a policy adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its anti-discrimination policy. The policy was pushed by Commissioner Joe Luginbill, who was elected to the board last year. The policy gives the district superintendent broad authority for developing rules and regulations to implement the policy district-wide. While the policy doesn’t specifically mention restroom and locker room access, Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, warns parents that doesn’t really matter, “There is no way this policy can ignore the restroom and locker room issue if the board wants the policy complied with. A couple commissioners mentioned single-user facilities—but they didn’t say who would be asked to use those. It should be the very small percentage of students who say they are trans-gendered; not the well over 99% of the students who don’t have gender issues.”
In a recent letter to the editor of the Oshkosh Northwestern, a citizen says her community needs Planned Parenthood to prevent unplanned pregnancies, provide cancer screenings and wellness exams. She insinuates that the two bills recently signed into law that will redirect millions of taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will be responsible for many negative outcomes in her community.
WFA president Julaine Appling weighs in, “Look, nothing is stopping Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin from offering the services this lady is concerned about—to poor people or anyone else. If Planned Parenthood is so dedicated to the people it claims to serve, then they should do like the rest of us do, go raise the money from people who support their mission. Forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for the abortion giant is wrong.”
Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC (WFA PAC) released the following statement from WFA PAC director Julaine Appling, regarding Ted Cruz winning Wisconsin’s Republican Presidential Primary yesterday. (more…)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has pledged to hire more counselors in the wake of students claiming the state’s flagship university is fraught with microaggressions and racial bias.
“I’m accelerating the hiring of additional student support counseling services … for student mental health issues related to diversity and climate,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank recentlyannounced to the campus community. Incoming freshmen will also receive some sort of “cultural competency” training under new diversity initiatives detailed by Blank on March 15.
WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “I think this report should cause Christian parents who are looking at colleges for their kids to think again if they are considering one of Wisconsin’s UW system campuses. The hand writing is on the wall. Traditional or Christian beliefs are not going to be tolerated. And those espousing them won’t be tolerated either. And all this on taxpayer money.”
EARLY in-person voting began on March 21st and will end at 5 p.m. on April 1st. You may cast your ballot in person at your Municipal Clerk’s office. Click HERE to locate your local clerk’s office. (Select “Regular Voter” and follow the instructions.)
Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Ted Cruz for president.
Following is a statement from WFA PAC director, Julaine Appling:
“WFA PAC is pleased to endorse US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president. We believe Sen. Cruz has the character, the temperament and the right values to lead America. He has proven throughout his career and during the campaign that he understands the importance of strengthening, preserving and promoting in this country natural marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and constitutionally-provided religious freedom. Read more here.
The Florida-based American College of Pediatricians has released a statement that urges lawmakers, educators, and citizens around the United States to reject the normalizing of surgical or chemical impersonation of the opposite sex to children.
This statement comes on the heels of efforts by activists in several states to normalize and promote a concept of gender fluidity — where an individual can change their gender identity and presentation, regardless of biological realities.
The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.
WFA president Julaine Appling weighs in on this issue, “This statement from a medical group is extremely important. It presents the facts that educators, legislators and especially parents need to know about this current craziness of making the abnormal normal as it relates to gender. Facts are stubborn things; those who willfully ignore them in this critical area are doing great harm to our children.”
Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) is proud to announce that WFA president Julaine Appling will be on two panels at the renown Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held March 2-5 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. (more…)
Wisconsin Family Action is proud to announce that WFA president Julaine Appling (photo, left) will be speaking and taking part in a guest panel at the annual CPAC convention March 2-5 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
What exactly is CPAC?
CPAC stands for Conservative Political Action Conference. Founded and hosted each year by The American Conservative Union, CPAC “combines ideas with action to leverage the strength of thousands of grass-roots activists to break through the resistance of Washington’s powerful elites.”
The four-day conference begins with Activism Boot Camp, an unparalleled initiative that brings together the finest conservative organizations involved in activism training and campaign management. The remaining three days of the conference unite the political leaders of the conservative movement with the people who make up the movement.”
WFA president Julaine Appling will be speaking on Thursday morning to discuss “The Family Prosperity Index,” a revolutionary tool for evaluating the ability of families to thrive in a particular state and comparing state rankings from year to year. She will then participate in a panel at 9:20 a..m. on Friday, March 4, along with other conservative powerhouses such as Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Larry Kudlow of CNBC, and Dr. Wendy Warcholik of American Conservative Union Foundation. The panel topic will be “State of the Family in America: How Do We Measure Success?”
