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State Director’s Open Letter to State Representatives Concerning the Heartbeat Bill

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Dear Representative,

The Senate passed the Heartbeat Bill, and now its fate rests on you and with it the lives of thousands of Iowans waiting to be born each year.

You, as a Representative hold the power of life and death in your hands.   You may not want the heavy responsibility that comes with this vote – which is exactly why you must vote YES.

No human should have the power to take innocent life for the sake of convenience, the excuse of choice, or even due to the manor of conception.

The difficult emotional and physical trauma of sexual violence can cloud the issue of a child that has been conceived in such an act.  Thankfully, those cases are rare, and even then, if an all-knowing God  who can turn what others meant for harm into good (Genesis 50:20) decides to bring life through the travesty of incest or the violence of rape, who are we to override our Creator as if He misunderstood?

Krista Hoefferber was conceived in incest, when her 15 year old mother was raped by her own father, Krista’s grandfather.

Juda Myers was conceived in a gang rape by eight men and is thankful to be alive.  Juda and others conceived in rape were no less human in the womb, are every bit as valuable, and have a God-given plan and purpose to fulfill here on earth just like the rest of us do (Jeremiah 29:11).

Whether conceived in love or violent aggression, no child should be given the death penalty for the crimes of their fathers.

At 6-8 weeks a detectable heartbeat is sure proof of a life ordained by God – to stop it is simply not our call.

If Concerned Women for America of Iowa can help you connect you with Juda or Krista, or answer any questions please let us know.

You were elected to protect the citizens of Iowa, including those yet waiting to take their first breath.

Please vote YES on the Heartbeat Bill!

Praying for your wisdom and clarity,

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
[email protected]

Act on the Heartbeat Bill Today!

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CWA of Iowa sends Action Alerts only when absolutely necessary – this is urgent!

ACTION ALERT!!

Having passed the Iowa Senate on a 30-20 vote with Sen. Amy Sinclair’s closing speech, 2-28-18, the Heartbeat Bill’s fate now rests in the Iowa House and the fate of thousands of Iowa babies with it.

FIND your State Representative, tap on their name to see bio and contact information.

Call them at home THIS WEEKEND as they are expected to determine how to precede on Monday, 3-3-18.

Be kind, understand they are likely hearing from the angry pink-hatted promoters of death.  Encourage them and make it clear that killing innocent life in the womb is not compassionate, it’s unacceptable.   Even more, at 6-8 weeks a detectable heartbeat is sure proof of a life ordained by God – to stop it for any reason is inexcusable and indefensible!

Ask your PASTOR to talk about this from the pulpit as we have only two days to act.   Many will pray – we all should – but as James warns faith without works is dead spiritually.  The fact is, if we fail to act many more Iowa babies will be dead literally.  Protecting life is Biblical more than political.  We can’t expect right action in the State House if we fail to take right action in God’s House.

Urgent, but easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Call your State Representative this weekend and urge them to support the Heartbeat Bill.
  2.   Email all State Representatives and ask them to support the Heartbeat Bill.
  3.   Ask church members and friends to do the same.

Above all else, PRAY and act in a way that honors a loving and just God.  Many lives depend on us and our action today.  Winning lives for eternity depends on our actions every day.

Saving a few until we can save them all!!

Tamara Scott
State Director
Concerned Women For America
[email protected]

Iowa Pro-Life Bill Moves to the Senate Floor for a Vote – Your Senator Needs to Hear From You

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SF 2 passed out of the full Senate Judiciary Committee on January 31, on a party line vote of eight Republicans supporting and five Democrats opposing.  SF 2 redirects taxpayer funds away from facilities offering abortions to whole health care clinics which are far more numerous (over 200) throughout the state and offer a wider range of healthcare services.   Click here to read the bill and track its status.

Sen. Brad Zaun (R-District 20) displayed strategic leadership by calling a caucus directly before the hearing which in effect foiled Sen. Janet Petersen’s (D-District 18) plan to block bill supporters from the hearing when she reserved the room beforehand allowing only Planned Parenthood (PP) protestors to enter an ‘invitation only’ meeting.

Sen. Amy Sinclair (R-District 14) gave the subcommittee report and shared that her district, like others, had no PP clinic and this bill would increase accessibility to over 200 federally qualified clinics which offer a wider range of full healthcare services, a benefit for Iowans in rural areas across the state.

