Local and National Issues
Abortion is the human rights travesty of our day. Every day unborn children are killed through abortion and this not only kills the child but hurts the mother. The Newport News Republicans are pro life because children aren't a problem they are a gift. Potential mothers are being misinformed about their babies. Now with new legislation passed by the democratic majority in the Virginia Legislature, women will not be informed about the consequences of their abortion. The legislation also removes requirements for abortion "clinics" to meet basic hospital cleanliness standards. Even the requirement for the medical procedure to be done by a qualified doctor is removed. Abortion also has a disparate impact on the black community. African-American women make up only 13% of the national female population but over 36% of all abortions. Between the years of 2012 and 2016 a study found that more black babies in New York were aborted than born, which was reported in the Wall Street Journal. These facts and concerns lead us to believe that pro life is pro woman and pro minority. We support making abortion illegal except in circumstances where the mother's life is at risk or a severe health risk is present.
The Second Amendment
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This amendment is a clear statement for the right of the people to bear arms. What is also clear is if American citizens, which are the militia, are required to form in times of need, then in this day and time they need something more effective than muskets. We oppose all the anti gun bills coming out of the Virginia Legislature, and support making Newport News a Sanctuary City because that is what the CITIZENS want. This is not a straight party line issue - many democrats have expressed this sentiment and don't like their own party's view on "common sense gun laws". The NNR supports legislation that would stiffen punishment for violations involving fire arms and for preventing bad guys from acquiring guns. Keeping law abiding citizens from exercising their rights is not the answer and the NNR is committed to protecting those rights.
The NNR believes free markets have led to the global economic rise we all enjoy. The benefits of owning the right to your own labor has led to one of the most prosperous economies the world has ever seen and it continues to grow, benefiting all classes of people from the poorest to the wealthiest. The great truth of our system is that it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from you can live the American dream of being financially stable and building wealth and opportunity for your future generations. The NNR supports removing burdensome regulations on business owners so that they can employ more people, benefiting the local economy. This includes reducing local business taxes in Newport News that are among some of the highest in the region. Punishing business is not the way to bring people out of poverty - opportunity is.
Limited government is better for the people. We believe that when government grows the people are forgotten and individual liberties are trampled on for the "greater good". This is clearly seen with the current fighting over the second amendment and government power grabs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NNR believes in a smaller, more efficient government used to preserve freedom, not to dictate how one lives in their own home.
Newport News taxes are some of the highest in the region and what do we have to show for it? Our schools are known for being some for the worst. Crime is a major issue. The police are underfunded and overstretched. The NNR believes in cutting wasteful spending and cutting taxes to increase investment thus increasing the tax base. The taxes should then be used to focus on education and law enforcement to give our citizens the best chance at making the American dream their own.
The NNR believes that all people, regardless of race, color or creed, are created equal by God and given inalienable rights by that same Creator. Any ideas that contradict this belief such as white nationalism or anit-semetism are evil and completely incompatable with our platform. We reject any form of racism or bigotry and will not allow any form of these regressive ideas into our party. We believe everyone should be granted equal opportunity to persue their dreams and passions. The best way to garuntee equal opportunity is to fight side by side against any discriminatory laws keeping government out of the of way of competant indivduals trying to live their dream.