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A High-Stakes, High-Court Election

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 […]

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Gambling in Wisconsin: Learning from Our History

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 […]

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Too Few Babies

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 […]

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What Did We Expect?

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, […]

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It’s Unconstitutional & Un-American

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 […]

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What Do You Know about February 19?

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 […]

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Children: Abuse or Protect?

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 […]

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Celebrating God’s Plan for Marriage

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 […]

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School Choice & Children: Not Wards of the State but Gifts from God

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 […]

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Sanctity of Human Life Month 2019

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 […]

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Living with the Consequences of Elections

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 […]

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Values & Priorities in the New Year

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 […]

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The Coming Government

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 […]

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Religious Freedom Wins in Wisconsin City

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 […]

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Choose Life Wisconsin Gives Away More Money!

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 […]

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Tis the Season To Counter the Lies

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 […]

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Laws Protecting Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Aren’t the Problem

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 […]

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Traditions: The Harlan Bible & Thanksgiving

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 […]

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Consequences of Wisconsin’s Midterm Elections

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 […]

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President Trump Administration Plans to Restore Common Sense & Rule of Law

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 […]

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Last Call for Election 2018

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 […]

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Honoring God in Election 2018

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.

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Election 2018: What’s at Stake?

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 […]

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Consequences, Very Real Consequences

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 […]

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Kavanaugh Confirmation: Concerning Considerations

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 […]

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Preparing to Vote

2018 | Week of September 24 | #1274 Are you tired of the political ads running incessantly on TV and radio? We’re still six weeks away from November 6, but the campaigns are definitely in high gear.  Part of this increased campaign pace is Wisconsin’s early in-person voting. Candidates know a growing percentage of voters […]

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The Constitution: What Do You Know?

2018 | Week of September 17 | #1273 September 17 is officially recognized as Constitution Day. All week various events will take place in honor of the day in 1787 when the young congress ratified our Constitution. So here’s a quiz to see what you know about this unique founding document. Here we go.  First […]

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Christian Heritage Week–Say What?

2018 | Week of September 10 | #1272 So did you know this week is officially declared as “Christian Heritage Week” in Wisconsin? If you have school-aged kids in your life, ask them if they have heard about this designated week at school. I’m pretty sure the answer you’ll get is no, which is most […]

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Faith and Works

2018 | Week of September 3 | #1271 I didn’t want to do this commentary. I wanted to do something completely positive, but everyone, parents especially, needs to hear this message. But before I bring the bad news, I do have some very encouraging news to share, coming out of California, of all places. Earlier […]

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Courts Can Make You Pay

2018 | Week of August 27 | #1270 In which branch of our government have those pushing a leftist, secular, humanistic, socialistic, ungodly agenda been most successful? You are right if you answered the judicial branch. Powerful people with seemingly unlimited resources have found courts at every level of our system of government to be […]

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Being Part of the Solution

2018 | Week of August 20 | #1269 Several years ago I served as President of our local public library’s board of trustees. In fact, I had that honor for three years, the entirety of my second term on that board. While on that board, it was my privilege to serve with several other Christians.  […]

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Beware the Slippery Slope

2018 | Week of July 30 | #1266 Slippery slopes. For all the 20-plus years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve warned about them.  Many times in response I’m told even by well-intentioned people, I’m just fear-mongering when I warn people that some law or some cultural acceptance is a slippery slope that will take […]

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It’s Not Poverty; It’s Family

2018 | Week of July 23 | #1265 Family structure matters. It really matters. Family structure matters to children. It matters to adults. It matters to churches. It matters to communities, states and even nations. We’ve been saying that at Wisconsin Family Council for decades.  We’re glad some others in Wisconsin are finally picking up […]

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The Population Lie

2018 | Week of July 16 | #1264 For years one of the secular humanists’, aka liberal progressives’ lies has been that we have a population problem—to be more specific, they assert we have an overpopulation problem. Surely you’ve heard that if we don’t start having fewer children, we will run out of food and […]

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Social Constructs…Truth or Fiction?

2018 | Week of July 9, 2018 | #1240 (Re-airing episode #1240 program from Week of January 29, 2018) Ever heard the term “social construct”? I suspect lots of people hear the term but aren’t really sure what it means. The first time I ran into it overtly was in a public forum several years […]

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A Reminder: Freedom Isn’t Free

2018 | Week of July 2 | #1262 “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s […]

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Wisconsin’s 2018 Family Prosperity Ranking

2018 | Week of June 25 | #1261 Recently The Family Prosperity Initiative publicly released the 2018 version of its hallmark work, The Family Prosperity Index. Wisconsin Family Council is a state partner with The Family Prosperity Initiative. This ground-breaking and game-changing project clearly shows the interrelationship of economic and social issues, in particular as […]

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Honoring Our Father

2018 | Week of June 18 | #1260 Yes, I know Father’s Day was this past Sunday—and I hope all you fathers had a great day! However, it’s never the wrong time to talk about the importance of fathers. God’s Ten Commandments as given to Moses in the Old Testament clearly instruct us to honor […]

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The Good of Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

2018 | Week of June 11 | #1259 Just how important are faith-based agencies in child welfare, especially when it comes to adoption?  We’ve had such organizations around for so long and been so blessed by them that too often we take them for granted. We shouldn’t.  Laws and court cases dealing with religious freedom […]

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Religious Freedom Wins at High Court

2018 | Week of June 4 | #1258 On Monday, the United States Supreme Court released its opinion in one of the major cases of this term, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case originating in Colorado and involving owner Jack Phillips who declined to design a cake for a same-sex wedding. The high court ruled 7-2 in […]

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