Guest Column: No Labels And The Old Wyoming Way 

Guest columnist Jane Hill writes, "No Labels stands for the 70 percent of Americans who are tired of being told what to think by the extremes of both the Democratic and Republican parties. We're not just an alternative; we're a reflection of Wyoming's independent spirit. 

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February 09, 20244 min read

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About 20 years ago, I moved out west to Wyoming after a childhood in West Virginia and a career in Washington, DC.

When I made the move, two things were immediately clear – one, how grand and vast the Tetons were compared to the mountains back east, and two, how the political landscape of Wyoming is as vast and varied as this beautiful state.

Wyomingites are known for their independence and integrity, values epitomized by the likes of Alan Simpson, who famously said, "If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters." 

 In Wyoming, there’s an emerging voice that’s gaining traction — No Labels.

For those unfamiliar, No Labels is a movement founded in 2010 centered around the idea of problem-solving through bipartisan cooperation.

It's a platform that goes beyond traditional party lines, advocating for reasoned debate, independent thought, and practical solutions over the partisan deadlock that’s keeping us from solving the big issues facing our state and our nation, from an ever-growing national debt to the unresolved crisis at our southern border. 

This approach is especially relevant in Wyoming today. We're seeing the Freedom Caucus trying to reshape the Republican Party in their image, which is a far cry from the moderate, libertarian spirit that's long defined us.  

Now, we are set for a rematch between two presidential nominees most Americans don’t want.

Yet Washington insiders seem set on forcing us to hold our noses and vote without having any say in the matter.

I know Wyomingites. We are free thinkers, and no one will tell us what to do. If party elites say we have to choose from two unpopular candidates, we’ll look for another option. 

 No Labels’ efforts for ballot access could be exactly what our state needs.

No Labels is working to give every American a greater choice, the chance to vote for a moderate, independent Unity ticket that will commit to bringing both parties together to solve our nation’s biggest problems.

We're on track to secure a spot for No Labels in the Wyoming ballot, thanks to the support from cities and towns across the state. The numbers are encouraging and demonstrate a clear alignment with the No Labels mission — a mission that speaks to the heart of Wyoming's values. 

 Going door-to-door in Cheyenne, Laramie, and beyond, I've encountered what I call the 'old Wyoming' — a sentiment that resonates deeply with the No Labels spirit.

Behind each door, I found people who cherish independent thought and reject the idea of being dictated to by any political agenda. These conversations have been eye-opening and affirming. They reflect a state that values integrity, independence, and practical solutions over partisan bickering. 

 The essence of Wyoming, from the ranchers in our rural expanses to the communities in Cheyenne, is about thinking for oneself. This is precisely what No Labels encourages.

We stand for the 70 percent of Americans who are tired of being told what to think by the extremes of both the Democratic and Republican parties. We're not just an alternative; we're a reflection of Wyoming's independent spirit. 

As No Labels continue to grow and make our presence known ahead of what will be the most important election of our lifetimes, I’ll continue to push for the old Wyoming way.

It's a return to the values that have always defined the best of Wyoming and America. Our aim is to bring back that sense of integrity and independence to the political discourse, not just in Wyoming but across the nation. 

We invite you to join us in this journey, to be part of a movement that champions the spirit of Wyoming — a spirit of independence, integrity, and pragmatic problem-solving. 

Jane Hill is the state chair of No Labels Wyoming.

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