We’ve had a number of people ask what they can do to help with the US Senate run-offs in Georgia on January 5.
Typically, no state can have both US Senators up for election in the same year. However, due to a death, Georgia had to have both a regular race for one US Senate seat and a special election for the other US Senate seat, both held earlier this month.
Georgia election law requires that to win a race, a candidate must get at least 50% of the vote. In both US Senate races, no candidate received 50% or more of the vote, forcing a run-off, where the top 2 vote getters in both races face off in an election scheduled for Tuesday, January 5.
The Republicans currently hold a slight majority in the US Senate. If the Democrats win these races in Georgia, that majority is gone; and the US Senate will be split 50-50. If Joe Biden becomes president, then Kamala Harris as vice-president becomes the tie-breaking vote in the US Senate.
Ideas for what you can do to help in Georgia?
Pray that conservative, pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom candidates prevail.
Engage with MyFaithVotes, which is coordinating several options for people living outside of Georgia who want to help get-out-the-vote for these runoff elections. More information is available HERE.
Give financially. Our sister organization in Georgia is working hard to turn out the vote and to make sure people are fully educated on the candidates and the critical issues. Secure online donations can be given HERE.
Thanks for remaining engaged as our nation continues to sort through this contentious election. Be assured that we are monitoring the Wisconsin recount and any lawsuits that may be filed here regarding the presidential election. We remind ourselves regularly that even in this, our great God is truly in control. We remain informed and involved, mindful of John Quincy Adams’ sage words: “Duty is ours; results are God’s.”
Today is Election Day 2020. We know you have likely been reminded of that and of the importance of your vote multiple times by now. Please know, those of us sending those messages are doing so out of the very best of intentions—because we really do know how important this election is and how important your vote is! Soon, the opportunity to vote in this election will be done. The messaging will stop; the decisions will have been made.
At Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council we really have done all we could to encourage Christians in Wisconsin to honor God with their vote. On this Election Day, we issue one final call to action related to this election: please join us in prayer today. We have identified 5 specific areas to focus on for this special prayer emphasis.
We urge you to pray individually multiple times during the day today and, if at all possible, to gather your family together (maybe at a meal?) and pray specifically for these requests. Our WFA/WFC team will be praying as well throughout the day and into the evening.
You know the verse well, I’m sure…II Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and will turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
In principle, this verse applies as much today to us in America as it did in promise to the children of Israel. In essence, the verse is calling the faithful to revival…and that’s really what we need in our country.
Thank you for standing with us in prayer as Election 2020 draws to a close. May God be honored not just by our vote but by our earnest and faithful prayers.
The sanctity of life, religious freedom including the right to openly worship in church, a society governed by law and order, and traditional family values are all under attack in America and hang in the balance as we head toward November 3, Election Day.
One of the most important ways to protect the values we hold dear is to vote.
But you can’t vote if you aren’t registered. It’s just that simple.
Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we are urging Christians in Wisconsin to register to vote; and for those who are already registered, to encourage their unregistered family and friends to get registered to vote.
We honor God by acknowledging that He gave us government for our own good. We’ve been blessed with a Republic—a participatory form of government. Honoring God with our vote is an acknowledgment of His gift to us, and your vote will help preserve these precious values and freedoms for generations to come.
The fall election officially began this week with the Democratic Convention, which while headquartered in Milwaukee, will now be completely virtual. In addition to speeches from prominent Democrats, party delegates will approve the party platform. The proposed Democrat 2020 platform, among other things, calls for raising taxes, universal health care, gun control, restoring taxpayer funding for abortion, restricting school choice, passing the Equality Act and making America a world-leader in LGBT rights. Party platforms are typically reviewed and renewed every four years during the party conventions where presidential candidates are officially nominated. While the Democrats are adopting a new platform, the Republicans have decided to reaffirm the platform they adopted in 2016, which many who were involved with shaping that platform, say it is one of the best Republican platforms they have ever seen or worked on.
Party platforms aren’t just formal documents that gather dust on a shelf or are buried deep in a website. In essence, a party platform is a world-view statement. It provides a blueprint for policy initiatives at the state and the federal levels and states a party’s official position on key issues that impact American citizens. The words and ideas in party platform matter greatly.
