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  1. It's Your Voice! Praise and Worship Rally Emily Charles 17-Oct-2014
  2. Voting has started! Get your Voter Guides now Emily Charles 10-Oct-2014
  3. The Top 5 Emily Charles 03-Oct-2014
  4. The status quo isn't good enough Emily Charles 26-Sep-2014
  5. Broken Promises Emily Charles 19-Sep-2014

Action Alerts

  1. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 26-Aug-2014
  2. ACTION ALERT: Mail in your early ballot TODAY! Emily Charles 19-Aug-2014
  3. ACTION ALERT: In Tempe, vote No on Prop 475 Emily Charles 14-Aug-2014
  4. ACTION ALERT: Last Day to Register to Vote! Emily Charles 28-Jul-2014
  5. ACTION ALERT: Stand for Life - Contact the Governor! Emily Charles 09-Apr-2014

Breaking News

  1. How did they vote? Emily Charles 13-May-2014
  2. Find the Facts: CAP Reboots The Policy Pages with Interactive Website Aaron Baer 29-Jan-2014
  3. BREAKING NEWS: New AZ Abortion Clinic Regulations Released Today Info AZ Policy 27-Jan-2014
  4. Mother’s Health & Safety at Risk: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Critical Law Aaron Baer 13-Jan-2014
  5. BREAKING NEWS: Senators McCain & Flake Break Their Promise to Arizona Voters Info AZ Policy 07-Nov-2013

It's Your Voice! Praise and Worship Rally

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com


Voting has started! Get your Voter Guides now

Friday, October 10, 2014

There are only four Sundays left before the November 4 General Election!



Click here to order English or Bilingual Voter Guides to distribute in your church or community.

And remember, our new animated short video is a great way to share the message at your church or other gathering about the election and the importance of being informed and voting your values. 

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

  • Still time to give! The deadline to have your donation automatically matched is midnight TONIGHT. Help us get the Voter Guide throughout the state by making your tax-deductible donation online.
  • The Defense of Marriage Isn’t Over. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson shares what’s next for marriage in America.
  • Join Hugh Hewitt after the Election! Once again, CAP is welcoming back National Radio Talk Show Host and 960 The Patriot’s Hugh Hewitt for our post-election event. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale now!

The Top 5

Friday, October 03, 2014

I’m often asked when I’m at speaking engagements “what can I do to help?”

There’s no better time to get involved – and no greater opportunity to have an impact on the future of our state than before an election! Here are the top 5 ways you can have an impact (in no particular order).

5. Pray!

This is an easy one – and quite possibly the single most important. We’re spinning our wheels without the Lord’s blessing and guidance, so never underestimate the power of prayer.

Our 5 Weeks of Prayer Guide for the General Election is a great place to start. I also invite you to join us for our Praise and Worship Rally for the election on Sunday, November 2 at the state Capitol! We’ll be praying for the future of Arizona and America, and praising God for how He has blessed our state.

4. Distribute Voter Guides

Often I’m told how grateful and relieved people are to get the Voter Guide – especially with the political spin and attack ads at an all time high.

We need your help to ensure every church is giving out Guides and every family has access to this nonbiased resource – and remember – we provide them at absolutely no cost. Click here to order free Guides to distribute.

3. Share azvoterguide.com on your Facebook page

The printed Voter Guide is only a snap shot of the resources CAP has provided this year. At azvoterguide.com, there’s also information on the ballot propositions, school board candidates – even the judges up for retention!

2. Show the video

If you haven’t watched the short animated video we’ve produced to promote the Voter Guide and information at azvoterguide.com, click here to watch it. Then consider talking to your pastor about showing the video during service or with your small group. This video, along with all of our Voter Guideresources, are in line with the latest 501(c)(3) regulations from the IRS.

1. Give

We can’t do this work without your help. The good news is, there’s still time to have your financial contribution to CAP automatically doubled! But please make your gift soon as time is running out.

BONUS

Consider engaging with a campaign! Candidates are always looking for help. Whether it’s going door to door, making phone calls, or helping stuff envelopes, it’s the volunteers that make for a successful campaign. 

