Eddie’s Story – A #GivingTuesday Request

The first winter storm of the season is always a bit of a surprise. The day starts sunny and bright; construction workers run around on roof tops in t-shirts; moms take their kids to the park; homeowners put their plants on the porch to squeeze the last few rays of sunshine out of the fall. Then the storm front builds on the horizon. The roofers throw down tiles as fast as army ants; moms hurry their kids back home in strollers and bouncing on their hip; homeowners hustle their plants inside as the wind kicks up, blowing leaves from one yard to the next. There is a bite in the wind. And the storm descends. The snow swirls, then the white begins to accumulate, visibility ranges from vague to nothing. Whatever needed to be done is done, and everyone hunkers down to wait out the storm. Except for Eddie. And Phil and me.

We were heading home from Billings to Rapid with a stop off in Sheridan for fuel. The main difference between us and Eddie was that we were on four wheels and Eddie was on two. Of course, Phil had to connect. The front surfaces of Eddie’s bike were caked with ice and snow. The only part of him that we could see were his eyes.

“You remind me of my sons! I’m Phil.”

“I’m Eddie.”

“Where are you headed?”

“Billings to Denver.”

“Eddie, I have to ask. Are you doing this because you have to or because you want to?”

“Because I have to.” Bold, determined sigh.

“Eddie, do you know God?”

His eyes lit up. “Yes!”

“Can I pray for you?”

Again his eyes showed his approval.

Phil prayed for Eddie’s safety and courage and then gave him his cell number.

“Let me know when you get there. We’ll be praying for you all the way to the finish line.”

This isn’t just a cool, epic story. There is a parallel here that we don’t want you to miss.

The team at Family Heritage Alliance works on public policy. Much like the seasons of the year, politics has an ebb and flow, a dynamic of preparation, accomplishment, regrouping, planning. And much like Eddie, despite all the planning we can end up doing our work in some very uncomfortable climates. Not all our work is because we want to; much of it is because we have to. In order to see God honored in South Dakota, we have to take a stand, at times even opposing our friends. In order to see life being valued, we battle for the unborn and the elderly. In order to see families thrive, we support the education of our children from a Biblical worldview. And the climate is not always favorable.

But like Eddie, people come alongside us at FHA to pray for us, to point us toward resources and contacts, and to support us financially towards our goals. In this season in America and in the state of South Dakota, we cannot do this work without you. Your prayers and financial support are key in the success of this journey.

You may be wondering what happened to Eddie. He texted us late that night. He stopped in a small Wyoming town to spend the night. The hotel receptionist gave him a room and a meal at no charge. I’m sure that not only fed his body, but his soul as well. Eddie told Phil that he had no idea how his tires stuck to the road, but they did. “God must have done that.”

We are thankful that we reached out to Eddie and didn’t miss being a part of his adventure. Will you join us in being a part of what we can accomplish this year through FHA?

Today is #GivingTuesday, and the beginning of our end-of-year fundraiser. The recent Stand Banquets gave us a much needed boost, but we need an additional $20,000 in 501c4 Non-tax-deductible funds in order to be successful in the 2019 Legislative Session. We also are in need of $20,000 in 501c3 tax-deductible funds to support our continued work! Whether you are looking for a year-end tax-deduction or have a desire to support our efforts at the capitol, we need your help to reach our goal of raising $20,000 in 501c3 and $20,000 in 501c4 funds by January 31st!

Click Here to Donate to Family Heritage Alliance (501c3)

Click Here to Donate to FHA Action (501c4)

As always, checks to Family Heritage Alliance or FHA Action can be sent to PO Box 329, Rapid City, SD 57709. Thank you for standing with us through all types of weather!

-Phil & Charlotte Shively

The Man Behind the Billboards

In a previous article we discussed the agenda behind the blue & white billboards that have been popping up around SD, but let’s peel back one more layer of the onion.

First, a recap. We know that the message behind the billboards is that South Dakota needs to place Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in state statute, to mandate protections against discrimination and harassment. This effort will either be attempted in the State Legislature, or on the ballot. The cause of protecting people against these things is noble on the surface, but as we discussed earlier; what is presented as a shield of protection is often used as a sword of punishment. This has become the case for Jack Phillips, Baronnelle Stutzman, Blaine Adamson, and many others. It also paves the way for situations like what happened to Alexis Lightcap or the Thomas Family.

