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Crippled America,
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Fire and Fury,
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Trump Revealed,
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The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
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The Book of Joe ,
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The Truths We Hold,
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Smart on Crime,
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Guide to Political Revolution,
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Where We Go From Here,
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Our Revolution,
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This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
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Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
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by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
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The Making of Donald Trump,
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Higher Loyalty ,
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Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
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Outsider in the White House,
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State of Wyoming Politicians: Archives

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  • Bill Dahlin (15) Wyoming Republican candidate for governor of Wyoming
  • Charlie Hardy (26) Democratic Senate Challenger Wyoming
  • Chris Rothfuss (6) Former Democratic Challenger (2008) Wyoming
  • Cynthia Lummis (13) Republican U.S. Rep Wyoming-AL
  • Dave Freudenthal (17) Wyoming Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010)
  • Dick Cheney (3) Former Republican Vice President
  • Gary Trauner (27) Democratic candidate for Wyoming U.S. Senator Wyoming
  • Jim Geringer (10) Wyoming Former Republican Governor (1995-2002)
  • John Barrasso (2) Republican Jr Senator Wyoming
  • Keith Goodenough (6) Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2008) Wyoming
  • Liz Cheney (18) Republican U.S. Rep Wyoming- AL
  • Mark Gordon (57) Wyoming Republican Governor of Wyoming
  • Mary Throne (10) Wyoming Democratic candidate for governor of Wyoming
  • Matt Mead (32) Wyoming Republican Governor
  • Merav Ben-David (12) Democratic Challenger Wyoming
  • Michael Enzi (6) Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2020) Wyoming
  • Rex Rammell (2) Wyoming Republican candidate for governor of Wyoming
  • Theresa Livingston (3)
  • Tim Chesnut (13) Democratic challenger Wyoming
  • Yana Ludwig (13) Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger Wyoming
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    Bill Dahlin: Pro-life and pro-family.
    Bill Dahlin: There is nothing positive about abortions.
    Charlie Hardy: Men need to shut up about abortion.
    Chris Rothfuss: Opposed new reporting requirements for abortions.
    Cynthia Lummis: Abortion OK in cases of rape and incest against a minor.
    Dick Cheney: Exemptions for rape, incest or woman’s life now OK.
    Gary Trauner: Strong advocate for women's abortion rights.
    Keith Goodenough: Comprehensive sex education, especially for females.
    Keith Goodenough: Rated 100% by NARAL for three years running.
    Mark Gordon: Pro-life except for incest, rape, or maternal life.
    Mark Gordon: Anti-abortion, with exceptions like rape cases.
    Mark Gordon: Enacted new reporting requirements for abortions.
    Mary Throne: Keep the government out of pregnancy decisions.
    Michael Enzi: 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
    Theresa Livingston: Women may be driven to suicide because of state abortion ban.
    Tim Chesnut: Abortions should always be legal.
    Yana Ludwig: Increase access to abortion where options are limited.
Budget & Economy
    Bill Dahlin: Economy needs diversification and promotion.
    Charlie Hardy: Cut wasteful spending but increase other spending.
    Chris Rothfuss: Diversify revenue; fund maintenance projects.
    Cynthia Lummis: Cut government spending & reduce our national debt.
    Dave Freudenthal: Remain fiscally conservative without dipping into savings.
    Dick Cheney: Budget surplus softens opposition to spending.
    Gary Trauner: Federal bailout with stake in bailed-out company.
    Jim Geringer: Spend one-time revenue on one-time expenditures.
    Keith Goodenough: More fiscal conservatism needed in the legislature.
    Liz Cheney: Fighting Smart: focus on getting results to roll back feds.
    Mark Gordon: Balance budget by living within your means.
    Mark Gordon: Define Rainy Day Account for "steady as she goes".
    Mark Gordon: Make the state the digital asset epicenter of the U.S.
    Mary Throne: Budget will maximize revenues and cut unnecessary costs.
    Matt Mead: Reduce the budget & build up the rainy-day account.
    Matt Mead: Navigated recession while shrinking state government.
    Matt Mead: We used rainy day fund for rainy days; now make guidelines.
    Merav Ben-David: The Heroes Act would save jobs in WY.
    Michael Enzi: Penny plan: cut spending 1% a year; balanced budget by 2017.
    Theresa Livingston: Whatever money you put into a community you get more back.
    Mark Gordon: Old and crumbling infrastructure must be addressed.
Civil Rights
    Bill Dahlin: There's plenty of bathrooms; don't allow transgenders.
