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Florida Gov. Rick Scott delays execution for Attorney General Pam Bondi’s fundraiser | The Raw Story

Mind you, this is a woman who is currently fighting to speed up executions in Florida. Except for when she needs to raise funds, of course. Then Marshall Lee Gore can wait.

Phyllis Novick, the mother of one of the women murdered by Gore, speaks for many of us when she questioned the priorities of the elected officials in Florida, saying, “What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous.”

Indeed. What the hell, Florida?

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Thank you, Nichole, very much for your well stated message dealing with marijuana. Living in the United States, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience many different tastes and preferences offered from one state to another. Some states have legalized gambling, and some have not. In Nevada, prostitution is perfectly legal while in all others it is not. Some states have provisions for same-sex marriages and some do not. If one does not believe in the second amendment and therefore wishes to have strict firearm limitations and registrations, there are states that restrict this second amendment right far more than Wyoming. And the list goes on and on. And now we finally have some states that legally allow the, growing and use of marijuana.

We are also extremely fortunate in this country that we can freely move from one state to another and reside in any community we wish. In other words people that prefer living in a state that promotes gambling and offers a complete menu of such can choose to live in states that have legal gambling. On the other hand people who don’t want to live in a gambling state can simply relocate and reside in a state the disallows gambling such as Wyoming.

The same goes for same-sex marriage and marijuana. If an individual American prefers a state that has adopted either one of these social options, or now, even both of them, (there are states that provide these two opportunities). In short, one can choose to reside in whichever state offers just the right combination of these and other forms of social conduct to best suit their tastes and preferences.

I and demographers in general are well aware of the fact that hundreds and hundreds of people have moved and continue to move into Wyoming because of our posture on these and many other economic and social attributes allowed and not allowed here. By the same token, there are no doubt hundreds of Wyoming citizens that have relocated to other states offering what they believe to be valuable amenities such as marijuana, same sex marriage, gun restrictions, prostitution, gambling etc. As a further example I would fully expect to see many Wyoming residents move to Colorado or Montana so that they may legally enjoy marijuana. It, in fact ocurred [sic] to me when reading your message that it was puzzling to learn that you chose Wyoming instead of Montana or Colorado that now celebrates their marijuana laws in open parks open to the public of all ages.

Thus, in short, there is no perceived need to make radical changes in these and other social phenomena in Wyoming since it is extremely easy for those seeking these changes to acquire them on their own elsewhere.

In addition, it is very important to note that any such potential change toward drug legalization would be met with much disfavor and even disgust among those hundreds and hundreds of people who have (or intend) to move to Wyoming from many of these other drug-permissive states - precisely because of our present posture.

I hope I have adequately explained my position on this matter. If not please let me know and I will explain further. Again, thank you for the message.

Sincerely,
Michael K. Madden
Dist. 40 Rep.

Wyoming Rep. Michael Madden’s reply to a constituent advocating for marijuana policy change.

Madden, a Republican, also called same-sex marriage an “amenity” and suggested that those who favor who gun restrictions, equal rights for LGBTQ people, and legal use of marijuana should just move. This is a man elected to represent all people in his district, and he’s telling them that he’d rather they leave the state than represent them. 

Drop him a line and educate him about the responsible, legal use of marijuana: Mike.Madden@wyoleg.gov

Also, let him know Wyoming is not his birthright, a la Hans Hunt. You’re a representative for your district, not just Republicans. You’re not a feudal lord, choosing peasants to banish. Do your job. There’s already too many elected officials in Wyoming who believe this claptrap — if you have a life in Wyoming, but want to change the policies of the state, don’t get involved in politics, just leave.

That’s not the position of a democratic republic, and it’s not a policy any government official should be comfortable endorsing — especially ones who are elected. Take five minutes and email him. Hell, tell him to move. I’m sure he can find somewhere backwards enough for his tastes with the “amenities” he seeks.

Filed under marijuana Wyoming Politics Republican legalization same-sex marriage War on drugs Michael Madden GOP prostitution gambling if you don't like it leave

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Liz Cheney Tax Flub Explored

Awesome. Maybe that’s why Liz Cheney is running on “No taxes ever because reasons” as a key plank of her platform.

But this is my favorite part: “Cheney has lived most of her life outside Wyoming but traces her family roots in the state to 1907 settlers and describes herself as a fourth-generation Wyomingite.”

Uh… no.

Filed under Liz Cheney politics Wyoming US Senate Taxes republican Mean Girls is so appropriate to this whole thing

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Past accidents be damned, 54% of voters say they’d accept an invitation from Dick Cheney to go hunting with him to just 40% who would pass on the opportunity. Cheney’s favorability rating in the state is 54/38.

