Aug. 17, 2016
SOLDOTNA - Alaska's primary results brought fresh energy to the Republican Party and point to a positive trend as voters turn to the general election in November.
"We Republicans are a team of independent-minded, scrappy candidates. The voters have stated their preferences in these contested primaries. This is very healthy for our party. We support all of the candidates who are moving forward to November and we're going to work very hard for them," Babcock said.
"I'm heartened to see Alaska voters chose the Republican ballot over the Democratic ballot by a nearly two to one margin," he said. "It means our message of growing our economy and reducing unnecessary government is getting through to the Alaskans who don't choose to be part of a party at this time. They do care about Alaska's future and we welcome their participation by choosing the Republican ballot."
Babcock said the party is in a celebratory mood today and will begin working on general election campaigns immediately. "We feel the wind in our sails," Babcock said. "There's no time like the present."
Anyone who would like to get involved in one of the legislative races may contact the chairman at tuckerman.akgop.chair at gmail.com
The Alaska Republican Party summer picnic starts this evening at 6 pm at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. The event will feature the politico band called “Spank the Dog,” with Paul Fuhs, vocals and guitar, John Bitney, guitar and vocals, Miles Baker, drums and percussion, and special guest appearances by Dan Saddler and Chuck Kopp.
As for candidates, you can meet more than 27 of them, as they have booked up all the side tables.
In addition to free hot dogs, you’ll find food trucks on site, including the Lisa Murkowski for Senate Mobile HQ food truck with free otter pops.
Others include actual food, so check out Del Real Kitchen’s food truck, for mostly Mexican cuisine; and the Pikiniki food truck for an Asian fusion meal.
The Anchorage Young Republicans are in charge of the entire event and they promise free activities for kids.
They’ll also announce the winner of the raffle – 70,000 Alaska Airline miles and a week’s stay in the Grand Mayan Resort in Puerto Vallarta, valued at $9,300. Tickets, $10, are available from Ryan McKee, 907-841-3274. Tickets will also be available for sale at the picnic.
The Young Republicans have taken charge of this year's annual Alaska Republican Party Picnic, and they've made some big improvements.
RSVP here at eventbrite.
They've also changed up the menu and added a lot to it. There will be food trucks with food for sale, beverages garden, free hot dogs and soda, and more candidates, clubs, and Republicans than ever.
CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock issued the following statement after the Republican National Committee misreported Alaska delegates’ votes for the presidential nominee:
“The RNC interpreted our state party rules incorrectly. Our vote on the floor went forward the way Alaskans wanted them to. We honored the voters of Alaska: 12 for Cruz, 11 for Trump and 5 for Rubio. We regret that the RNC did not discuss this with the Alaska delegation.
“We are all united behind Trump/Pence.”
ALASKANS IN CLEVELAND: Schedule here. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan will speak during prime time on Tuesday evening, so tune in and watch for the Alaskans in the true-blue kuspuks going nuts when their Dan takes the stand. FYI, those summer kuspuks look amazing and Cleveland looks hot!
Delegates Elijah Verhagan, Erick Cordero and Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock in Cleveland. More pictures on our Facebook page throughout the week.
ALASKANS IN CLEVELAND II: The best way to get a play-by-play on the Alaska delegation at the Republican National Convention is to follow delegate Erick Cordero, as he videotapes all the events and uploads them on YouTube. Short videos give a real sense of what the scene is like. Great job, Erick.
ALASKANS IN CLEVELAND III: Republicans are growing in unity behind the Trump-Pence ticket, reports Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock. "We live in a binary system and it's either Trump-Pence or Hillary Clinton. That's going to be an easy choice for a lot of voters come November."
LAND TRANSFER: The Republican Platform Committee accepted the recommendation from Alaska delegate Judy Eledge to include the transfer of Alaska's federal lands to the State of Alaska. This measure will be voted on the floor of the convention and, if accepted, will become part of the party's platform.
MAKE CONVENTIONS GREAT AGAIN: Alaska's delegation is staying a 35-minute bus ride away from the convention itself. Complaining? No, because they know California's delegation is 1.5 hours away. Hotel space for California's 500 delegates, alternates, and guests was difficult to find, so they holed up at the Africa-safari-themed Kalahari Resort in Sandusky. The hotel is attached to the nation's largest indoor water park, complete with a massive water slide and indoor lazy river. But there's that three hours on the bus every day...
TRUMP'S LOUD-AND-PROUD FEMALE SUPPORTERS: T-shirts, lipstick, high heels and attitude. Understanding the women who are on the Trump Train: They have a honey-badger-don't-care thing going.
Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan will be one of the speakers at the Republican National Convention. The exact time will be announced soon, but it will be in “prime time” for television viewers.
Sullivan will be flanked by several freshmen senators and congressmen who ushered in a strong Republican Congress in 2014.Read more
ANCHORAGE – Gov. Bill Walker is using his official office to campaign against citizens running for office if they don’t satisfactorily answer his questions about his proposed taxes.Read more
Details from Cleveland as the Republican Nominating Convention begins to shape up:
The Platform Committee met on Monday and Tuesday. The Republican National Committee holds its summer meeting today, July 13, with Alaska National Committeewoman Cynthia Henry, National Committeeman Peter Goldberg, and Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock in attendance.
The Rules Committee meets on Thursday and Friday, July 14-15.
JULY 18, 1 p.m. - Convention opens. The lineup of speakers to be announced. Check back here for updates.Read more