Have you ever taken time to compare party platforms before you vote? Click HERE to see the most recent party platform comparison to help you decide how to best vote your values. This chart compares the GOP’s 2016/2020 platform with the proposed 2020 Democrat platform on some core, foundational issues.
CLICK HERE to view and download Party Platform Comparisons.
COMMIT TO VOTE! Pledge, right here and now, to committing your voice, your choice, your values by ballot in the upcoming elections! Click HERE to sign the pledge today.
Congratulations to the following Wisconsin Partisan Primary Election candidates that are endorsed by Wisconsin Family Action PAC: Scott Fitzgerald – Congressional District 5, Joan Ballweg – Senate District 14, Rachael Cabral-Guevara – Assembly District 55, Robert Brooks – Assembly District 60, Donna Rozar – Assembly District 69.. These candidates will now move on to the General Election on November 3. For more election information and to view our endorsements for the General Election, go to https://voterightwi.com/
Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed the following candidates in the respective races for the primary election next week on Tuesday, August 11. These candidates are in addition to those announced last week.
State Senate Cherie Link – Senate District 10
Jim Engstrand – Senate District 28
State Assembly Rachael Cabral-Guevara – Assembly District 55
Donna Rozar – Assembly District 69
Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented on the endorsements:
“We are pleased to endorse these candidates. We have great confidence that they will each use their public office to strengthen, preserve and promote the core issues of marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and religious freedom, in addition to standing strong for limited government, responsible taxation and spending, educational freedom, and free enterprise. We urge voters in the respective districts to support these candidates in this primary and beyond. Wisconsin families will be well served by these citizens seeking to become statesmen and stateswomen.”
Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action PAC and Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.
ELECTION DAY 2020 is coming! There’s so much at stake for our country in November. We can’t afford to go backward—and by promising to vote and then making sure you do you are taking an important step in making sure we can continue moving forward. CLICK HERE NOW to solidify your commitment to VOTE on November 3, 2020. Then be a friend and share this pledge with your family, friends, neighbors, church leadership and community! Join with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in pledging to be part of the solution, not part of the problem!
“For more than six months, Democrats have used their positions of power to disenfranchise Republican voters, artificially boost Democrat turnout, and make voter fraud much easier to commit. Alarmingly, this disgusting abuse of power and attempted electoral interference has been going on in plain sight.
“When Republican Congressman Sean Duffy suddenly announced his retirement last September, Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced that a special election to replace him would take place not on the traditional Tuesday, but rather on a Monday. More bizarrely, the primary election would take place on Monday, December 30th, the day before New Year’s Eve and in the middle of the week in which more Americans are on vacation than any other. The general election was set for Monday, January 27th, 2020.
“Why not a Tuesday? Governor Evers said that the earliest he could legally schedule the primary was Monday, December 24th, but since that was Christmas Eve, he didn’t want to schedule an election on a holiday. Naturally, Evers never explained why the general election had to also be on a Monday instead of Tuesday, January 28th, but the reason was rather obvious. He wanted to artificially depress turnout in the heavily Republican Seventh Congressional District, which had re-elected Duffy by a 60%-39% margin even in the “Blue Wave” 2018 midterm.
“Voters naturally would assume that the election was on a Tuesday, and since far more Democrats than Republicans typically vote early (while far more Republicans vote on Election Day itself), far more Republicans than Democrats would miss the election because of the crazy scheduling.”
You don’t have to wait until April 7 to vote! Some municipalities in Wisconsin began early in-person voting this week, and more will begin early in-pereson voting next week. To find details for your early voting polling location, visit: www.my.wi.gov. You will need to call your municipal clerk to find out what days and hours early in-person voting is available.
Not registered to vote? The deadline to register online or by mail is today. You can still register to vote after today’s deadline, but you will have to do so in-person. Registering to vote is easy and can be done online at myvote.wi.gov.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 2. However, we highly recommend you request your absentee ballot no later than March 27, if you plan to return it to your municipal clerk via the mail, as it must be received by 8 p.m. on April 7. To request an absentee ballot, visit myvote.wi.gov.
