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Jerry Cannon - US Congress, Michigan

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Jerry Cannon’s values better represent Michigan’s 1st Congressional District

Jerry Cannon, Whole-Life Candidate for US Congress, Michigan 1st Congressional District


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Jerry Cannon brings experience and name recognition to his second run for Congress, having run in 2014, against a Republican incumbent who is now retiring.

Jerry knows how to run successfully for office as he was elected four times as the Sheriff of Kalkaska County, Michigan.

It is important that Jerry receive early financial support; because he faces a pro-choice primary opponent Lon Johnson, a former state party chair. The state primary is August 2, 2016.

Although Lon Johnson will be able to raise money due to his party connections, Jerry Cannon’s values better represent Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, formerly held by Congressman Bart Stupak.

Jerry's Military and Political Experience

A Vietnam veteran, Jerry served as a Major General in the Michigan Army National Guard and was deployed multiple times around the world, including tours in Iraq. After serving as Marine in Vietnam, Jerry joined the Army National Guard in 1977, retiring in 2012. Using the GI Bill, he earned a degree in Criminal Justice from University of Detroit in 1976.

Upon graduation, Jerry became a police officer, then a detective and eventually became Sheriff of Kalkaska County, Michigan. Jerry won election four times, retiring in 2004 in order to focus on deployments to Cuba and Iraq.

Cannon has served as a member of the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Board of Trustees, chairman of the Garfield Township Parks and Recreation Committee, and a board member of the Northern Michigan Law Enforcement Training Group. Jerry and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fife Lake, MI. Married for 45 years, Jerry and Liz are the parents of four children, including a son who served two tours in Afghanistan. They have seven grandchildren.

Joe Donnelly - US Senate, Indiana

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2018 US Senate race in Indiana expected to be hotly contested

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Senator Joe Donnelly was elected to Congress in 2006, reelected in 2008 and 2010, and elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.

He is up for re-election in 2018. The 2018 reelection campaign will be very expensive and hard fought as Republicans will target Senator Donnelly for defeat.

Donnelly has been a consistent pro-life voice as well as advocate for women and families.

In 2013, Donnelly co-sponsored the Senate bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Donnelly voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Donnelly voted for the 2009 reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIP). In Donnelly's first term he co-sponsored H.R. 2: The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007.

In 2010, Donnelly voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act).   Donnelly has also voted to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage and eligibility.

In 2010, Donnelly supported the Hyde Amendment of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits federal funding from being used on abortions other than in cases of incest and rape. In 2015, he voted for reallocating funds from Planned Parenthood to local Community Health Centers throughout the state of Indiana. He also voted to support the ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

          Senator Joe Donnelly is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame undergraduate school and the Law School. He lives with his wife Jill in Grainger, Indiana. They have two children, Molly and Joe, Jr.



John Bel Edwards - Governor for Louisiana

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"...common sense and compassion for ordinary people."

John Bel Edwards, Pro-Life Candidate for Governor in Louisiana


 Election was Nov 21, 2015


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In announcing his candidacy, Edwards said Louisiana needs “a healthy dose of common sense and compassion for ordinary people.”

Louisiana has the second highest poverty rate in the nation yet the current administration has made budget cuts, including cuts to state hospitals and colleges and universities, that disproportionately affect lower-income Louisianans. Tuition has increased over 80 percent over the past 6 years and almost 20 percent of Louisianans do not have healthcare.

Edwards supports Medicaid expansion to allow more Louisianans to have access to comprehensive health care.

Edwards has a strong pro-life record in his personal life and as a legislator. He and his wife went against a doctor’s recommendation to abort their child when the baby was diagnosed with spina bifida. He also has a 100 percent voting record with Louisiana Right to Life.

"Republicans are already trying to tie Representative Edwards to the extreme abortion position promoted by NARAL and Planned Parenthood just because he is a Democrat," said DFLA Kristin Day in a press release. "But actions and votes speak louder than rhetoric. His actions and record are clear."



ACTION ALERT: Attend Defund PP Rally

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This Saturday, August 22, 2015, the pro-life community will rally together to protest Planned Parenthood.

We encourage you to attend a rally near you. Please do the following:

  • Hand out the DFLA Flyer; and
  • Encourage people to sign up with DFLA.

The media has not been reporting the truth about what Planned Parenthood is doing. The goal of the rally is to put pressure on the media to report the truth and encourage government officials to investigate and defund the abortion giant.

A recent poll indicated that a majority of Americans support defunding Planned Parenthood once they hear about the content of the video's. However, Reporter Emily Stephenson's own headline contradicted the poll's results when she wrote that a majority of Americans still support Planned Parenthood.

At first, the poll respondents show support for Planned Parenthood. Once respondents are informed about the content of the video's, including Planned Parenthood haggling over the price of the hearts, lungs and livers of aborted children and also learn that they consider altering the procedure to preserve intact "specimans", support evaporates rather quickly.

The poll indicated that support for Planned Parenthood funding drops from 54% to 34% of respondents supported defunding Planned Parenthood after hearing about the video's. You can see the poll results here.

That is why we must spread the word to ensure that no tax money goes to Planned Parenthood and instead will be allocated to organizations that protect women's healthcare needs.

Senator Kennedy: A Life Worth Celebrating

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Massachusetts State Senator Thomas Kennedy of Brockton, one of our endorsed candidates in last fall's election, passed away last week. He was 63.
First elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1983, Senator Kennedy rose to the upper chamber in 2008 following the retirement of Senator Robert Creedon. Prior to his time as a legislator, Senator Kennedy served the City of Brockton as a City Councilor and worked as an aid to former U.S Congressman Brian Donnelly of Dorchester. 
Confined to a wheel chair since an accident left him a quadriplegic as a young Catholic seminarian. Senator Kennedy was a lifelong advocate for the needs of those most vulnerable our society. The unborn, the disabled, the sick, and the dying could all find a friend in Senator Kennedy whom truly lived by whole-life principles. 

We should all be inspired to work harder for all life issues in his memory. 

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