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CWALAC of Kansas 2016 Primary Election Voter Guide

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee of Kansas
August 2, 2016 Kansas Primary Election Voter Guide

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee of Kansas sent a nine question survey to every candidate running in the August 2, 2016, Kansas primary election for the following positions: U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas Senate, Kansas House of Representatives.

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.

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. You are now ready select the voter guide for your area. Based on the U.S. Representative district, click on one of the of the following:

District 1
District 2
District 3
District 4

      1. View those running in the primary for senate by using your Kansas Senate district number and Representative by using your Kansas Representative district number. There may or may not be primary elections in your area for these three offices.
      2. 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.
      3. 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)
      4. Share this survey with friends and family.
      5. Vote on August 2.

 

 

Help Make Informative Voter’s Guides Available to Kansas Christians

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You are Needed!

According to a study done by Barna Group, 40 to 50 million self-proclaimed Christians failed to vote in the last elections. There are 82 million self-proclaimed Christians in the country, meaning almost half did not exercise their right to vote.

There are many reasons Christians don’t vote.  One of those reasons is a lack of knowledge.

Join with us as we educate Kansas Christians on the different candidates running this election.   Christians need to know where the candidates stand on issues important to them.  The Body of Christ can make a wholesome change in Kansas politics; we already have, but we can do better.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) of Kansas has taken on a big job . . . providing voters’ guides for Christians across Kansas.  We have sent out candidate surveys to 370 candidates.  We sent them out to all candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State House.  They are now pouring in!

There is work to be done!  Will you join the CWALAC of Kansas Steering Committee in completing the project?  We need people to make phone calls, to do research via voting records, websites, Google searches and more.

Please pray and ask the Lord if one of these jobs is something He would have you do.

Take action by contacting me at director@kanasas.cwfa.org and say, “Yes, I want to be part of getting the voters’ guides out to Kansas Christians!”

Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity to affect the outcome of the 2016 elections.

Sincerely,

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

 
Contact me any time in the future to find out how you can get more involved in defending family values in your community, our great state and America.  We have positions open for the steering committee, Chapter leaders and Home Team Captains.  We always need donations to Kansas CWA.

Pray and Take Action Concerning Obama’s Current Nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Hello dear CWA friends,

The recent nomination made by our President for Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court calls for urgent prayer and action.  I cannot stress strongly enough just how important this is, and it may very well be the most important thing we have prayed about for some time, even over and above who we want our next president to be. Prayer is our number one weapon; let’s use it!  Taking action is our second; let’s do it!

Judge Garland’s record on the D.C. Circuit proves that he would be a reliable fifth vote (or sixth, if you count Kennedy) for many extreme liberal priorities, like gutting the First and Second Amendment, unleashing the abortion industry (think legalizing partial-birth abortion), and helping to maintain unaccountable bureaucratic agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“This is the most important battle of our lives.” – CEO and President of CWA Penny Nance

Pray that any selection or nomination President Obama makes to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States will not be acted upon by the Senate.  Pray for the senators meeting with Judge Garland to be compassionate but forceful in expressing the deep concerns for our Constitutional Republic beyond the candidate himself (who has been caught in the middle of all this). Let us pray for truth and justice in accordance with God’s will. Amen!

I personally am going to be praying for Christians all over this country to be praying with us for the same goal.  We must remember that we are a majority not a minority and that those who believe in Almighty God have the power to move mountains if they believe they can.  Thanks be to the Lord, we are more than conquerors and we are also overcomers.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and/or e-mail our U.S. Senators and ask them to not accept or vote upon any nominations for the U.S. Supreme Court that are made by President Obama. The main goal is not to allow any Supreme Court nominations to be accepted or approved by our members of the U.S. Senate until after the elections and after the inauguration of the new President, whoever that may be.

Pat Roberts (R)
roberts.senate.gov/
202-224-4774

Jerry Moran (R)
moran.senate.gov/
(202) 224-6521

  • Call and/or e-mail Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).  Thank him for his commitment to not allowing any nominees a hearing.  He needs our support now!

Chuck Grassley
(202) 224-3744
grassley.senate.gov/constituents/questions-and-comments

  • Stay informed, regularly read about this issue at concernedwomen.org.
  • Pass this e-mail on to like-minded friends and family.

God bless America.

Kansas Legislative Update – Bills, Bills!

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Click here to find out who your representative and senator are and how to contact them.

Sex Opt In (HB 2199) – requires school districts to get approval from parents for sexuality education by opting in instead of out.  HB 2199 is in the House and will possibly be voted on this week.