In the event you’re unable to make it to the polls on election day, early in-person or absentee ballot voting is the best way to make sure your vote counts.
We urge you to create a plan to vote that best accommodates your individual situation. President Trump and Justice Daniel Kelly are counting on your vote!
On Tuesday, April 7, every Wisconsin ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”
The referendum, if passed, would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if their rights have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.
Wisconsin Family Action is not taking an official position in support of or opposed to this referendum. We are simply alerting you that it will be on your ballot and encouraging you to get prepared to vote on it.
Below are some links to articles you can reference to help you make your decision at the ballot box.
From the Department of Justice (DOJ) – Click HERE.
On Tuesday, April 7, every ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. Marsy’s Law would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if they have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.
According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”
Republicans in the state senate and assembly have authored and supported this proposal and it has passed now in two consecutive legislative sessions per the law with a good measure of bipartisan support.
The wording of the question as it will appear on your ballot is as follows:
Additional rights of crime victims. Shall section 9m of article I of the constitution, which gives certain rights to crime victims, be amended to give crime victims additional rights, to require that the rights of crime victims be protected with equal force to the protections afforded the accused while leaving the federal constitutional rights of the accused intact, and to allow crime victims to enforce their rights in court?”
Essentially, according to those supporting this proposal, Marsy’s Law would strengthen some of the rights guaranteed the victims of crimes in state law by putting them into the state Constitution. It also adds a couple of rights to those currently recognized for victims of crime. Supporters say it is intended to level the playing field between the rights and protections that alleged criminals have and the rights and protections victims of crime have.
Those opposing the amendment say it will somehow affect the rights of the accused, that it’s unworkable and counterproductive, and claim it somehow violates the US Constitution.
Tuesday, April 7, is Election Day. Early in-person voting begins across the state on March 23. In Milwaukee, early voting begins Monday, March 16 and will run through Sunday, April 5. If you’d like to vote early, contact your municipal court for specific dates and times. Find your local municipal clerk’s information HERE.
Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC), the state’s only conservative pro-family PAC, announced today it has endorsed incumbent Justice Dan Kelly for a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
WFA PAC director Julaine Appling, commented, “Justice Dan Kelly has everything we look for in a judge, especially for our state’s highest court. He has made it very clear and very public that his judicial philosophy is that the courts are not lawmakers; that’s the job of the legislature. The role of the judiciary, as Justice Kelly puts it, is to interpret the laws according to the clear language of state statutes and the Wisconsin Constitution and the US Constitution. Deciding a case based on a political or personal agenda is outside the purview of a justice.
“Justice Kelly well understands that the rule of law is not just a nice-sounding phrase but is a pillar of our form of government. Part of the rule of law is respecting the unique role of each branch of our government. He also has the judicial temperament, the legal background, and the character that make him the best qualified candidate for this position on our state’s Supreme Court.”
Two challengers are facing off against Justice Kelly in this race, with one making it clear that she will advocate for “social justice issues” and the other making his Hispanic heritage and the “diversity” he would bring to the court the centerpiece of his campaign. Both candidates have been backed by known liberal groups and individuals.
The primary election for this race will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will move on to the general election on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
“We are proud to endorse Justice Kelly and urge citizens across the state to support him with their votes and influence. He’s exactly the kind of judge we need to keep on our State Supreme Court,” said Appling.
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.
Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Federal Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Tom Tiffany and his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives.
Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented, “Tom Tiffany has served in our state legislature since 2010, both in the Assembly and currently in the Senate. Over those years, he has taken a number of tough votes involving our core issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom. His voting record clearly shows he is reliably conservative in every sense of the word.
“To receive WFA PAC’s endorsement, candidates have to meet stringent requirements, which Tom has done. He has shown that he understands that to lead Wisconsin and our nation properly and to ensure our future, our best natural resource—our families—must be strengthened and preserved. He is 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 Tom and with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.
“We are pleased to endorse Tom Tiffany and encourage the citizens of the 7th Congressional District to support him in this special election. We have no doubt they will be well-served by him.”
The primary for this special election will be held on Tuesday, February 18, with the general election on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.