According to the CPAC website, “The powerful combination of knowledge and activism is critical for the advancement of conservatism. Under its new leadership team, ACU has launched CPAC 365, a nationwide effort to do the work of CPAC year round. This initiative will ensure the growth and continued success of the grassroots conservative movement by keeping it educated, equipped and motivated for principled and effective action.”
Other CPAC speakers include all of the 2016 presidential candidates as well as Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
“As a former divorce mediator, and current couples and family mediator, I have heard every excuse that parents use to feel better about breaking up their family. In this article, I’ve outlined several of the most common lies that you might be telling yourself if you’re considering divorce.”
My kids want me to be happy.
My kids will be better off.
My next marriage will be better.
Kids are resilient and will adapt to the new situation.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, agrees with the author in that these are, indeed, lies, “In these final days of our month-long emphasis on marriage, talking about divorce—and especially its effect on children—is, sadly, imperative. Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is hard on kids, both immediately and even years later. If there are minor children in the home, their well-being needs to be paramount as the dad and mom consider ending their marriage.”
In yesterday’s opinion in EWTN v. Burwell, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals caused double the damage by rejecting a clear religious liberty claim and trying to save the HHS contraception mandate at the same time. This is not the court’s job. It was supposed to objectively analyze a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) claim, which it not only rejected in an attempt to set religious liberty back in time, but then jumped through hoops to justify the government’s contraception and abortion-related services scheme which wasn’t even passed by Congress and instead was imposed by executive fiat.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling responds, “This federal court of appeals decision is chilling and is a good reminder that we never know when a case involving religious freedom will be in Wisconsin. The judicial philosophy of judges matters. This April we elect a justice to our state Supreme Court. Our religious freedom could hang in the balance. Christians need to get educated on the candidates before it’s too late.”
Bills redirect taxpayer dollars away from state’s largest abortion provider
Madison – “We couldn’t agree with Governor Walker more,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. “As he noted at today’s billing signing, every taxpayer in Wisconsin, whether or not they are pro-life, should be pleased that with the signing of these bills millions of their hard-earned tax dollars will stop being used inefficiently and wastefully. And we would add, even fraudulently.”
Today, at a beautiful pregnancy resource center, Life’s Connection in Waukesha, Governor Scott Walker signed two bills into law, Assembly Bill 310 and Senate Bill 238. Assembly Bill 310 redirects federal Title X funds away from organizations that provide abortions and to other qualified health centers in the state. For the last 35 years, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been the sole recipient of this money.
Wisconsin Family Action and its national family policy alliance say questions remain for Donald Trump.
Madison – Wisconsin Family Action, along with CitizenLink and its national alliance of nearly 40 state-based family policy councils representing millions of Evangelicals nationwide, today released an open letter to presidential candidate Donald Trump calling on him to answer direct questions on his policy positions.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said, “Time is ticking. We want Mr. Trump to clear up his contradictory record on issues tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens care about. We have invited Mr. Trump several times to join our Presidential Candidate Teleconference Series. He has yet to accept, leaving our constituents wondering.”
YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 IS ELECTION DAY
Tomorrow is Wisconsin’s spring nonpartisan election. The polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The only statewide race with a primary is for a seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. However, many communities may have other primary races for mayor, city council, village or town board, or school board. Voters are reminded that photo ID will be required to vote in this election. Wisconsin does still have same-day registration. For more information, click HERE or visit myvote.wi.gov.
This race for a ten-year term on Wisconsin’s highest court is very important. The top-two vote-getters will go on to the general election on Tuesday, April 5. Every vote counts—and as Christians we need to be sure to vote –and to vote knowledgeably and responsibly. For information on the Supreme Court candidates visit your Election Central HERE.
Madison – “Stopping waste, fraud and abuse has been a hallmark of the state legislature recently, and today the Assembly stepped up once again to protect Wisconsin taxpayers from these misuses of their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.
This afternoon the State Assembly passed a bill (SB 238) requiring certain family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to bill the state and its tax payers the actual acquisition cost of prescription drugs it purchases and dispenses through a Medicaid drug program, plus these organizations can bill for a defined dispensing fee. The bill passed on a 61-35 vote along party lines.