"Wyoming Miscellany" from Public Policy Polling, July 24, 2013. 

Hunting with Darth Dick Cheney? 

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In other words, at least 54% of Wyoming voters have lost their goddamn minds. We also have the highest rate of gun ownership in the country, and, in news shocking no one, Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to own a cowboy hat by an 11-point margin. A confused 1% aren’t sure if they own a cowboy hat or not. 

And 75% of voters who cast their ballots for Mitt Romney would accept that hunting invite with Cheney, though 78% of those same voters have a favorable opinion of him. Essentially, 75% of Romney’s base in Wyoming is willing to forgive mistaking your friend’s visage for a covey of quail. 

On the flipside, 81% of Barack Obama supporters still remember that one time Cheney shot a dude in the face, neck, and chest with birdshot, and therefore would turn down the invitation. 

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I thought she was going to run in Virginia. That’s the last I’d heard, that she was going to do that.

Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist on Liz Cheney’s decision to challenge Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. in the primary. Norquist indicated his organization might support Cheney over Enzi because of Enzi’s support of the internet sales tax.

Cheney’s decision has been met with derision from Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. who referred to her as a “shiny new pony” and said Cheney’s choice was “bad form”. 

Of course, Lummis ALSO had her eyes on the seat as the heir apparent should Enzi step aside, making one wonder if perhaps Lummis is the reason he chose to run again. 

Yeah, Grover. We thought that too until she uprooted her family to move them to the luxury ski community of Jackson Hole — nothing says “just like you” like carpetbagging from one of the places where personal wealth is concentrated the most per capita in the U.S.

Filed under Liz Cheney Politics Republican Eating their own News Mike Enzi Grover Norquist Carpetbagging cynthia lummis Wyoming

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I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it. If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they’ll learn a more important lesson.

West Virginia Delegate Ray Canterbury, R-Greenbrier, speaking against a bill to require schools maximize school meal participation and set up foundations in every county that collect private donations to fund expanded meal programs.

Canterbury further repeated that there is no such thing as a free lunch and predicted the program could set up children for failure by “destroying their work ethic” and “showing them there’s an easy way.”

This man disgusts me. West Virginia has one of the highest rates of poverty in the nation. So Canterbury thinks learning the “work ethic” is more important than food and education… this reminds me of something. 

Oh, right. From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens:

“At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.”

“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.

“Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

“And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

“They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “I wish I could say they were not.”

“The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?” said Scrooge.

“Both very busy, sir.”

“Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”

“Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude,” returned the gentleman, “a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”

“Nothing!” Scrooge replied.

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Speaking just two days after his speech at historically black Howard University in Washington was criticized by some as condescending, Paul said it was important for Republicans to reach out to African-American voters.

“I also do it because I’m a politician,” he said. “I’m self-interested, I want to get more votes, and we’re not doing very well with the African-American voter.”

Paul acknowledged criticism for the speech he gave at Howard University Wednesday, saying, “I think some think a white person is not allowed to talk about black history … which I think is unfair.”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. explaining the chilly reception he received at Howard University to The Courier-Journal.

Yes, he did basically blame reverse racism for why an audience at a historically Black college did not welcome his whitesplaining of history.

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Ahem… May we have a word, GOP? Maybe you shouldn’t trot out the dude who criticized the Civil Rights Act as intruding on private business to do outreach to Black voters. Just a thought.

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Oklahoma Tea Party Founder Busted for Threats to Lawmaker Over 'Fringe' Agenda 21 Conspiracy

Well, well, well… Looks like threats of blackmail aren’t just the modus operandi of the Cody-Big Horn Basin Tea Party:

The founder of a tea party group in Oklahoma was charged with two felonies on Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Republican lawmaker after he refused buy in to the notion that the United Nations was conspiring to transform the country into a communist dictatorship.

According to the Oklahoman, 54-year-old Sooner Tea Party founder Al Gerhart faces up to five years in prison for blackmail and violating the state computer crimes act.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation determined that Gerhart admitted sending an email to state Sen. Cliff Branan (R) “that was intended to threaten and intimidate him.” Gerhart had been angry because Branan refused to allow a vote on a bill that would have ensured Oklahoma cities do not participate in Agenda 21, a United Nations initiative to promote environmentally sustainable development…

“Branan, Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it,” Gerhart wrote in the email. “I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don’t hear that this bill will be heard and passed. We will dig into your past, yoru [sic] family, your associates and once we start on you there will be no end to it. This is a promise.”

