This is what happened in Alaska ,get here now while the iron is hot,we have a chance to unseat neoconsSubmitted by thomas-francis2012 on Mon, 03/17/2008 - 13:06
long read but this is our new planks and platforms also resolutions only lost 2 battles aggressive war and 1 other the old planks,plat and res should be on the AK gop site if you dont see the accomplishments,180 degree turn around now we need people to put a few of us in the statehouse do we have any takers to change the changable?this is possible the AK gop rocks,not the chair or cental committee though! We caught them pulling every trick in the book my best advise is for all RP people to become palormentairians(robrets rules of order,the thick hardback 2-3 inches thick!this is how they decieve,cheat learn it this is my new first lauguage.
2008 Platform of the Republican Party of Alaska
The mission of the Alaska Republican Party is to promote the principles upon which this country and our State were founded; advocate fiscally-sound, common sense solutions to the unique challenges facing Alaska; and serve as Alaska's leading grassroots political organization. We also seek to elect and appoint to public office Alaskans with integrity who are committed to enacting solutions consistent with these principles.
Statement of Principles:
Alaska Republicans Believe:
The United States of America and State of Alaska were founded on the fundamental principles of life, liberty and freedom;
Government must preserve individual freedom by protecting its residents constitutional rights and observing its own constitutional limitations;
Our country, our people, and our constitutions must be honored, respected and defended;
The values that strengthen our nation are family, faith, personal responsibility and accountability;
In the sanctity of human life, from the time of conception until natural death;
A well-educated population is fundamental to the continued success of our State. Parents have the primary right, as well as the duty, to control and direct their children's education.
The free enterprise system is the most successful means of achieving economic justice;
The entrepreneurial spirit, which forged our State, should be nurtured and not burdened by excessive governmental regulations;
Our national defense must be strong, viable and second to none;
Alaska's stewardship of its resources demonstrates that responsible development and environmental protection can be compatible.
(adopted new statement):
The Alaska Republican Party strongly supports high ethical standards, transparency and accountability in government for its elected and appointed officials.
I. JOBS AND THE ECONOMY
A. We support the free enterprise system.
B. We recognize that international trade is important to Alaska's economy, and support increased trade between Alaska and foreign countries.
C. We support significant improvement of Alaska's transportation infrastructure to encourage wise development and better access to more areas
of the state.
D. We seek efficiency and accountability by having state government not provide those services that can be more efficiently provided by the private
sector or local government.
E. We encourage economic investment in the State of Alaska by supporting legislation that creates stability, sustainable resource development and a
fair and balanced approach to taxation between the people of Alaska and investors.
F. We support the development of energy and technology infrastructure to facilitate business investment in Alaska.
G. We support tax reform at the federal level that will provide a system of taxation which is fair, simple, less burdensome and more transparent.
H. The Alaska Republican Party opposes amnesty of violation of United States immigration laws.
I. We support English as the official language of the United States of America.
J. We support a federal system of taxation that adheres to the original wording in Article 1, Section 9 of the United States Constitution.
K. We oppose inflation through balancing of the budget and trade surplus rather than expanding the money supply.
II. NATURAL RESOURCES
A. We support active management, access to and reasonable incentives for the development of Alaska's resources, including the availability of timber for harvest, mineral extraction, and commercialization of Alaska's North Slope gas resources, all meeting environmental standards.
B. We support the development of NPRA and the Chukchi Sea, and the opening of the Coastal Plain of ANWR to oil and gas exploration, development and production.
C. We support accessibility to Alaska's fish and game resources and management of them by the maximum sustained yield principle. We support subsistence harvesting and the rights of all Alaskans to hunt and fish. We oppose farmed salmon and halibut and foreign interception of Alaska-bound salmon on the high seas. We also support active management of predator-prey relationships to achieve established population and human harvest objectives through the most fiscally responsible means available.
D. We support an Alaska natural gas pipeline, including a spur to southcentral Alaska and additional in-state off-take points.
A. We support parental choice of public, private, charter and home-based educational alternatives for Alaska's students. Parental involvement, high academic standards and innovative competition improve education. We support tuition tax credits and vouchers to expand educational options and parental choice.
B. We support accountability in public education, including measurement of student academic achievement and cognitive ability by standardized testing in reading, writing and math. We support local control of public education provided it does not limit competition or parental choice. We oppose federal control of education.
