During the Alabama Republican Party‘s (ALGOP) biannual meeting in Tuscaloosa on Saturday the State Executive Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the ALGOP Party Platform — the first in the group’s history.
“Proud to announce the @ALGOP has confirmed our first state party platform this past weekend 🐘🇺🇸#alpolitics,” ALGOP Chairman Terry Lathan tweeted Monday.
— Terry Lathan (@ChairmanLathan) August 27, 2018
According to Lathan, the ALGOP state steering committee, chaired Sam Givhan from Madison County, drew up a draft of the platform, which was sent out several times to members where they were asked for their input, comments and edits. After several rounds, the committee submitted the final product that passed on Saturday.
Lathan says the ALGOP still stands with the national RNC platform, however the new platform defines where the ALGOP stands as a state Party.
“Our state Party has always stood on the platform of the RNC and we still do. However, many state GOP groups have their own platform. We decided it was time that we would do the same and highlight issues that we felt defined our thoughts and where we stand as a Party,” Lathan explained to Alabama Today. “Our candidates and county parties around the state can now use the platform to share with our voters.”
Among its many provisions, the platform affirms the party’s:
- Belief in “equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, without regard to race, creed, age, sex or national origin;”
- Support for traditional marriage and family as being the foundation for a free society;
- Condemnation for decisions by activist judges to allow the desecration of the flag and to deny children the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools;
- Support for Alabama to be a “Right to Work” state;
- and opposition to the implementation of the Common Core Curriculum.
The platform comes at a critical time ahead of the November 6 general election, where Alabamians will decide whether or not to shift power from the hands of incumbent, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey to Democrat Walt Maddox among several other contested statewide and local races.
“It also clearly highlights the glaring differences between Alabama Republicans and Democrats-and we will share these contrasts with Alabamians,” Lathan added.
View the complete platform below: