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November 6, 2018
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Values Voters Help President Trump Defy History in Expanding Pro-Life Majority in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – Leading up to Election Day, Family Research Council Action (FRC Action), organized a fleet of four Values Buses that made scores of stops in a dozen battleground states and organized the distribution of nearly 2 million voter guides targeting supporters, churches, activist groups, and state/local organizations. FRC also held 140 pastor events in 19 states. FRC Action teams knocked on more than 427,000 doors and launched a social media blitz across a dozen states that were viewed more than 7 million times.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins released the following statement on tonight’s election results:

“Most presidents lose seats in the House and Senate in the first midterm election. But President Trump defied history, expanding the GOPmajority in the Senate despite losing the House. Why? Because this is a president who has done something rare in American politics. He is fulfilling campaign promises such as stopping the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions and putting an end to 8 years of a withering assault on religious freedom.

“As they did two years ago, values voters turned out in droves — motivated by a president who is not just stopping the liberal policies of his predecessor but dismantling them.

“While Democrats appear to have narrowly taken control of the House of Representatives, they did so without any clear governing mandate. Nancy Pelosi certainly cannot claim a blanket endorsement of her radical policies.   However, President Trump and Senate Republicans certainly have a mandate to confirm constitutionalists to the nation’s courts and oppose the Pelosi agenda.   Consider that voters in West Virginia and Alabama approved pro-life ballot measures and polls show nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose the government’s forcing taxpayers to fund abortion. There is simply no groundswell of support for forcing taxpayers to become indentured servants to the abortion industry.

“We will stand with President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell in working to repel the Pelosi agenda that is at odds with the values that made America a great nation,” concluded Perkins.


November 29, 2018

The Cheat Is On

You've got to hand it to Democrats. Instead of committing voter fraud, they've got a better idea -- making it legal! And judging by this midterm's House races, the strategy finally paid off.

In places like California, the GOP sat in stunned disbelief as their double-digit leads evaporated like a puff of smoke on election night. Seats in reliably-Republican areas like Orange County vanished in races that, days before, weren't even close. Candidates like Young Kim, one of the shoe-ins heading into Tuesday, watched Democrats chip away at her lead in a cloud of provisional ballot-counting. A week later, she lost. By that point, the questions were already swirling. What happened? And how had pollsters gotten California so wrong?

Turns out, the plan had been set in motion years ago -- thanks to some crafty Democrats, who decided if they couldn't win by the rules, they'd just change them. With the help of a liberal legislature and governor, Democrats started systematically rewriting the rules to box out Republicans. In an article that will make most Americans' blood boil, the Washington Times explains exactly how the Left pulled off their California stunt. And how they could take that same playbook to a state near you.

Of course, it's a unique situation in California, where the ratio of Democratic leaders makes even Republican seats ripe for stealing. One of the biggest breakthroughs came in 2016 when the state passed a law that lets anyone "walk into an elections office and hand over truckloads of vote-by-mail envelopes with ballots inside," Townhall explains -- no questions asked, no verified records kept." That opened the door to what a lot of people witnessed this year: Democrats knocking on doors to either "help" people vote or pick up their ballots for supposed delivery. It's called vote harvesting. Most states outlaw it. In California, the idea was so controversial that even the Los Angeles Times editorial board fought it.

"Ballots are supposed to be sacrosanct," the editors write. "When you vote at your local polling place, poll workers don't urge you to support this candidate or that." The Democratic operatives who show up at people's houses to collect their ballots can strong-arm voters, cajole them, or outright defraud them. There is no safeguard, they point out, "to ensure that the ballots make it to official election facilities in time to be counted." Then there's the "integrity of the ballot itself. It's one thing to trust the U.S. Postal Service, which presumably doesn't have an interest in state and local races, to deliver your ballot. It's quite another to trust a stranger who shows up at the door one day promising to make sure your vote gets counted."

What's to stop someone from trashing those ballots? Or, as Attorney General Ken Paxton discovered in Texas, vote for you? "The harvesters sit around and fill these out by the hundreds, often by the thousands," said one political consultant. The abuse is so rampant that states like Montana are weighing a widespread crackdown. People have been caught casing nursing homes, low-income housing, and illegal immigrant work sites offering -- in the name of "community service" -- to make voting more "time efficient."

RedState posted a video of just how methodical Democrats have been this election. At one house, a woman named Lulu rang the doorbell, knew the name of the people inside, and then explained that they're offering a "new service, but only to, like, people who are supporting the Democratic Party. It's a service; I'm just trying to pick up your ballot and show you how to do it if you don't know."

Unfortunately for Californians, that's just the tip of the manipulation iceberg. There are new laws that let illegal immigrants vote (San Francisco spent $310,000 taxpayer dollars registering 49 of them), prisoners, and -- thanks to a 2015 court ruling -- felons. Then there's the "motor voter fraud." Because everyone who interacts with the DMV in California is automatically registered to vote, the state's RNC committeeman Shawn Steel writes, there've been at least 77,000 cases of double registrations.

Democrats also got creative with young people, launching a pre-registration program for 16- and 17-year-olds. It is, Steel warns, a way for the Left to lock in voters "while they're young and more likely to identify as liberal Democrats." "Of the 89,000 minors that participated... only 10 percent registered as Republicans." In some counties this year, absentee ballots were mailed to every adult -- whether they requested it or not! As if that weren't outrageous enough, California accepts ballots up to a week after Election Day and gives voters with rejected ballots a second chance.

Liberals are playing the long game. And unless Republicans learn how to beat them at it, no lead -- or seat -- is safe.

Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.