C. We support daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, including the words "under God," proper display of the U.S. and State flags, and active promotion of patriotism in our schools. We also support teaching the accurate historical Judeo-Christian foundation of our country and the importance of the Declaration of Independence, federal and State constitutions, and other founding documents.
D. We support requiring active, written parental consent prior to teaching any sex education curricula. Any such curriculum must be abstinence-based. We oppose teaching or promoting homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle.
E. We support teaching various models and theories for the origins of life and our universe, including Creation Science or Intelligent Design. If evolution outside a species (macro-evolution) is taught, evidence disputing the theory should also be presented.
IV. HEALTH & FAMILY
A. We affirm the family, defined as people living together related by blood, marriage or adoption, as the foundational unit of society. We embrace the definition of marriage in our State constitution as the union of one man and one woman. We reject the Alaska Supreme Court's subsequent rulings that benefits normally reserved for marriage must be extended to homosexual relationships.
B. Parents have the ultimate responsibility for their children, including the right and duty to appropriately discipline and the right to require active, informed prior consent for all medical care, psychological testing and counseling, including access to abortion. We reject the 2007 ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court that Alaska's parental consent law is unconstitutional.
C. We support actively combating social dysfunctions in Alaska, including but not limited to fetal alcohol poisoning of babies, sexual abuse, domestic violence, promiscuity, suicide, substance abuse, and pornography.
D. Because human embryos are complete human beings at the earliest stages of development we support a ban on stem cell research that kills these embryos. President George W. Bush said, "Our children are gifts to be loved and protected, not products to be designed or manufactured." We agree, and also oppose human cloning, including for research purposes.
E. We support helping our senior citizens who are in need of medicine and other care to improve and sustain their quality of life. We reject assisted suicide and deprivation of food and water to hasten unnatural death.
F. We believe expansion of gaming and gambling is detrimental and oppose it.
G. We support health care reforms to address spiraling costs, improve availability, and reduce the number of uninsured people by embracing consumer choice, personal responsibility, and reduction of unnecessary regulatory and liability costs. To improve health care and reduce health care expenses, we support competition and free enterprise by limiting government involvement.
H. Individuals have the right and responsibility to decide, direct, and control their own health regimens including the right to choose or reject any supplements, vaccinations, allopathic or alternative health care providers, alternative medical treatments, and diet.
I. We endorse the Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Man is made in the image of God; therefore, we embrace the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until natural death. We heartily encourage our elected officials to use every legal means to protect the unborn and recognize the worth of even the smallest members of the human race.
V. JUDICIARY, LAW & CRIME
A. We support the restoration of capital punishment for certain heinous crimes, and implementation of strong mandatory minimum prison sentences for all persons, including minors, convicted of committing crimes with deadly weapons or force.
B. We support strong mandatory minimum penalties for all felony crimes, especially first-time sex offenders. We support public registration for persons convicted of felony sex offenses and child molestation, and vigorous enforcement of laws to prohibit production, sale and distribution of child pornography.
C. We support Alaska's constitutional provision that criminals, regardless of age, make restitution to their victims. We support sentencing convicted criminals to meaningful work as part of their obligation to provide restitution.
D. We believe in a judicial system that supports a strict, literal interpretation of the United States and Alaska Constitutions and statutes and recognizes the sovereignty of our laws without reference to foreign precedent.
E. We support a change to the Alaska Constitution that would eliminate the practice of the Alaska Judicial Council to limit the list of potential appointees to only those it finds "qualified." The Council could still give its rating, but the Governor could choose a nominee from all applicants.
F. We support limiting governments' eminent domain powers to public use only. This must not include forced transfer of property from one private party to another solely for economic benefit.
G. We support adding service as a Foreign Service Officer and missionary as allowable absences for the Permanent Fund Dividend, provided demonstration of continued commitment to return to live in Alaska.
H. We support removing Alaska from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
I. We oppose amnesty for violation of United States immigration laws.
J. We support proof of legal presence to obtain and maintain a driver's license.
K. We support providing victims of crime and the Alaska Office of Victims' Rights standing to be heard in criminal proceedings.
L. We support shortening the time between judicial retention elections in Alaska to no more than 4 years.
M. We support the right of the accused in jury trials of criminal cases to argue both the facts alleged, and the merits of the law under which they have been charged.
N. We are opposed to legalization of marijuana.
VI. NATIONAL DEFENSE
A. We support peace through strength, believing that a strong military helps ensure a free United States. We honor all who serve or have served our country and commit to support them and their families.
