The Honorable David Burns, Chairman of The Standing Resolutions Committee for the Maine Republican Party, announced the completion of the first draft of the Platform for the 2018 Republican State Convention.
“The Committee has met over the past several months for the purpose of presenting a Draft of the 2018 Maine Republican Party Platform and I am pleased to announce that the results are now posted on the Maine Republican Party website at http://www.mainegop.com/news/maine-gop-publishes-draft-2018-party-platform-provides-amendment-information ."
Any Maine voter enrolled in the Republican Party is invited to present proposed amendments to this document using the Platform Amendment Request found on the Website.
All suggested amendments must be submitted to Michelle Dale at Republican Headquarters (email@example.com) no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 15th.
The Committee will meet again on March 20th to discuss and possibly amend the existing Draft. The final document proposed by the Standing Resolutions Committee will be on the Website no later than April 1st.
Delegates to the Convention will have one more opportunity to propose further amendments to the Platform, to be debated during the Convention. These proposed amendments must be submitted to Michelle Dale no later than 11:00 AM on April 24th.
“We have worked hard on this document, reaching consensus“ Burns said, “and we look forward to hearing from our fellow Republicans in the coming months.”
Following is the draft 2018 Maine Republican Platform, as presented by the Maine Republican Party Platform Committee. Following the Draft Platform is a link to the form which should be used to propose amendments.
DRAFT 2018 Maine GOP Platform
Maine Republican Party Platform
Generations of Americans have valiantly fought to preserve the Republic, our freedoms, and the American way of life. We appreciate and honor the service of active duty and reserve military, veterans, fire fighters, law enforcement, first responders and EMTs, and all those who serve our state and nation. It is only by restoring the three primary core values of the United States of America, which are Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum, that we can ensure moral and economic Recovery.
I. This platform embraces principles and identifies actions to implement them.
In order to define the specific policies encompassed by said constitutional principles, be it resolved:
II. The government of Maine exists to preserve and protect certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights endowed by our Creator for the benefit, protection and security of all citizens and future generations. To maintain these rights, we therefore pledge to:
III. Because the strength of Maine and the United States lies with the rights and responsibilities of the individual, we affirm that:
V. The most effective government is closest to the people and the least intrusive, therefore:
VI. Education is the cornerstone to building a lasting prosperity within our future, therefore:
VII. The family is the foundation and strength of a stable society; therefore, the government must not interfere, but rather support and protect the integrity and rights of the family, therefore:
VIII. Fiscal restraint and accountability for all levels of government is paramount through:
IX. Moving forward Maine Republicans support the following initiatives, therefore:
Persistent vigilance by the people is necessary to preserve our American values. It is therefore incumbent on all of us to stay informed and involved in the American experience of self-governance. Those of us who have united behind the Republican banner invite you to join us in this task and support the Republican candidates for office that uphold these principles.
May God Bless America!
Please use the document below to propose revisions to the 2018 Maine Republican Party Platform. All proposed amendments must be received no later than 5:00 PM on March 15, 2018.
AUGUSTA- Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas announced the date and location of the 2018 Maine State Republican Convention:
"It is with the greatest pleasure that I can officially announce that our 2018 convention will take place on May 4th & 5th at the Augusta Civic Center.
"This will be a high energy event, and we are already in the process of finding special guest speakers.
"I absolutely cannot wait for Maine Republicans to come together and not only celebrate our victories last year, but prepare for more victories in 2018."
More information regarding the Convention will be released in the fall.