Now onto the next layer of the onion. We know the agenda of the website listed on the bottom of the billboards, BeyondIDo.org, but what about the small logo to the right of the website? That’s where more of the true colors of this message begin to show. The Gill Foundation was founded by Tim Gill, and is one of the largest funders of LGBT causes. The Gill Foundation website claims they have spent over $343 Million dollars on their cause, which the Rolling Stone summarizes as “…academic research, polling, litigation, data analytics, and field organizing.” The article explains that  “Gill’s fingerprints are on nearly every major victory in the march to marriage, from the 2003 Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health case, which made Massachusetts the first state to allow same-sex marriage, to the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision two decades later that legalized it in all 50.” Although the amount of money spent and the amount of influence exerted by the Gill Foundation is surprising, the motive behind the actions is even more alarming. Mr. Gill is not simply looking to hold ground that has been made, but rather continuing an offensive strategy against those who hold traditional beliefs about marriage, sexuality and gender. He says “We’re going into the hardest states in the country” … “We’re going to punish the wicked.” 

A message that was discernible by looking at the outcomes of Jack and Baronnelle’s situations, is made crystal clear by Mr. Gill’s statements. He has an agenda he is pushing and anyone who stands in the way will be punished.

CWA Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign

Dear CWA Friends,
It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 20th year of Encourage-A-Legislator! Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning and we appreciate your faithfulness.
We live in challenging times. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.
Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.
Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.
If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please email Linda Schauer at director@southdakota.cwfa.org to note your commitment and provide your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.
Linda Schauer
State Director
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
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FHA Action Endorses Dusty Johnson

South Dakota Family Heritage Alliance Action Endorses Dusty Johnson for U.S House of Representatives

Having served the people of South Dakota in in high visibility roles in government, we have come to know Dusty Johnson as an energetic defender of Faith, Family and Freedom issues. His faith has been a critically important part of who he is and his Christian beliefs have been obvious in his roles as citizen, leader, husband and father.

Dusty believes that traditional families are the bedrock of successful civilizations and that strong families lead to strong children and strong communities. The ever-growing federal government has too often sought to take the place of families and those efforts have further weakened families and our society.

His belief is that religious freedom is a core American value and that government shouldn’t be compelling bakeries or photographers or others to act in ways that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

As a strong defender of life from conception to natural death, he has earned the endorsement of South Dakota Right to Life. We will need his skills, expertise and strong work ethic in the coming battles in the pro-family pro-life arena.

FHA Action believes that Dusty Johnson deserves our support to represent all South Dakotans as our sole member in the United States House of Representatives.

Family Heritage Alliance Action endorses Dusty Johnson For U.S. House of Representatives.

FRC Action PAC Endorses Kristi Noem

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. As you head to the polls, we want to make sure you are aware of these pro-family candidates that Family Research Council Action PAC is supporting in your area.

This is a critical hour for our country, and each of our representatives are given a platform to make a difference. In the last two years alone, we’ve seen our elected leaders vote on important issues like the sanctity of human life, protecting religious liberty, our ability to live out our deeply-held religious beliefs, the confirmation of judges, and much more. We need leaders who will work to preserve faith, family, and freedom — not undermine them.

The following candidate has received a 100% “True Blue” score from FRC Action on her Congressional votes and is counting on your support:

Kristi Noem – Governor*
We have evaluated her positions and her record and believe she will be a strong leader for faith, family, and freedom. We encourage you to support her when you go to the ballot box.

There is much at stake in this year’s election, and Values Voters have an opportunity to make a difference by supporting candidates who will stand for truth. For Voter Guides, polling information, party platform comparisons, and more, visit www.frcaction.org/vote. Together, we can work to create a culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.

For the sake of America, may we all commit to pray, vote, and stand!

Standing (Eph. 6:13),

Tony Perkins
President

P.S. Please share this email with others in your area and take a moment now to text a quick reminder to 5 friends with this simple message: “Vote Tuesday, November 6!”

*Received 100% “True Blue” score as a member of the U.S. House. Candidate is now running for Governor.

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Paid for by Family Research Council Action PAC (www.frcactionpac.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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In Response to the Rapid City Journal’s Endorsement of W

Amendment W would add 3,329 words to the state Constitution, and would essentially create a fourth branch of government that operates outside the normal checks and balances system of the other branches. The new article would also be superior to all other aspects of our state Constitution. The amendment says “In any case of a conflict between any provision of this Article and any other provision contained in this Constitution, the provisions of this Article shall control.”

