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5 Minutes for Families

  1. Election Checklist Emily Charles 22-Aug-2014
  2. On "The Factor" Emily Charles 15-Aug-2014
  3. “Declined to respond.” Emily Charles 01-Aug-2014
  4. Why it matters. Aaron Baer 25-Jul-2014
  5. Hobby Lobby and SB 1062 Emily Charles 11-Jul-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 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.
  • 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. 

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!

    Why it matters.

    Friday, July 25, 2014
    Quick praise report from our Voter Guide Money Bomb – so far, we’ve raised just over $33,000 towards our $50,000 goal! We’re more than halfway there!

    This is a GREAT start – but we still have a ways to go!

    Yesterday’s press conference in front of the Tempe Planned Parenthood is the perfect example of why this election is so important, and why it’s so crucial we get our Voter Guides throughout the state.

    You can watch a recap of yesterday’s press conference from Fox 10 below:

    FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

    Planned Parenthood allegedly failed to report a rape to the authorities to avoid the “hassle.” The accused rapist Tyler Kost then went on to rape at least 3 more girls.

    In May, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu referred the case to the Attorney General’s office and the Department of Health Services. To date, there has not been an investigation into the clinic.

    Yesterday, the Women’s Health Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Lesko, went into effect. This new law allows for unannounced inspections of abortion clinics. CAP, the Arizona Life Coalition, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List, Students for Life, and Voices for the Voiceless held the press conference to call for the immediate investigation of this clinic.

    If we didn’t have legislators who supported life, and stood up against Planned Parenthood – if we didn’t have a governor who would sign pro-life legislation – This would not have been possible.

    This year, Arizonans are choosing a new Governor, Attorney General, Legislature, and more.

    It’s vital that our churches and communities know where these candidates stand on the issues that matter most.

    That’s what’s great about azvoterguide.com – it cuts through the spin and gives you the nonpartisan, straightforward answers on the candidates.

    But without your help, we can’t get this resource across the state. Please. Help us get to the finish line by making a gift to the Voter Guide Money Bomb. We’re already more than half way there!

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    • See the pics! Check out more pics from the rally on our Facebook page!
    • 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.
    • Sign the Petition! If you haven’t signed the petition yet to call for the immediate investigation into Planned Parenthood, do so today!
    • Deadline to register to vote is almost here! The deadline to register is MIDNIGHT MONDAY! Visit azvoterguide.com to register.
    • 7 CAP-supported bills take effect! Yesterday, seven CAP-supported bills that were signed into law took effect. Read more about them on our Bill Tracker.

    Hobby Lobby and SB 1062

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) rights of the Green Family (who own Hobby Lobby) and the Hahn family (who own Conestoga Wood Specialties) had a very real tie to Arizona’s SB 1062.

    One of the primary purposes CAP supported SB 1062 was to clarify Arizona’s own Religious Freedom Restoration Act to ensure that every Arizonan is not forced to surrender their religious beliefs merely because they start a business. 

    In the majority opinion, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito echoed this fundamental principle when he wrote:

    “Business practices compelled or limited by the tenets of a religious doctrine fall comfortably within the understanding of the “exercise of religion” that this Court set out in Employment Div., Dept. of Human Resources of Ore. v. Smith.

    Any suggestion that for-profit corporations are incapable of exercising religion because their purpose is simply to make money flies in the face of modern corporate law.”

    Make no mistake, this was no small victory for religious freedom, but it also is not the final word. There is still much to be done to ensure every Arizonan is free to live and work according to their faith.

    As with SB 1062, opponents have launched a massive misinformation campaign about the decision. Take time to understand what government mandates were objectionable to the Green and Hahn families. The federal government attempted to compel the family-owned businesses to provide and pay for abortion medication in their employee health insurance plans. Hobby Lobby did not object to providing 16 of 20 contraceptive medications mandated by the government –it’s the other four that can function to cause an abortion that were objectionable.

    Following the decision, I spoke with a number of media outlets about what it means for Arizona. Click to watch them below:

    Fox 10 – Will the Hobby Lobby Decision Bring Back SB 1062? 

    Channel 3’s Politics Unplugged – Debate with Equality Arizona


    Freedom Defined

    Monday, July 07, 2014

    Happy Independence Day!

    The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties religious freedom victories before the U.S. Supreme Court exemplify the ideals our nation was founded upon.

    It was 238 years ago that our nation declared its freedom and independence. It seems in recent years, we’ve lost sight of what freedom truly means.

    At the CAP Family Dinner in May, we shared this video of friends sharing what freedom means to them as they live their lives, run their business, raise their families, and worship God.


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