    Charlie Hardy: Supports same-sex marriage and all sexual identities.
    Cynthia Lummis: No place for racism, but no right to destroy.
    Dave Freudenthal: No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage.
    Dave Freudenthal: No affirmative action in state contracts nor colleges.
    Keith Goodenough: Wyoming is worst state in terms of pay equity for women.
    Mary Throne: Gender wage gap must be addressed.
    Mary Throne: Stood alone in sole support of LGBTQ discrimination ban.
    Merav Ben-David: Systemic racism prevalent in America.
    Michael Enzi: We need civility for gays; not more laws.
    Tim Chesnut: Civil unions ok; same-sex marriage ok.
    Tim Chesnut: No Affirmative Action in state-based decisions.
    Yana Ludwig: Increase protections for the LGBTQIA community.
    Yana Ludwig: Reparations for our Indigenous populations.
    Yana Ludwig: More talk about LGBTQ issues.
    Mark Gordon: Defend Wyoming values of limited government and low taxes.
    Matt Mead: Continue the manufacturing sales tax exemption.
    Tim Chesnut: Maintain capital gains tax & corporate tax rates.
    Yana Ludwig: Socialism instead of trying to make capitalism nicer.
    Bill Dahlin: Rehabilitate prisoners instead of warehousing them.
    Charlie Hardy: Reform the injustice of the criminal justice system.
    Dave Freudenthal: Provide prisoner job rehabilitation & alternative sentencing.
    Dave Freudenthal: Support the death penalty.
    Dave Freudenthal: $50M for separate facilities for juveniles.
    Mark Gordon: More funding for local police and sheriff's offices.
    Matt Mead: Wyoming has 4th lowest rate of violent crimes.
    Tim Chesnut: No parole for repeat offenders; but at-risk programs too.
    Yana Ludwig: Founded Proper Policing group after police shooting.
    Mark Gordon: Create Ashanti Alert System for notice of missing adults .
    Bill Dahlin: Industrial hemp could help Wyoming farmers profit.
    Charlie Hardy: Legalize marijuana.
    Chris Rothfuss: Voted NO on allowing property forfeiture in drug cases.
    Jim Geringer: Supports drug courts & breaking the drug cycle.
    Keith Goodenough: DARE-style programs to educate kids about drugs and violence.
    Mary Throne: Voted NO on allowing property forfeiture in drug cases.
    Matt Mead: Narcotic prescriptions abused more than illegal drugs.
    Matt Mead: Allow property forfeiture in drug cases.
    Tim Chesnut: Decriminalize marijuana possession & medical marijuana.
    Bill Dahlin: Talk to educators: children are our future.
    Charlie Hardy: Substitute teacher in high schools to maintain youth contact.
    Chris Rothfuss: Don't exempt private schools from zoning authority.
    Cynthia Lummis: Private sector should take over the student loan market.
    Dave Freudenthal: Increase teacher salaries & school infrastructure spending.
    Dave Freudenthal: Teach both abstinence AND contraceptives in sex ed.
    Dave Freudenthal: Base cuts on valuation of projects, & keep building schools.
    Gary Trauner: Make education more viable and less expensive.
    Gary Trauner: Vibrant and comprehensive public school system.
    Jim Geringer: $10M per year for college merit scholarships.
    Jim Geringer: $26M for professional and vocational skills training.
    Jim Geringer: Reform Charter School law to allow real parental choice.
    Mark Gordon: Focus on efficiency studies; ensure teachers are well paid.
    Mark Gordon: Wyoming Works: tech education to enable nimble workforce.
    Mark Gordon: Enacted exemption for private schools from zoning authority.
    Mary Throne: Strengthen our education system for our children.
    Matt Mead: Charter schools provide new ideas for traditional schools.
    Matt Mead: No federal curriculum standards; keep Wyoming standards.
    Merav Ben-David: Use federal law to support education, reduce student debt.
    Tim Chesnut: More teachers; more capital funding; and higher salaries.
Energy & Oil
    Bill Dahlin: I love coal and the energy sector.
    Chris Rothfuss: Explore carbon engineering; adapt infrastructure after coal.
    Chris Rothfuss: Encourage sale of coal-fired power plants to keep in use.
    Dave Freudenthal: We have doubled the take-away capacity of natural gas.
    Gary Trauner: Develop clean energy sources as an essential goal.
    Gary Trauner: Diversify into renewables from coal and natural gas.
