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Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
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,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
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 2020 Senate Challenger Wyoming
  • 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 (23) Republican Challenger Wyoming
  • Mark Gordon (44) Wyoming Republican candidate for 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 (9) Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2020) Wyoming
  • Tim Chesnut (13) Democratic challenger Wyoming
  • Yana Ludwig (13) Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger Wyoming
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    Cynthia Lummis: Abortion OK in cases of rape and incest against a minor.
    Yana Ludwig: Increase access to abortion where options are limited.
    Mark Gordon: Enacted new reporting requirements for abortions.
    Chris Rothfuss: Opposed new reporting requirements for abortions.
    Bill Dahlin: There is nothing positive about abortions.
    Bill Dahlin: Pro-life and pro-family.
    Mark Gordon: Pro-life except for incest, rape, or maternal life.
    Mark Gordon: Anti-abortion, with exceptions like rape cases.
    Mary Throne: Keep the government out of pregnancy decisions.
    Charlie Hardy: Men need to shut up about abortion.
    Michael Enzi: 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
    Liz Cheney: I am strongly pro-life.
    Gary Trauner: Strong advocate for women's abortion rights.
    Keith Goodenough: Comprehensive sex education, especially for females.
    Tim Chesnut: Abortions should always be legal.
    Keith Goodenough: Rated 100% by NARAL for three years running.
    Dick Cheney: Exemptions for rape, incest or woman’s life now OK.
Budget & Economy
    Mark Gordon: Make the state the digital asset epicenter of the U.S.
    Chris Rothfuss: Diversify revenue; fund maintenance projects.
    Cynthia Lummis: Cut government spending & reduce our national debt.
    Merav Ben-David: The Heroes Act would save jobs in WY.
    Mark Gordon: Define Rainy Day Account for "steady as she goes".
    Bill Dahlin: Economy needs diversification and promotion.
    Mark Gordon: Balance budget by living within your means.
    Mary Throne: Budget will maximize revenues and cut unnecessary costs.
    Matt Mead: We used rainy day fund for rainy days; now make guidelines.
    Charlie Hardy: Cut wasteful spending but increase other spending.
    Michael Enzi: Penny plan: cut spending 1% a year; balanced budget by 2017.
    Matt Mead: Navigated recession while shrinking state government.
    Liz Cheney: Fighting Smart: focus on getting results to roll back feds.
    Matt Mead: Reduce the budget & build up the rainy-day account.
    Dave Freudenthal: Remain fiscally conservative without dipping into savings.
    Gary Trauner: Federal bailout with stake in bailed-out company.
    Michael Enzi: Voted for a one-year moratorium on Congressional earmarks.
    Keith Goodenough: More fiscal conservatism needed in the legislature.
    Jim Geringer: Spend one-time revenue on one-time expenditures.
    Dick Cheney: Budget surplus softens opposition to spending.
Civil Rights
    Cynthia Lummis: No place for racism, but no right to destroy.
    Merav Ben-David: Systemic racism prevalent in America.
    Yana Ludwig: Increase protections for the LGBTQIA community.
    Yana Ludwig: Reparations for our Indigenous populations.
    Yana Ludwig: More talk about LGBTQ issues.
    Bill Dahlin: There's plenty of bathrooms; don't allow transgenders.
    Mary Throne: Stood alone in sole support of LGBTQ discrimination ban.
    Michael Enzi: We need civility for gays; not more laws.
    Mary Throne: Gender wage gap must be addressed.
    Charlie Hardy: Supports same-sex marriage and all sexual identities.
    Keith Goodenough: Wyoming is worst state in terms of pay equity for women.
    Tim Chesnut: Civil unions ok; same-sex marriage ok.
    Tim Chesnut: No Affirmative Action in state-based decisions.
    Dave Freudenthal: No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage.
    Dave Freudenthal: No affirmative action in state contracts nor colleges.
    Yana Ludwig: Socialism instead of trying to make capitalism nicer.
    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: Founded Proper Policing group after police shooting.
    Mark Gordon: More funding for local police and sheriff's offices.
    Bill Dahlin: Rehabilitate prisoners instead of warehousing them.
    Charlie Hardy: Reform the injustice of the criminal justice system.
    Matt Mead: Wyoming has 4th lowest rate of violent crimes.
    Dave Freudenthal: $50M for separate facilities for juveniles.
    Tim Chesnut: No parole for repeat offenders; but at-risk programs too.
    Dave Freudenthal: Provide prisoner job rehabilitation & alternative sentencing.
    Dave Freudenthal: Support the death penalty.
    Chris Rothfuss: Voted NO on allowing property forfeiture in drug cases.
    Bill Dahlin: Industrial hemp could help Wyoming farmers profit.
    Mary Throne: Voted NO on allowing property forfeiture in drug cases.
    Matt Mead: Allow property forfeiture in drug cases.
    Charlie Hardy: Legalize marijuana.
    Matt Mead: Narcotic prescriptions abused more than illegal drugs.
    Keith Goodenough: DARE-style programs to educate kids about drugs and violence.
    Tim Chesnut: Decriminalize marijuana possession & medical marijuana.
    Jim Geringer: Supports drug courts & breaking the drug cycle.
    Cynthia Lummis: Private sector should take over the student loan market.
    Merav Ben-David: Use federal law to support education, reduce student debt.
    Mark Gordon: Enacted exemption for private schools from zoning authority.
    Chris Rothfuss: Don't exempt private schools from zoning authority.
    Mark Gordon: Wyoming Works: tech education to enable nimble workforce.
    Bill Dahlin: Talk to educators: children are our future.
    Mark Gordon: Focus on efficiency studies; ensure teachers are well paid.
    Gary Trauner: Vibrant and comprehensive public school system.
    Gary Trauner: Make education more viable and less expensive.
    Mary Throne: Strengthenÿour education system for our children.
    Charlie Hardy: Substitute teacher in high schools to maintain youth contact.
    Matt Mead: No federal curriculum standards; keep Wyoming standards.
    Matt Mead: Charter schools provide new ideas for traditional schools.
    Dave Freudenthal: Base cuts on valuation of projects, & keep building schools.
    Tim Chesnut: More teachers; more capital funding; and higher salaries.
    Dave Freudenthal: Increase teacher salaries & school infrastructure spending.
    Dave Freudenthal: Teach both abstinence AND contraceptives in sex ed.
    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.
Energy & Oil
    Mark Gordon: Crazed pursuit of 100% green energy will cripple the nation.
    Mark Gordon: Coal will help make Wyoming net negative in CO2 emissions.
    Chris Rothfuss: Explore carbon engineering; adapt infrastructure after coal.
    Merav Ben-David: Green energy can fuel Wyoming's future with good jobs.
    Mark Gordon: Others vilify fossil fuels--not on my watch!
    Mark Gordon: Lower severance taxes on natural gas industry.
    Yana Ludwig: See the realities of climate disruption unflinchingly.
    Mark Gordon: Encourage sale of coal-fired power plants to keep in use.
    Chris Rothfuss: Encourage sale of coal-fired power plants to keep in use.
    Mark Gordon: Coal for decades to come, so let's improve usage.
    Mark Gordon: Make Wyoming a leader in advancing carbon sequestration.
    Bill Dahlin: I love coal and the energy sector.
    Mark Gordon: Protect energy sources with eye on future technologies.
    Gary Trauner: Diversify into renewables from coal and natural gas.
    Mary Throne: Multiple sources for energy; not an "either or" situation.
    Gary Trauner: Develop clean energy sources as an essential goal.
    Matt Mead: $10M prize for making a useful product from captured CO2.
    Liz Cheney: What should be done about climate change? Nothing!
    Liz Cheney: Fight back against President Obama's war on coal.
    Matt Mead: Export wind energy, build wind turbines here.
    Matt Mead: Skeptical about man-made global warming; support oil & gas.
    Dave Freudenthal: We have doubled the take-away capacity of natural gas.
    Tim Chesnut: Promote increased use of alternative fuels.
    Jim Geringer: Expand energy infrastructure & exploration.
    Merav Ben-David: Yes to stronger environmental regulations.
    Mark Gordon: Allow a few corridors for big game migration.
    Yana Ludwig: Restore basic ecological protections and public lands.
    Mark Gordon: Research controlling invasive species at state colleges & UW.
    Bill Dahlin: State can handle mineral/energy use; won't hurt environment.
    Mary Throne: States can regulate environment and energy policies alone.
    Gary Trauner: Find balance between protecting environment & developing it.
    Matt Mead: Improve Endangered Species Act: only 1% ever got delisted.
    Michael Enzi: Bring Abandoned Mine Lands funding back to the state.
    Charlie Hardy: Invest in environmentally-responsible infrastructure.
    Liz Cheney: Oppose intrusive practices of the EPA.
    Matt Mead: Mineral production resources equate to tremendous value.
    Matt Mead: With courts wolf management, winners are lawyers & wolves.
    Dave Freudenthal: One year moratorium on eminent domain for wind power-lines.
    Mark Gordon: We understand responsibility of stewardship AND development.
Families & Children
    Matt Mead: Fund Boys' School; elderly-at-home; & Life Resource Center.
    Charlie Hardy: Many parents worry about not providing for their children.
    Mark Gordon: Culture has lost track of old fashioned American values.
Foreign Policy
    Merav Ben-David: Climate change connected to fate of Middle East.
    Merav Ben-David: Against Israeli government's Palestinian policies.
    Charlie Hardy: Goal of foreign policy should be to make friends.
    Charlie Hardy: Served as Catholic missionary in South America.
    Liz Cheney: 1988: Nobody listens to divestment protests on apartheid.
    Liz Cheney: 1988: Help South African blacks, but not by empty protests.
    Liz Cheney: Isolationism is a mistake; ignoring threats is dangerous.
Free Trade
    Mark Gordon: Level the playing field for oil, gas, and mineral exports.
    Mark Gordon: Establish trade offices in Taiwan, Japan, and across Asia.
    John Barrasso: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Gary Trauner: Negotiate fair trade deals for everyone.
    Cynthia Lummis: Opposes Trade Promotion Authority; it's politically-driven.
    Matt Mead: Our state is not an island; compete in global market.
    Cynthia Lummis: Fair trade agreements focus on Wyoming exports.
Government Reform
    Merav Ben-David: Need to pass HEROES Act to get through COVID.
    Mark Gordon: One-time bonus to retain state employees.
    Gary Trauner: Stop the harmful lobbying games with government.
    Gary Trauner: Work hard to take the stink out of bad policies & laws.
    Matt Mead: 6% reduction for most agencies; 10% for Governor's Office.
    Tim Chesnut: Spending limits on state level political campaigns.
    Dave Freudenthal: Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending.
Gun Control
    Cynthia Lummis: Fundamental right to own, carry, and use guns.
    Yana Ludwig: Control guns in the context of police reform.
    Mark Gordon: Disarm students immediately when they bring guns to school.
    Bill Dahlin: Supports the Second Amendment and owns an AR15.
    Mark Gordon: Lifelong member of the NRA; defender of the 2nd Amendment.
    Mark Gordon: Pro-family, pro-guns and conservatives.
    Gary Trauner: Defends gun ownership but wants logical background checks.
    Mary Throne: Pro-gun but not unrestricted access.
    Matt Mead: New initiative for public shooting ranges.
    Charlie Hardy: Don't arm felons nor teachers, but all others ok.
    Gary Trauner: Steadfastly and resolutely support Second Amendment.
    Tim Chesnut: Enforce existing laws; require child-safety locks.
    Dave Freudenthal: Ease state gun restrictions.
    Dick Cheney: Trigger locks OK, and tougher enforcement.
Health Care
    Merav Ben-David: Strongly supports expanded Medicaid, universal health care.
    Merav Ben-David: Supports single-payer, universal health care.
    Mark Gordon: Kept state "open for business" during pandemic.
    Mark Gordon: Improve mental health care; launch in-state suicide hotline.
    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: Signed legislation extending Wyoming's health insurance pool.
    Mark Gordon: Craft a state-led course on healthcare.
    Bill Dahlin: No Medicaid expansion; let Washington fix it.
    Gary Trauner: Politicians have failed young people on healthcare.
    Mary Throne: Expand Medicaid: a no-brainer answer to cover more people.
    Gary Trauner: Everyday citizens deserve same health care as Congress gets.
    Gary Trauner: Allow importation of lower cost drugs.
    Charlie Hardy: I am in favor of single-payer health insurance.
    Charlie Hardy: Health care is an inalienable right.
    Charlie Hardy: ObamaCare is a step in the right direction.
    Charlie Hardy: There are sick people unable to get medical attention.
    Liz Cheney: Can't salvage any of ObamaCare, but costs are out of control.
    Liz Cheney: Republicans who compromised on ObamaCare got used by Obama.
    Liz Cheney: Urge the repeal of ObamaCare.
    Matt Mead: ObamaCare is law of the land; let's decide on an Exchange.
    Matt Mead: ObamaCare is not good policy; but we must act on it.
    Matt Mead: Establish litigation fund to join lawsuit against ObamaCare.
    Dave Freudenthal: Health reform is not creeping socialism; let's try a pilot.
    Mark Gordon: Competition and personal responsibility, not single-payer.
    Michael Enzi: Support mental health parity legislation.
    Keith Goodenough: Responsibility to deal with the chronically mentally ill.
    Tim Chesnut: State-funded access to basic health care.
    Jim Geringer: More funding for prescription drugs & senior care.
Homeland Security
    Mark Gordon: We will partner with other states to address veteran suicide.
    Cynthia Lummis: Our national defense must be the strongest in the world.
    Mark Gordon: Establish Wyoming's first Veterans Skilled Nursing facility.
    Gary Trauner: We don't need government prying into our everyday lives.
    Gary Trauner: Fight to remove the political manipulations on veterans.
    Matt Mead: Long-term commitment for veteran's tuition waiver.
    Cynthia Lummis: Prohibit transfer of anyone detained at Guantanamo Bay.
    Charlie Hardy: Establish "peace bases" with a smaller military.
    Matt Mead: Pay tribute to all people in uniform.
    Liz Cheney: Radical Islamic terrorism threat grows if we do nothing.
    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: Strengthen our national security.
    Dave Freudenthal: $1.9M for Military Assistance Trust Fund.
    Mark Gordon: Provide a national defense second to none.
    Cynthia Lummis: Path forward for legal immigrants + wall on southern border.
    Gary Trauner: Protect DREAMers; allow refugees; continue existing vetting.
    Gary Trauner: America was built by immigrants, who were once unwelcome.
    Gary Trauner: We must be able to determine who legally enter our borders.
    Gary Trauner: Remember our immigrant roots and have compassion.
    Michael Enzi: Abandon comprehensive reform; focus on guest workers.
    Charlie Hardy: Current deportation policy wastes money & does no real good.
    Mark Gordon: Enforce the law; deport the criminals; secure the borders.
    Mark Gordon: Reform temporary work visas so they work for businesses.
    Michael Enzi: Voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.
    Merav Ben-David: Implement Federal Job Guarantee program for unemployed.
    Yana Ludwig: Supports locally grounded worker-owned cooperatives.
    Bill Dahlin: People leaving to seek out-of-state jobs; remedy needed.
    Mark Gordon: Train workforce to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
    Gary Trauner: Work to level the playing field for regular workers.
    Charlie Hardy: Raise the minimum wage.
    Charlie Hardy: Raising the minimum wage reduces need for welfare.
    Matt Mead: Wyoming unemployment at 5.8% while nation over 8%.
    Tim Chesnut: Increase the state minimum wage.
Local Issues
    Bill Dahlin: Improve our state, so we can keep our young people here.
    Matt Mead: Wyoming is rated in top ten states in many economic rankings.
    Dave Freudenthal: Supports term limits for state legislators.
Principles & Values
    Cynthia Lummis: Uphold our religious freedoms; faith guides my decisions.
    Merav Ben-David: Will confirm qualified nominees for government positions.
    Gary Trauner: We don't need government telling us where to worship.
    Gary Trauner: Constitution about granting rights, not about discriminating.
    Charlie Hardy: Served as priest in South America for 25 years.
    Charlie Hardy: Run with Charlie: challenges Enzi to debate & road race.
    Charlie Hardy: Take to DC the Wyoming tradition of cooperation & compassion.
    Charlie Hardy: Finished 10K road race in 28,580th place.
    Matt Mead: First Lady Carol works on literacy via Eat.Read.Grow program.
    Liz Cheney: Next election decides social democracy vs. fighting back.
    Liz Cheney: NRSC, Enzi, & "Old Guard" are 100% for incumbent-protection.
    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.
    Michael Enzi: FactCheck: Gets higher percent from PACs than any Senator.
    Mark Gordon: Widower with two daughters; married single mom with two sons.
    Jim Geringer: Focus on building Wyoming’s capacity to grow.
Social Security
    Cynthia Lummis: Comprehensive overhaul of both Medicare & Social Security.
    Bill Dahlin: Does not want Medicare or Social Security jeopardized.
    Gary Trauner: Social Security is not an entitlement but an earned benefit.
    Dave Freudenthal: $48M for state retirement fund, but employees must pay more.
Tax Reform
    Bill Dahlin: Taxes shouldn't be the "go to" in bust times: must diversify.
    Mark Gordon: Reorganize government instead of raising taxes.
    Gary Trauner: Wealthy need to pay their fair share; no more tax dodging.
    Matt Mead: Wyoming is #1 state for good tax climate.
    Jim Geringer: One-year 1/2% reduction in sales tax.
    Mark Gordon: Improve broadband internet for rural tele-health & more.
    John Barrasso: America's Water Infrastructure Act :good for entire nation.
    Mark Gordon: Support Blockchain technology: uptick in trust companies.
    Gary Trauner: Strong proponent to keep "Net Neutrality" in place.
    Charlie Hardy: Invest in public transit.
    Liz Cheney: Internet sales tax is just another way to tax people more.
    Matt Mead: Diversify Wyoming economy with petaflop supercomputer.
    Matt Mead: Expand state teleconferencing & state cloud computing.
    Matt Mead: Additional $52 M in highway funding.
    Matt Mead: Recruit mega data centers: we have the weather & the land.
War & Peace
    Cynthia Lummis: Keep sanctions on Iran; no nuke deal.
    Liz Cheney: ISIS: Rarely has a president been so wrong.
    Liz Cheney: Iran & North Korea understand nothing but power & strength.
    Liz Cheney: Liberate nations that have been havens for terror.
Welfare & Poverty
    Charlie Hardy: Minimum wage increase will help lift people out of poverty.
    Charlie Hardy: 30,000 children in Wyoming won't eat three meals today.
    Tim Chesnut: Training, transport, & subsidies for welfare recipients.
    Jim Geringer: Work First: move families to self-sufficiency.

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