May 3, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock issued the following statement regarding Sen. Ted Cruz’ suspension of his presidential bid.Read more
Summer is almost here. That means it's time to book your winter travel plans. Come along with us, your Alaska Republican friends, as we cruise Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, the Bahamas, and have the time of our lives. It's always a great trip when you cruise with your fellow conservatives -- such as Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman (and Kristie) Babcock, and Communications Director Suzanne Downing. It's all for the Governor's Fund, to elect our next Republican governor in Alaska... But it's also all for the fun of it!
May 2, 2016
Fairbanks, Alaska – The Alaska Republican Party Convention on Saturday approved the following slate of delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in mid-July.
“We have great depth in diversity and geography represented in our delegation, and I’m very proud of our nomination committee for the hard work and outstanding results,” said Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock. “Alaska Republicans will be well-represented in Cleveland and we honored the wishes of the voters in the Presidential Preference Poll.”
They are as follows, (with home towns):Read more
Fairbanks, Alaska – The Alaska Republican Party Convention voted in a new party chairman on April 30, 2016: Tuckerman Babcock, a resident of the Kenai Peninsula. Vice Chairman is Rick Whitbeck of Anchorage.
Mr. Babcock has more than 30 years of experience growing the Republican Party. He served briefly as state chairman in 2000, and has served as a precinct officer, district chairman, bonus vote, and state vice chairman.
He was the state co-chair of 1996 Bob Dole presidential campaign in Alaska, was executive director of the governor’s Reapportionment Board during the 1990s and was special assistant of constituent relations and director of Boards and Commissions for Gov. Walter Hickel. He has been an Alaskan since 1996 and has lived in Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Bethel, Unalaska, and Kenai/Soldotna.
Rick Whitbeck of Anchorage District 25 is Vice Chair, Edna DeVries of Palmer District 11 is Secretary, and Ernest Hurst of Anchorage District 16 is Assistant Secretary.
Chairman Peter S. Goldberg will move into the position of national committeeman and Cynthia Henry will continue in her position of national committeewoman.
The convention removed the “legacy rule,” which created a delay during which the current chair, Peter S. Goldberg, would serve until the end of January, 2017. The change meant that Mr. Babcock became chairman immediately.
Some 366 credentialed delegates convened the state convention on Friday and closed out business on Saturday afternoon.
The Alaska Legislature's House Finance Committee will take public testimony today, April 21, 2016, at 8:30 am on House Bill 379, pertaining to a state employee wage freeze (until oil hits $80 a barrel) for about 12,000 of the 17,000 state workers.
Rather than begin by laying off thousands of state workers, the governor has the ability to freeze wages, and help avoid crashing the economy. Alaskans would like to know where their lawmakers stand on a temporary state employee wage freeze.
Details on the hearing can be found here.
House Bill 379 would freeze state worker salaries until the price of oil rises above $90 a barrel. Oil is currently trading at $42. Earlier this year, Governor Bill Walker introduced an income tax -- the first in 36 years in Alaska. He called for a state hiring freeze, but critics have pointed out that only 90 state jobs, filled by actual workers, have been eliminated, and hundreds of state jobs have escaped the hiring freeze. Meanwhile, the step-and-merit increases are the most generous in the country.
As the State of Alaska is burning through its savings at the rate of $400,000 an hour. According to the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, automatic state raises cost the budget $70 million a year.
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April 18, 2016
HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – Alaska Republican Party Chairman Peter S. Goldberg and National Committeewoman Cynthia Henry, are in Florida this week for the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting. The RNC has three meetings each year.
Front and center at the gathering is expected conversation in the Standing Committee on Rules, where Goldberg will represent the Alaska Republican Party.
The Rules Committee has influence on how the GOP’s July Convention will be conducted.Read more
CAUTION, BUDGET CURVES AHEAD: The Governor's individual income tax plan focuses on more money for a bigger government. With thousands leaving the state due to lost jobs in the private sector, the "new rich" in Alaska is anyone with a government paycheck. Click here for State payroll details, and tip your server over at Alaska Policy Forum.Read more
April 13, 2016
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Republican Party extends its sincere gratitude to Sen. Bill Stoltze, who announced today that he plans to retire.
Sen. Stoltz worked as a legislative aide for 20 years before being elected six times to state office -- to House District 16 in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, and then as a senator for District F in 2014. He is known for his hard work, excellent legislating abilities, responsiveness to constituents, and his devotion to student athletics in his district.
“Anyone who knows Sen. Stoltze is aware that he is one of the hardest working and most effective legislators, and his presence will be sorely missed. I believe he’ll continue to work in community service back in the district and in other capacities,” said Chairman Peter S. Goldberg of the Alaska Republican Party.
ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Republican Party responded to statements made by unaligned US Senate candidate Margaret Stock, who claims she needs to run on the Democrats' primary ballot because she could not run on the Republican primary ballot.
State law allows any unaffiliated candidate to circulate a petition to earn a spot on the general election ballot.
“How could she forget Bill Walker’s petition to get on the general election ballot in 2014?” asked Party Chairman Peter S. Goldberg. “If she feels she has a strong case as an independent candidate, she should run as an independent. If she is a Republican, she should run as a Republican. The only reason she should be on the Democrats’ ballot is if she is now a Democrat. If they allow her on as a nonpartisan or unaffiliated, they are effectively committing a form of voter fraud.”
Stock said in earlier emails to prospective supporters that she was running as an independent because most Alaskans are independents. But since then, she has aligned with the Alaska Democratic Party.
The Democrats have asked for a quick ruling from Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis James Menendez, but the Democratic Party has not even approved its own proposed rule that would allow such destruction of their own ticket. The rule change cannot take place until the party’s convention in May.
"This is asking the court to make a hypothetical ruling," said Frank McQueary, Vice Chairman of the ARP. "But what is even more astounding is their admission that their brand so damaged they cannot find their own candidate, or even have their candidate identify as a Democrat. What does that say about their value to voters, if this is what it has come to?"