AFA-IN: Taxpayers Get Scammed – School Survey Results

Legislative Note

This week, the Indiana legislature reaches its first major deadline for committee hearings.  There are several bills and amendments we are still watching and following that I will mention in future weekly emails.

The Price Taxpayers Pay for Poor Economic Theories

This is not an AFA-IN issue.  However, it may be interesting for those who believe in limited government and fiscal responsibility.

In the last decade political leaders in Indianapolis have often seemed to flail around grasping for a golden goose that will revitalize the city or boost it economically, making it more attractive to business investment.  Former Mayor Greg Ballard thought bike paths and liberal LGBT social policies were his silver bullet.   Recently, our capitol city revamped public transit to create a new $96 million system known as the Red Line, a rapid transit electric bus line.  Several existing lanes of road were allocated to the Red Line, new busses were purchased, and new platform stations were built.

The Red Line opened in the fall with great celebration and media attention.  Fares were even free for several weeks to celebrate its opening.   However, new numbers from IndyGo reveal that the Red Line was far more popular with politicians than it has been with customers.

In the four months since the Red Line opened, ridership has fallen 50%!  When one considers that one patron enters and exits, there were only 123,185 riders in September, when it was a free fare.  Each month thereafter, the ridership numbers have dropped.  For December the ridership was only 65,008.

In spite of federal transportation funding increasingly being diverted from roads to non-highway projects, mass transit expenditures have doubled to more than $15 billion annually since 1982. One would think that transit ridership might have doubled in that same time. It hasn’t even come close. Today, annual miles of travel by transit are only 25 percent higher than they were 40 years ago.

In fact, in spite these taxpayer subsidies, mass transit ridership has declined in all of the nation’s 38 largest urban areas according to a recent article by the Foundation for Economic Education.

Mass transit performs well in Washington, DC, where large portions of people use that system for work.   Yet, as the Heritage Foundation notes: “The problem with transit is that, on average, 90 percent of jobs are not located in downtown areas. Those 90 percent of employees are spread over an area more than 500 times as large as the downtown areas. No transit system can serve this type of demand at a speed that is competitive with the automobile. Transit advocates routinely oversell the potential of transit spending to reduce road congestion, pretending that it can make a difference outside core areas.”

Skeptics of the economics of mass transit are often accused of being backwards, anti-progress, or anti-environmental.   Yet, there is a lot of evidence that many types of mass transit are a huge boondoggle for taxpayers.

I am not against city buses.  They can be more economical than rail or other types of mass transit.  However, I once asked an Indianapolis City Council member if mass transit ever made any money.  He suggested I look inside the IndyGo busses as they pass by and take note of how few people are using them.   It was an eye-opening exercise.

School Survey Finds Some Interesting Results

The 2019 Schooling in America Survey conducted by the Braun Research polling firm interviewed 1,810 adults in a nationwide sample.   They also surveyed 601 educators who are currently teaching in a public school.  The two surveys were sponsored by EdChoice one of the nation’s largest school choice advocacy organizations.

Here are some of those poll results:

Among four options, public, private, charter and home, parents who have their children in private schools expressed the highest level of satisfaction (79%) with their school.

Teachers still do not have much trust in parents. Only 37% said they trust their students’ parents.

The number of Americans who say K-12 education is headed in the right direction is at an all-time high this year, however, that is a mere 37%.  A majority (56%) still think it is on the wrong track.

A majority of Americans support their own public-school district going on strike for a 10% pay increase.  However, when they are told the national average public-school teacher’s salary is $60,483, support for a strike drops by 8 points to 55% support.

Likewise, while the average amount spent on each public-school student is $12,200 per year, the median public respondent’s estimate of this was only $5,000. Public school teachers’ median response estimate of per pupil funding was only $4,000, less than a third of actual spending.

More than half of public-school teachers (52%) said that their students spent three weeks or more preparing for and taking standardized tests.

When given information on how school vouchers work, the public support of vouchers was measured at 63%.

A particularly revealing part of this survey concerned children’s use of technology.  It found that public school teachers worry about their students use of modern technology more than their parents.

• 77 percent of teachers worry about their students spending too much time in front of screens, compared to 57% of parents who express the same concern.

•  73 percent of teachers worry often about their students sharing too much about their personal life online, compared to about half of parents (51%).