    Jim Geringer: Expand energy infrastructure & exploration.
    Liz Cheney: What should be done about climate change? Nothing!
    Mark Gordon: Protect energy sources with eye on future technologies.
    Mark Gordon: Coal for decades to come, so let's improve usage.
    Mark Gordon: Make Wyoming a leader in advancing carbon sequestration.
    Mark Gordon: Others vilify fossil fuels--not on my watch!
    Mark Gordon: Lower severance taxes on natural gas industry.
    Mark Gordon: Encourage sale of coal-fired power plants to keep in use.
    Mark Gordon: Crazed pursuit of 100% green energy will cripple the nation.
    Mark Gordon: Coal will help make Wyoming net negative in CO2 emissions.
    Mark Gordon: Needn't choose between fossil fuels or new types of energy.
    Mary Throne: Multiple sources for energy; not an "either or" situation.
    Matt Mead: Export wind energy, build wind turbines here.
    Matt Mead: Skeptical about man-made global warming; support oil & gas.
    Matt Mead: $10M prize for making a useful product from captured CO2.
    Merav Ben-David: Green energy can fuel Wyoming's future with good jobs.
    Tim Chesnut: Promote increased use of alternative fuels.
    Yana Ludwig: See the realities of climate disruption unflinchingly.
    Mark Gordon: It is undeniable that coal remains a vital fuel source.
    Bill Dahlin: State can handle mineral/energy use; won't hurt environment.
    Charlie Hardy: Invest in environmentally-responsible infrastructure.
    Dave Freudenthal: One year moratorium on eminent domain for wind power-lines.
    Gary Trauner: Find balance between protecting environment & developing it.
    Mark Gordon: We understand responsibility of stewardship AND development.
    Mark Gordon: Research controlling invasive species at state colleges & UW.
    Mark Gordon: Allow a few corridors for big game migration.
    Mary Throne: States can regulate environment and energy policies alone.
    Matt Mead: Mineral production resources equate to tremendous value.
    Matt Mead: With courts wolf management, winners are lawyers & wolves.
    Matt Mead: Improve Endangered Species Act: only 1% ever got delisted.
    Merav Ben-David: Yes to stronger environmental regulations.
    Michael Enzi: Bring Abandoned Mine Lands funding back to the state.
    Yana Ludwig: Restore basic ecological protections and public lands.
    Mark Gordon: More than 30 lawsuits challenging federal overreach.
Families & Children
    Charlie Hardy: Many parents worry about not providing for their children.
    Mark Gordon: Culture has lost track of old fashioned American values.
    Matt Mead: Fund Boys' School; elderly-at-home; & Life Resource Center.
Foreign Policy
    Charlie Hardy: Served as Catholic missionary in South America.
    Charlie Hardy: Goal of foreign policy should be to make friends.
    Liz Cheney: Isolationism is a mistake; ignoring threats is dangerous.
    Liz Cheney: 1988: Nobody listens to divestment protests on apartheid.
    Liz Cheney: 1988: Help South African blacks, but not by empty protests.
    Merav Ben-David: Climate change connected to fate of Middle East.
    Merav Ben-David: Against Israeli government's Palestinian policies.
Free Trade
    Cynthia Lummis: Opposes Trade Promotion Authority; it's politically-driven.
    Cynthia Lummis: Fair trade agreements focus on Wyoming exports.
    Gary Trauner: Negotiate fair trade deals for everyone.
    John Barrasso: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Mark Gordon: Level the playing field for oil, gas, and mineral exports.
    Mark Gordon: Establish trade offices in Taiwan, Japan, and across Asia.
    Matt Mead: Our state is not an island; compete in global market.
Government Reform
    Dave Freudenthal: Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending.
    Gary Trauner: Stop the harmful lobbying games with government.
    Gary Trauner: Work hard to take the stink out of bad policies & laws.
    Mark Gordon: One-time bonus to retain state employees.
    Mark Gordon: We enacted strong voter ID law, election integrity critical.
    Matt Mead: 6% reduction for most agencies; 10% for Governor's Office.
    Merav Ben-David: Need to pass HEROES Act to get through COVID.
    Tim Chesnut: Spending limits on state level political campaigns.
Gun Control
    Bill Dahlin: Supports the Second Amendment and owns an AR15.
    Charlie Hardy: Don't arm felons nor teachers, but all others ok.
    Cynthia Lummis: Fundamental right to own, carry, and use guns.
    Dave Freudenthal: Ease state gun restrictions.
