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November 2016 Kansas General Election Voter Guides Now Available! ALL DISTRICTS!

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Click for the District 1 Voter Guide and Survey Questions, District 3 Voter Guide (and here for Survey Questions), (  District 2 Voter Guide (and here for Survey Questions) and District 4 Voter Guide and Survey Questions.  If you do not know what District you live in, find instructions below.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee of Kansas sent a nine question survey to every Kansas Senate and House of Representative candidate running in 2016.

Survey questions:

  1. Should life be protected from conception until natural death?
  2. Should students, teachers, business owners, state employees, or any American be restricted from exercising their First Amendment rights in the public sector?
  3. Kansas passed a constitutional amendment in 2005 defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Will you vote to uphold this amendment to the Kansas Constitution?
  4. Will you vote for legislation to combat violence, abuse and sex trafficking of women and children?*
  5. Will you support legislation for tax credits or other programs to be used by parents to educate their children in the school of their choosing?
  6. Would you support legislation to take fewer federal education dollars for Kansas schools?*
  7. Would you support a Constitutional Amendment for direct election of the judges to return to Kansas?*
  8. Do you support the judicial branch’s decision to legislate school finance by mandating the state dollars?
  9. Do you support the power delegated by the U. S. Constitution to the states and to the people in the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Notes:

  • Question 4, 6 and 7 were eliminated from the final voter guide. Question 4 was eliminated because every candidate that answered the questions answered “Yes”.  Question 6 and 7 were eliminated because the candidates generally found the question unclear.
  • If a candidate is an incumbent, his/her name is italicized.
  • If the candidate made a comment on the survey, it is on the bottom of the page.
  • If the candidate didn’t return the survey their positions were determined, if possible, by votes or positions stated elsewhere, see comment section for details.
  • Bills used for votes:

Q1. SB95 – AN ACT concerning abortion; creating the Kansas unborn child protection from dismemberment abortion act; HB2218 (2011) – Bans abortions to Pain-capable Unborn child at 22 weeks gestation

Q2. SB175 (2015) – AN ACT concerning postsecondary education; relating to allowing the exercise of religious beliefs by student associations; HB2453 – An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage; HB2523/H Sub for SB62 – Protection of Healthcare Conscience Rights

Q3. SCR 1601(2005) – to protect and reserve the special status of the institution of marriage in Kansas – Kansas Marriage Amendment; HB2453 – An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage

How to use the voter guides:

  1. Find out the following districts for where you live:

U.S. Representative ______

Kansas Senate ______

Kansas Representative ______

To do so click HERE, select your county in the “UPCOMING ELECTIONS” box, click “POLLING PLACE” and fill in your address, click the “Search” button and scroll down to “Districts”.

  1. Based on the U.S. Representative district, click one of the following voter guides: District 1 Voter GuideDistrict 2 Voter Guide or District 4 Voter Guide.
  2. View those running for senate by using your Kansas Senate district number and Representative by using your Kansas Representative district number.
  3. Now, as you see, only some of the candidates filled out and returned the survey. If you would like to know where any of the candidates stand on these issues who did not answer, then go to his/her campaign website and/or call their campaign headquarters to find out.
  4. Once you have educated yourself on the candidates, pray. Pray for the candidates in your districts by name.   “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)
  5. Share this survey with friends and family.
  6. Vote before or on Nov 8.

Please feel free to print and distribute voter guides liberally.

Kansas Election Resources and More!

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Dear Friends,

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how important the election is this year! So much is at stake! It is important that we as Christians get out and vote our Biblical values. As believers we must do all we can to positively affect legislation in our great nation.

The elections will not only determine our next President, but also who will win the senatorial, congressional, state school board, judicial retention and local races. To help your decisions at the poll, I have included a handful of helpful resources throughout this e-alert.  Please prayerfully consider all of this information and forward it on to like-minded family and friends. 

What party best represents you?  You decide.  We have put together two Party Platform Comparison documents that I am sure you will find very helpful:

The presidential race is of immense importance. The next president will be choosing the next U.S. Supreme Court justice/justices as well as up to four more that will be within retirement age within the next four to eight years.  And, let us not forget that he/she will be selecting 55 U.S. Courts of Appeals Judges, 268 U.S. District Court Judges and there are currently 90 Federal Judicial vacancies.  CWA has put together a two-minute and 20-second video that will help you to understand the impact the next president will have on the country’s judicial system for generations to come.

