Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2019 | Week of March 18 | Radio Transcript #1300 On April 2, Wisconsin voters will be asked to decide who will be the next justice on our state supreme court. Other important local races will be on ballots, but the supreme court race is the only statewide race. In my opinion, electing a justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court is one of the most important duties I have as a citizen. While it’s often challenging to get reliable and clear...

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2019 | Week of March 11 | #1299 March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. So let’s talk about gambling in Wisconsin. A 1996 survey revealed that less than 1% of Wisconsin citizens, or about 32,425 residents were problem gamblers and that the social costs related to those problem gamblers was over $300 million, or $9,469 per problem gambler in general and over $10,000 per casino problem gambler. Those numbers clearly should...

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2019 | Week of March 4 | #1298 An AP headline in Wisconsin media statewide this week says, “Wisconsin births decline to lowest point in 40 years.”[1] The report notes that the number of babies born in The Badger State in 2017, which is the most recent available data, is the lowest since 1973. Part of me wants to shout, “Hallelujah! Finally someone other than our organization is figuring out we have a birth-rate problem in this state!”...

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2019 | Week of February 25 | #1297 I’m not sure what people expected when the former State Superintendent of Public Instruction was elected governor of Wisconsin this past November. Tony Evers earned all his college degrees from UW-Madison. He spent years teaching and being an administrator in public schools in our state. In 2001, he was appointed by deputy state superintendent of public instruction and in 2009 was elected...

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2019 | Week of February 18 | #1296 In an attempt to discredit Brian Hagedorn, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, One Wisconsin Now last week declared Hagedorn “unfit to hold public office” because he co-founded a Christian school that seeks to follow orthodox Christian beliefs and standards. One Wisconsin Now owes Judge Hagedorn an apology for smearing his character and discriminating against him based on his religion. The...

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2019 | Week of February 11 | #1295 Do you have anything highlighted on your calendar for Tuesday, February 19? Do you know that Tuesday, February 19 is Spring Primary Election day in Wisconsin?  Do you know that low-voter-turnout elections mean every vote is especially important and can make a huge difference in the results of any given race? Whether you could answer yes to any or all of these questions, the truth is next Tuesday,...

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2019 | Week of February 4 | #1294 As harsh as it may sound, I believe those who advocate for and push children to question their biological sex are guilty of child abuse. Fifteen years ago, we were in the throes here in Wisconsin of getting an amendment to our state constitution passed—an amendment that clearly declares that marriage in this state is one man and one woman.  During that 2-year debate and work, I recall saying that the...

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2019 | Week of January 28 | #1293 Do you celebrate God’s plan for marriage? Does your family? Does your church? I certainly hope the answer to all three of those questions is a resounding, enthusiastic, “Yes!” because every marriage that reflects God’s design of one man and one woman should be celebrated because God’s plan for marriage is universally good and well worth celebrating. Because we have so much biblical illiteracy both...

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2019 | Week of January 21 | #1292 My last assignment as a school board member in Wisconsin was to represent the school board at an exploratory meeting regarding whether the district should add a four-year-old kindergarten program. In the room were stakeholders of all sorts. I mostly listened for the first part of the program. But then one of the county workers began making the argument that parents don’t really know how to take care...

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2019 | Week of January 14 | #1291 On January 13, 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation designating January 22nd as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. January 22, 1984, marked the 10th anniversary since the infamous Roe v Wade decision by the US Supreme Court, a decision that legalized abortion on demand across the country. I’m sure the pro-life movement, who had been extremely important in Reagan’s...

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2019| Week of January 7 | #1290 On Monday, Tony Evers was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor. Whether you like him or not, for the next four years, he is Wisconsin’s chief executive officer. With that comes duties, responsibilities and authority. One of the duties and responsibilities the governor in Wisconsin has is to make appointments to various boards. Under the Scott Walker administration, generally people who held values and...

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2018 | Week of December 31 | #1289 If you watch any TV at all, you’ve likely seen the commercial from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It’s especially run at this time of year. I just saw it again the other day as I was getting my daily treadmill experience. Trust me…news or even a Hallmark movie makes that time MUCH more pleasant! I’m an animal lover. Always have been. But as I listened to...

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2018 | Week of December 24 | #1288 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” If you think that verse sounds out-of-place—you’re right. Usually, I quote Hosea 4:6 at the end of this program. This week of Christmas, I think it’s very appropriate to talk about why that verse is so important to us at Wisconsin Family Council and to families in Wisconsin. Hosea 4 is God’s indictment of Israel for wandering away from the knowledge of...