From last week’s Wisconsin Family Connection radio program, Julaine Appling WFA president states, “The spring primary that is fast approaching will have only one statewide race and that will be for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Incumbent Justice Dan Kelly, who was appointed to the state’s high court by Governor Scott Walker when Justice David Prosser resigned, is up for election. To date, Justice Kelly is opposed by Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone. The primary will reduce the field to two candidates. In addition to this statewide race, many areas will have local primaries in addition to this statewide race.”
Click HERE to read “Election Year, Here We Come!” that gives extremely valuable information from WFA president Julaine Appling regarding the Supreme Court race as well as other statewide races. Share this information far and wide with friends, family and neighbors. Many are not aware of the critical nature of the Supreme Court race or the spring primary. You can be a voice in your community!
NOTE: Our new Voter Information Publication (Voter Guide) will soon be available so you can compare the Supreme Court candidates. Stay tuned!
Visit YOUR ELECTION CENTRAL by clicking HERE for everything you need to know about the upcoming spring primary and more!
On Monday, November 18, during the VCY America InFocus program with host Jim Schneider, Justice Daniel Kelly, appointed to the Supreme Court in 2016 following the retirement of Justice David Prosser, detailed his case before the citizens of Wisconsin regarding his seeking a ten-year term on the high court. Judicial philosophy, individual rights and the rule of law were discussed. Viewers were encouraged to call in with their questions for the Justice.
Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn described Justice Kelly in this tweet from earlier this year, “Justice Kelly is a man of faith, family, and integrity. And he understands that the judiciary should be the least dangerous branch because it faithfully applies the law as written.”
Kelly is currently set to face two liberal-backed candidates: Ed Fallone, a Marquette Law School professor, and Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky. Next year’s Supreme Court election falls on the same date as the contested Democratic presidential primary, Tuesday, April 27, 2020, assuring increased turnout among liberal voters.
A 2020 Kelly victory would maintain the court’s 5-2 conservative majority. It is critical that voters save the date and plan to rally others to the polls on April 27.
October 10, 2019 – Tonight CNN and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting a live Town Hall featuring nine of the Democratic presidential candidates. The candidates are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro. The title for tonight’s event is “Power of Our Pride” and will center entirely on the LGBT agenda. This is the first time in history such a presidential event has taken place focused on just this one issue. The candidates will be asked how they plan to advance the LGBT agenda.
“This is an unprecedented event and is an indicator of how aggressive the LGBT movement has become in our country,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “To his credit, President Trump has taken significant action to restore common sense, correct interpretation of federal laws, religious freedom, and parental rights, all of which have been threatened and even harmed by the advancement of the LGBT agenda.”
April 3, 2019 – Madison, WI – Yesterday, Spring Election Day in Wisconsin, was an historic day. Despite all attempts to discredit him for his Christian faith, Judge Brian Hagedorn garnered a hard-won and narrow victory in the race to be the next Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.
Wisconsin Family Action extends a hearty congratulations and thanks to Brian and his family for their hard work and steadfast commitment to staying the course despite the unjust attacks on their personal lives and their religious beliefs. We believe Justice-elect Hagedorn will serve us well. We also congratulate Justice-elect Hagedorn’s campaign for all they did to take this race across the finish line.
Wisconsin Family Action recognizes that victories like Brian’s don’t happen without the labor, financial support, time commitment and prayer of supporters like you and your family. Our partnership and excellent teamwork really do make a difference on election day whether the race is local, statewide or even nationwide. So we thank everyone who had anything to do with this victory, including other groups such as Americans for Prosperity, and especially you the voters!
Neubauer’s campaign said the appellate judge volunteered for Planned Parenthood in the 1990s but is uncertain whether she donated to the group. She hasn’t given to politicians or political groups since taking her seat on the bench a decade ago.
Tuesday, February 19, is Wisconsin’s spring nonpartisan primary election when the ballots are determined for the April 2 general election. While there is no statewide race on the ballot today, many communities will have primaries for mayors, city council, village and town boards, school boards, or local and appellate judges. Wisconsin Family Council recommends visiting myvote.wi.org to see if you have a primary race you need to vote in today, or you can also call WFC at 888-378-7395 for help. The polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It’s far better to check before the polls close now to see if you have a primary election on February 19 rather than to find out after the fact. As Christian citizens let’s do our part to be knowledgeable, responsible, and prayerful voters and encourage others to join us. Here’s the reality: Every election has consequences, and every vote in every election matters.