Status: The bill is eligible for debate in the Iowa Senate as early as today, January 2.   It should pass, but likely not without some tantrums from those who are more concerned about funneling money to friends at PP than to healthcare for the Iowans they represent.

Members of the House expect to take up the measure shortly, whether it’s SF 2 or a companion bill already in progress.   The process will likely be a repeat of the Senate and pro-life, constitutionally-minded Iowans will need to email, phone and visit district offices and attend committee hearings to support House members when the time comes.

Hundreds of pro-life activists attended the Senate hearings, greatly encouraging and supporting legislators who faced hostility, name-calling, and even remarks of eternal condemnation.  They deserve our gratitude.

Action Items:

  1. Click here to read the statues of the bill. If it has not yet been voted on by the Senate please contact your senator and ask him to vote YES on SF 2.  Be sure to let him know that you are a member of “Concerned Women for America of Iowa”. Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact him/her.
  2. Below are Senate members who sponsored the bill.  If you haven’t already, please send them a note of thanks using this format: [email protected].  Please write “CWA thanks you for SF 2” in the subject line.  Be sure to let them know what you are a member of “Concerned Women for America of Iowa”.

Amy Sinclair (R-District 14), Bill Anderson (R-District 3), Jerry Behn (R-District 24), Rick Bertrand (R-District 7), Michael Breitbach (R-District 28), Waylon Brown (R-District 26), Jake Chapman (R-District 10), Mark Chelgren (R-District 41), Mark Costello (R-District 12), Dan Dawson (R-District 8), Bill Dix (R-District 25), Jeff Eder (R-District 35), Randy Feenstra (R-District 2), Julian Garrett (R-District 13), Tom Green (R-District 44), Dennis Guth (R-District 4), Craig Johnson (R-District 32), Tim Kapucian (R-District 38),  Tim Kraayenbrink (R-District 5), Mark Lofgren (R-District 46), Ken Rozenboom (R-District 40), Charles Schneider (R-District 22), Jason Schultz (R-District 9), Mark Segebart (R-District 66), Tom Shipley (R-District 11), Roby Smith (R-District 47), Jack Whitver (R-District 19), Brad Zaun (R-District 20), and Dan Zumbach (R-District 48).

  1. Watch our Facebook page, Concerned Women for America of Iowa, for updates and keep an eye out for action e-alerts.
  2. If you’re part of our Encourage-A-Legislator program, please be sure to be sending those postcards to your assigned legislator or leader and be praying for them as 1 Timothy 2:1-2 instructs.
  3. Contact [email protected] to see how you can join a team of committed men and women in restoring our state and honoring God in our homes, churches and communities.

Please Pray: Pray that SF 2 will pass the Senate.  Pray for your Senator by name.  Pray for the success of other pro-life bills currently being worked on behind the scenes as they will soon be introduced.  Regularly pray for the legislators and their families.

Thank you to all CWA of Iowa members and friends who participated in some way to encourage legislators in the SF 2 process.  As CWA of Iowa’s State Director, I will try to keep informed so you can continue to encourage House members to stand strong as more pro-life bills are expected in the Iowa legislature this session.

Blessings to you all,

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
PO Box 616
Ankeny, Iowa 50021
[email protected]
ia.cwfa.org

Iowa Pro-Life Bill Needs Your Support Today and Tomorrow

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The 87th General Assembly just completed its third week of the session and things are certainly heating up.

On Tuesday, January 24, pro-abortion activists were bussed in by Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), which held a phony award show in the Rotunda where they mocked legislators and coached the audience to boo SF2, a pro-life bill, on cue.

SF2 redirects taxpayer funds from abortion facilities to clinics that will offer a wider range of healthcare services – thus increasing the number of qualifying clinics by 200 or more locations.  This is a  move that improves accessibility to comprehensive health services across the state.  Click here to read the bill and to track its status.

Planned Parenthood activists joined the CCI group, squeezing an oversized crowd into the subcommittee hearing for SF2.

Sen. Amy Sinclair (R-District 14) chaired the meeting professionally and confidently amid chants and posturing of the pro-abortion crowd in their pink shirts.  Some even had their vulgar pink hats as worn in the Women’s March protesting the states’ election of President Trump.