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2018 | Week of December 17 | #1287 The headline on the press release declares, “Christmas Comes Early for Churches as Court Strikes Down Restrictive Ordinance.” The dateline noted Green Bay, Wisconsin. Needless to say, it all caught my attention. This is a case that began in late 2017. It was just over a year ago that I received a call from friends in De Pere letting me know the City Council there was considering what we call a...

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2018 | Week of December 10 | #1286 I had an early Christmas this year! Recently Dan Miller, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin and I, in our capacity as vice-president and president of Choose Life Wisconsin hand-delivered checks to twelve of Wisconsin’s Pregnancy Care Centers. It’s an incredible experience to give money to these fantastic life-saving organizations! This is the second round of funding from sale of the Choose Life Wisconsin...

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2018 | Week of December 3 | #1285 This past Monday, our staff made our annual early December trek to the state capitol first floor rotunda, laden with bins and easels, tables and signs and, yes, permits from the state giving us permission for our errand.  Unlike some other trips we make to the state capitol from time to time, we make this one very happily because we know we are bringing the truth directly to thousands of people who...

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2018 | Week of November 26 | #1283 Last week, an NBC online news item had this as the headline on a story: “Religious exemption laws exacerbating foster and adoption ‘crisis,’ report finds.” The subtitle continued, “Laws allowing child placement agencies to deny LGBTQ prospective parents are worsening the current ‘child welfare crisis,’ according to a new report.” It’s fair to say NBC is reporting on a report. The problem...

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2018 | Week of November 19 | #1282 In 1906, US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan presented the high court with a Bible, a King James Version of the Bible to be specific, which all the justices at that time signed. Impressively, to this day, all succeeding Supreme Court justices have signed their names to the flyleaf of that Bible. While I haven’t found anything official indicating Brett Kavanaugh has signed it, I have every...

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2018 | Week of November 12 | #1281 Election 2018 is history. Well, it’s almost history.  We might have a couple of recounts, including one for attorney general and one in Assembly District 14. However, as it stands right now, Democrat Tony Evers is governor-elect, joined by Mandela Barnes as lieutenant governor-elect.  Democrat Josh Kaul is currently attorney-general elect.  Two other statewide offices are also now held by...

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2018 | Week of November 5 | #1280 Late last month word came that the Trump administration is likely to issue a transgender policy that is both simple and scientific—the word sex means what a person is born as, in other words, sex means biological sex, not what a person thinks or feels he or she wants to be. In essence what the Trump administration would be doing is respecting the existing language and intent of the current law. ...

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2018 | Week of October 29 | #1279 Election 2018 will be history very soon. All the TV and radio ads, all the campaign literature, all the phone calls and all the door knocking will be done. And after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, our opportunity to have a positive impact on this election will be over. The reality is that while the election will be over in the next week, the impact of the election will last for at least the next two...

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2018 | Week of October 22 | #1278 Are you prepared to honor God in the November 6 election? Maybe you’ve never thought about an election from that perspective. If not, perhaps this commentary will challenge you to do so as you ponder your opportunity to vote in the fast-approaching midterm elections. The groundwork for this approach is laid in understanding that government isn’t man’s idea, but God’s. It’s one of His three social or...

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2018 | Week of October 15 | #1277 With the midterm election now just three weeks away, it’s time to think about what’s at stake. In my opinion, the liberal progressive elected officials in our state legislature made it pretty clear what’s at stake when the legislative session closed early this past spring. Shortly after the floor periods were done, State Representative Chris Taylor, a Democrat from Madison, held a press conference....

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2018 | Week of October 8 | #1276 Frequently I’m asked, “How do bad laws get passed seemingly so easily, even in places where one wouldn’t necessarily think that would happen?”  My answer to this question is the theme for this commentary:  elections have consequences, very real consequences. We are now a month from a major midterm election. In the midst of all the rhetoric it’s sometimes easy to forget the reality of that truth.  Let’s...

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2018 | Week of October 1 | #1275 I confess. I’m not just concerned about the immediate outcome of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process; I’m concerned about the long-term fallout from this debacle. I’m also concerned about how families are dealing with this since it is so very public, and I’m sure kids have lots of questions about what is going on and why. Further, I’m concerned about how Christians in general are thinking about...

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