    Dick Cheney: Trigger locks OK, and tougher enforcement.
    Gary Trauner: Defends gun ownership but wants logical background checks.
    Gary Trauner: Steadfastly and resolutely support Second Amendment.
    Mark Gordon: Pro-family, pro-guns and conservatives.
    Mark Gordon: Lifelong member of the NRA; defender of the 2nd Amendment.
    Mark Gordon: Disarm students immediately when they bring guns to school.
    Mary Throne: Pro-gun but not unrestricted access.
    Matt Mead: New initiative for public shooting ranges.
    Tim Chesnut: Enforce existing laws; require child-safety locks.
    Yana Ludwig: Control guns in the context of police reform.
Health Care
    Bill Dahlin: No Medicaid expansion; let Washington fix it.
    Charlie Hardy: There are sick people unable to get medical attention.
    Charlie Hardy: ObamaCare is a step in the right direction.
    Charlie Hardy: I am in favor of single-payer health insurance.
    Charlie Hardy: Health care is an inalienable right.
    Dave Freudenthal: Health reform is not creeping socialism; let's try a pilot.
    Gary Trauner: Allow importation of lower cost drugs.
    Gary Trauner: Everyday citizens deserve same health care as Congress gets.
    Gary Trauner: Politicians have failed young people on healthcare.
    Jim Geringer: More funding for prescription drugs & senior care.
    Mary Throne: Expand Medicaid: a no-brainer answer to cover more people.
    Keith Goodenough: Responsibility to deal with the chronically mentally ill.
    Liz Cheney: Republicans who compromised on ObamaCare got used by Obama.
    Liz Cheney: Can't salvage any of ObamaCare, but costs are out of control.
    Mark Gordon: Competition and personal responsibility, not single-payer.
    Mark Gordon: Craft a state-led course on healthcare.
    Mark Gordon: Improve mental health care; launch in-state suicide hotline.
    Mark Gordon: Signed legislation extending Wyoming's health insurance pool.
    Mark Gordon: Kept state "open for business" during pandemic.
    Matt Mead: Establish litigation fund to join lawsuit against ObamaCare.
    Matt Mead: ObamaCare is not good policy; but we must act on it.
    Matt Mead: ObamaCare is law of the land; let's decide on an Exchange.
    Merav Ben-David: Supports single-payer, universal health care.
    Merav Ben-David: Strongly supports expanded Medicaid, universal health care.
    Theresa Livingston: Medicaid expansion would be No. 1 priority as governor.
    Tim Chesnut: State-funded access to basic health care.
    Yana Ludwig: Universal healthcare guarantee; deprivatize health insurance.
    Yana Ludwig: Supports birth control and abortion on demand.
    Yana Ludwig: Legalize marijuana; wipe out incarceration records.
    Mark Gordon: Strong "no" on Medicaid expansion; led charge in legislature.
    Mark Gordon: COVID-19 public health orders were balanced .
    Rex Rammell: No on Medicaid expansion: we're addicted to federal money.
    Rex Rammell: COVID-19 restrictions went too far & overreached authority.
Homeland Security
    Charlie Hardy: Establish "peace bases" with a smaller military.
    Cynthia Lummis: Prohibit transfer of anyone detained at Guantanamo Bay.
    Cynthia Lummis: Our national defense must be the strongest in the world.
    Dave Freudenthal: $1.9M for Military Assistance Trust Fund.
    Gary Trauner: We don't need government prying into our everyday lives.
    Gary Trauner: Fight to remove the political manipulations on veterans.
    Liz Cheney: Obama doesn't believe in American exceptionalism; I do.
    Liz Cheney: Balance liberty & security, but don't shut down NSA spying.
    Liz Cheney: Radical Islamic terrorism threat grows if we do nothing.
    Mark Gordon: Provide a national defense second to none.
    Mark Gordon: Establish Wyoming's first Veterans Skilled Nursing facility.
    Mark Gordon: We will partner with other states to address veteran suicide.
    Mark Gordon: Proud Wyoming remains critical component of nuclear triad.
    Matt Mead: Pay tribute to all people in uniform.
    Matt Mead: Long-term commitment for veteran's tuition waiver.
    Charlie Hardy: Current deportation policy wastes money & does no real good.
    Cynthia Lummis: Path forward for legal immigrants + wall on southern border.
    Gary Trauner: We must be able to determine who legally enter our borders.
    Gary Trauner: Remember our immigrant roots and have compassion.
