North Dakota

Heitkamp’s Campaign Ad, “Work with Anyone,” is the Farthest from the Truth

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(I will be on the Rob Port radio show on 970 WDAY today at 1:00 p.m. to discussing this issue!  Click here to listen live.)

Have you heard Sen. Heitkamp’s (D-North Dakota) radio ad entitled, “Work with Anyone”?  She states that she is proud of her record of working across the aisle to get results for North Dakota, yet her door has never been open for the leaders of largest public policy women’s organization in our state and in our nation, Concerned Women for America.

On Thursday June 7, a representative from Sen. Heitkamp’s office, encouraged anyone at our local phone company’s annual meeting, to reach out to the Senator to schedule an appointment when her mobile office comes to one of the nearby towns in our area.

I was hoping this could be the chance I have been denied many times, over many years, on numerous visits to Washington, D.C.  Not only have I never been granted an appointment with the senator, or her staff, the former CWA state leader was also denied access.  Though I knew it was a shot in the dark, I e-mailed her office that night.

Patrick Brende, Heitkamp’s scheduler, replied to my request the next day with, “Hello Linda, Thank you for requesting a meeting with Senator Heitkamp. Unfortunately, Heitkamp does not have any availability in the Cavalier area in the near future.” Surprise, surprise.

This sure doesn’t align with the message given at the meeting just the day before. At that event, it was announced with enthusiasm that the senator would be sending a mobile office to our region in order that constituents in this area of our state could be heard.

Sadly, Mr. Brende’s response is nearly identical to the one I received in April of 2017.  I was in Washington, D.C., to attend the confirmation hearing of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  As I have done repeatedly, I asked for an appointment weeks in advance.  Washington, D.C. Scheduler, Stacy Austad, responded to my request, “Unfortunately Sen. Heitkamp’s schedule is completely booked the next few weeks and she is unable to meet. Thank you for the request.”  The truly sad thing is that she had made the time to meet with the North Dakota Planned Parenthood. Their Facebook page documents the meeting, boasting “Our patients and providers just visited with Sen. Heitkamp – a true champion for women and families.”  Of course I couldn’t help but to write about it, Heitkamp is ducking Concerned Women for America.

Sen. Heitkamp has no intention of listening to conservative North Dakota women.  Is she that afraid to hear a view different than her own?   The fact that Concerned Women for America of North Dakota has hundreds of members seems irrelevant to her.  “Work with Anyone” is only rhetoric.  I’m not fooled, are you?

Click here to listen to her campaign ad. Script: “This is Heidi Heitkamp, and six years ago I said I’d put partisanship aside and do what is right for North Dakota.  Now, that meant finding Republicans and Democrats who wanted to get things done, which isn’t always easy. But it’s how I led the fight to open up markets for North Dakota oil, so we could compete with foreign oil.  It’s how I passed the law giving first responders training and equipment they needed after the Casselton derailment.  And putting politics aside is how we shut down the largest human trafficking website, got tougher penalties for sex trafficking, and it’s how I work with President Trump, to get rid of unnecessary EPA regulations.  When I agree with the President, I vote with him and that’s over half my votes. And if his policies hurt North Dakota; he knows I’ll speak up. This is Heidi Heitkamp.  I’m running for Senate, and I approve this message because Washington has enough rubber stamps who vote the party line.  I only answer to you.”

Take Action: If you have a minute, and feel so inclined, please contact Sen. Heitkamp’s office and simply ask them why the Senator won’t meet with the leader of the largest state women’s organization, Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.  Give them my contact information, let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, and let them know that you look forward to their reply.

Please pray and ask the Lord to soften Sen. Heitkamp’s heart toward the unborn.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

Don’t Delay – Stop NDSU From Escorting Planned Parenthood Into North Dakota’s Schools

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Planned Parenthood Safe Spaces classes offered by North Dakota State University (NDSU) need to be cancelled! These classes are offered for any teacher with students Kindergarten through 12th grade!

Thank you everyone that responded to the e-alert we put out on Wednesday on this matter!  If you have not yet contacted President Dean Bresciani’s office, please do so as soon as possible.  Ask him to cancel all Safe Spaces classes.  Consider using some of the points below as well as from Wednesday’s e-alert. I contacted him as the State Director and am awaiting a reply.  We need to flood his office with outrage.