The abortion crowd cheered Sen. Janet Petersen’s (D-District 18) arrival.  Though Sen. Petersen seems to promote a prenatal program of sorts, she is clearly a champion to the abortion crowd.  Sen. Jason Schultz (R-District 9) and Sen. Sinclair voted to move the bill forward with Petersen opposing.

SF2 is scheduled to be heard before the Judiciary Committee tomorrow, January 31, at around 1:00 p.m. in Room 116. Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Brad Zaun (R-District 20), is expected to run the bill at 1:00 p.m.

Please TAKE ACTION:

  1. Are you in driving distance to Des Moines? Please do all you can to attend the hearing and bring a friend.  Come early to pray and pack the room.  As we know at CWA, prayer paves the way, but action takes the land.
  2. Contact each member of the Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote “YES” on SF2. Click here to find each of their names and contact information.  Legislators have received 1000’s of emails and 100’s of phone calls opposing pro-life measures.  It’s time to tip the scale! Please be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Iowa.
  3. When contacting Chairman Zaun’s office, write “WITH YOU” be sure to thank him for his support of SF2.
  4. Forward this e-alert on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and take action on this life and death issue.
  5. In addition, if time allows, please thank these legislators that sponsored SF2 (To email, simply use this format – [email protected].gov.) – Amy Sinclair (R-District 14), Bill Anderson (R-District 3), Jerry Behn (R-District 24), Rick Bertrand (R-District 7), Michael Breitbach (R-District 28), Waylon Brown (R-District 26), Jake Chapman (R-District 10), Mark Chelgren (R-District 41), Mark Costello (R-District 12), Dan Dawson (R-District 8), Bill Dix (R-District 25), Jeff Eder (R-District 35), Randy Feenstra (R-District 2), Julian Garrett (R-District 13), Tom Green (R-District 44), Dennis Guth (R-District 4), Craig Johnson (R-District 32), Tim Kapucian (R-District 38),  Tim Kraayenbrink (R-District 5), Mark Lofgren (R-District 46), Ken Rozenboom (R-District 40), Charles Schneider (R-District 22), Jason Schultz (R-District 9), Mark Segebart (R-District 66), Tom Shipley (R-District 11), Roby Smith (R-District 47), Jack Whitver (R-District 19), Brad Zaun (R-District 20), and Dan Zumbach (R-District 48).

Please PRAY: Pray for this meeting.  Pray for each committee member by name.  Pray for their wisdom, discernment and the courage to do what is right.

For Life!

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
[email protected]
ia.cwfa.org

CWA of Iowa Thanks Rep. Hanusa for the Nativity in our State Capitol

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Iowa would like to thank Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa (R-House District16) for petitioning the Governor’s office to place a nativity in the rotunda of our beautiful Iowa State Capitol Building. She was flanked by Attorney Martin Cannon of the Thomas More Society who presented the legal underpinnings supporting the display and the American Nativity Scene Committee.

Gov. Terry Branstad received the request and directed Rep. Hanusa to the appropriate departments in which to route the request.  Gov. Branstad is literally the longest serving Governor in America’s history.  

Eagle Scout candidate Sam Molely built the manger specifically for the display.  Gov. Branstad was joined by Bishop Pates for a small ceremony to welcome the Christ Child back to the State House as Iowans joined in a traditional holiday carol which rang out beautifully in the acoustics of the majestic halls.

A few scrooges later tried to raise a ruckus, revealing their inadequate understanding of America’s foundations and the separation of church and state; but on that mid-December day, it was obvious to the Iowans that our nation was founded upon Biblical principles, not by religionists, but by Christians and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon the earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?” – John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1837

 

CWA of Iowa Proud to Support Sen. Grassley in 2016

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Concerned Women for America of Iowa partnered with CWA National to support Sen. Grassley in his work as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee protecting the Supreme Court of the United States from Executive overreach by holding on to the Senate’s ability to confirm or refuse nominations.

As special thanks to those of you that attended one or more of the 99 town hall meetings across the state. CWA made an impact and many of you were part of that prayerfully, physically and/or financially.

CWA State Director Tamara Scott presented petitions to the Senator at the Taylor County town hall meeting. Click here to view video.

