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5 Minutes for Families

  1. The Latest Emily Charles 19-Dec-2014
  2. Not what it seems Emily Charles 12-Dec-2014
  3. Ignorant and Harmful Emily Charles 05-Dec-2014
  4. Showing Gratitude - Tax Credit Donations Emily Charles 21-Nov-2014
  5. Election Reflections Emily Charles 14-Nov-2014

Action Alerts

  1. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 04-Nov-2014
  2. Mail in your early ballot TODAY! Emily Charles 29-Oct-2014
  3. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 26-Aug-2014
  4. ACTION ALERT: Mail in your early ballot TODAY! Emily Charles 19-Aug-2014
  5. ACTION ALERT: In Tempe, vote No on Prop 475 Emily Charles 14-Aug-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

The Latest

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mary Did You Know?

As we approach Christmas week, I hope you will enjoy this recording of one of my very favorite Christmas songs. May you and your family contemplate the meaning of the baby Jesus this next week and what Mary and Joseph must have experienced.

Pentatonix

The Latest

Take a few moments to read these important articles, and enjoy a blessed Christmas.

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Abortion Drug Case. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear Arizona's FDA protocol abortion case. The law would have made abortion clinics distribute the abortion pill in line with FDA protocol, only giving it up to 7 weeks of pregnancy instead of 9. After U.S. District Judge Bury upheld the Arizona law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction against its enforcement. It is important to note two key facts: 1) the case is not over and now goes back to the lower court for a trial on the merits; and, 2) nearly identical Texas and Ohio laws have been upheld by the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals respectively. 

Gilbert Will Not Redact Abortion Information in Textbook. The Gilbert Public Schools governing board has decided it will not edit biology textbooks to remove information on abortion and comply with Arizona law to give preference to childbirth and adoption.

Divorce Rates May Not Be as High as You Think. Read the newest statistics on divorce and learn why we need to rebuild the culture of marriage.

Why the Abortion Rate Is the Lowest It’s been Since 1973. The latest numbers from the CDC show that the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since Roe v. Wade in 1973. This encouraging news also reveals why it is important to continue to enact laws that protect preborn children and their mothers.

Marquette University Suspends Professor for Views. A Professor at Marquette University has been suspended for writing a blog criticizing a philosophy instructor for not allowing classroom debate on same-sex marriage.

Capitol Prayer Walk. Begin the New Year by joining CAP for a Prayer Walk! Center for Arizona Policy will meet at the Arizona state Capitol on the Opening Day of the Legislative Session to pray for the legislators and the session. 


Not what it seems

Friday, December 12, 2014

With 2014 coming to a close, I wanted to give you a quick update on where CAP is financially.

As of today, we still need to raise about 15% of our annual budget before the year ends. I cannot emphasize enough how crucial it is that we are able to meet our 2014 budget. Please help us enter 2015 in a strong position by making your year-end donation today by clicking here

Not what it seems

Not everything is what it seems – especially in public policy.

Too often we see seemingly harmless legislation backed by people that could be well intentioned have disastrous consequences if passed. 

Perhaps the best examples of this today are so-called “ENDA” (Employment Non-Discrimination Acts) or “SOGI” (Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity) ordinances – laws that create special protections for people based on their sexual behavior. 

The ordinances claim to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Or they are said to be in response to an epidemic of people being fired for being gay. 

Yet as we’ve seen, these laws eventually are used to stifle speech and prosecute families, business owners, and even pastors that believe in the Bible’s sexual ethic – especially when it comes to marriage. 

What’s more, the underlying premise of the ordinances – that our nation has a rampant problem of discrimination against the LGBT community – is verifiably false. 

You may remember the fight over Phoenix’s “Bathroom Bill” that was passed close to two years ago. That law, like many of the others throughout the country, would allow a man who identifies as a woman to have absolute access to the woman’s restroom and locker room in public accommodations. 

CAP opposed the law. One of our key arguments against it was that there was no need. Last year, there were only four complaints in the city filed under this law, and all four were dismissed

Or in other words, we don’t have a problem.

