JANUARY/February 2016 ISSUE 

ARWC ONLINE
IN THIS ISSUE
Renew Membership
Legislative Report
PPP & District Meetings
ARP State Convention
Pump Out the Vote
SAVE the DATE
ARWC Presidential Debate Party 
February 25

ARWC Spring
Membership Tea
Tentative Date: May 12 

BOARD MEMBERS
LINKS
President's Message 
 
"Our tears fall silently, our hearts grieve quietly but God hears our cries and shares our sorrow."
 
The past couple of months have been tough ones for ARWC.  Two of our Board members have lost family members.  Carolyn Leman lost her youngest daughter, Nicole in a terrible hiking accident in New Zealand.  Kay Schuster lost her sister, Suzy in her long battle with cancer.  Suzy, her mother, Maxine and sister-in-law Chelsea are all members of ARWC.

Please keep both of these families in your thoughts and prayers.  Because of these events we have decided to delay our Lincoln Day Dinner, which is usually held in February.  As soon as rescheduled we will let everyone know.
 
We do have several great events scheduled and you can read about them in this newsletter. Many of us are also involved in the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll March 1, 2016 and District meetings that will be held shortly afterward. At these district meetings delegates will be elected to the State Convention April 28-30, 2016 in Fairbanks.

It is important you become involved in selecting the next Republican candidate for President.  If you wish to participate in this selection you must first attend the PPP (link to ARP website for PPP locations) on March 1, and to be considered a delegate to the State Convention you must attend your district convention. Many of our members serve as District and party officers and we commend you on for your service. 
 
ARWC would like to congratulate all the members and member's family members who have stepped forward to run for office.  This is a difficult decision and we are proud of each one.  ARWC currently has 8 members in the AK Legislature, 2 women on the ANC Assembly and 1 woman on the school board. Please watch for postings showing how you can help all those putting their hats in the ring. 
 
We are proud to announce that ARWC has the most women in office than any club in the State!
 
RENEW MEMBERSHIP
It is that time of year again, time to renew your membership for 2016! Please join today!

Even if you are unable to attend meetings and events on a regular schedule, we need your support for all of the city, state and national elections happening in 2016! 

Stay informed on what is happening in Juneau during this important session.  Be sure "our" voice is heard!
 
Membership in our club has many benefits, including information regarding local events, opportunities to interact with our local officials, discounted entrance fees to our events, and the opportunity to mingle with the women who are the heart of the Republican Party!
 
Welcome new members 
New members:   Loren Zeigler, Lynden Grothe, Shwan Ayers, Jodi Taylor, Tina Stephens
 
LEGISLATIVE REPORT - JANUARY 2016
Report submitted by Lindsay Williams

During the Second Session of the 29th Legislature, the Budget is going to be the main focus. Alaska is now facing a $3.4 billion deficit (and growing). Governor Walker introduced 7 new tax bills. All of his proposals are tax increases....

PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE POLL
& DISTRICT MEETINGS
Do you want to be involved in helping Republicans select their next Presidential Candidate?

You can have that opportunity when the AK Republican Party holds their Presidential Preference Poll on March 1, 2016.  Alaska will be just one state holding these elections on that date.

The Republican presidential nominee is chosen through a series of state caucuses, primaries and straw polls that take place across the country beginning in Iowa on Feb.1 and continuing for several months until the Republican National Convention in mid-July.

The Alaska Presidential Preference Poll takes place on "Super Tuesday" -- March 1. Candidates who receive at least 13 percent of the PPP vote will be awarded Alaska delegate votes through a mathematically proportional system detailed in our party rules.

Currently, Alaska Republicans have seven candidates to choose from: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Donald Trump have qualified to be included in our PPP.  These candidates are on the ballot because they collected the required number of signatures and paid the entry fee.

The Presidential Preference Poll works by Republicans going to their locally run district balloting locations from 3 to 8 p.m. on March 1.
Registered Republicans cast their ballots, the ballots are counted and the results are announced within hours). 

After the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll, district meetings are held, with each district choosing delegates to the state convention, to be held April 28-30 in Fairbanks.

Nearly 550 delegates from across the state will be represented at the state convention. From those, 28 delegates and 25 alternates will be chosen to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18- 21. The National Convention is expensive and one needs to research the cost before obligating themselves to attend.

At the national convention, delegates will be bound for the first two ballots by the results of that March 1 Presidential Preference Poll. State party rules govern how delegates become unbound should three or more ballots become necessary for a candidate to achieve a majority and become the Republican nominee.

The AK PPP takes many volunteers to be successful.  Please contact your district chair on how you might help.

Why does Alaska, with so few residents, have so many delegates to the national convention? Alaska's 28 delegates are more than New Hampshire's 25, are equal to Oregon's allotment and are just shy of Iowa's 30 delegates. It's because of the strength of our Republican base here in Alaska. With three GOP representatives in Congress, and with majorities in the state House and Senate, Alaska is considered a powerhouse Republican state.

For more information on the location for your PPP and district meetings go to: alaskagop.org 

 ARP STATE CONVENTION


April 28-30, 2016 Fairbanks, Alaska

The cost of the state convention is $285 plus lodging and transportation to Fairbanks.  
Find more information at:
 
 PUMP OUT THE VOTE

2016 is here, ladies... and it is time to pump out the vote!  So, put on your red shoes and volunteer to help our candidates.

Track your time spent volunteering for campaigns, and drop us a line at pumpvote@yahoo.com to let us know how many hours you are accumulating.  And stay tuned for more exciting news on the superheros in our midst...

ANCHORAGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB
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