Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2017 | Week of December 11 | #1233 Hey, Milwaukee, did you know your county executive, Chris Abele, is the chairman of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization whose sole purpose is to get lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people elected to all levels of office, from school board to federal level? Beyond that, Chris Abele was the primary funder for the transgender man who last month won an election to the...

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2017 | Week of December 4 | #1232 This week the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two cases that definitely have our attention. One of the cases deals with whether or not a federal ban on sports betting is constitutional. New Jersey is challenging this prohibition based primarily on a state’s-rights argument. While this sports gambling case is definitely of interest to us, even more prominent for us is the Masterpiece Cakeshop...

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2017 | Week of November 27 | #1231 I watched with amazement recently as a darling two-year-old boy took his mom’s smart phone and began using his miniature fingers to maneuver round the keys and buttons without hesitation, eyes glued to the screen, his handsome little face, complete with pursed lips, intent on accomplishing his mission. Shortly he found what he was looking for—a Muppets’ video, which he proceeded to play. In truth, he...

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2017 | Week of November 20 | #1230 While on hold with a phone call recently, I was doing some mindless, muted channel surfing and caught a commercial that reminded me of the lack of Christian worldview in our society.  The ad was something about Thanksgiving, but that word never was mentioned. A series of pictures and words flashed on the screen proclaiming what the fourth Thursday in November is not.  The last image was a turkey...

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2017 | Week of November 13 | #1229 November is here and this is the month we recognize nationally Adoption Month. While we’ve had this national recognition month only about 20 years, adoption is, of course, an ages-old means by which children are given an earthly forever family. Adoption is a great option to abortion, but it’s also how some of us get brothers and sisters. I’ve told my personal adoption story before in this commentary...

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2017 | Week of November 6 | #1228 Consider this commentary a statewide alert. The transgender agenda is likely coming to your community, especially if you live in a Wisconsin city, as opposed to a village or town. In states like Wisconsin where those pushing this dangerous and unconstitutional agenda know they can’t advance their cause through state law because of the makeup of the state legislature, they are turning to local...

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2017 | Week of October 30 | #1227 Over the last six years, Wisconsin has enacted a number of pro-life laws that appropriately proscribe abortion, most of which are helping women be better informed before they take the life-taking action of aborting their baby. We’ve also made some very good progress in defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider.  As a result of all of this and in concert with...

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2017 | Week of October 23 | #1226 At 8:45 this past Monday morning I walked into the state’s main Department of Motor Vehicles customer service office in Madison on a mission—a long-dreamed of mission. As instructed I stopped at the first desk and when asked why I was there, replied, “I’m applying for a new specialty license plate.” “What plate would that be?” queried the customer service rep.  “The Choose Life plate,” I responded,...

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2017 | Week of October 16 | #1225 I love October. But that love wanes with the onslaught of grown men in full football pads and uniforms playing a man’s game on a big field while wearing pink wristbands, hats, gloves, shoes and more. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very sure the football players and other athletes who participate in this annual push by the Susan G Komen Foundation are sincere in their support for finding a cure for breast...

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2017 | Week of October 9 | #1224 Seven months after two bills were given to State Senate President Republican Roger Roth, they are now finally formally introduced. Senate rules stipulate that the Senate President is to “promptly” introduce bills given to him from senate authors. Introduction includes getting a bill number and a committee assignment, the first major steps in the legislative process. For at least 3 bills, all of which...

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2017  | Week of October 2 | #1223 Wisconsin Family Council signed onto an important friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court last week in Kenosha v. Whitaker, a case dealing with the definition of “sex” and bathroom access rights for a transgender-identifying student. The Amicus Brief urges the Justices of the High Court to take up the case previously ruled on by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Wisconsin...

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2017 | Week of September 25 | #1222 In the week following the Governor signing the state’s $76 billion two-year budget, it’s fair to ask, as we echo and take some liberties with Samuel Morse, “What has the legislature wrought?” Maybe there is a budget wonk in a small back office in a government office somewhere in Madison who knows everything in this massive bill, but frankly I would doubt it. It’s a daunting task to figure out the...

