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Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Encourages Parents To Reject Critical Race Theory

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The chairman of Wyoming’s Republican Party is urging parents and others to contact their local school boards and elected officials to protest the teaching of critical race theory in schools.

In the party’s “Chairman’s Update” released Wednesday, Frank Eathorne discussed critical race theory, calling it a dangerous agenda being pushed in schools.

“The youngest members of our society deserve attention, consideration, and protection when it comes to public policy. They should not be political pawns,” Eathorne said. “You’ve probably heard the term Critical Race Theory in the news. You may, or may not, understand the nuances and dangers lurking in this new agenda being pushed on our children and grandchildren.”

He also linked to an opinion piece penned in the free monthly speech digest “Imprimis” from the conservative private school Hillsdale College about CRT from public policy researcher Christopher F. Rufo, which said the theory was closely related to Marxism and describing how it could be battled.

“Consider the future of your family and community. Is CRT good for the future of Wyoming and America? The time to act is now!” Eathorne said. “Let your local school boards and other elected officials know this is not the path we wish to take in the educating of our youngest minds.”

“Our children are treasures! Don’t let them be taught to view the world through the lens of skin color,” Eathorne concluded. “Call or write your elected officials and tell them this is a NO GO!”

Critical race theory is described by some as proposing that racism is a social construct ingrained in American life and laws.

Last week, Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, was joined by Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow at a press conference in the Wyoming State Capitol to announce his proposed Civics Transparency Act, which he plans to introduce during the next legislative session in the spring.

The bill is currently in draft form with the Legislative Service Office.

The legislation would require a publication of all instructional materials used by K-12 public schools in the state and modify the requirements for teaching about the state and federal constitutions.

The Wyoming Education Association expressed concern this week about the bill’s potential consequences.

“The Wyoming Education Association supports transparency in education, which is at the core of this proposed legislation,” President Grady Hutcherson said in a written statement to the Gillette News Record. “WEA welcomes parents and communities in their right to be collaborative partners in students’ education.

“However, we do have concerns about the potential unintended consequences this draft legislation could have for education employees, districts, and — most importantly — students,” he said.

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Wyoming GOP Chair Says DC Rally Was Peaceful

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The chairman of Wyoming’s Republican Party said although he attended a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, he did not see the storming of the Capitol that left four people dead.

Frank Eathorne, in a statement, said he saw only peaceful protesters during the rally held before Congress met to certify the results of the Electoral College vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden the victory in November’s presidential election.

“I attended the organized and peaceful rally near the White House on Jan. 6,” Eathorne said. “The lawn between the White House and the Washington Monument is a very large area and held an unknown number of peaceful demonstrators who came to listen to speakers including Rudy Giuliani and President Trump.”

Eathorne said as he left the rally, he saw no sign of the storming of the Capitol by thousands of protesters. He added he first learned of the incident while watching news reports later.

“No violence or property damage was observed during my time there including a brief stop in the vicinity of the Capitol building property,” the statement said. “I retired from the public gathering near mid-afternoon and watched the news of some reported events I personally had not witnessed.”

Eathorne endorsed Trump’s call for peace issued Wednesday evening.

“The president’s statement tonight urging peace and love is the right course of action,” his statement said.

According to officials, thousands of people identified as Trump supporters invaded the Capitol after the rally, forcing its evacuation as members of Congress discussed the certification of the Electoral College’s vote.

Congress reconvened Wednesday night and certified the Electoral College’s vote.

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GOP Chairman Eathorne: Our Convention Team Did Excellent Job Navigating Trying Conditions

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Column by Wyoming Republican Party

On May 8th, the Wyoming GOP opened its 2020 State Convention with two full days of Credentials and Nominating/Elections Committee work and Convention business via videoconferencing.  

In light of COVID 19-related restrictions on gatherings over 10 people, the State Central Committee approved a plan to meet virtually for part of the Convention business, us-ing a video and audio conferencing platform widely and successfully used by many businesses and organizations.  