The Latest From AZPolicyPages.com

The status quo isn't good enough

Friday, September 26, 2014

Recently, the Arizona Department of Health Services released its “Abortions in Arizona 2013 Abortion Report.” Thanks to a CAP-supported law passed in 2010, we now annually receive a much clearer picture of abortion in Arizona.

Some would say the 2013 abortion numbers maintained the “status quo” as compared to 2012. Maybe if we weren’t talking about a life and death issue, the status quo would be acceptable.

For 2013, the abortion numbers (13,401) were up by 61 more abortions than 2012 (13,340). The only “good news” there is that the abortion rate remains significantly lower than prior years and didn’t go up by more. Regardless, it’s way too many preborn children being lost to abortion and their mothers harmed by the deadly and dangerous abortion industry.

Here are some keys from the report:

Marriage Matters
Unmarried women accounted for 80% of the abortions in 2013. Once again we see the tie between marriage between one man and one woman being best for men, women, and children. A single woman is far more likely to choose abortion – most often because she does not have a support system either through a husband or family structure.

When we say that marriage is more than a personal promise – it serves a public purpose – this is what we mean. Marriage serves to provide a family structure for men, women, and children in which to raise a child rather than terminate that child’s life.

Age Matters
Women age 20-29 accounted for 58% of the abortions performed, with 32% of the abortions happening in the 20-24 age group. Clearly the heroic efforts to reach college age women by Students for Life of America and Voices for the Voiceless are critical.

Repeat Abortions
Women with one or more previous abortions accounted for 35% of all abortions. As the report points out, studies indicate that previous abortions increase the risk of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies. Eleven percent of women had two or more previous abortions.

Abortion Hurts Women
A total of 102 women reported complications from an abortion procedure, an increase of 34% over 2012.
The number is very likely higher because of delayed symptoms, failure to report by the abortion industry, and women who do not indicate that they previously underwent an abortion when they are treated in an emergency room or by a different doctor.

Late Term Abortions
Tragically, 137 preborn children were aborted after 21 weeks, a 10% increase over 2012 with another 54 preborn children aborted at 20 weeks. As viability moves closer and closer to 22-23 weeks, this number grieves us. And, judicial activism blocked the CAP-supported law that would have prohibited most of these abortions and saved 191 preborn children’s lives.

What’s Next
Our CAP Policy Team will continue to analyze these numbers to determine next steps to protecting mothers and children from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

Broken Promises

Friday, September 19, 2014

In September 2009 as Congress was debating whether to pass the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), President Barack Obama made these promises to the American people:

“Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”

Less than a year later in March 2010, President Obama purported to follow his promise concerning abortion funding with Executive Order 13535, where he ordered that Obamacare would be carried out consistent with the longstanding policy of the Hyde Amendment.

The Hyde Amendment, consistently passed by Congress since the 1970s, prohibits federal taxpayer funds for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

You may remember that it was these promises to ensure federal taxpayer dollars would not pay for elective abortions that secured the final votes needed to pass Obamacare.

Since its passage, we have learned that the government could not force businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs – see Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell. It took a U.S. Supreme Court decision to secure that basic right.

And in spite of the many assurances to the contrary, we now have definitive proof that President Obama broke his promise on taxpayer funding of abortion as well.

On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that proves Obamacare subsidizes abortion on demand with taxpayer funds.

GAO found that 1,036 Obamacare plans include elective abortion coverage, with millions of Americans on those plans receiving taxpayer-funded subsidies. Moreover, the report goes on to reveal that most of those plans fail to itemize out an additional premium to account for the abortion coverage as required by Obamacare.

Finally, the 22-page report noted the sheer difficulty in finding out which plans do and which plans do not include coverage for elective abortion. Consumers can’t find out if a plan covers elective abortion until after purchasing the plan.

Impact on Arizona
Since the passage of Obamacare in 2010, Arizona has been at the forefront of working to protect taxpayers from subsidizing the abortion industry.

Arizona was the first state in the nation to pass a law opting the state out of abortion coverage on a state health exchange as part of Obamacare.

