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5 Minutes for Families

  1. Stepping Up Emily Charles 12-Sep-2014
  2. C.S. Lewis said it best Emily Charles 05-Sep-2014
  3. Election Results Emily Charles 29-Aug-2014
  4. Election Checklist Emily Charles 22-Aug-2014
  5. On "The Factor" Emily Charles 15-Aug-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

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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ACTION ALERT: Mail in your early ballot TODAY!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It’s time to mail in your early ballot! Early ballots must be received by Election Day – August 26. The Post Office is especially backed up this time of year due to the amount of political mail. If you want to ensure your mailed-in ballot counts, Center for Arizona Policy encourages you to send it back today!



Remember: the postmark date on your ballot does not matter. Your county must receive it by August 26.


If you don’t send your ballot in by today, you can still hand deliver it:

Of course, before you vote, make sure you visit azvoterguide.com to find out which candidates share your values.

Don’t let your voice be silenced! Vote today!

On "The Factor"

Friday, August 15, 2014
It's been three months since a police report revealed that Planned Parenthood Tempe allegedly told a young girl and her mother that they wouldn't report her rape to avoid the “hassle.”

The press conference held by CAP, the Arizona Life Coalition, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Susan B. Anthony List, and Students for Life has helped shine a light on this tragic situation. 

Following the press conference, ADF filed a formal complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS). While we are still waiting to hear whether the Attorney General's office or DHS will be formally investigating the clinic, our call for an investigation made national news when Bill O'Reilly discussed this situation with ADF's Kristen Waggoner. 



The investigation is up to the authorities, but there are still things you can do.

First is to share this story with your friends and family. Everyone needs to know that Planned Parenthood is no trusted resource in a time of crisis. 

Second is to ensure you have sent in your early ballot, or you go vote on Election Day – which is just a week and a half away on August 26. We need elected officials who will stand up for life, and continue to work to ensure women and preborn children are protected. 


Latest From AZPolicyPages.com 
  • Have you gotten your Guide? Be sure to access your personalized Guide at azvoterguide.com.
  • It’s Your Voice – Join us in Payson! CAP is partnering with churches throughout the Payson area for a special event on August 31 from 4-6 p.m. at Rumsey Ball Field #2. Bring your family for this free event with local worship bands for a time of praise and worship. CAP President Cathi Herrod and the CAP team will also be there to share about what’s at stake in the upcoming election, and why you can’t let your voice be silenced this election!
  • Intern with CAP. The election season is one of the most exciting times to intern with CAP. If you’re a college student looking for front line public policy experience, apply for a CAP internship. 

ACTION ALERT: In Tempe, vote No on Prop 475

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Proposition 475 is a measure on the August 26 Tempe ballot that seeks to enshrine misguided “bathroom bill” rules into the Tempe City Charter. The measure proposes the following changes:

Sec. 9.01. Prohibitions and penalties.

(a) Activities prohibited.

(1) No person shall be appointed to, removed from, favored in any way, discriminated against with respect to any city position because of race, sex, political or religious affiliation COLOR, GENDER, GENDER IDENTITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, FAMILIAL STATUS, AGE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, DISABILITY, OR UNITED STATES MILITARY VETERAN STATUS, EXCEPT AS SUCH FAVOR MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY LAW.

If you missed it, hidden in that list of protected classes are two notable additions – gender identity, and sexual orientation – that, if put into the Tempe Charter, continue the dangerous approach of elevating new supposed “rights” for some, while at the same time trampling on the constitutionally-protected religious freedom rights for all.

As a practical matter, the main reason to vote no on this bad proposition is that it will make it much more difficult to undo the “bathroom bill” ordinance passed by the Tempe City Council earlier this year.

That ordinance effectively opened all Tempe bathrooms to anyone self-identifying as a specific gender, no matter the public safety concerns. You need only look to a Washington college that cited an identical “bathroom bill” ordinance as the reason it could not “[stop] a transgender man from exposing himself to young girls inside a women’s locker room.”

Moreover, passage of the “bathroom bill” equated to the Tempe City Council sending this simple message: if you do not subscribe to one particular ideology, you are not fit to make a living in Tempe.

From Arlene’s Flowers in Washington to Elane Photography in New Mexico to Masterpiece Cakes in Colorado, it is clear how these ordinances are being used to push out any diversity of opinion and to disqualify all people of faith from the marketplace.