On Saturday, Convention members voted to approve the agenda and floor rules, which included the use of a polling/balloting platform also widely used by businesses and organi-zations.  

This balloting program has also been used by other States in their virtual Regional and State GOP conventions over last few weeks and was recommended.  This was one of the largest Republican virtual conventions held in the U.S. to date.  

After a full day of work on party elections, questions were raised late Saturday evening as to whether technical or process difficulties occurred in the balloting.  The Party is assessing the concerns raised.  The WYGOP and the RNC are committed to election integrity.  The Wyoming GOP staff will be evaluating the situation in the coming days.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne stated:  

Video conferencing and digital balloting are not the ideal platforms for conventions as large as ours was.  Our convention team did an excellent job navigating trying conditions.  The hours and days ahead will be prioritized with assessing how the technology worked in a real-world application. 

The Wyoming GOP took the advice of the Republican National Committee and hired one of its 3 most-highly recommended parliamentarians to guide the party through its first – and hopefully last – virtual state convention.  As to the May 9th elec-tion results, certified parliamentarian Al Gage advised the party as follows:

The body voted to adjourn before a revote was ordered and in any case, revoting by the same method was out of or-der.  Since the election was not overturned, it must stand as the action of the body unless or until subsequent action is taken.

The Parliamentarian further advises that neither the Executive Committee nor the State Central Committee have discretion or authority at this time to direct any action contrary to the vote taken on May 9th.  

As a matter of parliamentary procedure, only the State Convention can take any action as to its elections.  When the State Convention recon-venes on June 25th, the body may debate and decide what direction they wish to take, if any, as to the elections on May 9th.  

Unless or until the State Convention chooses to do something different, the election results stand. 

Further, the Wyoming GOP Bylaws require that the party certify election results to the Secretary of State immediately.  

In an effort to ensure the Wyoming GOP has complied with the ByLaws, the election results have been supplied to the Secretary of State.  The election results are as follows:


Marti Halverson 116

Jack Mueller 86

Karl Allred 85


County-selected Delegates

Robert J. DiLorenzo

Paul Metevier

Bill Novotny

Jack Mueller

Taylor Allred

Joe McGinley

Jeb Hansen

Robert Ferguson

Tim Bendel

Jim Robinson

Wendy Salzman

Allen Slagle

Top vote getters

Nathan Winters 142

Harriet Hageman 139

Sam Galeotos 134

Curt Meier 116

Barbara Cubin 115

Darin Smith 94

Bo Biteman 90

Bob Ide 90

Cheri Steinmetz 90

Cathy Ide 88

Karl Allred 86

David Pope 81

David Holland 81

Bryan Miller 80


County-selected Alternates

Rafael Delagadillo

Jeffery Raney

Camilla Hicks

Karl Falken

Heather Hayes

Ben Hornok

Jimmy Dee Lees

John Kolb

Alex Muromcew

Next highest vote getters

JoAnn True 79

Shane True 78

Cynthia Cloud 61

Clara Powers 54

John Kaiser 53

Kerry Powers 51

Hans Hunt 49

Jimmy Dee Lees 49

Dan Laursen 46

Robert Byrd 46

Charles Cloud 45

Jeff Raney 45

Chris Smith 43

Zach Padilla 42

Bob Wharf 36

Chris Wooley 36

Rebecca Bextel 34


Corey Steinmetz 140

Sam Galeotos 114

Ben Barto 1


Harriet Hageman 152

Barbara Cubin 105

President Donald Trump swept Wyoming in 2016: Will 2020 be a redux?

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2020 election in Wyoming

By Laura Hancock, Cowboy State Daily

In 2016, President Donald Trump cruised to victory in Wyoming, winning around 70 percent of the popular vote and every county except Teton – one of the highest victory margins in the country. Will 2020 be any different? 

His net approval rating in Wyoming remains strong – having only decreased by 5 percentage points since taking office. In November, his approval rating was 66 percent, according to Morning Consult, the technology and media company that has the only regular publicly released presidential approval ratings that include the Cowboy State. 

