2014-2015 Nevada Republican Party Platform
Adopted at the Nevada Republican State Convention
April 12, 2014
We the people of the Nevada Republican Party, affirm that this Nation and this State were founded upon the principle that all people are created equal; that the powers of government as outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are derived from the people for the purpose of protecting the people’s God given right to be free and to choose their own pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness; without regard to race, gender, religion, country of origin, or sexual orientation. We invite those who agree with the principles and platforms stated herein to join with our efforts so that this nation will continue to be “The last best hope of earth;” and, so that this nation will return to the principle that we are a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Budget, Economy and Taxation
We strongly support those in public office who resist higher taxes and fees, and seek to reduce the size, cost and scope of government at all levels.
Residents of the State of Nevada are not under-taxed and state government is not under-funded. Our current budget crisis is the result of years of overspending. Government cannot tax the state or the residents into prosperity.
We support the current Nevada constitutional prohibition on personal income tax, and the same prohibition must continue to apply to business. Gross receipts taxes and selective taxes on specific businesses will ultimately drive business away from our state.
We support elimination of recent Congressional excessive spending, earmark spending, un-funded mandates, the death tax, alternative minimum tax and double taxation on corporate dividends and social security.
We oppose taxes on internet sales.
NRCC rejects ceding control of the internet to non-US political entities.
We encourage implementation of a new, efficient, transparent and fair Federal tax system.
We support zero-based (all expenditures justified) balanced budgets that are fully disclosed to the public.
All elected and appointed public servants must live by the same laws as the public, including social security, health care, retirement benefits, etc.
We oppose the practice of extending sunsetted taxes.
We oppose adoption of SJR 15 which could impose significant new taxes on the mining industry.
We support a free market economy. The government should not try to pick winners and losers using taxpayer dollars (Nevada’s Catalyst Fund), and other public-private partnerships.
We expect our elected representatives and the courts to interpret the Constitution using original intent and context.
We demand that our representatives at all levels of government abide by their Oath of Office.
We believe the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was intended to prevent a state sponsored religion, rather than a separation of God from government. Attempts to force individuals or religious institutions to violate their conscience are contrary to the Constitution.
We strongly affirm the Second Amendment guarantees the individual’s right to keep and bear arms without infringement (i.e. Blue Card registration).
We support reciprocity laws with all states to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
We strongly support the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that protects the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches, seizures, liens and forfeitures without due process. Congress shall repeal provisions of the U. S. A. Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, the Defense Authorization Act, warrantless NSA monitoring, and similar legislation that clearly violate fundamental privacy rights afforded by the Constitution.
All Government branches shall respect the rights of the States in accordance with the Tenth Amendment. The Nevada Attorney General shall defend the rights of the State of Nevada and the people as defined by the Tenth Amendment.
We support Constitutional justification for all new Federal and State legislation.
Federal and State legislation should be limited to a single issue referencing the applicable Constitutional authority and allow a one-day public review period for every twenty pages of text after a bill is presented to the floor.
Our public education system needs substantial improvement, and we support local control of education where the money follows the child, giving parents more options in school choice.
We oppose mandated curricula such as Common Core, as well as data collection and tracking that follows students for life.
We advocate proof of U.S. citizenship and residency at the time of voter registration and requiring government issued photo ID at the time of voting.
We oppose same day voter registration to preserve election integrity.
We strongly support all electronic voting systems having a voter verified paper audit trail, used in the event of a recount.
We support economically sound, all inclusive policies that lead to energy independence. The free market should determine the development of all energy resources, free from government planning, regulation, subsidy or mandate.
We support positioning Yucca Mountain as a world class, high-tech nuclear research, reprocessing and science facility predicated upon sound, safe and proven scientific principles.
English as Our Official Language
We support legislation affirming English as the official language for conducting business at all levels of government.
We support defunding and repeal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and dismantling the Nevada Healthcare Exchange system.
We support a program that includes tort reform, freedom to purchase insurance across state lines, tax-credited health savings accounts, expanded client pools and other free market benefits.
We support restoring full funding to Medicare.
We welcome people from all nations, races and cultures who enter our country legally and support the freedoms, principles and language of the United States of America.
We support strict enforcement of all immigration laws by all levels of government and law enforcement.
We oppose amnesty, government benefits or other special treatment for those who enter the United States illegally.
We strongly support securing our borders for purposes of protecting our national health and welfare. Individual states have the right to enforce their borders.
We do not support automatic citizenship for children born in the United States to foreign visitors or to those who are here temporarily or illegally. We do not believe the original intent of the Fourteenth Amendment (adopted in 1868) was to confer citizenship on children born to non-citizens.
The powers of government should be limited to those enumerated in the U.S. and states constitutions. We support less government, lower taxes, less regulation and more individual responsibility.
Eliminate bureaucracies that demonstrate wasteful spending, operational inefficiencies, and use regulatory powers to infringe on individual rights.
Congress should address the constitutionality of all executive orders within sixty days of enactment.
We support independent auditing with full disclosure and transparency of the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac and all other federally sponsored corporations.
We support the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and returning the power of minting and printing money to the Congress of the United States.
We do not support any cap and trade laws.
Military / National Defense
We support a strong Veterans Administration subject to effective oversight and audit to ensure veterans and their families receive the care, benefits and support earned as promised.
We urge our government to fully fund and support our military as necessary to meet the demands of modern warfare.
We support the reduction of military commitments around the world to their original mission of National Defense. Only Congress can declare war.
Nevada Land Use and Management
The federal government shall relinquish to the State of Nevada her federally controlled public lands.
Local government should have, and assert their authority in decision-making regarding water rights, natural resources, access to cross-country travel on public lands, and public land use within their jurisdiction.
We support removing limitations by the Federal government in the development of natural resources (States Rights, 10th Amendment issue).
We support the 1872 mining law and strongly oppose any laws, regulations, ordinances or other legally binding actions that diminish the ability of the mining industry to discover and/or access minerals and mine them.
We support the protection of existing water rights, which should not leave their original basins.
We oppose the designation of additional wilderness areas, national monuments, wildlife refuges or wilderness study areas in Nevada.
We strongly support the livestock industry in Nevada and support established grazing and water rights on public lands. State and local government shall protect private property rights in accordance with pre-existing key federal statutes that confirmed or granted property rights to western ranchers, including split-estates (i.e. grazing, water, and easements).
Controlled or prescribed fire should be used in concert with proper grazing management and other vegetation management tools to provide for sustainable rangelands and rangeland enterprises (e.g. livestock production, wildlife, recreation, etc.)
We strongly support removal of the sage hen (grouse) from consideration for inclusion on the endangered species list.
Republican National Committee
We strongly oppose the current RNC rules mandating delegate selection by presidential nominees, circumventing delegates being elected at state conventions. We are against binding of delegates.
We support limits on the authority of the Federal Government as determined by the United States Constitution. We support striking Article 1, Section 2, from the Nevada State Constitution which grants the Federal Government authority to employ armed force against the people of the State of Nevada.
We support our national sovereignty and reject the concept of global governance. No treaty shall override the United States Constitution, nor shall the international foreign law be relied on or cited when United States Supreme Court or any other court cases are decided.
We strongly oppose implementation of Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations in 1992, which leads directly to central control over private property, energy, water use, food production, ownership and use of automobiles, population control, heat and air conditioning in our homes and many other issues.
We support foreign aid only to those countries that support the United States, and it should have a clear, defined purpose and transparent audit trail.
We support ending our current financial contribution to the United Nations and ultimately withdrawing from the United Nations.