Grassley: No hearings on Supreme Court nominee this year

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GrassleyStrackeJanae Stracke, CWA’s Communications Coordinator and a native Iowan, attended Senator Grassley’s last town hall meeting for the year in Jones County Iowa yesterday. She spoke on behalf of Concerned Women for America to support the senator and his stance to give “We the People” a voice regarding the next Supreme Court justice appointment. Our voices will be heard through the presidential election in November. She was quoted in an Iowa newspaper following the meeting:

Janae Stracke of Concerned Women for America, who was sporting an “I stand with Grassley” sticker, thanked him “wholeheartedly (because) we don’t need a Supreme Court full of judicial activists as we have been seeing.”

“We need to make sure Justice Scalia’s position is filled with a strict constitutionalist,” she said. As a millennial, Stracke said she understands the next justice will affect her and her children for years to come.

Many people who disagree with him think his decision to delay confirmation hearings “is about the next four years,” Grassley said. “But in the case of the Supreme Court, it’s about the direction of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Support Sen. Grassley at the Anti-Grassley Rally Tomorrow in Iowa City – See you there!

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Grassley StickersFellow Iowans,

Tomorrow there is going to be an “Anti-Grassley” rally held in Iowa City to blast Sen. Chuck Grassley for his courageous stance on the Supreme Court vacancy.  Sen. Grassley is doing his part to protect our freedoms by seeking to keep the Supreme Court from being full of judicial activists; will you join me in doing our part? I will be at the rally to show the media and public that I stand with Sen. Grassley and his position to withhold appointing a nominee until the next president is elected as permitted under Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

I will be at the rally proudly representing Concerned Women for America and thanking Sen. Grassley for his service. You can e-mail me if you’re interested in coming or simply show up! It would mean a lot to Sen. Grassley to have our support!

Bring your neighbors, bring your friends, bring your family!  Even if only for a little bit.

Iowa City Pedestrian Mall
325 E. Washington Street
Iowa City, IA  52240

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

I have a free CWA t-shirt for the first five people to contact me about attending!  In addition I will be handing out CWA stickers and “I STAND WITH GRASSLEY”/CWA stickers.

GrassleyLook for me, I will have on a CWA T-shirt.  Here is a picture of me with Sen. Grassley.  If possible, bring a sign so that it is clear that you are in the support Grassley crowd.

Oh, one more thing, CWA has hired a digital truck billboard to drive around the event with our “I STAND WITH GRASSLEY” message.  Watch for it!

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Janae Stracke, Iowa native
Communications Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
712-269-1724
[email protected]

 

Goose Lake CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Celebrates Our Nation’s Independence Day as Well as Our Dependence on God

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Goose Lake ChapterThe Goose Lake CWA chapter has been active now for three years under the faithful leadership of Christine Briegel.  The group gathers regularly to act and pray for their families, state and nation.  This month they had a lovely gathering to celebrate our countries independence as a nation and gave thanks for their daily dependence on God and His salvation.

In addition to the chapter Christine leads in Goose Lake, which is in Clinton county, she also leads a chapter in Scott and Muscatine counties.

Do you live in any of these areas?  Would you like to get involved in one of these CWA chapters, or one in your area?  Contact State Director Tamara Scott today!

Sen. Chuck Grassley Needs Our Continued Support!

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If you haven’t already, please sign our petition to support Sen. Grassley in his efforts to assure judicial integrity for the next generation.

To Sen. Chuck Grassley:

As a partner with Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, I support you as you fulfill your role as outlined under Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, and withhold consent from President Obama’s appointment of liberal judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Through your conservative leadership, you will protect the Supreme Court from liberal influence and the very real threat that it is to our democracy. You will assure judicial integrity for the next generation.

By my signature below, I pledge to support you and the other members of the Senate as you stand firm for conservative justice and the future of our nation!

Click here to sign.  Then, encourage others to do the same.

Thank you!

Pro-life Groups Deliver SCOTUS Petitions to Sen. Grassley

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“On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, representatives from Concerned Women for America, Iowa Right to Life, and Susan B. Anthony List delivered nearly 4,000 petitions from Iowa pro-life activists to Senator Chuck Grassley’s Des Moines office, urging him to maintain his strong resolve to let the people have a say in the Supreme Court vacancy following Justice Scalia’s death.” View video coverage of WHO-HD 13.

Reminder: Sen. Grassley Needs Our Support on This Thursday and Friday in Bedford, Mount Ayr and Leon

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Our Senator, Charles Grassley is under vicious attacks by the progressive Left.  They have actually pledged millions of dollars to go specifically after Sen. Grassley as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The reason is simple: the future of the Supreme Court of the United States is at stake.  They want to tilt the balance decidedly to the left by replacing Justice Antonin Scalia before President Obama leaves office.