Kansas will be voting to retain 11 judges.  That is, five Supreme Court justice, six Court of Appeals races, and numerous local-level judges.  Here is helpful brochure on the topic of judges:

Kansas Secretary of State website.  This site is extremely helpful in answering all of your questions pertaining to voting in Kansas:

Important dates and deadlines:

  • Tuesday, October 18 – Voter Registration Ends: Last date to register to vote in General election.
  • Wednesday, October 19 – Early Voting/In person Absentee voting starts: First day advance ballots are mailed. In person advance voting may begin. Contact your county election office to find out when and where.
  • Friday, November 4 – Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed.
  • Monday, November 7 – Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Noon deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of county election office.
  • Tuesday, November 8 (General Election) – Absentee Ballot return deadline: Advance voting ballots must be received in office of County Election Officer by close of polls.

Again, please pass this information on to like-minded friends and family.

The most important thing we can do is to pray! God will direct our paths as we study the candidates and the platform.

Please jump in at any time to join CWA’s 30 Day Prayer Challenge.  Sign up today!

Please pray the following Scriptures for the Lord’s direction as you vote:

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” Exodus 18:21

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” 1 Corinthians 6:1-5

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Thank you for taking the time to consider all of this information.  May the Lord be with you on November 8.

For Liberty and Truth,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org
(785) 260-5659

 

 

Douglas County Candidate Forum a Great Success!

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Candidates from the U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State House of Representatives Participated.

douglas-candidate-forum-bWith candidates from three different races and both parties, the attendees heard very diverse comments in answer to their questions at our Douglas County Candidate Forum.  The Moderator, Pastor John McFarland, did an outstanding job as he conveyed the written questions from the audience as well as questions from CWALAC of Kansas’ Candidate Questionnaire.  Even though the candidates disagreed on some of the issues, they were respectful and cordial.  The audience was also very respectful and offered questions concerning some of CWA’s core issues such as education, sanctity of life and the election of judges.  The Forum was informative and everyone seemed to be pleased with the outcome.

Watch the videos of this great event!  Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Ann Mah, State School Board Member, District 4, Marci Francisco, State Senator, District 2, Meredith Richey, State Senator, Disrict 2,  Jim Karleskint, Echo Van Mereten, State Senator, District 3, Tom Holland, State District 3 (Sue Mollenkamp, State School Board Member, District 4 and James Houston Bales, Congressional District 2 not shown.)

Please pray

  • Pray for the candidates, they are working so hard to attend as many forums as possible.
  • Pray for their families as some are reporting health problems and the pressure of campaigning door-to-door.
  • Pray for the candidates, that they will be able to give a true picture of how they will lead in the legislature.

Take action

  • Contact me at ks.cwfa.org or call 785-260-5659 if you are interested in inviting us to do a presentation concerning education or on any of our other core issues.  We can discuss a location for your event, who to invite, how to get the public notified, and any questions you have.
  • Check out the 2016 She Votes page.  We have some great resources that I’m sure you will find helpful.
  • Vote on November 8 or get an early election ballot from your local county elections office.

Remember, now is the time to be more involved in defending family values in your community, our great state and America. We can make a difference in the makeup of our Kansas Senate and Kansas House!

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWALAC of Kansas
director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org
(785) 260-5659

Help CWA Get Out the Vote in Kansas!

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It is election season, and Concerned Women for America (CWA) says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls this election cycle!  I hope you exercise not only your right as an American, but your responsibility as a Christian by voting in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  This is a courtesy reminder that you must be registered to vote by October 18, 2016, in order to vote in the General Election.

Get Involved In Kansas!

Step #1– Ensure YOU are registered to vote. Go to Vote KS to check the following:

  • Voter registration status
  • Mail-in application and ballot status
  • Poll location
  • Early voting locations
  • Elected Officials
  • Registration information on file with the county office

Step #2– Hold a registration event at your church.

  • Click here to read information for voter registration events held in Kansas.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATES FOR KANSAS
Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Suggested Registration Drive: October 9 or 16, 2016
General Election: November 8, 2016

We would LOVE to hear back from you if you plan on holding a registration drive! Do not hesitate to contact CWA of Kansas by phone (785) 260-5659 or e-mail if you have any questions about holding a voter registration drive.

Step #3– Review the party platform comparison document.

We have included for you a 2016 Party Platform Comparison. You can review the Republican platform outlined in red and the Democratic platform outlined in blue. We want to urge you to take the time to look these over and pass them out to your neighbors, friends, church leaders, and anyone in your sphere of influence who could benefit from knowing the truth.

Step #4– Attend Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee Candidate Forums in Topeka, Lawrence and Wamego! (Be sure to check the date and time online the day before the event to be sure the date has not changed.)

If there is not a candidate forum in your area please contact us so that we can work together to have one in your town.