The editorial by the Journal ignored several aspects of Amendment W that are quite troubling, and gave no mention to the increased ethics safeguards that the Legislature put in place after the repeal of IM-22. Those safeguards included a 4-member State Government Accountability Board, limits on lobbyist gifts, whistleblower protections, doubling the waiting period before officials may become lobbyists, and stopping campaign spending for personal use.

Amendment W creates a State Government Accountability Board that will have rule-making authority. The ability for a board or commission to “promulgate rules” is common in South Dakota, but always under the supervision of a higher State entity who answers to the voters. Neither the voters of South Dakota, nor the three branches of State Government, will have adequate ability to correct this board. Although the amendment mentions judicial-review, that ability is questionable as the amendment states that the board will operate “…notwithstanding any other provisions of the Constitution…” The board members are appointed, which means the voters have no power to remove them. There are also legitimate concerns as to the level of transparency that will be required of the board its self, which means the citizens may not have the power to monitor them.

The forced constitutional expenditure of $389,000 every year, increasing with inflation, is unheard of and irresponsible. The current ethics board costs less than one-tenth that amount. Additionally, allocating such a large expenditure to the board may act as an incentive to interpret clerical mistakes as corruption to justify its existence. If that seems farfetched, simply look at the claims made in regard to Larry Rhoden’s missing of a filing deadline.

This experiment inflicted on South Dakota by an organization from Massachusetts and several Hollywood elites might be interesting, but it is objectionable. If passed, it would take another statewide vote to fix it, which means South Dakotans would be forced to live with its problems for at least two years. The Rapid City Journal claims W adds needed transparency, but ironically, W needs added transparency.

She Speaks Our Language

We have an opportunity here in South Dakota. An opportunity to do something that I believe will have a lasting impact. This November we have the chance to place a person in the Governor’s office that is truly committed to Faith, Family & Freedom. Electing Kristi Noem as Governor along with electing solid Representatives and Senators this November will put South Dakota in a position to make substantial progress.

Kristi has a track record that is worth studying. Throughout her years in public service she has been a champion on issues such as the sanctity of life, human trafficking and many others. This drive is shown by things like her score of 100% with National Right to Life. Her drive and passion is not something she “drummed up” in light of a Governor’s race, but rather has been a constant attribute of hers. In 2017, GovTrack ranked her the 15th Top Leader in the US House, and noted her voting record as 99%. (She only missed 7 of 710 votes). She also is not afraid to work across the aisle, which is attested by the fact that 9 of her 22 bills and resolutions in 2017 were co-sponsored by Democrats and Republicans.

In 2014 Family Heritage Alliance awarded her with the William Wilberforce Elected Leadership Award, and many who were at that Stand Banquet still remember her remarks: She explained her original desire to go to DC and make progress. To shake things up, and get things done. She explained to the audience that evening how frustrating the process in DC can be, and how she quickly found herself struggling to find a purpose and reason to keep fighting. Then one day she was working during hours when most of the offices are empty, and the cleaning staff began working their way through the offices. When a lady came to Kristi’s office to begin cleaning, she invited her inside and sat down with a cup of coffee to talk. After their conversation, the lady told her that in all her years cleaning for members of Congress, this was the first time anyone invited her into their office for a conversation. That evening at the banquet, Congresswoman Noem explained that she could easily see the impact she had just had on this lady’s life, and she began to see a greater purpose to her time in Washington. She told the crowd that yes, she is in DC to change policy and law, but there is a greater purpose that she was called to. A calling to be the light of Christ in her everyday actions, and that even on days when it seems like nothing is getting done she has the ability to make an impact. Stories like this illustrate the high caliber of Kristi Noem, a caliber that recently caused a Rapid City pastor to explain after a presentation of hers: “Mrs. Noem, I am a hard sell, and I must tell you that I am uniquely impressed. You have my support.” She speaks our language.

If you visit the Noem campaign website and begin looking at the policy proposals and goals, you will find the Family First Initiative. In this initiative she outlines her goals within the realm of family values. She promises to be a “family first” Governor who seeks to “strengthen the family unit and preserve the values South Dakota has long embraced.” The Family First Initiative includes commitments like defending the sanctity of life by placing an “unborn persons advocate” in the Governor’s office, actively pursuing legislation that protects unborn children, opposing Physician-Assisted-Suicide, and engaging top legal minds to litigate on behalf of these pursuits if necessary. In the plan she recognizes the gap in today’s parenting, and explains how she believes the gap is meant to be filled by parents, not more government. This includes strengthening parental rights through parental choice in education, whether that be public, private, or homeschool. She also commits to defending traditional family values in light of the threats posed by the federal government.