However, because Arizona chose to allow the federal government to run the exchange in this state, this restriction is inoperable.

The GAO report reveals that 41 out of 199 plans being offered in Arizona cover elective abortion. With over 91,000 Arizonans receiving taxpayer-funded subsidies, this is deeply troubling and an outrageous affront to all who oppose taxpayer funding of elective abortions.

At this time our team continues to work to know exactly what is happening with the Obamacare plans in Arizona. And in spite of the many transparency issues presented with Obamacare and yet another broken promise by President Obama, I assure you that we will continue working to uncover the truth and do all we can to stop our tax dollars from being used to subsidize abortions.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

  • ADF on GAO. Check out what Alliance Defending Freedom had to say about the GAO.
  • What plans to choose? Family Research Council is working to compile lists for each state of what plans on Obamacare do not include elective abortion.
  • 5 Facts about Gambling in America. The harms of gambling are often ignored, but some families feel the impact everyday.    

Stepping Up

Friday, September 12, 2014

When the economy declines and unemployment rises, the needs of the unemployed and the most vulnerable predictably increase. It’s during these times of recession and hardship that there’s a tendency by some to look to government to fulfill a greater role than the limited role it should have.

Far too often, government is expected to meet and solve all social problems and needs rather than the faith community stepping up and meeting community needs. At times of economic declines, however, it’s especially critical that the faith community step up to help the most vulnerable and fill the void in place of an otherwise expanding government.

I thank Governor Brewer for recently signing Executive Order 2014-06, which established the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Partnerships and the Arizona Council on Faith and Community Partnerships.

In her Order, the governor acknowledges the recession and tough economic times that have impacted Arizona and the services relied upon by children, elderly, disabled, and low-income residents. She then rightly notes that “partnerships with faith-based organizations are critical to strengthening individuals and families, increasing self-sufficiency, and strengthening communities.”

The Order calls on this newly-created Office and Council “to establish and support partnerships between the state, and faith-based and non-profit organizations in an effort to strengthen communities” and to “[leverage] community resources to improve the system of services” to better meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

With the establishment of this new Office and Council, Governor Brewer has continued her emphasis on looking to the church and faith-based organizations, and less to the state itself, to step up in times of need.

Some of you may remember that the precursor to this recent executive order was the ArizonaSERVES Task Force, which Governor Brewer established in early 2010, and on which I have been honored to serve. For several years, ArizonaSERVES has worked to spur the faith-based community to step up and better fill the needs of Arizonans, specifically children in foster care.

Unfortunately, there are some in this state who cannot stand idly by but feel compelled to voice their opinion when the church and government interact – no matter how radical the opinion may be.

At a press conference on Wednesday, and in an earlier email sent out by its lobbyist, the Secular Coalition of Arizona questioned the legality of this new Office, calling on the governor to put “safeguards” in place, and continuing its approach of crying “separation of church and state.”

Yet even the most basic understanding of constitutional law shows just how wrong they are on this.

As we highlight in The Policy Pages issue brief The Truth About the “Separation of Church & State,” the words “separation of church and state” are not found anywhere in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the Declaration of Independence. As originally used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter written in 1802, he used the phrase to simply describe how citizens should be protected from the government interfering with their religious beliefs – not that religion should never be able to influence the state’s affairs.

Moreover, there is nothing in the Arizona Constitution that prohibits this action by Governor Brewer. Yet we see this phrase continue to be turned around by fringe groups like in this situation.

We should be thankful when we see our elected officials take steps like this.

Latest From AZPolicyPages.com

  • Register Voters! The deadline to register to vote in time for the November 4 General Election is October 6. This weekend is Voter Registration Weekend (September 13 and 14). There’s still time to plan your voter registration drive for your church!
  • Marriage amendment upheld! Judge Martin L.C. Feldman upheld Louisiana’s constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
  • Ted Cruz in Tucson! Family Research Council is holding a special event in Tucson with Tony Perkins and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on October 4. Hear from these national leaders about what the midterm elections will mean for America.

