Saturday, August 19, 2006

Alaska Family Council Surveys State Political Candidates

The Alaska Family Council just mailed out Alaska Voter Guides to Alaskan households, disclosing the results of their survey of candidates for state offices. View the full survey on their website. I present the responses from the candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor only.

The Voter Guide does not represent an endorsement by or on behalf of any church, business, or other organization that is in any way associated with its distribution. No funding from any candidate or political party helped pay for any part of this effort. It is presented as a non-partisan, non-biased information service. In keeping with this mission, the Alaska Family Council does not endorse any candidates, unlike Eagle Forum Alaska, who has endorsed Sean Parnell for Lieutenant Governor.

Special Note To Alaskan Readers: The Alaska primary election takes place on Tuesday August 22nd, 2006. If you're not sure where to vote, visit the Alaska Division of Elections website for guidance.

Question #1 - Would you support legislation and/or a Constitutional amendment to clarify that the state constitution does not contain a right to abortion?

John Binkley (R)- Yes. As a former legislator, I have a record that is consistent with my pro-life position. In fact, I have sponsored legislation in the 1980s that recognized and protected the rights of the unborn.

Gerald Heikes (R) - Yes.

Frank Murkowski (R)- Yes. The Courts have ruled that women have the right to an abortion. I will uphold the law. However, I believe most Alaskans agree with me that it is inappropriate to use public funds to pay for abortions that are not medically necessary.

Sarah Palin (R) - Yes

Eddie Burke (AIP) - Yes. We need to do anything we can to protect life of the unborn. Abortion should be rare. We should restrict abortion to rape, incest and life of the mother only.

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - Yes. The Alaska Supreme Soviet (Court) has no common law jurisdiction to overthrow the Law of Nature and Nature’s Trinity.

Tony Knowles (D)- No. I do not believe the government has any place coming between a woman and her doctor. As Governor, I repeatedly fought against efforts by Legislature to outlaw abortion.

Question #2 - Would you support a Constitutional amendment to limit state funding for abortions to only situations in which a woman’s life or major bodily functions are threatened?

John Binkley (R) - Yes. Too often, “mental health” is used as a reason given to justify abortion funding.

Gerald Heikes (R) - Yes.

Frank Murkowski (R) - Yes. I am personally opposed to abortion, and am against government funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother.

Sarah Palin (R) - Yes

Eddie Burke (AIP) - Yes. I support a constitutional amendment in this area because the people of Alaska should be able to decide where and how state dollars are being spent. I do not support government-funded abortions.

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - Yes. The Alaska Supreme Soviet (Court) has no common law jurisdiction to overthrow the Law of Nature and Nature’s Trinity.

Tony Knowles (D) - No.

Question #3 - Would you support a Constitutional amendment to change the judicial selection process?

John Binkley (R) - Yes. I would support changing the process to require all qualified applicants be sent to the Governor. I support changing the standard to “qualified” even without a Constitutional amendment. The Judicial Council sets the policy and I will make my position clear to my appointees.

Gerald Heikes (R) - Yes.

Frank Murkowski (R) - Yes.

Sarah Palin (R) - Yes

Eddie Burke (AIP) - Yes. I would support this because the Governor is elected by the people of Alaska. The Governor should have the power to appoint the person he or she feels is best for the job.

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - Yes. The Zionists who reject Christ Jesus dominate the judicial process, including the Judicial Conduct Commission.

Tony Knowles (D) - No.

Question #4 - If the Alaska Supreme Court declares the parental consent law unconstitutional, would you support a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court and allow the parental consent law to be enforced?

John Binkley (R) - Yes. It is a basic parental right to be involved in such an important decision of life. Our system is out of control. It is patently ridiculous when parental consent is required for ear piercing and not for taking a human life.

Gerald Heikes (R) - Yes. I would support a Constitutional amendment which would remove any judge for making law and overruling a certified vote.

Frank Murkowski (R) - Yes.

Sarah Palin (R) - Yes

Eddie Burke (AIP) - Yes. A school nurse cannot give out an aspirin without parental permission, so how can we allow an abortion to take place?

