Soldotna hosts state convention

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2004

Between 350 and 450 Republicans from across Alaska are expected to descend on the central Kenai Peninsula this weekend for the 2004 State Republican Convention.

The convention, which kicked off Thursday with a welcome address from Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, is scheduled to run through Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Participants will be nominating delegates to the National Republican Convention.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who made national headlines by placing a large stone monument featuring the Ten Commandments in the lobby of the Alabama state courthouse and refusing to remove it, will be one of the convention's featured speakers today. Moore is scheduled to deliver a speech entitled "American Heritage and Constitution at Risk" at 12:30 p.m. today. Tickets to hear him speak are $10, $25 for lunch and his speech or $100 to attend a reception and have one's picture taken with him prior to lunch. The picture-taking opportunity will be limited to the first 50 people; those wishing to participate should be at the sports center by 11:30 a.m.

The convention's keynote speaker will be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Anne Veneman, who will speak during a banquet at 8 tonight. There are some extra seats available for the banquet, which begins at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $50 and includes a prime rib and halibut dinner.

Other speakers scheduled to address the convention include U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miller, Alaska Republican Party Chair Randy Ruedrich and Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

For more information, people may call 252-9904.

An agenda for the convention also is available at the Republican Party of Alaska's Web site, located at

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