C.S. Lewis said it best

Friday, September 05, 2014

“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.

If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 

As we near a number of historic court decisions for the future of marriage in Arizona and America, this quote from C.S. Lewis captures the path our culture is walking.

Since the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decisions on California’s Prop 8 marriage amendment and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, federal court after federal court has overturned voter-approved marriage amendments that define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. Those court decisions represent a wrong turn in our pursuit of progress. But it is never too late to right the course.

One note of encouragement: after a streak of bad court decisions striking down other state marriage amendments, a Louisiana Federal District Judge recently ruled to uphold their marriage amendment – a very courageous and commendable decision.

Here’s the status of the marriage cases today that can potentially impact Arizona’s marriage amendment:

Challenges to Arizona’s Marriage Amendment

There are two challenges to Arizona’s marriage amendment in Federal Court: Connolly v. Roche and Majors v. Jeanes. Both of these cases are before visiting Alaskan Judge John Sedwick. The Connolly case is fully briefed and could have a decision any day. The Jeanes case has an emergency hearing on September 12.

Judge Sedwick could rule any day on Arizona’s marriage amendment. Most likely, however, and the more prudent approach, is for Judge Sedwick  to not rule on these cases until the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which is the Appeals Court above the Arizona District Court) rules on the marriage cases that are currently before it.

Challenges in the Ninth Circuit

A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments challenging Hawaii’s, Idaho’s, and Nevada’s marriage amendments this coming Monday, September 8. 

The Ninth Circuit rulings in these cases will likely directly affect Arizona’s marriage amendment. We need to be in constant prayer for all of these cases, but especially this hearing next Monday.

Challenges before the Supreme Court

As of August 28, the U.S. Supreme Court has received 4 petitions for review of marriage cases:

  • Oklahoma’s Smith v. Bishop
  • Utah’s Herbert v. Kitchen
  • Virginia’s Rainey v. Bostic
  • Virginia’s Schaefer v. Boston

The Court has temporarily “stayed” or blocked Circuit Court decisions in Utah and Virginia that overturned those states’ marriage amendments.

Most observers expect the Court to accept review on one or all of these cases sometime this fall with arguments next year and a final decision by June 2015.

But no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court says, this will not be the final word.

We’ve all heard it said that people who believe in marriage between one man and one woman are on the “wrong side of history.”

Sean McDowell, co-author with John Stonestreet of the new book “Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage,” best answered that criticism recently at a CAP event when he said that this viewpoint “has a very short view of history.”

The facts of the human experience throughout history cannot be disputed nor changed: marriage between one man and one woman has withstood the test of time. No matter where the cultural winds may blow, or how a court may rule, the foundational truths that marriage matters and children do best with a mom and a dad will not change.

Latest From AZPolicyPages.com

  • Ted Cruz in Tucson! Family Research Council is holding a special event in Tucson with Tony Perkins and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on October 4. Hear from these national leaders about what the midterm elections will mean for America.
  • Register Voters! The deadline to register to vote in time for the November 4 General Election is October 6. Plan your voter registration drive for your church on Voter Registration Weekend September 13-14!
  • Arizona leads the way for school choice. Townhall.com shares how Arizona is becoming a model on offering educational opportunities to families.

Election Results

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tuesday’s election saw some very close races and some decisive victories. Here are some of my key takeaways from Tuesday night:

  • Overall, I am hopeful for our state going forward into the November 4 General Election. We’ve made tremendous progress in our state to promote and defend foundational principles in recent years and I believe that we’re heading down a path to continue to make strides for the family.
  • Tuesday was especially good for the pro-life movement. It looks like we may once again have pro-life majorities in the Arizona House and Senate. While nothing can be taken for granted, I can’t help but feel encouraged. Of particular note is how well pro-life Democrats faired in the Primary. So far, two pro-life Democrats have defeated Planned Parenthood endorsed candidates, and at the time I am writing this, another pro-life Democrat is up 30 votes on a Planned Parenthood candidate.
  • You’ve heard me say it before: one vote and one person can make a difference. This year’s Primary Election has made this abundantly clear. A number of state legislative races are coming down to a handful of votes. Even a Congressional race is currently split by less than 400 votes. Read the latest unofficial vote counts from the Secretary of State.
  • Voter turnout was once again low – making every vote more important. Turnout will likely be around 22-25%, a very disappointing number. There is still much work to be done to reach out and educate our communities about the importance of being informed and voting your values.
  • Early estimates show approximately 85% of voters voted by early ballot in Maricopa County. This is an important note for anyone looking to have an impact in the General Election – if you’re planning on distributing Voter Guides, it is best to do it as soon as early balloting begins on October 9 so the resources get to the voters in time. And, as early balloting continues to grow in popularity, encourage citizens to sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List here.
  • While turnout was down, visits to azvoterguide.com were up more than 50% from 2012. In part, this has to do with all the new information we’re offering on the site. Look for even more new resources in the General Election when we add information on the judges, school board races, and ballot propositions.
  • Now the biggest task is ahead of us – and there is so much at stake in the General Election. It’s less than 70 days to the November 4 General Election and about 40 days to early balloting. Make no mistake – the future of Arizona is on the line and we need your help to ensure foundational principles are protected going forward.

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It's Time to Vote!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today is the Primary Election – and the polls are open until 7 p.m. across the state.

Primary Elections typically have a low voter turnout, making every vote even more critical. Don’t let your voice be silenced! Make sure you are informed and head to the polls.

Before you head to the polls, make sure you get your Voter Guide at azvoterguide.com. For the first time ever this year, we’ve also provided answers for candidates that declined to respond to the survey for all statewide and federal races!

Along with candidate surveys, at azvoterguide.com you can also get your personalized Voter Guide to see only the candidates that will be on your ballot.

In order for your vote to be counted – ballots must be received by TODAY. That means if you still have your mail-in ballot, you should NOT drop it in the mail. Instead, drop it off at any polling location

ACTION NEEDED

  • Go to azvoterguide.com and access your personalized Voter Guide.
  • Go to the polls to vote. Remember polls close at 7 p.m. Find your polling place here.
  • If you still have your early ballot, drop it off at any polling place.
  • Share azvoterguide.com with your friends and family by forwarding this email.

Don’t let your voice be silenced! Make sure your vote counts by dropping off your ballot today!


 


Election Checklist

Friday, August 22, 2014
  1. Get Your Personalized Voter Guide – Visit azvoterguide.com to access a personalized Voter Guide with only the candidates for federal and state office that will be appearing on your ballot. For the first time ever this year, we’ve also provided answers for candidates that declined to respond to the survey for all statewide and federal races!
  2. Check the City Election Voter Guides – CAP surveyed nine different city elections: Chandler, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Glendale, Lake Havasu City, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Tempe. If you live in these cities, you can download their Voter Guides.
  3. Find Your Polling Location – The polls are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. in every county, except Apache and Yuma County, which are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Find your polling location here.
  4. If you have an early ballot, drop it off at ANY polling location – Remember, at this point you DON’T want to drop it in the mail! You can either drop it off with your County Clerk or at any polling location on Election Day – Tuesday, August 26.
  5. If you’ve already mailed-in your ballot, forward this email to a friend. Despite all the signs, ads, and phone calls, you’d be surprised how many people forget to mail in their ballot! And, remind your friends who haven’t voted early to remember to go to the polls on Tuesday!
  6. Watch the results roll in – You can track the unofficial results on the Secretary of State’s website.

Latest From AZPolicyPages.com

  • Coming to Payson! Join CAP and the Payson Ministerial Association for our It’s Your Voice! Praise and Worship Rally. We’ll have live music and guest speakers for this special event. Be there on Sunday, August 31 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Rumsey Park Ball Field #2.
  • 7 Harmful Side Effects of Pot Legalization has caused in Colorado. There is more bad news out of Colorado regarding the negative impact of marijuana legalization.
  • It’s still Eugenics – BreakPoint’s John Stonestreet discusses a growing trend of aborting children based on genetic deficiencies. 

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