Action: Contact your representative and ask him/her to vote YES on HB 2199.

Local Control of Kansas Education (HB 2292) gives local control over Kansas Education relating to the student data privacy act.  It is important that this bill pass with no amendments.

Action: Contact Speaker of the House Ray Merrick (R-District 27) and encourage him to bring HB 2292 to the house floor for a vote.  And then contact your representative and ask him/her to vote YES on HB 2292 with no amendments when it comes to the floor.

Tax Credit for Schools (HB 2457) – tax credit for low income scholarship program.  Will give more opportunity for low income students.

Action: Contact your representative and ask him/her to vote YES on HB 2457.

Charitable Healthcare Providers (HB 2615) – allows physicians and dentists to donate charity care to low-income Kansans.  The physicians and dentists will benefit in receiving continuing education credits.  The idea was formulated by Rep. Dan Hawkins (R-Wichita).  HB 2615 is currently in the Committee on Public Health and Welfare.

Action: Contact the members of the committee and encourage them to vote YES on HB 2615. Click here for their names and contact information.

No do not Resuscitate Order (SB 437) – requires written permission of at least one parent or legal guardian of the patient or resident under 18 years of age.

Action:  Contact your senator and encourage him/her to vote YES SB 437.

Prayer: Please pray for the Senate and the House members, their leadership and Gov. Brownback.  The pressure builds, and they and their families need His Presence to see them through the session.  Pray for unity among the like-minded conservatives. When we speak the word of God with boldness, we become one as what took place in Acts 4:31&32.

Please forward this information to family and friends to pray and take action.

You are a blessing with all you do.  I appreciate your prayers and assistance.

 

Kansas Education Committee Passes Common Core Bill – HB 2292

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Four years of effort by CWA of Kansas and other pro-family groups has been put into getting this bill out of committee.  Last Wednesday, February 17, it finally happened!  Kansas House Education Committee passed a bill that effectively disables the Common Core requirement and returns local control to Kansas!

Committee Chair, Rep. Ron Highland (R-District 51), Rep. Tony Barton (R-District 41) and Rep. Joseph Scapa (R-District 88) were very instrumental in getting the job done. A big thank you goes to each one of these representatives.  They kept their word under a great deal of duress.

Prayer:  Pray for unity and courage among conservative representatives.  They will have a great deal of negative opposition.  Pray that they can focus on God and do what is on their hearts and minds to do … get this bill out of the House with no amendments.

Action:  The opposition is gearing up to keep this bill from going forward.  Let us do all we can to get it passed.

  1. Please ask the following legislators to pass HB 2292 with no amendments:
  • Call Speaker Ray Merrick (R-District 27) at 785-296-2302 and/or e-mail him at ray.merrick@house.ks.gov.
  • Call and/or e-mail your representative.  Find their name and contact information here.  Click on “Find Your Legislator” if you don’t know them by name.
  • Thank the four representatives listed above for their effort.  Click here for their contact information.

2. Please ask Gov. Sam Brownback to sign the bill if it comes to him.  Call his office at 785-296-3232 and/or click here to e-mail him.

Thank you for all you do.  You are women and men of courage and strength to step up to this challenge and all the challenges of the past and future.  Please be involved with your local CWA Chapter.  Contact me to find out if there is one in your area and/or how to start one.

 

CWA of Kansas Updates: Resolution to Change the Method of Selecting Judges in Kansas, Rally for Religious Freedom and Important Presentation in House Committee

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Concerned Women for America of Kansas joins the millions around the country praying for the family of Justice Scalia, a vigorous defender of the Constitution and our liberties.  His commitment to the text of the Constitution and the Founders’ intent was second to none.

His passing is an event that will be felt for many years to come.  But his legacy will live on – a legacy that will always call us back to the Constitution – to freedom and liberty, and the highest standards as individuals and as a country. Kansans should be reminded to continue the fight for judges.

Resolution, HCR 5005 did not pass.  HCR 5005 would have allowed the governor to select and the senate to confirm state judges.  HCR 5004 was never discussed.  (Click here to view February 2 Action Alert.)  We will watch and update you on any further developments.  Thank you for praying about this important resolution and contacting your representative about our concern. Your input to our Representatives on Judicial Reform was very much appreciated.

Please pray for another opportunity to change the way Kansas selects judges.  We need judges who stick to the Constitution, not judges who judge by their personal convictions.

TOMORROW! Rally for Religious Freedom will be tomorrow Wednesday February 17, second floor in the Rotunda from 12 noon till 1:00 p.m.  Visitor parking is available in the underground parking garage accessed on Eighth Street.  Enter the Capitol on the north side and take the stairs or elevator from the ground floor to the second.  You will have to go through security on the ground floor.  I hope you will be able to attend!  View flyer here.