Freedom is for all Americans, and Tempe’s laws shouldn’t pick and choose who gets freedom and who doesn’t.

Vote no on Proposition 475!

ACTION NEEDED

  • Vote No on Prop 475! Throughout the country, we’ve witnessed laws like these prohibit people of faith from being free to live and work according to their religious beliefs.
  • Spread the word! Share this email with friends and neighbors.

“Declined to respond.”

Friday, August 01, 2014

One of the most frequent questions we get at CAP is “why don’t some candidates respond to the survey.” The real question is why do some candidates not want to tell you – the voter – where they stand on these issues of concern to the general public?

Frankly, I don’t know why some candidates don’t reply. The Guide is nonpartisan, and is designed to help all voters learn where candidates stand on the issues that matter most. Further, the Guide is used by voters of all political persuasions so all candidates would benefit by making their views known in this format. 

We also go through an extensive process to give candidates every opportunity to reply to the survey. The day after the filing deadline for the election, we mail every candidate a survey. Then, over the next three weeks, we call candidates three times to remind them about the deadline to submit the survey. 

For those candidates who do not respond to the survey by the deadline for the print edition, we continue to offer them the opportunity to complete the Voter Guide survey at any time, and guarantee to get their survey up at azvoterguide.com as soon as possible.

Despite all of these efforts, a handful of candidates still elect not to respond to the survey.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce that for the first time, for all candidates in congressional and statewide races who declined to respond, CAP is providing you with answers for those candidates.

These well-documented responses are based on information from the candidates’ own websites or verifiable public statements. Along with the responses are the citations so you can see where our team found the answer.

See for yourself! All of this information is now accessible at azvoterguide.com.

Also now available at azvoterguide.com is the City Elections Voter Guide. We surveyed candidates for mayor and city council in Chandler, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Glendale, Lake Havasu City, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Tempe. All of these resources are available for FREE to distribute in your church or community!

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  • Join the CAP Team! We’re currently hiring two full time positions: Administrative Assistant – Finance and Administration, and Administrative Assistant – Advancement. Be a part of our mission to promote and defend life, marriage and family, and religious freedom! 
  • Protecting your church. Giving candidates an opportunity to respond isn’t the only extensive process we go through when producing the Voter Guide. We also have the Voter Guide reviewed by two outside legal counsels to ensure compliance with IRS requirements for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. This means your church can distribute this nonpartisan resource without putting their tax status in jeopardy. See the compliance letter from Alliance Defending Freedom CEO and General Counsel Alan Sears here.  
  • Call for interns. The election season is one of the most exciting times to intern with CAP. If you’re a college student looking for front line public policy experience, apply for a CAP internship.
  • Ryan T. Anderson responds to a gay man who wants to redefine marriage. Once again, the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson demonstrates how to clearly and respectfully respond to arguments for same-sex marriage.

 


ACTION ALERT: Last Day to Register to Vote!

Monday, July 28, 2014

When the clock strikes midnight TONIGHT it will be too late to register to vote in time for the August 26 Primary Election!

This means that if you...

  • Have friends or family that recently moved to Arizona 

  • Have moved since the last election and not updated your registration 

  • Have turned or will turn 18 by August 26

… you must go online to register to vote today to ensure your voice is heard in this crucial election! Or you can print off this form and either drop it off at your County Recorder's office or mail it in by Tuesday. If you’re already registered to vote, then make sure you visit azvoterguide.com to access your personalized Voter Guide, order Voter Guide resources, and more! You and I have a very unique blessing in common – we are fortunate to live in a state with one of the strongest advocates for foundational principles.

 

ACTION NEEDED

  • Register to vote! Or update your voter registration.

  • Share this picture on Facebook about getting registered to vote. You’d be surprised how many of our friends and neighbors aren’t registered to vote.

  • Contribute to the Voter Guide Money Bomb. Tomorrow is the last day to make your gift towards the Money Bomb!! Help us today by making your tax deductible gift online.

  • Access your Voter Guide. Make sure you know where the candidates stand that matter to you most with CAP’s personalized Voter Guide.

  • Order Voter Guide resources for your church or community group. Help distribute and promote the Guide!


  • Don't let your voice be silenced this election!

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