•  63 percent of teachers are concerned about their students being harassed or bullied online, compared to less than half of parents (44%).

• 62 percent of teachers worry about students’ use of technology impairing their ability to properly communicate with people, compared to less than half (44%) of parents.

In Their Own Words:

         “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  – Ronald Reagan

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AFA-IN: How to Make a Difference; Legislative Deadline Approaching

Legislative Schedule Tightens . . . Will Parental Rights Make the Squeeze?

There are less than two weeks left for committee hearings for any filed bill in its house of origin.   If a bill does not receive a hearing and a committee vote by the end of this month, it will die in this session.   The subject of a bill may come up in another bill or as an amendment, but any bill number you and I may be tracking that doesn’t meet this first hurdle by February is done for this year.

Yesterday, I sent an alert on House Bill 1322 which we would prefer not to get a hearing due to several concerns surrounding it.  HB 1322 appears to seek to give a mental health assessment to every K12 student in Indiana.  That is nearly 1 million Hoosier children.  This shotgun-style approach raises a lot of unanswered questions for parents.  The bill says almost nothing about the roles and rights of parents, or the rights of children who might be labeled for life, in such a sweeping effort.

It should be noted, that this is not a bill requiring students be tested for learning disabilities or academic challenges, which could certainly fall within the scope of education, and have the support of most parents.    These are expressly stated psychological and behavioral exams, which could raise some content questions or concerns.

One reason I am concerned is that last year, these same two authors of HB 1322, (McNamara and Cook), had a similar mental health school bill.  The Senate debated and added very good parental rights and data privacy language to that bill.  Representatives McNamara and Cook removed that language from their bill in the final days of the 2019 session.

That privacy and parental rights language can now be found in Senate Bill 129.  It has not been scheduled for a committee hearing at this point.

Supporters of HB 1322 might say that there is existing code about parents and surveys.  That is true, but it lacks enforcement language needed to truly back it up. SB 129 has that needed language, as well as student data privacy protections.

You can read about HB 1322 here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/house/1322

You can call your House member about HB 1322 at: 317-232-9600.

You can call your Senator about SB 129 at 317-232-9400.

You can also find and email your legislator through this link:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

One of the best speakers I have ever heard on apologetics is Dr. Frank Turek.   I highly recommend his web site CrossExamined.org.    Dr. Turek will be speaking next week in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, January 28th at Purdue University in the International Ballroom, 2101 Coliseum Blvd.    The 7-9 pm event is free and open to the public.   He will be speaking on the topic of his book, “I don’t have enough faith to be an Atheist.”

Taking “Making a Difference” to a Whole New Level

I often have people complain about the direction or intensity of the Republican or Democrat parties.   The complaints are vastly different depending upon the party, but both complaints are always rooted in frustration.   If you want to see change and play a role in making a difference in politics beyond the bare minimum of voting or calling your elected officials, you may want to consider becoming an actual part of the Republican or Democrat Party structure.

If you are a member in good standing, which means that you have consistently voted in either the Republican or Democrat primary, you can run for Precinct Committee member in that party.   A precinct is the small geographic voting district in which you live.   The people who help sign you in, check your ID and set up your voting machine are poll workers recruited by your precinct committee member.   This is the working side of being a precinct committeeman.

The direction side occurs when there is a vacancy.   For example, when an incumbent city council member or state legislator steps down before an election, it is the precinct committee members in that district for that official’s party who select his or her replacement.

The other way you can have significant influence on the direction of your party is to file to run to be a delegate to your party’s convention this summer.   The position of delegate has a big role on the decisions the party makes at its convention in regard to the platform and certain statewide candidates.   For example, in the Republican Party this summer, there may well be a big fight in the convention over the Attorney General position if Curtis Hill is blocked from running or is challenged within the party.  (There is a fee to be a convention delegate.)

In many parts of Indiana, the position of Precinct Committeeman is vacant and winds up as an appointed position by the county party’s chairman after the election in May.

You can download the form to run for PC or delegate here (https://tinyurl.com/qq2wdet) and file it with your local election board.   The filing deadline for these positions is noon, February 7th.   If you have questions, there are places online where you can download the party’s manual for precinct committeeman, or there are people whom I can refer you to for questions, if you email me.