But Sen. Grassley is standing strong against this court packing scheme at such a late hour and has pledged to give the people a voice on the type of justice they want through their vote for President this November.

The choice is simple, do we want a judge that, as Justice Scalia, abides by the text of the Constitution or one who believes in a “living, breathing” Constitution that they can manipulate at will.

Sen. Grassley is withstanding these attacks admirably.  But he needs our support!

It is extremely important that we have people who support him attend his upcoming town hall meetings.

Just today the radical MoveOn.org is planning a big press conference in Iowa to announce their multi-million dollar campaign against our senator.  Let’s show these outsiders that we Iowans are engaged and refuse to be manipulated by phony leftist tactics.

Sheer numbers can be very encouraging for Grassley and intimidating for would-be troublemakers.  So please do everything you can to attend at least one of these meetings.  It is crucial that America not be turned over to a liberal, overreaching Supreme Court.

Please look at the list of upcoming meetings and try to attend.  If you know of someone in that area of the state who might be able to attend, please call them or e-mail them directly rather than simply forwarding this request.  I’m asking you to help DRIVE turnout.  If you are interested in carpooling from the DSM area, please let me know.

Thursday, May 5, Taylor County, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Taylor County Farm Bureau, Meeting Room, 607 Pollock Boulevard, Bedford

Friday, May 6, Ringgold County, 8:00-9:00 a.m., Ringgold County Courthouse, 109 West Madison Street, Mount Ayr

Friday, May 6, Decatur County, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Decatur County – Leon Community Center, 203 NE 2nd Street, Leon

SCOTUS belongs to “We the People,” not the President.  We need to thank Sen. Grassley for his willingness to stand against all of the pressure being thrown at him during his election year when some might falter.  We need to commend him for protecting us in this Constitutional process.    

For more on this check out my op-ed “Grassley pursues right course on Supreme Court vacancy” on the Sioux City Journal.

 

Let’s stand with Grassley who is standing up for us.

Blessings,

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
515-577-4985
[email protected]
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Iowa Grassroots Stands with Grassley on SCOTUS Stand

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jangrassleysmDes Moines, IA – Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Iowa, the state chapter of CWA, the largest public policy organization for women in the country, is proud to be joining Iowa Right to Life and Susan B. Anthony List later today to present thousands of petitions signed by our members, thanking Sen. Charles Grassley for his courageous stance on how to fill the current vacancy at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tamara Scott, CWA of Iowa State Director, said:

Sen. Grassley is living up to that solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution” when he stands against President Obama’s haste to confirm a third Supreme Court justice. He acts in the best interest of Iowans and of all the people when he gives us a voice on this important issue as we go to the polls this next election.

All the issues we care about are in the balance. From religious liberty to the sanctity of life to marriage to the right to keep and bear arms; we must stand for the Constitution, or we will have none.

CWA President Penny Nance had this to say:

Truth is we wouldn’t be in this position if we didn’t have a Supreme Court continually going beyond the law to force its policy preferences on us through judicial fiat and a Chief Executive who insists on ignoring constitutional limits through his abuse of executive power. Sen. Grassley and the Senate are wise to push back on this clear violation of the fundamental principles of the separation of powers.

That structure – that separation— is what guards our liberties. It was the Founder’s mechanism to fight the tyrannous rule from which they sought independence. That is the essence of the fight Sen. Grassley is engaged in today. And the thousands of members of Concerned Women for America are proud to stand with him.

For an interview with Tamara Scott or Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

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Sen. Grassley Needs Your Support on May 5 and 6 in Bedford, Mount Ayr and Leon

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Greetings CWA members and friends,

Sen. Grassley’s office has contacted Concerned Women for America and asked if we might be able to help raise awareness and support Grassley’s protection of the Supreme Court nominee process.

They would love it if we were able to turn out folks to his upcoming town hall meetings in S/SW Iowa.  Apparently, liberal groups are working to have people pressure him into accepting Obama’s nominee rather than upholding the Constitution and keeping advice and consent in the Senate’s control.