  • Please email President Bresciani at [email protected]. Unfortunately the link to the email address we put out Wednesday didn’t work. (A phone number could not be found.)
  • Email Bresciani’s Chief of Staff, Chris Wilson, at [email protected] , and then give him a call at (701) 231-6409.

Planned Parenthood is the farthest thing from a reputable organization.  In addition to the reasons I laid out in yesterday’s e-alert, here are even more, all involving the violation of both state and federal law.  Again, as last time, be forewarned, most of these links are offensive and not for children.

  • Planned Parenthood’s approach to sex education is harmful and dangerous to children. They have been known to even do a seminar for teenagers on BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism). One of Planned Parenthood’s online “resources”, Go Ask Alice, encourages things like playing with feces, drinking urine, and bestiality. (Here is one of many places in which Planned Parenthood recommends Go Ask Alice as a valid resource.)
  • Planned Parenthood’s record of not helping victims of known sexual abuse situations has occurred in multiple states. One such example occurred in the state of Washington were Planned Parenthood was in violation of both state and federal law many times.  For a seven year period Planned Parenthood failed to report child sexual abuse in which a man raped his daughter and took her to have multiple abortions.
  • Planned Parenthood is currently under federal investigation for selling human fetal tissue.

This issue is so very important! We must speak up and keep Planned Parenthood away from our students!

Anyone that has yet to make phone calls or send email messages asking that the Safe Spaces classes be cancelled, please do so now.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

Planned Parenthood is Looking for a Backdoor into North Dakota’s Schools

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Throughout North Dakota, Planned Parenthood is offering Safe Spaces Teacher Training classes through North Dakota State University (NDSU) for free. This class is for kindergarten through 12th grade instructors.  Now, if they would like to take if for credit (teachers are always looking for credits when renewing their teacher’s licensees), Planned Parenthood has generously offered to pay the $50 cost of the one credit course. Classes are currently being offered in Mandan, Minot, and at the Jamestown campus.

Not surprising, the teacher for the course is Katie Christensen, the North Dakota Education and Outreach Manager for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

I have to say, this is brilliant on the part of Planned Parenthood.  What better way to influence public schools and get the contact information of teachers open to their philosophy.

The President of NDSU, Dean L. Bresciani, needs to hear from us

Take Action:

  • Email (a phone number could not be located) Dean L. Bresciani that you don’t approve of Planned Parenthood’s agenda being promoted and supported through NDSU’s Safe Spaces classes!  Ask him to cancel the classes. Consider including some of the information below about Planned Parenthood. Then contact those in his office:

o   Chris Wilson, Chief of Staff, at (701) 231-6409

o   Stephanie Wawers, Executive Assistant to the President, at (701) 231-7211

o   La Donna De Geldere, Associate Executive Assistant to the President, at (701) 231-8522

  • Pass this message on to your family and friends.

Please Pray: Pray for all those listed above by name.  Pray they would be unanimous in the opinion to nix this class.  Pray that Bresciani would have the courage to do what he needs to do to eliminate the classes.  Thank God for the gift of children. Pray for the teachers that openly share their faith in the classroom.  Ask God to strengthen them.

Planned Parenthood, for a plethora of reasons, is the last group you want teaching our teachers how to teach our children! (Caution, the links in this section are offensive and inappropriate for children.)

  • There is a well-documented connection between Planned Parenthood and sex traffickers. When sex trafficked victims become pregnant as a result of their abuse, they are often coerced into having abortions.  Planned Parenthood has been caught on film helping pimps obtain abortions for their victims, including minors!  The only thing done to fix the situation after it was made public was train employees not how to identify victims of sex trafficking but rather how to avoid making incriminating statements.  Click here to read The Washington Times on it from January 2017.
  • Planned Parenthood has also been known to teach acceptance of BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) to our youth.

Let us do all we can to stop this from coming into North Dakota schools!  Planned Parenthood’s agenda has reached into classrooms in other states!   We must stop it in North Dakota!

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

North Dakota, Join Me in Thanking Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

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Thank you ladies for responding to my last e-alert to pray and then contact Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) with the message to vote to support Gina Haspel to serve as our nation’s next Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director!

