The Republican Party of Alaska (RPA) has a problem.
There’s a reason the RPA is named after a town in upstate New York.
The RPA has no elected officials or political action committees.
Its members vote on only one item on the ballot a year.
The RPA’s name has become shorthand for the Republican Party’s lack of an elected leader.
Alaska’s only political party is the RCPAC, an organization founded by a former Republican congressman who is now running for president.
(The RCPPAC is not formally a Republican party.)
The RCPACA, the RPPACA, and the RAABC have no members or leaders, either.
What’s worse, the party’s current president has a history of promoting a political agenda that many in the state would find offensive.
In 2012, Republican Rep. Jim McDermott proposed legislation to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard.
He also has advocated for a “one-time” ban on same-sex marriage in Alaska.
Last month, Trump tweeted that the Republican governor of Alaska, Bill Walker, is “doing well” in the face of a record-high homicide rate, calling him a “good person.”
But Walker is also a Trump donor.
As The Washington Post recently reported, Walker was a major Republican donor in 2016.
And in a recent interview with MSNBC, Walker told host Chris Hayes, “We’re going to have to get a gun control law passed.”
He added, “If we don’t get that done in a couple of years, it’s going to be very difficult for me to become president.”
When Walker was governor, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill that would have made it illegal for anyone in Alaska to carry a concealed weapon.
He vetoed it.
But Walker did introduce a bill in 2018 that would’ve expanded gun rights, allowing people to carry guns on public campuses and in some state buildings.
That measure also would’ve granted a gun rights permit to those with concealed-carry permits.
The bill, however, was defeated by Republican voters in the November 2018 election.
“Alaska is a great place to run,” Walker said of the RPIAC at the time.
“I can tell you that I’m going to continue to support our candidates in 2018.”
In 2017, the GOP-controlled legislature passed a law that allowed for “civil forfeiture” in Alaska, a process that allowed local police departments to seize property, including vehicles, without a court order.
The state’s Attorney General, Craig Idso, said the law was “unnecessary and unenforceable,” and that the practice was being abused.
Idso has since been replaced by a Republican who opposed civil forfeiture.
(A spokesperson for the governor said he will not run again for re-election.)
In 2018, the state Legislature passed the Republican Agenda, which would have allowed Alaska to establish a “bipartisan regulatory board” to “develop a national system for financial reporting.”
The state legislature has also passed several bills that could restrict the rights of Native American people, including a bill limiting tribal leaders’ ability to petition the state for a land claim.
The law also passed in 2017 would have prohibited the state from regulating or taxing “unincorporated tribal lands.”
Republicans control the state legislature and governor’s office, which are the most important levers in state government.
But it’s a minority in the House and Senate.
Even if Trump wins the presidency, there are still likely to remain many Democrats in Alaska who oppose Trump’s anti-immigration agenda.
A poll conducted in late September by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 57 percent of Alaska voters support a “deportation” program that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a temporary permit to come to the state and work as U.S. citizens.
In November, the Senate voted to override a veto of the Republican legislation that would require tribal leaders to make “publicly available” to the public the tribal plan to relocate the Alaskan Mule tribe to Alaska.
The House has also been considering the bill, but the bill has not yet been heard by the Senate.