Just the Facts:

AFA-IN Fact Sheet: How to Make a Difference from Your Kitchen Table:  https://tinyurl.com/wh5qqbp

In Their Own Words:

“All that the best men can do is to persevere in doing their duty to their country and leave the consequences to Him who made it their duty, being neither elated by success, however great, nor discouraged by disappointment, however frequent and mortifying.”  – First Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Jay, (1745-1829)

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ALERT: Should Every IN Child Undergo Mental Health Screening?

Should Every Child in Indiana Undergo a Government-backed Mental Health Exam?

Two Indiana Republicans, State Representatives Wendy McNamara and Tony Cook, have co-authored House Bill 1322.  This bill seeks to set up a system to force every K12 student in Indiana to undergo a mental health exam, labeling many children “at risk” or “in need of intervention.”

This is not the same as a test looking for learning disabilities or academic challenges, which falls within the realm of education and would have the support of many, or most, parents.

This seems to be a broad-brush approach to more of a pinpoint problem involving a few children with serious mental health issues.   It raises several questions:

• What information will parents be given about these assessments?
• What rights would parents have, and what role would they play, in this proposal?
• What kinds of questions will children be asked?
• What kinds of behaviors or beliefs will be scrutinized by mental health or school officials?
• What happens if a child is mislabeled?
• Where is the exam data stored, and how will it be protected?
• What kind of treatment might the state recommend or initiate?

None of these concerns are adequately addressed in HB 1322.

As one leader and attorney has written:

Passing House Bill 1322 could lead to:

·       Subjecting over 1,000,000 children in the public schools – beginning in kindergarten – to mental health screenings and mental health assessments!

·       This could result in labeling children as “at risk” or “not normal” with regard to mental health issues!

·       This could then lead to an attempt to “re-educate” hundreds of thousands of children in order to change their attitudes, values and beliefs, including religious beliefs!

·       All of this could take place without parental consent!

House Bill 1322 Must Be Defeated!

Please call your State Representative and ask them to vote “NO” on House Bill 1322.   You can call your member of the House at: 317-232-9600.   

You can find your legislator here, and email them too at:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

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Short Note from AFAIN Regarding Legislation in Statehouse

Dear Friends,
 
         Thank you for reading this email. I am always hesitant to send more than one email a week, out of respect for your time.  However, this legislative session is moving very quickly. 
 
         I wanted to update you on a couple of developments in the Indiana General Assembly at the end of this second week of the session.
 
         Senate Bill 74, authored by Jim Tomes, would prohibit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles from creating a politically motivated change our driver’s license.   The BMV wants to allow drivers to choose their sex or no sex with a new “Gender X” category.   This is a major policy change that the legislature, not the bureaucracy, should make or reject.  
 
       Senator Tomes has worked closely with several first responders who have various concerns about how this change could impact police, firemen, and medical staff on the highways of Indiana.    People are free to live as they choose, but their license (ID) needs to be scientifically accurate, not politically correct. 
 
         SB 74 has been assigned to the Senate Public Policy Committee where it may not get a hearing.   The bill should have been assigned to a more favorable committee, such as Transportation, where Senator Tomes serves as the ranking member.  You can call your Senator at 317-232-9400 about this bill. 
 
         Two Republicans in the House, Representatives Wendy McNamara and Tony Cook, have co-authored House Bill 1322, which seeks to set up a system to give every student in Indiana a mental health exam.  This could result in labeling many children for their entire 12 years of school.   The bill does not mention the role of, or rights of, parents in this process.  Some people wonder if this is an attempt to assess or change the values, beliefs and attitudes of 1 million K12 Hoosiers.  We simply do not know where this bill might be headed.   You can call your State Representative about HB 1322 at 317-232-9600.

       House Bill 1088, the Fair Play for Females Act has now been assigned to the House Education Committee.   This bill, authored by Representative Christy Stutzman protects competition in school sponsored girls’ sports by only allowing females in girls’ sporting events. 
 
        You can find out who your legislator is here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/
 
        The Statehouse is closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Day, but you can call today or Tuesday.
 
Thank you,
Micah Clark
Executive Director
American Family Association of Indiana 

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AFA-IN: Youth Don’t Hear this About Success, Legislative Update

Week # 2 at Your Indiana Legislature

Yesterday, I was at the statehouse testifying in regard to a bill directing schools to work with outside mental health centers.  (I had some questions about the role parents play and the rights they have if their child is referred for outside counseling.)