On the other hand, we’re only beginning to scratch the surface of the problems these laws create. For instance, in Maine a public school district was ordered to pay a young boy who identifies as a girl $75,000 because the student had to use the teachers restroom after other students complained. You can read more about the harmful effects of these laws in our Policy Pages

Or the infamous “Houston 5” scenario where these laws led to five pastors having their sermons subpoenaed by the city.

As the negative consequences of these laws begin to be revealed, more and more cities are rejecting them. The voters of Fayetteville, Arkansas recently overturned their city council’s passage of one of these laws. 

Similarly, the City Council in Beckley, West Virginia voted against the law. And right here in Arizona, Fountain Hills decided not to take up this issue, despite the pressure from national LGBT organizations. 

It’s clear that there are few issues as controversial and as emotionally charged as these laws. That’s why it’s vital to approach them with sensitivity. Yet the chilling effect these laws have on communities, families, and our religious freedom cannot be ignored.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

Ignorant and Harmful

Friday, December 05, 2014

We address and confront some of the most controversial and difficult issues facing our culture today at Center for Arizona Policy. As I recently explained to Lin Sue Cooney at 12 News, my heart is to always approach these topics understanding that they impact real lives, and recognizing that while we stand on truth, we want to do so with the utmost grace. 

It is in this context that I was shocked and dismayed to see a Tempe pastor call for gays and lesbians to be killed. The pastor manipulated and cherry picked passages out of Scripture to make his deranged case for such an atrocity.

I do not know a single pastor – or a single Christian for that matter – that would agree with this extreme view. Naturally, some may ask why I would even draw attention to an ignorant comment that is such an anomaly in Christian culture.

But ultimately I could not be silent on this incident because not only did this pastor promote dangerous and harmful acts, but he distorted and twisted the words of the same Bible I and millions of other Arizonans turn to while doing so.

This cannot go unanswered.

CAP is a Christian organization. While we advocate for public policy based on the latest scientific research and data, we come from a biblical worldview. This Tempe pastor undermines the true, loving, and noble intentions of millions of Arizonans who believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman, and still love their gay neighbor.

For the vast majority of the people that stand for Biblical marriage, disagreement with gays and lesbians on this one issue does not mean we do not love, respect, or value them.

And while this one church may not welcome gays and lesbians in their doors, there are hundreds more that are thirsting for all to enter, in full acknowledgement that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that we are called to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of [our] minds.”

My hope is that you will join me in not tolerating such lies being professed in the name of the Lord, but instead, recommit yourself to advocating for God’s truth in love and mercy. 

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

  • Loving my (LGBT) Neighbor. At the recent Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Summit in Nashville, Glenn Stanton from Focus on the Family discussed how we can better love our LGBT neighbors.
  • Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Perhaps one of the most important voices today on the issue of homosexuality is Rosaria Butterfield, a former lesbian and college professor who came to Christ. Watch her interview while at the ERLC Summit.
  • What if SB 1062 would have been signed into law? State Senator Nancy Barto debunks some of the myths surrounding the CAP-supported SB 1062, and explains why greater religious freedom protections are needed for our state. 

Showing Gratitude - Tax Credit Donations

Friday, November 21, 2014

One way all Arizonans can show gratitude for the freedoms we have in our state this Thanksgiving and Christmas season is through Arizona’s tremendous tax credit programs. We have the privilege of directing our tax dollars to help pregnancy centers save lives of women and children, to help faith-based agencies meet the needs of foster children, and to help parents choose the education best meeting their children’s needs.

Tax Credit Donations are Arizona’s best known secret! By participating in these programs, you can take part in changing lives and children’s futures, while getting a dollar for dollar tax credit.

Check out this short video to find out more about how you can make a difference through the different tax credit programs in our state. Go to TaxCreditsInAZ.com to learn more. 

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

Election Reflections

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another election has come and passed. Be encouraged as I am about the outcome. 

Here’s what we learned two Tuesdays ago:

Arizona is pro-life and pro-family 
For the fourth straight election, Arizonans elected a pro-life, pro-family legislature! The efforts by Planned Parenthood and others to elect candidates based on their pro-abortion and marriage redefinition views failed. In Arizona, the pro-life position will have bi-partisan support. 