            After looking at the track record Kristi has accumulated, realizing the caliber of candidate she is and studying her vision for the future of South Dakota, the choice becomes very clear. Kristi Noem should be the next Governor of South Dakota.

She speaks our language.

 

 

 

 

 

FHA Action Endorses Jason Ravnsborg for AG

South Dakota Family Heritage Alliance Action Endorses Jason Ravnsborg for Attorney General of South Dakota

Having faithfully served the people of the entire nation in U.S. Army Reserves for over 22 years, including service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Jason Ravnsborg has now committed himself to come home to South Dakota. He has been a prosecutor, a defense attorney and a civil litigator having handled a wide variety of cases in multiple jurisdictions and throughout our state.

As chief law enforcement officer for the state, he has committed to aggressively prevent and deter the use of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine’s, while supporting rehabilitation efforts for the addicted that will give them the opportunity to become self-supporting productive members of society.

As a strong defender of life from conception to natural death, he has earned the endorsement of South Dakota Right to Life. We will need his skills and expertise in the coming battles in the pro-family pro-life arena.

The choice for us is clear, FHA Action believes that Jason Ravnsborg deserves our support to be South Dakota’s Attorney General.

Family Heritage Alliance Action endorses Jason Ravnsborg  for Attorney General of South Dakota

Election Information

Endorsements and Oppositions by FHA Action

Legislators who scored 100% in the 2018 Legislative Session

2018 Legislative Scorecard

2017 Legislative Scorecard

2016 Legislative Scorecard

2018 SD Right to Life Scorecard

2018 Ballot Measures Pros & Cons pamphlet from the Secretary of State

 

 

Noem Endorsement Announement

 

 

 

Ravnsborg Endorsement Announcement

 

 

 

 

Johnson Endorsement Announcement

Legislators Who Scored 100%

The Best of the Best

In case you haven’t noticed, Election Day 2018 is less than 3 weeks away!!!

Several folks have contacted us recently requesting information and recommendations on specific races and ballot questions. Elsewhere in this E-News you will find some help on the ballot questions, so I’ll focus here on the Best of the Best of South Dakota Legislators that earned the A+, absolutely fantastic, 100 percent, there’s-none-better performers for Faith, Family & Freedom issues in our 2018 Legislative Session.

Click Here for the entire scorecard!

While there are many more 80 percent plus performers that we embrace and thank for their support, we want to very publically lift up the Best and ask for your continued support for these Family Heritage Alliance Champions:

SD SENATE:

Lynne DiSanto                       District 35

Brock Greenfield                    District 2

Phil Jensen                            District 33

Joshua Klumb                        District 20

Jack Kolbeck                         District 13

Jeff Monroe                           District 24

Stace Nelson                         District 19

Jenna Netherton                   District 10 (not running for reelection)

Al Novstrup                           District 3

Ernie Otten                            District 6

Lance Russell                        District 30

Jim Stalzer                            District 11

 

SD HOUSE:

Arch Beal                               District 12

Tom Brunner                         District 29

Blaine “Chip” Campbell          District 35 (not running for reelection)

Michael Clark                         District 9

Drew Dennert                       District 3

Lynne DiSanto                       District 35 (running for SD Senate)

Julie Frye-Mueller                  District 30

Steve Haugaard                     District 10

Leslie Heinemann                  District 8

Taffy Howard                         District 33

Dan Kaiser                             District 3 (not running for reelection)

Isaac Latterall                        District 6

Steve Livermont                    District 27

Sam Marty                             District 28B

Elizabeth May                        District 27

Mark Mickelson               District 13 (not running for reelection)

John Mills                               District 4

Kent Peterson                       District 19

Sue Peterson                        District 13

Tom Pischke                          District 25

Lee Qualm                             District 21

Nancy Rasmussen                 District 17

Larry Rhoden                        District 29 (running for Lieut Governor)

Tim Rounds                           District 24

James Schaefer                     District 26B (not running for reelection)

Wayne Steinhauer                 District 9

Larry Zikmund                       District 14

 

We hope you will continue to support and reelect the Best of the Best!!!