Important Presentation on Common Core in House Education Committee will follow the Rally at 1:30 on the first floor in Room 112N.  I urge you to attend this presentation.

You are so valuable to CWA of Kansas, and I thank you for your faithfulness.  I encourage you to contact me to find out if there is a CWA Chapter near you or request information on how to start one.  These Chapters educate their members about the issues in Kansas, pray about them and act upon them.  This does and will continue to bring change to our beloved State.

 

Kansas “Sexual Orientation” Bill Update and Selection of Judges Resolution Bills to Take Action On

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“Sexual Orientation” Bill HB 2323

Thank you for your prayers and timely action on HB 2323. It was not voted out of committee.  We will keep watch to be sure it does not revive in some other form.

Selection of Judges Resolution Bills HCR 5004 and HCR 5005

Both of these bills are on their way to the House Floor and up for a vote as early as tomorrow.

HCR 5004 calls for elections of the judges.

HCR 5005 is the “Federal Model” that allows the governor to select and the senate to confirm.

We recommend nonpartisan elections, HCR 5004, yet, will support the Federal Model, HCR 5005.  Though HCR 5005 is not our first choice, it is an immense improvement over our current system in which nonelected people decideThe most important thing is to get one of these resolutions to Governor Brownback to sign into law.  No longer will we have nonelected committee members choose our judges.

Praise and Pray:

  • Praise God that the “Sexual Orientation” Bill was not voted out of committee.
  • Pray that our representatives will come to agreement on one of the resolutions concerning judges and that one of the resolutions will pass.

Take Action:

  • Contact the House Member that represents you and encourage him/her to vote for HCR 5004.  Let him/her know though that if he/she votes for HCR 5005, it is better than the system we currently have. Click here to find out who your House Member is and how to contact him/her.  If time allows please contact all House Members to express your opinion.
  • Forward this e-mail on to like-minded friends and family and encourage them to pray and act today.

Thank you for your faithfulness, and may God bless.

 

CWA of Kansas Sets the Groundwork for an Effective Legislative Session

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The 2016 Kansas legislative session has begun!  The CWA of Kansas steering committee met several times this fall to strategize.  We are expecting legislation to be proposed this session on a variety of issues such as sexual orientation, common core, and sanctity of life to name a few.  If we are to be effective in 2016 our state legislators need to hear from as many of us as possible.  YOUR efforts are needed to move good legislation forward and to stop bad legislation.  Legislators take note of how many people contact them concerning a specific issue on one side or the other, and it often determines how they vote.

We invite YOU to be a lobbyist this session.  What defines a lobbyist in our book?  One who is informed on the issues, commits their efforts to the Lord and then contacts their legislators regularly concerning these issues.  It’s easy!  We will show you how!

  1. Be informed and timely: Get the facts.  When you receive a CWA of Kansas e-alert, be sure to read it as soon as possible.  If your time allows, read the links to additional information often provided in the e-alert. The same, of course, applies to CWA national e-alerts.  If your schedule allows, go a step farther; stay informed by logging onto ConcernedWomen.org and ks.cwfa.org regularly, read state newspapers and sign up for your legislator’s newsletters and e-alerts by going to their website or e-mailing them. Get to know where they stand on the issues.  For example, a person could contact Senator Mitch Holmes at Mitch.Holmes@senate.ks.gov and request a copy of his newsletter.
  2. Be prayerful: Commit your efforts to the Lord and pray for your legislators by name. Ask God to guide your legislator and give him/her wisdom.  “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.” (I Timothy 2:1-2)
  3. Contact your legislator and be specific: Contact your legislators via e-mail or phone and state the specific issue and include the bill number and/or the title.  Click here to find your state legislators names and contact information.  Click here to find your federal legislators names and contact information.
  4. Be polite: You should be firm but courteous.  Ask for a reply and thank the legislator. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13,14

There are two ways to lobby, from your home and in person.  Though most of you will not be able to visit the state capital this year in Topeka, all of you can lobby from your home via e-mail, Facebook, phone, etc.  Commit now to being a 2016 Lobbyist!

Now if you would like to lobby in person, you follow the points above as you do when calling or e-mailing.  The only difference is making an appointment in advance.

Consider lobbying on the CWA of Kansas Lobbying team.  To start, simply come with us and observe and pray.  Contact me if you are at all interested.

Join us as together we accomplish great things with the help of our Lord and Savior.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director