Going into the statehouse, one of the big issues that had exploded on social media the night before involved a Democrat-authored bill to allow illegal aliens in Indiana to get drivers permits and licenses.  I do not expect House Bill 1083 to get a hearing, but I would like to know where the Governor and the legislature stand on this controversial issue.

Late last week, there seemed to be a lot of attention surrounding a sweeping gun control bill that would make Virginia Governor Ralph Northam happy.  I do not expect Senate Bill 203 to get a committee hearing either.

It is interesting that most Democrats have no problem pushing a liberal agenda, but most Republicans seem to want to hide from conservative legislation.  Several conservative bills are still waiting a committee assignment or have been assigned to committees where they will never get a favorable hearing.

On Monday, AFA-IN and our national office, sent out an alert on House Bill 1088, the Fair Play for Female Sports Act, authored by Rep. Christy Stutzman.  Some who have called the statehouse have been told this bill does not exist.  It is not on the statehouse web page yet, because it too, is being held up for a committee assignment, but it does exist.  I have seen it printed in bill format and have met with the author.

The Indiana Family Institute has set up a page on their web site with their take on HB 1088.  You can read it by clicking this link:

Advance America has produced a legislative update that can be viewed with links to legislation, or printed out, and circulated by clicking here:

Marriage and the “Success Sequence”

We hear politicians talk a lot about pathways to success, or methods to improve economic outcomes, but one factor almost never mentioned is marriage.  In fact, traditional marriage is generally looked down upon in American culture today.

A record 55% of Millennial parents (ages 28-34) have put childbearing before marriage, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics. By comparison, a majority of Baby Boomers (67%) had entered into family life at the same age by marrying first. A much smaller share of Boomers had children before marrying (20%)
Compared with the path of having a baby first, marrying before children more than doubles young adults’ odds of being in the middle or top income tier after adjusting for education, childhood family income, employment status, race/ethnicity and sex.

In fact, an incredible, 97% of Millennials who follow what has been called the “success sequence”— that is, who get at least a high school degree, work, and then marry before having any children, in that order – are not poor by the time they reach their prime young adult years.

This pattern holds true for racial and ethnic minorities, as well as young adults from lower-income families. For instance, 76% of African American and 81% of Hispanic young adults who married first are in the middle or upper third of the income distribution, as are 87% of whites. Likewise, 71% of Millennials who grew up in the bottom third of the income distribution and married before having a baby have moved up to the middle or upper third of the distribution as young adults.

In general, young people who marry first are more likely to be on track to realizing the American Dream than those who put childbearing first.    To read more about research on this click here: https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IFS-MillennialSuccessSequence-Final.pdf

No Surprise, the Media Hates Trump

Another study has found that the mainstream media is overwhelmingly slanted in its coverage of the President.   One could argue that Donald Trump is a very different kind of politician who’s off the cuff, rough and tumble, shoot from the hip, clunky speaking style makes him an easy target, compared to previous presidents.   Yet, when nearly all of the news coverage is found to be negative, objectivity and fairness are missing.

In the first 100 days since House Democrats began their impeachment push on September 24, ABC, CBS and NBC have aggressively aided the effort. A Media Research Center analysis of 1,053 comments and stories finds the three primary network evening newscasts have battered the President with 93% negative coverage and promoted impeachment at the expense of nearly all other Trump news.

At the same time, the broadcast networks donated at least 124 hours of wall-to-wall live coverage as they pre-empted regular programming in favor of House Democrat-led impeachment activities.   The analysis also found that the media has spent twice the amount of coverage on impeaching Trump through the Ukraine probe as it did the Russia probe, which was also overwhelmingly negative coverage.

It seems increasingly obvious that anything positive President Trump does in regard to the economy, foreign policy, or other areas are not going to get much interest, much less any positive coverage from the media.

In Their Own Words:

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.  The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”  – Winston Churchill

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Alert: “It’s About Fairness”

It’s About Fairness

In 1972 the US Congress passed an education bill known as Title IX (“Title 9”).  It is an anti-discrimination bill focused largely upon women in education.   It has since been remembered for its impact upon female sports in schools.

Today, a radical movement threatens the gains made by this historic act.

One would think that common sense does not need a scientific study if it truly is common.  Recently, a study published by three New Zealand scholars in the Journal of Medical Ethics, reached the obvious conclusion that biological males possess physiological and performance advantages over biological females in sports.