It would be very helpful if we could have people attend his meetings and support Grassley, even if they said nothing.  Sheer numbers can be very encouraging for Grassley and intimidating for would-be troublemakers.  It is crucial that America not be turned over to a liberal, overreaching Supreme Court.

Please look at the list of upcoming meetings and try to attend.  If you know of someone in that area of the state who might be able to attend, please call them or e-mail them directly rather than simply forwarding this request.  I’m asking you to help DRIVE turnout.  If you are interested in carpooling from the DSM area, please let me know.

Thursday, May 5, Taylor County, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Taylor County Farm Bureau, Meeting Room, 607 Pollock Boulevard, Bedford

Friday, May 6, Ringgold County, 8:00-9:00 a.m., Ringgold County Courthouse, 109 West Madison Street, Mount Ayr

Friday, May 6, Decatur County, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Decatur County – Leon Community Center, 203 NE 2nd Street, Leon

SCOTUS belongs to “We the People,” not the President.  We need to thank Sen. Grassley for his willingness to stand against all of the pressure being thrown at him during his election year when some might falter.  We need to commend him for protecting us in this Constitutional process.    

Also, I have submitted a letter to the editor supporting Sen. Grassley.  If you or someone you know might be willing to pen, or sign an op-ed letter which we can help draft on this subject, please let me know.

Let’s stand with Grassley who is standing up for us.

Blessings,

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
515-577-4985
[email protected]

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URGENT: Support Sen. Chuck Grassley on March 28 & 29!
Ocheyedan – Rock Rapids – Orange City

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“This is the greatest battle we may fight in our lifetime!” – Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance

Now is the time to show up and support and thank Sen. Grassley!

As the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley has committed to standing against any judicial nominee until the next president is in office.

Let the people decide. At this crucial moment in our history, “We the people” should have a voice in what type of justice is appointed to the Supreme Court next. It is the place of the Senate to advise and consent.

“No one disputes the president’s authority to nominate a successor to Scalia, but as inconvenient as it may be for this president, Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution grants the Senate the power to provide, or as the case may be, withhold its consent …”- Sen. Chuck Grassley

Monday, March 28 – 2:15-3:15 Central Time
Ocheyedan Senior Center

Monday, March 28 – 4:15-5:15 Central Time
Rock Rapids Public Library

Tuesday, March 29   8:45-9:45 Central time
North Western College (Orange City)  (Vogel Community Room)

Now is the time to support and thank Sen. Grassley!

 

A Primary View from Iowa

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IMG_5519As an Iowa native, presidential elections are nothing new to me. Growing up, it meant nothing but political mailers, commercials, and phone calls for about 18 months. My parents would have my siblings and I answer the phone to screen calls for them or they would never have been productive. It wasn’t unusual to get 15+ political phone calls in one day. My parents, like many other Iowans, weren’t annoyed by the commercials and weren’t screening their phone calls because they didn’t care about the election or America, but simply because they didn’t have time to worry about it until the vote actually rolled around.

This is why I believe this last debate in Des Moines, Iowa, was especially important. The caucuses are tonight, and Thursday was an opportunity for Iowans to tune in and hear what D.C. has been listening to for months.

I have watched every debate and had the privilege of attending Thursday’s debate with my parents in Des Moines. After spending the weekend in Iowa and discussing the candidates with multiple people, I’m getting the same consensus from many of them. We like our options, but we can’t decide.

Unlike any other election I can remember, we have a field with multiple candidates who profess faith in Jesus Christ.

For evangelicals in particular, this makes voting both encouraging and difficult. It’s encouraging that so many men of God are pursuing leadership for our country, but difficult because we can only pick one nominee and we do not want to split the vote. For many, it’s easy to say who we do NOT want as our nominee, but much more difficult to say who we DO want.

I cannot tell you who to vote for, but I can tell you how I am approaching tonight’s Iowa caucus.

Although there are several candidates I would support, it has come down to two for me. So as I enter tonight’s caucus I will be praying for wisdom and discernment for myself, those around me, and all caucus-goers across Iowa. Because of where our country currently is and the options we have for our future, I don’t think we have anything to lose unless we divide ourselves and split the vote. It is important for conservative voters to rally behind a single candidate and be confident in our choice. I believe in a sovereign God, and I believe in the power of prayer. So tonight, let’s not only practice our right to vote, but our right to pray. Prayer and voting are both vital aspects of this election; without one or the other, we are sure to lose what we hold dear.

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