KVRR of Fargo has reported Sen. Heitkamp’s pledge to support President Donald Trump’s nominee, Gina Haspel. See the photo of Sen. Heitkamp seated with Gina Haspel in this story. “In a statement, Heitkamp says after meeting with Haspel and other intelligence leaders, she has concluded Haspel will put our country’s security above partisan politics.”

Politico also reports, “Sen. Heitkamp said Gina Haspel has locked in the necessary support to win confirmation as President Donald Trump’s CIA director, as two critical undecided Democrats — Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — announced Tuesday that they would support her nomination. Haspel has now won votes from four Democratic senators, allowing her to overcome any potential remaining opposition from either side of the aisle.”

The vote in the full Senate is expected as early as tomorrow.

Will you join me in thanking Sen. Heitkamp today?

  1. Call and email Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota). Call (202) 224-2043 and email at  Be sure to tell her office you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  2. Continue to pray for Gina Haspel and the senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Thank God for Ms. Haspel’s willingness to serve our country as the next CIA director.

Praise Him! Don’t we serve an awesome God?  He alone is worthy of our praise. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

State Director’s Open Letter to Sen. Heitkamp: “Thank you for your pledge to vote for the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the director of the CIA”

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May 15, 2018


Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Hart Senate Building SH-516
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Heitkamp,

Thank you for your pledge to vote for the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Concerned Women for America (CWA) and CWA of North Dakota are grateful for your willingness to thoroughly review Ms. Haspel’s qualifications to serve Americans in this capacity.  I appreciate your reply to my correspondence summarizing your concerns about preserving our nation’s core values.

We believe Gina Haspel’s 33 years of service at the CIA, and her current position of acting director of the agency, provides ample evidence that she is a strong women of integrity who has unquestionable qualifications to serve as our nation’s next CIA director.  Ms. Haspel has risen to the top of her field based on her credentials and hard work.

Thank you again, Sen. Heitkamp, for your willingness to support a nominee who will work to preserve our democratic values and keep North Dakota and all American families safe.


Linda Thorson
State Director

North Dakota, Please Respond Now! CIA Nominee Needs Our Prayers and Action!

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Gina Haspel is a strong, intelligent woman of integrity who has unquestionable qualifications to serve as our nation’s next Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director. She worked her way to the top in a male-dominated field, but she has risen based on her earned credentials and hard work. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve as CIA Director.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to vote on Haspel sometime next week, and they to hear from you!

Will you be a part of helping this nominee through a successful confirmation process?  It only takes a brief moment.

Please take action now!

  1. Call and email Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Ask her to vote to support Gina Haspel.  Be sure to tell her office that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.  Call (202) 224-2043 and email.
  2. Forward this message to family and friends.  Every contact is counted!
  3. Commit to praying for Gina Haspel and the senators.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, stated this in support of Haspel:

“Haspel is undeniably well-qualified for this crucial position. She has served in the CIA for over three decades and has shown a commitment to the rule of law and to the mission of the CIA. She previously served as Deputy Director under then-Director Pompeo and now serves as Acting Director. She has served in numerous senior-level positions, rising through the ranks of the CIA, proving her worth with each earned promotion and numerous awards and recognitions.

“Haspel requested a transfer to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center to join the fight against al Qaeda. Her first day was a day our nation must never forget, September 11, 2001, the day we were attacked on American soil and almost 3,000 lives were lost. All of our lives forever changed.

“Perhaps most tellingly, Haspel is widely supported by her peers in the intelligence community and from national security officials. For example, Leon Panetta, former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense during the Obama Administration, said ‘I’m glad it’s Gina because, frankly, she is someone who really knows the CIA inside out.’ It’s one thing to win awards; it is another thing entirely to earn the respect of your colleagues and superiors.

“As our nation faces numerous threats from abroad, the CIA remains a crucial element of our national security. Haspel’s career at the CIA has no doubt prepared her, but her own hard work, integrity, and expertise in the field of intelligence is what makes her the best candidate for this job.

“I urge all senators to put partisan bickering and theatrics aside, focus on what is best for our national security, and swiftly confirm Haspel to be our next CIA Director.”

Thank you ladies, for all YOU do to help bring good leaders, like Gina Haspel into places of influence!

“… that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love,” Ephesians 4:14-16.