B. We support an active, aggressive worldwide war against terrorism and sufficient continued military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq to secure safety, freedom, peace and regional stability.
C. We strongly support the operation and further development of the National Missile Defense System in Alaska to protect all 50 states.
D. We recognize Alaska's strategic military locations and unparalleled training opportunities and welcome the expansion of forces in Alaska, including our Active Duty, Reserves, Alaska National Guard, Naval Militia, Coast Guard and Alaska State Defense Force.
E. We strongly believe in the readiness of our homeland defense, recognizing that every citizen has the responsibility to support and defend our way of life. We support securing our national borders as an essential component of our national defense.
F. We support developing, producing, deploying and using modern and appropriate weapons and equipment, advanced through active research and development, so our military forces will be properly equipped and protected.
G. We believe compensation and conditions for our Armed Forces should be sufficient to attract and retain quality men and women while we honor our promises and commitments to veterans, retirees, and their families.
H. We support continued legal immigration, but also believe that illegal immigration harms our country and demeans its rule of law. It must be stopped. Blanket amnesty for illegal aliens should not be offered.
I. We support our military and its actions to defend us.
VII. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
A. The right to life is bestowed by our Creator. It is the responsibility of government to protect that right. The right to life exists from the moment of conception until natural death, and every human being deserves protection under the law.
B. The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of The People to keep and bear arms. The Alaska constitution does the same, underscoring that this is an individual right. We oppose federal, State, and local laws that infringe upon this right for citizens, including registration or licensing of firearms or firearms owners.
C. The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reserves to the states and to the people all rights not expressly granted to the federal government. This reservation gives the State of Alaska sovereignty and management authority over all land, navigable waters and resources within its boundaries. We oppose all federal laws, regulations, mandates, actions, and executive orders that exceed the powers delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution.
D. We support and defend equal access to development and use of natural resources for the maximum benefit of all Alaskans, as guaranteed in Alaska's Constitution.
E. We support the preservation of private property and access rights of all individuals. We oppose the proliferation of regulations that restrict development or access to private property, or restrict access to public property.
F. We support just compensation for any regulatory taking.
G. We support protection of the Permanent Fund, inflation-proofing and continuation of the dividend payment and encourage no significant changes to these without a vote of the people.
H. We recognize the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects as guaranteed in the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; recognize the right of the people to be secure from any search or seizure that violates the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination; and oppose legislation that violates these two Amendments including, but not limited to, any infringements that may be contained in the Patriot Act, the Real ID Act, NAIS Act, and the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. Furthermore, we propose that these acts be repealed immediately.
I. In jury trials of criminal cases, the defendant shall enjoy the right to argue both the facts of the case and the merits of the law under which the charge has been made.
J. Statutes should not refer to rights in the Constitution as privileges.
[3:55:06 PM] ThatOneGuy says: RESOLUTIONS
Jobs, the Economy and Budget
Be it resolved that the Alaska Republican Party stand for fiscal restraint.
Whereas, our nation is enriched by its history of legal immigration, and
Whereas, immigration in knowing defiance of and contempt for our laws is a national security issue, and
Whereas, it is the constitutionally mandated duty of the Federal Government to provide for the security of the nation,
Therefore be it resolved: that the Republican Party of Alaska encourages in the strongest possible terms that the national borders be secured, illegal immigration halted, and that there be no amnesty or citizenship granted to those living here illegally.
Whereas general aviation is vital to Alaskaâ€™s transportation infrastructure, economic stability, and recreational opportunities,
Therefore be it resolved that the Republican Party of Alaska wishes to encourage the growth and economic viability of general aviation by opposing Federal user fees in any or all formats.
We resolve to support the abolishment of the IRS and the repeal of the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the elimination of the personal income tax, inheritance tax, gift tax, and capital gains tax.
Whereas, the Certificate of Need is in conflict with the ARPâ€™s Statement of Principles and,
Whereas, the Certificate of Need is in conflict with the ARPâ€™s platform regarding Jobs and The Economy, and
Whereas similar instruments have been abolished in other States,
Therefore now be it resolved that the Certificate of Need be eliminated.
Whereas, the ARP convention is an opportunity for Republicans to bring forward important issues, and
Whereas, resolutions are an important vehicle to communicate Republican ideals and concerns, and
Whereas, resolutions that are adopted by the full convention are considered to be representative of the ARP,
Therefore, be it resolved that resolutions that are adopted at the convention are to be posted on the ARP website and archived for public accessibility.
