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Annabelle Rutledge

Matthew Whitaker steps into U.S. Attorney General position at crucial time

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Washington, D.C. — Last week, Matthew Whitaker was appointed Acting-United States Attorney General following Jeff Sessions’ resignation.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement: 

“Matthew Whitaker is an outstanding choice for acting Attorney General. His time serving at the Department of Justice was highlighted by his dedication to expediting the settlements of key Supreme Court cases, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and the State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor. These two cases were deeply important to the hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America.

“Whitaker is known for being tough on crime and is described as “a lawyer’s lawyer.” This is exactly what the Department of Justice needs. There is a whole host of bipartisan issues that must be tackled by Congress and, with a split House and Senate, now is the perfect time to confront those issues.

“Concerned Women for America has repeatedly called on the DOJ to address the rape kit backlog. I had the honor of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past summer, urging the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act with a focus on processing rape kits. The DOJ, especially, should care for victims of rape and sexual assault. CWA asks that Whitaker make good use of his time in this important position.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Thanksgiving, the anthem of our nation

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Thanksgiving is deeply embedded in the historical framework of this great nation. While the first Thanksgivings were celebrated by both Virginia and Massachusetts settlers in the New World, November 26, 1789, was the first official Thanksgiving Day. President George Washington set that day apart for the nation to give thanks, and the presidents to follow continued the tradition.

However, it was President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Thanksgiving Day proclamation which prompted the holiday we know and love today.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea, and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.”

It was a proclamation made on October 3, 1863 — almost exactly in the middle of the Civil War. In a period of time when our nation was most deeply divided and the American spirit of unity was in tatters, our leader asked us to give thanks. As brother fought against brother, our president asked us to set aside a day to recognize the Lord’s deliverance and blessings. It was in the midst of that darkness that President Lincoln implored the nation to come together in prayer for peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

It’s striking to me that we hold elections in the same month as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Was it purposeful, the timing of those two events? Elections, whether they should be or not, can be so deeply divisive. But we have a built-in reminder, just three weeks later, to put it all aside and give thanks.

So this month, as we move past an election cycle and on to Thanksgiving, choose unity, prayer, and thankfulness. Set aside time to thank God for His deliverances and blessings. Bow with humble penitence for our national disobedience. Commend to our Father in Heaven every American who has become a widow, orphan, mourner, or sufferer this year. Implore our Savior to heal the wounds of our nation and restore peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

 

Field Update: State Leaders Get out the Vote! (Kansas E-Alert)

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Dear friend,

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threatened by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence to be directed at those with whom they disagree.

Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future. Please join us in carrying them out. 

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6th approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

# 2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality we saw during the Kavanaugh debacle by praying against malicious tactics and voting November 6.

Did you know . . . in Kansas, early voting starts 7 days before and ends 1 day prior to Election Day.  For more information go to kssos.org/elections/elections.html.

Voter Guides:

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Party Platform Comparison(print double-sided 14” X 8 ½” and fold)

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!

Barbara Saldivar

State Director

CWA of Kansas

[email protected]

ks.cwfa.org

Google Blocks Rep. Blackburn’s (R-Tennessee) Digital Ad

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Washington, D.C. — This week, Google blocked a digital ad in favor of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) claiming it violated their standards.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“Google’s recent decision to block Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s digital ad is one more example of google showing viewpoint bias. Concerned Women for America, made up of 500,000 individuals nationwide, is asking Google to correct this issue. We are calling this what it is – censorship and discrimination. Sadly, this is not a new, nor is it an isolated, incident.

“Twitter blocked Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement in October 2017 because its pro-life message had the potential to offend some viewers. During CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh campaign, supporters were blocked from liking Concerned Women for America Instagram posts in support of Justice Kavanaugh. Just today, our friends at Susan B. Anthony had a 30-second ad supporting Blackburn’s pro-life stance banned by Facebook. This is a reckoning time for all of Silicon Valley.
“While it’s easy to be discouraged by this censorship and discrimination, exposure is the key to fixing the problem. Google has some important work to do, both internally with its treatment of employees and with the way it treats consumers. CWA asks that these changes come sooner, rather than later.”
For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit www.concernedwomen.org
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Push Cards: Mob Rule or Rule of Law?

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PRAY 

As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6 approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

ENCOURAGE

As a Christian organization, we are committed to encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, twitter, email, etc. Give rides to those that can not get to a polling place without assistance. Encourage your pastor to mention it from the pulpit.

VOTE

As a Christian organization, we see in the Bible that the institution of government was ordained by God (Romans 13:1-4). It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by voting.

Vote November 6 as to whether you want mob rule or the rule of law.

Find the push card for your state below or use the general card here

CALIFORNIA

FLORIDA 

GEORGIA

IOWA 

ILLINOIS 

KANSAS 

MISSOURI 

NORTH CAROLINA 

NORTH DAKOTA 

SOUTH DAKOTA

TEXAS

WASHINGTON 

Voter Registration Deadlines!

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Find your state’s registration deadline below and click here to register! 