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - Yes. The Supreme Soviet is manipulating its authority outside its constitutional jurisdiction. It has no lawmaking authority, and its actions are constitutionally void.

Tony Knowles (D) - No.

Question #5 - Would you support a Constitutional amendment to overturn Alaska Supreme Court decision mandating public employers to provide benefits equivalent to marriage to same-sex couples?

John Binkley (R) - Yes. Alaskans have spoken clearly that marriage is only between one man and one woman and I agree.

Gerald Heikes (R) - Yes.

Frank Murkowski (R) - Yes.

Sarah Palin (R) - Yes.

Eddie Burke (AIP) - Yes. The action by our Supreme Court was flawed. That is why we need to elect social conservatives to office. Yes, I would support an amendment to overturn this flawed decision. I believe marriage is the moral fabric that holds us together.

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - Yes. Alaskans must come to realize that the Alaska Supreme Soviet has recreated itself along communist lines under the “Khabarovsk-Alaska Common-Law Partnership”, an active program merging Alaska law under Soviet principles.

Tony Knowles (D) - No.

Question #6 - Would you support legislation that makes it a crime to coerce a woman into an unwanted abortion and requires abortion clinics to ask women if they are being coerced?

John Binkley (R) - Yes. Women who are struggling with this decision need education on the alternatives to abortion - not coerced to end a human life.

Gerald Heikes (R) - Yes.

Frank Murkowski (R) - Yes.

Sarah Palin (R) - Yes

Eddie Burke (AIP) - Yes. Absolutely I support this. As I have said, we need to do everything we can to reduce the amount of abortions and prosecute individuals who are participating in this type of behavior.

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - Yes. Abortion is one of the primary policies of the Marxist-Leninist Communist dialectic to alienate the people from their triune God.

Tony Knowles (D) - No.

Question #7 - Do you support changing Alaska laws to allow more gambling?

John Binkley (R) - No. There is no social benefit to gambling. It often destroys families and preys upon those that can least afford it.

Gerald Heikes (R) - No.

Frank Murkowski (R) - No.

Sarah Palin (R) - No.

Eddie Burke (AIP) - No. No, I don’t support legislation that would allow more gambling. I don’t believe the good outweighs the crime that goes with gambling.

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - No. Gambling is being pushed by Zionists.

Tony Knowles (D) - No.

Question #8 - Would you support legislation to create a system of educational vouchers that would provide Alaskan student with some financial assistance to attend a public, private, or religious school of their choice?

John Binkley (R) - Unclear - Candidate did not give a yes or no answer to this question.

Gerald Heikes (R) - Yes.

Frank Murkowski (R) - No. School vouchers may be contrary to Alaska’s constitution. I support parental choice, such as magnet and charter schools, but in the public school environment. If any private schools receive public funds they should meet the same standards required of public schools.

Sarah Palin (R) - Yes

Eddie Burke (AIP) - Yes. I will support the voucher system. I have a plan for an education dividend. This would be paid directly to parents who educate their children outside the public school system. There is a savings to the state when children are educated outside the public system. That savings should be redirected back to the parents through my dividend plan.

Daniel DeNardo (AIP) - Yes. Public schools are institutions of institutional indoctrination. Their purpose is to create the mental conditions to accept the Luciferian principles fomented by the Communist International.

Tony Knowles (D) - No. As Governor, I will continue to be a fierce advocate for Alaska children, schools, and school employees, and will not go along with those who seek to weaken our public schools through ideas such as vouchers or tuition tax credits.

Gubernatorial candidates Eric Croft (D),Bruce Lemke (D), Merica Hlatcu, and Don Wright did not respond to the survey. Lieutenant Governor candidates Ethan Berkowitz (D), Donald Olson (D), Betty Rollins (D), and Kay Rollison (D) also did not respond.

Republican Lieutenant Governor candidates Sean Parnell and Jerry Ward responded identically, both answering Yes to all questions except number six. Both are opposed to gambling.

The Alaska Voter Guide completely omits any mention of the following candidates:

Governor: David Massie (Green), Billy Toien (Libertarian).
Lt. Governor: Douglas Welton (AIP), Robert Mirabal (Libertarian).

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