Most significantly, for the second straight midterm election, the candidates in the General Election who either professed or leaned toward pro-life and pro-family positions swept every statewide office.

There is no denying what this says about our state. Over the last six years, by God’s grace and mercy, Center for Arizona Policy has experienced some of our greatest successes advancing legislation to protect life, promote school choice, advance parental rights, build up marriage and family, and defend fundamental freedoms. 

Some in our state like to say that CAP has some special sway over the legislature that has led to these victories. Yet here’s the true secret to our success: we represent issues that matter to the voters. Those voters elect representatives who are pro-life and pro-family. If there weren’t elected officials willing to vote for CAP-supported legislation, the 130 CAP-supported bills that are now law would never have happened. 

Voters rejected the SB 1062 hype
The misinformation campaign surrounding the CAP-supported SB 1062 that would have protected the right of every Arizonan to live and work according to their faith was a tremendous tragedy.

Following that legislation’s veto, there were many who said there would be consequences for that bill passing out of the legislature. 

Yet every candidate in the General Election who voted for SB 1062 won his or her race. 

This tells me that not only have the voters rejected the hype over this bill, but since the Hobby Lobby case and the Houston 5 situation, more and more people are starting to recognize the need to ensure no one is punished or persecuted merely for holding fast to their religious beliefs. This also tells me that voters still care tremendously about basic freedoms guaranteed by our United States Constitution.

You made the difference
Both in the Primary and General Election, races were decided by the tiniest of margins. 

For example, currently the Congressional District 2 race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally is heading to a recount – McSally is up by a mere 161 votes.

There’s no denying it: truly one person can make a difference in the elections. 

I want to thank all the churches, pastors, and other friends that partnered with CAP to promote being informed and voting your values this election cycle.  

There is great hope for our state going forward after this election, and I look forward to seeing what we can do together for our families.

Take time to pray for our newly elected officials. The state government is undergoing a significant transition – pray for wisdom for those putting together staffs and setting agendas.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

It's Time to Vote!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Today is the Arizona General Election – and the polls are open until 7 p.m. across the state.
 
Midterm General 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 Guideto 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 and voting today!

It's almost here

Friday, October 31, 2014

We are four days away from the General Election.

This year has made it clear why this election is so vital, and why we cannot sit this one out – from the Houston5, to the latest abortion report, it is self evident that there is much on the line on Tuesday. 

In preparation for the election, here’s what you need to know:

  • Join CAP, Justin Unger and area pastors Sunday as we lift up this election in prayer, and we give thanks to our God! We have a great lineup for our Praise and Worship Rally at the state Capitol on Sunday, November 2 from 3-5 p.m.
  • Find your voting location. Find out where you can vote on Election Day.
  • Don’t put your mail-in ballot in the mailbox, instead drop it off. Remember, postmark date on your ballot does not count – it needs to be received by November 4. You can drop your ballot off at any polling location. And as an added bonus, you get the “I Voted Today” sticker!
  • Text 3 friends and remind them to go vote. You would be surprised how many people don’t know that Tuesday is Election Day.
  • Share azvoterguide.com on Facebook.
  • Find out what it all means with me, Hugh Hewitt, and Erik Stanley. There are still $25 tickets available for our November 7 post-election event at the Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. Plan now to join us!
The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

Mail in your early ballot TODAY!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s time to mail in your early ballot! Early ballots must be received by General Election Day – November 4. 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 recorder mustreceive it by November 4.

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!


The Top 5

Friday, October 24, 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 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 Guide resources, are in line with the latest 501(c)(3) regulations from the IRS.

1. Review information on judges up for retention

Most people say judges are the most difficult to find information on. At azvoterguide.com you can get information on all the judges up for retention.

BONUS

Buy your tickets to CAP's post-election event with Hugh Hewitt on Friday, November 7! The 2014 elections will certainly alter the direction of our state and nation. Since 2006 CAP has hosted Hugh after the election, and it’s always a memorable evening. And just announced, Alliance Defending Freedom’s Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley will be joining us for this special event!

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

It's Your Voice! Praise and Worship Rally

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com


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