Alabama 10/22

California 10/22

Colorado 11/6 (election day)

Connecticut 10/30

DC 11/6 (election day)

Idaho 11/6 (election day)

Illinois 11/6 (election day)

Iowa 11/6 (election day)

Maine 11/6 (election day)

Minnesota 11/6 (election Day)

Montana 11/6 (election Day)

Nebraska 11/6 (election Day)

New Hampshire 11/6 (election Day)

North Dakota – none, just bring ID

South Dakota 10/22

Utah 10/30

Vermont 11/6 (election Day)

Washington 10/29

Wisconsin 11/6 (election Day)

Wyoming 11/6 (election Day)

Justice Kavanaugh Confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court 50-48.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“This confirmation journey has been unlike anything I have ever witnessed. Thank you, President Trump, for choosing such an outstanding and exemplary nominee. What we saw play out over the last month was nothing more than an outrageous display of partisanship at the cost of a good man’s reputation.

“But at the end of the day, truth and justice were victorious. I have been honored to stand alongside and represent half-a-million women who have supported Brett Kavanaugh since July 9. His record and his life of service withstood every salacious and unfounded attack.

“To the senators who endured threats for doing what is right, thank you. Thank you to Sen. Susan Collins who stood up for all women in that historic speech yesterday. To the staff on the hill who dealt with angry mobs at your desks, thank you. To Chairman Grassley, who saw the Judiciary Committee through this unprecedented charade, thank you for your strong and steady leadership. To Leader McConnell, who refused to be bullied, thank you.

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee showed up. Our happy warrior/activist ladies did what they do best. Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of our leaders fought unwaveringly for months. They wrote letters, held rallies, traveled to town halls, and even showed up in D.C. I am proud to stand with them.

“Justice Kavanaugh, thank you for not giving up. We are praying for you and your beautiful family. You made a choice to sacrifice yourself for the good of this nation, and the American people saw that. There is no one more qualified or worthy to sit on this esteemed bench at this time.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh Testify Under Oath Amid Politicized Process

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify under oath. Judge Kavanaugh offered his defense and was questioned immediately following.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“Today’s hearing was difficult for everyone.  Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony was powerful, sincere and appropriately emotional.  As a woman who is a victim of attempted rape and a physical assault, a member of the #MeToo movement, I still believe in the presumption of innocence for everyone.

“The process was politicized from even before he was named when abortion activists held up signs opposing “XX (insert name).” After Judge Kavanaugh was named, they stooped to screaming and interrupting the hearings, dressing as handmaids (and not kidding, condoms) and disrupting senate business by harassing senate members and staff.

“The level of nastiness I have observed in the past few weeks is shocking. Add all of this to the games played by Senator Feinstein and Senate Democrats, and it becomes clear that the politics of personal destruction has made a mockery of the Senate.  Senator Charles Grassley has done an heroic job of patiently working to be fair and thorough.  Enough!  It’s time to vote.  And Concerned Women for America urges the swift confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and Coalition Groups Hold Women for Kavanaugh — “I Stand With Brett” Rally

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Washington, D.C. – The “Women for Kavanaugh” bus is making its way to D.C.! Concerned Women for America LAC and coalition groups will be holding a rally on Capitol Hill, Thursday, September 27, in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

What: Women for Kavanaugh – ‘I Stand With Brett’ Rally
When: Thursday, September 27, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
Where: The Park behind the Russell Senate Office Bldg. on Capitol Hill
The park is located across the street from the Russell Office building and is bordered by C St. N.E., Delaware Ave. N.E., 1st St. N.E. and D St. N.E.
Speakers Include:
 
Penny Young Nance, CEO & President, Concerned Women for America
Peggy Nienaber, Vice President of Operations, Faith and Action
Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network and former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas
Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Allie Stuckey, The Conservative Millennial, Host of the podcast, Relatable
Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum
Karin Agness, President, NeW
Jessica Anderson, Vice President, Heritage Action
Kimberly Fletcher, President and Founder, Moms for America
Andrea Lafferty, Executive Director, Women for a Great America
Penny Morrell, CWA of ME, State Director
Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Victoria Belk, YWA Chapter President, Liberty University
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America had this to say:

“Accusations continue to surface, but the fact remains that this frenzy is based on unsubstantiated allegations. Concerned Women for America is committed to standing in support of Judge Kavanaugh, as we have throughout this process. We are also committed to much larger goals – protection of the presumption of innocence, support of due process, and pursuit of truth and justice.”

Appropriations Outcome Proves Pro-life Progress Won’t Come Without A Fight

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. House-Senate conference appropriators wrapped up business on fiscal year 2019 spending bills today, choosing to tack on a short-term continuing resolution for remaining agencies as a rider to the Department of Defense/Labor-HHS-Education appropriations package.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“It is highly disappointing that the only “rider” conference negotiators could make a deal on was a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.  Conservative House appropriators fought the good fight for many new pro-life and conscience protection provisions that are desperately needed to prevent taxpayer funds from  propping up the abortion industry year after year.

“We need leaders to stand up for innocent life and stand firm to make progress.  It won’t come without the willingness to fight to the end for our principles.  If deals were made in these negotiations, then it’s pretty clear who was on the losing side.  Our members want to see results, and unfortunately, once again, pro-life and conscience protection priorities were sidelined.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.