October 3, Northland Christian Church
7:00-8:30 p.m.
3102 NW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66617

October 13, Christ Covenant Church
7:00-8:30 p.m.
2312 Harvard Rd
Lawrence, KS 66049

October 20, Iron Clad
7:00-8:30 p.m.
427 Lincoln St.
Wamego, KS 66547

Pray for the upcoming election and that Christians would get to the polls this November.

Let’s get-out-the-vote, Kansas!

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWALAC of Kansas
director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org
(785) 260-5659

CWA of Kansas Speaks Out Concerning the Selective Service Drafting Women

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Sen. Moran Agrees to Sign Sen. Sasse’s Letter Requesting a Study

Early Monday morning at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) held the 104th of his promised 105 Listening Tours.  I attended as your CWA of Kansas State Director and publicly requested that Sen. Moran sign the letter from Sen. Benjamin Sasse (R-Nebraska) to Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) that calls for approval of the House language which calls for a study of the draft and not the Senate language which would require women to register for the Selective Service.

The letter in part says, “As you know, the Senate-passed bill includes language that would, for the first time, require women to register for the Selective Service. We believe it is better to refrain from this expansion and to instead, task an independent commission to study the purpose and utility of the Selective Service System, specifically determining whether the current system is unneeded, if it is sufficient, or if it needs an expanded pool of potential draftees.”

The National Office of Concerned Women for America has been aggressive on this issue on Capitol Hill, so I thought it was important that I assist in any way I could while Moran was in the state.

The senator very graciously agreed to sign the letter as soon as he returns to Washington, D.C.  Some of the people attending the tour were curious about the letter, and I was able to explain it. Afterwards Sen. Moran’s staff interviewed me talking about how pleased we are that Sen. Moran would be signing the letter.  They said the video will be posted on Sen. Moran’s Facebook page in the near future.  If so I will be sure to link to it from the CWA of Kansas site.

Please pray for those who cannot understand why it is so important to families that women not have to register for the Selective Service.  Pray also for the signers as they are using a common sense approach to protect women while at the same time not hindering those who desire to be in the different branches of the Service.  They are simply asking for a study that was talked about, but never accomplished.

Please take action:

  1. Contact Sen. Jerry Moran and thank him.  Tell him that you heard about the letter through Concerned Women for America of Kansas.  You may contact him by phone or e-mail.
  2. Pass this information along to family and friends.  Encourage them to pray and take action.
  3. Please consider donating to CWA of Kansas by mailing a check and sending it to the address below.  Or, donate now by clicking on the “DONATE TO MY STATE” button on our website.

God bless you for all you do.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, Kansas 66608
ks.cwfa.org
director@kansas.cwfa.org
785-260-5659

As Election Day Approaches – See What Each Party Platform Stands For

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Dear CWA of Kansas Friend,

 As Election Day approaches, do you have questions?  How will you decide?

Did you know that the 2016 Republican National Party platform says this on Page 24: “We respect the states’ authority and flexibility to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid and other health care and family planning programs so long as they continue to perform or refer for elective abortions or sell the body parts of aborted children.

Did you know that the 2016 Democratic National Party platform says this on Page 34: “We will fight Republican efforts to roll back the clock on women’s health and reproductive rights, and stand up for Planned Parenthood.”

Did you know that the 2016 Democratic National Party platform says this on Page 46: “Democrats believe that LBGT rights are human rights and that American foreign policy should advance the ability of all persons to live with dignity, security, and respect, regardless of who they are or who they love.

Did you know that the 2016 Republican National Party platform says this on Page 31: “Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society.

No?  Then you need to read CWA’s 2016 Party Platform Comparison.  Fourteen issues are compared: Sanctity of Life; Gender; Education; Freedom of Religion; National Sovereignty; Israel; Military; Immigration; Gun Control; Health Care; Fiscal Responsibility; Environment; Criminal Justice and Anti-Trafficking; and Election and Campaign Laws.  You and your friends should see first-hand the differences in the beliefs of each party before you vote.  Excerpts from 58 pages of Republican beliefs and 51 pages of Democratic beliefs have been condensed to seven to give you a glimpse of the heart of the two parties.

You can access this today on our website under “2016 Party Platform Comparison is Now Available!”

Please first and foremost pray.  Pray for our great state and country.  May the Christians earnestly seek the Lord before November 8.

Please take action today.

  1. Ask your church if you can hand them out as people exit the sanctuary. Or, put them on an information table.  Yes, it is legal for churches to distribute this.  It will not affect their tax status because it presents information from both parties in a nonpartisan way.  After getting approval, contact us to let us know how many you would like.
  1. Donate to Concerned Women for America of Kansas. Your gift will help put this comparison in the hands of hundreds of voters before November 8.  Your gift in any amount will educate the electorate.  Please send your tax-deductible donations to the address below, or, donate online through our website now!  Simply click on “DONATE TO YOUR STATE.”

Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.

Blessings!

Barbara Saldivar

State Director
Concerned Women for America of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, Kansas 66608
ks.cwfa.org
director@kansas.cwfa.org
785-260-5659

Kansas Conservatives Not Being Heard

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Last week’s election resulted in long time U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp losing the Congressional District #1 seat.  Many conservative Kansas State Legislators who were incumbents LOST their races, also!

The 2017 legislative session may present some challenges for Concerned Women for America of Kansas.  We may not see many bills passed in favor of our issues.  We will be busy defending the great legislation that has already been passed and written into law.  We owe a great deal of thanks to these wonderful lawmakers who were voted out during this past primary.  In some cases they lost by very few votes and that gives us hope that we are still making ourselves heard.  Please keep your focus.

The big reason why the election was not favorable to them is the disagreement with the judicial branch’s decision to legislate school finance by mandating the state dollars to be spent on education.

The attacks concerning school finance and the rightful place of the legislature in control of our state budget have been causing a lot of confusion.  The media along with the National Education Association (NEA) and the Kansas NEA have misrepresented the condition of school finance.  The fact is that the Governor’s office has sent information countless times showing that the State Budget includes Education Funding at 51%.  That is right; over half of our state budget goes to education. 

 Please Pray for the upcoming General Election.  Pray for favor that there will be a large number of constituents understanding what actually is true and what is only smoke.

Take Action: Learn as much as you can about the candidates in your area. Share what you know with others.  Be prepared to vote in November and help others to understand how important it is to make all of our voices be heard. Watch for our general election voter guide.

Now more than ever is the time to be involved in defending your values in your community, our great state and America!  God bless you.  I am praying for you; you are the one who makes a difference in Kansas.

Sincerely,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
ks.cwfa.org
(785) 260-5659
director@kansas.cwfa.org

More Candidate Forums to be Held in Kansas – Riley and Douglas County

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Last month’s Shawnee County candidate forum was a great success! We are now making plans to have one in Riley County and one in Douglas County for the General Election Cycle.  Watch for more information to come!

Would you like to have a candidate forum in your area?

It is important that Christians educate themselves on the candidates and vote for the individuals who would best represent their values.  As believers we need to evaluate candidates based on their stand on Biblical issues such as morality, their character, and their experience and history.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) sincerely believes that candidate forums are one of the best ways to find out this kind of information about the candidates and more.

So, will you join us by considering having a candidate forum in your area?  Give me a call!   Let’s talk about it!  It does not matter where you live!  There are people everywhere who want to exercise their God given knowledge of what is right and wrong and need to know that the candidate who will be representing them will abide by those standards.  They will benefit by asking their own questions of the candidates seeking to represent them.

Please pray and ask the Lord if you should initiate a forum for your county or city.

 Take action. Contact me at director@kansas.cwfa.org or call 785-260-5659.  We will discuss a location for your forum, who to invite, and how to get the public notified.

Now is the time to be more involved in defending family values in your community, our great state and America. We know how to do that; together we can make a difference!

Sincerely,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director

CWALAC of Kansas’s First of Many Candidate Forums (Shawnee County) — a Great Success!

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Candidate Forum 3Monday evening, July 25, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) of Kansas held the first of several candidate forums for this election cycle.  The focus for this forum was Shawnee County.  All county candidates were invited to participate.

It was an outstanding time.  The audience of 50 was clearly engaged.  One of the attendees said afterwards, “I am pleased to be able to hear the candidates in person because signs and advertisements were not helpful. I wanted my vote to be an educated vote.”

CWALAC of Kansas State Director Barbara Saldivar was the emcee; Heritage Christian School teacher Al Riddle was the moderator; Pastor Doug Mingus of Northland Christians Church offered prayer, and the Christian Cadet Club presented the Colors.

Candidates participating were the following:

For County Commissioner – Kevin Cook (D) and Mike Sterbenz (D)
For Sheriff – Herman T. Jones (R) and Jerry Stanley (R)
For District Attorney – Mike Kagay (R) and Keen A. Umbher (R)
For Kansas Senate (District 20) – Joe Patton (R)

The questions asked were about abortion, religious freedom, sanctuary cities, the10th Amendment and the relationships between the police department and the community.

A special thank you to Phillis Setchell, Mike and Kathy Hall, Andy Saldivar, Keith and Denise Cochran who helped in various ways.

Be an effective voter!

  • Stay tuned, we will update you as more candidate forums are put on the calendar.
  • Go to our website to view the CWALAC of Kansas 2016 Primary Election Voter Guide.
  • Let us know if you would like to assist in a candidate forum in your county.
  • Pray.