This is an important update on some of the bills Wisconsin Family Action has been following and keeping you informed about as well as notes from WFA president Julaine Appling. Scroll down to find out how you can take action NOW!
Senate Bill 238/Assembly Bill 311:would make it illegal for organizations that are abortion providers to overbill the state and its taxpayers for drugs it buys very cheaply through a Medicaid program and then dispenses to their clients. Some estimate stopping this overbilling will keep over $4 million per year away from Planned Parenthood of WI.
STATUS: This bill is scheduled for its final vote, which would be in the Assembly, tomorrow, Thursday, February 11. However, the Assembly is having a shortened floor period tomorrow—ending by 4 p.m.—to that the Democrats are free to go to the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate tomorrow evening in Milwaukee.
Julaine’s Note: There’s speculation that with this shortened time on the floor, this bill may not actually get a vote tomorrow—we’ll monitor it closely. This Assembly vote is the final vote needed before the bill goes to the Governor.
UPDATE 2/17/2015:PASSED by the WI State Assembly on 2/11/2016 – CLICK HERE to read more.
Assembly Bill 469: The “student privacy protection” bill. This bill requires all WI public schools to designate restrooms and changing rooms as exclusively for males or females. It also requires that students use the facilities that correspond to their biologic sex as recorded on their birth certificate. If a student or his/her parents wish to use another facility, they can request that of the school administration. The administration may grant this request by providing either a single-user facility or a multi-user, gender neutral facility where the stalls are completely self-contained units with locking doors.
STATUS: This bill is still in the Assembly Education Committee.
Julaine’s Note:Assembly Education Committee chairman Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du lac), held a public hearing on this bill in November, but apparently doesn’t think he has the votes among his committee members to get the bill passed out of committee, which I find very interesting. There are 11 Republicans on that committee and 6 Democrats. It takes just 9 votes for a bill to pass out of that committee and be ready for the entire assembly to vote on. Apparently some of the Republicans who like to say they are conservative are not willing to support this bill. My editorial comment is this: the issue this bill is addressing is not going away; it’s not only not going away, it’s going to get worse. The longer the state waits, the worse the problem is going to be in school districts all across our state.
Assembly Bill 800: This bill would legalize and regulate Daily Fantasy Sports games—which are really just online gambling. Authored by and co-sponsored by mostly republicans, this bill would basically result in the largest expansion of gambling in Wisconsin’s history because it would open up online gambling, which to this point has been illegal in our state—and most other states. The hearing on this bill was late last month.
STATUS:The bill is still in committee.
Julaines Note: I don’t see any committee action involving this bill and no movement on the senate companion bill either. With time ticking away, it is looking as if this bill won’t get floor votes.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Even in the waning days of this session, citizen input is very important. If you want to give your elected officials your opinion on any of the bills mentioned above, SB 238, AB 469 or AB 800 — now is the time to do that.
To find out who represents you and his/her contact information, CLICK HERE to visit your Election Central. You’ll find this information, and more!
Additionally, you can call the state’s toll-free legislative hotline at 800-362-9472 or you can check online at legis.wisconsin.gov and put your address in the appropriate place on the home page or you can all our office at 888-378-7395 and we can help you get that information.
Both the State Senate and the State Assembly were on the floor yesterday dealing with lots of bills as they bring the floor-period portion of this legislative session to an end.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos held a press conference yesterday in which he said the Assembly would have its final regular floor period next Thursday. What he means by that is that will be the last day the Assembly votes on bills originating in the Assembly. There is a day in early March that the Assembly will meet to take action on bills that originated in the Senate and are still pending in the Assembly—or on bills that originated in the Assembly but had an amendment put on in the Senate. But no matter how you view it, within the next month the state legislature will finish up its work on bills and then pretty much leave Madison to go back to their districts to begin campaigning for the fall election.
What does this mean?
On this week’s Home Front radio program, WFC president Julaine Appling gives legislative updates as the Wisconsin State Legislature heads into its final weeks of floor activity for this session. She also discusses the Spring Nonpartisan Primary Election coming up this Tuesday, February 16.
>>>>>ClickHERE to listen to this week’s VCY Home Front program.