This is why Indiana State Representative Christy Stutzman has authored House Bill 1088 – The Fair Play for Female Athletes Act.

This legislation simply states that no one born a male may compete in school-sponsored competitive girls’ sports.   It’s a simple bill about preserving fair competition for 500,000 female students in Indiana’s K-12 schools.

Recently, tennis superstar, Martina Navratilova, also a homosexual activist, wrote in The London Times“Letting men compete as women simply if they change their name and take hormones is unfair. . . To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires. It’s insane and it’s cheating . . . It would not be fair.”

We agree.  It isn’t fair.  It doesn’t belong in Indiana K-12 schools.  That is why HB 1088 needs your support.  Please call your State Representative at 317-232-9600 and ask them to support Indiana House Bill 1088.

You can find who your legislator is, and also email him or her here:   http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Call your member of the Indiana House at 317-232-9600 in support of HB 1088.

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AFA-IN: The Legislature Begins, What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

The 2020 Indiana General Assembly is Underway!

The short session of the 121st Indiana General Assembly began on Monday.   This is known as the short session because it is not a budget year and there is a primary election occurring, therefore legislators will end their session in March.   Even so, over 1,000 bills will be filed for consideration.

At this point fewer than a third of these bills have been made public.  Here are some we are watching:

 

Senate Bill 40 – Legislation can range from very serious or highly complex issues to ones that are merely one short sentence making a minor change to existing code.   SB 40 is an example of what I would call a novelty bill.  It simply designates basketball as the official state sport of Indiana.    I list it, not because AFA-IN has a position on it, but as an example.

Senate Bill 42 – One may ask how necessary it is to have over 1,000 bills filed each year, and if it only serves to grow government.   This bill, by Senator Jim Buck, would eliminate this short session of the legislature, taking Indiana back to where it was prior to the early 1970’s when it met every other year.   SB 42 might make the late judge, lawyer, and newspaper editor, Gideon Tucker, happy.  In 1866 he observed, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

Senate Bill 57 – This bill by Senator Jean Leising has been filed numerous times and passed the Indiana Senate before.  It has never made it to the Governor’s desk.   (A bill must be voted upon by both chambers before it goes to the governor for his signature or veto.)   SB 57 requires schools in Indiana to teach cursive writing.  Opponents of this legislation believe that cursive writing is no longer necessary.  Supporters believe that cursive writing is still an important discipline, and it matters when reading historic documents.

Senate Bill 74 – This legislation, authored by Senator Jim Tomes, would eliminate the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles proposal to create a genderless driver’s license allowing a person to claim “Gender X” in the sex designation of our state’s highest form of identification.   The BMV proposed rule raises several concerns for law enforcement.  It also raised the question if our driver’s licenses succumb to political correctness rather than biological truth.   (Note: In our January printed newsletter, which should begin arriving in mailboxes later this week, I mistakenly wrote this as SB 78.)

Senate Bill 131 – Later this afternoon I will be testifying on this legislation authored by Senator Dennis Kruse.  This bill requires Indiana schools to post the national motto, “In God We Trust.”  It also requires that schools have the US and Indiana state flags displayed somewhere in the school.  Seventeen states have a law regarding posting the national motto in schools.

House Bill 1031 – Representative Tom Saunders’ bill eliminates straight-ticket voting involving one action, such as pushing a straight-ticket button, in the voting booth.   The bill does not prohibit a person from voting for all Democrats, or all Republicans, but to do so, one must look at every race and choose that party’s candidate.   The thought behind this is rather than simply pressing one button that automatically casts a party vote for every office, one should see each office and each person for whom they are voting in order to cast a more informed ballot.

      House Bill 1088 – This bill, authored by Representative Christy Stutzman, protects fairness and competition in school sponsored K12 sports by prohibiting a male from competing as a female.

In quite the paradox, there are several bills further prohibiting the sale of tobacco and restricting various vaping products this session, but there are also numerous bills promoting marijuana use.   On Monday there were some demonstrators who got a lot of media attention for calling for the legalization of recreational use of the narcotic in Indiana.

