Johnson County Republican Party Committee Caucus

November 1, 1995

Resolutions

(X means defeated)


(The original list of resolutions has been rewritten slightly for ease of understanding. The three marked red X were actually approved, but worded in double negatives, so that as rewritten, they were necessarily marked defeated.)

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DESCRIPTION

CATEGORY

NO.

CITY CAUCUS SPONSOR

 

 

 

Leawood

Lenexa

Merriam

Olathe

OP123

OP4/5

PV

Shawnee

Reduce farm subsidies

Subsidies

1

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Reaffirm the right to keep and bear arms

Arms

2

 

 

Merrriam

 

 

 

 

 

Restore to states/people all powers not delegated to the Federal government

Fed vs. state rights

3

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

Amend the constitution to require a balanced budget, and requiring 3/5 majority to override in case of war/natural disaster.  No off-budget expenditures allowed.

Budget

4

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

Six terms for US Reps & two terms for US Senators

Term limits

5

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Strengthen the military and reform foreign policy agencies

Foreign

6

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

Oppose infringements on US sovereignty by foreign treaties/UN

UN

7

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

Shawn

Use Economic Development Initiative Fund only for projects related to economic development--not for reductions in general fund

EDIF

8

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allow parents the right to choose education (public/private/home)

Parents/Ed

9

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Increase parent control in education, maintain government accountability for use of tax revenues, and provide parent-controlled school vouchers K-12

Parents/Ed

10

 

 

Merriam

Olathe

 

 

 

Shawn

Enact state law protecting right to life from conception/fertilization until natural death

Right to life

12

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

Shawn

Declined to encouraged candidates to express or work for their own personal views on the issue of abortion.  Declined to encourage the development of sound public policy as relates to abortion.

Right to life

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Re-adopt the pro-life plank of previous national platforms stating that the right to life of the unborn child cannot be infringed

Right to life

14

Leawd

 

Merriam

Olathe

 

OP4/5

 

 

States would set speed limits on highways consistent with safety.

Speed limits

15

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

English would be the official language

English

16

Leawd

Lenexa

 

 

OP123

 

PV

 

Restrict further expansion of gambling

Gambling

17

 

 

 

Olathe

 

OP4/5

 

 

Tax dollars would not be spent to fund abortion

Right to life

18

Leawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No tax monies would be used to fund or promote any agency which performs or promotes elective abortions

Right to life

19

Leawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encourage Medicare patients to choose alternative insurance programs

Medicare

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV

 

Abolish statewide mandated property tax of 35 mills without raising income or sales taxes

Tax

21

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Abolish the Cabinet position of US Dept. of Education

Parents/Ed

22

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

 

Turn over to the states more of the social welfare programs ASAP to more efficiently control tax dollars

Fed vs. state

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV

 

Privatize all govt. departments which could be operated more efficiently and economically by private enterprise

Fed vs. private

24

 

 

Merriam

 

 

 

 

 

Reverse Roe v. Wade through Supreme Court or Amendment

Right to life

25

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

 

Declined to leave UN, discontinue support, or rescind GATT and NAFTA

UN

26

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Allow local school boards to make all decisions impacting local public education

Parents/Ed

28

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeal Goals 2000 and Title X; return maximum ontrol of educational funding and content to local community

Parents/Ed

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn

Sexual preference/orientation would not be considered a protected classification

Sex Pref

30

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

Shawn

Endorsed right to freedom of religion/speech, pluralism in society, individual rights, importance of the family, public education available for all children, compassion for all

Parents/Ed

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV

 

Oppose ratification of UN Treaty on Women & the Convention on Rights of Child, because fed govt. would be obligated to assume responsibility for family law (marriage, divorce, child custody, and property)

UN

32

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Repeal the general mining law of 1872 which mandates that federal land can be purchased for foreign and domestic interests at prices set in 1872

Mining

34

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

 

Eliminate all forms of state-supported gambling and the lottery

Gambing

35

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

Tax dollars would not be used at any level of government for lobbying or campaign purposes

Lobbying

36

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Support a competitive tax system

Tax

37

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly reduce the rate of state inheritance tax

Tax

38

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

 

Further reduce personal property tax for automobiles

Tax

39

Leawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enact legislation for term limits & campaign reform

Term/Campaign

40

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

Place a firm lid all government & schools w/o exception for all accounts & revenues

Budget

42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn

Allow maximum flexibility for local elected officials in setting priorities

Local rights

43

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the year 2000 return Congressional officials, their staffs, and their residences to their respective states, where they would spend most of their time, Congress convening for limited duration 90-day Washington DC. sessions each in Spring and in the Fall

Fed vs. state

44

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amend constitution to assure that parents' God-given rights to govern their children's welfare, including education, discipline, and training, are not undermined by the state

Parents/Ed

45

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Refuse to support UN documents unless approved by Congress.  Allow only organizations with congressional approval to use tax money while repesenting the US

UN

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn

Remove excessive environmental regulations on business

Environment

47

 

 

Merriam

 

 

 

 

 

Continue existing federal regulation of employee pensions, preventing businesses from tapping such funds to remain solvent

Pensions

49

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restore workers comp to the original format which limits the involvement of attorneys from the process of providing medical care to injured workers in a non-litigious setting

Workers Comp

50

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-adopt the 1990 Repub. position on education EXCEPT not requiring Kansas history being taught to K-12.