We believe the State of Alaska should develop a comprehensive State energy plan to ensure affordable and sustainable power for urban and rural Alaska.
Whereas, resource development is a core component of Alaskaâ€™s economy; and.
Whereas, resource development planks have long been included in the platform of the Alaska Republican Party;
Therefore be it resolved, The Alaska Republican Party reaffirms its support for the Alaska mining industry and the legal permitting process for Alaska mining projects.
Resolution in opposition to Projected Ballot Initiatives 07WTR & 07WTR3
Whereas, the Alaska constitution provides that Alaskaâ€™s resources shall be made available for maximum use consistent with the public interest.
Whereas, consistent and clear land use planning that identifies multiple use lands is essential for a vibrant resource-based economy.
Whereas, on lands designated through such planning for multiple use, no decision should be made on whether to permit or restrict resource development projects in Alaska until all of the required environmental impact studies have been completed.
Whereas, existing and proposed new, large-scale metal mining projects in Alaska that can operate in a way that will protect local fish, wildlife, and human health, and obtain all required State and federal permits and comply with all environmental laws, should be allowed to operate.
Whereas, the anti-mining initiatives are so broadly written that they would prohibit the development of new large-scale mines and would force the shutdown of existing large-scale mines throughout Alaska.
Whereas, these drastic anti-mining initiatives threaten thousands of existing and future jobs, and threaten the loss of up to $10 billion in State revenues.
Whereas, they would be especially damaging to Alaska Native communities, which depend upon revenues and jobs from natural resource development.
Whereas, the shutdown of existing and future mines would be a serious economic blow to Alaskaâ€™s economy, with ripple effects in employment and investment far beyond the communities and mining companies directly affected by such a shutdown.
Whereas, the Alaska Republican Party supports advocacy for, access to, and reasonable incentives for active management and development of Alaskaâ€™s renewable and non renewable resources.
Whereas, the Alaska Republican Party encourages economic investment in the State of Alaska by supporting legislation that creates stability in sustainable resource development.
Therefore, be it resolved that we oppose the passage of initiatives 07WTR and 07WTR3, Clean Water Initiatives, if they are placed on the Alaska ballot.
Be it resolved that we support State funding for alternative schools and programs that will meet the learning needs of disruptive students in public schools.
#11 Approved ( vote of 163 for â€“ 113 against)
Be it resolved that we advocate for education in classical science and history curriculum as viewed through a Judeo-Christian worldview.
Be it resolved that the federal Department of Education be abolished.
Health & Family
Judiciary, Law & Crime
Justice Robert Eastaugh Retention Election
Whereas Justice Robert Eastaugh was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in 1994; and
Whereas Justice Eastaugh must, as a Supreme Court Justice, stand for retention every ten years, which includes 2008; and
Whereas Justice Eastaugh voted with the majority in Valley Hospital Association v. Mat-Su Coalition for Choice, ordering a hospital, against its wishes, to facilitate abortions, a position far beyond what any other state has done; and
Whereas Justice Eastaugh voted with the majority in Department of Health and Social Services v. Planned Parenthood, ordering the State of Alaska to pay for abortions through Medicaid, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has specifically ruled that a state may decline to pay for abortions through Medicaid; and
Whereas Justice Eastaugh not only voted with the majority, but even wrote the courtâ€™s opinion, in ACLU v. State, declaring that state and local governments in Alaska must provide the same employment benefits to same sex couples that they provide to married couples, thus effectively neutralizing the overwhelming vote of the people of Alaska rejecting gay marriage; and
Whereas Justice Eastaugh was the deciding vote in State v. Planned Parenthood of Alaska, a 3-2 decision overturning a statute to require younger teenagers who want an abortion to obtain either parental consent, or the permission of a judge; despite the statute having been carefully tailored to meet the requirements set by the U.S. Supreme Court; and
Whereas rulings such as these and others threaten our system of democracy by elevating a tiny elite group of judges into super-legislators who can overturn anything passed by the legislative branch at their fancy; and
Whereas the decennial retention elections are the only opportunity the public has to influence the judicial selection process and assure that judges will not arrogate power to themselves that has not been legally given; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska Republican Party encourages voters to vote against Justice Robert Eastaugh in his bid for retention as an Alaska Supreme Court Justice.