“The good news is the president is going to win Wyoming,” said Teton County GOP Chairman Alex Muromcew. Even if he could lose Teton County again. 

“I think it’s a likely possibility, in addition to Teton, we could see Albany County going for whoever is the Democratic nominee for president,” said Joe Barbuto, chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party. “I think it’s safe to say we’ll not see him winning by as nearly large of margins in other counties.”

Trump infrastructure in Wyoming

In comparison to other states, Trump’s campaign is modest in Wyoming at this point. 

The Wyoming Trump Victory Team has four honorary chairs: Gov. Mark Gordon, U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, said Samantha Zager, a spokeswoman for Trump Victory, the fundraising committee for his reelection effort. 

The campaign at this point is not as involved in Wyoming as, say, battleground states such as Ohio, where the state director for the Trump campaign was announced a month after the 2018 election.

Pennsylvania’s state director was announced in May. Wisconsin’s was in July. Additional staff in each state have been hired. 

In New Hampshire, staff has already been hired and fired. 

In Wyoming it appears there are no paid Trump reelection staff yet. 

Wyoming GOP

In 2016, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz won support from most of Wyoming’s 29 GOP delegates at both the county conventions and the state party convention – Wyoming Republicans use both conventions to apportion delegates before the national convention. 

Wyoming GOP Chair Frank Eathorne declined an interview to discuss the 2020 election, referring questions to Trump Victory.

When asked how the president’s popularity could be leveraged in down-ticket races, Eathorne said a grassroots plan was underway, but he said in a text message he couldn’t discuss it. 

Barbuto predicted in many communities, Democrats will have to campaign harder because they won’t ride the coattails of Trump’s high popularity, as their Republican opponents can. But in other communities, there may be opportunities to talk about the president’s 2016 campaign promises and whether they came to fruition.

“This is an incredibly difficult economic time for Wyoming,” he said. “Everyone knows that. We see our traditional revenue sources declining. Before Donald Trump came into office, he made promises about what he would do for coal in states like Wyoming. Up until 2018, his party controlled the House and Senate. And they weren’t able to get it done. That’s because there’s economic factors that are at play here, beyond the control of the president.”

Teton County, and the Democrats

Muromcew, the Teton County GOP chair, has no doubt of Trump’s support among registered Republicans in the county. But to win a majorty of votes, a candidate has to appeal to independents in addition to Republicans. 

“What makes (Teton County) unusual, politically, is that in terms of registered voters, we are about a third Republican, a third Democratic and a third independent,” he said. “…The challenge for (Trump) is to get that independent vote. And I think that is true for all Republican candidates running for office in Teton County — whether it’s local, state or national.”

It’ll be up to each candidate about whether they want to run on a pro-Trump platform in Teton County. Last year, Muromcew ran, unsuccessfully, for the Wyoming House as a write-in candidate. 

“My sense is, when I ran for office last year, I tried to make my platform more about local issues, rather than it be a referendum on national issues,” he said. 

Barbuto had a similar sentiment. 

“Democratic candidates are going to be talking about the issues facing their community — topics like access to quality health care, diversifying our state economy, finding new revenues and most importantly, jobs to their communities,” he said. 

2016 Presidential Election Totals

Albany County 7,6026,890
Big Horn County 4,067604
Campbell County 15,7781,324
Carbon County 4,4091,279
Converse County 5,520668
Crook County 3,348273
Fremont County 11,1674,200
Goshen County 4,418924
Hot Springs County 1,939400
Johnson County 3,477638
Laramie County 24,84711,573
Lincoln County 6,7791,105
Natrona County 23,5526,577
Niobrara County 1,116115
Park County 11,1152,535
Platte County 3,437719
Sheridan County 10,2662,927
Sublette County 3,409644
Sweetwater County 12,1543,231
Teton County 3,9217,314
Uinta County 6,1541,202
Washakie County 2,911532
Weston County 3,033299
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