If you would like to contact your Senator about any Senate bills you can call and leave a message about your support or opposition at 317-232-9400.  You can call your House member at 317-232-9600 about House Bills.    You can find out who your state Senator and Representative is, at this link:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Standing Up for Life

The Indiana March for Life, sponsored by Right to Life of Indianapolis, is Wednesday, January 22nd.   The day begins with a memorial service at 10:30 at the Indiana Convention Center.  It will be followed by a March to the Statehouse at noon, and a rally at 12:30.   You can learn more details about this event, parking, and how to register to participate here:  https://rtlindy.org/home/indiana-march-for-life/

What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that many people make is to take better care of their health.  This may include eating better or exercising.   Many people consider joining a fitness club.

I’d like to recommend a fitness center chain in central Indiana called LiveRite Fitness.   LiveRite is a local company that connects physical fitness with spiritual fitness.   They make an effort to ensure that their environment is professional, welcoming, family-friendly and (if desired) spiritually affirming.

I recently toured the brand new LiveRite center in Fishers and met with the owner about his vision for the company.  I noticed that the facility was playing Christian music, (at a moderate volume), and often had Bible verses on posters in a subtle, refined way.   In addition to weights, cardio machines, a pool, a basketball court, aerobic classes, and much more, this LiveRite center hosted an evening Bible study for those interested.

Many people believe that there is a connection between spiritual health, mental health and physical health.  There is even quite a bit of scientific research looking at the connection between these three things.

LiveRite has centers in Indianapolis, Fishers, Noblesville and Anderson.  You can learn more about this family friendly local company here:   https://www.livritefitness.com

Just the Facts:

Are the medical claims about marijuana so often seen on the Internet, or heard in advertisements, backed by good science?    Click here for our fact sheet “Up in Smoke.”   https://tinyurl.com/yey3d9t8

In Their Own Words:

“I believe that one reason why the church of God, at this present moment, has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”  – Charles Spurgeon
 

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More conservative judges approved despite Planned Parenthood

“Extreme and unfit to judge.”

That’s what abortion giant Planned Parenthood said about Sarah Pitlyk.

But Senate Republicans ignored the propaganda and, minutes ago, confirmed Sarah Pitlyk 49 to 44 to serve on the federal bench.

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Obviously, the most important recent judicial nominations were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court.

But the Senate has also confirmed Amy Coney Barrett and Brian Buescher to the federal bench.

You might remember Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s infamous anti-Catholic slur against Judge Barrett. Feinstein said she worried the “dogma lives loudly” in Barrett. And don’t forget Brian Buescher’s nomination. Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Mazie Hirono made the ridiculous assertion that he shouldn’t serve in the judiciary … because of his membership in the Knights of Columbus!

It’s now clear that Senate Democrats believe no faithful Catholic can serve as a federal judge.

And we all know why: radical abortion zealotry, plain and simple.

No wonder they did everything they could to stop Sarah Pitlyk. Look at her record:

    • Pitlyk serves as Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society, a pro-life public interest law firm that is defending pro-life investigator David Daleiden.
    • She represented the plaintiffs who successfully defeated St. Louis’s unconstitutional “abortion sanctuary city” ordinance that (among many horrible things) tried to force pro-life organizations to hire or rent property to supporters of abortion.
    • She filed a legal brief in support of the Trump administration’s pro-life reform of Title X — which resulted in a reduction of taxpayer funding given to Planned Parenthood.
  • While in law school, she started Yale Law Students for Life.


In fact, her record is so strong on pro-life and religious freedom issues that even a typical timid Beltway Republican would run for the hills.

But President Trump loves a fight. And in 2016, he pledged to appoint pro-life judges. He certainly kept his promise with Sarah Pitlyk.

BIG PROGRESS: With the confirmation of Pitlyk, President Trump and the Republican Senate have placed 169 judicial nominees on the federal bench. That’s better than Bill Clinton (166) and George W. Bush (167). And they did that over 8 years. Trump has accomplished this in barely 3 years!

Imagine how much more could be done if President Trump is able to serve eight years as president!

And let’s not forget about the Supreme Court, where the President has already successfully appointed two justices. A second Trump term could involve another two justices serving lifetime appointments.

INTERESTING FACT: The average federal judge serves for over 25 years. That’s over 6 presidential election cycles! 2020 is more than just a single election. It about shaping our nation’s laws for the next quarter century.

This is why elections matter! And I need your help to make sure every Catholic voter knows about the importance of sterling judicial nominees like Sarah Pitlyk.

Giving Tuesday is over…

But there’s plenty of room on Wednesday to help us keep up the fight.

Brian