We support a consistent policy of immigration enforcement including fines and criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens and engage in document or identity fraud.
We support adding more non-attorney members to the Alaska Judicial Council and Judicial Conduct Commission.
We support subdivision of the Third Judicial District for purposes of judicial retention elections.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska Republican Party publish on the ARP website the judicial record of judges up for retention as their rulings relate to issues addressed in the party platform and that the Alaska Republican Party distribute this record to every registered Republican voter.
WHEREAS the Alaska court system is not in compliance with the Constitution of the United States, has never admitted counselors at law, denying the people â€œassistance of counsel, and essential element of trial by jury allowing the court to prosecute victimless crimes.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Republican Party supports reconstituting trial by jury and reintroduction of counselors at law.
Recognize Alaska Territorial Guard Members (1942-31 Mar 1947)
Whereas, there were over 6600 Alaskans that volunteered to serve in the ATG during WWII from 1942-31 Mar 1947 to defend Alaska and the United States against our enemies, and
Whereas, these heroes of the past went unrecognized by our nation for over sixty years, and
Whereas, Senator Ted Stevens introduced a bill that passed the Senate on Aug 9, 2000 making their service in the ATG from 1942 - 31 Mar 1947 active federal military service, making them entitled to the same benefits that any WWII veteran is entitled, and
Whereas, there are less than 400 former members still active and all are entitled to additional state and federal benefits and all are over 80 years old, and
Whereas, currently only 424 have received their discharges and they range from age 80 to well over 90, and
Where, if action is not taken immediately to seek out and get these individualsâ€™ applications completed and their discharges issued, many will die without receiving their entitlements, and surviving spouses are entitled to a Death Pension depending on income and this can not be applied for until a discharge is issued by the US Army, these former ATG members continue to go unrecognized, and
Whereas, over 130 former ATG members enlisted in the Alaska Army National Guard and retired at the age of 60 after completing 20 years or more of service, which entitled them to receive both federal and state retirement, all of these individuals or their surviving spouses are entitled to additional money.
Be it therefore now resolved, that the Alaska Republican Party recognizes these individuals and their efforts to apply for their discharges, and that the Alaska Republican Party encourages the Governor, State and Federal Senators and Representatives to assist these individuals in receiving their full benefits in the next six to eight months.
Whereas, the Alaska Legislature, adhering to the standards set by the U.S. Supreme Court, enacted a Parental Consent to Abortion Act, to require teenagers, age 16 and younger, who want an abortion to either have the consent of a parent, or a hearing before a judge to bypass the consent requirement; and
Whereas, the Alaska Supreme Court, while acknowledging that the Act passed constitutional muster according to the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, nonetheless found that the Act did not meet the standards of the Alaska Constitution; and
Whereas, there is no mention of abortion in the Alaska Constitution, only of an undefined right to privacy; and
Whereas, the decision in this case, State v. Planned Parenthood of Alaska, was made by a 3-2 vote, with Justices Dana Fabe, Alexander Bryner, and Robert Eastaugh voting to overturn the Act; and
Whereas, there was no valid legal or constitutional basis to overturn the Act; and
Whereas, actions such as this are not only wrong in terms of the specific issues involved, but in fact threaten our very system of democracy by taking issues out of the arena of public involvement based on whether a small number of judges consider the issue important enough to brand as â€˜constitutionalâ€™;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska Republican Party condemns the decision in State v. Planned Parenthood of Alaska, and encourages the courts, the Legislature, and the public to oppose this assault on our cherished system of democracy.
Whereas the Real ID Act of 2005 is a de-facto global identification and tracking system, machine compatible throughout the U.S., Britain and the European Union.
Whereas the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees its citizens to be â€œsecure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searchesâ€¦â€, and the Real ID Act requires an invasion into every citizenâ€™s body features through the use of biometrics and requires a further invasion into personal data without probable cause.
Whereas the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion and the Real ID Act requires compliance by methods, such as finger scans, eye scans and inevitably microchip injections, which are repugnant to a free people.
Whereas the Real ID Act received virtually no format of public debate, being presently unknown to the vast public at large.
Whereas seventeen states have passed legislation or resolutions objecting to the Real ID
Be it resolved that the Alaska Republican Party stands firmly against implementing action for the Real ID Act of 2005, demanding its immediate repeal.
#22 - Approved
We support requiring judges and justices to sign all substantive judicial orders to enable judicial review by the public.2