    Gary Trauner: Protect DREAMers; allow refugees; continue existing vetting.
    Gary Trauner: America was built by immigrants, who were once unwelcome.
    Mark Gordon: Enforce the law; deport the criminals; secure the borders.
    Mark Gordon: Reform temporary work visas so they work for businesses.
    Michael Enzi: Abandon comprehensive reform; focus on guest workers.
    Bill Dahlin: People leaving to seek out-of-state jobs; remedy needed.
    Charlie Hardy: Raising the minimum wage reduces need for welfare.
    Charlie Hardy: Raise the minimum wage.
    Gary Trauner: Work to level the playing field for regular workers.
    Mark Gordon: Train workforce to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
    Matt Mead: Wyoming unemployment at 5.8% while nation over 8%.
    Merav Ben-David: Implement Federal Job Guarantee program for unemployed.
    Tim Chesnut: Increase the state minimum wage.
    Yana Ludwig: Supports locally grounded worker-owned cooperatives.
Principles & Values
    Charlie Hardy: Take to DC the Wyoming tradition of cooperation & compassion.
    Charlie Hardy: Finished 10K road race in 28,580th place.
    Charlie Hardy: Served as priest in South America for 25 years.
    Charlie Hardy: Run with Charlie: challenges Enzi to debate & road race.
    Cynthia Lummis: Uphold our religious freedoms; faith guides my decisions.
    Gary Trauner: Constitution about granting rights, not about discriminating.
    Gary Trauner: We don't need government telling us where to worship.
    Jim Geringer: Focus on building Wyoming's capacity to grow.
    Liz Cheney: Carpetbagger from D.C.? No, experienced at cutting agencies.
    Liz Cheney: It's time for a new generation of people willing to lead.
    Liz Cheney: Next election decides social democracy vs. fighting back.
    Liz Cheney: NRSC, Enzi, & "Old Guard" are 100% for incumbent-protection.
    Mark Gordon: Widower with two daughters; married single mom with two sons.
    Mark Gordon: We always stand for our national anthem in Wyoming.
    Mark Gordon: Right now, the world needs more cowboys.
    Matt Mead: First Lady Carol works on literacy via Eat.Read.Grow program.
    Merav Ben-David: Will confirm qualified nominees for government positions.
    Michael Enzi: FactCheck: Gets higher percent from PACs than any Senator.
    Mark Gordon: Something about our western culture is simply extraordinary.
Social Security
    Bill Dahlin: Does not want Medicare or Social Security jeopardized.
    Cynthia Lummis: Comprehensive overhaul of both Medicare & Social Security.
    Dave Freudenthal: $48M for state retirement fund, but employees must pay more.
    Gary Trauner: Social Security is not an entitlement but an earned benefit.
Tax Reform
    Bill Dahlin: Taxes shouldn't be the "go to" in bust times: must diversify.
    Gary Trauner: Wealthy need to pay their fair share; no more tax dodging.
    Jim Geringer: One-year 1/2% reduction in sales tax.
    Mark Gordon: Reorganize government instead of raising taxes.
    Matt Mead: Wyoming is #1 state for good tax climate.
    Mark Gordon: $1M to extend the Property Tax Refund Program for a year.
    Charlie Hardy: Invest in public transit.
    Gary Trauner: Strong proponent to keep "Net Neutrality" in place.
    John Barrasso: America's Water Infrastructure Act :good for entire nation.
    Liz Cheney: Internet sales tax is just another way to tax people more.
    Mark Gordon: Support Blockchain technology: uptick in trust companies.
    Mark Gordon: Improve broadband internet for rural tele-health & more.
    Matt Mead: Additional $52 M in highway funding.
    Matt Mead: Recruit mega data centers: we have the weather & the land.
    Matt Mead: Diversify Wyoming economy with petaflop supercomputer.
    Matt Mead: Expand state teleconferencing & state cloud computing.
War & Peace
    Cynthia Lummis: Keep sanctions on Iran; no nuke deal.
    Liz Cheney: Liberate nations that have been havens for terror.
    Liz Cheney: Iran & North Korea understand nothing but power & strength.
    Liz Cheney: ISIS: Rarely has a president been so wrong.
Welfare & Poverty
    Charlie Hardy: 30,000 children in Wyoming won't eat three meals today.
    Charlie Hardy: Minimum wage increase will help lift people out of poverty.
    Jim Geringer: Work First: move families to self-sufficiency.
    Tim Chesnut: Training, transport, & subsidies for welfare recipients.

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