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And this is why Wyoming will never be known as a tolerant state - much less an accepting one. 
I’m sure this commenter has “homo” friends, but I would also argue he’s likely just assuming he’s friends with gay people. I find it unlikely any LGBTQIA person would purposefully identify themselves to someone who seriously thinks heterophobia is a thing on par with homophobia. He flat out says their presence “deprecates” the state. This person is a virulent homophobe who cannot even see how these comments are hateful.
These comments come on an article in The Laramie Boomerang about changing the narrative on hate crime legislation in Wyoming and actually protecting Wyoming’s LGBTQIA residents. The article implies that Matthew Shepard’s murder was a galvanizing force for change in Wyoming and in Laramie. When I see comments like this, though, I have to wonder.
(Source: http://laramieboomerang.com/articles/2013/12/29/opinion/doc52bf961d135d1558218228.txt)

And this is why Wyoming will never be known as a tolerant state - much less an accepting one.

I’m sure this commenter has “homo” friends, but I would also argue he’s likely just assuming he’s friends with gay people. I find it unlikely any LGBTQIA person would purposefully identify themselves to someone who seriously thinks heterophobia is a thing on par with homophobia. He flat out says their presence “deprecates” the state. This person is a virulent homophobe who cannot even see how these comments are hateful.

These comments come on an article in The Laramie Boomerang about changing the narrative on hate crime legislation in Wyoming and actually protecting Wyoming’s LGBTQIA residents. The article implies that Matthew Shepard’s murder was a galvanizing force for change in Wyoming and in Laramie. When I see comments like this, though, I have to wonder.

(Source: http://laramieboomerang.com/articles/2013/12/29/opinion/doc52bf961d135d1558218228.txt)

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Liz Cheney Is Really, Really From Wyoming, Again (This Time With Dick Cheney Grandspawn)

In this new campaign ad, creatively titled “Daughters,” Liz Cheney’s daughters talk about their family’s “deep roots” in the state that their mother left during junior high school and returned to last year to run for Senate. She is totally a Wyoming … what is the word you people say… “gal.” Through and through. Her papa, Dick “Papa Dik” Cheney, lived there oncet, and even represented the state in Congress. In the last century. Also, pay no attention to their Aunt Mary and her heathen Virginia ways.

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Oh, and what’s this I hear today? Liz Cheney’s hubby committing VOTER FRAUD in Wyoming? I’m not sure the tighty-righties will actually care, given that there’s no ACORN in sight - just a bunch of nuts. But say it ain’t so, Darth Lizzy.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/report-liz-cheney-s-husband-on-voter-rolls-in-2-states

http://wonkette.com/536985

Well, gee whiz. It’s so.

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Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.
Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”
I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.

Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.

Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”

I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.

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Hey DC folks! Check this out, you won’t regret it. I went to this event in Cheyenne, and it’s a terrifying, yet vindicating, recreation of a very dark chapter in LGBTQ and American history.
Take a gander at the book here. Here’s the summary: 

“‘Joe McCarthy’s Cold War witch-hunts targeted people with same-sex attractions as much, maybe more than those with Communist sympathies.’ This introduction to Rodger McDaniel’s book sets the stage for a story of the most wretched political blackmail in American history. Lester Hunt was the kind of person we’d all want to be a part of our national government. Kind and empathetic, honest and hardworking, he was as one of his eulogists said, ‘ill prepared for the cruel, brutal, rough aspect of national partisan politics.’
Hunt committed suicide in his Senate office in 1954. His death was tragic enough. Yet readers will find even more about which to lament reading of his extraordinary life. Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins is not only Lester Hunt’s story. It’s the story of America during the virulent years of the early Cold War, of McCarthyism, and the way the voluntary death of a Wyoming senator helped to bring the curtain down on Joe McCarthy.”

Hey DC folks! Check this out, you won’t regret it. I went to this event in Cheyenne, and it’s a terrifying, yet vindicating, recreation of a very dark chapter in LGBTQ and American history.

Take a gander at the book here. Here’s the summary: 

“‘Joe McCarthy’s Cold War witch-hunts targeted people with same-sex attractions as much, maybe more than those with Communist sympathies.’ This introduction to Rodger McDaniel’s book sets the stage for a story of the most wretched political blackmail in American history. Lester Hunt was the kind of person we’d all want to be a part of our national government. Kind and empathetic, honest and hardworking, he was as one of his eulogists said, ‘ill prepared for the cruel, brutal, rough aspect of national partisan politics.’

Hunt committed suicide in his Senate office in 1954. His death was tragic enough. Yet readers will find even more about which to lament reading of his extraordinary life. Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins is not only Lester Hunt’s story. It’s the story of America during the virulent years of the early Cold War, of McCarthyism, and the way the voluntary death of a Wyoming senator helped to bring the curtain down on Joe McCarthy.”

(Source: facebook.com)

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In a possible first and under heavy security, KKK and NAACP meet in Casper

This article is an incredible read; however, the comments on this article are sadly predictable. 

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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.

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Impeach Obama Rally Scheduled For August 2nd In Casper

Goddammit, Wyoming. Really? The journalism here AND the protest just kills me…

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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.

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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.

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