One Wisconsin Now Owes Judge Hagedorn Public Apology for Religious Bias Imposing religious test as qualification for public service violates U.S. Constitution
MADISON, WI – In an attempt to discredit Brian Hagedorn, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, One Wisconsin Now yesterday declared Hagedorn “unfit to hold public office” because he co-founded a Christian school that seeks to follow orthodox Christian beliefs and standards.
“One Wisconsin Now owes Judge Hagedorn an apology for smearing his character and discriminating against him based on his religion,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. “The U.S. Constitution simply doesn’t allow a religious litmus test for public office-holders and blacklisting candidates for public office because of their religious beliefs and associations is profoundly intolerant.
“Imposing a litmus test on individuals running for public office based on their faith is not only unconstitutional, it’s un-American. One Wisconsin Now appears to have taken a page from the playbook of those who have bullied and badgered other judicial candidates in recent months for their religious beliefs, and, most recently, Second Lady Karen Pence for teaching at a Christian school that similarly states its religious beliefs and establishes codes of conduct for employees and students. One Wisconsin Now certainly has a right to hold its own beliefs, but smearing a candidate with different beliefs is the very essence of intolerance. Such attempts should concern all Wisconsinites.”
One Wisconsin Now, bolstered by other activists, asserts that because the Christian school Hagedorn helped to found, and now serves as a board member, holds to an orthodox Christian teaching regarding marriage, Hagedorn is incapable of “fairly and impartially” judging cases.
“A judge’s job is to interpret the law as written, not to legislate or impose personal policy preferences from the bench. Judge Hagedorn should be vetted and reviewed based on his temperament and character as a judge—not on his personal religious beliefs, practices, or associations. For millennia, people of all the Abrahamic faiths and no faith at all have held the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. Holding that belief, or being associated with institutions that hold that belief, doesn’t mean a judge can’t fairly and impartially interpret and apply the law,” Appling continued. “These tired tactics to discredit judicial candidates because of their faith’s beliefs have failed before, and they will fail again.”
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
If you voted yesterday, you are deserving of thanks. You are part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you took seriously our frequent admonition to use your influence to get at least ten other citizens to join you in voting, you deserve a double thank you. A quick look at the numbers in many of the races here in Wisconsin shows that indeed every vote matters. If you are a pastor and you distributed our materials or showed our video or from the pulpit you reminded your people to vote, thank you! You have no idea how influential your voice is when it comes to people voting. The historic turnout yesterday indicates get-out-the-vote efforts were pretty successful for all sides in our state. WFA’s and WFC’s get-out-the-vote efforts, in partnership with you, were definitely part of the reason for the high voter-turnout.
One quick take on the election: it’s becoming harder and harder to overcome the liberal progressive numbers in Madison and Milwaukee. Their votes in these areas for their candidates this past Tuesday were incredibly strong. For conservatives to win statewide elections, the numbers voting for conservative candidates outside of these major population centers are going to have to be stronger than they were in this election.
Admittedly, with a Democrat governor and both houses of our state legislature controlled by Republicans, we might see a lot of gridlock. Assembly Republicans enjoy a 63-36 majority (a loss of 1 seat), while Senate Republicans hold a 19-14 majority (a gain of 1 seat). Republicans, in our opinion, need to be aggressive in forwarding a conservative, pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty agenda and not fall prey to the temptation to just go-along-to-get-along and make deep, principled compromises with a governor who is likely to want a vastly different agenda pushed.
We will keep you posted as we learn more about how this session will start. Both Democrats and Republicans are caucusing today to determine their party and house leadership. Inauguration of the governor will be in early January, followed very shortly thereafter with the beginning of the new legislative session.
As the major parties increasingly disagree on a number of foundational issues, knowing what the parties stand for is an important part of being an educated voter.
Before you go to the polls, make sure you know the major tenets of each party platform by using our Comparison of Major Party Platforms. Made in cooperation with the Salt & Light Council, it’s another key resource from iVoterGuide to help you be a good steward of your citizenship.