At a press conference last week, the tea party leader admitted that he sent the email. “Political pain and embarrassment will be necessary if the citizens expect to regain control of this Senate down here from the state chamber of commerce and special interests,” he insisted. “The time for ‘nice’ behavior is over with.”

As my dear husband remarked after I informed him of this story, “Same shit, different zip code.”

Filed under Tea Party Politics Blackmail Oklahoma crime Republican Agenda 21 Al Gerhart fuckery

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The Cody-Big Horn Basin Tea Party and other horror stories

Submitted to me today. I’ve edited a tiny bit and embedded a few links (and gifs), but the message remains the same — this is a creepy eyewitness account of the Tea Party strain operating in Northwestern Wyoming. It’s also a long read, but worth it. I included my own commentary, plus information on blackmail of myself and another Wyoming journalist:

April 11

Cody Folks:

I don’t do this very often, but I believe this is important when something disturbing occurs that you are not likely to see in the local newspaper.

Besides, it’s always fun to sandbag the teabaggers. Or rather it would be fun, if that dubious rabble weren’t trying to usurp the public democratic process, that is…

Last night, the Tea Party cabal used the public meeting to discuss the City of Cody Master Plan for the community’s future as a venue to actively advance their own misguided/downright paranoid political agenda. They were accosting people — quietly, but accosting them nevertheless — to get signatures for a petition to repeal Senator Hank Coe’s SF104, [the] “Hill Bill” that reorganized the state Department of Education during this last legislative session. They were working the crowd while those citizens were trying to work through the comprehensive and complicated City Master Plan while city officials and Councilmen were trying to explain it to them.

Some context: Cindy Hill, the disgraced and all-but-ousted Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the darling of the state tea party movement, and was elected by them. The Cody-Big Horn chapter of these faux patriots and wingnuts who drape themselves in the flag while waving the Constitution at the rising full moon, are determined to get Cindy Hill back in office.

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Filed under Tea party Dewey Vanderhoff Politics Long Reads Wyoming Cody Big Horn Basin David Koch Meg Lanker-Simons right-wing Richard Hofstadter paranoia Republican Agenda 21 guns gun control blackmail Bob Berry Vince Vanata

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You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow. Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you’re gay, and y’all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride…

Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married. If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.

Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, according to Saturday’s Marietta Daily Journal. First off, what’s to stop straight people from doing this? And there’s more straight couples versus gay couples, so by Sue’s incredibly faulty logic, straight couples are the likely fraudsters. And I’ve been straight-married twice — where’s my free stuff?

Second, I have numerous LGBTQ friends who’ve said that their “equipment” works just fine for a sexual relationship thankyouverymuch. I swear, people like Sue spend more time thinking about the mechanics of gay sex than actual gay people do.

Rebranding: You’re doing it wrong.

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Wyoming Rep. Hans Hunt to fellow citizen: If you care about what we do here, GTFO

Wyomingite and Universalist Minister Audette Fulbright wrote her representatives to express her concerns about expanding carry laws in schools and fracking. As she wrote: “Here is the response I got from Rep. Hans Hunt:”

“Rev. Fulbright,

“I’ll be blunt. If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave. We, who have been here a very long time (I am proudly 4th generation) are quite proud of our independent heritage. I don’t expect a ‘mass exodus’ from our state just because we’re standing up for our rights. As to your comments on fracking, I would point out that you’re basing your statement on ‘dangers’ that have not been scientifically founded or proved as of yet.

“It offends me to no end when liberal out-of-staters such as yourself move into Wyoming, trying to get away from where they came from, and then pompously demand that Wyoming conform to their way of thinking. We are, and will continue to be, a state which stands a head above the rest in terms of economic security. Our ability to do that is, in large part, to our ‘live and let live’ mentality when it comes to allowing economic development, and limiting government oversight. So, to conclude, if you’re so worried about what our legislature is working on, then go back home.

Sincerely,

Hans Hunt

Representative Hans Hunt
House District 02”

Yes, that happened.

My reply:

“Dear Rep. Hunt,

Regarding your recent email to Rev. Fulbright – Serving in the legislature is a privilege, not a birthright, and you serve all your constituents, even if they just moved here yesterday. You were a Wyomingite by accident. Over 60% of us, according to the last survey, were born somewhere else and become Wyomingites by choice.

If you’re incapable of playing well with others, perhaps it’s you that needs to go back home.

Cheers,
Meg Lanker-Simons”

I’ll just leave his email here: hans.hunt@wyoleg.gov

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