Parents/Ed

51

 

Lenexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer sex education as an elective in the public middle and high schools, promoting abstinence, with parents being involved in the selection process for the curriculum

Parents/Ed

Sex Ed

53

Leawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writings/documents/records of Nation's founding would not be excluded in American history

Parents/Ed

54

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

Make adoption easier.  Considering that most available children are African-American and most prospective parents are White, adoption regulations would be eased for adoption of children of a different race

Adoption

55

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV

 

Enact reasonable laws to allow concealed weapons, except for mentally competent, persons conviced of crimes against persons--IF pass weapons training course

Arms

56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn

Champion the right to effective self-defense

Arms

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn

Would not enact a statute placing a cap on malpractice medical lawsuit awards

Malpractice

58

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Organize the state's services of probation, parole, post-release supervision, community corrections, and any other post-trial supervision as programs of the Kansas Department of Corrections

Law Enforcement

59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn

Impose stricter legislation on prisoner's filing of frivolous lawsuits, making such acts subject to appropriate and severe sanctions

Law Enforcement

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV

 

Prohibit random traffic checkpoints, targeting instead suspected violators rather than the general public

Law Enforcement

61

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

 

Tax dollars would not go to support lobbying efforts for any public institution or any 501 (c) organizations that support public institutions

Lobbying

62

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Because government agencies now use taxpayers' monies to lobby state government for more taxpayers' money, they would support efforts to eliminate the availability of taxpayers' money for lobbying activities and in the minimum require such activities to be fully reported for public review.

Lobbying

63

Leawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeal funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, returning the right and responsibility for approval of artistic expression to the citizens

Arts

64

 

 

 

 

 

OP4/5

 

Shawn

Since state tax receipts are expected to increase an average of 4.75% over the next 5 years and since the state currently receives over $3.5 billion in annual tax revenues, and since tax freedom day in Kansas is May 4, they would reduce taxes

Tax

65

Leawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jurisdictions could not abate taxes for other jurisdictions, prohibiting Chambers of Commerce from using educational tax dollars for their own activities or for community events outside the limits of educating children.

Parents/Ed

66

 

 

 

Olathe

 

 

 

 

Call a halt to all new taxes and tax legislation for one year, during which time all past regulations and programs would be reviewed and those which are obsolete would be repealed.  Any new programs thereafter would have a two-year sunset amendment.  Repeal inheritance taxes because taxes have already been paid; repeal capital gains taxes

Tax

Inheritance

Capital gains

67

 

 

Merriam

 

 

 

 

 

Declined to give Medicare persons annual vouchers for specified procedures

Medicare

68

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Declined to produce silver $10 and $5 coins to replace the silver dollar and 50 cent piece, declined to eliminate the $1 and $5, maybe even the $10 bills

Coinage

69

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Limit assessments made on private residences not to exceed the lower of 1 1/2 times the current rate of inflation or 15%--except in exceptional situations

Tax-RE

70

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

 

Eliminate retail state sales tax on food such as sold by produce markets, grocery stores, but not restaurants or fast food places.  Alcoholic beverages and sodas and non-food items sold in supermarkets would not be tax exempt

Tax on food

71

 

 

 

 

OP123

 

 

 

Support a federal flat income tax with few or no deductions for individuals and corporations; or, better, a national sales tax, excluding food and housing, to eliminate the IRS and fraud

Tax-flat

72

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV

 

 

At the County Caucus Meeting, they ran out of time to address all the resolutions. Paper ballots were passed out for delegates to cast their votes on those remaining. I called later to get the results listed below.

 

Addendum to 1995 Johnson County Republican Party Caucus Resolutions
(Keep in mind that these are RESOLUTIONS which would have been submitted to the State Committee as resolutions for the State Caucus to address; i.e. 'Kansas Republican party [should do....])

Number: 11
The Republican Party believes that religion is a fundamental right and that no government should dictate any religious belief. (By amendment the following statement was deleted: "therefore, the Republican Party supports the separation of Church and State.)
Category: Church & State
Sponsor: Leawood, PV

Number: 27
The Kansas Republican Party declined to "support reducing government subsidies to business (including farmers) because government interference in the market hurts consumers more than it helps them."
Category: Subsidies
Sponsor: Leawood

Number: 33
The Kansas Republican Party declined to "support sentencing guidelines being established for all crimes against the state of Kansas--and those guidelines including presumptive terms of confinement, fines, and supervision."
Category: Law Enforcement
Sponsor: OP123

Number: 41
The Kansas Republican Party declined to "insist that the Federal Government act in accordance with the 10th Amendment of the Constitution and exercise only those powers allowed by the Constitution--nor does the Party support the Federal Government disbanding all agencies not authorized by the Constitution--nor that Kansas shall resist all federal laws, mandates, ad regulations that are not specifically authorized by the Constitution."
Category: Fed. vs. State
Sponsor: Merriam

Number: 43
The Republican Party declined to "encourage maximum flexibility for local elected officials in setting local priorities by supporting home rule, believing the best decisions are made as close as possible to the people they affect."
Category: Local rights - Home School
Sponsor: Lenexa

Number: 48
Kansas Republicans believe it is a conflict of interest for elected or other public officials to receive income from governmental contracts where the award or bidding process is closed or non-competitive.
Category: Conflict of interest
Sponsor: Olathe

Number 52
All instructors at public schools and universities should be required to demonstrate a strong speaking proficiency in English.
Category: English
Sponsor: OP4/5