March-April 2017 ISSUE 

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Renew Membership
Municipal Candidate Forum
April Monthly Meeting
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Welcome New Members
Upcoming Republican Events

 
Municipal Elections
April 4, 2017

April Meeting
April 13, 2017
 
Summer Salad Luncheon
July 13, 2017

2017 ARWC BOD
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Happy Spring Somewhere!!
     Can't believe it is already mid March.  Seems time just gets away from me.  We held the most successful Lincoln Day we have ever held and I want to thank all of our Board and other volunteers that helped make it such a success.  Our "Trump Wall" was a huge success and hope you will enjoy pictures in this newsletter. 
     Most of you have been reading or watching the happenings in Juneau. We are hearing many of our elected officials making statements like, "The PFD is welfare!  It is socialism!" Our response is either it is corporate welfare of public welfare. Pretty sure the PFD legislation didn't give it to legislators to decide!!  Instead of going into it any further, I am  printing an article by former ARWC BOD member Bethany Marcum.  As many of you know Bethany is well versed in policy, data, etc., and definitely knows what is happening in Juneau.   I think maybe her response is better than mine to ponder and seems she believes "fake news' has even reached Alaska!

Judy

Fake News Prevalent in Alaska
During this legislative session, fake news has been prevalent in Alaska. We've heard our state budget cannot be balanced without an income tax; we must cap the PFD and restructure the Permanent Fund to create a long-term budget plan; Alaskans don't understand enough about our fiscal situation to be able to vote on a solution; and state government has already been cut to the bone and more reductions are unreasonable.  Well don't believe it-it's all fake news.
I know it's all fake because I've done the math. You see, I work for the state legislature.  This piece is not being written in any formal capacity as part of my position as an aide to Senator Mike Dunleavy. These views are my own and my boss doesn't even know I'm writing or submitting this. But I can't sit idly by and let Alaskans hear only fake news. I worked extensively on fiscal plans with data provided by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and the Legislative Finance Division. Their data-real data. So I recognize fake data and news when I see it.
We worked through and found multiple fiscal scenarios which balance our budget long-term without an income tax. The reason we have a "revenue problem" is because we created a spending problem. The lack of spending restraint has prompted some to greedily call for an income tax-the more they collect, the more they can spend!  But economists are clear: making those who work pay a penalty for working is never good. It hurts families and the economy.  And since the numbers show we can pull ourselves out of this without one, let's take an income tax off the table.  Don't believe the fake news. We do not need an income tax.
"We must take your PFD to save your PFD," is what I hear when legislators proclaim they must restructure the Permanent Fund.  Alaskans created the Permanent Fund to keep politicians hands off it. I've seen models which do not restructure the Permanent Fund and yet the dividend is kept intact and keeps growing, all within the confines of a 10-year balanced budget. It pencils out with basic math. So don't believe the fake news. We do not need to restructure the Permanent Fund or cap the PFD to save it.
While Alaskans were smart enough to create the Permanent Fund, some legislators appear to believe we aren't smart enough to vote on a solution to the fiscal mess they have put us in through overspending. Legislators have gone on record stating that we the people can't understand. They think it's too complicated to be on the ballot.  Oh, how it must feel to be endowed with special understanding once one is in the ivory tower of the capitol. It's funny that some of those same legislators think we were super smart when we voted "no" on repealing SB21. So we're smart enough to understand complicated oil taxation structure. Maybe we just lost our smarts since that vote in 2014? Don't believe the fake news. We are smart enough.
To be clear, the fiscal scenarios I'm referring to require budget reductions.  But fake news tells you that there's nothing left to cut. When per-capita spending in Alaska is nearly double every other state in the union, do you think that's true? Many reductions can be made simply by eliminating redundancies and creating efficiencies. Will it be hard? Oh yes-many legislators think it is even harder than simply taking your PFD, so they've chosen the latter.  Don't believe the fake news that budget reductions aren't doable.
We can all be winners in these budget struggles if we are armed with the truth. We should get out our calculators and use simple math; the alternative is to believe the smoke-and-mirrors of moving money amongst funds and accounts to disguise actual facts. It's time to stamp out fake news. It's time for Alaskans to know the truth.

Bethany Marcum is a former Vice President of the Anchorage Republican Women's Club

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VOTE:  APRIL 4, 2017

This past week we held our Municipal Candidate Forum. All candidates attended and there was a full house to hear them!  We have met all of the candidates and have been very pleased with the caliber of candidates running.  The ARWC BOD decided for the first time to make donations to municipal candidates. We understand how difficult it is for conservative candidates to raise money for the April election, while Democrats are handed thousands by the unions. As our Chair, Tuckerman Babcock, has stated many times these municipal races are extremely important in that they often lead to higher office. Of course it is very difficult for the Party to give to one municipality and not to others, so we felt it was important or us to step up and support the Anchorage candidates.  We very much, as do the candidates, appreciate the Party's efforts in the absentee balloting. ARWC gave $1,000.00 donations to each of the candidates in uncontested races for school board and assembly.  We are proud of our support of these fine candidates!  
NOW WE NEED YOU TO BE SURE TO VOTE AND GET ALL YOUR FRIENDS 
AND RELATIVES TO GO WITH YOU!!

   ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MUNI RACES IN YEARS!

    REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

Downtown/Fairvew/Mt View:  Chris Cox (unopposed)
West Anchorage:                       David Nees (unopposed)
East Anchorage:                        Don Jones (unopposed)
South Anchorage:                      Alberto Fogle (unopposed)
Midtown/Abbott Lp:                  Don Smith (Sanders)
Midtown/Abbott Lp:                  Marcus Sanders (Smith)
Chugiak/ER:                               John Brassell (Dyson)
Chugiak/ER:                               Fred Dyson (Brassell)

          REPUBLICAN SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

SEAT C                             Dave Donley
                                         Alisha Hilde (not accepting donations)
SEAT D                             Kay Schuster (unopposed)
         

 
Absentee applications must be received  by the muni on March 28th @5pm. 

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Early Voting begins today at: City Hall and Lousaac Library!!

APRIL MONTHLY MEETING: APRIL 13, 2017
Time and Topic: TBA
SAVE THE DATE REGARDLESS OF EVENT WE WILL HAVE FUN!!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


ARWC is looking for women to serve on our many committees.  
Phone Committee:  Notify members of upcoming events.
Community Service:  Help us find good community service opportunities.
Special Events:  Help plan our Summer Salad Luncheon.
Fundraising:  Have ideas for fundraising?

 Call Judy at (907) 351-1876 or email jnorton-eledge@gci.net.
WELCOME NEW ARWC MEMBERS
  
Dora Balaban, Diane Blas, Jamie Donley, Michelle Droege, 
Chris Anne McDonald,  Kim Minnery, Sherri Patterson, 
Brandi Reischman,  Lisa Reider, Sara Rasmussen, 
Nikki Rose, Me Young Wolfe, Roberta Zipay, Christine Nees, Kay Smith.

Lincoln Day 

Municipal Fundraiser this Week
Today:  Chris Cox for Assembly 5:30-7:00, Moose A La Mode, 360 K St.
Wednesday:  Dave Donley for School Board 5:30-7:00, 12800 Cumberland Circle
Thursday: Kay Schuster for School Board 5:30-7:00, 16596 Bedford Chase