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2017 | Week of September 18 | #1221 It was September 1787. It had been a long hot summer in the nation’s largest city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, in spite of the soaring temperatures and the associated discomfort, 55 men had been meeting regularly in The City of Brotherly Love since May, occupying what was then known as the Pennsylvania State House, now Independence Hall. They were truly men on a mission and in the process...

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2017 | Week of September 11 | #1220 Some bad ideas just don’t go away—like expanding gambling in Wisconsin. Simply put, state-sanctioned gambling always involves the state receiving money from the gambling. Thus it is always in the state’s interest to have more gambling so that revenues are increased and the state’s coffers are getting richer. This situation means for the state to win, its citizens must lose. Isn’t that quite...

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2017 | Week of September 4 | #1219 We’ve all heard it from our moms: “Just because someone else is doing something doesn’t make it good or right.” And of course, the classic, “If everyone were jumping off a cliff, would you just follow them?” From time to time, legislators need to listen to mom. Forty-four states don’t require any waiting period before a person who is divorced can remarry. Some state legislators are using that as a...

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2017 | Week of August 28 | #1218 On Tuesday, August 1, about 1:30, I made my way to the Dane County Courthouse, took the elevator to the 5th floor and found Judge Richard Niess’s courtroom. I was apprehensive. I was there to observe oral arguments in a case that we had had something to do with. As I sat outside the court room waiting for the current case to be called at 2 p.m., my mind raced back to a decade before when I had sat in...

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2017 | Week of August 21 | #1217 Few people in Wisconsin realize who Dane County, the county in which our state capital, Madison, is located, is named for. Dane County is named for Nathan Dane. A plaque rather inconspicuously placed on the back of the Dane County Courthouse gives a bit of information about this early American. The plaque says Dane was “a compiler of the Ordinance of 1787, which established the Northwest Territory.”...

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2017 | Week of August 14 | #1216 Finally. A state Republican party willing to push back against using casinos as part of balancing a state budget. Gambling in general isn’t an issue you hear either Democrats or Republicans talk much about. It should be talked about a lot, but it’s not. Thankfully, Republicans in Georgia have decided to break the cone of silence. After apparently several years of wrestling with this issue, the Georgia...

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2017 | Week of August 7 | #1215 The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, recently published and promoted for use in churches, a bulletin insert entitled “Smartphones, Tablets, and Christian Parenting,”[1] authored by Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Commission. Obviously, this is a timely subject, as digital technology continues its encroachment into every aspect of...

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2017 | Week of July 24 | #1213 Much of politics disgusts me. I am no fan at all of the games, the lies, the posturing, the meaningless rhetoric or the way money buys access and action far too often. That said, I also know that elections and politics matter and have very real consequences. When my disgust with state politics reaches a certain point, I jerk myself around to remembering where we could be. This legislative session has...

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2017 | Week of July 17 | #1212 Court decisions matter, especially those from our nation’s highest court. No doubt they shouldn’t matter as much as they do these days.  Our founders designed a government with 3 branches that are meant to check and balance each other, not one where one branch holds the other two hostage. Thomas Jefferson said of this matter, “[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are...

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2017  | Week of July 3 | #1210 (Re-airing #1195, Week of March 20, 2017) The Family Prosperity Initiative is a project of the American Conservative Union. It is based on the idea that communities, states and nations are only as strong as the married dad-and-mom families that make up these entities. Two excellent economists use their experience and expertise to analyze data—lots of data—to create an annual index ranking all 50 states...

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2017 | Week of June 26 | #1209 Next Tuesday we celebrate our nation’s 241st recognition of “Deliverance Day,” as John Adams referred to it, or, as it has come to be called, “Independence Day.”  During these days may we ponder the words independence and liberty.   What do they mean?  Independence from what?  Liberty for what?  And what relevance do independence and liberty have for us today? Clearly the founding generation of America...

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2017 | Week of June 19 | #1208 Domestic partnership registries undermine marriage. That’s why smart conservatives oppose them. Some will say that’s narrow-minded. Others will allege that’s archaic. Regardless of the allegations, the reality is domestic partnerships are not marriage.  While mimicking marriage, in important ways they differ from marriage and should not be afforded government recognition or sanction. In 2009,...

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